Not all the plastic that turns up at our door can be repaired by gas welding. Dare I say it that we have to resort to two pack bonding don’t get me wrong it is a good repair but 90 seconds to apply the adhesive is not on some occasions enough time to get the job done.
This weather has implications for automotive plastic ( farings, bumpers, etc,etc ). Plastic looses its elastic properties when the temperature drops making it hard and brittle but this does depend on the plastic material used.
There are two main categories of plastic hard and soft. Hard plastics like ABS used in motor bike farings, can become very brittle and break easily. Soft materials like Polyprop , being more flexible , will not crack so easily but will show signs of stress in the cold.
With the weather as cold as it is, it means that any damage your plastic receives will be twice as bad. So take a bit more care around that bike stored in the garage.
From time to time I work on an heritage car. These are vehicles that are more than twenty five years old. .
Over the years I have done a number of repairs to the cars plastics but in this case was asked to look for the cause of an oil leak that was covering the bell housing of the gearbox. The leak was not enough to show a loss on the dip stick but caked the area in a black horrible mess. The leak was tracked down to the distributor. After all these years the O ring had gone hard letting some oil pass.
I thought that was easy, just go down the road and buy a new one! NO! NO! No! How wrong could I be. One little old O ring turned into an epic detective case to find someone to supply it. I ended up buying a box of a hundred, making this one ring more valuable than its weight in gold!. So if anybody is looking for one O ring in a metric size I’ll sell you one. I know! but I have got get back some of the cost!.
That is the problem with working on motors from the recent past, they are not old enough for people to start doing batch runs of parts to keep them going. Second hand parts in this type of case are not up to the job
Some more plastic from the MK3 Honda civic showed up the other day. This time it was a shock guard/ soft mount for the rear spring. The shapee of it suggests that it is a weather defector for the mounting bolt too.
The repair its self was not that difficult, There was a slit about twenty-five mm long. Once we had given the plastic a good clean without which the welding process will not bond properly it was ready for us to identify which type of plastic it was. The repair went surprisingly well considering how imbedded the dirt was. Good for another two hundred and fifty thousand miles. We still cannot believe that this car has done that much mileage.
No! not something you use for the BBQ made by Honda.
Honda MK3 grill
It is a small two bar section that fits just above the bumper on a MK3 Honda civic. I know it must
Tack welded back in place
be the only one left in UK still in working order. The civic is twenty-four years old but that did not stop it passing its MOT at the first attempt. Parts for it are becoming very scarce. So if you know where we could get hold of a driver’s side (offside front) head light let us know. We are also on the hunt for other items.
This little grill was in for repair, the two tabs where the screws hold it to the body work had broken off. Not a big job but a job all the same which received our full attention so that it all went back together and hopefully will last another twenty-four years.
What a joke a bit of snow and the country go’s up the creek without a padel. Why? The first point is that health and safety is running a muck to the point where it is making life difficult for those who would do their job as normal no matter what.
The total lack of gritting on side roads and walks making it impossible for people to get to the main routes without taking their lives into their own hands. News reports about A and E having an over load of broken bones and an increase in the numbers of deaths all travel related.
The lack of help and coöperation between people and business. Casing point: I had to take the van out to get some supplies. Now it is rear wheel drive which means that icy roads make it difficult to get moving once stopped. This happen twice causing a tail back in both cases. The first time while trying to get onto a gritted road I had to get the shovel out and chip the ice away from in front of the drive wheels. The people behind just sat there and watched or tried to drive round, no milk of human kindness there. The second time was trying to get to a well-known supermarket car park the road was pure ice, again out with the shovel only this time all I got was angry looks that anger would have been better spent giving the van a shove so we could all get on our way. Society now a days is all about me, if we spent more time helping each other we would all be better off.
From time to time we are asked, can you repair this or that and in many cases we can, as long as it is a thermo plastic. We are plastic welding specialists first; who just happen to have a good reputation for repairingmotor bike farings. We also “make good” bumpers .
Some of the other types of repair we have completed:
A repair to a canoe that had been nearly split in two. (and it rhymes)
A close friend cracked the wing tip of his light aircraft while he was giving it re-spray and overhaul.
Some of the more odd ball repairs we have done, a beard trimmer, the wheel housing on a folding push chair, A bucket! yes that’s right! not just any old bucket, but one from a jet ski; a Dyson vacuüm cleaner hose clip catch.
We have also fabricated things. A large water tray for a photographer; some mud guards for a mountain bike. Some requests are turned down because it is not practical or cost affective to do.
People have asked if we can adapt/customise farings and bumpers. Yes we can and have done so; adapting a Suzuki GSXR nose cone, so a set of Honda fox-eye headlights could be fitted.! A bumper from a late-model V.W Golf to fit an older one.! The list is long but we don’t want to bore you so that’s it for now!
After his surgery earlier this year to remove a lump; the fat controller has reached his thirteenth year this month.
He is back to his old self, but not as quick. His age is catching up with him, in the form of arthritis in his front and back legs as well as the occasional absence where he almost stumbles to the floor. This has not stopped Fozzies enthusiasm for trips out in the “mobile,” now takes a big toll on him the following day, he now spends most of these asleep. It has also ment that he no longer goes for the long walks which is a shame.
Now raise your glasses! To many more years to come!
The world of two-wheel transport is further ahead in the alternative fuel category. The reason is its a lighter vehicle to propel than its four-wheel counter part.
But what I do not understand is the obsession that electric transport has to rely on battery’s that can only be charged with a plug, there by limiting its useability and distance it can travel before recharge. I know this maybe a simple view but why do none of these transport types have the latest solar electric panels as part of their build, to help keep the battery’s topped up.
A typical drive to work means that you have to sit in standing traffic, wouldn’t it be great to think your little electic car is recharging itself while your waiting in a que! By doing this you have already extended the distance it can travel and with traffic volumes set to increase we are going to spend more and more time standing still.