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Paul L 9th December 2017 14:40

Mike - Thanks again. :cool:

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Quick Test:
In between Christmas shopping, I compared the Lucas reflectors to my LED ones.

There are very close in size.

And the chrome ring fits around the LED, which has to be a good sign.

So it is definitely worth removing them to see if I can get the 'edge' profiles to match.

Which would allow the Lucas rubber to hold both the LED reflector and chrome ring in place. :cool:

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When I first fitted the seats, I forgot to tape the seat belts out of the way first. :rolleyes:

This meant the back of the seats 'trapped' the top fixing hooks in a 'pointing downward' position. :icon_sad:

They still did the job, but it was something I was never 100% happy with.

So before the 2nd MOT, I managed to use a long lever, plus some brute force and ignorance to fix this.
( Resulting in just a minor loss of skin from my knuckles. :rolleyes: )

So now, both the fixing hooks point upwards. :cool:

The problem is that the two separate plates on the passenger size buzz like crazy when I am driving around by myself. :rant:

So at some point I will add some tape/rubber in between the plates to see if that helps.

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Cordite Count:
I was thinking about this the other day and I only know of four of the original ‘Sammio Cordite’ cars that were completed and on the road.

Obviously, if anyone knows of any others, I'd love to know.




Paul L

Swifty, Viatron & Micky1Mo used the revised Cordite MkII / Navigator kits.

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Until next time, take care, Paul. :)

Paul L 10th December 2017 14:17

Let it snow…
Well, we got our first small dump of snow today.

I had to drive in it to pick up a parcel and then had to clear a path in the driveway for a sofa delivery. :eek:
( I think the delivery guys appreciated the effort I put in to make their job easier/safer. )

I'll leave you with this photo from the bottom of my garden. :cool:

Until next time, take care, Paul. :)

retro200 10th December 2017 18:45

how on earth did you get that back from "easter island" lol

casamolino 11th December 2017 11:19

Morning Paul nice try with the "snow" but everybody knows that if you get more than 2 snowflakes down south the Government/BBC call a national emergency:peep: Geoff .

Paul L 12th December 2017 06:02

Retro200 - Moving it wasn't too bad, but digging the hole for the bit you can't see was hard work.


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Geoff - Unfortunately, just a few flakes of snow around here does cause an emergency. :rolleyes:

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Cheers, Paul. :)

retro200 12th December 2017 06:34

hole for statue
crikey that must have taken a couple of weekends graft with a pick + shovel !!!!

Mister Towed 12th December 2017 16:28


Originally Posted by retro200 (Post 92396)
crikey that must have taken a couple of weekends graft with a pick + shovel !!!!

Paul actually started with a ready-made, perfectly square hole, but then went at it with angle grinder, chicken wire, fibreglass and filler to achieve the rather fetching not at all square hole you now see pictured. Only took him five years to finish too. ;)

retro200 12th December 2017 20:11

"pauls hole"
nice one towed "lmao"

Paul L 13th December 2017 06:20

Mister Towed – In an attempt to avoid posting a rude reply, I’ll just say this…

Haven’t you got a new build thread to start?

”I have an RX8 five speed box sitting on a '67 spitfire chassis in my garage at the moment ready to take the engine from the 1.7 Puma sat next to it.”


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Meanwhile, back in Gotham City…
Last night there was still snow left on my car cover, so still no driving for me at the moment.

However, there is one bit of car related news, as yesterday I wrote to those nice people at Petrolicious. :cool:

I’ve been slowly working my way through their video back catalogue picking up ideas for The Harrow Job – Part 2.

As the big lesson I learned from my first video attempt was you need a way of joining different clips together.

But the simple fact is that professional film makers will always do a much better job that me and my little GoPro.

So I figured there was nothing to lose by asking nicely, as the worst that can happen is they say no.

Thankfully, Roadster and his son have already kindly offered to help with filming again.

So there will definitely be a sequel ‘sometime’ in 2018 when the warm weather returns.

Cheers, Paul. :)

Paul L 14th December 2017 16:48

Taking a leaf from Scottie22's book, I saved some sections of black leather from our old sofa.

Our new one is already in place, but I had to dismantle the old one into smaller sections...

So I could fit it all into the back of my car and take it down the dump.

At some point I will try to make gaiters for both the gear lear and hand brake from this leather.

I may also use it for the aero hump head rests, when I get the tonneau cover made.
( So they have that 'lived in' look. )

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Spotting the Wembley Henge starting to line up this morning.

Which means there isn't long to wait before the days start getting brighter again. :cool:

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Pay It Forward:
Micky1mo was kind enough to donate the Lucas rear lights and reflectors to my build. :cool:

So I now have the chance to continue the good work by donating my old plastic lights to another build.

They will be used as a temporary arrangement on Medusa over on 'Rods 'n' Sods'.

As they will be good enough for the first MOT, while the hunt continues for some more appropriate 'Steam Punk' versions.

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With a bit of luck, I will get a chance to go out for a spin in the next few days.

Until then, take care, Paul. :)

Paul L 17th December 2017 12:43

Soggy Sunday:
Our new sofa is in, the old sofa has gone, which just left the new sofa packaging in the Summerhouse to take care of.

Which was a good excuse to have a proper tidy up and rearrange the numerous boxes in there.

Believe it, or not, but there is actually a big improvement on the inside at this point, after I've made another trip to the dump.

However, I still had to work in all this mess today, so I will finish the tidying up another time.

Instead, I peeled back the covers…

So I could undo the work I had done to tidy up and tuck the wiring loom safely out of the way.

