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Old 30-09-2018, 10:10 PM   #1201
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Go on, buy a welder and have a crack. The car resto world then becomes your oyster
Danny, I'd love to, but such is my desire for nothing less than excellence in this restoration, that I just don't feel it's the right thing for me to use this as a first welding effort...add to the fact it's part of a major structural mount, for me, it's not a first timer job!
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Old 30-09-2018, 10:29 PM   #1202
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Danny, I'd love to, but such is my desire for nothing less than excellence in this restoration, that I just don't feel it's the right thing for me to use this as a first welding effort...add to the fact it's part of a major structural mount, for me, it's not a first timer job!
I learnt to weld on my mk2 Escort when it failed it's mot on chassis rail rust while my dad was away on holiday. Plug welds are the easiest bit to learn and you just have a practice on some scrap metal first.

I'm always here on phone and pm to help also. When do you GENUINELY think you'll be ready to do it?
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Old 30-09-2018, 10:50 PM   #1203
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If you serious about learning, I would get some scrap panels to practice on first as it’s harder to weld on old metal than a nice new clean piece. Welding is very easy to do but it’s extremely hard to master, but as Danny says there loads of people willing to help if needed.
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Old 05-10-2018, 12:52 PM   #1204
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The parts genie got in touch recently, regarding a find in Italy.

A set of original, single button key fobs with the appropriate transponder, brand new still in the package. These keys are pretty rare so to find a new pair is great news...







Will need coding for the immobiliser but that's no issue.
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:28 PM   #1205
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That’s a good find bud.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:45 PM   #1206
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Jeez mate, that's some find!!!

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Just read through this whole thread start to finish after bouncing through the Xsara and GTD threads.....

Ben W...simply stunning....the information, time and dedication not just to start and maintain the interest in the project but to continuously update the site with progress is amazing! Beautifully written, funny, honest, thoughtful and the pictures only enhance the written word!

Kudos to Cookies who appears to have been a virtual spanner monkey throughout and his encouragement is what I love about this site !

The recipes have kept me entertained as a light aside too !

My favourite project on DW up to this point was Lowiepetes R5 Turbo, but this is giving it quite the run for its money, cannot wait for more updates and to see the end result unveiled.........

BIG PAT ON THE BACK BUDDY !!!!
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All 121 pages? Wow.....and then wow, again, thank you very much for such glowing feedback! Am slightly embarrassed now.

I'm very much of the ilk that if you are going to do something, then do it right and do it once. To my mind, any less is somewhat of a false economy and, if I'm to be brutally honest, it's as much a record for me as it is anyone else, but being a part of this forum and having enjoyed many another project thread, it seems only fair to be as detailed as I can be. Perhaps it may help someone in the future with their restoration! Detail helps, as does a decent phone with a good camera and a little humor never went amiss.

Cookies has become a very, very good friend. His input, opinion, links to bits etc have been invaluable, as well as being perhaps an ear to bend, a shoulder to lean upon and someone to bounce ideas off! Niall will be a friend for a very long time....

As for the food, well, that's kinda me I'm afraid.....my love of cars and of food are perhaps equal but draw a lot of comparisons, in that you start with a pile of things, and turn them into something! If only Rallye progress was as quick as Mexican pulled Pork....still, where would the enjoyment be if that were the case?!

Now, the comparison to Lowiepetes thread has blown me away! That thread was just amazing and, told to be told this is in a similar league, at least to you, for me is about the highest praise you could heap upon me. For that, I thank you sincerely.

To bring it up to date, there isn't much to tell. Work is pretty busy at the moment, the Xsara keeps me busy and the general lack of daylight (less than 8 hours a day? This time of year is awful..) means there isn't much time other than weekends. Truth be told, I'm at the point where I now need to start looking for someone to weld it. I have both stiffener panels ready to go but to maintain factory accuracy with the panels, they need to be replaced one at a time. I may have already said this already ( it's 121 pages over 3 years, cut a man a little slack here!!!) but the plan is to loosely bolt the subframe up, using the other still factory stiffener panel to maintain an original reference point. Then weld the new panel on, and then repeat the process for the other one. Just maintains accuracy. Timing isn't great though. The great funds suckerupper that is Christmas, followed by 2-3 months of pretty lousy weather means it's likely mid to end of march before any meaningful build progress happens. That Lincolndanny fella might have finished a 309 by then and be looking for something to do........be a useful outlet for all the spare Christmas biscuits
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Someone mention Biscuits?
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Someone mention Biscuits?
Biscuits? They're cookies, right????

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