My traveller Maude

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My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:43 pm

Thought I'd better start one of these for Maude for a record of work I'm doing.

Maude was previously owned by Bmcecosse and briefly by a friend of mine.

Some of the entries I make will be out of chronological order, I should have started this in January when I took ownership really :?

She currently has a 1275 midget engine and a 3.7 diff and goes very well for it. Took 2 big chaps out for a spin yesterday so with me, that's 3 big chaps :D

Owned her only a short while, this is how she stands today, I have a lot of little improving jobs to do.

Current jobs are, get the wood looking pretty and replacing front near side wing, and repair hole in rear offside inner wing.

Notice the dark areas around the rear light apertures and reflector location where water gets trapped, I won't be letting this develop, it's only a mm or so deep so will respond very well to treatment.

currently on with rear end wood.

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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:25 pm

Maude had a 1275 midget engine installed in April 2016.
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Engine installed, needed new water pump and oil filter head
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby minormadman » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:44 pm

Well done Al.

That as they say is a good start--looking forwards to following this one-as if it gets too complicated I can always wangle an invite and pop along and see it in the tin AND nick that nice garage cup :shock:
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:48 am

Cheers Cliffe, if I'm honest I'm a bit of a garage freak, it was a major part of the house buying process.
You are welcome to inspect any weekend buddy whilst we drink tea and scoff a bacon sarnie :D

We could drive to pateley together as you will pass me heading North unless you are mad enough to go The Harrogate way which I'm sure you are not. :D

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Maude January 2016
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:17 pm

More new bits for Maude
ESM again, can't fault their service and these look very well made

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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:53 am

Properly tested Maude's new engine today with a 40 mile early morning blast around the North Yorkshire back roads. Did a brief few miles on dual carriageway at 70mph which was no problem at all.


Took in Sutton bank, Kilburn and the general area. Every hill has moved up a gear :D , what was second is now third and so on.

Too sunny not to take some pics so here she is today 23 April 2016. Note work on stripping and cleaning wood is ongoing.

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8am, before they all get up and half way round a 40 mile blast

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Kilburn village on way to white horse.
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Tue May 17, 2016 4:23 pm

Project to fix the wing has turned into a bigger job of course, don't they always :lol: I need to work on the car itself now, not just the wing.


Is there an exploded body diagram somewhere for ref showing the location and name of repair panels?

Ps, if anyone wants a truly great little automatic bipper tepee with towbar , full service, new alloys and tyres last June and only 25000 miles it can be had cheaply. I've px'd it for a new bigger partner tepee. PM me if genuinely interested.

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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Tue May 17, 2016 4:50 pm

Nice one buddy. Yep, that would be it then.
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Sat May 21, 2016 7:44 pm

So far I can tell that i need the undersill, part of the floor, flitch, part of inner wing. I'll know the full extent in a day or so.

It's great working on the car in the rain under the carport, it's akin to the smug feeling one experiences when sleeping in a decent tent in the rain if that makes any sense. ;)

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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby MickEssex » Sat May 21, 2016 7:50 pm

We get plenty of practice at sleeping in a tent in the rain at Pateley. :lol: :lol: :lol: ;)
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Sat May 21, 2016 8:27 pm

Chuckle,
Did it actually rain last year? I think we got away without didn't we? We had 3 years worth in 2014 :D
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Sun May 22, 2016 6:05 am

More investigative work in advance of getting the grinder out. It's not pretty but then I wasn't expecting it to be.

Front of lower sill has a pop riveted plate that was doing nothing other than providing a bridge for the underseal to hide it.

The rest of the under sill and boxing plate looks pretty good. I'll post my questions on the order that I should tackle this in the bodywork section.

Roy, if you are reading this, don't feel bad, you couldn't have known what the underseal monster was hiding.

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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby MickEssex » Sun May 22, 2016 10:06 am

It is difficult to see exactly the extent of the rot from the photos, but it doesn't appear to be that bad. I think I would be inclined to try and repair just the front part as long as the rest of the boxing plate, out sill and outer under sill all looks good and solid. You can just cut out the bad areas and fabricate most of it. I would cut out the bottom of the hinge pillar cover to see what is going on inside to the flitch panel etc. It isn't always a good idea to cut all the rot out in one go, as long as you have good access for welding and getting the grinder in. Cut out, fabricate and repair one panel at a time using what is left of the old panels as a guide. Remember just because you have purchased a repair panel, it doesn't mean that you have to use all of it, don't disturb anything that is good as it will usually be stronger than what you put back.

Others may have a different opinion, but this is how I would treat such an area. Get the car as high up as you can to give you good access and allow you to see what you are doing, but make sure the car is safe, you don't want it coming down on you while you are under it. It happened to me once a long time ago, I was lucky to escape unscathed, but only because a mate was with me at the time and managed to lift the car off of me.
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby MickEssex » Sun May 22, 2016 10:26 am

Here is a link to a post Jonno made a few years back, it is a convertible bit it will show you what you the make up of the panels to give you an idea of how to proceed.
Hope it helps Al.

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jonathon H wrote:Here is a convertible we rebuilt. This had minimal bracing ,but was measured when it came in, on all 4 wheels at laden weight. This was a good original motor which had not lost its shape, so the frame was used to stop expansion of the door gap rearwards and a cross brace to keep the sides in place.
Careful re measuring ensured that the car was rebuilt to the correct dimensions. Note : all welding and cutting out is performed with the car on its wheels ,engine and all other mechanicals still fitted. Only on a saloon/trav or commercial can this be performed on a stripped out shell.
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