Tuesday, 11 December 2007

How very naughty of me!

Sorry to everyone who has been keeping an eye on the blog for updates - life has been decidedly busy recently and we've not had that much time for poor old Mutley.

However a few weeks a go the boot floor edge had been repaired, and we just need to flip him on his side to finish off and then Schultz the bugger underneath!

We also have everything apart from Primer now too! Yay! I will get the picture to show you all how lovely it looks.

Mutley got a Christmas present (early!) of some carbon fibre door escutcheons - which will be a really good finishing touch!

Hopefully more updates before Christmas! Fingers crossed!

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Soul Destroying? Possibly. (Part 2)

More progress on the sanding, done part of the boot lid too - motivation on my part was lacking.
The wholes in the drivers side window have now been done and sorted - not really much more welding to go now - just finishing bits mainly.

I'd like to add that black snot is a must when sanding a car.


Saturday, 10 November 2007

Soul Destroying? Possibly.

Maybe that possibly should be a certain yes, to start with it wasn't too bad - I managed to get the drivers side rear quarter done and the passenger door. Found a few little bits on the window that needed replacing (as seen in the pictures).

The window on the other side needed some fresh metal putting in, and that has been done as well.

Fairly good progress I suppose!

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Finally moved

and nearly settled in!

Managed to pick up the crane on the right for a really good price (from an old garage!)

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Mutley is on the move!

Today we are on the move! The day has finally arrived and we are moving - well Mutley is. He is off to his new dry home where we will start to prep him ready for his lovely coat of orange paint!

Finally a huge relief for us to find somewhere reasonably priced and dry (with electric and water) to work on him - and any other mini's that may crop up in the future!

In parts news - we have a set of coilovers - yipee! In the next few weeks I'll order the rear brake parts so I can build the beam up.

Not really much else to say - I feel like an excited child to know that it's getting close now!

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Suetonius - a new friend

Mutley's newest friend - a Series IIa 1966 Landrover! (Yes I understand he has Series III looks!)

Finally - a practical car - he's our daily driver, but will also tow Mutley to track days!

Talk about little and large!

Monday, 1 October 2007

Ray of Light

Looks like there is a possibility that we will be in a workshop within the next month! Which is permitted to have a spray 'booth' setup! Mutley should seen the road sooner than we originally thought - it's taken a weight off our shoulders!

Here are my new door cards as well! Flock with Vinyl Insert.

Courtesy of www.retroretrims.net (For all your interior needs)

Friday, 21 September 2007

Slow Progress

I thought I'd better update and let everyone know what we are up to, currently we are trying to find the money to get 'Mutley' resprayed, this is proving pretty difficult and becoming frustrating as winter is approaching us fast and it would be nice to have a painted and 'sealed' shell ready to bolt bits onto.

The head is currently in for cleaning and to get studs extracted, and then that will be built up - which means having a shed clear out so we can do it in the dry.

We are running out of space, and mini parts are taking over our house.

I might start selling my bodyparts soon so we can get him on the road! He is greatly missed!

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

LED Clusters

Having already soldered the LEDs onto the board it was time to connect them to the resistor board and the voltage regulators.
Once they were all connected together it was time to fit them into the lenses. This wasn't how I was going to mount them originally but they look ok and it made life a lot easier!

And finally, here is one of the completed clusters. They are still a little rough around the edges and I'm not sure that the brake/tail light is bright enough. This is mainly down to the extremly dark lense, another we have is much lighter and the LEDs shine through very brightly so I will be trying to source a pair of these lighter lenses.

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Radius arm strip down - Bye Bye Rear Subframe!

Stripped down the rear subframe and radius arms, which I will be rebuilding sometime this week when the parts arrive. It's bye bye to the old rear subframe - in exchange for the rear beam.

Not much else to say really!

Monday, 27 August 2007

Passenger Corner - Finished (Plus a Yoshi!)

Just the rear valence to put on....(and a few bits of tidying)

added Yoshi-ness to pictures too!

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Sunday, 5 August 2007

Arse Rot

I thought I'd better make it an amusing title, just so it lightens the mood a bit on the situation.... blind monkeys have again been attacking the car, this time welding new stuff over rusted old stuff - leaving the valance corner full of rust and grim.

I think I must have a sign on my forehead saying 'This person is a mug and will do anything'.

Oh well, we will persist....!

Saturday, 4 August 2007

O/S Shock Mount - Complete

So, like I said - it was nice and simple - all went smoothly.

Welded the vent hole on the N/S up - and put in the scuttle closing panel.

Did a bit of tidying on the N/S shock mount - looks much nicer.

To do:
O/S Scuttle closing
O/S Vent Sealing
Rear Valance
Various Tidying

Friday, 3 August 2007

N/S Shock Mount - Complete

N/S Shock mounting panel made up, and welded in - was a bit of a pig to do, but it was better than buying a whole new wing just to use a section of it.

As you can see the O/S isn't as bad and won't take very long at all to complete.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Attacking the Shock Mounts

As you can see, the side is complete, and we've started attacking the shock mounting points - rotten isn't really the word for it, I think non-existant covers it.

Really not much left to do now, but still plenty to do on the trailer, so once the shell is complete least there will be something to do.... well apart from building the engine, but we need to find somewhere dry and stuff to start that really.

Blind Monkey Welding?

Do you think it's been let loose by the previous owner?

If I knew the person responsible for such appalling welds I would name a shame, but alas I don't!

Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Passenger Side Complete.. Nearly!

Just need to weld inside - then the sides are finished.

Left to do: Shock mounts (both sides), Rear Valence & Some Tidying!

Then we need to find some money to get it sprayed?!

Trailer Rot

Anyone for some tasty trailer rot?
I spent the afternoon in the shade cleaning of the underseal and waxoyl from the bottom of the trailer, found lots of lovely little nastys.

Sunday, 29 July 2007

Extended Doorstep

Today was putting the extended doorstep on, and fixing a few bits - had to do the bracing between the outer sill and the inner sill (unforunately I didn't get a picture - sorry).
I'm happy to say that it all went without a hitch - must be a first!

The shock mount looks a bit daunting - don't you think?

The start of the day - 'Mind the Gap'

The day progressed...

The end of the day and no gap to be seen!

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Back down to earth with a Bump!

Cleaned a bit more up on the front, and then it was time for more mini tipping - and finally he was back down to earth with a bump and looking a little sad for himself around the shock mounts....(I blame a certain person for mentioning it last weekend!)
So, now back on the belly, we can sort that shock mount out over the coming week, weather permitting and tomorrow will be putting the extended door panel on.

Back on the belly - and better for it!

Ouch - looks a bit sore *glum*