Mat's BX Blog

Tell us about life with your BX, or indeed life in general!
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by Vanny » Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:14 pm

Wouldn't it be funny if you where watching TV and that TT came through the telly! Well not funny, but comical.

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Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:36 pm

Well, that was a stupid idea.
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Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:42 pm

Oh dear. Is the Focus still out there somewhere embedded in the side of a house?

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Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:32 pm

Not quite. But I did get slightly stuck - had to spend an hour and a half digging it out. The problem was that the undertray broke off at the rear when I was trying to reverse out, meaning I couldn't go backwards or forwards! So I jacked it up, scraped the snow out and removed the undertray. Then gave it a miss and went the long way round...

Still, at least it was an adventure!
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by citsncycles » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:42 am

I nearly got caught out with the GS once trying the shorter commute in snow. It involves a couple of 1 in 7 hills, 1 up then 1 down, and it turned out the GS was much happier going up than down!
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:36 pm

Good news is that the roof hasn't fallen in now I've removed the supports after the joist repair!

Bad news is I did a tiny bit of welding on the red BX last night - just welding up pinholes in the rear wing - and I appear to have picked up a hint of a tan.

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Can you tell where my hat was? :lol: I didn't bother with the welding helmet as a) it was only a small amount and b) I would have had to remove my hat to wear it, and it was FREEZING!
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Post by citsncycles » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:13 pm

Hmmm - that's why I have a close fitting cap that the helmet will fit over, and an automatic screen so I'm not constantly flipping it up & down. Then again, I do a lot of welding!
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Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:38 pm

Mine's automatic too, so I wouldn't have had to flip it up. But I still had the problem that the head torch would have been underneath it, and of very little use! Oh well, at least I'm making progress.
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Post by citsncycles » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:10 pm

Ah yes, I see what you mean. I have an led lamp with a magnetic base that I use with the mask when the ambient light is no good. I suppose you could mount a head torch style light on the mask above the window if you wanted.
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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:02 am

Did a spot more welding tonight - with mask! I'd split the C pillar seam some weeks ago now, and the Deox gel had got to work removing the rust between the layers.

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I then ran a bead of weld all the way down the outside. This should keep the seam more rigid and prevent cracking of the sealant and consequent water ingress. I did consider welding both sides, but feel that I wouldn't be able to do a great job underneath due to the access. Plus there would be no way to protect the metal between the two layers. This way I can get galvanising paint right into the seam, and then seal it all

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It's now primed, but I didn't get a photo.
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Post by mds141 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:33 am

Nice work Mat. =D>

p.s. love the tan! :D
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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:04 pm

It's still a bit too cold to work on my all over body tan, but maybe come the spring?

Once the bodywork is sorted I need to move my attention to the hydraulics - both BXs have a leak from the rear height corrector :( I've not had to do much hydraulic work up to now; just replacing parts and pipes so it will be interesting to see what they are like inside. I've ordered a couple of seal kits in preparation... Oh, and made a cheeky offer on the brand new one on eBay! [-o<
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Post by citsncycles » Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:21 pm

If you've not had the corrector out before, if last weekend's work on Tim's car is anything to go by there's a possibility that the pipe unions may be seized. Because the pipes were scrap I cut them then removed the corrector in order to get the rest out, but plenty of penetrating fluid before hand may be a better idea.
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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:29 pm

No, I haven't, but have regularly greased the unions to hopefully prevent them seizing. Thinking about it, I changed both the HC to strut pipes in late 2005 (and have one still in stock) so fingers crossed!
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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:26 pm

More weldy weldy tonight - there was a small section of rot on the inner wing. I removed all the crumbly bits, and let the rust remover do its job:

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Then cut a piece roughly to shape...

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...and welded it in place.

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Far from my neatest ever job, but now solid at least. If the paint dries tonight (got the fan heater on it!) I should be able to seal the seam properly.
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