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Old Jul 22 2019, 07:57 PM   #5001
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Never´╗┐ had a chance to do an update over the weekend as we've been massively busy, figured folks would want to know what had been going on.

I wanted to get the Invacar to a show on Saturday, 15 miles out of town, having just had the entire drive system in bits. No test run had been possible due to time constraints...so I felt I had two plans open to me. Get up really early and do some gentle testing a´╗┐round the block before heading to the event...or saying "I'm confident in my work" and just running with it.

So I pointed TPA towards Claydon House and cracked the throttle open. This marked the first time I had ever driven her out of town too, in addition to being the drive system test. ´╗┐

Knew I had the van as a backup if anything did go awry. H´╗┐a´╗┐ving booked in to the show ages in advance I was determined to get something there though. ´╗┐

´╗┐So...did we get there?



Of course we did!



On the way there I was somewhat amusingly stuck behind modern traffic doing 35-40mph all the way there. On the way home however I had a nice clear road...and all I can say is that I'm staggered by how well TPA drives. She's more than happy to cruis´╗┐e at the legal limit. Way happier than you'd expect from a tiny little three wheeler that wasn't even considered a real car when it was launched in 1971. In fact she's far happier sitting at 60mph than several normal cars I've owned from the late 80s. It's honestly startling.

One thing they're well renowned for is being tossed around alarmingly by crosswinds, and Saturday was a pretty windy day. The issue was far less pronounced ´╗┐(even at 70mph on a bit of dual carriageway) than I was expecting...definitely found driving a lot less unnerving than expected. Not sure if that's in some way due to the change from 12" to 10" wheels with wider tyres...but it's definitely nowhere near as bad as expected. The only other one I know in use is on the 12" wheels and the owner has indicated that it's quite scary on a windy day.

No car stuff on Sunday unsurprisingly, courtesy of collecting this ´╗┐idiot who has now officially joined our family.







She seems´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ so ´╗┐far to be settling in fine. In fact far more so than we'd hoped... apparently she hasn't been out for a walk of more than twenty or thirty minutes on a well known route due to her being so easily spooked. Both yesterday and today we've been out for a couple of miles, even including the pet store. Yes she is skittish, but she coped very well given the issues we had been told to expect.

I think she's just thriving on a house where she's sharing with one dog and four doting humans (she's a truly massive cuddlebug) rather than having a few hours of attention a day in a house where there are 30+ dogs...and the associated noise and smell.

Sure there's a caption just waiting for this expression...



Sure that you'll see plenty more of her as time moves on.

While I was at the car show on Saturday I was handed something else new to me, something I've wanted to add to my collection of random old computing technology since 1999 when I first saw one - An Acorn RiscPC.



It's scruffy as anything, is missing the lid, has broken retaining springs for the front drive bays (they all do that) and it won't even run the power on self test, much less actually boot. However it has a few very useful expansion cards fitted.

StrongARM CPU upgrade.



The somewhat legendary 486-PC-on-a-card. This is really handy as it allows you to properly run normal PC software without faffing around with emulation or anything (bearing in mind that the architecture is utterly different to a standard PC of the time), but as it shares the drives, video etc it's a far cheaper and saves a lot of space than having two totally separate machines on your desk.



It also still has a hard drive in (can tell you purely based on the noise at startup that it's a Conner made drive), so will be interesting to see if there's any software from the back in the day left on the drive.

I've been after one of these machines forever...but they rarely come up for sale at reasonable prices as owners when asked if they would part with them tend to respond with "you can have my RiscPC when you pry the mouse from my cold dead hands...". So I'd pretty much given up on finding one.

It does need work though. Though the failure to boot is most likely due to damage caused by this.



I can't see any broken traces yet, but I'd bet one or two are and that oscillator crystal has probably died.

Of course rather than investigate that I simply removed the old battery and cleaned up the residue...and then did the most important thing: Fixed the retaining springs on the flip up covers over the drive bays.



