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    Default Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Today I had to tick off one of my maintenance list items. More about that later.

    I needed the wood working vice so I decided to finish our world traveler.

    Touch up areas all sanded to 320 grit.





    Do you see what I see? I forgot to clean the cap screw countersunk holes!





    Time to play dentist dentist again





    Hmmm, the holes are cleared of filler, but I will have to spray the insides of these holes. Some more cleaning was therefore required. Using a cylindrical stone I lightly grinded the inside surface of each hole.





    And there we are ... all done with the traveller.









    I also pulled the cross slide lid closer and sanded it to 320 grit.






    .... onto installing an anti-siphon loop for the solar water system.

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    Between desktop work, the water purification filter and load shedding I managed to apply the second layer of filler on the big top lid and the small top lid.







    Carl also cleaned his play pen and wiped it down with some thinners. I then coated the corroded bottom part with a thin layer of body filler. I will sand this smooth tomorrow as the fumes in there is keeping the filler too soft to sand.





    Sanding to 80 grit was rather quick on the two lids.







    Tomorrow is another day and I will finish these two parts then. Carl brought me a book titled "Iron Wheels" which is all about steam locomotives. I will read this tonight.
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    This is crazy ... Between this thread and the mirror one on AVF there has been more than 50 000 views of this topic! Thanks to everyone viewing, advising and just having fun with Carl and myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mygoggie View Post
    This is crazy ... Between this thread and the mirror one on AVF there has been more than 50 000 views of this topic! Thanks to everyone viewing, advising and just having fun with Carl and myself.
    Well well well, start a Youtube channel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewald Posthumus View Post
    Well well well, start a Youtube channel...
    Been working on it. Channel is in place, the videos to make requires an external HDD and a 5V 3A PSU for the NAS server I have to rebuild. Also i need to buy Final Cut, the editing software to make the videos. I am saving up for these ATM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygoggie View Post
    ....Thanks to everyone viewing, advising and just having fun with Carl and myself.
    No no Mygoggie, it is the other way around.

    Thank YOU for sharing, and the time you are prepared to photograph, write and post!

    This is my daily fix, and I fear the day you (and Carl) complete this project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygoggie View Post
    This is crazy ... Between this thread and the mirror one on AVF there has been more than 50 000 views of this topic! Thanks to everyone viewing, advising and just having fun with Carl and myself.
    Just out of interest, which forum is AVF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolero Botha View Post
    Just out of interest, which forum is AVF?
    Here you go - https://www.avforums.co.za/index.php

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    Between the quality inspector, the security enforcer, and the super-imposed wise old owl, you and Carl will get there. Vasbyt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rian skip View Post
    This is my daily fix, and I fear the day you (and Carl) complete this project.
    No need to fear Rian. I am already looking for a small footprint milling machine to restore ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EtienneB View Post
    Between the quality inspector, the security enforcer, and the super-imposed wise old owl, you and Carl will get there. Vasbyt!
    Dankie Etienne!

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    No need to fear Rian. I am already looking for a small footprint milling machine to restore ...
    Youre a sucker for punishment. When I got my mill I just finished doing my lathe and vowed that no matter how ugly and peely the paint is ,Theres no way Im touching it with a paint brush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plunger View Post
    Youre a sucker for punishment. When I got my mill I just finished doing my lathe and vowed that no matter how ugly and peely the paint is ,Theres no way Im touching it with a paint brush.
    What mill do you have @plunger?

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    What mill do you have @plunger?
    Its a South African mill called a Mitco.

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    I must say I enjoy reading the book named "Ysterwiele". Especially the ghost stories most of whom are innocent, but some appear to be real and true ghosts. In case you are like Brain, here is the ISBN: 978-1-920201-03-6

    Sanding day today!

    I finished the bottom lid to 320 grit. There are a hole or two somewhere which I need to clear out. Will check later tonight and see if I can get this done. The round edge needs some touching up. That is on tomorrow's plate.





    Carl, could not wait to start playing in his playpen!






    Then it was the top lid's turn for a shave sand. Nothing on this lid is even or evenly round. It is mostly guess work to get the curves to join nicely.

    Done to 120 grit on the bulk of the surfaces.





    When I looked up, Carl was laying on his side sanding the cabinet shelves. Nope, that is not on, so I helped him to turn the stand on its back. A lot easier!





