A Meeting of Minds - An Anne McCaffrey Discussion Forum  

Go Back   A Meeting of Minds - An Anne McCaffrey Discussion Forum > The Mezzanine > The Library CafÚ

The Library CafÚ Come in, relax, and get to know the other members of this site. Share your hobbies and interests, along with general news of your life.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old Jun 17 2019, 07:18 PM   #4961
Zelandeth
Senior Member
 
Zelandeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Milton Keynes
Gender: M
Fan of: Dragonsdawn
Now Reading: Working my way through the whole Pern series
Default Re: What is happening

As of this afternoon´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ it feels like we're actually getting pretty close to the offside front corner being built up to a suitable standard to be ready for finishing.

The work from yesterday was extensively sanded back (I'll be finding dust for years) to help define the profile before laying down another layer of paste over it.



The´╗┐ swadge line is still a ´╗┐little wobbly, and I've got a plan´╗┐ to tidy that up whe´╗┐n doing´╗┐ the next stage of sanding. Likewise the radius needs to be cut back a bit further as it's still a bit too sharp a bend. Once that's done it will probably be´╗┐ a few coats of resin to toughen it up before throwing some paint at it.





It's not perfect by any means, but I think will´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ qualify as "passable" once finished up and painted with a bit of care. I still hope that at some point in the future I might be able to get a mould cast off a car with sound bodywork here to match the profile more precisely.

I've also started to build up the lower edge of the offside corner too. It doesn't need anywhere near as much work to get it to a usable state thankfully.



Really wish I'd discovered this glass´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ fibre loaded paste sooner as it's so much easier to use than the old school separate Matt and resin approach´╗┐. Having done a bit of anecdotal testing shows it to be more than strong enough for this job.

Hopefully I'll get time to get it finished tomorrow and start throwing some paint at it.
Zelandeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 18 2019, 02:39 PM   #4962
Zelandeth
Senior Member
 
Zelandeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Milton Keynes
Gender: M
Fan of: Dragonsdawn
Now Reading: Working my way through the whole Pern series
Default Re: What is happening

The radius of that corner´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ being quite a ways off was bugging me...so out with the grinder´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ again.

´╗┐At close of play today this is where we were.´╗┐









Still not perfect, but is close´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ enough now that I think I can call it "good enough" given I started out with this. ´╗┐



I am going to be finding dust for months.



(Yes I was wearing a dust mask).
Zelandeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20 2019, 06:08 PM   #4963
Zelandeth
Senior Member
 
Zelandeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Milton Keynes
Gender: M
Fan of: Dragonsdawn
Now Reading: Working my way through the whole Pern series
Default Re: What is happening

I had a feeling this morning that´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ this was going to be one of "those" days, and indeed I was correct. Spent the entire day running around all over Hell chasing my own tail. As such was limited to about twenty minutes in the g´╗┐arage while dinner was in the oven. ´╗┐

This was however sufficient to move things along with the Invacar bodywork. The nearside corner was now showing roughly the correct profile following the wor´╗┐k a couple of days ago, however the surface was still quite rough as the underlying foam had been revealed in a few areas. The resin there had ensured that it was structurally fine, but the finish was obviously going to need work before we could even start to think about paint.

To remedy this I managed to scrape just about enough filler out of the ancient tin I stumbled across the other day an´╗┐d slathered it on, trying to do as much as I could to ensure that it was worked into the surface to leave as few pockets of air as possible (the same was done for the slight void left aroun´╗┐d the crack just below the indicator). ´╗┐



Then once that had just started´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ to harden I hit it with the san´╗┐de´╗┐r´╗┐.





Will want a little bit more´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ sand´╗┐ing before a resin layer is laid down over it, however I had to abando´╗┐n things at that point as the timer telling me dinner had to come out the oven was beeping at me.

Not sure how much time I'll have for cars tomorrow, but if I have some I'll get that given a resin coat so it's soli´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐d, then the whole area will want another light skim of filler so it's v´╗┐aguely smooth before I start throwing high build primer and top´╗┐ ´╗┐co´╗┐at at it. ´╗┐
Zelandeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21 2019, 09:59 PM   #4964
Zelandeth
Senior Member
 
Zelandeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Milton Keynes
Gender: M
Fan of: Dragonsdawn
Now Reading: Working my way through the whole Pern series
Default Re: What is happening

I suspect that tomorrow is going to involve lots and lots and lots and lots of sanding.





Even before sanding the rear valance is looking a lot smoother now... I'd forgotten how roughly I'd just slapped the filler on there originally!

Zelandeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 22 2019, 07:48 PM   #4965
Zelandeth
Senior Member
 
Zelandeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Milton Keynes
Gender: M
Fan of: Dragonsdawn
Now Reading: Working my way through the whole Pern series
Default Re: What is happening

Well that's been´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ a less productive afternoon than I'd have liked in terms of Invacar bodywork.

