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Old 12-11-2012, 01:22 PM
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Yep, that is beautiful work alright! True fabrication, absolutely beautiful!

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Just finished hanging a late model rear in her. Someone else added auto tranny and buggered up the rear suspension, I unbuggered that too
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Got the buckets in epoxy.

Also made up a nifty jig for cutting the rivets to reassemble them.

Last pic is two test pcs riveted together.
Just curious. Was there a reason you didn't just use shorter rivets?
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After two years of looking at my assortment of mismatched interior door handles, and searching Fleabay every couple days trying to find factory Austin A10 handles and cranks. I finally gave up, and started looking for aftermarket handles and cranks.
I found some billet items on sale, and they came with several adapters for round, splined, and square shaft. The square shaft adapters were typical 30's sized square shaft American, so they were .390", but my shafts are .310", so I made up some angle shaped aluminum spacers to take up the difference.
The handles all match now, and they even have adjustment built in to index them all to the same orienetation!


And I've got 16 of those extra inserts to use for some other project!
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Just curious. Was there a reason you didn't just use shorter rivets?
I had to get them just the right length. I didn't "pop" them. I used a center punch to flare the small end open and then squish it down flat with a large pin punch.

A guy can spend more time searching and driving than the 20 minutes it took to jig up and cut the dozen I needed.
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After two years of looking at my assortment of mismatched interior door handles, and searching Fleabay every couple days trying to find factory Austin A10 handles and cranks. I finally gave up, and started looking for aftermarket handles and cranks.
I found some billet items on sale, and they came with several adapters for round, splined, and square shaft. The square shaft adapters were typical 30's sized square shaft American, so they were .390", but my shafts are .310", so I made up some angle shaped aluminum spacers to take up the difference.
The handles all match now, and they even have adjustment built in to index them all to the same orienetation!


And I've got 16 of those extra inserts to use for some other project!
Nice handles.

Your aluminum spacers may squish up quicker than steel. Hopefully, they last a good while.
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I had to get them just the right length. I didn't "pop" them. I used a center punch to flare the small end open and then squish it down flat with a large pin punch.

A guy can spend more time searching and driving than the 20 minutes it took to jig up and cut the dozen I needed.
Good point, especially if you only need 12 and they sell them by the box!
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Nice handles.

Your aluminum spacers may squish up quicker than steel. Hopefully, they last a good while.
I hope since I put them opposite the setscrews, and not setscrew into the aluminum they will last. Not a lot of pressure on turning the handles or cranks. With no spcer they'd probably work themselves loose and round the square shafts.
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They'll last a few years for sure. I always over analyze the details.....
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:24 AM
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Well back to my five minutes last night! I have been working hard and have a back problem that has kicked my but at night and sleep has been the craps so I just want to lie on the couch when I get home. But last night my little girl got me out to the garage to cut a piece of wood for a class project and I took one look at the Gran Sport and said "Here's my five minutes" and went at it expecting to just pull a bunch of screws out of the dash to get the speedometer swap started..........you know how that goes. I got it all apart and the replacement speedo in there.

One thing that I also had to repair was the blinker indicator on the dash wasn't working on one side. So I steel wooled the circuit board thingie they use on the back of the instrument cluster to insure good contact and it worked too! I haven't got the dash pad all back in so I didn't take it for a test drive but this speedo seems awfully good. It's funny, my brother told me what was wrong with my speedo and showed me about checking the play in the input shaft. He worked at a speedo rebuild for a few months when he was just a kid 30 years ago and retained quite a bit!

Anyway, while it's apart I am going to see about replacing the AM radio speaker (I love listening to the ball games on the original AM radio in the Rambler) being I glued some tears in it and it sounds like CRAP.

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Well, it's been a long time since I had anything to brag about so I decided to start getting my 5 minutes in. The RH door is chipping paint at the upper front and both doors have blisters in the detail line. Since the door has to be repainted, I am going to take off an eighth inch of the front lip of the door and repaint the doors and cowl. It is amazing how you can enjoy building something but hate so badly to fix it.

Anyway, I pulled the windshield, interior panels, mirrors and antenna tonight.

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It is amazing how you can enjoy building something but hate so badly to fix it.

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This really nails it. I find myself having to fix my truck and it drives me crazy. I want it in and out of the garage quickly so I can get back building the rod.

All this time I thought it was just me. Glad to see someone else sharing my misery.

Sorry John, although its good to see you keeping your ride maintained.
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Got the dash back together on the Gran Sport and took it for a spin around the block. Still haven't got my paperwork back from DMV so that's I could do. But the speedo works and that is what I was most concerned about.

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This really nails it. I find myself having to fix my truck and it drives me crazy. I want it in and out of the garage quickly so I can get back building the rod.

All this time I thought it was just me. Glad to see someone else sharing my misery.

Sorry John, although its good to see you keeping your ride maintained.
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Got the dash back together on the Gran Sport and took it for a spin around the block. Still haven't got my paperwork back from DMV so that's I could do. But the speedo works and that is what I was most concerned about.

Brian
Glad you got her fixed Brian.

I spent 45 minutes trying to get interior door handle off. Finally destroyed the escutchion so I could pull the pin. Pulled the door and have it mostly apart. At least it feels good to be off the couch

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By the way I also got the grand daughters Christmas present painted. I reduced the interior house paint a little with water and shot it thru my 2.3 tip gun I use or polyester primer, worked like a dream.

It was pretty funny, when I bought the paint the guy said "Oh let me put it on the shaker before you leave". I told him it wasn't a problem, I have a shaker at home. He stopped and looked at me and said "I have been in this business for many years and I have never had a customer tell me that".

Anyway, it's ready for assembly and looks great.

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