Then I could remove my LED reflectors and compare them to the Lucas rubber mounting.

First job was simple enough, just drill an extra hole for the LED wiring.

Not easy to see in the photo, but I have just made a start on removing a lip on the inside.

Removing this lip helped the different profile of the LED reflector to fit in.

As did filing down the edges of the reflector too.

Sorry about the poor photo, but the back end now worked like this.

And the front like this.
( With one done, it was much quicker to do the second one. )

Unfortunately, by this time it was raining steadily outside.

So these will be re-fitted another time.

Until next time, take care, Paul. :)

micky1mo 17th December 2017 16:23

The new, old style, reflectors should match you rear lights nicely!! :icon_smile:

Paul L 18th December 2017 16:10

Mike - They really do look the part, see below…

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Just one of those days...
For the second day in a row, I was outside working on the car with my breath visible due to the low temperatures.

Then what was meant to be a quick job refitting the LED reflectors turned into anything but. :rolleyes:

I noticed that there wasn't much thread to play with on the fixing bolt due to the extra layer of Lucas rubber.

I then proceeded to drop the first nut and just could not find it anywhere. :rant:

So I needed to trip to the Summerhouse to find a suitable replacement.

This time I got the nut on with no problem before proceeding to over tighten it and break the bolt out of the back of the reflector. :tape:

Oh how we laughed. :cry:

So it was back to the drawing board and I drilled a hole in the centre of the reflector.

The good news is that this allowed me to bolt the thing into position.

The bad news is that this stopped the LEDs from working. :rolleyes:

So I've ordered replacement and will try hard not to break it when I fit it.

At least I was able to get the other one in without any drama.

And despite this morning's mishap, the reflectors look great and are well worth the effort. :cool:

So, for now, I just have a single fog light working on the driver's side.

The photo above was taken around 4pm when the sun had already set.

As all the dilly dallying in the morning meant that I had a pile of domestic chores to do before I could go for a spin.

Given the number of people driving around will fully misted up windows I decided a short drive was better than nothing.

A mistake with the camera settings gave me this 'arty' shot, which I quite like.

So until next time, take care, Paul. :)

micky1mo 18th December 2017 19:32

Looking good !! :roll:

molleur 18th December 2017 20:05

Very nice!

micky1mo 21st December 2017 15:54

Paul L As you only need one fog light, why not set the other reflector up as a reversing light, very useful in car parks ect. . :icon_smile:

DaveP 22nd December 2017 05:30

Looking good. A quick question regarding the LED fogs is whether drilling the hole stopped them working. Did you nick a wire you think?

I ask as one of my options for my lights was to drill a hole on the centre of the reflector/light and put a white LED in that hole to act as a reversing.

If the Wiring is too close for that I will put my rear reversing lights somewhere else :)


Paul L 22nd December 2017 17:00

Mike & Molleur - Cheers chaps. :cool:

As for the reversing light, I've removed all the reversing light wiring, so I will stick with fog lights for now.
( See below. )

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Dave - The external wires are OK.

But looking at the LED light pattern, I guess there is a circuit board of some sort in use.

So even though there are no lights in the centre of the reflector, I guess there is something 'important' in the middle. :rolleyes:

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Friday Plans:
Plan A was to use the car to drop off some Christmas presents to my mum so she could see it painted.

Then I would see if I had enough time to reshape the edges of the replacement LED reflector that arrived yesterday.

Unfortunately, there was a light mist all morning, when meant I had to take my Mondeo instead.

But by the time I got home the weather had finally started to clear up a bit, although it was still grey.

So I managed to get out for an hour, which is around 15 miles in traffic, but I had a few good bursts in the middle.

Stopped off on Harrow Hill for a few photos on the way home.

Then decided to turn up the final slope to the church on the very top (where the Harrow Job video ends).

There I was greeted by a small crowd all very well dressed and a professional photographer clicking away.

Turns out there was a wedding about to start, so I quickly turned around.

Thankfully, I managed to get out of the way just as the bride arrived. :cool:

So just time for one quick photo and I was on my way.

So that's all for now, cheers, Paul. :)

Paul L 23rd December 2017 16:05

Odd Jobs:
It was an early start as I was at Sainsburys at 7am for the final bits for Christmas dinner.

It was almost 3pm before I could start working on the car.

First job was to remove the broken LED reflector, start the the engine & switch on the fog lights.

This allowed me to check the wiring of the new LED reflector.

I then filed down the edges of the reflector so that it would fit into the Lucas rubber mounting and refitted it.

I had two other jobs to do in the boot while it was 'open'.

The first was to swap the standard nuts on the locating lugs for nyloc ones.
( As these were shaking themselves loose when I was driving along. )

I had also been having trouble with one of the boot lid locks not wanting to close.

Eventually, I spotted that it was fouling here.

Unfortunately, by this stage it was dark outside, so the following photos are rubbish.

But I covered the rear of the car up...

And ground the area back a bit to give me some more clearance.
( I'll repaint this black another day. )

The good news is that both rear fog lights are now working again.

The bad news is that I noticed a big chip in the paint in one corner of the boot opening.

And the engine blew oil all over my wife's car a few feet away.
( So I had to wash that down when I was finished. )

Despite being lit by the street light in the photo, the rear end really does look the part now. :cool:

Until next time, take care, Paul. :)

Paul L 24th December 2017 05:46

"This is only one more sleep 'til Christmas."

Which means it is time to log of the computer and get ready for the big day.

So I hope you all have a good one.

Merry Christmas, Paul. :)

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