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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Vulgalour » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:56 pm

Tempting. I'll be good, for now. Speaking of being good, I got the front end FINISHED.

All the wiring and earth points reinstated and sorted under the bonnet.
Image20170804-01 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

Best of all, the outer wing is now on, the headlight reinstated, the clear lens and replacement sidelight-indicator unit installed and the grille refitted. For now the wing is staying grey, if I don't like it when I've done all the other jobs I'll repaint it. The street furniture look has a strong appeal to me right now. I will at least change the chrome mirror for a plastic 70s Reguvis item to match the other side, since I've got one to go on.
Image20170804-02 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

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Image20170804-04 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

I'm really chuffed with that. Big expenses left to cover are the sill closing panels (£200ish including postage and a 6 week lead time since they're made to order), tyres (£150-200 including fitting and balancing), MoT (£50) and insurance (£100ish, tops, less for a more restrictive policy). It's my birthday in November so I'm sort of aiming to have it on the road by then, all depends on what free funds I've got between now and then since there's bags of time to sort the remaining welding out.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Johnny 216GSi » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:40 pm

Getting close...

If you like the street furniture theme, it's time to name the car based on its look.

I noticed your number plate ends "OK" reminiscent of that famous Mini number-plate that ends "AOK."

I took it upon myself to run a search on any words containing the letters DPNG (the "9" is a "G" in number-plate speak).

Verb or noun, lots of the words below will work. Don't read too much into some of them - you have a "D" and a potential "iNG" so there are lots of negative words beginning DIS and DE as you can imagine. Something should appeal even though it's a non-exhaustive list.

7 letters:

DAMPING,DROPING

8 letters

DRIPPING,DROOPING,DUMPLING

9 letters

DAMPENING,DAYSPRING,DECAMPING,DEPARTING,DEPENDING,DEPHASING,DEPICTING,DEPLETING,DEPLORING,DEPRAVING,DEPRIVING,DEPUTYING,DESPISING,DISPOSING,DOLLOPING,DRIPPINGS,DUMPLINGS

10 letters

DAYPARTING,DEADAPTING,DECOUPLING,DEPAINTING,DEPOSITING,DEPRESSING,DESPAIRING,DESPOILING,DEVELOPING,DISCIPLING,DISPAIRING,DISPERSING,DISPLACING,DISPLAYING,DISPROVING,DISRUPTING

11 letters

DECOMPOSING,DEPENDINGLY,DEPLORINGLY,DEPOLISHING,DEPOLLUTING,DEPICTURING,DESPISINGLY,DISPARKLING,DISPLEASING,DISPROOVING,DISREPUTING,DISSIPATING,DOWNPLAYING,DROPKICKING,DRYPAINTING

12 letters

DAMPPROOFING,DEOPTIMIZING,DEEPFREEZING,DEPRECIATING,DEPRESSINGLY,DEPROGRAMING,DEPOPULATING,DESPAIRINGLY,DESPONDINGLY,DISAPPEARING,DISAPPROVING,DISPERSINGLY,DISREPAIRING,DISPROFITING

13 letters

DEEPBREATHING,DEPAUPERISING,DEPRECATINGLY,DEPRIVILEGING,DISAPPOINTING,DISEMPOWERING,DISPIRITINGLY,DISPARAGINGLY,DISPLEASINGLY,DISPLEASURING,DISPOSSESSING,DISRESPECTING,DOUBLEPARKING

14 letters

DECAPACITATING,DECAPITALISING,DECOMPENSATING,DEPRECIATINGLY,DEPRESSURISING,DEPRIORITISING,DISAPPEARINGLY,DISAPPROVINGLY,DONKEYPUNCHING

15 letters

DECOMPLEXIFYING,DEPERSONALISING,DISAPPOINTINGLY,DISPLEASINGNESS,DRAUGHTPROOFING,DEPARTICULATING,DESPECIFICATING

16 letters

DESPIRITUALIZING,DISAPPROPRIATING,DOUBLEPLUSUNGOOD

17 letters

DECONCEPTUALISING,DEPARTMENTALISING,DISAPPOINTINGNESS

18 letters

DISPROPORTIONATING

19 letters

DEPROFESSIONALIZING

20 letters

DECOMPARTMENTALISING
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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Vulgalour » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:38 am

The car is called Penelope, as named by Imogen, the lady whose car it was before me. Then it got the add-on of the Purple People Pleaser from another forum. So the car is Penelope the Purple People Pleaser, though I normally just call it "The Austin".