Needs a really good deep clean though.
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Old Jul 24 2019, 02:24 AM   #5002
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I'm taking my boys to the shelter July 1st. I know I have to do it, I know they will be better somewhere they can be outside more. But still the closer the day comes the more depressed I get. I don't want to do this. They don't deserve this. I feel like I have failed them. I'm going to miss them.
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Old Jul 27 2019, 06:14 AM   #5003
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A Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Winc...s/?tn-str=%2AF, has just posted a picture of an Invacar in an accident in 1977.
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Old Jul 29 2019, 07:18 PM   #5004
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It's a closed group, couldn't see the pic, P'ter.
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Old Jul 30 2019, 03:44 AM   #5005
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We'll have to get Zelandeth to join it
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Old Jul 30 2019, 09:35 PM   #5006
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Life should not be this hard.
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Mawra, I'm so sorry that you couldn't keep your beloved furry friends.
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Old Jul 31 2019, 08:09 PM   #5008
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It's a horrible situation to have wound up in, Mawra. There's no denying that, sometimes the best decisions are the hardest. Hopefully once some time has passed you'll be able to look back on it and see that it really has been for the best. I know that I spent a huge amount of time feeling terrible for moving out from my folks' place, leaving my mother (and my cat) to deal with my father's issues singlehandedly.

In the end though I think it did work out better for everyone - took me at least five years to stop torturing myself over it though.

-- -- --

Care package arrived for the van this morning.



Thumbs´╗┐ up ´╗┐for Simply´╗┐´╗┐ Car Parts...I on´╗┐ly ordered this on Monday evenin´╗┐g, so having it on my doorstep on Wednesday morning is pretty good going.

Here are the part numbers for those of you playing along at home.





You may be wondering why I didn't just get it from Mercedes themselves...as I've tended to use them before because their parts supply has always been so seamless and not usually much more expensive than eBay etc. This has been one of the stand out things about owning a Mercedes...that the dealers actually want to help, and at least the reception I've had in our branch has had me believe that they don't care if you're in a car that's 29 days old or 29 years. I was staggered when I walked in a couple of weeks into ownership and they in moments had managed to track down several normal service items and even a replacement lens for the indicator light on the dashboard to replace the cracked one I had.

The last couple of times I've been in though we've had some issues. I have to make it abundantly clear though, not issues with the gent on the parts desk, he's a legend and has gone above and beyond to the call of duty to be helpful.

The issue is due to instructions from corporate somewhere within Mercedes-Benz that the dealers are not allowed to have anything to do with parts supply for anything other than passenger cars - totally irrespective of what it's registered as, it's actually down to the vehicle platform...so being based on the 601 platform I'm out of luck. Instead of being able to sell me the parts, they instead refer me to a nearby commercial vehicle specialist who apparently they partner with.

Slight issue there: said specialist doesn't deal with non-trade customers. Even before we realised that, they literally laughed in my face when I went in looking for parts for a 29 year old van. Apparently I'm far from the only person to have been less than impressed with them, even in the trade.

The last couple of trips the gent on the parts desk managed to cross reference things and trick the system into letting him order parts for other models of passenger car...however we struck out on this occasion, so I had to pick it up myself. Credit to the parts manager though, he still printed off all the part numbers for me.

He also believes it's an utterly daft situation. Sure if someone comes in looking for parts for a Tourismo or Actros (coach and artic lorry respectively), then send them on to the relevant specialist...but where it's a light van clearly registered as a motor caravan...C'mon folks, use some common sense. Especially as heritage vehicles like this running around can surely only be a good advertisement for the longevity of your products...and let's face it the Merc T1 van is something of a design icon. Or is that just in my head? I know if when I was a kid if you'd asked me to draw a van you'd have ended up with something that looked far more like a Merc T1 than a Transit...

Not going to´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ let´╗┐ it spoil things though...doesn't mean I won't´╗┐ rant about it however! Just a shame as the excellent heritage parts support was one of the big plus sides of Mercedes ownership (and I don't doubt it still is if you own a passenger car).
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Old Aug 1 2019, 07:19 PM   #5009
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Nothing´╗┐ massive to report other that than with use TPA seems to just keep running better. Had her out this afternoon to run a few errands, rubbing shoulders with rush hour traffic. No bother. ´╗┐

Have finally brought the PCV valves picked up last week inside for a clean up and fitting when I next get a chance. They're used examples but in a lot better state than the ones on the car currently´╗┐.´╗┐





No idea´╗┐ whether I should expect this to make any difference to running, but it certainly can't hurt I figure.

