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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:58 pm 
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Your sump has a better paint finish than the bdoy of most of the cars I've owned.

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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 5:16 pm 
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I was trying to avoid the selfies! :lol:

I'm not doing another one, this took me ages!

Yes put some trousers on next time :lol:

Lovely finish BTW :thumbsup:

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I thought that was the dipstick.

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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 5:54 pm 
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What's that awful rap song at the end of the fast and furious film's

THAT'S HOW WE ROOO__OOO__OOO___OLL
That's how we roll....

Love it...

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 8:31 pm 
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Please take your shoes off before getting in the car, you'll scuff my pedals!

A quick update before the weekend. I needed the throttle pedal back together before doing the bulkhead repair so I could test it fitted ok, this then extended to everything that was enamelled so I got the handbrake and the other pedals done as well.

All the pedals have been stripped, media blasted, enamelled and reassembled with new rubbers and all joints have been regreased.

Throttle pedal...

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Back together including a new nos rubber, I found it helps to heat the rubber in boiling water to soften it before fitting it. I haven't used any glue either.

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Detail how the spring fits, the wavy washer goes on the right hand side.

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Clutch pedal...

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Brake pedal...

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Handbrake...

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The mounting was previously replated with the other bits I had done. The ratchet plate (bit with the teeth on) is the original just cleaned up. There is some flash rust on it but I dont want to blast it as it will prevent the handbrake from operating smoothly, it has thoroughly cleaned and inspected and there is no wear or pitting so it has been greased and refitted.

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The gator and grip are the originals, just cleaned up. Fit the gator before the grip otherwise you'll never get it on! To fit the grip I heated it in boiling water to soften it then slid it on with some fairy liquid in water solution.

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That's it for now.


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I think it's illegal to drive barefoot, you'll have to get some Sprint logo slippers made 8)

So when does your Haynes manual ( sorry James manual )get printed ?

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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 2:56 am 
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Lovely work James :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 6:42 pm 
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Thanks Tony, and Mahesh I've chosen some special zebra print driving shoes, they will live in the car! :D

On to the bodywork and I am very happy with this afternoons progress mainly because it represents the start of the final big jobs before I can get the car back together, I think I can see a speck of light at the end of the tunnel!

First of all I'll apologise for the quality of the photos, I'm trying to work out the best way of photographing this process and the garage still isn't completely finished yet!

After a long agonise about whether or not I will have to take the wing off I decided to replace the near side inner panel with the wing on. The rust was pretty bad this side and most of the outer panel had completely disappeared along with the outer part of the eyebrow and the majority of the inner section.

So as a recap this is basically what we started with...

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I needed a template to know how much of the old panel to remove so with some measuring I took the club repair section and sliced off the area that I didnt need as close to the join to the inner wing as I could.

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The used this as a template on the existing panel to scribe a line to cut.

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The cutting isnt easy this side due to the clearance and the rotation of the grinder meaning that you end up with a face full of sparks!

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The test fit is pretty good...

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Theres a slightly wide gap up the side here but I think I can bridge that with weld or maybe have a plate behind.

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As expected when removing the surface rust from the area I found a few more holes, so more sections were cut away.

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The tool is a weld splitter, really useful.

With the bottom section cut away I could concentrate on the eyebrow which wasn't as bad as it looked.

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That came out easier than expected excet I had to cut a slit in the wing to remove the top section but that was easily welded up.

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The bumper mount hole was rusted through so I cut that out for good measure!

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With the eyebrow and inner section removed I was able to push out the mysterious dent which appeared whist the car was in storage!

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So tomorrow I have some fabrication work to do to make some repair panels, just the eyebrow and lower panel and repair some seams.

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On the whole I think it will go back together nicely.

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Then I noticed that the brake hose hanger had a hole in it so I'll have to do that as well! :lol:

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Pleased so far. :D


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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 6:44 pm 
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These are the shoes Mahesh! I think they're great. 8)
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:37 pm 
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Excellent, next Burlens order I will get some tags with Sprint on them, how many pairs ?

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 8:18 pm 
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These are the shoes Mahesh! I think they're great. 8)
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I thought you were joking!!
They're ridiculous!
Actually..........

Maybe the start of a new trend........


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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 9:28 pm 
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Great work James, as always! I feel your step by step photos of the bodywork repairs will prove very useful to other owners repairing their cars, and will make it easier for people to assess how much work would be involved and the best to go about it. In a way, it's a pity that your car isn't in worse condition as that would provide more scope for you to cover repairs, but you probably won't agree! :lol:


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Great work James, as always! I feel your step by step photos of the bodywork repairs will prove very useful to other owners repairing their cars, and will make it easier for people to assess how much work would be involved and the best to go about it.
Thanks, much appreciated!! :D
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In a way, it's a pity that your car isn't in worse condition as that would provide more scope for you to cover repairs, but you probably won't agree!
I need one that I can actually drive so maybe the next one will be!! :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 3:29 pm 
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I'm having problems with my eyebrows......

I started off this morning but fabricating a repair piece for the front valence...

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I use the masking tape method of making a template...

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Transfer to sheet, cut out and put in a bend, forgot to photo!

I had to adjust the inner repair panel slightly to provide a seamless repair.

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Tacked everything on to check alignment...

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It took a while but I managed to get it aligned pretty much spot on...

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I then moved on to repairing the eyebrow, I thought I'd try to fabricate a repair section first...

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It looks ok here but I just couldn't get the fit right. It's a complicated shape to make so I thought I'd rather give up and install the club fibreglass eyebrows I had...

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Removing the remaining section was really easy, I simply drilled out the spot welds, it also gave me the opportunity to inspect the metalwork here as well.

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I needed to bend the seam down to allow me to get the new eyebrow in, unfortunately I just cannot make it fit to my car, it's a bit too short for some reason.

So feeling rather tired I decided to call it a day and revisit this tomorrow, there's no point trying to push on and get annoyed, especially with the level of finish Im trying to achieve. Plus there's no huge rush, I want to do a proper job and a lot of the work I have done this side will make the other side 100% easier.


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I think I figured out what the problem is, I think the eyebrow is hitting the repair plate.

I'll remove it tomorrow and try a refit.


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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 4:29 pm 
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No son buenas noticias on the eyebrow front! :(

The problem I have is that to get the eyebrow in I have to remove my inner valence repair. The eyebrow is grp so when I weld the inner valence in there's a very real risk of me damaging the grp eyebrow.

Not to worry, it's a bank holiday weekend next weekend and I have a solution.... :D

Watch this space!


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