The primer I applied yesterday appears to have reacted with the paintwork underneath it and had dried to a crackled finish - but hadn't actually dried fully. So there's going to be a lot of work to remove that befo´╗┐re I can move forward with that. Kind of wish I just had some nice gloopy coach enamel to throw at it right now!

After a couple of hours of fighting with that I lost patience with it and moved onto other things. The moment that my sa´╗┐´╗┐nder decided to expire with an almighty bang I decided to take as an indication it was time to move on to something else. I'll drop by Toolstation tomorrow and pick up a more substantial sander...have a feeling that's something which I'll thank myself for in the long run.

Number one in "other stuff I need to do" ´╗┐was trying to track down the blasted clutch fluid reservoir cap which I'd in a spectacular show of hand-eye coordination dropped down the back of the engine. Thanks to the "busy" nature of the engine bay in the Activa I couldn't even see where it had ended up, never mind being able to get at it. ´╗┐

Attempt number one to coerce it to fall out the bottom was by poking an air line down the back of the engine and blasting it in various directions. No luck. This was then upgraded to the hose pipe, equally unsuccessful. Eventually I gave in and got the ramps out. ´╗┐

After a not inconsiderable amount of poking and prodding the cap eventually dropped out, not entirely sure where from actually as it just randomly landed n´╗┐ext to my head from somewhere else. ´╗┐



Managed to get´╗┐´╗┐ the thing back on this time. I suspect there's still some air in the system somewhere as the pedal isn't great. That will need some further thought as there's no provision for bleeding the system. For now th´╗┐ough it's driveable at least so I'm not going to worry too much.


Having finally sourced the correct fan belt for the van I figured it was time to see if I could get that on and see if´╗┐ it would resolve the extremely irritating squeaking at idle. In addition to a very dry squeaking which I'd initially thought to be a bearing in something disintegrating until I discovered it stopped if you sprayed water on the belt, it would also periodically do the slipping fanbelt screech, especially if you had the headlights on putting some load on the alternator. To be fair that's the only thing which really does pull power from the battery...glowplugs are usually on for <5 sec´╗┐onds and she usually fires first compression stroke so the starter motor doesn't really have time ´╗┐to drain any appreciable charge from it...I was pretty sure the belt was just old though. ´╗┐

For reference - here's the squeak we're talking about...not pleasant. ´╗┐

YouTube Video Link

This took far´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ longer than it really should have as it took me a good 45 minutes to work out how to release the belt tension. This is a bit more involved than in some cases as there's an automatic tensioner which needs to be backed off. That still doesn't give you enough slack though until you've also disconnected the vibration damper which is attached to the other side of the tensioner. Then there's *just* enough slack to wrestle the belt off.

While it's free of any damage the running surface is really quite badly glazed.



It was´╗┐ quite obvious´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ when trying to get it off that anything you did that made the belt move resulted in ear piercingly high pitched squeaking - fair sign the belt was the source of it squeaking at idle. Despite the new belt being 2mm shorter (according to GSF 6PK1015 is an obsolete size, nearest they could supply is 6PK1013) it slipped on without protest. I then spent the next half hour trying to reassemble the tensioner.

On the plus side, it will take me ten minutes next time I do it. Not difficult, there is just a very specific order you need to do things in. Hopefully I won't drop my socket set into the engine bay next time either.

So, after well over an hour...did we stop the squeak?

YouTube Video Link

Yes...we do now appear to have a squeak free van. Exhaust´╗┐ still rattles a little at idle from time to time but there's ´╗┐not much to be done about that as it seems to be something actually internal to the silencer, it doesn't always do it anyway and isn't audible from inside the cab at least

Quick road test supported my initial assessment that indeed we do now seem to be squeak free.

Finally... that's only been on the to do list since September.

Last task for the day was a "period bodge" for the Lada.

Yesterday we were in a hurry to try to get to a shop before they closed (we made it) and as such were "making´╗┐ goo´╗┐d progress" at a few points, much to the bafflement of a couple of Audi drivers. The car was quite happy to do this and actually feels a bit better for it - however the duct tape on the offside wing didn't survive the extreme velocities involved and started to disintegrate.

I'd never bothered messing with filler or anything as I'd always found it horrible stuff to work with and I reckoned I'd just make things worse. Plus I know the wings will be changed long term anyway. However as mentione´╗┐d a couple of days ago this Fibral stuff is far, far more user friendly...so I figured we'd give it a sho´╗┐t.

Stuffed a couple of foam offcuts under there ju´╗┐st to hold things in place while it sets, then set about filling the gaps.

End result (prior to sanding of course) was this. ´╗┐







I reckon once that's sanded back´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ and painted we should be able to get a perfectly acceptable repair there. If I can get it to a point where it's "inoffensive" rather than being the first thing you notice I'll consider that progress.