Should rid me of a minor oil leak though - the seal on the lower one on the car is perished so the join "sweats" at the moment. The seal on this one is in good shape so this should put an end to that leak.
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Look like a pair of pears.
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We spent the day in New York City. This morning we went to Central Park. It reminded me of the square mile mentioned in on of the Pegasus' books. City everywhere, except for 1 square mile.
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Old Aug 4 2019, 02:07 PM   #5012
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That was pretty´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ pai´╗┐nless.

New clutch master cylinder is now fitted ´╗┐to the v´╗┐´╗┐a´╗┐´╗┐n´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐.





Only slight´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ headache was discovering that the hose clip had cut into the hose to the reservoir meaning I had to trim the end back a little, so the hose is now a little too short. Not a major issue in the grand scheme of things, hose looks pretty crusty anyway so probably not a bad idea to change it anyway. ´╗┐

The test drive revealed quite how bad it had become. The gearchange is considerably more slick now which leads me to believe that we weren't seeing the full range of motion actually at the clutch end. The pedal is also a good deal lighter which is surprising given it was already surprisingly light for a design this old.

Next task there is probably going to be getting hold of some more fuel line and swapping out the tails which connect the rigid vacuum lines around the fuel pum´╗┐p together (I'm assuming they're something to do with the system which raises the idle speed slightly when the engine is cold) as they have perished a bit, and I figure it just makes sense to get them dealt with while I'm thinking of it´╗┐´╗┐.´╗┐
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Made it home. All things considering it was a nice, much needed, break.
I have decided that if I pretend to be ok with giving boys up, maybe I'll will be ok with it. So far not working.

This is the only place no one else in family is on. Which is why I'm posting. I don't really have any R.L. friends to
talk to. I'm going to roll up in a ball & not move today.
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Kibby's birthday (24th) was Friday. She said spending it in NYC was a nice way to spend it. Even if the reason we were there was not good.
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I've said it before I'm sure, but we're here for you...talk to, rant at, ramble utter nonsense any day of the day or night, we're here to listen!

Have been struggling for energy last couple of days so not been up to much. My daily driver, the Citroen has been starting to show some signs of stress in the last week or two...which given I've barely touched the thing in two years isn't in any way unexpected or begrudged. Nothing dire, but the hollow clonk from the offside front suspension (inevitably the "P" bush that would be the drop link on a conventionally sprung car). I've had a thorough poke around and there's nothing moving that has to be worried about... it's annoying rather than a problem. I've got every bush involved in the suspension in stock, so I will probably throw it at my trusted garage at some point soon with the simple instruction of "stop it fluffing clonking before it drives me mad." To be honest if it wasn't so quiet it wouldn't be anything like as noticeable. The downside of a really quiet car...any abnormal noise is painfully obvious! The other noise turned up yesterday...an obvious metallic clonk from the rear end when the engine stops. That will be the rear exhaust silencer having sheared off at the joint over the back axle then. It looked like it had been dredged off the Titanic when I got it, so no huge surprise. The rear silencer doesn't really do anything by way of silencing on a TCT engined Xantia so the rattle is usually the only clue you get when it fails.

I'll have a poke at it when I can next find five minutes. If it is indeed failing there it will be time to get a stainless system made for it I think. No it doesn't really make sense for a 26 year old Citroen with negligible value, but let's face it...conventional logic doesn't really come into it with this thing. It's expensive to insure, expensive to tax, drinks fuel like it's going out of fashion and it's an utter pig to work on. Yet I like it, so I keep putting up with it.

The Invacar has had the new PCV hardware fitted now.



Not expecting this to make any particular difference to the running of the engine, but will be nice to know it's working as the designer intended. Having completed a few decent runs now the moisture issue I used to have has been resolved judging from the state of the inside of the vapour separator.



This used to be full of mayo as you'd expect from a water cooled engine with a stuffed head gasket. Taken a while, but a few good runs has boiled the moisture off.

