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I have most of my cars in storage and it is brilliant. £120 a month to forget about the shitloads of work they need all the time.

 

Come and see my new massive shed if you need a lift in spirits mate ;)

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I'm rather new in these parts, lots of fascinating stuff here, especially this project. May I ask how it ended? Did TB get the better of the oil tank and motor off into the sunset, or did project fatigue and the burnt knob condemn all this work to an ignoble end? Please advise. John in Connecticut/USA

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7 hours ago, jjeffries said:

 May I ask how it ended? 

It'll never end....

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If @teaboy got his arrrr5e out of JJs cafe he could get it finished!  

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Well, now its closed temporarily there should be no excuse really.....

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6 minutes ago, tea boy said:

I can't remember if I mentioned how sick I was of having to work outside using my garage door for shelter with a Black & Decker Workmate for a bench, due to having only a single garage which is filled with car and car bits.

It really didn't help my motivation to do anything.

Even my daughter said I was a lazy fat b**tard. :D

As I can't afford a bigger garage I thought maybe a shed would be a good idea.

When I saw how much sheds cost I decided a second hand one would be the way to go.

I bought one off ebay for a hundred and fifty quid, which a pal and I dismantled and brought home from Skegvegas.

That was an all day job.

It was a bit shabby round the bottom of all the panels.

Luckily someone I knew had a stash of the right type of shiplap planks which he gave to me.

I repaired all the panels in a tent in my back garden Then gave them a good dose of creosote.

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Now I needed somewhere to put it.

Mrs Tea decided that it should go behind my existing garage.

The problem with this was that there was a huge mound of earth behind there which necessitated the rental of a mini digger and several skips.

Once it was dug out and removed, and after twelve tons of hardcore were shovelled in and along the side of the garage to make a nice(ish), drive I got some concrete delivered.

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As next doors garden is higher than mine, I thought a retaining wall would be a good idea.

Have you seen how much brick layers charge?

And how much will the bricks cost?  :o

Well my cousin had demolished an old WW2 air raid shelter in his back garden, so with a borrowed trailer I went to Doncaster and liberated a pile of bricks.

It couldn't be that hard to build a wall, I had a roll of string and a spirit level and a friend lent me a cement mixer and a trowel so I thought I'd give it a go.

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I got a bit carried away with myself.

It's a bit rustic, but should stay standing.

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These are the bomb shelter bricks which came from the street where I was born, a link to my past.

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I got the shed up. (obviously I didn't leave the roof felt like that.)  :)

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The inside I boarded out with 9mm ply, with rockwool insulation behind it.

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I built a bench which I reinforced where I was going to put my engine vice.

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And a proper vice fixed down at last, instead of G clamped to my workmate.

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Some checker plate effect lino which I scrounged from work.

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Should be a bit better than standing under my garage door, but ended up costing me a little bit more than the initial hundred and fifty quid.

 

 

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Brilliant!  May you have many happy hours of pottering, fettling, building and swearing in the shed.  Hopefully less swearing, mind.

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So I have a shed, yay!

What should I do in it?

My dad got me a shrinker and stretcher for christmas.

I've fancied having some for a while but never gotten around to getting any.

I didn't like the fact that you have to operate them with a handle on the back.

It would be much better if one could hold the work piece with both hands and operate the tool by foot.

I know you can buy a stand to mount them on but it seemed quite expensive for what it was, so I had a root through the scrap bin at work and knocked one up myself.

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Some blue paint

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Taxi pedal rubbers and adjustable feet.

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A lifetime ago I got a 993 gearbox.

They don't have a speedo sensor in them so I got one of these.

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That gives me the mounting hole for the sensor but I still had to mount this on the diff.

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Those three mounting points on it fit onto pegs that fit in the diff.

All I needed to do was drill three holes to mount them.

In order to get these holes in the right place, the work involved;

making a drilling jig,

making some extended jaws for the machine vice out of angle iron (so I could clamp the diff at the side of the vice due to limited head room on the milling machine)

and, of course, drinking several cups of tea.


This is one of the studs in place.

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and all three with the ring hung on.

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That only took me eight hours.:D

 

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I got one of these.

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Inside it was this.

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It's a 2.5 turn rack and pinion.

I have no idea if they are any good or not, so I got another rack to build it into.

As the pinion is larger the hole where it goes into the housing has to be bored out.

They give you a plan.

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Which I sent along with this to the machine shop to get modified.

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The guy at the machine shop makes me look fast because this hole here took him two years to do.:lol:

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I did get all the bits and pieces re plated whilst I was waiting.

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and some new bearings.

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It is assembled now, ready to gather cobwebs whilst I think about doing some proper work on the car.

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Clever innovative work as usual Mr Tea,   Well done.

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Inspirational as always!

Plating steering shaft components seems a bit scary! 

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Great stuff and congratulations on the Shed. My shed is just about my favourite place in the whole world. Even better since I got a Lathe.

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O wow. Going the long way but heading for home. Now, there might come a time that we have to ask a friendly mechanic in 2037 to maintain our cars. As it might be a long haired, bearded young fellow which might be a bit left of centre, -its a this a petrol combustion one? Really? I've got the original factory manuals of this erm 3.2 carrera here, just a minute-, he might be somewhat plussed by all the engineering modifications.

Could this be a prototype?

Could this be a development mule?

Is this a racing car converted to a road car in, I dunno, something like 2005 or so?

 

Who could work on it to fix it but you?

 

Keep up the good work, always enjoy your updates!

 

Bert

 

 

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Tea Boy - you will need to re-take your driving test before you get to drive it again at this rate ;)

Nice work, as always. :signs118:

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Merely socratic questioning and reflections, me old bean. No mushrooms needed: i can do this Au Naturel.

 

Kissy kissy,

 

Bert

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Missed you Bert almost as much as Teaboy ;)

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The shed looked exactly the same last September. So are we saying you have painted some scrap and bolted a rack together in 10 months? JJs has a lot to answer for!!

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On 19/07/2017 at 11:15 PM, johndglynn said:

The shed looked exactly the same last September. So are we saying you have painted some scrap and bolted a rack together in 10 months? JJs has a lot to answer for!!

Yay JJ's! :D

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