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RTT gets a facelift

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RTT gets a facelift

Post  Rum Tum Tugger on Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:16 am

The car, that is, not the person. It looked quite presentable after the last rebuild (about 20 years ago), but since then has been getting scruffier year by year. So I reckon it's time for another makeover, after which hopefully it will again be able to hold its head up in respectable company.

Unfortunately this means I won't be at Newark this year.

A small change to the front panel is planned - I made a load of cardboard patterns, each slightly different.

Measure a thousand times, cut once.

When you don't have access to a proper engineering workshop, a certain amount of ingenuity is called for.


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Post  red_leader on Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:58 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing the pics
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Post  lin and tony on Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:51 pm

Are you sure it does not have a preservation order on it Bob? Twisted Evil
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Post  red_leader on Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:05 am

I look forward to seeing it at Stourport.
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Post  John on Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:50 am

Rum Tum Tugger wrote:The car, that is, not the person.
The person certainly does not need a facelift and I'm not sure the vehicle does but I'm sure you will do the job well. Love the meccano jig, mine is mainly silver,so I guess it's a little newer than yours.
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Post  lin and tony on Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:34 am

Me thinks that you are a little more precise in your work than we were! Embarassed
Look forward to seeing the finished project. Very Happy
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Post  Rum Tum Tugger on Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:12 pm

One or two special tools from the box of useful miscellania we all keep, don't we?  Cutting a 1-inch section from an old front wheel bearing made a good substitute for special tool 18G1127, for removing the 3rd motion shaft, while the cardboard tube just happened to be the right size to keep the synchro balls and springs in their place.


Good progress is being made with stripping the old paint:



But where has the time gone?
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Post  Rum Tum Tugger on Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:05 am

Coming on!  But not, unfortunately, in time for Gaydon which was the first target date.



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Post  lin and tony on Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:35 pm

Looking good!Very Happy 
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Post  Rum Tum Tugger on Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:14 pm

Well, we're back on the road at last.





I'm afraid it's fair-weather Scamping only for the time being though, a bit of surgery is needed before the doors can be fitted.  Otherwise I would have joined the Cotswold tour today.
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Post  lin and tony on Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:38 pm

Well done Bob. What an improvement! - although I miss the Rum Tum Tugger picture. Will it be replaced?
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Post  Rum Tum Tugger on Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:06 am

Probably. But not just yet - it's an indoor job, and outdoor jobs have priority at this time of year.
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Post  TRR Motorsport on Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:16 pm

It's looking good Bob. Looking forward to seeing it at the picnic in a few weeks :-)
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Post  Rum Tum Tugger on Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:06 am

At last, the rebuilt engine is in! It's been so long since I last did this job, I'd pretty well forgotten how it goes (as the bishop...). Should have taken four and a half hours, instead it was more like a week and a half, due also to weather, disorganisation, and forgetting where I'd put things.

The good news was that the insurance people didn't increase the premium, although the new engine is a bit bigger (1100) and a bit improved (Piper 255 cam). The bad news is that I don't fancy a 100-mile shakedown run with an un-run-in engine and no breakdown cover, so sadly, no Picnic this year.
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Post  lin and tony on Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:44 am

Sad Rum Tum will be missed!
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Post  Rum Tum Tugger on Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:44 am

Unfortunately, until I can get the driver's door to fit (which will damage the nice new paint job) I'm dependent on decent weather.
Let's hope it stays fine for Stanford.
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Post  TRR Motorsport on Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:56 am

It will be nice to see you there Bob :-)
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