Tuesday 14 October 2014

Carrying On

So, the near side suspension is all done & back together - on to the other side.

Things to note, the brake slave cylinder is weeping :cry: & one of the upper wishbone bolts wasn't tight, well it was tightish, but not TIGHT. All the moving parts are stripped out & the wishbones are cleaned & on a radiator drying (yes, my wife is out). I've started cleaning the chassis with a rotary wire brush & on a couple of tubes the powder coat just fell off in about three sheets, it's RUBBISH! So a little more abrading to do there, then:-
Clean & paint the upright, chassis & wishbones,
Re-fit the fuel tank & pump,
Fit a seal kit to the slave cylinder,
Re-assemble the suspension.

Then it's good for re-taxing from the 1st ready because there's a kit car show at Brands Hatch & apparently the Southern Kit Car Club has been invited, so as we get to do a "procession" on the track, it would be rude not to attend.

But before then (next Monday in fact (eek)) I start my new job.

I watched Guy Martin building a Spitfire on the TV at the weekend - a very enjoyable programme & I take my hat off to Guy Martin without hesitation, but WHY do they never check the "facts" with the experts? The narrator said the Spitfire was made using "exactly the same" methods as were used in the factory - sorry, no, in the factory most of that would've been done using press tools & stretch forming, not the hand methods they were using. They said the rivets were "steel alloy" but were annealed using the process for aluminium alloy rivets. They said the mock dog-fight was with a Messerschmitt 109, when it was clearly a Hispano Bouchon - a post war Spanish built 109ish with a Merlin engine.

I know all these things are a bit pedantic, but why say the wrong thing when it's easy to check with the guys at Duxford? (sigh).

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