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#421 Paul_S

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 07:46 AM

Hot soapy water with just a little de-greaser (easy to do when the piece isn't in the car!) and then the aerospace stuff :)

 

To be honest I'm not sure how the sellers make any money.  I bought 10 stainless steel self tapping screws which were delivered in a padded envelope by second class post for £1.29.  Just the bag and postage would have been most of that!

 

I know what you're saying about a local hardware store.  Those places are perfect if you're fabricating something and need to buy an item to use for something it wasn't intended for - there's no replacement for taking a tape measure to something on a shelf.  But for buying things that like this eBay is just so convenient.  I can order bits ad hoc on the train to work and it uses up none of my time or fuel.  A couple of days they pop through my letterbox.

 

A future project (i.e. winter tinkering) might be to make use of those blanks on the fuse box cover:

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I hate seeing blanking plates in a car.  If I end up fitting the heated front screen then that's one taken care of.  I'm considering fitting a hidden Bluetooth speaker somewhere in the car so I can stream music (and sat nav instructions) from my phone.  If I end up putting that on a switch rather than just the ignition then that could be another one.  I'm still thinking...


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#422 A Pair Of Flabby Wings

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 01:25 PM

I never thought of hot soapy water, because for obvious reasons it's something I tend to avoid when the plastics are in the car. When they're out, however, of course you can splash it about to your heart's content. Provided no-one is watching. :lol:
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2007 350Z (my second Zed) - When you give up driving, you’re not going to look back wistfully on the car you owned with the nicest dashboard top or speaker grilles. You’re going to remember a car for its excitement and how it made you feel.
2011 Yaris 1.33 (my third Yaris) - With an extra 30cc and an extra gear it's become the S-Class of small cars.  Far less pretentious though.


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 05:23 PM

Today I finally decided how to fix the window rollers.  They are extremely rare (and expensive) to buy new, and used ones have the same issues as mine.  i.e. the rubber goes hard, they stop rolling, get a flat spot and drag & scratch the glass.

 

Here's what I'm talking about:

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I've spent ages trying to find a suitable roller to replace the existing ones but to no avail.  But today I hunted through all the junk things I've collected over the years and hit on the solution.

 

First to disassemble the roller.  They aren't made to be taken apart so first I cut the roller off hoping the bar was lose.  It wasn't. 

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So I had to squeeze down one of the the flared ends and file a little away to get it free:

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Here it is taken apart:

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My cunning plan was to use a rubber grommet with the correct outside diameter as a roller.  The problem was the internal diameter was too large.  Luckily I found an old pen* which I cut down.  It was a perfect size to both sleeve the metal bar allowing it to roll, and snug enough to grip the grommet:

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*OK, it wasn't the first pen that I found.  But the first pen with the right dimensions was from one of my favourite pubs and I didn't want to destroy it!

 

I put it all together and splayed out the end to hold the bar firm:

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 05:32 PM

As I mentioned a while ago, my gear knob doesn't tighten because the thread is damaged.  So I scratched up the inside with a sharp probe to give the putty something to key onto:

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I mixed up some putty and stuffed the knob:

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When it's dried I'll drill and tap the hole.

 

Finally, I sprayed the horn center black so I'm waiting for that to set now too:

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'A standard limited edition Yellow 370Zwith a plethora of minor bespoke mods' 

 

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 05:43 PM

Oh, and I forgot, I also found some bolts and washers suitable to replace the missing ones from the passenger window regulator.  I also cleaned up the sliding door which covers the ash tray.  I need to take some pics of them when I get a chance.


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Posted 10 June 2019 - 08:39 PM

Replacement windscreen ordered.  I've decided to sell on the heated screen and buy a blue tint (to match the other windows) non-heated screen.  It won't have a sun strip like the one I've removed but I was looking at the 370Z & Juke today and they don't have one so I can live without it.

 

I only had a little time tonight so I sanded down the horn center a little.  The outer ring is higher than the lettering:

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So I did the lettering (carefully) after:

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It doesn't show particularly, but I took a little too much off the lettering and the silvering has come of a bit and a copper colour is showing through.  Schoolboy error!  So I'll need to recolour the lettering before I top it all off with some satin clear coat.


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 07:30 PM

I 'repaired' the lettering on the horn center today.  I used my special lucky chrome pen for the first time and it worked a treat!

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The only thing is, now I wish I'd done it after I'd sprayed the disc with satin clear coat.  I might have to go over it again after....

 

On the subject of horns, I started to clean them up tonight:

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They aren't in bad condition considering they sit up front catching all the spray and muck.  When I've finished cleaning them up I'll blast them out with the airline.

 

I also took all the old grime and underseal off the headlight cones (they bolt on under the front wings and are open to the spray from the wheels - none of those modern wing liners here!)

 

Before:

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After:

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Yes, I know my decking is in a state and seriously needs some treatment.  But some things are more important!


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 07:34 PM

I also swapped a few messages with Steve to ask progress on the bodywork.  He's on holiday this week apparently  :unsure:

 

I reminded him I need the car back very soon because I have to put all the bits back on, get it MOT'd, get the alignment done and put some miles on it before Silverstone - and that's only 6 weeks away :yikes:

 

Steve has now ordered the paint :sweat:


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Posted 15 June 2019 - 10:42 AM

I've not done anything for a few days but a few more things have arrived through the post.

 

My (not at all cheap, but great quality LED bulbs arrived yesterday):

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I've also some tricky-to-get small parts from the US.  Mostly these are little bits of expensive rubber to add all the finishing touches, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that you can buy replacement decals for the heater controls.  They only do the very early version which don't have the blue and red coloured bar for the heater control but I think I can have a play and modify what I've got and just use these to replace the wording for that slider:

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 08:11 PM

I've been painting some bits today.

 

Headlight cones:

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Horns:

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Front bumper brackets:

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I finished removing all the paint from the wiper motor bag, put the motor back in and mounted it back on the bracket:

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I also cleaned up some of the interior trim.  Some before and after pics...

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One of those trim pieces is nearly snapped in two so I will need to glue something on the inside to reinforce it:

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My new windscreen arrived so now I have 3!  And the parts I ordered from the US are currently in the air so I'm looking forward to getting a knock on the door, and hopefully not a letter through the post asking for a payment.


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