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    Good luck with your Pajero. I hope its up and running again soon. Its kinda stealing my lathe restoration fix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiceman View Post
    Good luck with your Pajero. I hope its up and running again soon. Its kinda stealing my lathe restoration fix.
    Thanks @Spiceman, yeah it must be running ASAP.

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    I don't think this will be your best option for this seal (as I am sure one can be sourced more easily through the motor trade) but for future reference, Bearing Man owns a company that specialises in special seals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post
    I don't think this will be your best option for this seal (as I am sure one can be sourced more easily through the motor trade) but for future reference, Bearing Man owns a company that specialises in special seals.
    Also HYFLO and similar should have those or be able to get them for you.
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    Also HYFLO and similar should have those or be able to get them for you.
    HYFLO was bought out by BMG a while back and does not exist anymore. Their www URL also has been hacked and will inject malware onto your PC ...

    I think I will go to BMG first of all.

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    Just a bit of feedback. I went to BMG and they cannot help as they do not do hydraulic seals. They can have these made at R300.

    I then drove to the specialist place and they gave me three and fitted these for free ... I am really grateful!

    Unfortunately for you I spent the rest of the day assembling the whole system again and then realised the full bottle of ATF is actually only 10% full. Tomorrow will be oil buying time again.

    We will start sanding body filler tomorrow :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygoggie View Post
    HYFLO was bought out by BMG a while back and does not exist anymore. Their www URL also has been hacked and will inject malware onto your PC ...

    I think I will go to BMG first of all.
    I know HYFLO was bought out, but the building was still open in Paarden Island when I was there in February.
    Ta for the website warning.
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    An interesting day.

    Are all days not interesting? It all depends on the eye of the beholder and what he sees. Or, as we say in this house: "It is all in the eye of the beerholder"

    Without a car, my wife's friend offered to take her shopping. She has a few paintings to do on order and her stock of canvasses was depleted. I of course asked pretty please to buy some ATF fluid for the Pajero. After many directions as to what to buy: "Show the photo on your phone to the guy". "Which guy?" she asked. "The guy at the automotive shop one block down the road from your art supplier." I replied. "Which side is that?" You know, an interesting conversation on an interesting morning of an interesting day.

    She left in a hurry and messaged me about an hour later. Her friend's car's clutch cable broke and they are standing just down the road from her art supplier. Her friend does not have her emergency road side assistance card with her as it is safely at home. No need for it in a car. Next message: "Oh I did manage to get the oil you wanted!" Interesting midday. What can I do? No car, wife in town in a broken car. Phone a friend it will be. Anyone remember that TV show? Finally I reached a friend was available to bring her home.

    In the meantime I started sanding the lathe's drive cover. A lot of work here was my first impression as nothing is even nor matching in shape or radii.







    I will need to add some more filler in many a many spots. Especially in the inner curvature areas.







    Then it was onto the inside surface. I had to make a few sanding blocks/tools or whateva you wanna call it.







    All done with the first shaping stage of the cover.






    Then it was onto the headstock. The surface is not as bad as the cover but still not good. I started off with 120 grid as I did not want to take too much filler off the surface.







    This is where I stopped.





    The Boss arrived! She actually had a fun time sitting in a broken car and chatting to our friend on the way back home. And she brought the ATF ... good Boss, good Boss.

    Onto bleeding the power steering system. Carl was sitting in the Pajero turning the steering wheel while I kept the pressure on the system. I had to burst out laughing as he looked like one of the kids you see in these firetrucks or trains in the mall. Furiously turning the steering wheel while Mommy is standing proudly on the side, smiling at her adventurous kid.

    After about two hours, the Paj was all assembled, back on its wheels and ready for a test drive. It feels a lot better and the power steering is working much better than ever. Next step was to align the steering wheel spokes to be aligned from the vertical when the wheels are dead straight. Three bits of tape and moving the steering column on the gearbox shaft and we were done. Of course, only after a few new words, I could move the steering column end off the shaft and refit it. Japanese sure have small hands.

