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Paul L 7th May 2018 06:45

Sunday - Part 2:

So it was late afternoon before I had a chance to see what I could do will my aluminium off cuts and the cockpit walls.

Basically, I just want to turn this...

Into something like this…

But, as with most things on this build, this will not be as straight forward as I first hoped.

Take the top edge for example, the flat surfaces end below the painted cockpit edge.

If I want to bring the panels up to the green edge, like so…

They will all need to be hammered into shape to match the side wall contours.

Thankfully, there are good/obvious places to end the front and bottom edges of the panels (when trimmed to fit).

But where would the rear edge stop, given the curve I made to pull the corners together?

Using a patchwork approach would certainly help me work around the side seat belt mounts.

But in practical terms, I can't see a way to get decent access to the whole side for drilling/screwing without removing the seats.

In which case, this may be a job I can only make a start on (say the front section) now and come back and finish over the winter.

As taking the seats out will mean I can't drive the car which would be a pain now the nice weather has arrived.

Or, I have to commit to doing the rear cockpit wall and just accept this is a big job and wait until the winter.

Anyway, that is a problem for another day, so take care, Paul. :)

Mister Towed 7th May 2018 07:47

Congratulations to your elderly neighbour for going out for a spin with you, it just shows that age is often just a number and not a barrier to enjoying yourself.

'27 Lambda looks very nice, very similar to the better known Alfas of the same period and not a million miles from the original Marlin.

Hmm, always wanted one of those. Lambda homage as another future project, perhaps...

Paul L 7th May 2018 19:10

Mr T - I wish you a long and happy retirement, where all your car building dreams come true. :cool:

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Manic Monday
More gardening chores first thing in the morning, but I knew I'd get some car time later on.

So I set off around 10.20am and racked up just under 3 hours / 70 miles in glorious sunshine.

Actually, it might have been a bit too glorious, as despite the Factor 30 I still got sunburnt. :rolleyes:

I fitted the GoPro today in an effort to start collecting footage for my next car video. :cool:

So here are a few screen shots from the footage I got.

Although I had a slight mishap when I first started out as the camera mount spun round as I was driving along.

So here I am effing & blinding as I had to pull over to the side of the road to sort the thing out.

The 'accidental' footage also reminded me that I was supposed to lose some (OK, a lot) of weight before the next film.

As it currently looks like I am carrying the spare tyre around my waist. :icon_sad:

I had to get get back early(ish) for a family trip to the garden centre, followed by a nice meal out. :cool:

After completing the last of my domestic chores for the day, I'm off to put my feet up with a nice cold beer.

Until next time, take care, Paul. :)

I almost forgot that I gave a group of bikers some room to pass…

But they really didn't have a clue how to ride in a group, or overtake safely. :doh:

Paul L 9th May 2018 05:23

Belated Photo
In addition to using the GoPro on Monday, I forgot about this conventional photo of the car 'resting' in the shade.

Thankfully, despite the Bank Holiday heat and getting stuck in traffic a few times, the engine didn't over heat.

In fact, the temperature gauge never even reached the half way mark.

In other news...

I've made a start on culling the GoPro footage I collected down to something I can actually cut together into a film.

One thing I learnt from 'The Harrow Job' is that you need a lot of 'other' shots to link all the on board clips together.

So I will see if I can come up with a better arrangement to take some more 'wheel level' footage next time I'm out.

I also need to find some suitable music that will not be blacklisted by Apple products if I use it on YouTube. :rolleyes:

Finally, I've booked the car back into Enginuity in Acton in a few weeks to get my oil leaking/burning problem looked at.


Paul. :)

Mick O'Malley 9th May 2018 05:49

Highway Code Rule 166

Originally Posted by Paul L (Post 94795)
But they really didn't have a clue how to ride in a group, or overtake safely. :doh:

This triggered a memory from Monday. When leaving Stoneleigh I turn right to wend my way through Cubbington and Offchurch to the Fosseway. Only a few hundred yards from the exit a Nova overtook a pedal cyclist coming towards me on the brow of a rise, well astride the middle of the road. He was 'Leader of The Pack' of another half dozen or so Novas, obviously going to the show. I did my usual SMDH combined with my well honed 'near head on collision' swerve technique but I doubt this penetrated to any worthwhile grey matter.

Rules of the road, what are they?

Regards, Mick

Paul L 10th May 2018 06:12

Mick – Don’t get me started on people who just swing out onto the wrong side of the road and into the path of oncoming traffic (who have the right of way) because there is something blocking their side of the road and they don’t want to waste a second of their journey to actually check if the road is clear first. :rant:

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The Harrow Job – The Sequel
I found a collection of Copyright/Royalty free music for YouTube videos here:

But the best bit, is it allows you to pre-set the duration before you look for tracks.

