Hello...lost laser making a comeback

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Sat Aug 14, 2021 9:04 am

Once I'd recovered what tattered shreds of my sanity remained I had to make a call. Fight, or buy bonds. Turn it in as someone else's project (part complete lockdown project, might make the money back I've spent on the parts?) or go down swinging with a hacked up ruin fit for scrap.

Well, I had nothing else to do in lockdown....choppy choppy it is :roll:
1st thing is some nice thick steel into those suspension mounts. Before anyone chimes in, I know there needs to be a hole in there for access to the spring nut. But in my defence I didn't have a step bit to hand, its damn thick steel and until I need a hole there a nice box will just have to do. The horrors! A none original fix!...listen, this is a patchwork quilt not a show car, as I said at the start if it looks remotely Capri shaped its a win. So there :tongue:
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The repair also runs inside the sill (there's extra metal in there if you aren't aware) and then has this rather fetching finishing piece joining the sill lip to the suspension mount to the inner arch to the inner sill thing. There are no photos. You can barely get to it let alone poke a phone at it. But it's in there.
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Now the bump stop mount....
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Lovely. That should hold the rubber bit that stops the wheel hitting the inner arch when I decide to Dukes of Hazzard and leap a ton of Capri off a sand hill while being chased by Rosco. Or whatever else its supposed to do.
Can you tell I was putting it off? The tricky bit. The elephant in the room?
This....
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It's because I wasn't entirely sure how to fix it :xd: :?
Do I cut a bit I need from a repair panel? Chop the bad off? This is where I strongly recommend you seek professional advice. Because this is not how to do it. Because I...well....I decided to (after an entirely sleepless night) zip up my man suit right to the neck, have a strong cup of tea and attack it with a grinder...
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In retrospect, I may have taken a bit too much. I got giddy with power. Crazed some might say. :twisted:

But look at how ruined the inner arch is. Couldn't get to fix that with all that steel in the way. It wasn't madness I tell you. I wasn't locked, alone, in a house for months away from my other half, family, friends and colleagues and going a bit peculiar. The missing metal and primer fumes had no effect on me :lmao:

Better put some inner arch in then.....
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Better, the front of the back arch is metal again.

This led to dilemma the first....how with a hammer, a pair of pliers and some tin snips do I fabricate a great big inner arch with lip and 2 compound curves. Because I'm not merlin or a 50 tonne press. I retired with cocoa and thought about it for some time....
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Simple. I'll make a frame out of strapping, split the curves in 2 and make it like that. Is this the correct method of making inner arches? Good lord no. Was it the correct way to do it? Don't know. Did it work? sort of...see a professional is the overriding fink advice.
so...weldy weldy the new bits...
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Well, it ain't pretty and concourse it will never be but that is, unquestionably, an inner arch made of metal in approximately the right shape (few love taps with a hammer with fettle for final fit) made with no clue, no talent and no pattern..YEEEEEHAAAAA! cowboy fabricobbling FTW :turd:
And then of course what do we do when we weld boys and girls? We zinc primer EVERYTHING!!!!!

Now dilemma the second... lets try that replacement panel....
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oooh. Now obviously this is after several hours of calling it rude names, hitting it, cutting it, it cutting me, hitting it more, buuuuuuut...yeah...capri-ish?

Now for the hideous task of tiny tiny welds to not distort it. Then grind back. Then weld. Then grind back Then weld. Then grind back........... :banghead:
Not that I was losing the will to live and talking to myself. It'd been a rough couple of weeks with all this inner and outer arch stuff.

Alas, that's all the photos the forum allows in one post. And what a post. Suspense(ion mounts), drama (queen after sympathy), action (packed photos), madness (constant), redemption (maybe)

But where do we go from here? What kind of a monkeys breakfast have I made? Tune in next time for more....LOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTT LLLLAAAAASSSSSSSSEEEEEEERRRRRRrrrrrrrrrr

Or don't. I'm pretty much rambling on the internet, possibly to myself, or possibly to strangers if anyone is even reading this dribble :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by D366Y » Tue Aug 17, 2021 11:29 am

I'm reading it! :lol:
Great work on the arch, it may not be concourse but who cares!
A wise man once said... "you can never have too many capris - buy another" :beer:
It's me, I'm the wise man.

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:03 pm

Now, where was I? Ah yes. The arch......what happens once we weld in the new metal? Zinc primer everything. Obviously needs filler and someone with the talent to make it pretty but..metal is in. Good enough. Looks Capri shaped to me. If I squint.
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Now to move backwards... It appears tinworm has taken an undue fascination with the Capri's derriere. How very rude!

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Time for bum-ectomy. Sorry old thing but we simply can't let you wander about with a raggedy butt.
Now I have better access (small mercies?) I will attack the rust behind the rear wheel arches. They weren't pretty....
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holey...holey moley in fact!
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Still, compared to the madness I've seen thus far (running outta lockdown at this point and now stuck with a sort of nearly finished car body thing, and much less time to do it :? ) these rusty crevasses are naught but a minor headache. Queue hot metal glue gun......
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(not my finest photography but you get the idea!)

Then re-cheek-ifying the rear end. And all is well with the world.
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Then many many paints. All the paints. All over everything. Then more paint to make sure.
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And then the final job and I've completed a full lap, snout to tail, left to right, top to bottom, under, over, in and out. Ladles and Jellyspoons, the battery hodder:
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ruined.
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Unruined.

Its welded. Oh joyous day! calloo! callay! a hip and a hop and a skip and a bounce. All the burning can end. The weld in places I didn't want it. The cuts from the metal. The constantly wearing respirators (which given 'rona wasn't the worst idea anyway!) and ear goggles and eye goggles and gauntlets and welding sleeves...finally....done. No more welding. My silly little lockdown idea is welded. Just over a year ago to this very day. :woot: :woot: :woot:

It took: 5 months of evening/weekends and early starts, 2 wings, 1 rear panel, 1 NSF a post repair panel (useless, poor fit, I cut most of it away) a battery hodder, 1 OSR arch panel, I lost count but I think 10 x 0.6 kg welding wire (yes, really, 60kg just in wire) and another several tens of kilos of steel plate of varying thickness for all the patches, panels and random bits I had to make. Seeing as the total weight is about 1 tonne and the engine/axle/gearbag and whatnot weighs rather a lot of that, I estimate I probably put back 1/3 of the chassis weight with all the replacement panels and new metal :lmao:

That's not including 2 pairs of welding gauntlets, 1 pair of overalls, 2 pairs of shoes and a fair few permanent scars to remind me of the good times when I'm a wrinkly old fink in the old fink's home.

Now for the next part. Fixing things with spanners. I much prefer that part. But for that you will have to tune in next time for another thrilling instalment of LLLLlllloooooooosssssttttt LLLLllllaaaaaaaasssseeeeerrrr

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by pbar » Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:45 pm

You should be really pleased, and proud of what you've done there. It's great to see a thread like this.

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by Lord Flasheart » Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:34 am

Excellent effort & story ;)

Onward with the spanners :)

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by andyd » Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:38 am

pbar wrote:
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:45 pm
You should be really pleased, and proud of what you've done there. It's great to see a thread like this.
Lord Flasheart wrote:
Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:34 am
Excellent effort & story ;)

Onward with the spanners :)
:agree:
Never welded in my life and pretty sure I wouldn't have the patience to do the amount of work you have.

:goodluck:

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