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3-D Printing for Neither Fun nor Profit

I decided to model the broken sunroof drain in Fusion360, and then print it on my Prusa printer. Surely this would be a “quick” and “easy” alternative to spending big bux? It worked out in the end, but the process was really rather frustrating: Fusion is difficult for complex shapes (for amateurs like me), and 3-D printing still seems much more an art than a science.

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Inside Rain

The disco leaks when it rains, as I discovered today, so I thought I’d drop the headliner out to see what the source was. I had a pretty good idea it would be the sunroof, and I was right. I wanted to re-do the headliner anyway, so I’ll order the material today. I think I’ll just go with the original gray, not a fan of black headliners.

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Roof Repair at the Disco

So I did a quickie repair to the roof of the Discovery, and it looks…ok, actually. It’s really hard to notice unless you know where it was, and even then it’s hard to spot. I suspect from directly overhead that might be a different story, but I’ve been up on a ladder and it’s fine.

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Into Orbit(al)

I’ve managed to right a few of the wrongs on this car–and have polished the bonnet and headlight covers, as seen above. Neither of the latter are perfect, but they are far better than they were.

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Disco is Hip Again

And the replacement for the Mini, which was a practical and fun car to drive, is…a Land Rover Discovery–which is not really any of those things. And wait, we’ve been here before!

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Leather Assessment

I made new backing panels for the ’55 Morgan +4 doors and quarter panels from 1/8″ ABS plastic sheet, and those turned out well. However, having then poked them inside the existing leather trim, I’m having a bit of an existential crisis about the interior.

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Messy Driveway, Clean Shop

Moving stuff around in the shop to get the Morgan back on the “working” side, now that I’m finished with my friend’s E-Type.

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I Made a Color Thingy

Sky
Eau-De-Nil
Sea Green
Grass Green
Olive Green
Brilliant Green
Light Bronze Green
Light Brunswick Green
Emerald Green
Bold Green
Opaline Green
Light Olive Green
Verdigris Green
Forest Green
Spruce Green

The gadget seems to work…but the darker colors look more like anodized metal than enamel paint. (I kind of suck at colorizing anyway, but at least in photoshop you have fine control; here, using CSS and HTML…not so much.) Some not-all-that-exciting details below the more link, if you want them.

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Color Me Green

The photo at the top is the one bit of original color I found on the ’55 Morgan, on the dash support. (The original color is the lower, lighter shade.) Below are some explorations of similar colors plucked from various period British color standards, as that is probably where this color came from. Read onwards for some bad Photoshops.

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Left Front Fender

It fits. Well, mostly. My new body is a bit narrower than the old one, I think, but a bit of judicious trimming has the wing fitting OK, so far.

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