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post 22nd April 2019 12:46
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 20th April 2019 23:06) *
Iím interested in learning to weld, too... Iíve also beentempted to buy a welder and give it a go.

No idea what that electrical connection is. What colour are the three wires? And are all three interconnected on that little panel?



One is red and black, with a red connector, one is a pale green , one is pale green and black. Pale green is the best description I could give it!!
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post 22nd April 2019 21:36
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So much more room!


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post 26th April 2019 11:30
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QUOTE(STEVIE BOY @ 22nd April 2019 13:46) *
One is red and black, with a red connector, one is a pale green , one is pale green and black. Pale green is the best description I could give it!!


I wouldn't worry about these. I had the same on mine and left them disconnected. I cannot remember what they were for but I know a few years ago that GialloEvo94 found out. I've tried looking for the post but like looking for a needle in a haystack job.


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post 26th April 2019 13:10
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QUOTE(Ganz @ 26th April 2019 12:30) *
I wouldn't worry about these. I had the same on mine and left them disconnected. I cannot remember what they were for but I know a few years ago that GialloEvo94 found out. I've tried looking for the post but like looking for a needle in a haystack job.

I've got my bumper off and can't see those anywhere, but mine's a ph2.
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post 26th April 2019 13:17
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So much more room!


Looks like you could practically stand inside the car to work on the engine...
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post 26th April 2019 17:41
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QUOTE(Ganz @ 26th April 2019 12:30) *
I wouldn't worry about these. I had the same on mine and left them disconnected. I cannot remember what they were for but I know a few years ago that GialloEvo94 found out. I've tried looking for the post but like looking for a needle in a haystack job.



Ok cheers, will just tape up and leave!!
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post 27th April 2019 09:48
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 20th April 2019 23:06) *
Iím interested in learning to weld, too... Iíve also beentempted to buy a welder and give it a go.

With an X1/9 in the garage, I decided a few years back I really needed to learn to weld. Watched a few videos, went over to a mate place, who was also restoring an X1/9 at the time and is a really good welder, to see how it's done in the real world (i.e. not welding shiny new metal on the bench, but chopping out rust, making repair sections etc.), then bought the kit!
I've probably done more welding on the 145 than the X1/9! As long as it's not visible, I can now do a reasonable, MOT passable job (floorpans, chassis legs). The difficult bit is shaping curves etc. Underneath, it doesn't matter if it's not perfect, few people will see it.
I looked back at some early work I did on the X1/9 and decided to cut it out and re-do it! Did some repairs to a mates lawnmower over Easter and I was really pleased with how it went - looked pretty good when ground back and painted.
You're clearly competent with spanners from reading your other thread, so I'm sure you'll pick up the welding skills pretty quickly.
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post 27th April 2019 09:52
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QUOTE(SteveG @ 27th April 2019 10:48) *
With an X1/9 in the garage, I decided a few years back I really needed to learn to weld. Watched a few videos, went over to a mate place, who was also restoring an X1/9 at the time and is a really good welder, to see how it's done in the real world (i.e. not welding shiny new metal on the bench, but chopping out rust, making repair sections etc.), then bought the kit!
I've probably done more welding on the 145 than the X1/9! As long as it's not visible, I can now do a reasonable, MOT passable job (floorpans, chassis legs). The difficult bit is shaping curves etc. Underneath, it doesn't matter if it's not perfect, few people will see it.
I looked back at some early work I did on the X1/9 and decided to cut it out and re-do it! Did some repairs to a mates lawnmower over Easter and I was really pleased with how it went - looked pretty good when ground back and painted.
You're clearly competent with spanners from reading your other thread, so I'm sure you'll pick up the welding skills pretty quickly.


Great - that sounds encouraging! Can I ask what welding gear you purchased?

(Sorry Stevie - hijacking your thread somewhat...)
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 27th April 2019 10:52) *
Great - that sounds encouraging! Can I ask what welding gear you purchased?

(Sorry Stevie - hijacking your thread somewhat...)

