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« Reply #540 on: October 04, 2022, 07:56:24 PM »
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Yes indeed. At least you are doing it on a rotisserie Rob.

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« Reply #541 on: October 22, 2022, 07:36:41 PM »
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Where was I?

It was raining (but that's a given).  Then work took away a weekend.  Except it's more like an adventure camp for nerds.  But I got to the Parkes Show'n'Shine last Saturday and saw many interesting vehicles, amongst which -

an HK Brougham with an impossibly good-looking interior.  I said to its owner, "Brocade trim.  I thought it was unobtainium."  He said, "It is.  The interior's original.  So's the paint.  It's done 30000 miles."

an HR Premier, ostensibly a 1968 model.  Black interior, optional front bench seat.  Black headlining.  Gearstick on the floor.  Very late body number.  186S.  Correct cast headers.  Very late engine number.  Right prefix.  Front disc brakes.  Opel gearbox.  By now, I was very curious.  The dash had no legend saying CHOKE, but sometime a dodgy manual choke setup had been fitted. (Obviously from the same mechanics' conspiracy that throws away the brake self-adjusters and removes the chokes from X2s).  The steering column had no hole for the lower linkages.  Provisional verdict:  I've heard about these, but I've never seen one before.  I got talking to the owner and then did all the nerdy things with date codes on the castings (replacement HK 186 cylinder head), and then asked him, "LSD?"  He then told me to open the driver's door, and there on the jamb was the yellow sticker.

That tears it.  An original four-speed Premier with all the good bits.

Where was I?  Ah yes -



It didn't rain today, despite the forecast, so I replaced the LHR floor.  Well, it's tack-welded.  The seams come tomorrow.

Rare Spares floors.  Yeesh.  I had to put a lot of features in by hand.  Anyway, there it is.

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« Reply #542 on: October 23, 2022, 07:35:17 AM »
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Hey Rob ..My Mum had a HD X2 Premier 3 on the tree ...I remember she wished she had bought a auto , I didn't pay much attention then being 18 or 19 years old ..the passion sets in later ..I'd love that car now ...Vern ..
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« Reply #543 on: October 29, 2022, 07:11:51 PM »
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A few hours here, a few hours there (that is, two days off work because the sun shone), and -



Behold.  Four floors.  No holes.  I still can't get used to the sight.

I also painted up inside the RH sill as far as I could get with a radiator brush and long dowel.  I painted over nearly all of the weld seams.  If I can get a pressure-pak of fish-oil or cavity wax with a long tube, I'd like to coat the inside of both sills before the next stage:

Closing them up at the rear.  Here is the filler panel for the RH sill.  It's the bit that goes inside the rear wheel arch.



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« Reply #544 on: November 06, 2022, 04:41:32 PM »
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I spent the weekend fiddling.

I made up the LH sill rear filler panel, and spent some time clearing out the remains of the old ones on both sides.  So here's a (almost) matching pair, ready to go in:



And I painted inside the LH sill . . . it seems I didn't paint the inside where I replaced the rear six-inch sections of inner and outer.  Then once the filler panels were in their nearly finished state, I drilled the outer sills for plug-welds.

Meanwhile, I bounced around between Repco and Super-Cheap, thinking about rust-proofing.  The end result was a pressure-pak of fish-oil, a pressure-pak of WD-40, and a litre of fish-oil.  The plan is to pry the spray/nozzle/tube off the WD-40 and put it on the fish-oil.  But I'd still like to fish-oil all the way along the sills before I close them up.  The big-box hardware store is between Repco and Super-Cheap, so I wondered if I could use irrigation fittings and a garden sprayer -

Here is my prototype fish-oiling system.



1.5 litre is the smallest pressurized hand sprayer.  The nozzle in this one unscrews, leaving a spigot of (I'm guessing) 8 mm diameter.  That will take a length of 5/16" fuel hose, into which a piece of 6 mm ID PVC hose will go.  The 4 mm poly pipe will fit inside the clear PVC hose.  And the 360-degree sprayer will fit the 4 mm poly pipe.  Hopefully.  The sprayers are threaded, but they should make a good seal when inserted into the poly pipe.

I just have to assemble the whole Heath Robinson setup and see how it behaves before trying it in earnest.  That was going to be this weekend's effort, but, as usual, the two ends of the weekend crashed into each other.

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« Reply #545 on: November 07, 2022, 08:03:27 AM »
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Good thinking on the fishoil gun.

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« Reply #546 on: November 07, 2022, 11:12:29 AM »
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If you don't have a  compressor It is a good method.

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« Reply #547 on: November 08, 2022, 07:07:41 AM »
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what fish oil have you chosen Rob ?
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« Reply #548 on: November 08, 2022, 10:37:24 AM »
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Vern,

Super Cheap's "Heavy Duty" fishoil in a one-litre tin.  Super Cheap's products are all labelled "heavy-duty", just like all Mobil fuels are "special".

Clay,

Shh.  I have a compressor.  But the garden sprayer and poly pipe seem a more manageable solution.

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« Reply #549 on: November 08, 2022, 10:52:31 AM »
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Ok. I used a shutz gun with length of clear hose and 360 degree brass nozzle. Litre tin screws on the gun, but purchased a 4 litre tin and refill the 1 litre from that. Used for stone guarding ute tray without the hose attachment. Otherwise used for fisholene and inside the reskinned tailgate, cavity wax. Not dear at all, about $25 for the gun.


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« Reply #550 on: November 12, 2022, 08:12:34 PM »
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Fish-Oil Day.

It appeared to be a success, both from the amount of fish-oil that went into the sills, and also that I managed to stay largely uncontaminated.  Fish-oil's a good bit more viscous than water, but the hand sprayer could be pressurised enough to make a good fan-pattern out the spray head.  I blocked up all the sill drain holes except the rearmost one . . . and the fish-oil drained out a plug-weld hole anyway.  So I was able to reclaim and re-use the fish-oil that drained out.  It took a few passes down the sills to get a good even coating all over the inside, and wadded-up paper towels prevented the slow drip after the excess ran out.



I taped the poly pipe to a length of fencing wire.  It was a bit clumsy, but manageable.  And then, after a few hours went by -



RH sill closed up at the rear.  And then -



LH sill closed up at the rear.  The general frustration index rose in direct proportion to the fall in weld quality; the later it got, the worse things went.  And, of course, the inside of the rear wheel arches do not have the easiest access.

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« Reply #551 on: November 19, 2022, 05:19:02 PM »
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Today I put in the missing front sections of the rear wheel arches.  Compared with the sill filler panels, these were straightforward.  Here's the left -



And here's the right, seen from the inside -



General charring and blackening.  The tar-based seam sealer caught fire on both sides.  The argon does its job and puts the flames out on the welding side; but the side I couldn't see needed careful watching . . .

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« Reply #552 on: November 19, 2022, 07:24:09 PM »
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Tidy work. You’ll be on the road before my van.


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« Reply #553 on: November 22, 2022, 07:52:38 PM »
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Hi Rob
Sorry to jump in on your thread, I sent you a pm on the fb ek forum regarding those bits and not sure if you received.
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« Reply #554 on: November 22, 2022, 09:16:20 PM »
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. . . oops.  I don't always log in to FB-EK when I visit the site.

PM replied to.

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« Reply #555 on: December 04, 2022, 07:39:56 PM »
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Nothing to report this weekend either.

Except a complete brake hydraulics job in my grey FC, which, surprise surprise, did not like sitting idle during the wettest year on record.

Note to self: cars are much more reliable when you drive them.

Rob
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