Monday, March 17, 2014

Welding - New toy

Hi All,

New toy in the garage.

Its a Miller diversion 180 tig welder. A 180 amp "simple" tig welder. Set the material and the amps then press the trigger and melt metal.

First job, a torch holder, big magnet and then a plastic dip.

Second job a welding table. A 1000 x 1000 x 5 mm mild steel plate with a series of holes water jet cut.

Some angle bar on the back to strengthen it an keep it flat.

And what were the holes for ? . . . . . . these, M16 nuts welded on the underside.

And why ? . . . . . . . . to enable clamps etc to screw in from the top side.

Next job. A new jack for the desert after my old ZJA chinamart died.

First a  new base, 3mm mild steel (more water jetting). The holes are for the linkages and to empty out sand.

Fully welded on the bottom, my welding is getting there.

Then a bolt on extension for lifting the high vehicles.

This is the top, a water cut disc with a thin ring welded on top.

Okay I forgot to take a photo before painting but the welding is getting their.

And for the super lifts :-)  actually this height is good for lifting from the chassis  rails.

Richard B.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tick, tick, tick, , , , , NOT !

Went out for a drive, or tried to. Got in isolator off, ignition on and wait for tick tick as the float chambers filled but no tick tick from the fuel pump. This is not a new problem for MG's, although it is a first for us, so I applied the correct repair method and hit it !

This worked and thankfully tick tick, however, it also went squirt, and poured fuel all over the floor !

A crawl under the car showed it was time to overhaul the fuel pump.

Very messy, however, some of it is waxoil.

Diaphragm perished, but with the heat out here not a surprise.

Points awful !

Valves seemed okay.

Air chamber O ring seal perished.

But a overhaul kit from SU in the UK plus a bit of elbow grease and some hammerite and as good as new.

All working, a little slow motion clip of the points.

Richard B.

Next . . . . fit the pump, then maybe some bling under the bonnet.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Speedo SOLVED !!!

Hi All,

When I first bought the car the speedo was jumping, the DPH told me that it was the cable and he even had a spare which he gave me.

Well loyal readers (if there are any) you may recall I have changed the cable twice (the spare from the DPO was for a RHD car) and bought a new speedo.

The last attempt before replacing the gearbox drive pinion (which is NLS**) is to change the angle drive on the gearbox. This takes the output from the gearbox and turns is 90 deg to make the angle for the speedo cable softer.

Here it is (note the new cable from a previous attempt).

Hmm, something missing.

Here it is

Where ? Here :-

Its the male pin on the angle drive.
Old and new.

All fitted.

And . . . . . . . . . YES it works, I finally have a Speedo !

** NLS = No Longer Sold, and it means TROUBLE.

Richard B.

Next . . . . . . Hmm, we'll see.