Steve's Slooow Build.

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Steve's Slooow Build.

Postby steve » 09 May 2015, 05:53

So, here we go. Dude breaking a 1990 Mx5 round the corner from me so took the opportunity and secured all the donor bits I thought I need.

Got all 4 uprights with brakes attached, the complete steering rack and column. no switches or steering lock as he bought the car for just these bits as someone stole his, smashing the steering lock off, wrecking the switches, ripping his hood and butchering the door lock.

Front and back uprights with rack:
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The column...

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Had to cut through the long bolt on the bottom of the rears as with a 3/4 breaker I could turn the bolt one end but neither the bit in the middle or the nut end moved!

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Lots of rust and castle nuts with split pins.. Yukk!

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A session in the electrolysis bath soon had that problem sorted!

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Bathing the rears whole as we couldn't budge the big nut to remove the drive shaft!

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Concerned about muck getting into the open pas joints and reading in the book about not being able to find anything to plug them I spent a bit of time on google and found the solution.
The threads are M16x1.5 and a standard hydraulic fitting.

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Found some plugs on ebay here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231404891589? ... EBIDX%3AIT

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And, screwed them in, they fit flush and look the business.

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Might just leave the other lines attached, although a similar solution may be a good idea.

Not sure what happens next as the jeep is in bits all over the place, garage, house, garden. No room for a build table at the moment and the v8 in the jeep needs rebuilding. I stripped the cam and folowers out LAST SUMMER and haing bought a new cam followers and timg set from Summit and Jeggs over the last 5 months its going to be a long time coming.

Ive decided its a VAG 1.8t, probably a 225 BAM engine from an Audi TT or a Cupra R. Gearbox is 6 speed. These can be chipped to 280bhp and the tuning potential is unlimited over here in Blighty.
Now then, i have not ruled out a VAG PD150 diesel as these can very easily be tuned to 300bhp with 400ft/lb torque, but there will be the weight penalty...

Cheers,
Steve

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Re: Steve's Slooow Build.

Postby freakynami » 09 May 2015, 06:48

Off to a good start, and the cleaning looks to be going well on the donor parts. Wow on the rust though, it always seems to be British restorations that have to deal with such major rot! Looks pretty nice after the bath though :)

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Re: Steve's Slooow Build.

Postby steve » 09 May 2015, 10:16

Well we are 3 miles from the sea east and 45 miles west, but, the main factor is the weather. Whenever it gets down to 0~1 degress (Centigrade) the council are out chucking tons of salt everywhere :D

Thats the killer on cars in Blighty...

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Re: Steve's Slooow Build.

Postby ChrisS » 09 May 2015, 13:30

Steve, can I ask what recipe you use in the bath? I tried a bit of electrolysis cleaning a while back but it wasn't anything like that effective. Nice job!

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Re: Steve's Slooow Build.

Postby steve » 09 May 2015, 14:47

Chris what were you using? Heres mine:

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After burning out a couple of battery chargers as they cant stand up to continually full amps I went for a 12v supply off an flat screen telly. Its 12v and 6 amps.

Generally a 1/3rd of a bag of washing powder, can be had in most supermarkets.

A sledge of steel plate down the side of the box, maybe one each side is more effective but I tend to leave it running for 24 hours which seems to work OK. The process is vaguely directional but Ive not had a problem leaving it in for a bit longer. Graphite is supposed to be better as it doesn't degrade unlike the steel plate and leaves the part a lot cleaner but I cant find any here in the UK for a cheap enough price so Ill stick with steel.

If your allowed a session in the dishwasher brings the parts up nice and shiny...

Heres me derusting a bit of box section, you can see how crusting the sacrificial bit of plate has become!

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Before and after on a bit of angle;

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Derusting the back bumper on my jeep before painting. Its basically a wooden box lined with a tarp and a bit of exhaust pipe to act as the anode.

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I use a mole grip to grab the cathode and all the wires are crimped with connectors and bolted to the moles and anode steel plate.

As it happens got a dude coming round tomorrow to have a look at the process, he is restoring a 71 Mk1 Escort..

I tend to thow the whole lot in to start, removes 99% of the rust and frees the bolts up. Then once the calipers off it goes back in with the seal removed and is very good at refurbing and freeing off sticky calipers.

Been using this now on my last 3 builds for all sorts of things! Hers my zetec engine lying on its side with the flange where the engine number was, which was obliterate by rust. Left it overnight and as if by magic the number appeared agian plain to see!

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DO NOT use stainless steel as an anode. It gives off nasty poisonous gasses and is best avoided!

Good luck<
Steve

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Re: Steve's Slooow Build.

Postby ChrisS » 10 May 2015, 01:36

Hi Steve,

Hah, the exact same stuff in fact! I suspect the problem was using a battery charger to provide the power. It's an old dirty DC job so really not ideal. Seeing how good your results are I think I need to try again as it clearly works a treat. Should be able to find a suitable power supply from work, we are chucking out loads of old redundant electronic kit at the moment.

Dishwasher is only small, but no worries using it for oily bits. Brings back memories of boiling up brake shoes to remove leaked fluid from them.

Thanks for the tips and pictures, really helpful.

Cheers

Chris

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Re: Steve's Slooow Build.

Postby steve » 11 May 2015, 06:29

Battery chargers just dont cut it, far to feable.. Amps are the important bit my psu gives 12v and 6 amps, my laptop charger is 15V and 7 amps.

I find I get a tingling up your hand when I dip it in the water during cooking...

Im going to try using the brake discs off the donor parts, one each side wired in parallel.

I thought the process might have freed off the rear splined shaft in the hub but no no no... Im just about to make a strong press and see if that gets them out!

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Re: Steve's Slooow Build.

Postby ChrisS » 12 May 2015, 01:32

Found an ideal candidate in the WEE disposal bin. An old HP laptop PSU. 19V 6.5A

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Re: Steve's Slooow Build.

Postby bgkast » 14 May 2015, 13:28

Wow, nice set up. It really cleaned up those parts. Was that miata parked at the bottom of a lake? :D

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Re: Steve's Slooow Build.

Postby ChrisS » 15 May 2015, 00:50

bgkast wrote:Wow, nice set up. It really cleaned up those parts. Was that miata parked at the bottom of a lake? :D


Close, the English coast :D Airborn salt spray off the sea and salt spray off the roads in winter, coupled with an almost endlessly miserable damp, cold climate. We love it!! :D


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