    And that was the late afternoon interesting bit of this interesting day!

    Tomorrow I will finish blocking the headstock and then I will apply etching primer to all the metal spots. Once dry I will MS prime again and the redo the filler.

    Told you it is going to be a looooong haul this round.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mygoggie View Post
    An interesting day. Carl was sitting in the Pajero turning the steering wheel while I kept the pressure on the system. I had to burst out laughing as he looked like one of the kids you see in these firetrucks or trains in the mall. Furiously turning the steering wheel while Mommy is standing proudly on the side, smiling at her adventurous kid.
    This gave me a good chuckle! As long as he didn't hop up and down on the seat as well . .

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    The whole filling and sanding, filling and sanding, filling and sanding looks like a real ### job!

    They make it look so easy on the car-rebuild shows on Discovery channel...like anyone can do it...

    Respect!

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    I had one of these - https://www.makro.co.za/hardware-aut...00000177766_EA and used it when I sanded down my lathes. It gets into all the tight spots and it saved me a huge amount of sanding time.
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    Is your bodyfilla the featherlight type or the harder one to sand? You have not mastered the application and that makes a hell of a lot of extra work.The featherlight filla is quick to sand of but if its the harder bodyfiller then two things are important. How you apply it and a critical moment of sanding it before it goes rock hard.
    I find the harder one just at its gelling point is easy to sand down with 36 grid . You can knock most of it down in this semi hardened state.
    But your application is making you work harder than you have too. Its easier said than done to apply it well,especially when you have different profiles and shapes getting in your way.

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    The day was spent sanding and more sanding. Blocking as I am told ...

    Between Carl and myself we finished the first round of blocking and shaping the gearbox lid (the side lid), the drive end cover and the headstock.

    Tomorrow I will spray the etching primer on the exposed metal areas. Then it will be more body filler. I really need the trace coat powder to show me where to add the filler. Me thinks me must go and fetch some tomorrow in town.

    Brian also phoned to let me know that the he has finished machining the traveling steady bolt and the wooden lathe adapter plate I required. I will discuss machining of the micrometer carriage stop with him when I fetch these.

    So here are some pictures of what we did today. Not much to show, although many hours went into this.











    The gearbox lid halfway being blocked and after I cleaned the letters. I still need to clean the various holes.








    Onto tomorrow ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lindsay View Post
    I had one of these - https://www.makro.co.za/hardware-aut...00000177766_EA and used it when I sanded down my lathes. It gets into all the tight spots and it saved me a huge amount of sanding time.
    Thanks for the link. Yes, I do have one of those as well as a orbital sander. The first two rounds of filling however is simply to create a flat surface from where I can work to get a smooth surface. For that I need to use a long block to find the higher spots and level to those spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plunger View Post
    Is your bodyfilla the featherlight type or the harder one to sand? You have not mastered the application and that makes a hell of a lot of extra work.The featherlight filla is quick to sand of but if its the harder bodyfiller then two things are important. How you apply it and a critical moment of sanding it before it goes rock hard.
    I find the harder one just at its gelling point is easy to sand down with 36 grid . You can knock most of it down in this semi hardened state.
    But your application is making you work harder than you have too. Its easier said than done to apply it well,especially when you have different profiles and shapes getting in your way.
    This is the hard one. Thanks for the advice, munch appreciated. I saw what you say on an Eastwood video. Will try that once I get the hang of applying the filler correctly. On these very uneven double curvature sand castings the application requires a skilled hand. Something I am not at the moment. After today, I am starting to understand the mechanics and ways to approach it. Hopefully round two will be a lot better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewald Posthumus View Post
    The whole filling and sanding, filling and sanding, filling and sanding looks like a real ### job!

    They make it look so easy on the car-rebuild shows on Discovery channel...like anyone can do it...

    Respect!
    It really is a time consuming job. The guys in the know said I must expect three to four rounds on the very uneven surfaces. Thanks!

