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    Quote Originally Posted by EtienneB View Post
    Can you get on with this please? There is a project in Bethlehem waiting for you. Search for "1957 Squire Petri"
    Nice little vintage car! Wish I had the money to buy her ...

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    Yu can have look here for some ideas:

    https://www.youtube.com/c/GeoffreyCroker

    Some of his work is nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfh View Post
    Yu can have look here for some ideas:

    https://www.youtube.com/c/GeoffreyCroker

    Some of his work is nice.
    Thanks, very interesting channel!

    Yeah, my first car I restored when I was 16 - 18 was a Renault Floride. I do miss this car! That little Ford sure has character ...

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    This morning I woke up with a terrible ear ache ...

    My first reaction is that Brain was pulling some strings because I was not listening. Alas, he was not. I have been suffering from spring sinusitis all my life and the last two weeks have been rather familiar on this front. Anyway no reason to stay in bed.

    I dragged my sorry self to my desk to sort out the rest of yesterday's mess on site. Suddenly everybody is blame shifting and will be on site ASAP. Anyway, enough about this story.

    Onto the lathe.

    Carl started on the cabinet door and I went onto finishing the gearbox lid.





    I had to find the plaque's mounting holes again and clear these of filler. First step was to fit the plaque.






    Then marking out the location of the holes, it was.







    All the holes cleared of filler and the lid completed to 320 grit.





    By this time Carl has finished the door to 220 grit and it was time to smooth out the indentions with some filler.





    While Carl was waiting for the filler to cure, he tackled the drawer. Me? I tackled the top lid. Can you spot the progress?









    The small detailed curves drove me almost insane. Maybe an Italian designed this lid??





    The drawer sanded to 220 grit and the front leveled out with some filler. I will sand this tomorrow to a smooth surface.





    And there we are! The topmost lid all done and finished to 320 grit.





    And Murphuy had to have the last say ... oil in the cast iron made a section of filler release!

    Oh well, rather now than when the final top coat has been applied!





    Carl had some time to sand the motor mounting plate. This done, he asked that I fill a very uneven spot.






    While Carl was playing around with motor mounting plates, I smeared some filler on the front of the stand. The back is all nice and smooth while the front has a gazillion small dings. I wonder why??







    And there we are ... all done for the day. Tomorrow I need to attend another site meeting, so it there will be no lathe work done in the morning.

    The door and drawer patiently waiting on their turn to be sanded tomorrow.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mygoggie View Post
    Thanks, very interesting channel!

    Yeah, my first car I restored when I was 16 - 18 was a Renault Floride. I do miss this car! That little Ford sure has character ...
    I hope you saw that he did a Myford lathe and drill press.

    He also does the body filler thing and he replaced the original information plates and it looks amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfh View Post
    I hope you saw that he did a Myford lathe and drill press.

    He also does the body filler thing and he replaced the original information plates and it looks amazing.
    Yep, I saw that and will work through those videos. Very much an OCD fellow as well .. ;-)

    I actually know his channel from his plating videos. Something I found very interesting. I am still looking for a source of nickel metal in SA though.

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    Don't waste your time, just search nickel anode on Ebay.

    They go for about R180 for 0.8x25x100mm.

    For zink try someone that rebuilds outboard motors.
    Ask for FUBAR trim/anodes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfh View Post
    Don't waste your time, just search nickel anode on Ebay.

    They go for about R180 for 0.8x25x100mm.

    For zink try someone that rebuilds outboard motors.
    Ask for FUBAR trim/anodes.
    The search is the easy bit. Getting it into SA is the impossible bit.

    Yeah, zinc is easy to find as all the trawlers in the harbour have zinc anodes.

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    Impossible as in postal service is useless or not allowed to import it?

    I'm at the point of ordering and don't want surprises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfh View Post
    Impossible as in postal service is useless or not allowed to import it?

    I'm at the point of ordering and don't want surprises.
    You will have to courier it and most Ebay sellers do not ship to SA. Once landed you will have the parcel delivered to your door where you will swipe your card for VAT and import and storage and handling duties by the courier.

    I have no idea if you allowed or not allowed to import Nickel.

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    I'll give it a try early next month.
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    Double trouble. I am sick with some stomach bug thing and the Pajero's driveshafts needs to be fixed as you can read here.

    So it is between bed and crawling below the Pajero! No lathe work.

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    All I had the energy for today was to take some dimensions of two Colchester taper attachment parts I have.

    The bearing housing with dimensions.







    The metric and imperial cross-slide screws with dimensions.








    I also compiled these into two PDF files and uploaded some files to the Colchester group on groups.io. If you want to have a look click here.

    Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow and can do some spraying of the sanded parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygoggie View Post
    Double trouble. I am sick with some stomach bug thing and the Pajero's driveshafts needs to be fixed as you can read here.So it is between bed and crawling below the Pajero! No lathe work.
    Get good better best soon sooner soonest okay!
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