1974 Dolomite Sprint

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Re: 1974 Dolomite Sprint

Post by SiC » Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:31 pm

richardthestag wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:05 pm
The Reverend Bluejeans wrote:
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Iron filings.
I have about 2kg of used grinder sparks on the workshop floor. I expect SIC does too
Got about that amount up my nose too
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Re: 1974 Dolomite Sprint

Post by Scruffy Bodger » Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:32 pm

SiC wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:31 pm
richardthestag wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:05 pm
The Reverend Bluejeans wrote:
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:23 pm
Iron filings.
I have about 2kg of used grinder sparks on the workshop floor. I expect SIC does too
Got about that amount up my nose too
Had a blob in your ear yet?
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Re: 1974 Dolomite Sprint

Post by SiC » Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:46 pm

Scruffy Bodger wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:32 pm
Had a blob in your ear yet?
Thankfully no. I wear a welding hood on my head which hopefully has reduced that a fair bit. Looks a bit like this:
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I usually wear a respirator too, but was lazy yesterday and didn't. Wish I did in hindsight though.
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Re: 1974 Dolomite Sprint

Post by Scruffy Bodger » Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:03 pm

Very sensible. I'm not one for health and safety and it's pretty much at the top of the recommended not what to do today list. Plus the fact you inevitably end up headbutting the vehicle you are working on while trying to remove it from a fizzing orifice.
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Re: 1974 Dolomite Sprint

Post by Hooli » Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:34 pm

Scruffy Bodger wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:32 pm
SiC wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:31 pm
richardthestag wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:05 pm


I have about 2kg of used grinder sparks on the workshop floor. I expect SIC does too
Got about that amount up my nose too
Had a blob in your ear yet?
I've done that, you can hear your flesh cooking as it works it's way in. It's lovely*
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Re: 1974 Dolomite Sprint

Post by captain_70s » Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:09 pm

If it makes you feel better some poor cunt is going to shell out for this one:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1975-Triumph ... Sww0tfrAJv

And probably find the exact same style of wheelarch repair on the offside...
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Re: 1974 Dolomite Sprint

Post by SiC » Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:38 pm

I've been debating whether this is the right thing to do. The hole section under the windscreen area has thick steel at the top but then thin at the bottom where water has pooled. I didn't want to cut out the bad bit as it was mostly good metal. As it was an area of flex, I wanted to double skin it.

Essentially I have welded a piece of metal to the back side.
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Then welded on the other side too.
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I don't want to call it a patch repair but it kinda is. Biggest difference is that I'm welding on both sides, unlike a normal patch. I have debated whether to just cut the area out and have a single piece of metal all the way along. But in my mind, a piece along the back and welded on the front should be stronger.

Also made up a few pieces to box in this area once I'm done. I'll need to make a few holes in these so I can get the wax injector pipe in.
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Also did the old trick of welding up a few of the holes on the A-Pillar. Usually takes a couple of goes of welding it up, grinding back down and welding up any holes that appear or thinness.
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Ends up looking alright
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This one was a tiny 2mm-ish sized hole, so nice and easy to fill up. The bigger hole to the right is going to need a bit more than that though!
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So I slowly plod on with this. Main priority is to get all the metal work done first, then go from there. Depending how long that takes, I may put it back in storage after doing that - basically if I'm fed up of working on it and need a break. Also the cost of paint is pretty prohibitively expensive. But then still have a whole lot of mechanical work still to do too.

I'm really champing at the bit to start work on this too. Quite interested to seeing how they compare back to back as well! Similar BHP but the E28 weights another 200kg more. It should be less metalwork and more mechanical. So very much a welcome break from that and one project that should be satisfyingly quick to get on the road again.
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Re: 1974 Dolomite Sprint

Post by SiC » Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:39 pm

captain_70s wrote:
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:09 pm
If it makes you feel better some poor cunt is going to shell out for this one:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1975-Triumph ... Sww0tfrAJv

And probably find the exact same style of wheelarch repair on the offside...

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Noticed this has gone from eBay. I wonder if it sold?

I noticed that yellow one finished today and didn't hit reserve. Seller pretty greedy imo as £8500 seems a decent price for one. Especially considering it had rusty scab areas.
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Re: 1974 Dolomite Sprint

Post by fried onions » Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:57 pm

It should be less metalwork and more mechanical.
Hehe. We shall see.
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Re: 1974 Dolomite Sprint

Post by The Reverend Bluejeans » Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:22 pm

Projects end up on ebay as unfinished because of this. I would at least get the welding complete, paint the unseen bits and build the car up again before putting it into storage.

The E28 WILL need welding somewhere and rust is rust is rust.

I don't do resto projects anymore. I just have once nice old car and keep that up to scratch.
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