What did you do in your shop today?

Started by MiniDave, September 23, 2018, 11:30:15 AM

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MiniDave

Wow, how in the world did you find those? I never would have expected to be able to buy those, let alone for $15 shipped......

What's the difference between Mk1 and MkIIMoke shells? Was it their screwup or ????
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MiniDave

Quote from: BruceK on November 17, 2018, 10:26:36 AM
Quote from: MiniDave on November 17, 2018, 09:21:54 AM
Replaced an old rotten broken door with a nice new steel clad one......however, I think my wife was right, I miss the windows. That end of the shop is very dark now, and I can't peek out to see what the dogs are doing in the back yard.

I really like a lot of natural light in the house and shop - I would prefer to at least have a row of windows in the overhead garage doors, if not some of those all glass ones you see at oil change shops. I do have one window in the side wall, but that's all.

It's also interesting that a door that measures exactly the same does not fit the opening the same, so I'll be adding some trim and weatherstripping to seal it up. The new door does make it a lot quieter than the old one - not only could the air come thru it, so did the noise!

So... I stand by my earlier prediction about a window being added to that door!   ;D

Rose already found a window kit to fit the door!   ;D

Between the cost of the window and the door I already bought it would be more than simply buying a door with the window already in it.
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Willie_B

Quote from: MiniDave on November 17, 2018, 08:51:08 PM
What's the difference between Mk1 and MkIIMoke shells? Was it their screwup or ????

The biggest difference is placement for the bonnet hinge mounts. On the MK2 they are higher, also the wiper holes are wrong and in the wrong place. So have to weld up lots of holes and drill new ones then drill out spot welds for the hinge mounts and re-weld in the proper place. They also left off the floor mount for the hand brake.

MiniDave

#53
Man, I hope they are going to rebate you something....I hate having to weld on and re-do a new part.
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MiniDave

#54
Today is clean up and organize day in the shop....I have the door handles in the new windowless door but I need to do some weather strip around the door opening and it will be finished for today. Next week it's supposed to warm back up into the mid 50's - todays high might hit 30 - then I can get a coat of paint on it and the trim.

Then I need to clean a bunch of stuff to go to the powder/blaster/coater guy, and organize all the parts coming off the Inno, Clancy is bringing me a bunch of Moke suspension parts and our order from MiniSpares will be here Monday too so I need to find places to put all this stuff. Some of it will have to go outside in the little shed for a bit where I currently have the Inno bonnet, boot lid and a few other bits stored.

On top of that, what I really need to do is clean out the basement - then I would have a convenient, warm place to store all this stuff, but that's a weeks work all by itself.....still, it needs to be done once and for all. The other big job I'm considering is moving the air compressor down into the basement too - it's adjacent to the shop so it will be easy to pipe the air to the shop. The poor air compressor really struggles to start when it's in the garage and it's cold like today. OTOH, it will allow more noise into the house. Still, I think it's worth it......... the compressor is a 1990 Campbell Hausefeld that I've rebuilt once already and it has a ton of hours on it, but it works fine for what I do - I don't use sanding tools with it like Dan, just the occasional impact wrench, drill, die grinder or saw.....or use it to blow off parts and air up tires but it sure is handy when you need it. Currently the compressor resides under a stairwell, I'll have to move a lot of stuff to get it out of there and down the stairs to the basement.
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94touring

As you know I'm a big fan of having air compressors outside the shop workspace.  You gain space but more importantly you lose the noise of a compressor.  I have to put a heat source on mine in the winter, in the form of a heat lamp strapped to it.  Once it kicks on once and the oil loosens up, it's good for the day and the light can be turned off.

MiniDave

#56
Yes, but mine has a 25 gallon tank, yours is close to a million gallons? Once it shuts off you don't need it again the rest of the week!    ;D

Plus too and also, your is in a protected shed area where the weather won't get to it, and it's a full on industrial model.

