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Old 2nd December 2016, 10:30 AM
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Well - i'm finally back on it!!!

After moaning in summer of 2013 that I'd got a bit bogged down - I had no idea it had only just started! Work - selling two houses/buying a new one - moving out for 6 months while the place was gutted - then gradually working through all the many DIY jobs that went into getting it back into a proper home - plus having our (first!) son born in June '13 all meant I have done VERY little since then.

Part of the house build project was getting a garage - so finally, about 3 weeks ago - my chassis came 'home' for the first time ever! Up until then it had been in an outbuilding at my in-laws.

I'm now finding the joy of being able to pop outside, even if just for half an hour, in the evening to do a little bit of work on the car.

I have two new deadlines looming:
1) my father-in-law wants his outbuilding clear by Jan, so I need to get the bodywork (bought in Jan 2013!!!!) fitted so it's somewhere safe.
2) son #2 is due on 6th Feb...

Hopefully i'll be able to find bits of time more easily with 2 children - at least #1 son is now able to hand me the right socket on request! Will post some pics up this weekend :-D
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Old 2nd December 2016, 08:19 PM
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Nice to see you back on your build.

That's the beauty of a self build, you can fit it in & around your personal life events.

Started my Roadster build, summer 2007 & still not complete.

Look forward to progress pics.
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Old 2nd December 2016, 09:46 PM
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My 12yr old struggles with the difference between a small ratchet and a large spanner?

2 years since I did anything productive to mine.

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Old 3rd December 2016, 01:45 AM
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I've been at for 8 years, but hoping it should be all finished by Feb next year
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Old 23rd December 2016, 11:07 AM
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Some pics here: https://meandthekitcar.wordpress.com...es-and-panels/

Here's my new garage - conveniently next to my house - so I don't have to go down the road to work on my car anymore!
https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31....a6&oe=58ED51B4

Here's the engine stand I've been knocking up:
https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31....49&oe=58EDF9F6

Here's my boy giving me a hand shifting the chassis up to it's new home!
https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0...da&oe=58FB97B7

And i've got some panels mostly fitted (I intend to wrap the top edge of the tunnel sides over for a neater finish - but spot the mistake on the drivers side...!) Btw - marking out based on the outlines in the book (or even from measuring the chassis) really is just a starting point I found!!!
https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31....49&oe=58EFEB17
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Old 23rd December 2016, 11:09 AM
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My 12yr old struggles with the difference between a small ratchet and a large spanner?

2 years since I did anything productive to mine.

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I was looking at your build thread for tips last night - wondered what had happened - still if I had a decent Sierra I may have less time for the Roadster!
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Old 24th December 2016, 10:24 AM
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This old girl is still sitting in the drive.
Over 3 years since it was last used on the road.

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This old girl is still sitting in the drive.
Over 3 years since it was last used on the road.



tidy. probably 1.5-2K with a bit of work.
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I was looking at your build thread for tips last night - wondered what had happened - still if I had a decent Sierra I may have less time for the Roadster!
Garage is over run. my Jagaur Sized it's engine in Oct 2015 so I spent quite a few months planning and replacing the engine.

Then Bought a spares S-Type.

I had to get rid of one of my two sierras ( The XR4x4 ) to make space to lay up the dead s-type. So I am down to just the two projects my Sapphire and the Roadster.

The list of jobs on the road cars is dropping, so time is becoming more viable again.

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Old 6th January 2017, 03:59 PM
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Crawling on with a bit of progress - couple of pics here:
https://meandthekitcar.wordpress.com...loored-pt-4-2/

The long breaks are showing up - I struggled with drilling the alu floor (drill bit clogging with alu) and found a post from 2 years ago on my blog mentioning using WD40 as cutting fluid making cutting the alu much easier...!

So keeping a running commentary for the sake of helping myself didn't work that well!

Amazing how long some jobs take - drilling out about 60/70 holes at 2mm then again at 3.2mm took me the best part of two and a half hours! No wonder these cars take a while to build!!!
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