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Old 02-23-2020, 11:07 AM
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Managed to 'have my cake and eat it', or is it, 'eat my cake and have it'?


They said that they would have paid out a lot less on a 1987 so I left it as a 1994/5, I will however look into making it a 1987 'officially' as I would like to put it on a H plate soon.



Getting classic car insurance is actually more than standard and hard to get and as for agreed value, forget it, book only or pay even more. My stepson has a delicious dark blue BMW 525d with M5 interior and body kit, worth at least 5K on the open market but he would be lucky to get 1K in a write off situation so he is now very worried his 'beloved beamer' gets pranged.


Insurance has paid up 1038, already in the bank as a write off BUT it has not gone on any record and my current insurance continues as if nothing happened.

Went to our one and only scrap yard and lo and behold they had one E30, an early 318 2dr facelift model in blue, so wings didn't have the indicator repeaters in, same as per-facelift, so Bonnet, right wing, right headlights complete with mounting and grill, for 150 and I can buy a chrome center section bumper for 120 leaving about 700 for paint and bit and bobs like 20 for the two bumper inserts. A very good dashboard on Ebay for 150 quid (I hope, bid is in), that will find it's way down here as the guy lives in France and his brother in SE Spain. Under tray is the problem, a couple in the UK but collection only, both in the South East, (Bucks and Surrey) will not send.

I have spent an afternoon in the 'shed' getting the SS for it's move outside, gathering up all the bits and cleaning away all the crap so I can get that into a parking bay across the way in the underground and the BMW in, just for a month or less, depends on paint and parts availability.

Then of course other stuff awaits, Corsa B needs a crank seal and Mercedes the Automatic box repairing.


Seems I hijacked my own thread, ah, what the heck.
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Old 03-08-2020, 10:19 AM
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Well, Ukhozi is opposite in a parking bay and the BMW E30 is in the 'shed', already stripped chopped and parts flowing in from all over the place.


Damage was worse than I thought and mainly the slam panel or radiator support as they call it is toast, at least on the right side so I bought a whole front end from Latvia and aim to use just that section rather than change the whole top panel and right upright. not great at welding thin sheet with my stick welder and mat have to hire a MIG to do the job as it has to be 'invisible' when finished.




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Old 03-14-2020, 07:50 AM
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One good thing to come from the crash is I get the blessing from the Viking to buy a MIG welder, Name:  Welder.gif
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Size:  1.3 KB just checking spec'. if to get a without gas, gas only or duel with/without or a MIG/TIG unit, so many options and prices. I am thinking at the moment gas less MIG but only a small 100A DIY one as it will only be for thin sheet work so I don't need 140A +. So looking at -$120-ish. Peter Eagle SS MkIII, UKHOZI, (black eagle)-mig-welder.jpg
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One good thing to come from the crash is I get the blessing from the Viking to buy a MIG welder, Attachment 9671 just checking spec'. if to get a without gas, gas only or duel with/without or a MIG/TIG unit, so many options and prices. I am thinking at the moment gas less MIG but only a small 100A DIY one as it will only be for thin sheet work so I don't need 140A +. So looking at -$120-ish. Attachment 9670

You want a mig welder that uses gas for welding automotive sheet metal.

Do not get the flux core wire welders
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Old 03-15-2020, 10:05 AM
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Brett, you HAVE cost me 50 more I would take your advice, BUT, only thing is, I bet you don't have to pay $120 a time for a bottle of gas as I would, plus regulator $15, that doesn't come with welder. So I guess I will have to learn to use one without gas and cored wired rather than MAG welding.


When I built my daughter Ruth's Baja bug I was able to get some C02 from the local pub for a few quid but when the gas costs more than the welder, nope..



Found one with/without gas for a little more but plus gas. Seems everything under 250 is without gas nowadays.


https://www.ebay.es/itm/Soldador-de-...gAAOSw8o9dwXoG


BUT, 8 ltrs of Argon is 109 C02 199, 1 Ltr bottle CO2/Argon, 27

Was going to be but,,,,


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Just thought, If I get the with/without I can use it either way, so way to go. RED WINS!
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Old 03-16-2020, 09:58 AM
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Red one won! Paid for and already on the way by courier from Tarragon, up North.. Roll of .8mm fluxed wire too. total about $120. no point in buying a gas-less only model as I might want to use mixed gas and alloy wire etc later and a duel model gives me the option. anyway om thin sheet it only needs about 4V and a feed of 3 to4 so a big one would be over kill. I know Brett said "don't go for gas-less" but this is both and as I said, gas is fraking expensive here.

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I do prefer gas version for convenience only as everytime you stop a flux weld you have to clean it up before you can continue but otherwise both yield great results on any thickness metal. Plus for outdoor welding or for not so perfect surfaces (not completely clean metal), flux core is the only option. Having a dual purpose welder is a win-win situation as I alternate based on project.
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m thinking I may just modify this one similar to the Sealey one with changeable cable on binding posts.
bit like this.
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Looked inside new welder and the + and - outputs to external cables have eyelets and are bolted together with M6 nuts and bolts so easy to swap, strange no mention of it in the manual!. Going to convert to external binding posts and euro connector. and start saving up for some gas, Brett.
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A rather sobering view of life, or lack of it, in my area.


UK police are 'worried' they might upset people, pussys



Coming to a town near you soon.


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