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    I can echo what plunger said. A friend of mine grew up with his dad doing panelbeating as a hobby. He learned the skill from his dad. He would attack the filler when it was still warm with a body file to get the high spots off. The idea is apparently to finish most sanding before the filler is completely cooled down when it will be hard.
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    I have been quiet yesterday as I was working on the floodline study and specifically the hydrology analyses of the area. This takes a long time, so I spent the whole day behind the desk.

    This morning I was ready for some manual work. No, not washing the dishes or bathing the dog. The garbage was taken out, thank you very much.

    Onto Student work and beyond!

    A real cold morning again for us, so I spent some time cleaning up the garage after the Pajero repair.

    Then it was time to spray some strontium etching primer. I have asked a few "specialists" and they all agree that because the parts I have body filled and sanded are made from aluminium and oil soaked cast iron, I need to etch primer the bare metal patches. This was what Brain also told me, so I better listen!

    The headstock done and the other parts waiting.







    The side cover still needs a LOT of work!






    Carl cleaned the tailstock's dark hole and I could get some yellow poison in there to kill the critters with the long teeth off.







    The lids ...











    The wormbox crept from its hole and asked to be painted as well. Of course I obliged!





    I also tackled the dark holes in the bed. I read about a trick where you block the hole and set your gun on high volume paint and high volume air to make a lot of mist. Stick the gun's nozzle through the paper or whatever you use to block the hole and simply spray a lot of mist into the hole. It works very well.








    Lastly, the new small gun has a swivel paint container so I could swing the gun upside down with the container still draining under gravity and this allowed me to spray the underside of the coolant tank flanges.







    I decided to organise the parts and double check what still needs to be painted. Low and behold, these orange parts appeared! I had to base coat and clear top coat these. Then it was onto opening every bag to make sure I have all the paintable parts uncovered. I found a few parts I previously decided not to paint, but can do so now with the donated quality red paint. I cleaned these and masked each out.






    Tomorrow I will do some more strontium etching primer and the move onto the MS primer for the above parts. Now, it is time to relax and enjoy some refreshments.


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    And it was yesterday's tomorrow and it was time to do some painting!

    I discovered the traveling steady in a red cloth ... I think it was trying to travel as a stowaway to far and interesting lands full of new adventures.

    Before I can allow that I had to get it looking prim and proper. So out came the hair cutting and sandblasting kits.






    Dark lurking things in crevices abound!








    Already looking much better ... what a bit of cleaning cannot achieve.










    Ready for some etching primer.






    For some reason I did not take pictures of the etched primer stage. Only videos. You will have to wait till I get these done ...

    Here are the parts all nicely dressed in their second grey coat.








    You remember this guy?






    The headstock. Already looking much better in shape and smoothness.






    FINALLY ...








    And to me, a big step forward ...







    Yes, I opened all the holes and sprayed etch primer and then MS primer into all of the holes. The cast iron surfaces of the holes were already starting to get surface rust so I have no other option but to coat these dark and creepy holes.

    And that was four hours of work. Still more surfaces and items to do tomorrow, but this is all I had time for today. I need to catch some rest as well.

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    Second woman's day ... everyone on the specific radio station playing in the garage was wishing the women in their lives a happy day ... women sure knows how to extend the good times!

    My woman's day was spent cleaning. More specifically sanding. I tackles all the untouched parts I could find hanging space for.








    I mixed some body filler and leveled out the coolant chamber lid, the cross slide back cover, the front of the headstock and left overs went to the bed. He was a bit hungry ...







    Then it was onto spraying the lamp parts, the newly filled and sanded collant chamber lid, back cover and numerous other parts. Looking a lot smoother.













    The drive end cover I just covered with MS primer. I will tackle this one on its own once I have the filler application cracked. It went a lot easier today and I made great strides in getting a surface leveled out and smooth. I am starting to understand how this works!







    The coolant tank had some areas touched up where I previously could not see clearly through the mist whilst spraying. No, I am not going to feel my way here!





    All in all, this was a very productive six hours spent even though it does not look like it!

    Have a good final woman's day evening.

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