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Re: The Vusky. Update

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Carpets wearing through on the arch by the throttle pedal .
No probs though - an old plant pot , some biffercated rivets and washers for said and we have this πŸ™‚
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Re: The Vusky. Update

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Brilliant solution.
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That's a very neat solution.

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Beats removing the little toe on your right foot!

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At the real risk of turning this thread into a blog it was Barnaby the Vuskys turn for a trip out .
88 miles trouble free miles to Weymouth and Portland with some serious ragging going on in places .
Annie was well pleased to get out and actually see the sea , πŸ™‚
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It's been a good weekend for taking out the classics Dave. Gave my Datsun it's first proper run on Sat/Sun, about 130 miles in total. Blew the cobwebs out nicely.
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Vuskys sunvisor vanity mirror was somewhat shot and needed replacing .
I did try and get a glass company to cut one but as its oval they said it might be tricky .
Anyway i did find some mirrored acrylic on Amazon - OK so its 3mm thick not 2mm but figured it was worth a punt an a mere Β£6 delivered.
Well it worked a treat and fitted perfectly , cutting it was easy however getting the old mirror out and the new one in much less so as it fits in a plastic groove moulded into the visor vinyl .
Not a fun job πŸ™‚
Sunvisors with mirrors in were only fitted to early Hillman Californians and even then only on the passenger side so quite rare and needed saving .
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nice job as usual Dave.
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Re: The Vusky. Sunvisor vanity mirror

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Had a play with the Vuskys SU throttle linkage .
When i initially fitted these 14 years ago I used part of the set up from the Triumph Spitfire they came off .
This worked fine until I fitted Frank Schoenbergers stainless manifold whereby space was more limited .
I got it working as best as i could and it drove fine however I couldnt get the solex " sprung link " and the centre return springs to both line up .
Outside two are just returns for the butterfly valves and provide zero resistance for the pedal , this means the pedal is so light its also not there - hence the centre spring which is just for feel.
Anyway i made a staggered pivot link so both now line up as they should , 4 holes give adjustable feel and second from bottom feels spot on .
Feels really nice now , light but a bit more responsive πŸ™‚
The odd spring on tother side does nout really , just a good place to keep a spare πŸ™‚
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Need a white one as well πŸ˜ƒ The Yeovillian Jobbie
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Re: The Vusky. throttle linkage update

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Part two of the Vuskys throttle actuation / removal of worn out bits complete - this time the bit thats bolted to the inlet .
So smooth , nice and light but not overly so and very responsive .
Very happy bunny I iz
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Re: The Vusky. throttle linkage update

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Vuskys glove box lid was getting tricky to close and rather loose .
As you would know it wasnt fitted from new and its one I fitted from a scrapped 67 Chamois around 1994 .
At the time i didnt have the parcel shelf rail which has the captive parts for the lid so just used self tappers .
Anyway its now all held with M4 rivnuts including two in the lid itself for the straps , i used up some allen key bolts left over from doing the door pockets for the hinges and normal M4 slotted ones for the straps .
Ive remade the straps from 3mm shock cord ( bungee )
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Re: The Vusky. Glovebox fix

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Another tidy job Dave, the vusky is getting some love at the moment. Whats next?
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moose wrote: ↑Thu May 20, 2021 8:37 am Another tidy job Dave, the vusky is getting some love at the moment. Whats next?
Just done it , moved the radio and changed the fixing method :D
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Re: The Vusky. Glovebox fix

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Top man.
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Wont fit in !!!
Sod it , just put it on the roof instead :D
Actually it did fit in fine -
One slight issue though - i couldnt change gear :lol:
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Re: The Vusky. New roof carpet !!

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On Saturday I discovered the Singers steering rack was leaking badly - and knackered .
Well it Seems the Vusky wanted a leak sorted as well .
Got a Rather nasty waft of burning oil on the way to work this morning which was soon traced to this .
Its a paper gasket ( well it was anyway ) thats been fitted around 15 years ( last time it was removed was when a chunk of valve decided to leave the engine )πŸ€”
Fitted a cork one now so should be OK ( Its all ive got )
Never seen a gasket quite so knackered 🀣
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Re: The Vusky. Holy gaskets !!!

