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RobinJI last won the day on October 18 2016

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  1. But do the guys on turbo-mini's pictures move? I enjoy reading build threads, but I never manage to find time to do it. Sitting down to watch an episode of project binky's easier to find the time for, and easier to relax while doing. (Well, it is for me after having sat at a computer for 9 hours a day at work anyway.) It's largely why I don't post on here or retrorides as much anymore actually, when I get home from work I usually do everything I can to avoid using a computer. Also, I'm loving the e36, mechanical diesels are definitely the way forwards for cheap run-arounds. As long as you don't mind running around slowly and noisily that is. I spent another weekend on the Porsche, now I have an inner sill: Before (well, part way in actually): After: And I now have a channel/tunnel thingy where the rear axle mount will be welded back in: There's no before picture, because after I'd cut the rust out there wasn't really anything to show as a before, so here's an after: I should be able to close up the outer sill next time I'm down there. Just need to weld in some sill-stand tubes and buy some more zinc primer. I'm definitely starting to feel like I'm getting back into a rythum with metalwork again. I hadn't done any real amount for a while until starting this, so it was a bit slow going at first, but I felt like I was back to making good progress today. Hopefully the drivers side will go a bit quicker as a result.
  2. Coloured wires? On a renault?? Last time I worked on one the bell-ends had just used white for everything, making it a nightmare to fault find. Or is that just the cabin looms? I also use the a38 every day, but on a bicycle. In fact I live about half a mile away from it. It's a bloody long road! I managed to spend a couple of productive afternoons on the 924 this weekend. Now there's an even bigger hole in it than at the start of the weekend! On the bright side, solid metal has started going back in, and near enough all the rust's not cut out of the passenger side. Also, I made a sheet metal folder, because tools are good.
  3. Nice to see some progress Luke, and good to hear the engine swaps imminent I've finally got around to starting a build thread for the Porsche, so if anyone's interested in following it's progress in a (hopefully) less sporadic manner than my updates on here:
  4. Yesterday I drained the fuel tank and finished off my rollover jigs, which let me get the car up in the air and on its side. It's sooo much nicer not lying on the ground or destroying my back crouching down to work on it!
  5. Ahh, cheers, yeah I get you. I had considered something similar, but I was thinking more along the lines of building a tray of ~60xó0x6 RSA with a caster on each corner, to place what I've made in (whole but minus the casters.) the deciding factor was that I don't have ant 60x60x6 RSA lying around, and I'm being cheap/impatient, so I thought I'd see how the casters did as it is! The bearings seem pretty chunky, so I think there's some hope they'll last. If they don't I'll do something along the lines of your idea though, thanks for the suggestion. I went out earlier and made up the bracket to go on the front of the car, then tested the jig on it. It worked perfectly, with barely any torque needed on the threaded rod. Then I realised that thanks to where the tressel the back end's sat on is placed, I could pick the front of the car up quite comfortably, so it wasn't surprising I shuffled things around and tried it on the back, which is essentially complete other than the exhaust, gearbox and bumper. It picked it up no real issue, but due to the threaded bar being offset to the side from the pivot, the frame was trying to twist, which I wasn't keen on, so I ended up adding a second threaded bar to the other side to balance out the loading, and provide some added safety. With the second threaded rod on there it's rock solid, and the casters don't seem to be complaining at all, so I'm pretty happy to call it finished for now, but I will be keeping an eye on the casters. I may add a strap with some holes to lock it up, but with 2 m20 rods, either of which can lift the car on its own with a sensible amount of torque, I feel it's pretty safe as it is. The car will be stripped of at least the boot and doors before its mounted up too.
  6. Thanks. With the casters I do know what you mean, but I can't see any way of keeping them upright without either adding another 4 casters or a lot of extra complication? It'll never be moved while down, and will spend 90% of its time at full height. The casters are rated to almost twice the load that will be on them, so I'll more than likely see how they go as they are. Replacing them would only involve sticking my jack under that side of the frame, or lifting up that end of the car with the engine crane. If you've got an easy(ish) idea for keeping them level that I haven't thought up I'm all ears though?
  7. All looking good Dan. It's a shame no one wanted the shell. I just finished making the first end of a rollover jig for the 924. Hopefully this thing will make sorting out the rust and remaking the suspension a lot easier. I've made it height adjustable so I don't have to jack the car up to a dodgy height to get it onto it, as well as to allow me to drop it down low enough to test fit the engine, as an engine crane won't lift nearly heigh enough to get into the bay with the jig at full height. Once I'm done with it on the 924 a couple of my friends will probably use it, then I'll use it on the scirocco, so although its probably more effort than its worth for the relatively small amount of welding the Porsche needs, it should more than justify it's self in the long run. Plus, I really hate welding upside down. Sadly the car its self still looks like this, hopefully not for much longer though!
