At Last!. I have started on my car ;-) PART 2

old-git

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You're not far off 1 million views on this part 2 section of your build thread. Impressive stuff.

If views meant progress I would have finished a few years ago :) Not a lot happening at the moment. Sort of burnt out having made roof, doors and windows so doing other stuff at the moment, like building a games room/bar/gym in the barn bays vacated by the Elan and my son's Audi S3.

Should get back on the car in a couple of weeks.
 

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Hi. I am still here but the last year has been somewhat different. I went mad on the car in the first lockdown and suffered car modding burnout. Around that time my son asked if he could convert the bay in the barn, that the Elan used to live in before I built a new garage, into a gym as the one he belonged to had closed due to Covid 19 rules. We said yes so he cleaned it out, painted the walls, laid carpet we had stored and installed the gym stuff we had stashed away - treadmill, multigym, weights etc. He also installed a dartboard and we had some good evenings up there.

As we had a 7' pool table in a shed as it was too big for the conservatory we decided to convert the adjacent bay, that had housed son's Audi S3 that is now also in the new garage, into a pool room. We had a stash of carpet tiles so they went down and I made an overhead light unit out of an old fluorescent shade. We had friends over during the break between lockdown 1 and 2 with their motorhomes and they loved the 'entertainment suite' :)

Shortly afterwards my son asked if we could add as bar! OK I said and helped him to build it. We then papered the walls with a stressed timber effect wallpaper and then I went mad :) I bought a 1967 pinball machine, then a 1968 one arm bandit, a 1999 fruit machine and a 815 game video console :)

We had a couple of old armchairs and a settee plus a bench seat. We had a couple of bar stools and got a couple more from Freegle along with a long mirror for the bar. Apart from the machines it was all done on a shoestring, using stuff we had around or buying second hand or getting free. One major expense was the air conditioning system we installed. This was essential in order to keep the barn cool and warm and maintain a decent humidity to protect the mechanical and electrical equipment.

The final result turned out pretty good, even if I do say so myself. I have also built a 9 hole putting course outside the barn :) Made holes and flag poles and wifey made the flags and my neighbour made and ironed on the numbers.

Last weekend we had our friends over again. This time we also had go karting, pistol shooting and archery along with the golf. Videos to follow.

So, no work on the car since around July last year but hope to get back in to it soon.
 
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obi_waynne

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Welcome back, good to hear from you. And here we were all thinking you'd finished the Elan and were busy driving it.

This last year has indeed been pretty crazy for most people, it looks like you made the best of it though.
 

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Great to see you are alive and well as was beginning to think that something bad had happened and you had dropped off your perch :eek:

Am wondering if all the weights in the gym look a bit like Swiss cheese knowing your passion for drilling holes in everything you can get your hands on :rofl:
 

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An old video (a couple of months ago) showing the putting course after I had just cut it for the first time. The greens are seeded with specialist seed designed for golf greens. I made the Connect 4 out of a couple of 10mm sheets of ply and a 150mm hole cutter. The discs were cut with a 200mm cutter.

 

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This weekend we had some of our drag racing buddies over with their partners for a couple of days of games and fun. We can't really do drag racing so I set up a Go Kart course in the back garden. It messed up the grass somewhat but it will grow back. MANY years ago we used to run horse shows and I still had the electronic timing gear so that was used to record lap times.

 

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