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No namby pamby not going out in the wet for poor old Barnaby the Vusky . This time to get a load of bags of compost , some plants and a rather large trellis
Working hard for a living out in the rain as normal :)
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Found the perfect way to soundproof Barnaby :D
Ram an entire double bed frame and mattress in the back ( although you have to smash up the frame ) :roll:
Sewing machine and piano stool also quieten down the front , for once the radio was audible :lol:
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I think you need a Commer Superpoise for the amount of compost you buy, what do you do with it all ?πŸ˜„
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The Nun wrote: ↑Mon Oct 25, 2021 12:09 pm I think you need a Commer Superpoise for the amount of compost you buy, what do you do with it all ?πŸ˜„
We use it as cat litter then on the garden
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About 18 months ago I started doing the inner arches on Barnaby .
400,000 miles and 50 odd years had basically beaten all the paint off . I did the OSF inner arch way back then but sadly life got complicated .
Dad became ill and Mum ended up in a care home with advanced Dementia ( Dad was mums carer )
Sadly Dad passed away in May which meant paperwork , solicitors , paperwork , phone calls , paperwork , solicitors and clearing up their now empty hoose - Did i mention there was some paperwork and phone calls πŸ€”
Anyhoo finally I started on the OSR inner arch which was far more solid that i thought , yep there was more surface rust than the Titanic but beating it wiv a hammer proved it was still solid . The repairs i did 20 odd years ago were still attached to the thing πŸ™‚
Cue much wire brushing on a drill , much flappage with a few flappage wheels , a clean up ( both of me and the arch ) and a coat or two of Hydrate 80 .
Hope to get it stone chip painted in a few days ready for more clearing up of Dads hoose
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Good to see your previous repairs holding up Dave.
Sorry to hear about your parents. Mine are still taking care of each other but with both turning 90 next year I'm not sure how long that will continue.
You may as well give the Vusky that full resto it deserves - you're already half way there! :D
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Barnabys rear inner arch has been etch primed then sprayed with stone chip paint.
Needs more coats really but its too cold for that .
Besides as its marooned in the garage it wont matter none πŸ™‚
Rear trailing arms need a referb as well , doubt thats gonna get done though
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Exciting times at Daves dwellings .
Ive changed its oil and filter :lol:
We done around 15 trips to my late fathers house trying to clear it out . Barnaby has done well but is currently filthy both inside and out .
Getting used how it should be . In all weather and loaded to the gunnels .
Its all good :D
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More of an experimental " im bored " piss about than anything serious .
Anyhoo I knocked up a " Ive dribbled fuel on the front panel stopper " from some scrap πŸ™‚
Its interference fit , just tapped it on , comes off OK too , not sure if Il use or on which one , still it was fun making it πŸ™‚[media][/media]
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Another neat solution. Nice work Dave.
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Just in case anyone was wondering just how useful Imp Vans / Huskys are heres proof .
You can fit a solid pine double bed ( in newness kit form ) in the back AND shut the tailgate .
OK so the front seats need sliding forward a scratch meaning you need a really hot shower beforehand so you shrink to fit the new seating set up.🀣
It weighed 48KG which is pushing the roof rack a tad .
Why - well I just aint paying £30 so that they can deliver it exactly one mile 😜🀣
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Ive splashed out on these NOS halogen Lucas main beam headlights and metal backs for Barnaby , Cibies ive got fitted are shot . Should arrive in a week or so :)
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Will the back bowls be getting one of the many Nods mods to them then Dave?
Making access easier.

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colimp66 wrote: ↑Fri Dec 31, 2021 4:29 pm Will the back bowls be getting one of the many Nods mods to them then Dave?
Making access easier.

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Good stuff Dave,
Thats when I am at my happiest grinder in hand cutting something up to be modified or should that be "Nodified"??? :D

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Barnabys headlights arrived .
I fitted the complete unit on the drivers side as this was a tad rusty .
On the passengers side unit was good however the upper adjuster was broken meaning the light wobbled about like a weeble .
Rather than scrap it I removed a good adjuster from the now scrapped drivers side and fitted it on the Passenger side one . I used my original wiring as its the correct length already .
This gives a complete NOS bowl as a spare , they are the same for inners and outers , its just a case of sorting the wiring out .
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Sommat strange .
Took Barnaby to work and then got some fuel on the way home.
At the pump a chap came over and said " I see youve still got my Van then "
Apparently it was his wifes old car and she loved it .
She Used to keep Horses and took bales of Hay to them in it daily .
Heres the strange bit
If it was forecast to rain for most of the day she left the bales in the back , parked it in the field with the tailgate up so the Horses got dry hay during the day .
Im surprised its got a load area left after a few years of this .
He said we sold it for Β£40 and bought an Austin 1100 which was a pile of utter crap.
Final comment " should never of sold it "
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Cool. I recently made contact with the people I sold my Frogeye to about 20 years ago. They still have it.
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Twas minus 4˚C this morning , Barnaby wasnt phased by it at all - unlike me :lol: . Still heater does blow warm air within 2 miles so its doing its best to stop me freezing to death :D
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Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote: ↑Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:21 pm Sommat strange .
She Used to keep Horses and took bales of Hay to them in it daily .
Heres the strange bit
If it was forecast to rain for most of the day she left the bales in the back , parked it in the field with the tailgate up so the Horses got dry hay during the day .
Must have been the last straw when they flogged it then πŸ˜„
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