I'd quite like to pull the whole assembly off to give it a good scrub down internally...however apparently it's almost unheard of for the join between the oil filler and the crankcase to be oil tight on these engines...so given that mine is totally leak free I think I'm just going to leave it well alone and not tempt fate!
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I visited New Zealand's Supreme Court today with a group. To be honest, I hadn't realised that the building I passed in the bus a couple of times a week with a giant black fishing-net over it was the Supreme Court, leave alone that you can look right through the building and see our Chief Justice at her work from a bus-stop across the road. To be fair to the designers and constructors of the "giant fishing net" it's actually an 8 metre high, 90 tonne sculpture and security screen made of recycled bronze that represents a forest of pohutukawa and rata trees protecting the building. Inside the actual courthouse is in a dome of light-coloured diamond-shaped native beech panels angled to act as sound baffles. From the splendour and science of the modern building we went round the street to the craftsmanship and dark-stained kauri wood of the old High Court building. Although the craftsmanship is not that old, the entire Victorian building has been sliced off at ground level, raised, and base isolation put in to earthquake-proof it before the interior was restored.
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I'm wondering how is it possible for Kibby to actually be 24 years old? When did that happen?
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LOL, that's a bit like I reacted when Caer Howes told us her son (by the immortal Bobbsy) is already 15 years old...he was actually born when we were still on Anne's bulletin board... How time flies.


I'll be in Dublin next week for the World Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention. I'll meet Gigi (again) and will probably be visiting Anne's grave (for the first time). It will be fun meeting old friends at the con (and some I've know for almost 20 years but never met) but also sad because it'll be the first time in Ireland with Anne not being alive and there. Last time I was there was in 2011 for her birthday on April 1st... later that year she died


I'll also be thinking of you old regulars when I'll be standing at her grave!
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LOL, that's a bit like I reacted when Caer Howes told us her son (by the immortal Bobbsy) is already 15 years old...he was actually born when we were still on Anne's bulletin board... How time flies.


I'll be in Dublin next week for the World Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention. I'll meet Gigi (again) and will probably be visiting Anne's grave (for the first time). It will be fun meeting old friends at the con (and some I've know for almost 20 years but never met) but also sad because it'll be the first time in Ireland with Anne not being alive and there. Last time I was there was in 2011 for her birthday on April 1st... later that year she died


I'll also be thinking of you old regulars when I'll be standing at her grave!
Say a prayer over her for me, please.
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Moderately irritating couple of days.

Really wanted to properly sort the throttle cable, I was astonished that my bodge had held a day, much less several weeks.

Now this sort of thing used to be simple...less so these days. Having been to the usual mainstream suspects along with three independent motor factors I only found that they've not kept stuff like cables on the reel "for years, mate." Already knew that was true for heater hose after I had a royal faff trying to find some a couple of years ago.

The thought occurred to try my usual bike shop, especially as the barrel type cable end was identical to the one used on the brake cables of the Sinclair C5.

Sadly they no longer stock stuff like that, rather than a reel of cable and a crimp tool to put the ends on,they now come pre-made in nice little cardboard packets. Sadly the longest one they have in stock is a brake cable for a tandem, at 2.75M. The cable which came off the car is roughly 3.5 metres long...so 2.75 isn't going to cut it.

Having struck out on everywhere locally to find cable am finally gave in and ordered it from the internet. From a seller proudly proclaiming to be UK based. Ordered 20 metres of cable and a shedload of ends to be soldered on. Twenty minutes later I received a text message from Royal Mail telling me there was a package on the way to me from China. Only one thing that could be...the throttle cable set I'd just bought.

Great, that'll be a couple of weeks then.

Really irks me that back when I started driving - even though I lived a 20 minute drive from civilisation - if I needed random stuff like that I could be home with it in my hand inside an hour. Yet now I've got to faff around waiting days or weeks for sundry items like this.

Sure there are plenty of independent motor factors who could still help, however I've yet to figure out where they are... especially as MK isn't exactly small firm friendly, it's mostly corporate chains round here. At least as far as I've generally found this far...only been here a few years so still tracking down useful places.

I'll let you know once I've actually got hold of a throttle cable and can get the car mobile again...annoying when what should have been a quick repair turns into a multi-day faff.
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How about 2 shorter cables with a solid link between them?
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Old Aug 13 2019, 01:43 PM   #5023
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How about 2 shorter cables with a solid link between them?
In theory that could be done, though it's probably more work to engineer than it's really worth. I've got 20m of cable and a plethora of fittings en route, so it's really not worth messing with solutions to tide me over a few days at this point. It's just something I'll make a point of keeping in stock in the garage in future rather than assuming I can just walk into a shop and grab it.

This afternoon I took an hour out to investigate a gremlin which has turned up on the Xantia in the last week or so - that the rear of the exhaust had taken up rattling somewhere. It's driving me round the twist.

