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Pete Ashby

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Pete Ashby last won the day on July 16 2019

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About Pete Ashby

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  • Birthday 01/01/1901

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    Small holder and restorer

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  1. Good job, When your in the middle of it all and the pile of rusted cut offs is large than whats left it can be a bit overwhelming but full marks to you for persevering, the result is worth all the effort.
  2. The three replies you've got pretty well sum it up. In the UK unless you are working in a well insulated and heated workshop metal prep and painting of any sort is best left until the dew point and ambient temperature rises in the spring. Pete
  3. Just caught up with this thread, excellent result Sam a lovely restoration congratulations to you . Pete
  4. Agreed mag clamps are very useful, I use them in some situations to hold sheet and larger sections for fillet or butt welding but I notice they can make the arc unstable when working close to them so I try to only use them when tacking. In this instance I used the screws as the angle is dead square while the floor section has some slight distortion, both the angle and floor pressing are 16 gauge so it needs some force to draw the two together. Pete
  5. Well after a bit of a think and a couple of snifters and a lay down I decided the only way to sort out the corrosion where the rear skin meets the floor pressing was to once again bash on with the slitting disc. I have decided to cut a strip out of the back skin and removed 120 degree lip in the floor pressing. The rear skin is folded around the 120 degree lip and spot welded in place and that was the cause of the extensive corrosion due to water and muck becoming trapped in the fold. Rear skin and lip removed f The next challenge was replicate the lip in the floor pressin
  6. One with full French army spec just come onto Milweb this morning Pete
  7. Back in the early 1960's there were several of the Aluminium type on the Thames nearly Hurley, they had been converted into small cabin cruisers with outboards on the back Pete
  8. Up date on the rear of the cab and floor in the last post I'd started to mark up the areas that would need attention and the same design issues of butt closed non sealed seams that caused issues on the front scuttle were evident on the rear section as well, it's a miracle that any of these closed cabs have survived frankly. This feature was the cause of the problem around the top of the rear panel, the cab roof can be removed for shipping purposes and the joint between the rear panel and the cab roof is closed with nothing more sophisticated than a metal strip that's what can be seen here
  9. After the usual Equinox rain and gales down here yesterday was a bit calmer so I could get the workshop doors open and move stuff around ready for phase two of the cab repair Completed front scuttle parked out of the way on the back of the Retriever And so it starts all over again on the rear floor and back panel, first job was to crane it off the tank at the back of the workshop and get it on a pallet where it can be worked on Quick look round and asses what needs doing Out with the chalk to mark up what needs replacing. The whole top section o
  10. At last work on the scuttle is finished, it's been a bit of a long haul and at times a bit like completing a jigsaw using a grinder and a welder but it's done now and ready for media blasting when the rear cab section and roof have been seen to but all that's for another day so a few photos to close this chapter. This bit was a bit tricky due to the tight curves and internal lip But with a bit of bish and bosh it came good Here the same area had to be repaired on the other side as well a result of being hidden under the inner wing And the repa
  11. Having called a halt to outside activities due to the somewhat unseasonable weather and needing a change from cutting out rust in the D15 cab I turned my attention to making some space in the store. So dragged the various bits and pieces that make up the Retriever spare wheel carrier and frame into the shed that I laughingly call the spray shop for the standard treatment. I couldn't remember when I'd added the construction of this piece of kit to the blog, looking back I was surprised to see it's been sitting around for nearly four years so it was high time to get it fully top coated a
  12. You will need very deep pockets for that vehicle Pete
  13. I think Steve has summed the whole expenditure versus value for money issue pretty succinctly. Your purchase has to be driven by your budget, your ability, tooling /equipment and as steviem above has found out available working space. Pete
  14. Sounds tempting but here's the rub Richard I'v'e been schooled in the Ward ethic of working, so there are only two excuses for inactivity one is death and the other is....... ah yes I remember now that's death to.
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