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PostPosted: August 16, 2019, 10:49 am 
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rx7locost wrote:
Got to put my feet into the Arctic Ocean near Prudhoe Bay.


Chuck, What was the water temp?

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BHRmotorsport wrote:
rx7locost wrote:
Got to put my feet into the Arctic Ocean near Prudhoe Bay.


Chuck, What was the water temp?


Water was 37 degrees. PDC if you ask me. But what do I know? I haven't in that cold a water since I was in HS and water-ski'd, 2weeks after the ice went out.

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PostPosted: August 18, 2019, 2:46 am 
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Got a big reminder of why I would rather build a car than restore one!

Trying to remove the clutch MC on the Rover 101.
You would think that a military vehicle would be made easy to work on, as it might have to be repaired under fire or something.
Not the case, I will have to destroy a wrench or take apart the whole brake pedal assembly.
A single captive bolt would have made a world of difference.

On my Dio-Tipo's I'm making certain that they are very easy to work on.
Dzus fasteners for the body, and all the captive fasteners I want.

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Sounds like a plan for success, Richard! :cheers:

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I had to Google Images "captive fasteners", Richard. There were lots of different types. Do you have a photo to share of what you want to use?

I too, want removable bodywork. I liked Martin's approach. What's been on my mind is doing the part that connects to the undertray. My undertray is welded 16 gauge steel sheet, and I don't want to drill a lot of holes through it and/or the lower chassis rails. Last night an idea hit me. It's immature at the moment, but I think it could be developed into something workable.

You know those super strong little magnets they use in everything these days? Well why not use those along with a soft rubber gasket to seal the bottom edge on the undertray? I don't know of there's such a thing as strips of that magnetic material, but that would be ideal. Run a strip of super magnet material epoxy glued to the bend in the ally bodywork with soft rubber gasket between it and the undertray.

I think a person would have to experiment a little, but it could work. Obviously, you fix the sides of the panels to the chassis with fasteners.

What do you think of that?

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Two days ago, while Dorian threatened the folks in the SE but before our NW fall rains hit, we took a drive into the mountains to enjoy the scenery. In this case it was to Artist Point, cradled between Mt. Baker (10,781) and Mt. Shuksan (9,127’) about 11 miles as the eagle flies south of Washington State’s border with British Columbia. After climbing from near sea level to 5140’ up a switchback mountain road we came across this lot in the parking area:
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Seems there was an outing by a dozen or so immaculate MG, TR, etc. types on a day trip from BC. Including this lovely Jensen.
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After enjoying the surprise show’n’shine, we hiked a bit and took in the mountains flanking the view point.
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And then watched the cars make their way down the mountain. You can just make out the Jenson exiting the first switchback before the short “straight” that leads to the more serious curves. They sounded good, even from way down there.
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Alas, we were in our DD, managing massive understeer on the tight, 10 mph cutbacks. But a beautiful fall day in the mountains. :D

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WOW! Don't think I've ever seen a Jensen coupe before.

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After Dorian left the South East it made its way to Nova Scotia, so we sat inside yesterday while it rained and blew ... but it was relatively uneventful apart from finally remembering to watch my barometer during a hurricane. But my after dinner nap meant I actually missed the lowest of the low - but 28.1 inches Hg ain't bad (953 mb for the modern). Unlike 80% of customers in Nova Scotia we didn't lose power. We hid all our garden furniture and potted plants so there was no opportunity for damage there. Just an apocalyptic quantity of windfall apples. But wifey discovered a trick: rake them into piles or windrows and scoop them up with those 'bear paw' leaf picker-uppers.


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