General & Misc
I am running what I call a 'build thread' for my journey through restoration on another forum:-
Where should such topics (or headers that link to the thread) go please? I tend to try to keep everything I do, or questions I ask, in the one thread, rather than have it spread across other topics like Mechanical or Electrical, but thats just me.
Do you plan to run make specific sub forums, or country of origin, or similar ?
Having checked out your current thread on another Forum it is clear that you do use it for everything you do as an historical record of your restoration. Nothing wrong with that.
Having experienced other Forums I have not seen such a use as you are developing. Nor have I seen any linkage between independent Forums.
Our Forum does not have any linkage to others. The use of separate topic headings is to simplify issues rather than establish a historical dialogue.
If you wish to continue an ongoing topic item, I suggest it be in the General category.
I hope this helps.
Regards John Johnston
What I am suggesting is that I put up a topic like '1926 Rover 9 restoration' somewhere on this forum, and insert a link to the web site as I did in the msg you have read. This avoids duplication, but shows anybody in VDC interested that the car is being worked on, and what I have come across along the way.
Are you saying that you dont envisage this forum being used to document restorations? Over in ozclubbies there is a whole topic of 'Build Diaries' with hundreds of builds, like this one of mine:-
It would appear that you are very familar with and use many Forums.
Placing a link within the body of your message is not a problem.
As for restoration diaries I have suggested that you could start one under General. How interested members would be in individual builds would be interesting given the range of vehicles we have. If it were information of how you solved a problem that would be of interest. I.e. a clutch problem listed under Mechanical.
As our club covers all makes we do not think it useful to organise topics under makes. However nothing is set in Concrete.
As soon as I am able to start a Topic under General for the car, I will do so. If it just becomes one of many posts in there(as distinct from a topic), I think it would be waste of time.
Odd that you think a split by makes is not useful, seeing as the original forum was set up like that. Why would you not want all the T-Ford or Dodge stuff gathered together, so that members with interest in a specific make know exactly where to go? Why does the number of makes matter, especially when there is a big bias to Dodges? Dodges might even be usefully divided up by model? Somebody joins with a make not seen before? Start a new topic heading for it. Once things get into the www people all over the world will be able to find it, and benefit from things learned or developed by our members.
If we want to encourage people with an interest in our type of cars to join the club, we should make it easy by putting up FAQ topics - eg Can one of our members advise on what to look out for when thinking of purchasing a 'barn find' or a restored example of model X of make Y?
Here are some more examples of how other forums separate topics:-
http://forums.aaca.org/ select Forums
http://www.ozclubbies.com.au/ look inside Build diaries
http://rennlist.com/forums/ Porsche only, divided into models
In all of these any registered user can start a topic
(which a moderator may delete or move) within a relevant heading , and get an email when anybody posts on the topic.
We have around 60 different makes of vehicles (Let alone models) in the club. That makes topics under makes difficult. There are obviously issues in organising Topics v Threads. It is a work in progress so patience is necessary.
Let the growth of threads within topics be organic - wait for users to ask for a topic (for me, British Vintage Cars), and allow ordinary users to start their own threads within their chosen topics. At the rate of postings so far it wont require any intensive work . If there was a topic of American Vintage, and a sub topic of Dodge Brothers it would cover a large proportion of the members cars.
As an aside, there is lot of screen space (known as 'real estate') going to waste here with the current layout.
I have a general question regarding shortening a trailer axle by 7 '',
my intention is to take 7 '' out of the centre , chamfer all 4 sides (x 2 ) then when I put these together it will form a v all round which will then be arc welded . to further strenghen this modification, I intend to weld 2 pieces of angle iron to form a square over the axle, these will be welded on all the ends and along the two edges.
Can anyone suggest a better method of shortening this axle
without using a lathe or buying a new axle.??
regards Val Bugeja
ps this boat trailer will carry less than one ton.
Early 1930's Rover
Seen at a recent swap meet an early 30’s Rover sedan for sale.
Seemed reasonable value for a barn find vehicle
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