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Just found for another reason the video that shows just how much bushes etc. flex & move at speed / under load:

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On 12/6/2018 at 4:37 PM, FridgeFreezer said:

Just found for another reason the video that shows just how much bushes etc. flex & move at speed / under load:

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Ooow, that does move a lot!

Steve

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So the rear axle is back on and it now sits back on it's four wheels.

Now to address the bent tubes!

The passenger side took the brunt, with the drivers side looking a little bent from previous outings and so I will replace both.

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With all the rivets drilled out.

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I could then trim the roof to access the tubes to be cut out. I will then decide to patch the holes or trim whats left of the roof back further.

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I also took the roof scoop off.

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Next step is a bit of chopping!

Steve

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Right, so I still haven't chopped the tubes off!

But we do have a new member to the team, so as they say.....many hands make light work!

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Progress has obviously slowed, but I'll hopefully get back out there later in the year for a race. Don't worry! I'm not selling up!!

Steve

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Where are you going to put the booster seat? :P

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Got a helmet yet ?

Looking forward to the updates !

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Congratulations! Is this your first? Our second is now 6 months. All good, and remember, sleep is overrated!

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On 3/23/2019 at 2:04 PM, Daan said:

Congratulations! Is this your first? Our second is now 6 months. All good, and remember, sleep is overrated!

It is my first and to be fair she hasn't been too bad! She sleeps for 3-4 hours between feeds, so only a couple of feeds during the night! Sleep wise, I'm ok at the moment!

Steve

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On 3/21/2019 at 9:04 PM, FridgeFreezer said:

Where are you going to put the booster seat? :P

Well to start with the car seat fits in the 90 and I've reinstated the middle seat!

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Right, so I got the tubes cut out and sent off for new ones to be made. In the mean time I started to grind off the welds and make it smooth again ready for the new tubes.

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Old bent tubes

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New bent tubes without the third bend!

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Still more making good needed, but I have the new tubes ready now which also need to be trimmed!

Steve

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So it was time to make the new tubes fit. I started by using a hole saw to get somewhere close. This was done by eye and a bit of guess work earing on the side of caution not to cut them to short. Using all of that I got somewhere very close which only needed a bit of filing on one tube and a slither being cut off on the other, so I was very happy with that!

The trusty pillar drill

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Some notching

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The new notched tubes against the old.

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Then it was time to do final fitting to make them as close as possible.

I then got the welder out and did some practice on the tube off cuts to get the right settings and make sure I was happy with it.

I cleaned up the tube ends with sand paper, cleaned them with solvent and tacked them into place. Then welded them in!

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They are fairly symmetrical, so I was happy with that. I now need to add some tabs for the roof skin, then I can paint it and patch the roof up and add a new roof scoop. Then I can move on the next job which is steering system overhaul.

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I bought on!

So we'll see how it fairs once I finally get it all done!

Steve

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Very Nice !!

Hope it doesn't get bent again too soon...

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I swear that damn bonnet gets worse every picture I see :ph34r:

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On 6/27/2019 at 3:07 PM, FridgeFreezer said:

I swear that damn bonnet gets worse every picture I see :ph34r:

It must be the angle!

But yes, it will be getting replaced!

Steve

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On 6/26/2019 at 3:24 PM, steve200TDi said:

Then I can move on the next job which is steering system overhaul.

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Surprised you didn't go for Disco style setup. After getting fed up of replacing gaiters and/or ball joints for every MOT I decided to bite the bullet and got a Gwyn Lewis conversion kit and boy did it transform the handling.

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2 minutes ago, Ed Poore said:

Surprised you didn't go for Disco style setup. After getting fed up of replacing gaiters and/or ball joints for every MOT I decided to bite the bullet and got a Gwyn Lewis conversion kit and boy did it transform the handling.

Yes, I have the Discovery set up at the moment and yes it is pain free when changing ball joints.

I've been looking at different ways to quicker up the steering and thought I would give this longer defender drop arm a go. Yes, this is 20mm longer than standard so should reduce my lock to lock by half a turn at least.

Annoyingly they don't seem to make discovery style drop arms in the longer length, so I thought I would give this a go as it's a relatively cheap option.

Steve

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Tabs done, so ready to make some panels to rivet to the roof.

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Steve

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Nice !

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