Clarke 135 turbo MIG - anything bigger needed 16amp supply, and I needing to work on the drive with an extension lead. It's plenty powerful for anything on the car. Don't think I've ever used power level 3 max. Get an auto switching mask - so much easier.
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post 27th April 2019 10:24
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QUOTE(SteveG @ 27th April 2019 11:05) *
Clarke 135 turbo MIG - anything bigger needed 16amp supply, and I needing to work on the drive with an extension lead. It's plenty powerful for anything on the car. Don't think I've ever used power level 3 max. Get an auto switching mask - so much easier.



Dont mind.me, I'm into welding talk!
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post 27th April 2019 10:39
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QUOTE(SteveG @ 27th April 2019 11:05) *
Clarke 135 turbo MIG - anything bigger needed 16amp supply, and I needing to work on the drive with an extension lead. It's plenty powerful for anything on the car. Don't think I've ever used power level 3 max. Get an auto switching mask - so much easier.


Thanks - I've read about gas-less MIG welders at the cheaper end of the market but I see yours can run with or without gas. Have you tried it both ways - and if so, what difference does it make?

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post 27th April 2019 22:46
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 27th April 2019 11:39) *
Thanks - I've read about gas-less MIG welders at the cheaper end of the market but I see yours can run with or without gas. Have you tried it both ways - and if so, what difference does it make?
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Only tried without gas when it runs out (or I forget to turn it on!). I get crap welds without....
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post 28th April 2019 08:33
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QUOTE(SteveG @ 27th April 2019 23:46) *
Only tried without gas when it runs out (or I forget to turn it on!). I get crap welds without....


Is that crap weld even with the special wire you need for gas less ?

I know it is crapper with the right wire, but supposed to be usable.

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post 28th April 2019 16:37
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I'd never welded before until I got the 145. Luckily for me all of the structural welding had been professionally done by the previous owner so I only had a few easy patches to do. I bought myself a wire welder from Lidl. It's very difficult to get the speed of the wire and power level exact to get a good weld without creating ball bearing splatter everywhere. After trial and error I managed to get the bits done well enough and ground back the messy welds. All my welds are in areas covered by plastic so not a problem. An auto dimming mask is a must - I didn't get one so trying to line up the nozzle and then holding the mask without moving is a complete pain.
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QUOTE(STEVIE BOY @ 28th April 2019 09:33) *
Is that crap weld even with the special wire you need for gas less ?

I know it is crapper with the right wire, but supposed to be usable.

I didn't know there was a different wire for use without gas, so can't really comment
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Progress.... been doing some rust treating , going to replace clutch slave and thermostat next, before putting new radiator on.

There is a weird bit of plastic hanging off a cable going under the engine cover, see 3 pics, anyone know what that is/was?


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post 13th May 2019 23:26
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QUOTE(STEVIE BOY @ 12th May 2019 16:58) *
Progress.... been doing some rust treating , going to replace clutch slave and thermostat next, before putting new radiator on.

There is a weird bit of plastic hanging off a cable going under the engine cover, see 3 pics, anyone know what that is/was?


This tucks in under the cam cover. Its one of those plastic parts that never quite fit back to their original location after they get to a certain age. Again, I wouldn't worry about it and take it off. I had one on mine and ditched it in the end. Save weight biggrin.gif

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post 18th May 2019 08:46
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Taken the offside off now, ready for my mate the bolsover godfather who's visiting us today/tomorrow , see what he recommends.
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post 18th May 2019 11:24
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QUOTE(STEVIE BOY @ 18th May 2019 09:46) *
Taken the offside off now, ready for my mate the bolsover godfather who's visiting us today/tomorrow , see what he recommends.

I'd take arch liner and splash guard off too - quite likely more tin worm hiding there (speaking from experience!)
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post 18th May 2019 12:29
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I'd take arch liner and splash guard off too - quite likely more tin worm hiding there (speaking from experience!)



Yes I think you're probably right , I'm thinking I'm just catching this car in time , rust wise ......
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