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Good work there! What kind of welder do you have? When I first started welding years ago I had a cheapo Clarke one and I really struggled, my mate gave me a go in his snap on one and my god what a difference it's was so much easier with a decent machine and within 2 mins I was laying down some nice welds so I saved up and bought a second hand cebora mig and never looked back.

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Aye, you've hit the nail on the head, it's a Clarke 150. Struggling to get decent results.

Can't really afford a better one, but maybe it's time I bit the bullet.

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14 hours ago, Mash said:

Aye, you've hit the nail on the head, it's a Clarke 150. Struggling to get decent results.

Can't really afford a better one, but maybe it's time I bit the bullet.

Maybe worth looking out for a second hand one but like everything it's more money......

Good luck with the project it's gonna be nice when it's all done 🙂

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21 hours ago, Mash said:

Aye, you've hit the nail on the head, it's a Clarke 150. Struggling to get decent results.

Can't really afford a better one, but maybe it's time I bit the bullet.

this is what you need!

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So I'm at the stage of putting the axle back in to get the position of the ATB axle brackets and went over to crack on with it today, only to find that the rear hangers won't fit into my brand new bushes 😕. Turns out the ones I bought last year are wrong, as they have the same diameter upper (chassis) and lower(spring bush) bolts, instead of the smaller diameter lower bolts. So ordered up the proper ones.

So I'm stuck with that job for the moment. I have everything else :-

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Got my new spring hangers and they fit :-) Also done loads of work on the axle and rear body, but scared to show you guys my welding 😨;-)

Anyway have welded the ATB brackets on the axle and body and the turret brackets on the axle.

Yesterday and today been cutting out the holes for and tacking in the turrets, well the off side anyway, ran out of gas so awaiting a delivery to continue.

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All progress is good progress Mike. Some of these guys sound like excellent fabricators so I wouldn't be posting too many pictures. Glad to see you're carrying on with the build.

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Mike 

looking at the weld on the axle turn the amps up a notch you are almost there it’s thick material, left side looks better than the right in the weld, maybe your mask isn’t the best so you can’t see, just observation and always willing to help 

maybe try pulse welding, get a good pool stop then move along and do another good pool of weld 

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34 minutes ago, DpG Venom said:

All progress is good progress Mike. Some of these guys sound like excellent fabricators so I wouldn't be posting too many pictures. Glad to see you're carrying on with the build.

Thanks Gareth :-) To be fair I know I'm way off the rest of you guys, but I feel I am getting a little better and I try and take on everyone's comments :-)

29 minutes ago, notenoughtime said:

Mike 

looking at the weld on the axle turn the amps up a notch you are almost there it’s thick material, left side looks better than the right in the weld, maybe your mask isn’t the best so you can’t see, just observation and always willing to help 

maybe try pulse welding, get a good pool stop then move along and do another good pool of weld 

Thanks Mucker :-) your comment are always welcome and really useful 👍

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On 11/08/2020 at 14:16, Mash said:

So I bought this a couple of weeks back. I intend to get it going with an ST170 engine, rx8 box or type9, and uprated suspension/brakes.

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I'm using a rx8 box . I spoke to a guy who swapped on for a type9 with a tran-X kit and said he would never go back to a type nine .

Starting with a solid shell will save you about a decade. 

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2 hours ago, Dyl wheels said:

I'm using a rx8 box . I spoke to a guy who swapped on for a type9 with a tran-X kit and said he would never go back to a type nine .

Starting with a solid shell will save you about a decade. 

Yes Mate, decided on the rx8 and have got the adaptor plate all fitted up with it on the engine. New tunnel is in and ready to go. Downside is that the heater bx won't go back in so I'll be modifying that to fit as well.

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22 hours ago, John escort mk1V6 said:

Did check if the tyre have enough space , so it doesn`t touch the spring ?

 

Yes John. Studied your thread in detail and took on board the bits about the wheel/tyre spacing. So I tried the wheel on first and worked out the position of the bracket from that.

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15 hours ago, Mash said:

Yes Mate, decided on the rx8 and have got the adaptor plate all fitted up with it on the engine. New tunnel is in and ready to go. Downside is that the heater bx won't go back in so I'll be modifying that to fit as well.

I just cut the bits that direct air to your feet and it went in no problem

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So, as you may of read in my posts on RP's steering rack thread, sorted the 2.4 out today, just waiting for the RS arms to arrive on Monday.

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So today I cleaned the loose paint off of the crossmember ready for a coat of hammerite, but i just wanted to know if I should uprate it by welding one of those solid bottom plates on it? Any ideas.

Also, I'm wondering what else I need for the rear coilover mounting as I only have what's in the photo......

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Hi folks :-)

More work on the rear end and now I have tacked the Watts towers into position, best I can get at ride height with the axle jacked up. So there's a photo here of what  it looks like.

I tried fitting the Gp4 Bilstein coilovers I had refurbed, but I reckon they are way too long. I have square turrets and axle brackets on top of the axle, so any ideas what shocks i should have?

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I did have the same problem with the GAZ steel ones , so i did bought the GAZ alluminium shorter ones and i did make the turrets longer , becourse i want the car as low as posibile.

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Did a bit more welding this morning, bearing in mind all the advice I was given. 1.5 mm plate for cross member strengthening, so a bit thicker than body stuff I think, but the welding is a little better (although not up to the standard you boys are getting 😕. Hopefully I'll get there eventually.......

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Stripped all the old paint/dirt/underseal off the cross member and gave it two coats of hammerite black so now it looks a bit better.

Hoping to go back to some underneath welding this weekend, and take on board some of the good advice you guys have given me.

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So yesterday I cut off the old ARB brackets, and today i ground down the remains and stripped off the rest of the paint/light rust. I then took off the plastic breather valve thingy and welded a 3/8 UNF nut to take the banjo bolt and adaptor I have from another job for an extended breather.

then I gave it a first coat of hammerite.......

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