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Offline gideon

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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday,January 02, 2018, 09:41:43 PM »
G'day Gavin.  Thanks for the suggestion, but it sounds like more work than is necessary.  I'll take some more comparative measurements using string (dyneema) and bits of wood when I next take the frame down.  I strung it up to the garage ceiling to get it out of the way.

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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #16 on: Tuesday,January 02, 2018, 09:46:40 PM »
In the meantime, does anybody know what this?

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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #17 on: Wednesday,January 03, 2018, 09:32:23 AM »
Looks like a charcoal canister for the fuel tank vent.
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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday,January 03, 2018, 12:38:37 PM »
Thank you, that was the clue I needed. It's actually the fuel catch can. The charcoal canister would be next to it, if it wasn't missing. Here's the relevant diagram from the S1/S2 workshop manual.  I'll probably reinstate this system, otherwise the wife will complain about the smell (she has a sensitive nose).

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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #19 on: Sunday,January 28, 2018, 11:19:54 AM »
I got one door off yesterday.  A week after I started trying to get it off.  Victory was only obtained after I went out and bought a reciprocating saw.  I tried cutting it off by hand with a hacksaw, but it was oh-so-slow.  Maybe I'm not going it quite right, but I don't have that kind of patience.  I did find that I could get a dremel type tool inside the door to cut through the pin inside, and that helped me to get the rusted nuts on the bottom end free.

I got the passenger's seat out, it left a little puddle of water on floor next to the car.  God knows how long that water was trapped in the seat.  It's a pity they didn't think to drill a hole or two in the bottom to let the water out.  The seat is rusty, but I think its salvageable.  I've never done any welding, but I might need to weld a patch in the bottom.  Maybe this is a good project to learn on.

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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #20 on: Sunday,January 28, 2018, 11:54:09 AM »
Drill the door pins. Start with a thin drill and increase until it breaks.

You can pop rivet patches when the seat is rusty.

Been there, done that, a few times.

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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #21 on: Sunday,January 28, 2018, 01:45:35 PM »
Glad to see you're making progress on your journey! I'd listen to 4129R. I'm sure he's seen it all!

Good luck and keep us posted!

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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #22 on: Sunday,January 28, 2018, 04:47:55 PM »
A reciprocating saw is a 'man on a mission' kinda tool.
It takes no prisoners. Well done.

I recall cutting my door pins out with zip disk on an angle grinder.
It was a tight fit in the door space and I was worried about the disk jumping and cutting a slit in the door.
In the end, I figured it'd be quicker to repair a slit in the door than crouch down for the afternoon with a hack saw blade in my hand.  ;D

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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #23 on: Sunday,January 28, 2018, 05:18:26 PM »
I also used an air grinder with a cutting edge. Took some time but it worked.

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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #24 on: Thursday,February 01, 2018, 12:35:55 PM »
The seat back was initialed, JS, the same as Tubes63's car.

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Re: 1265R is now in my garage
« Reply #25 on: Thursday,February 01, 2018, 12:38:28 PM »