Mine isn't that loud, not like one of those oil-less types. BTW, don't buy one of those unless you rarely use it - they don't hold up to heavy use.
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94touring

120 gallons! True it doesn't kick on often.  I can literally paint a whole car and it kicks on once.  You could build yourself a little compressor shed outside your garage maybe?

94touring

Quote from: Willie_B on November 18, 2018, 04:03:17 AM
Quote from: MiniDave on November 17, 2018, 08:51:08 PM
What's the difference between Mk1 and MkIIMoke shells? Was it their screwup or ????

The biggest difference is placement for the bonnet hinge mounts. On the MK2 they are higher, also the wiper holes are wrong and in the wrong place. So have to weld up lots of holes and drill new ones then drill out spot welds for the hinge mounts and re-weld in the proper place. They also left off the floor mount for the hand brake.

Was expecting you to say...and they also sent a mini shell.  Sorry they managed to get the wrong model.  Not sure how you leave off the hand brake piece  8.gif

MiniDave

#59
I wasn't very impressed with those Gladiator cabinets I thought they were very flimsy....but they do allow you to get stuff up off the floor and tucked away. I prefer those large office file cabinets with like 5 drawers 3 ft wide, they're really well built and you can buy them fairly cheaply used off Craigslist

Will you get a 2 post lift?

Parts washers -  I bought one from HF, it was fine except for a few things - it only held 5 gallons of water based solvent - which got dirty very quickly, didn't clean all that well and promptly took the paint off the inside of the tank. I modified mine, I bought a 30 gallon drum of Safety Kleen solvent, welded some brackets to the underside of the tank and made an arm that hung down into the solvent tank to hook the pump to. It's worked brilliantly and the solvent lasts a long time as the dirt and crap settles out of it and falls to the bottom of the drum.  Some guys have rigged up a filter system but I don't think that's needed. The problem with buying this type of solvent tank is it's expensive to buy new, but used ones usually look very used - and beat up and are not plentiful. Also, the last time I tried to buy 30 gal of Safety Kleen solvent it had gone from $165 to over $400!. I switched to Crystal Clean (Crystal Clear?), it's the same stuff, works well and lasts as long and it was $165 delivered. Good luck with this! The few I've seen that are made to sit on a barrel of solvent are very expensive - that's why I made my own.

Cheapest one I've found was at Northern Tool for $900.
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MiniDave

#60
2 post is the way to go, no doubt.....although they do have limitations - they make it difficult to get in and out of the car when you're working inside. Do get an asymmetrical lift, much easier to work with. Do be careful about putting the car or truck on the lift, getting the weight balance right is paramount. Seems obvious but it's easily missed....like the time my students forgot to see what was in the bed of a pickup before they tried to lift it at the normal locations for an unloaded truck.

You might consider a twin scissor, but they aren't good for cars/trucks with frames, but sure easy to work on and no posts t get in the way of the doors opening. I wrote a thread on the different types of lifts for this forum....

http://www.restorationmini.com/forum/index.php?topic=1705.0

We had all types in the college shop I taught at so if you have any questions I can probably answer them.
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MiniDave

As long as the floor is thick enough ....that's the only real limiting factor of a 2 post.
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gr8kornholio

Exploded some popsicle stick bridges. Amazing what those will hold. Single layer triangle shape held over 130 lbs.  spanning almost 2 feet.
I am the GR8KORNHOLIO! Are you threatening me?

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"Beavis" - 07 MY/MY MCS, B/MY Konig Daylites, JCW sideskirts, TSW springs, TSW lower rear control arms -- Exploring the country with new friends since 11/09.

John Gervais

Installed an 88C thermostat, winter tires/rear brake drums and thought about moving the bluetooth telephone microphone.
- Pave the Bay -

MiniDave

Hey John! Happy to hear from you again! Did you see Dan and I bought an Innocenti we're refurbing?
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Jims5543

Quote from: John Gervais on December 04, 2018, 04:42:05 AM
Installed an 88C thermostat, winter tires/rear brake drums and thought about moving the bluetooth telephone microphone.