The full-length version of On Days Like These was less than 4 minutes, so I had to cut a lot of footage out.

This time, I will aim for a running time of around 6 minutes and will try to include a few more camera angles in it.

So rather than Vorsprung durch Technik by Audi, I’m planning to use Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart.

Although it was tempting to use Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner which is also available on this site.

”I love the smell of burning engine oil in the morning.”

Cheers, Paul. :)

Paul L 12th May 2018 17:46

Short Saturday
I only had one chance to drive this morning, so I wasn't very happy to see ants crawling over the car when I removed the covers! :icon_evil:

Once there were removed, I racked up just over 20 miles in around an hour and a half due to the frequent stops to set up the GoPro.

One of my 'caught on camera' moments shows that I had to pull on a jumper as it was a lot colder than last weekend.

At least I was able to get the next round of video clips:

- Front wheel level

- Rear racing view including the rear wheel

- Some scenery

As I need a collection of clips of just trees/hedges to allow me to cut the whole film together.

The good news is that I was home before the rain started (just).

But the bad news was I still had gardening chores to do.

Which meant that when the rain returned I just got soaked working outside. :rolleyes:

Until next time, take care, Paul. :)

Looks like I missed the 6 years since I bought my donor car anniversary a few weeks ago.

But when I look at the car today, I still can't really believe that I actually got the car on the road. :cool:

Paul L 21st May 2018 06:04

Can't keep up…
Over a week ago, I finally upgraded my shears to a hedge trimmer.

The good news is that this really allows me to shape a large section of the garden quickly. :cool:

The bad news is that it then takes a lot longer to clean up the mess that is spread all over the place.
( And I've still got another round of hedge trimming to do. )

Also one of my daughters wanted to take over a small section of the garden and this is her design.
( This is the area we had previously tried home growing vegetables in. )

This turned into such back breaking work that I was still struggling to walk several days later.

Which meant that although I also bought a new lawnmower at the same time, it was Friday before I had the chance to assemble it.

The old one, on the left, managed to last 20 years despite being heavily used and mechanically neglected.

But I will try harder to look after the new one, as 'they don't make 'em like they used to'. :icon_wink:

I know gardening has nothing to do with my car being on the road, but this help to remind me why I am not out driving the car as often as I like.

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The day started with another trip to the local dump before I got a chance to take the car out for a spin.

I took some more GoPro footage and managed to catch this 'on film' going the other way.

Unfortunately, I had a lot of problems with the camera and it kept changing settings on me for some reason. :rant:

So instead of filming, it would take a photo, or a sequence of time lapsed photos and I didn't spot this until I got home.

Also I managed to knock my flat cap up at some point, which combined with the camera angle make me look like Norman Wisdom. :rolleyes:

I was changing the camera mounting in a car park, when an old man asked me if this was a Sammio Spyder! :eek:

So he certainly knew his stuff and it turns out he has a Daimler Dart and remembers '50s specials.

I also ended up in a local park to film an alternative opening sequence, as I couldn't get the angle I wanted in Harrow Hill to work.

The thick end of 20 people stopped for a chat while I was trying to film, including one bloke who wanted a photo with him in the driving seat!

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End of Part 1...

Paul L 21st May 2018 06:06

The car goes to the garage on Thursday, so I needed to do a bit of tidying up...

The heater hose leak has got worse.

So I removed the centre section of the dash…

But that only gave me half decent access to one hose, so I had to crawl back into the footwell again.

I swapped two clips from the type on the right to the type on the left.

I also removed the zip ties holding the steering arm rubber gators in place (previous owner).

Then fitted some jubilee clips instead.

Out some thick tape on the inside surfaces of the passenger seat belt hooks.
( I had previously used some masking tape to stop the resonance rattle these made. )

I used some panel wipe to clean up the petrol streaks on the body work.

And touched up some chips in the Tetroseal.

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Then it was back to domestic chores and more gardening.

Tidied up this corner.

And did another section of edging the grass.

Before another evening BBQ for the family. :cool:

Hope to take the car out one evening this week to test the heater hose fix before Thursday.

Until then, take care, Paul. :)

Paul L 23rd May 2018 16:12

In safe hands…
Due to rain in the forecast for tomorrow morning and a shed load of work meetings in the afternoon, I took today off instead.

I moved the car onto the street & covered it up while I got on with yet more domestic and gardening chores.

In the afternoon I was able to check and top up the oil before getting ready to head to the garage.

At which point the car decided to play up on me like a spoilt child! :rant:

There is still a leak from the heater, so I'm giving up and asking the garage to look at it for me.

Then the water temperature gauge decided to stop working for some reason.
( I did double check that the wire hadn't come loose. )

But I got a very warm welcome at Enginuity and lots of positive comments about the car from the team there. :cool:

It is booked in for tomorrow, so I'll have a better idea of what I am up against then.