As far as the actual rust goes I'm not worried. I've absolutely drowned the area in Dinitrol and there's no sign of it having got any worse since I got the car. She's kept off the road when the salt is around too which I'm sure has helped ´╗┐too.

If this looks okay once I've tidied it up I'll probably do the same on the other side. Oh...and I reckon this stuff should do just fine to repair the rear windscreen washer bottle...so I can fix that and get the rear window washer going...only been broken since 1993...

Have a sneaking feeling I'll be roped into gardening all day tomorrow so probably won't be much to report then. ´╗┐

Last edited by Zelandeth; Jun 22 2019 at 08:09 PM.
Zelandeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23 2019, 06:14 PM   #4966
Zelandeth
Senior Member
 
Zelandeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Milton Keynes
Gender: M
Fan of: Dragonsdawn
Now Reading: Working my way through the whole Pern series
Default Re: What is happening

As predicted had hardly any time at all in the garage today´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐ because this had to be sorted out.



Got´╗┐ started around 1000. Eventually fell back in through the door about 1900. Path still needs attacking with the pressure washer, but it's a lot better than it was.

I did get a couple of things done tho´╗┐ugh.

´╗┐Firstly was actually digging out a hole for the compressor to live in so I didn't keep falling over it every time I walked into the garage´╗┐.



Long term´╗┐´╗┐ it will go in the far end of the garage and I'll have piping installed to get the air to where it's needed. For now though this will do. It's a noisy sucker of a thing so I may well make a "shed" for it outside and just pipe the air in at some point.

Following the (violent) expiry of my detail sander yesterday I made a trip out to pick up something a bit more manly which hopefully won't go pop as soon as it gets worked hard.



That seems´╗┐ a bit more like it. Didn't realise when I picked it up that it's got an adjustable speed control, but that's quite a nice feature to have. It'll have a baptism of fire shifting that horrible undercoat that's been put on the Invacar! Obviously will need to either fix my existing detail sander or get a new one to deal with the fiddly bits as this one is obviously not a precision instrument!

Last edited by Zelandeth; Jun 23 2019 at 06:26 PM. Reason: typo
Zelandeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 24 2019, 05:53 PM   #4967
P'ter
Crafter

Craftmaster
 
P'ter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Wolverhampton
Gender: M
Fan of: Favorite?
Now Reading: avidly
Default Re: What is happening

I apologise for a few days absence: something totally unrelated to here triggered a load of repressed toxic memories over things that at school in the 50s. I've lined up some counselling but it'll take a fair time to work everything through so my attendance may be a bit spotty.
__________________
"Truth is stranger than fiction: fiction has to make sense." Leo Rosten.

"When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
C. S. Lewis

"I find television very educational. Whenever somebody switches it on I go in the other room and read a book." (attributed to Groucho Marx)

The Pedants are revolting! (against bad grammar)
P'ter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 24 2019, 08:21 PM   #4968
Zelandeth
Senior Member
 
Zelandeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Milton Keynes
Gender: M
Fan of: Dragonsdawn
Now Reading: Working my way through the whole Pern series
Default Re: What is happening

Quote:
Originally Posted by P'ter View Post
I apologise for a few days absence: something totally unrelated to here triggered a load of repressed toxic memories over things that at school in the 50s. I've lined up some counselling but it'll take a fair time to work everything through so my attendance may be a bit spotty.
Oof, tough stuff P'ter.

If there's anything we can do, even if it's just an open ear to listen or have a natter with (whether openly or via PM) at any point we're here. If the location in your profile is in the UK we're not a million miles away either if you want someone to speak to. I've lost a couple of friends following stuff like this so can't emphasise enough that that offer remains open. Drop me a PM if you'd like any other contact details.

I know we don't really know each other...but we've all been on here for a good few years now so I feel quite invested in all of your well being!

I've actually been at a group therapy session today to attempt to deal with the generalised anxiety disorder I've been struggling with a lot since my husband had his stroke last year...there are a plethora of issues I've had over the years, but this has been the metaphorical straw that broke my back...

Not been much else going on here today (scheduling an appointment from 1330-1530 does a good job of destroying a day's productivity) aside from finishing up getting the path cleaned up...for all it's a minor task in the grand scheme of things, it makes a big difference in the first impressions when walking up to the house.








Need to get some mortar to touch up a few bits. Aside from a bit of lifting of the slab in one spot it's not looking too bad for a 38 year old brick path though.
Zelandeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:40 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

A Meeting of Minds forum owned by Cheryl B. Miller.
All references to worlds and characters based on Anne McCaffreyĺs fiction are copyright ę Anne McCaffrey 1967-2008, all rights reserved, and used by permission of the author.