  8. If they're sensible money I'd be tempted to put some new engine mounts on the list. It's an ideal time to replace them, and a fresh set can make a very noticeable difference to how the car feels. If it's not already been mentioned then a selection of jubilee clips is a good idea, it's horrible having to put a warn out, dying one back on in a spot you know will be a pain to reach later. Also, hopefully you won't need them, but having a set of taps and helicoils to hand can be a life-saver. (preferably including those pesky metric fine threads the Japanese love)
  9. The only running issue I had with mine was similar, and turned out that the bolts holding down the coilpacks had come loose so it was only intermittently earthed
  10. The whole thing looks awful in my eyes, stupid doors or not. Car companies need to realise that styling which works on a saloon car doesn't automatically work on a crossover/SUV/softroader/handbagwithwheels. All the ones where they try and make them look like a normal car but tall look terrible to me. Exhaust looks good Paul, it seems to be just about the only thing that hangs noticeably low on them, so it must be nice to have it raised up a bit. Dan, those pedal boxes typically need the seat moving back about 300mm in hatchbacks, and the steering wheel more than just spacing out a bit. You may find you're not in an ideal position in relation to the cage too. Adams idea might be worth considering if you want an easier life. I converted the scirocco to hydraulic clutch in an afternoon using a welder and some mini parts, it's an easy enough job. Or as he says, a top swing box might work nicely. Have a look at mk1 and 2 escort ones, they may go in fairly easily. The floor mounted one would be cool if you're happy to work around it though. Good for weight distribution, just a big change to all the controls, not just the pedals. I did some man maths before Christmas and sold my nice e61 525d, and replaced it with a tatty e36 318tds touring. I'm loving the thing so far. It's hilariously gutless, but nicely balanced, which I find makes an oddly satisfying combination. Mostly though its amazing not having to worry about every potential mark or ding like I would with the e61. It's worth sod all whether or not I've scratched the crap out of the interior trim carrying bikes and steel around, so I can just get on with using it. Plus having something a bit older and more connected feeling to drive has reminded me just how much I need to get the Porsche going again. I should be having a move around at my unit soon, so will try and remember to take a few photos and do a bit of an update on that thing too, but there's not a huge amount to see yet.
  11. They'll have to apply for a logbook to tax is, as you need the v5 or v11 number, so the new keeper will sort that out. As Rich says, just write to the DVLA saying you sold it but no longer have the new keepers details. It's exactly the same situation as if you do post the logbook but the post office or DVLA loose it, so they'll be used to it.
  12. How big is it Paul? I can't get an idea of scale from that photo. I've got 2 stripped down engines between the garrage and living room so I can probably identify it if you give me some dims. Sam, they're an early-audi derived slant 4.
  13. Nah, I'll always end up doing more than 5k a year in my main car (be it interesting/classic or a cheap estate) I do a lot of social miles thanks to having a pretty spread out group of friends. Insurance isn't too bad for me anyway. I'm getting old enough, and touch wood my history's squeaky clean. I had a re-arrange at the unit on monday and got the scirocco out into some clear space, so I'll probably start work on that this evening. My new welder's arriving on Friday, but I don't think I'll have any gas to use it for a week or two
  14. I think Rich's point is more that most engines are designed to be installed (and therefore removed) with most ancillaries in place. I'd agree with him that it's way easier to pull the whole engine out as one lump, complete with all the fiddly little bits still attached, then strip what you need off the it once it's out of the car. Plus you end up with a nice empty engine bay to work in when removing the brake/clutch/steering parts. Nice progress all the same. It sounds like it's going to be a bit of an animal when it's done.
  15. I get that pretty badly too Dan. The forum really dislikes typing with an Android phone, I've even tried a couple of different keyboards and it does it on all of them. Most common issue seems to be that pressing space deletes the world you just wrote, but all sorts of random crap happens occasionally. In my news, I've got a bit better settled into the unit and finished welding up the battery tray area of the Porsche, although I still need to grind back some welds and throw some temporary paint on it. I'll grab some photos next time I'm down there. I'm selling my 5 series, and I was planning to buy a cheaper diesel estate cheaper to run around in, but I've been wondering about putting the Scirocco back on the road as a daily driver instead. It would make me rush the Porsche less, as my fun-car itch will be scratched, and it was always a nice compromise of practicality and fun when it used to be my only car. Plus I cycle to work now, so only tend to use my car a couple of times a week anyway. The only downside's that I loose the ability to take more than one friend places with me (well, unless I befriend some midgets). It needs the inner sills welding up, but patching up the Porsche has reminded me that it's not really that big of a deal with the right space and kit, and mechanically all it needs is tyres, fuel lines an exhaust and a little reassembly. The money I would have spent on a cheap estate would easily cover that, and probably with enough left over to buy some half decent suspension to replace the cheap coilovers that are on it at the moment.