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Old 1st September 2019, 06:16
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On The Road

Saturday, 27th August 2016 - First MOT attempt = Fail.



Wednesday, 31st August 2016 - MOT Re-test = Pass.



Saturday, 31st August 2019 - Three years and just over 4,000 miles later.



OK, so a car park in Greenford isn't the most glamourous way to mark this milestone, but it was the best I could do.

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Swordfish For Sale (Potentially)
A number of 'real work' projects have been cancelled / fallen through lately.

Now this is the life of a consultant and I am pretty good at managing the highs and lows of irregular earnings.

However, if things don't improve in the next six months, I may need to put my family's finances first and sell my car.

So if anyone wants to make me an offer I can't refuse now, please do so via a PM, thanks.



Please Note:
This is not an excuse for certain forum members to post on this thread telling me that my car is worthless.

As I've tried to keep both my 'Build' and 'On The Road' threads honest and I've never pretended that my car is anything other than what it is.

So I am not interested in debating the value on here, as it can only be what someone is prepared to offer that I am prepared to accept.

Thankfully, I am not desperate for the money at this stage and could probably wait until next Spring if required.

So until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 1st September 2019, 07:32
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Hi Paul, That is bad, but between now and Spring something could turn up. Ignore the naysayers, you know what it is worth. When you have created something it becomes part of you, something people who have not done it do not understand. Look for other solutions first. Good luck. Dave
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Old 1st September 2019, 11:44
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Paul
Something will turn up for you. Hang in there.
Every effort will be rewarded, at times very unexpectedly.
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Old 1st September 2019, 19:19
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Paul.
If you do sell it you'll only miss it and want to build another one .
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Old 2nd September 2019, 06:10
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It'll be a very sad day if you have to part with your car, but needs must and family has to come first. Good luck and I hope work picks up for you.
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Concentrate on getting the work in that pays the bills. Chances are you will land something between now and Spring time anyway.
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Old 3rd September 2019, 05:38
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Hi Paul

Here's hoping that there's an early upturn in your fortunes. I sincerely hope that your creation stays where it belongs.

Regards, Mick
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Old 3rd September 2019, 08:59
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Quote:
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... Was that a genuine 7 next to you? I want it!
Yes, that's a Lotus Seven S1 from about 1959. I owned one for about 20 years. It would have had an A Series (or Coventry Climax) engine originally but a Ford 1300 had been "transplanted" with the exhaust running via the passenger footwell. I bought it with a bent chassis so had it repaired at Arch Motors with an S3 front end. Paranoid about the alloy nose, I copied it in GRP for everyday use. Another car I should never have sold!!!
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Old 3rd September 2019, 17:53
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Thanks for all the kind words gentlemen.

I certainly hope something comes up on the work front.
( I'm currently waiting to hear back on two things. )

Cheers, Paul.
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Old 3rd September 2019, 23:52
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Hi Paul,

I really hope something will come up and you will not have to sell your car, it would be such a shame...

Regards,
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Old 4th September 2019, 07:25
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Hi Paul, keep your head up. I fully understand your position as I am also a self employed Consultant / Project Manager and signed a 20 Month contract in April with my current client only to be told last Friday that the project I was working on is no longer going ahead because of financial reasons so I was given one months notice and will be finishing at the end of September. Life is a funny thing as I was driving home contemplating the news I received a phone call about another project for a year at a company 3 miles from where I live. Like you just waiting now to meet them and hopefully get the job so its a topsy turvey life being self employed but you will get something very soon I am sure, I would be devastated if I had to sell the car but needs must so I feel your pain. Hope all works out for you and pretty sure it will
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Old 8th September 2019, 17:19
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Deni & Alex - Thanks chaps.

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Measure twice and then don't cut at all…
In an effort to finish the last few jobs on the car, I decided to continue work on the handbrake gaiter.

This involved dragging stuff up from the Summer House to the front porch.





And leaving my welding helmet out in the sun to re-charge the solar panels.



Previously, I have mocked up a four part cover like so.



This had an odd shape to accommodate the small box section sticking out of the top of lever.



In my head, this was connected to the hand brake warning light, which I'd already removed.

So the plan was to angle grind the top off and then beat it flat and weld it up.

Thankfully, a closer inspection revealed that this box was actually protecting the hand brake mechanism.



It turned out, that while the warning light switch did sit above the lever, it was attached to this small hole along the side.



End of Part 1…
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Old 8th September 2019, 17:20
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Sunday - Part 2:
There then followed a prolonged period of trial and error, with the emphasis on error.

I looked at the option of cutting the cover and making a small extra section to cover the box…



Considered how to ensure the gaiter could be fitted over the thickest park of the handle...



Eventually, I ended up with something like this.



Which is mostly make from a single piece of material, with just a small insert in the front section.



In the end, I had to tape the mock up material in place on the inside of the alloy…



To ensure I was able to properly mark up the shape I will need to cut out of leather.



Note: I still need to tidy up the overlapping edges for both sewing and fixing into place.

By now it was 4pm and with the sun shining I headed out for a quick drive.

