from Old English White to green moss and rust

JuniorBod

War Hero
I have a long list of jobs to do now there is no work
however I decided first to tidy out my garage workshop, normally do it every few weeks, but last year I had so much car trouble, and lies and bullshit from a so called specialist that I just could not face it, plus the wet weather
any way Sprocket getting so much done has spurred me on, I cant get the Morris out for at least 3 months due to the scaffolding and building work taking up my drive ( i am charging them for it)
so I thought if i get stuff prepped and crap lobbed out ready for the tip it would mentally give me a boost
3 days so far in there, its bloody cold as no sun comes over it due to the building works, but I am getting there, rebuilt the guzzis starter motor ( 3 months) cleaned oiled and sharpened all the garden tools, cleaned all the paintbrushes
sorted through all the little boxes of stuff that came with the spares cache, and put away the bits I can use, the rest in the pile for selling
threw away lots of rusty tools
cleaned and oiled some big adjustables and hung them up, I will never use them but they look nice
and found this unusual cast iron block, some sort of marking guage ?
if any knows what it is and can use it its free, I dont want to scrap it
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Point of order Sir, I see only one miserable adjustable spanner, but a fine selection of Stillson Wrenches, for the use of....

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JB
 
jagged rusty hole in the front wheel arch, cut back square. scrap piece cut from a cardboard template fits nice and tight.
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joint between the front quarter panel and the A pillar, there's a nasty little hole cut back to a L shape.
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the top of the L was jagged and too small a gap for the angle grinder, this is where a mini tool and it's tiny grinding wheel comes in handy.
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tac welded in the New L shaped piece cut from scrap.
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when that's ground back, It'll be time to tackle this ugly mess. You can see how the Halfords Krust has turned the rusty edges black.
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the hinge piece sits loosely inside the A pillar by a welded bar, without it the piece would fall down inside the pillar and be lost.
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here is is held only by a machine screw
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here it is, in position with the 10mm wide metal bar.
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now that is secure I can seal it in by welding up the hole
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welded up, the three holes in the A post and Quarter panel...
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a swipe of easy sand and a rotation sander, time to move along to something else.
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big box of bits arrived today, cost me £150. But there's a lot of metal for my pounds. First off, the front lower cross member, that's what I'm cutting out and welding in next.
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then there are the inner wing repair panels, I'm showing the left one to the rear of where it fits, just look forward toward the big jagged rusty hole, I have the right side one to do too.
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then there's this, the front wheel well floor repair panel, this joins to the (previous) inner wing repair panels.
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that replaces this, or what was, this.
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finally the last new part that arrived today, and the last of this little lot to go on, the front valance panel.
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the new panel will need to be fitted out with the parts that don't come with it, like this bonnet locking lug socket
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I'll also cut off and re attach the body serial number tag, from the old Valance to the new one.
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Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
finally the last new part that arrived today, and the last of this little lot to go on, the front valance panel.
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the new panel will need to be fitted out with the parts that don't come with it, like this bonnet locking lug socket
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I'll also cut off and re attach the body serial number tag, from the old Valance to the new one.
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Frankly they are cheap in comparison to how long it would take to make your own panels
I was going to make a set of six outriggers for mine, but then I worked out the cost of steel and my time and all the swearing I spent 300 quid and bought a set, they also come with extra metal to cover areas where you would expect corrosion, hopefully I only need a few more panels, although due to the rarity of early Farinas compared to bugs I reckon a grand for Inner sills both sides ( mine are a bit tatty fixable, but better to replace) I already have O/E/ outers
front cross-member under radiator, rear wheel arch inner and outer sections and rear wing lower section
a few other bits I will fabricate on the bench as the damage is so small and I want to retain as much of the car as possible
 
Frankly they are cheap in comparison to how long it would take to make your own panels
I was going to make a set of six outriggers for mine, but then I worked out the cost of steel and my time and all the swearing I spent 300 quid and bought a set, they also come with extra metal to cover areas where you would expect corrosion, hopefully I only need a few more panels, although due to the rarity of early Farinas compared to bugs I reckon a grand for Inner sills both sides ( mine are a bit tatty fixable, but better to replace) I already have O/E/ outers
front cross-member under radiator, rear wheel arch inner and outer sections and rear wing lower section
a few other bits I will fabricate on the bench as the damage is so small and I want to retain as much of the car as possible
retain as much of the original car as possible, quite agree, and it's almost a mathematical calculation that the cost of spares is directly proportional to the numbers of the car type still on the road. This was why I had it so easy with my Morris Minor Pickup, apart from the pickup panels, the rest was dirt cheap as there are so many still out on the roads, saloons, softops, travellers. There quite a lot of the vans still motoring about, with modern company names painted on the sides to look old fashioned, dependable, honest service. Who wouldn't trust a plumber with a old Morris van? If he cheated you, you could catch him up on your bike. By the sounds of it, you've got quite an interesting project on your hands.
 
The old front cross member cut out this morning.
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time to stop, measure and mark out just how far I need to cut back to fit the new one.
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in fact stopping to post these pictures on here, gives me the chance for natural pauses, time to think clearly away from the project, so by just sitting there and watching, you're actually helping, quite a lot more than you think. So, here's the new hole from the front, as you can see the new panel, seen laying on the ground below, is flush topped.
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anglo

LE
you have actually got me stimulated to start mine
however the arses next door have scaffold along my driveway it looks like Grenfell now
so if work dries up apart from installing some new fences I will list all of the classic cars spares
that will fund a few repair panels
but for the moment I have installed a CCTV camera inside the workshop, it also has 2 way speech so the wife can talk to me
but the IR means if I have an unwanted visitor I will get alerts as well
it also has infra red night vision crystal clear in black and white, and you can move the camera remotely
it pick up the wi fi in the house, a good cheap way of protecting an outbuilding
last time it was a bloody fox that got in
break ins are increasing now, so it will be nice to see who is visiting and what weapon I need to chastise them

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What car is under all that junk, Morris Oxford?
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
What car is under all that junk, Morris Oxford?
yes another pile of junk !!
Morris Oxford series V
not many left now, my brother in law did about 30 in banger racing
and they get stolen as well, and turn up on the big oval
mines under CCTV and alarms
owned it for 30 years, bought of the first owner in great Baddow in Essex
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