Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Today got to do some real spraying.  Having last week sprayed water based paint onto cardboard this week moved up a gear to use proper mask with an air supply and to spray etch primer followed by, after lunch, 2 coats of primer.  Wonder what it will look like in a couple of weeks when I get back after half term?

Subjects covered: How to mix paint.  Cleaning a spray gun.  

Tuesday, 23 October 2012


Today got hands on with the college MIG welding gear.  Big machines used in purpose build booths.  Must get some TIG gloves.  Have got some ordinary chrome leather welding gauntlets at home but the TIG ones are better having thinner leather of the hands and fingers makes holding stuff much easier.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Brake system components

Brake master disassembly
Just spent a day investigating, dismantling and rebuilding various brake parts.  Interesting how many different designs there are.

Paul had brought in calipers off one of his cars.  There were dirty see below.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

body filler

 Working on a bench using a sanding block connected to a dust extractor.
 A small scratch filled.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Pad Saw handle

Pad Saw plan
Been working on making a pad saw handle.  This has involved starting from a a piece of steel plate and then forming the handle using various different techniques.

Making out on the steel and using engineers blue to make the lines etc easier to see.

Pad Saw handle - work in progress
Pad Saw handle - work in progress

Monday, 8 October 2012


Monday is mechanical repair day.  Today we dealt with drum brakes.  Here is course tutor Steve Gilbertson helping us put it back together,

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Friday, 5 October 2012

Spitfire bits wanted

One of the cars I will working on is Spitfire.  The car is incomplete - no interior stuff.  Some repairs have been done but before we can build up a rolling chassis we need some parts. Here is a provisional list.

1*Dolomite Sprint alloy
Other interior such as carpets, dashboard.

Has anybody got a free wreck we can strip out the interior out from.

Please bring your donations to the Leeds City College stand at the NEC Classic Car Show 16, 17, 18 November

Would be great if a local business could help out.  Will ask the Spitfire Graveyard and Yorkshire Triumphs

Read more about the course here

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Jenny calipers - more tools

A quick google and I found these for only £3.49 delivered. Bargain.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Body Repair

One third of the course each Tuesday is about body repair. We have started with a couple of exercises setting out and making things.
Introduced to how to measure with calipers, rules etc. Use of pillar drill, guillotine, hole punch, centre punch, shears etc. Already had many of the tools at home, now I have been shown how to use them properly. Decided to buy a scriber and an engineers square to add to my collection.