Picking my kit up on the 9th Dec. Eventually decided to get it collected by a transport company since quotes that came in were close to van hire costs but less hassle.
While I am waiting I have been tidying up final bits and pieces on the rebuilt donor, with some spare time decided to strip the steering rack back off since I was at bit unhappy with the first quick refurb I did.
1st attack with careful application of paint stripper and wire brush.
While waiting on the parts to finish the steering rack I decided to drain and replace the gearbox oil. As mentioned before I bought the donor partially stripped so had no awareness of mechanical condition (although I did buy from fellow MEV owner)
Unscrewing the gearbox drain plug showed practically no metal shavings on the magnet and oil removed still looked in good condition.
Collection day was last Friday but had to go off to Switzerland for business this week so did not have time for update until now.
Nervous journey back, probably worse since I was trusting someone else to deliver it. Anyway, pleased to say all arrived safe and sound with no damage.
Big thanks to Stuart & Julie for help with the loading and Stuart's strapping down guidance, obviously spot on as despite a couple of checks on the way back no adjustment was needed during the whole 300 miles.
First job before starting on the build proper was to finish off the steering rack refurb. After stripping back to bare metal I coated it in Hydrate 80 just to make sure any corrosion is gone for good then masked up and couple of coats of Zinc Paint.
New gaiters done and now back on the car, much happier with result now.
Loving my £15 air shears from Aldi, no panel distortion and even managed a thin 3mm trim off the floor length without any issue.
Hardly needs any edge clean up compared to a saw, just a light draw with a file. Not sure how long they would last but already paid for themselves as far as I am concerned. Floors cut and trimmed in 20mins.....15mins of that spent double checking measuring 3 times.
I bought one of the Aldi compressors when they reduced them to £49! to replace an old worn out one from machine mart, has done everything I need it to to date but its like anything in life if you want the all singing all dancing you have to pay.
For the record I use, impact wrench, nibbler, needle gun, air riveter, socket drive, sand blaster, drill, air pump (tyres), air gun (cleaner), spray gun, air saw, also used it to provide air for my one man brake bleeding system, so all in all good value for money.
Cars in the Workshop Replicar - 1998 Mk2 1.8 donor Honda Civic Coupe SR Discovery TD5 Shogun 3.2D LWB
At the end of the day I am using only occasionally for impact gun, air wrench, shears, tyres, and blow gun for cleaning. It needs to run quite often due to low cylinder capacity but not been a major issue.
Would be no use for to spray or run air grinders which consume loads of air.
Will probably buy something bigger later but the one I have fits up in the roof space so saves floor space, I also built an MDF enclosure so I can still hear the TV or radio while it's running.
So I think unless you are planning to do proper spray painting the Aldi one should do the job in a home garage.