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Old 05-10-2013, 10:09 PM   #1289
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#2 front jack is cleaned and painted... Pic coming!

I was working on the drivers side rear wrap..
Its ugly, but I screwed a piece of Masonite to the upper surface to flatten it out, because its badly warped.
Then used a DA sander with 80grit to surface the back side.
Wiped it down with MEK then brushed on a skim coat of MEK/ABS slurry...


Another thicker slurry coat, and then wetted on 2 layers of fiberglass.


Once this is hard, I will work on the visible surface...
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:28 AM   #1290
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#2 front jack is cleaned and painted... Pic coming!

I was working on the drivers side rear wrap..
Its ugly, but I screwed a piece of Masonite to the upper surface to flatten it out, because its badly warped.
Then used a DA sander with 80grit to surface the back side.
Wiped it down with MEK then brushed on a skim coat of MEK/ABS slurry...


Another thicker slurry coat, and then wetted on 2 layers of fiberglass.


Once this is hard, I will work on the visible surface...
That looks like it is going to turn out well! Mine are brittle but not yet cracked. Mine do need painting though.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:16 AM   #1291
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The plan at the moment is to try to get it half decent looking, so I can get a mould off it.
The picture shows the back side... and the little nubs are the self tapping screws that go thru the Masonite and into the part. its super brittle too.
Not matter what I did, I could not get the broken sections lined up... it was a real jigsaw puzzle!
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:26 PM   #1292
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Well, I made a small but important mistake and one that I have to own up to, so other do not follow me blindly!

When I decided to do this MEK/ABS slurry repair, I figured that I needed to thin the mixture considerably to allow it to "Wet" the fiberglass cloth... because that's what you do with polyester layups...

It seems that it was too much for the ABS fairing material, having that much solvent "poultice" on to it...
End result was a bit of melting and wrinkling...
Its not a disaster for me, but it might be for someone else...
So just go easy!

I will just fill the sagged areas and wrinkles and bring it back to a nice surface to get a mold off.

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Old 05-16-2013, 01:49 PM   #1293
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Both front jacks are ready and also one mount too...

Waiting for parts from HWH now...

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Old 05-16-2013, 08:19 PM   #1294
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Range Rover Seats...
My electrical guru buddy and I took to the garage with a note pad, PowerProbe 3, and some beer last night...

He confirmed that the memory function on the seat is somehow tied to the body computer(BCM), via the CPU box under each seat. Despite supplying power and ground to the correct places the seats were DOA, all accept the pneumatic lumber motor which is the ONLY item that is not tied to the seat position memory.

We broke the seat functions down by motor and figured out which wire polarity drove the motor which direction, then did the same at the switches.
We then applied power and ground to the switch feed, and connected the motors to the relevant switch wires.... and its working!

Phew!
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:06 AM   #1295
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Wow,
Has a month really gone by?

I have been a little distracted with a few things... Robyn is getting me back on track...

My attempts to straighten out the Jack bracket damage is still being thwarted...
Propane torch.... FAIL.
Map Gas torch.... FAIL.
Plan C is coming..
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:16 AM   #1296
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A few mods have been going on in the garage, which have opened up some new processes...
My old sandblaster is now working again...

Some test pieces have been prepped...
Headlamp cans...



Ready...


Powdercoat!



Whilst it was a good test, I see I need to prep better(or maybe use someone who can see better!) for stuff that will be visible... the RH one had some paint of something still on which caused some reaction or just plain roughness...



Front bumper brackets are next..

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Old 06-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #1297
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Headlamp casting stripped.... again, and almost ready for powder..

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As a fellow Brit expat I'm one of many others that can fully appreciate how anal you are Steve,. A little paint left over caused a headlamp can to be a little rough???? On the back to boot! Redoing a headlight casting that most others would have been very satisfied with?

However is is the very same trait that allowed the British to build a lighthouse on an island that is only accessible by boat three days a year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/sevenwo...mm/index.shtml

You would make a fantastic brain surgeon, if you're not one already.
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As a fellow Brit expat I'm one of many others that can fully appreciate how anal you are Steve,. A little paint left over caused a headlamp can to be a little rough???? On the back to boot! Redoing a headlight casting that most others would have been very satisfied with?

However is is the very same trait that allowed the British to build a lighthouse on an island that is only accessible by boat three days a year.

BBC - Seven Wonders

You would make a fantastic brain surgeon, if you're not one already.
Which why in my restoration we refer to things being done as "Steve's" way (i.e. correct with attention to detail) or "Dave's" way (hoping it is correct, but needed to get it done). Dave's way is often followed by Steve's way.......
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...You would make a fantastic brain surgeon, if you're not one already.
Hmm, I certainly would have no problem having Steve work on my Argosy and sorta wished he would

However when it comes to Steve performing brain surgery I'm not so sure sand blasting, powder coating and polishing will fix the problems that I have...
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Dave, thanks for setting me straight.

This however brings up a question.........If certain Brits are as fastidious about neatness and doing things perfectly as Steve is........Why, in all that is holy, do we have this unfathomable desire to buy things that are (as Jeremy on Top Gear would say) RUBBISH. This covers all BL cars, any cars made in the Midlands......and dare I say it......a very well used (I'm being very kind here) Airstream 345 with the back curved windows (nicest part of mine) closed off, that the sun hasn't been very kind too and will require more money and time than Pink Floyd has to fix???

Why not buy German or Japanese cars that work and a very well pampered Westfalia or dare say an Airstream, but a beautifully kept and garaged 350 Classic?

Moreover.....at what point is Steve going to tell us to bugger off and stop talking about him on his own thread.

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Wow you guys.... I thought my ears burning was due to the insane heat we are having!
LOL, I thank you all for the complements...

The reality is this...
As mentioned before, for 30 years I did design and practical engineering, and old habits die hard.
If it didn't look right to me there was always someone else paying me that was willing to point it out! Perfection or the best perfection that time allowed was the normal. I loved my job.
Until my eyesight started giving me trouble, I was never out of work... jumping companies, and continents on a monthly basis.
That ride ended in 2010, but my love of making/fixing/modding stuff has not.


Don't misunderstand this headlamp casting redo... There is a good reason!
I redid the grill and badges some months back...
They are ALREADY tarnished.
These castings are an issue... the porous nature of the metal needs to be sealed...
I have no intension to take the headlamp castings off every year to repolish!
Powdercoating should be the answer...
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