Being a hydraulic Citroen has pluses and minuses. Needing to pull the axle stands out to safely crawl under it to poke the exhaust is a minus. Not actually having to do the jacking up manually though is a plus.

Obligatory safety disclaimer:
Obviously it's essential to put the axle stands in as should there be any failure in the hydraulic system, the car could drop on you. There are far less stupid ways to die than get squished by a Citroen because you accidentally poked and annoyed the rear height corrector while inspecting the exhaust.

I've had a good poke around the exhaust end to end...I'm precisely none the wiser. All of the hangers are present and correct, the system hasn't split anywhere (nope, not even the usual joint on the front of the back box which usually rots out on Xantias), no obvious dents or anything. The hanger rubbers even look healthy.

The only thing resembling a theory I've got at this point is that someone has smacked my car in a car park, but they've managed to very specifically hit the tailpipe...just hard enough to either bend the system or one of the hangers slightly.

It's all I've got...the rear silencer is fouling on the rear chassis rail (okay fine...I know it's a monocoque, but you know what I mean) and boot floor quite firmly. It's never done this until the last couple of weeks, so either the car or the exhaust has changed shape!

I'd known the rear box was a bit crusty though so wanted to give it a good look over. Of course I'm a complete idiot, so I poked the crusty bits.



Now there are two holes in the box. This one and another one just by where the pipe joins on the front.

The centre section isn't bad, but it's not in its first flush of youth either and I know from prior experience that the flange at the rear (for those not familiar with PSA exhausts, these use a sort of spherical joint with a cup on each end of the joining pipes) is likely to be a mess once I remove the clamp and will then be a pain to seal again.

So I realistically need a rear box, probably a middle section...and four tyres. Fronts are worn out, rears have plenty of tread left but date from 2010 and are starting to perish. This is going to be an expensive month isn't it.

I attempted and failed to track down a local independent paint specialist today. After spending half an hour driving around in circles I abandoned that plan and reverted to plan B, heading over to LKQ Coatings. I've used them before a few years ago and was impressed with the service, so happy to give them more business. All the forms have been filled in and the paint details tracked down, and tomorrow we should get some paint made up for the Invacar in cellulose along with some decent high build primer. This should be a pretty big stepping stone towards getting the Invacar looking vaguely presentable.

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Old Aug 15 2019, 08:21 AM   #5024
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I have´╗┐ paint!

Took a bit of discussion to come round to what was probably the best compromise in terms of being sprayable with the equipment I have, being suitable for the substrate, and not being horrifically dangerous so as to require a respirator with a remote air supply. We got there in the end though.



┬ú11 for a litre if I remember right´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ - and a litre should go a lot further in a proper spray gun than in rattle cans if my prior experience is´╗┐ anything to go by. The Halfords rattle cans were the best part of a tenner each. Yeah...this should save me a few quid. ´╗┐´╗┐

This paint has really good high build properties apparently, so all the better for scruffy fibreglass. ´╗┐

Picked up a suitable mask while I was there too´╗┐´╗┐.´╗┐´╗┐



Didn't even´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ come close to having time to get the spray gun out yesterday, but couldn't resist having a peek to see what the colour match looked like.



It's really´╗┐ hard´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ to tell in the can obviously (especially under artificial light), but it looks a decently close match for my purposes. If anything it's slightly lighter than the Halfords paint, which if it's not a perfect match is what I'd prefer.

Worth noting that the engine cover in shot there has several coats of clearcoat on as well, which this paint shouldn't require. So that may also explain why it looks a bit darker.

No, there would have been nothing to stop me getting them to mix up the original colour at this point - sticking with this Ford colour is a purely personal choice at this stage. I just like it better.

No idea if I'll have a chance to get anything done today at this stage....but I'd obviously like to get some spraying done.

Another part for the Invacar arrived this morning in the post (which I'd totally forgotten ordering).





The blade I'd been´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ using was stuffed despite having been on there only a few months and nobody locally stocks 10" ones any more. Nor do any of the refill kits I have fit (the blade is too fat to fit in the retainers)...so I just o´╗┐rdered one. Figured if I was doing that anyway I may as well get something that looks vaguely in peri´╗┐od.