Which means I some point I am going to have to start cleaning up the mess I've made of the drive. :rolleyes:
( Due to the fact I park the car facing both in and out on the driveway. )

Until next time, take care, Paul. :)

Yorkshireman 23rd May 2018 17:32

Good luck with getting the car sorted and i hope you have it back for the weekend.

micky1mo 7th June 2018 16:09

Any news on the Swordfish?? :spy:

Paul L 8th June 2018 11:39

Mike - Unfortunately, the garage hasn’t had the chance to even look at the problems yet. :icon_sad:
( Due to issues with getting other cars finished. )

So I am stuck in limbo at the moment. :rolleyes:

Cheers, Paul. :)

The only good news is that I've managed to finish most of my gardening chores.

So at least I should be free to go for longer drives when I do get the car back. :pray:

Paul L 10th June 2018 16:48

Saturday - Ying & Yang:
Next week will be very busy for me at both work and at home. :icon_sad:

So I figured it would be worth a personal visit to the garage to check up on the car and pre-authorise spend if required.

Therefore I was slightly caught off guard when they said it was actually ready, they just hadn't worked out the bill yet.

As they were closing in an hour, there wasn't time for me to drive home in one car and then come back on the train for the other.

Instead, I simply swapped cars, drove the Swordfish home and came back on the train later on for the car I arrived in.

As I arrived in a car with a roof I wasn't wearing a hat and my bald head quickly got toasted on the way back. :rolleyes:

But it was great to be back behind the wheel and I'm lovin' the T-shirt driving weather. :cool:

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Given that I had missed most of last Summer painting the car, I didn't want to be off road for a prolonged period this Summer.

So I was happy for a few temporary fixes to get me through to the Winter this time around:

Oil leak
- All the obvious (when the car in on a ramp) issues were dealt with.
- But the only way to guarantee the job is to pull the engine out at some point.

- They spent some time sorting out my carbs and an air leak in the manifold.
- So the car should both run better and pass the next MOT with ease (it barely scraped a pass last time).

Heater leak
- The good news is that I wasn't making a complete mess of tightening up the heater hoses.
- As the bad news is the real leaking is coming from the heater itself.

Many long years ago I dropped my brand new micro heater when mocking up where to fit it. :rant:

At the time I thought I was lucky to get away with just a small dent.

But I obviously weakened the whole area, as it is this section with the hose connectors that is leaking.

So there is some rad fix in there as a temporary measure for now and I've already ordered a replacement heater.

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After picking up my flat cap and applying some suncream I was ready to go for a longer drive.

But I just couldn't escape the traffic jams in very direction that I pointed, barely covering 15 miles in an hour. :rolleyes:

Then disaster struck when I stopped to fill up with petrol, although I'm still not 100% what happened exactly.

Either way, the end result was "rivers of petrol" overflowing out of the filler cap and all over the rear deck. :eek:

With the pump nozzle still in my hand, I watched helplessly as the petrol dropped neatly into the gap around the boot lid. :icon_sad:

I mopped up the mess as best I could and headed straight home as carefully as I could.

I then used a watering can to rinse the rear deck area with water and then spotted one corner overflowing.

Sure enough, with the boot lid removed, the driver's side drain hole was blocked.

I used a bamboo skewer at both ends of the drain to free it all up.

But by this point, the petrol had already mixed with the black paint inside the rain channel and "tie dyed" the body work. :tape:

Which means at some point I will need to give a large section of the rear of the car a fresh coat of paint.

However, for now, I will just have to live with the 'lived in' look. :rolleyes:

I'll be back in a minute with a slightly better Sunday report...

Paul L 10th June 2018 16:50

Sunny Sunday
Domestic chores and a lovely pub lunch with the family took up most of the morning / early afternoon.

But I did get a decent 2 hour drive after (my alcohol free) lunch and the weather was great. :cool:

The car is really running nicely after the carb tuning and it is still turning heads wherever I go.

Due to some road closures around St.Albans I ended up taking an odd way home and came across The Grove.

As I had my GoPro with me, I figured I might get some good footage on the long driveway.

There was some sort of black tie event going on and I couldn't even find a place to park.

So I just clipped the GoPro to the dash and headed back out.

The value of some of the exotic cars in this car park must have run into the millions and then some.

Here is just one example of what was on display.

I think I just need a few more shots of the car for my next video, so hopefully it will be done before the end of June.

Until next time, take care, Paul. :)

Mick O'Malley 11th June 2018 07:03


Originally Posted by Paul L (Post 95470)
Then disaster struck when I stopped to fill up with petrol, although I'm still not 100% what happened exactly.

Either way, the end result was "rivers of petrol" overflowing out of the filler cap and all over the rear deck. :eek:

With the pump nozzle still in my hand, I watched helplessly as the petrol dropped neatly into the gap around the boot lid. :icon_sad:

I mopped up the mess as best I could and headed straight home as carefully as I could.

