Thursday, 28 March 2013

Body Repair Assessment Record

To show practical attainment of various MAG welding skills I produced a number of test pieces which I will now photograph.The image above is an example of the first page of the body repair assessment record.

Link to word version of MAG welding test document.

The evidence

With the end of term comes the opportunity to catch up on some of the paperwork.  I have produced a pad saw handle, a sheet metal template and a block & stud to show the use of hands tools and equipment in motor vehicle engineering. This being a part of City & Guilds element of the course I need to evidence those skills. So now I need to photo my work and fill the form in.  Will email into college later. Link to word version of City & Guilds doc

Wednesday, 27 March 2013


The man from MIRKA visited today.  Got to see their range of sanding tools, polishing stuff and accessories in addition to their abrasives range.  It was interesting to compare the electric with the air powered.

The electric random orbit sander was very quiet - it was easy to chat at the same time as using it.  It worked off a 22v supply so no danger if the power lead were damaged.

The firm offer sanders with different amounts of orbit for different jobs - the finest had a 2.5mm orbit.

The polish compounds are clearly labelled so you can tell how coarse or fine they are.  A great and simple idea that I wish some other companies followed. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013


SATA Spray gun cleaning machine
SATA Spray gun cleaning

Today we were visited by SATA. I knew they did spray guns and it was great to have them demonstrated. Before lunch we had a lecture about the company history, and the products. We got to use their gun wash machine, as pictured above. The standard of engineering is impressive. Everything just works.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Gear box strip down

Today spent the day taking a front wheel drive gearbox to bits. A Rover transverse box. It came apart fairly easily but took a lot more to get it all back together.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Spitfire suspension towers

The suspension towers I picked up from the Spitfire Graveyard have now been fitted to the rolling chassis. The towers look much better now the muck has been removed.