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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:57 pm

Back from the powder coaters

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I have some ratchet straps on order to replace the bungy

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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:32 am

So here was how Mr Bumble looked on the last day of the Wales 2017 trip, fully loaded up with all my camping gear

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Unfortunately then a little later on we were on a single track road with a van coming the other way, we'd just past a gateway 50 yards so I decided we should reverse back, unfortunately I got it wrong & dropped a wheel into a ditch, which then picked up the front ali plate. We managed to do a temporary fix with tie wraps to keep going but when I got home I have this to contend with.

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Only other problem was when the front was damaged I lost the indicators, the nearside would flash frantically & the offside also flashed the nearside

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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:25 pm

So Danny has sent me my new coilover shock absorbers, not going to get onto them until January but have a thought, he's sent a template for the mounting which mounts them like

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But the question I have should they be that way, would it not be better to mount them so they oppose each other such as

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Well not exactly I would put some space between to allow some movement.

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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Thu May 03, 2018 3:28 pm

I nearly fell off my chair!!

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£267.75 The robbing barstools

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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Sat May 26, 2018 5:56 pm

Very slight update although nothing exciting, went out to Bumble Tuesday morning I think it was, but he wouldn't start, would fire but not keep running, so had to take the Rav to work most to the disgruntlement of the son, I'd said I would leave it him for the day whilst he sorts a car out. So went out today & he fired & ran straightaway, didn't do anything so no idea what it was, did it half dozen times & all was well.

But I got 3 little jobs done whilst I was out there, on the way to Stoneleigh I noticed that the nearside arch appeared to be moving around more than it should when I got there eon inspection the steel had cracked, don't think I've had one yet that hasn't. So out with the welder & zip zap twang.

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Another thing I also noticed on the way down was that the oil temperature gauge had stopped working, pulled off the top of the dash to reveal that somebody had stolen the positive feed to it, I honestly don't remember doing it but mist have ;D

The the final job was the fuel gauge LED's they were like landing lights, so bright in the day they almost made your eyes hurt, in the dark they were almost blinding, I found an old variable resistor in the workshop, no idea what it's off so I wired that in, turned up the resistance & now they are nice & dim.

Finally just to see if the oil temp gauge was working I took it for a quick raz round

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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:54 pm

Went to work in Bumble one day last week & it started raining as soon as I got into the office, luckily it stopped about 30 minutes before I was due to go home, went to start him & he wasn't interested, wouldn't turn over & lights would go out. Pretty new battery so doubted it was that, tried to bump him down the very short hill out of the car park but still wan't having any. So called the recovery company to come fetch me & whilst the woman on the phone was making arrangements I was playing around with the negative lead from battery to engine to chassis. Put some pressure onto it & away he went, so cancelled the recovery & drove home, clearly a bad earth, So today made some new leads up & all seems good.

Also made a towbar for him so I can take a small trailer to Wales rather than trying to cram everything into the passenger seat, but that meant starting with a new exhaust, as you can see the bend is not going to do it

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So had to get a bit creative with the angle grinder & welder, not too pretty but at least now there are no holes which will please the MOT tester

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Then onto the tow bracket

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The exhaust clamps are so it can be taken back off, but I'm not sure now that I will, I may just remove the towball so I don't smash my shins. I may need to devise a different method as it will need to be removable so I can get to exhaust & subframe. Annoyingly the towball electric alloy lid snapped the first time I tried to plug anything into it.

Couple of pictures of something else I did last week, swapped out the 4 spots for a lighting bar, Christmas present from the wife, although i'm not sure I ever got the money for it.

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Then lastly I had some resistors in as I have LED bulbs, but they appear to be getting very hot, so I've ordered a LED flasher unit.

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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:07 pm

Looks alright



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Tows very easily


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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Mon May 06, 2019 5:08 pm

Wow 11 months since I posted anything about Bumble, problem really is there's nothing to post, the towbar is a huge success taking all the stuff over to Wales was a breeze, gives you so much more space in the cockpit you're not having to constantly keep pushing it back into place. Once I got back from Wales he was SORN & over several weeks/months I did the coilover conversion, it's a bit of a hassle to do & it makes a lot of grinding mess but now having driven it it's well worth the effort, the whole thing is so much quieter.

Start by getting some 50x50 angle & following Danny's incorrect profile, only incorrect as you have to remove more meat from the low side
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Then remove some from each edge as 50mm is a bit wide
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Then using a load of washers to keep things straight
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Then weld up the gap & clean up all the welds
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Test fit on the bench
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This is where Danny's template is wrong you have to take more meat off this shoulder
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Then starts the messy bit taking the mounts off the frame
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Then bolt into place
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Bolt up the coilovers
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His old cover had had it, it was leaking so treated him to a new cover on the old frame
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So this year brings Stoneleigh was due to go Saturday till Monday but through family commitments, had to fetch my 94 year old father along with my 90 year old uncle from the airport at 3:30am Sunday morning, couldn't expect uncle to drive after being up 20+ hours. Fetched them went back to bed, then got up around 8 & drove to Stoneleigh, all I had done Saturday as preparation was check, oil, water & tyre pressures. Again due to other family problems wife was very sick I had to come back Sunday, but had a great day, unfortunately the company was far better than the show, the kitcar industry is dying on it's feet, it's a shame, but there is no new blood coming into the hobby.

Only issue I experienced is that the throttle was quite stiff & smooth acceleration was difficult, looking at the cable today the outer has been worn away by rubbing in a couple of places which has allowed water in & caused the inner to rust, I've managed to free it up with WD40 for now but it needs a new cable & then maybe some protection on.
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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Fri May 10, 2019 10:19 am

Drive to & from Stoneleigh was no big issue but the throttle was a real pain, looked on Rimmer Bros only to find a new cable was £56+vat, so went looking for another solution, Fleecebay revealed a local guy breaking MG's so a trip out on Tuesday on the bike secured a 2nd hand one for £8. Quite a funny experience, turned up on the bike, rang the bell, young lad about 10 looked out of the window & said wait, 2 minutes later a lady wrapped in a towelling robe answered the door, he'd got her out of the shower, I had arrived at the right time, but husband had failed to tell her I was coming ;D ;D ;D ;D

Didn't get time to fit Tuesday night, so when the MOT tester picked him up on Wednesday morning I had to warn him, quite funny really it was pissing it down when he drove it to the garage, it pissed it down all day whilst it was stood outside & it really went for it on his drive back, he was soaked but still had a big grin on his face when he got back & I could tell Bumble had been given a decent trash on the way back ;D

Only advisory is a loose O/S front wheel bearing, which I hope will nip up, but worst case is a new bearing, which I think I already have.

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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Wed May 22, 2019 7:05 pm

Bearing nipped up today all good, I have to start driving him otherwise seems pointless owning him

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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Sat May 25, 2019 4:59 pm

So a 7 hour round trip resulted in a new subframe for Bumble, it's been blasted, zinc dipped & then powder coated, just need time now to swap it over

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This was one of the reasons it took so long, 3/4 hour to travel less than a mile on the A38, water main has burst, then we got to within 1 mile of the guys house only to find the Police has cordonned the whole area off, so had to do another 7 mile detour.

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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:16 pm

Been buying again, this time resulted in

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Cheaper to buy a whole car than just a VVC engine, I also get a full rear suspension which I'm hoping to swap over to the new subframe.

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Re: Mr Bumble's Rebuild

Postby Phaeton » Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:23 pm

So tonight the engine came out, wheeled over to the back of Bumble & then I came up with a cunning plan, do think I can get away with a single radiator?

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