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Not much progress to report in the last couple of weeks. The weather has been poor – cold and rainy. I did manage to get the Umm started this week. The relay for the cylinder heaters was not working. This turned out to be a disconnected ground connection. So that is another job ticked off.
Ah, the joy of discovering all the quirks of a new vehicle!
Well done, and why not post a picture of your Umm?
All the best,
The wheels I had from Alan needed a bit of cleaning and repainting, so I have been doing that. Here are four of the wheels after cleaning and with a coat of primer on the front faces. I am thinking that red might look good against the grey paint on the body, so I may paint them with a red finishing coat too.
The other work recently has been more welding on the rear of the body. Not too much more of this to do I hope.
I had an interesting trip this week to Motherwell to meet up with Alan, a previous owner of this UMM. He acquired it from Tilcon, (a quarry company), and he repaired and painted it green before selling it on. He also gave me some useful UMM spares to help with my restoration, so thanks Alan!
Here is a photo that Alan gave me of the UMM in it’s original colour scheme, as he took ownership. This would have been before 2005. It is already showing signs of hard work!
Thanks for putting Alan in touch with me. I had an interesting chat with him. He was able to give me details of his ownership, and where it came from.
The roof is almost finished on the UMM-Shelter. I have fitted the repainted driver’s door this week. It works well, but I may need to just apply a further top coat if the weather is warm enough.
Had to put the roof felt on today, even though it was raining. More or less finished now. Just some feather edge boards to add over the felt.
It’s coming along.
Work on the restoration will be slowing down for a week or two. This is because I am building a shelter for the UMM. It will be a kind of carport, with a roof but no sides. That will keep the rain and snow off it for the Winter.
Here is a picture showing what it will look like when finished. I have photoshopped it in.
And here is the progress so far. Well, it’s a start!
The driver’s door is now painted in the final colour. It’s not perfect, but absolutely fine for the car
The shock absorbers that I took off the rear axle a while ago needed a clean-up as they were rather rusty. They still work fine though. So some de-rusting was done followed by a coat of Hammerite black. Here’s a before and after.
I will put them back on the vehicle soon.
The last job this weekend was to fit the handbrake cables back on. I had these hanging up in the workshop, dripping oil through them, and so they are now nice and free. So we have a working handbrake!
I decided that the rear axle could go back on, as the awkward welding in that area is almost finished.
So that meant I could put the UMM back on it’s wheels for the first time in months. I wanted to see how it looked with the new wheelarches. I really like it. There are a few more patch pieces to weld in the outer panels, but I feel that I am making real progress now.
Here are a couple of pictures.
More rust found near the rear wheel arch, so a larger repair panel has been tacked in. There will be more patches in the area before I’m happy.
I have ordered some new spring u bolts for the rear axle, so that will be going back under the car in the next week or so. I have fitted the replacement diff cover with a gasket.
Rear wheel arch is now fabricated and tacked on to the body. A few adjustments and this will be ready for full welding and then a coat of paint.
I have also trial fitted the replacement door that I have for the passenger side. This needs a minor repair, and then will be ready for paint preparation. The rear axle has also had a couple of coats of black hammerite paint.
Rear axle wire brushed and painted with primer. Filthy job – but it has to be done!
That’s the floor done. On to the rear wheelarch next.
More work on the passenger side floor. Finished cutting the rusty metal out, and put a square tube across the door opening to give some strength. Then welded a new piece of galvanised 2mm thick for the floor. Just needs some tidying up around the edges.
And here is the bonnet after topcoat. It may need another coat yet. It’s starting to look good though!
- This reply was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by mrmosky.
I decided to have a change from cutting and grinding. The weather has been too hot for much work, so I decided to get the replacement bonnet prepared for painting. So it needed rubbing down and then a couple of coats of primer. Now I will have to wait for a good weather day for the final coat.
I still have most of the manual printed out. I cleared some stuff out as there was no interest before.
let me know if you want it.
There’s someone in Portugal selling one.