    Getting the end curves in place is taking some time ...





    Some more curves and rounds done to 120 grit.






    Then onto cutting the slide edges square with a round stone. It looks easier than it is, but I took my time and it came out very well.






    Last sanding of the day was to 180 grit. There are a few corners I need to finish and a few touch-ups to do, but this will be done tomorrow.





    Carl completed the tail end of the stand to 320 grit. Looking good. I will have to spray MS primer again as there are a few bold spots that appeared ...







    Just an overview of the parts hanging around looking innocent ...







    I think I will read some more train stories tonight. Especially after Carl shared a few of his tales from his days as a loco driver.

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    Yesterday was a non lathe day. The Boss and I were invited for breakfast and the afternoon for dinner in the harbour.

    And it was good ...

    This morning Carl and I jumped into the sanding realm while holding hands and with closed eyes. We made it!





    I continued with the top lid. Doing all the fine little detail, and nooks and crannies.





    Done to 320 grit. Onto patching the small dings and edges.








    Then it was filler time. Both lids covered with a thin layer of filler.





    Carl is seriously getting into the thick of things





    While the lids were drying their new cosmetic layer it was the turn of another lid. The side lid of the gearbox.





    Left over filler onto the motor mounting plate ...





    I also applied fillers the the underside of the three corners of the stand's apron.







    I sanded the gearbox's lid and the final surface was not too my liking so I covered it with some more filler to get the edge of the corner correct and smooth.





    Then it was time for black dust. On the stand and on the top lid. Carl finished the stand's insides to 220 grit and the outside to 180 grit. Now it is to ensure all the last dings and unevenness on the outside is found and fixed or sanded flat.









    The first portion of the stand done to 220 and then 320 grit. Nice and smooth to the touch.





    The gearbox's side lid done to 180 grit this evening. Almost there!





    Hopefully I can start spraying tomorrow or over the weekend!

    Brain is working on finding a way to get the garage off-grid with electricity ... interesting ideas he has!
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    My apologies for not posting. Doing a lot of desktop work on Friday and the weekend was spent pruning the garden as well as rebuilding my NAS and fault finding the Pajero's drivetrain vibration.

    Friday Carl worked mainly on his own sanding the stand to 320 grit. Almost there!







    I spent some more time on the gearbox cover.





    Then it was onto pruning!







    Let's see how far we can get today!


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    Another day of sanding ...

    Not much to report except that it was another day of sanding ...

    Carl started off with the stand and finishing up to the 220 grit stage.





    I tackled the gearbox cover and worked on all the nooks and crannies. A huge amount of time this one is requiring.





    By the afternoon Carl was finished with the stand to 320 grit. He proceeded to vacuum all the dust from it and then wiped it down with a thinners cloth. All ready for spraying. Just as I was gathering the spray gun and MS Primer, the wind starting blowing with a massive gust ... spraying plans all blown for a loop. Hopefully tomorrow will be better weather.





    With no spraying to do, Carl started sanding the coolant chamber's door as well as all the lamp's parts and many of the small parts. I worked on the cover and finished all the detail.





    Next was some touch up body filler on the imperfections and curves of the cover's new surface. While Carl was cleaning the garage I started sanding the new filler to match the existing surface. There we are, the cover is almost done.





    Tomorrow I need to do a site inspection and certification, so hopefully I can be back early enough to spray all the parts waiting for a second and final coat of MS Primer.

    Have a good evening and relax
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    Not a lot of working done on the lathe project today. I was on site to inspect and sign off a structural job. Alas, it was done very poorly and needs to be redone. Seems that most skills are unobtainium in this country now. Well, the rest of the day was spent sorting this out with the contractor and the various parties involved in the mess.

    Anyway ...

    I finished the gearbox side cover to 320 grit.







    I also did some more touch ups on the drive end cover in areas I missed before. I found that I have clean forgotten to sand these areas when I picked the cover up to prep it for spraying!




    Lastly I put some more filler down on the underside of the stand's apron and next to the hinges of the coolant chamber door.













    Tomorrow is most definitely spraying day if the wind allows me some leeway!

    Brain is still working on the off-grid solution. He says I must first complete the sea water battery prototype as it has potential ...

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    Can you get on with this please? There is a project in Bethlehem waiting for you. Search for "1957 Squire Petri"
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