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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby 1234dist » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:50 am

Penelope the Purple People Pleaser


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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Mr Teddy Bear » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:13 pm

1234dist wrote:
Penelope the Purple People Pleaser


#PornStarNames :laughing2



Now we know what you're up to on a Saturday night! :wine
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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby 1234dist » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:27 pm

I wish :mope

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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Vulgalour » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:20 pm

Got the brakes bled today, which was low faff, but are having trouble with the clutch. After discussion elsewhere it seems likely there's a worn arm and a collapsed/knackered clutch hose so I've a few things to investigate and cheap bits to buy to sort that out. Luckily the Princess has taught me how to find gears in a car that doesn't seem to have any, so all five are definitely in there, you just can't select them when the engine is running because you can't get the clutch to engage.

I did get the chance to have a look underneath and was surprised how solid it actually is. I've got a lot less floor in the front to replace than I thought and the sills are quite reasonable. The boot floor also needs much less work along the back seam than expected. The repairs that were done before I got the car aren't pretty but they are solid and whoever did them actually bothered to cut out the rot. Mostly it all just needs cleaning tidying, sealing and painting.
Image20170807-07 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

Wasn't in the right headspace for welding today so after a full inspection and getting a few items sorted I just put the other 70s Reguvis mirror on and called it a day. I've ordered the sill closing panels which have a 4-6 week waiting time since they're made to order and in that time I hope to have all the other welding finished and the car cleaned ready for those panels to go on and call it finished. The only expensive thing left is tyres now, there's very little else to buy and what does need buying is cheap.
Image20170807-10 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Liverpoolman1 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:56 pm

Had an 1100 once and loved it. Nice to see yours coming on - but those mirrors!! Throw those plastic abortions away and stick with the chrome.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Vulgalour » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:05 am

I like my plastic abortions so they're staying put. :tt2

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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby ROVER-25X » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:15 am

Good idea to get the underside cleaned up and sealed. :wink3
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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Vulgalour » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:42 pm

More of this today.
Image20170808-05 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

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Inner arch needs a lot of time spent on it to get the old underseal, paint and grot cleaned out. For now I've just taken enough off to repair the bits that need it. Inner arch needs a bit of work where it meets the outer arch (which also needs work to the return lip) and where it meets the valance. The valance also needs work. It's all niggly little bits and half the time needed is just in cleaning it all up to get ready to put new metal in. I ran out of time today so I didn't get to weld nice new bits in, that should happen tomorrow.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Vulgalour » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:45 pm

There was a really nice looking repair in the boot that I had hoped to leave alone, it looked prettier than the other repairs (bar the coat of underseal) but was hiding grot as I found when I started to cut out the grot I did know about.
Image20170809-01 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

Cleaned, the hidden bits rust treated, and the floor spot welded to the bracket where the old spot welds had rotted out and I was ready to clean back the welds for the next stage. Only I'd run out of time and managed to misplace the eye protection so that's where I called it quits today.
Image20170809-03 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

I've got the inner arch panel to make and install which I'll do from outside the car then I'll seam weld the floor panel to the inner wing so they're no longer independant of one another. I'm going to get some big grommets for the holes that the wiring loom goes through too, seems odd that there aren't any there in such an exposed location and is probably a big contributor to the boot floor corners rotting out like they have.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Vulgalour » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:45 pm

Been a bit of progress lately and now I can call the boot floor finished, on the inside at least. Still got to clean off the surface rust, repaint and apply fresh underseal to the outside once I've got everything under the car finished.
Image20170813-02 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

Some floor was removed too.
Image20170813-05 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

A bumper sticker sorted out.
Image20170813-10 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

Then today I got some more floor cut out when trying to find something to weld to. Some of the welding is alarmingly close the the suspension pipe and fuel pipe. Can't really be helped, it's one of those repairs.
Image20170815-04 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

There's some repair needed to the subframe mount area, unsurprisingly, and a small piece to the rear floor pan, though that's much less than expected. The other issue is that an historic inner sill repair has rotted out on the weld line so I've got to chop all that out and rebuild it.
Image20170815-01 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

It's an awkward area to work in and I don't really want to be pulling out the pedals and steering wheel and gear lever to make it easier. I just have to be patient and gradually nibble back the rot to good clean steel so I can get the new floor put in. I've been going through the welding tackling what looks to be progressively easier and smaller jobs. This is the last really big one that I can do before the sill panels arrive and while it looks scary it should be simple to put the new floor pan in once everything's prepped.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby ROVER-25X » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:04 pm

Amazing how much metal has been replaced on this over the years.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

Postby Julesmat50 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:28 pm

ROVER-25X wrote:Amazing how much metal has been replaced on this over the years.

You have to wonder if any of the metal is still original by now. A bit like Trigger's roadsweeping broom. 6 new heads and 4 new handles! :laughing2
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