1997 Astra F Estate Project.

  1. Wallace

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    Not until we've had some fun or written it off! :D

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    That Sealey Supermig looks like my old Einhell SGA165.
     
  2. Matt Thomson

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    Maybe a rebadged version. It's quite old. I bought it about 15 years ago from Britool.
     
  3. Wallace

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    Bought mine in 1989! :laughing:
     
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    Almost finished the inner wheel well. Now all one solid part, just need to finish grinding it down and Polish it up a bit.
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  5. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Naaa....I don't believe thats the same panel....you went out and bought a new one I think :clapping:
     
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  6. jpmillermatic

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    yeah, nice try....thats a new panel!

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    really well done....welds all but disappeared!

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  7. Matt Thomson

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    Lol......aye, it worked out not bad. I found a fantastic piece of kit for tidying up the welds though. We use what we call a "Dotco" at work. Sort of a 90° die grinder with interchangeable heads. Very handy tool but you need a massive compressor to run it. I'd been looking for an electric version but couldn't find one till a few weeks back. I got a miniature angle grinder from eBay and made a slight mod to the chuck and now it accepts 3M Roloc discs. It's only 18cm long and 5 cm wide and has a 2" disc on it. So much more intricate and easier to profile, shape and Polish. Best £23 I've spent yet....
     
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  8. Dcal Member

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    Matt, have you a link to the grinder you got?
    I'm after something similar
     
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  9. Matt Thomson

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    I did have, I just looked on eBay and every one of them is gone. No mention of them anywhere..Gimme a bit and I'll try and find another supplier. Screenshot_20180619-123512.png Screenshot_20180619-123519.png
     
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  11. Lidl Parkside also have a small 76mm cut off tool for £29
     
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  13. Wallace

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    There’s a thread on here about the Katsu grinder from Aim Tools.

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  14. Matt Thomson

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    That's the one.
     
  15. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Matt....thats a pretty good idea with the grinder....I have one of those grinders (exactly the same one). I might give it a go and see if I get on with it. I just tend to use my bosch power file all the time but it loves ejecting the belts which is really annoying and the rubber guide wheels aren't really up for a lot of punishment either!
     
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  16. Matt Thomson

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    Yeah, I found the same thing with my electric linisher. It goes through belts like they're going out of fashion then randomly shreds them and spits them out. The Roloc pad holder is definitely the way to go but you'll need to modify it. The pad holder is 6mm diameter but the collet on the grinder is only 3mm. What I did was use a pad holder with a wide neck where the shaft joins the flat head. Machined the metal shaft down to just over 3mm and opened the collet out a bit. When it's pushed right in the pad is supported from any lateral movement by the locking ring on the grinder so there's little or no stress on the narrow shaft. This was this one I used. The pad unscrews from the shaft so you can swap the big pad for the smaller one for using the 1" discs.
     
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  17. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Cheers Matt....whats really annoying is somewhere in my loft I have a set of those Roloc holders and pads....bought them with an air tool and had big plans but the compressor I had wasn't up to the job!
     
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  18. Matt Thomson

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    Yeah, my compressor is the same. You get about 10 seconds of decent grinding then another 5 minutes of the compressor hammering away.
     
  19. Matt Thomson

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    I've decided to cheat a bit to help things along. It'll get the old bus on the road sooner but may well end up being a second project.......
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    Lots of good parts on it. 57k on the clock from new and a fortunes worth of new parts.
     
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  20. Matt Thomson

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    Well, it's been a while since I did any work on the old bus. It was supposed to be back in one piece and in the paint shop by now but the storms last year had other ideas and destroyed my garage. So, not being one to give up easily (and also being skint) I decided to take on another unusual DIY project. It's been a hard slog, more so since I've never laid a brick in my life, but I reckon it turned out not bad for a first attempt.....
    A bit of roughcast and some final cosmetic bits and pieces and hopefully the projects will be back on the go within the next couple of weeks......fingers crossed.
     
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