This may be my last day in shorts and a T-shirt as it was definitely chilly when the sun went behind a cloud.

Just stopped for one quick photo on the way home.



Until next time, take care, Paul.

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I will make an effort to catch up on my replies to other threads tomorrow.
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Old 12th September 2019, 07:53
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Handbrake Gaiter
Cut out the two sections of leather from what remains of my old sofa left overs.



Folded the two edges that will joined on the underside of the lever at the front.



Then folded the top edge, where I will be using a black zip tie when fitting to the car.



Put a second zip tie holder a bit lower down.



Note:
As I look at this photo, I realise this needs to be the full width to pull the cover over the lever properly.

So it looks like I will be re-doing that piece later on today.

Folded the top edge of the small connecting piece.



Then joined this to the main section on one side.



As always, it needs a bit of forward planning to make sure the joins are the right way around on the 'sunny' side.



With a bit of luck, I will be able to finish this today.

Because tomorrow, I will be at….

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Goodwood Revival 2019
In a last minute changes of plans I've just arranged up to volunteer at this.

I will have to do an unpaid six hour shift on each of the three days, although I'm not sure what I'm doing yet.

But at least I will get a chance to drive my car to Goodwood, which was always a dream while building it.

The weather forecast looks good, which is just as well, as I will be camping on site.

More news when I have it.

Until then, take care, Paul.
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Old 12th September 2019, 18:15
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And the air turned blue…
The day started well enough, as I cut out the first attempt and sewed in a new section.



I then finished sewing the front section in (inside out).



Which now looked like this, when pulled the right way out.



I roughly sanded the alloy panel and drilled all the holes required for the rivets.



Then drilled the matching holes in the base of the leather and riveted it all together.



This is what it looked like on the underside.



So I was feeling pretty pleased with myself as I carried this up from the Summer House to fit it.

Unfortunately, I can't really print the tirade of abuse that I was uttering when I realised it was the wrong way around.



Needless to say, I was not a happy bunny, as I figured I had blown the chance to get this done before Goodwood.

I took my mind off this biblical schoolboy error, by packing the boot for Goodwood:
- Tool bag
- Tent
- Air bed
- Pump for air bed
- Sleeping bag



I then covered all of this with a rug, before heading up to top up with petrol.

When I got back, I bit the bullet and drilled out all of the rivets.



I then discovered that I didn't have enough rivets to match the ones I'd used previously.
( Sorry, not a great photo. )



But, by this point, I was happy to use the smaller rivets, as long as they worked.



Fitting - Take 2





I then left the car parked on the street.



Which will allow me to push it down the road at 'Stupid O'Clock' tomorrow.

That way, when I start the engine I don't disturb any of my immediate neighbours.

Right, I need to finish packing.

So, until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 12th September 2019, 22:39
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I've done that before and had to re-do a bunch!
Don't forget some rain gear for the Revival!
Wish I could make it this year, but $$$ is not there for the
airline tickets from the USA.
(member of the Goodwood Transportation Corps)
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Old 12th September 2019, 22:46
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here you go Paul..
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Hi Paul,

The handbrake geiter turned out really good. Have a good time at Goodwood.

Cheers, Deni.
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Hmmm now i know how too make my handbrake gaiter nice one Paul
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Old 17th September 2019, 09:48
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Molleur - Great photo.

Deni - Cheers.

Deggsy - Glad my effort helps your build, as I know I 'borrowed' a lot of ideas from other builds myself.

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2019 Goodwood Revival
One thing that always gave me hope during the dark days of my build, was the thought of the Goodwood Revival.

As I really wanted to be able to turn up in a car that wouldn't look completely out of place lined up on the grid.

Even though I ended up going as a volunteer, I am pleased to say my dream finally came true this weekend.

It will take me quite some time to sort out all the photos and video clips I took, so here is just the beginning…

Unfortunately, the street lighting messed up what was a beautiful sunrise on Friday morning.
( That and the fact my hands were shaking. )



I did push the car down the road before starting it and creeped around the local streets in 3rd gear and sub 1,000 revs.

I had a pretty good run down there, with only one wrong turn.

But it was not until towards the end of the journey that all the classic cars started appearing from all directions.

Traffic did some to a completed standstill a few miles out, which allowed me to take a photo of my passenger side.

With the car cover, my kit bag and a clip board with directions in it.



I had left around 6.10am, so had a T-shirt, Jumper & my 'racing overalls' on and it was still a bit chilly.

It was also woolly hat and googles weather with my neck roll making a bit difference too.



Volunteers have their own camp site away from the main crowds.

This was Friday morning, when lots of people were still arriving.



I woke the next day to find this lovely Aston a few pitches down from me.



A few pitches the other way was this lorry, that had been converted into a mobile home.



Dawn breaking on Sunday morning, with the moon still visible in the sky.



Here I am on duty. ( More about this another time.)



And finally, for now, here I am on the way home on Monday morning.
( Sorry the photo is so big, it was taken from my GoPro footage. )



Until next time, take care, Paul.
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