I'm not holding out much hope for it actually being even vaguely useful in terms of actually clearing the screen - but at least it won't scratch it when I forgot the e´╗┐xisting blade is knackered and turn the wiper on in error again. I've already got very lucky in that regard twi´╗┐ce´╗┐´╗┐.
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My 2 boys found a new home, together.
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My 2 boys found a new home, together.
Great news, Maw. Wonderful! Now you can miss them, but know that they have a new, loving home.
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Had an opportunity´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ to do a very quick test of the paint yesterday evening - which was basically 30 minutes setting up the spray gun, wip´╗┐ing the panel down, then the same to clean the spray gun out. Actually painting covered about five minute´╗┐´╗┐s.

It's pretty obvious that this is going to be an order of magnitude easier than messing around with rattle cans.







The green´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ blob´╗┐´╗┐ on the floor is a fair amount of the original paint matching test, spilled courtesy of next door's cat. ´╗┐She is a menace. No huge loss though given the neon peppermint colour didn't seem to really match anything well´╗┐ on the car.

´╗┐It's not been put down nearly thick enough, I'm fully aware of that. This was just a quick test - a bunch of masking and cleaning will be done bef´╗┐ore I hopefully do a reasonably complete run round the car. Shouldn't take me long to establish how far the paint is going too so I can see if I need to go and get more well before act´╗┐´╗┐ually run´╗┐ning short´╗┐. ´╗┐´╗┐

It's been a while since I've had a decent A2 rated respirator on. Having a bit of equipment which successfully totally filters out the smell of solvents is *weird* I tell you. Y´╗┐ou kind of expect goggles to restrict your vision, ear protectors to muffle sound...but to have a little plastic thing that does little to restrict air flow essentially be able to turn smell on and off is something which messes with my head a bit. ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐

Effective though - was utterly oblivious to how strong the garage was smelling until I took the mask off (after airing the garage out a bit too)... should be effective though given that's why I bought it. ´╗┐

That was where we left things yesterday.

This evening I had a bit of time to do a bit of further testing.


Step one was to get everything masked off so I can stop worrying about getting paint where I don't want it.



Bit further spraying was done.

Definitely looking a million times better now the front end is mostly one colour.



If you ever wondered´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ if it'´╗┐s worth wearing a mask...well here's what the particulate filters look like now after about an hour and a half.



They were white´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ when we started, and this process has produced about a quarter of the amount of garage fog that the rattle c´╗┐ans do...so yes, make sure you´╗┐'re wearing the correct PPE. It's somehow reassuring to actually see evidence of the filters doing th´╗┐eir job.

The only issue I seem to be having is actually getting enough paint onto the car. Think I'll need to experiment with a bit more thinners than the instructions actual´╗┐ly recommend to see what happe´╗┐n´╗┐´╗┐s.´╗┐









Will do a bit´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ more experimentation with paint mix over the weekend and see if I can get a thicker layer put ´╗┐down (without ending up with runs of course). Feels like we're heading in the right direction, even though there's a fair way to go yet. ´╗┐
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Definitely struggling´╗┐ with the spray gun a bit. I don't seem to be able to get any sort of a wet edge laid down no matter what I've done wit´╗┐h the settings and the paint d´╗┐oesn't seem to be atomising all that well, hence the pebbly texture we seem to be getting most of ´╗┐th´╗┐e ´╗┐tim´╗┐e´╗┐.´╗┐´╗┐



When covering´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ other colours (like the grey primer on the roof front edge) it was immediately apparent how thinly the paint was going on too. I did a little experimentation with thinners and found that I could get a decently "wet" spray - but at such a point that the paint was watered down to the exte´╗┐nt I wound up with odd effects where the pigment had run...so not really a solutio´╗┐n´╗┐.

I think the´╗┐ ┬ú18 spray gun may need to be eyed as a possible contributor to these issues...I don't think air supply is an issue as I've verified I've got suitable pressure at the delivery point (not just shown on the regulator).

Every now and then it will sputter for a second then give me a few seconds of actually decent spray...so there are some spots where things are actually glossy.













Bit frustrating´╗┐ to be honest as so far I've not come close to matching the finish I was getting from rattle cans (admittedly at about ten times the price) beforehand. As demonstrated by the engine cover below, where it caught the rain a little yesterday evening when the back end was sticking out the garage door a bit.



We'll get there´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ I'm sure...just going to take some time and experimentation I thin´╗┐´╗┐k´╗┐.
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