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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:41 am 
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I like it!

Great to see the A40 coming together.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:25 pm 
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Better start skipping the chips. Skinny boy seat is going in.

Managed to chop up and 'upcycle' a lot of the original frame. should get it welded up later in the week. Needs to make a few wee gussets etc

Then on to trimming etc.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:05 am 
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Nice seat!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:34 am 
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As those of you who are friends with me on Facebook will know, progress on the car pretty much stopped in mid November due to back problems which have laid me pretty low. Hopefully now on the mend. But the prospect of crouching over the wing of the A40 in a cold garage to sort out wiring etc has not seemed all that appealing!

But I've not been completely idle - I've had a crack at trimming the seat shell. Not something I'd ever tried before.

It's tricky! especially on such an organic shape - it isn't symetrical in any direction, so I was worried about putting pleats in the centre, as they would have ended up emphasising how squint it was. In the end i went for the semi-circle top to the back to minimise this, ans stopped the flures on the base a wee bit back from the front edge.

I used the domestic sewing machine, and Jennifer didn't think it would cope too well with vinyl, so I went with a very fine needle cord (as close a colour match as I can to the piping on the other seats) and used a 1" thick upholstery foam for the main areas, overlaid with wadding spray glued in place, then more wadding sewn to the fluted sections to give them shape, and this cord / wadding cover was spray glued into place and the edges fixed with contact adhesive. The biggest problem was that when placing the outer cover over the inner wadding, the glue 'grabbed' on contact, so smoothing out wrinkles is a real pain, and it shows up the inner layout of the wadding pieces more than I thought it would. On reflection, perhaps I should have only glued the centre panels and round the edges, but you live and learn.

On the whole, I'm pleased with it. If I'd paid a trimmer and they'd done it, I think I'd be disappointed, sure, there are wrinkles and the odd wee pucker, but for a first time home effort I don't think it's too bad.

Fingers crossed my back continues to improve, and I can get on with the rest of it soon


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:42 pm 
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Good work, looks fine to me.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:09 pm 
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I think with wear those seats will take shape and look lovely. I know what back problems are like, very hard going. I suffer from sciatica and the pain when it appears travels down one leg very nasty. Thank God all clear at the minute. Good luck with getting her finished :) :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:32 pm 
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You do have to wonder what they were thinking at BMC at times......?

I decided the repairs I made to the fuel tank were a false economy, and bought a midget one, A40 ones being unavailable. The A40 has a fixed neck, the Spridget's is seperate and joined by a section of hose.

Using the box the tank was delivered in (I do like to recycle where I can :lol: ) I made a template of the location of the filler neck relative to the mounting holes on the new tank. 5 of the 6 mountings are common to the original A40.

Using this template I managed to mark the location of the new hole needed in the floor for the neck to pass through. I just need to borrow a hole saw the right size (well, a wee bit over, this isn't precision engineering!) and then I'll join a section of the old filler neck to the new tank using 2 1/4" bore felxi fuel pipe.

I cannot understand why Austin paid to tool up a different tank than the one they used in the spridget. Madness.

Anyway, one stage nearer. and no chance of rusty crap blocking a fuel line on the way to Blyton...... ;)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:07 pm 
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wasnt the tank different between mk1 and mk2 a40's, so they maybe did learn their lesson and use the midget one in later cars?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:20 am 
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I think they were different, but not Midget, but ANOTHER different design. Frogeye's were different too, but I think that's allowed, as they were first.

Got the tank fitted last night. seems the trick is to sneak up on it and do little jobs quickly before it notices and has a chance to respond by going wrong.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:49 am 
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Has anyone used flexi fuel pipe before?

I bought the right size (57mm / 2.25") but it is super tight to get onto the filler neck. I got it on after a lot of fighting.

BUT at the tank there is a bulge in the rim just below the top which is obviously to get a seal on the rubber neck of theelbow used on a midget. The flexi does not want to go over it. Very irritating.

I don't think the MG rubber elbow is long enough to reach the neck, and the angle is different, hence the flexi pipe.

Any suggestions on how to get it to soften up would be appreciated. I thought it would 'wind on' but it's not got enough give. I did think about a bit of heat, but think that might knacker the rubber.

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