Yeah yeah car shit.... did you get any good Whiskey?

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride! -Hunter S. Thompson

John Gervais

Haven't seen the Innocenti yet, and haven't gotten any new whiskey.  For some reason, I haven't time for much of anything these days.  The mini was driven 3 or 4 times this summer, twice this fall and if I'm lucky, it's still sitting in the garage - I haven't been there in weeks.

I've also become a bit 'sour' - used to be a nice guy, but with all the snowflakes and socialist libtards screwing up society and forcing twisted agendas, making up nonsensical pronouns, demonizing conservatives, parasitic illegal aliens invading demanding benefits and threatening our sovereignty, etc., I've 'hardened' somewhat.

There is, however, a new whiskey shop just around the corner (about 1/4 mile away) from my apartment.

https://rombo.dk/

I'm hoping that Santa knows that it's there -
- Pave the Bay -

gr8kornholio

Quote from: John Gervais on December 05, 2018, 02:28:02 AM
I've also become a bit 'sour' - used to be a nice guy, but with all the snowflakes and socialist libtards screwing up society and forcing twisted agendas, making up nonsensical pronouns, demonizing conservatives, parasitic illegal aliens invading demanding benefits and threatening our sovereignty, etc., I've 'hardened' somewhat.

I feel you on this.  I thought the same thing when I've gone to a couple of Metal shows lately from some bands I've followed for a long time but during and after the show I was like that was weak.  My musical tastes have gotten much heavier and harsh.  To put it another way, Metallica's Black album might as well be pop music to me now.  If you're wondering where this is going, music is my therapy, keeps me sane, aggression outlet.  Best shirt I ever saw said "I listen to Metal to keep from choking people."  Funny thing is I married a Country girl who listens to the most depressing stuff when she's not happy and it makes her feel better. 
I am the GR8KORNHOLIO! Are you threatening me?

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"Beavis" - 07 MY/MY MCS, B/MY Konig Daylites, JCW sideskirts, TSW springs, TSW lower rear control arms -- Exploring the country with new friends since 11/09.

MiniDave

John, are you talking of things going on there in Denmark or here in the US?
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John Gervais

#69
 :-X
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94touring

Everybody cool your jets and talk about car shit.  Or whiskey and hot girls. 

MiniDave

Nothing that can destroy a forum faster than political and religion discussions...even when in a separate "no fault" forum area.

Back to the shop.

I added extra parts washer fluid to my parts washer and it didn't cure the issue.....I thought the lack of flow was due to a low level of juice, but adding 5 gallons didn't help, so now I'm thinking the intake screen on the pump is partially blocked with something....either that or the pump is just worn out....but the way it happened sort of suddenly leads me to think it's the former. I went ahead and finished cleaning all the parts I had to go to the master blasters with it just slightly more than a dribble and I'll pull the top off and check the pump later. Since I've used this cheap cobbled together Harbor Freight setup for more than 25 years and have cleaned thousands of parts with it, I really can't complain if I need to buy a new pump for it.

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gr8kornholio

I actually cleaned mine up.  Got everything out from around the bug.  Itching for wrenching, so I'm about to tear into it.  Of course the dollies I wanted from Harbor freight that are always on sale currently are not.  Of course. 
I am the GR8KORNHOLIO! Are you threatening me?

Saussie Aussie 1965 Australian MK1 Mini.
"Beavis" - 07 MY/MY MCS, B/MY Konig Daylites, JCW sideskirts, TSW springs, TSW lower rear control arms -- Exploring the country with new friends since 11/09.

MiniDave

When you go to check out at HF, just find a 20% off coupon off the net on your phone, they'll take it right at the register.

Have you got your Mini's subframes all done?
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94touring

I have a couple work benches I've made.  One on wheels to roll around which is handy. It's also big enough to set subframes on for assembly.  Like most of us, I occasionally have a pile of tools, parts, or debri that build up on them and requires cleaning and organizing.

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