MadManMike

The Car Thread

24423 posts in this topic

47 minutes ago, MadManMike said:

Wanna do my rear sills mate? lol

I've never touched a welder in my life, but I now have inner sills - once I've found some cheap outers, it's chop and weld time!

Remember to disconnect your battery and ecu if you do start 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, dann2707 said:

Remember to disconnect your battery and ecu if you do start 

Doesn't it depend on the type of welder I'm using?

There will be people on standby with fire extinguishers, just in case anything decides to catch fire.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just take your time Mike. Agree with Dan disconnect your battery regardless.

Don't bother buying outer sills for a MX5, ford KA sills will do the job and they're peanuts.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, MadManMike said:

Doesn't it depend on the type of welder I'm using?

There will be people on standby with fire extinguishers, just in case anything decides to catch fire.

Not sure but for the sake of one bolt and a slide connector it's not worth risking. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So that sill repair has set me off, pair of MK1 transit rear arches ordered to try and fab with, they look a very similar shape so will hopefully be able to do something with them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are we saying that these are pretty much a direct fit??

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-KA-1996-TO-2008-NEW-FULL-SILL-BOTH-SIDES-LEFT-RIGHT-PAIR-007-006-/121985200950?epid=915367950&hash=item1c66e27336:g:3L8AAOSwezVWv0S5

If so, just over £40 for the pair is a bargain.

I may end up playing it safe and getting someone who knows what they're doing to weld them in.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wouldn't necessarily say a direct fit, but I know when I worked at my dad's autofactors we sold no end of them for MX5 owners. They might take abit of fettling but get a competent metal man on the job and you'll be sorted.

Do you have a autofactors locally that might stock them to have a look at and compare?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

20170726_183857.thumb.jpg.61798acdbe8712d08a79eba09418da29.jpg

Mixin' it up. Someone painted the grey center a pile of turd so I'm gonna swap it up.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Being reminded of my uni days when I'd be walking around the room revising notes. Never thought that at age 30 I'd be cramming in as much as possible about these 3 cars for work. Actually finding out some cool stuff about them, like why the ignition is always on the left. Never took any interest in Porsches. Started off by learning that these are 3 subsequent generations labeled 996, 997 and - quite logically - 991 :P 

20413936_1470061586415897_32092172478802

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lunch time at Cadwell. 

AD08R haven't been as hoped, after a few flying laps they're going off quickly, constant hot pressure of 29psi. 

Put the R888 on the front and it's a different car. 

Lovely combination with the AD08R on the rear. Having a reyt good time :D

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does anyone know where you can buy printed heat shrink tubing? I.e. to label wiring? 

I can't seem to find anywhere that does them.  I'm tempted to buy a machine to do it ~£150 and flog them on ebay.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a Dymo printer at work that will do it. We never got the heat shrink tubing for it though, as it is quite expensive. £15 per metre rings a bell. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What exactly are you labelling? Is heat shrink worth the high cost to you?

Have you seen these before? http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/cable-markers/0554478/  They can be put on the cables themselves, or be put on cable ties and wrapped around multiple cables or a loom.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've also seen labels printed on paper then placed under clear, adhesive heatshrink, which seems an easier DIY to a similar result, although you'd want to print on something flexible ideally I guess. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nothing in particular really.  Ive just seen looms you can buy with it done and it looks really pro.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Struggling to get quotes for less than £1000 for both sills and one arch... That does include paint, but still, ouch :(

I appreciate the amount of work involved, but I can't justify spending more than I paid for the car in the first place.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Given up trying to find a better one?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No, but I discovered my engine isn't as bad as first thought, so I'd rather stick with this one - I've put a lot of effort in, so it would be a shame to give up on it.

That said, £1k for rust repairs might change my plan back to searching for another one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just do it yourself Mike, it's pretty easy to use a melty stick after a few minutes practice.

I've been working on the van some more, it has had an EML come on that was bugging me and putting into limp mode occasionally.

Out came a skanky EGR, rotated the body 180 degrees and refitted, free blanking :)

2017-07-26%2012.59.27_zpsqkukt4xw.jpg

Then onto the next common issue, injector wiring. funnily enough somebody has been there before and made a hash of it so i sorted those out and added some conduit to protect

2017-07-26%2013.45.03_zpssvx8vfp9.jpg

I fitted a proper bonnet stay clip rather than that wire bodgef**kery

2017-07-26%2014.26.04-1_zpspeckvdaz.jpg

I also gave it a full service, added some Forte to the fuel and it was still flashing an EML. I stole a MAP sensor off the spares van and the problem was solved! 

Next to fit are some new plates, reverse camera, reverse sensors, screen, headunit, sub, ply lining and shelving for all my tools and other shite. I'm loving driving a van!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh and the Astra decided it didn't like its clutch whilst my girlfriend was driving to the midlands, not sure what the issue is as I fitted a new clutch, slave, hose and flywheel under 3 years ago so hopefully none of those are at fault! Recovery collected her but as they unloaded the car it started to roll off the back as the guy hadn't put the handbrake on... resulting in the car the rolling backwards and and the front end getting taken out as it dropped. 

2017-07-27%2022.40.31_zpsn7jldugq.jpg

Not quite sure where we stand with insurance, I said to wait until the garage have had a chance to see what the issue is with the clutch and if it's easy to fix then get it sorted (presumably insurance will want it to be a fully working car when assessing?) and claim as it'll likely be a write off as there is apparently damage to the rad pack. Kind of hoping thats the case as I really dislike that car!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Underground carpark + v8 + stainless headers and side pipes = savage noise :lol:

20170728_080335.thumb.jpg.ded6f8e0c5a6cd49812cd66bf5251603.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, CurtisRider said:

Recovery collected her but as they unloaded the car it started to roll off the back as the guy hadn't put the handbrake on... resulting in the car the rolling backwards and and the front end getting taken out as it dropped. 

Surely the recovery company should pay for any damage they caused not your insurance?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.