I then used a watering can to rinse the rear deck area with water and then spotted one corner overflowing.

Hi Paul

Sorry to hear of your tribulations, I know exactly how you felt!


Originally Posted by Mick O'Malley
Completely forgetting the right angled bend in the filler neck (it's in the fin, and the only previous filling was from a can) and with my eyes glued to the spinning numbers I proceeded until the petrol blown back stared to splash my hand - aaaaaaargh!!! Stupid boy!

About half a litre was swilling about inside the fin and a wide dribble was coming from the bottom of the boot lid, which I opened to reveal a thin stream coming from a tiny hole under the rear of the fin inside the boot. This proved serendipitous as mopping up inside the fin would be impossible. I pushed her backwards a couple of feet so the dribble was over the gulley and fetched a sand bucket. Once the dribbling ceased I pushed her further back into the sunny bay for non-fuel customers and sanded the spill.

There was still about a cupfull in the boot so I grabbed a few handfulls of paper towels and mopped up. This was very messy as the petrol was dissolving the black paint on the boot floor. I then sat in the sun for half an hour (after paying) with the fin flap and boot lid open until everything dried off in the heat. This interlude was punctuated by interested parties coming to ask about the car, with some very flattering comments.

Good luck with cleaning up your paintwork, I'd give it a try with a petrol soaked rag first, it might work and save you the trouble of re-painting.

Regards, Mick

Paul L 16th June 2018 06:06

Mick – I’d forgotten about your filling up mishap. :eek:

I will have a go at cleaning up the mess on the paint at some point.

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Very Quick Update
Last week was even more bonkers than I was expecting. :icon_sad:

But I did get out for a short spin on Wednesday evening when I met a mate for a chat. :cool:

Previously, he has only seen the car on my driveway and it was mostly under construction when he did.

So, I think the sight of it parked outside his place was a bit of a shock (in a good way).

Actually, most people who saw the mess I was making on my driveway can’t believe the car is on the road. :icon_wink:

Anyway, we clocked up a few miles and after a stop for coffee, it was dark on the way home.
( But just a jumper was enough to remain warm. )

Until next time, take care, Paul. :)

Paul L 23rd June 2018 17:13

And I will drive 2,000 miles…

There was a long list of domestic chores waiting for me this morning, but eventually I was able to head out for a drive.

I clocked up just under 3 hours and just over 60 odd miles, which pushed me past the 2,000 miles on the road mark. :cool:

The low average speed was due to traffic and lots of stops looking for nice places to take a few photos.

My trip did include a decent stretch along the M1 to blow the cob webs out of the engine.

Although the wind buffeting made it feel like my flat cap was going to fly off at any second. :eek:

Here is a collection of photos from the day...

Until next time, take care, Paul. :)

Paul L 24th June 2018 15:15

Sweet scent of Jasmine…

A bit of a hectic day so far and it is not over yet.

It stared with some laundry and gardening first thing this morning.

Then my wife wasn't feeling great so she didn't want to be the camera car for the last few minutes of filming today.

So I decided to record a few more 'in between' shots to join the main clips together.

I tried a few different angles this time.

Before running the camera over for this shot. :eek:

With all the stops for filming I managed just under 20 miles and was home in time for the England match.

And now I've got some family stuff lined up for the rest of the day, so I'd better go...


Paul. :)

Paul L 1st July 2018 19:22

Catch Up - Part 1:

Took the car out for an evening drive.

But just before I left I thought the glass in the passenger side mirror looked a bit loose.

So I thought I'd better check it and sure enough it came out in my hands. :icon_sad:

I then could not work out how to put the glass back in, so decided to come back to that later.

Stopped off at a Supermarket on the way home.

Where I discovered the footwell is an exact match for a box of beer. :D

It was only as I parked the car that I noticed this spring on the drive.

Clearly, while I'd been keeping my eyes on the mirror as it started to fall out…

This spring had been flying through the air in a different direction.

No wonder I couldn't get the glass to stay in place. :rolleyes:

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Now that I have got my oil leak sorted out, I can travel to get my tonneau cover made.

My "Plan A' was to use the same people as Mister Towed, but they are in Norfolk.

So I looked a little closer to home and found a trimmers a few miles away.

They needed to see the car to check what they could do, so I left work early, armed with some photos.

I just about got there before they closed as the traffic was a nightmare.

But they were not confident they could get a good seal, given the odd shapes involved, so it was a "No". :icon_sad:

At least I was able to fix the mirror.

Also, despite the heatwave and nose to tail traffic, the temp. gauge never reached the half way mark. :cool:

In the evening there was a 'Strawberry Moon'.

Which looked a lot better in real life that these photos.
( Note the number of cranes around Wembley. )

End of Part 1…

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