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Re: Little Purple Austin

#136 Post by Vulgalour » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:36 pm

It's actually had surprisingly little work for one of these. Normally by this age they're on their second set of sills, second set of floor pans, third set of front wings, and had substantial repairs to the front inner wings and boot floor. That this one is only now really on its first weldathon is pretty amazing.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#137 Post by Vulgalour » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:39 pm

Got this as high as I could on axle stands since putting it on the ramp didn't go as well as hoped due to the car's age-related metal issues. It started as it always does, with piles of rust. The goal today was to get the front floor pan hole cut out cleanly and the edges prepared for welding in the new pieces.
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There's only a bit of edge cleaning to do now all the rot is chopped out here. There's a lot of metal to put back in again but thankfully most of that is just the floor pan and then a few fiddly edge patches to tie it all together. Not too scary then, right?
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Not too scary at all until I found some filler and fibreglass and gave it a poke and then found the reason for the sill making horrible noises on this side when trying to lift it with the big lift to make life easier. Turns out the very visible repair inside the car which is nice and solidly attached to the floor and was skimmed with fibreglass resin wasn't so well done on this side. The pigeon poop welds that should attach the floor to the back of the car don't and the whole lot has a skim of fibreglass over rust, which was all cunningly hidden with what looked like thoroughly presentable underseal. Finding this rather took the wind out of my sails.
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I was quite upset when I found that after all the work that's been done so far. Had I known this side of the car was so bad I don't think I would have saved it in all honesty. However, I've put that much work in and this is all within my abilities to put right that I'm going to do just that. I'll finish fitting the floor up front first so there's a good amount more strength in the bottom of the car again and then I'll chop out this bit at the back and rebuild it as properly as I can.

I may take a few days away from this, just to recharge a bit. On the positive side, the other side of the car that's been repaired has been done so far, FAR better and a good jab and bash with tools didn't dislodge anything or find unwanted holes so it's not all bad news.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#138 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:42 pm

That's a fair extra chunk to do but if I'm looking at the right part it's largely flat there and not much detail? You've tackled worse on the car so no need to get despondent and when these two are done you're almost there aren't you?

Just keep focusing on the MOT and road worthiness and it'll get you through...
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#139 Post by Vulgalour » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:49 pm

There is a plus side to it too which is that the remains of what looks like an inner sill there is actually a cover sill type repair and wrong for the way it should be constructed. So it gives me a chance to unpick this corner and redo it better for when the new closing panels arrive in a few weeks. Just a bit of a shock when you think you're over the worst of the rot and then you find another big chunk.

Still, we're down to the front floor pan, rear floor pan, outer sill section on the passenger side and the closing panels and that finishes off the MoT welding I know about. After that it gets much easier since it's just fettling and adjusting to get it road legal. I'm just a bit fed up of welding and rust.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#140 Post by ROVER-25X » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:13 am

Julesmat50 wrote:You have to wonder if any of the metal is still original by now. A bit like Trigger's roadsweeping broom. 6 new heads and 4 new handles! :laughing2

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#141 Post by Vulgalour » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:47 pm

The doors are original. Probably. :laughing2
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#142 Post by ROVER-25X » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:56 pm

Shhhh, don't temp fate. :laughing2
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#143 Post by Vulgalour » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:31 pm

Had a bit of a setback today. I finally got myself to a point where I had free time and headspace to get on with the floor replacement and filling in that massive hole and in the process of cleaning things back, found that a good deal of the intermediate sill panel is completely gone on the driver's side. Here's what I mean.

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The outer sill panel is only attached at the top, there's nothing holding it to the car at the bottom. There's also rot setting in on the outer sill panel. The only remedy here really is full sill replacement and I haven't the money or time for that at the moment. The job I can do is replacing the floor and inner sill portions that need it but before I do that I've still got to address things like the rear subframe mount which isn't actually attached to the car at all because all the bits that hold it on are actually rust and air.
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This is not what I wanted to discover. Financially, repairing this makes absolutely no sense. Emotionally it doesn't make sense either, I'm not as well invested sentimentally in this car as I am with my others. I know I don't want to scrap it and I know I'll get nothing if I try and sell it so I've decided to mothball the project for the time being. That way I can save up some money, focus on finishing other projects that are eating my spare time and get myself in a healthy position to deal with these problems. It will probably be a few months before I pick this up again and I may dip in and out to do some smaller jobs that don't require more than time investing in them, of which there are quite a few.

For now, the little Austin is sat outside huddled for warmth with the other long-termers and eventually I will get around to getting this sorted, or sold on, or whatever. I'm not going to stress about it. Instead I'll focus on the few bits and bobs the Princess and Rover need that I've been putting off in favour of trying to get the bodywork done on the Austin.
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Mike has been very busy in the background with the Churchill pump and giving it lots of lovely new parts and paint. Just waiting on one fitting arriving in the post before it can be tested.
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Finally, the spare dashboard (Morris, I think) that came with the Austin is up for grabs should anyone want it. I'm not going to use this so make an offer and it could be yours, sale of that can go into the new sill fund for the 1100.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#144 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:39 pm

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Today I have experienced a Wolseley Six. It was good, even as a passenger. Very plush, dashboard like a drinks cabinet. W-I-D-E. Sadly not my own Six, much as I'd love to add even more Hydralastic cars to my collection, just one that I'm probably going to be helping spruce up. It's a nice solid old thing, runs and drives and stops well with the heavy old transverse six cylinder E series up front and an automatic gearbox so you don't have to change gears yourself.

Mike is going to be giving it a really good deep clean, service and replace/repair any cosmetic bits that need it. Mechanically it seems in very good order and cosmetically it's not far behind. Surprisingly quiet at speed too, at total odds with the age of the car really. Now I've ridden in one for a few miles I can see what all the fuss is about with the Six, it's a very nice place to spend some time.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#145 Post by ROVER-25X » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:26 am

Noticeable size difference in the two. :D
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#146 Post by Vulgalour » Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:29 am

1100 nearly fits in the boot of the Wolseley!

Not a lot to report on this one really. It has been the inspiration for some new artwork.
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Having some technical difficulties so haven't been able to upload these to my print shop yet. When that's sorted I'll stick a little notification in here.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#147 Post by ROVER-25X » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:48 am

Done any more work to the car pal ?
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#148 Post by Vulgalour » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:20 pm

Not much to report really. Tried bleeding the clutch and found that the spring in the master cylinder had snapped in two places. Replaced that and now it seems the clutch hose is knackered so I have to replace that. It's also possible the rebuild master cylinder is sucking air in from somewhere because the system won't bleed and stay bled. Bit annoying really.

What has happened is that Mike and I finally got the Princess' suspension sorted.
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I wonder which car I'll take to the area meet tomorrow...
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#149 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:04 pm

I took the Rover to the area meet because the Princess had a flat battery. Just didn't have enough charge in it because of a slack alternator belt. Sorted that out today and had a successful shopping trip that even involved school and work rush hour traffic. Car performed admirably well and the massive boot is very useful.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#150 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:40 pm

What's the sit. rep. on the Austin now? There were quite a few updates on this car when all the panel work was being done - I'd love to know if it's "there" now and if you've found some suitably wonderful green patterned carpet :laughing2
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