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Old 30th March 2018, 23:19
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damn ... flange nuts of course !

When i did mine up there were three of us so didn't have Jag's balancing act to perform - that must have really sucked. The 250SWB front is heavier than the average politician's conscience

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I struggled on my own as I was worried about spilling my beer..............
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Old 30th March 2018, 23:43
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There are details on the uprated gas struts and order details on my build thread.
Unfortunately, due to me just returning from a beer festival I can't see the post so you will have to hunt for it!
Oh, I'll find it! Not beer time here just yet..Verry soon though.
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Old 31st March 2018, 12:24
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Oh, I'll find it! Not beer time here just yet..Verry soon though.
Here you go... http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...4&postcount=56
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Old 31st March 2018, 12:41
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Thanks, just read the entire build thread again!
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Old 31st March 2018, 18:15
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Not the best of days working on the car...

Decided to tackle the dash.

Made a beautiful template and measured everything up perfectly. Checked, rechecked and checked again.
Then carefully cut 4 holes perfectly into the dash. Holesaw was slightly smaller than needed but decided I could file it out to right size.

Same again for the big dials. This time hole saw was perfect size. Two beautiful holes cut...

Offered up the Speedo to check and it fell through. Vibrations had made hole too big. Shit.

Checked smaller holes and they fit perfect. Decided to trial fit gauges to check. Oil temp, oil pressure, water temp, fuel and bollox, the clock. 5 dials. 4 holes.
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Old 31st March 2018, 18:31
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... hole too big. Shit... 5 dials. 4 holes...
Some days you're the dog, some days you're the lamp-post.
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Old 31st March 2018, 18:36
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Lesson learned. Always cut slightly undersized and file or grind to fit.

Bummer my friend. Glass them back and cut them again I'm afraid.
Nearly a whole day wasted to repair. That sucks!
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Old 31st March 2018, 21:14
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Some days you're the dog, some days you're the lamp-post.
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Lesson learned. Always cut slightly undersized and file or grind to fit.

Bummer my friend. Glass them back and cut them again I'm afraid.
Nearly a whole day wasted to repair. That sucks!
C'est la vie. Nothing that cant be fixed.

Pain in the ass though!
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Old 31st March 2018, 21:21
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Not that I ever make a mistake either.
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Old 31st March 2018, 21:57
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C'est la vie. Nothing that cant be fixed...
Spoken like a true kit car builder- all your own work and no-one else to share the credit when it's done.
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Old 1st April 2018, 11:17
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We've all done it !!
I have had my engineer mate make me up a couple of 'cheat rings' to go round the gauges like a big washer before to deal with it ...I got him to match the other gauges too , so it all looks deliberate !!
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Old 1st April 2018, 13:36
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How about sectioning a fiberglass body and removing six inches, only to find it two inches too short! That was a lot of work to fix!
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Old 2nd June 2018, 10:42
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All gone very quiet, hope you're not malingering.
Update with photo's needed.
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Old 2nd June 2018, 13:36
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Some days you're the dog, some days you're the lamp-post.
I was making up a new kunifer pipe to go to the rear of the car..... Used a piece of string placed along the desired route (and did it twice), to get a reasonably close measurement. Plan was to make it 100mm longer(just in case), put flare in one end and connect it, go the route (clipping to chassis on the way) and then do a minor shortening and the final flare whilst under the car. To this day I don't know why it ended up 600mm too long!
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Old 2nd June 2018, 13:41
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Always measure twice they reckon|
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Old 2nd June 2018, 13:54
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Always measure twice they reckon|
Always read twice!
"Used a piece of string placed along the desired route (and did it twice)" And it wasn't elastic either!
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Old 7th December 2018, 16:07
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Amazing how quickly time can pass and nothing gets done. Nothing with the car anyway. Main reasons for doing very little in the last 12 months was finishing off a degree and doing an Ironman. Both in the bag so ready to start again.

Managed to get back up to the unit last weekend to find out it had been broken into and a few things stolen - my bikes and tools so about 5k's worth altogether. I had been up a week before to drop some stuff off so it was recent enough. Still, nothing that cant be replaced.

All the car stuff is still there and I'll be making a go at getting a fair bit done over Christmas. Plan is to get there this weekend and sit down and make a list of everything that needs completing and go again.

Brackets to fit seats are done so they may even get fitted this weekend after I put the new carpet in. I'll try and get dashboard reglassed over Christmas - needs to be done at home really where its dry and warm and then I'll line someone up to do the electrics in the early new year.

Then I'm starting another masters and I've entered another Ironman so who knows what else will get done.
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Old 7th December 2018, 17:03
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Well done with your 'target items', but sorry to hear of the theft. Possibly not much help, but putting messages on the various cycling forums may help, also put searches on Ebay and Gumtree (and any others) that will send you a message if key words are listed - always worth a try!
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Old 8th December 2018, 09:55
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Probably teaching you to suck eggs, but you might want to beef up your security at the unit now. Sadly it's common practice for burglars to return a few weeks later to steal the new items that they know you'll have bought to replace what they stole before.
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Not the best of days working on the car...

Decided to tackle the dash.

Made a beautiful template and measured everything up perfectly. Checked, rechecked and checked again.
Then carefully cut 4 holes perfectly into the dash. Holesaw was slightly smaller than needed but decided I could file it out to right size.

Same again for the big dials. This time hole saw was perfect size. Two beautiful holes cut...

Offered up the Speedo to check and it fell through. Vibrations had made hole too big. Shit.

Checked smaller holes and they fit perfect. Decided to trial fit gauges to check. Oil temp, oil pressure, water temp, fuel and bollox, the clock. 5 dials. 4 holes.
Many moons ago, a friend of mine had a customers car in to fit a sun roof, he ironed the paper template, measured carefully and taped the template in place, went away, came back and re-measured. He took a deep breath and made the cut, the sunroof dropped straight through the hole!
It turned out that it wasn't the template at all, but the protective paper covering to stop it getting scratched.....
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