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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:05 pm 
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Hi All,
9 1/2 years after acquiring my Dolly I've finally got some cash together, found a welder and found a panel beater. I'm looking to have both front wings replaced, possibly both headlamp support panels replaced (or just a club repair panel for the n/s) and maybe both chassis legs replaced (the previous welder crushed both when the sills were replaced, maybe even the n/s rear complete wing up to the roof line.
The wings I have, a nos n/s eyebrow I have, a nos headlamp support panel o/s I have, a nos rear n/s complete wing I have, an o/s chassis leg I have and hopefully the club has stock of n/s headlamp support repair panel and n/s chassis leg.

So....that leaves me needing a metal pattern or nos offside eyebrow. In exchange I have a pattern n/s eyebrow or nos eyebrow. Or pattern n/s eyebrow plus cash. Rimmer are saying the pattern eyebrow will be in stock "soon" at £118 plus shipping. Not sure if 'soon' will be soon enough.
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Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:08 pm 
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The club do grp ones. Far better than the Rimmers folded ones and wont ever rust..


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:54 pm 
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I have a couple of nos eyebrows that I may be coaxed to sell.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:57 pm 
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The club do grp ones. Far better than the Rimmers folded ones and wont ever rust..
I'm sure - but tell that to a welder! :)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:57 am 
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If you have the wings off then you can slide in the GRP ones, glue them in with tiger seal or similar PU sealant and secure with a couple of self tappers.

Then fit the wings

Done

Unless the car is historically significant I never fit steel eyebrows, there is simply no point.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:26 am 
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Ahh, too late James, deals done and sorted.

Anyone - what is the point of the eyebrows, what are they supposed to do?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:48 am 
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Their proper function is to redirect water and debris thrown up by the front tyre onto the inside of the wing then drain to the road, if they arent there then I would suggest that in wet weather the headlights get showered with water from the wheels, not too good for the electrics!! In later cars a splash shield was fitted.

What they actually do is allow dirt and debris to collect in an inaccessible area which then allows the wings to rot out at the front and then you eventually loose the eyebrow!

It's a pain to fix!!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:16 pm 
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Ah, thanks James.
Alas the car is going to a welder. Not a panel beater, he's made that quite clear.

So,,,,,off topic,,,,,,what's the best stuff to slap all over the metal eyebrows before they're welded up? I know the heat will destroy a lot of whatever is slapped on, but I'll spray afterwards too.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:41 pm 
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The trick here, is something i've recommended before and will be doing on my own Sprint. To replace the eyebrows, you need to remove the headlamp support panels, so, once you have done this, rustproof the eyebrow with your choice of underseal/Hammerite/POR/ whatever and then fit new club zintec headlamp support panels. But here's the trick, instead of WELDING them in place, attach them with ST SCREWS or those automatic self drilling tapping BOLTS! Then you can periodically remove the panels complete with the lights and thoroughly clean the otherwise totally inaccessible area behind them. It doesn't make the steel any more corrosion proof, but it will stop the buildup of muck that lets the rot set in! Best of all, it's FREE!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:12 am 
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https://www.pts-uk.com/products/self-drilling-screws ??


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That's the sort of thing I use on the top left of page. But mine are a bit shorter and have a slightly bigger built in washer. I recommend nut heads rather than Pozi so they are easier to remove later! All my GRP front end is held on with these and Tiger Seal.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:53 pm 
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This is what I did with my headlight panels recently. Used stainless nuts/bolts with in built washers.
I did pop rivet the bowls in which maybe I shouldn’t have, got two headlight retainers wrong way round, I didn’t realise the lugs on headlights are slightly differently spaced!! And as for the silly metal pin which has to be spread!!!! Anyone come up with a better idea?

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