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 Post subject: Project HWL Sprint
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:27 pm 
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Managed to get the car up off the ground today and have a look under.

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So far found it needs a new o/s chassis leg (why is it always this side on my cars?)

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Behind the headlights it's a bit messy, but the front end is coming off anyway so the whole lot will be replaced
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Needs a small patch on the front closing part of the sill on the n/s behind the wing

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and so far that seems about all welding wise. I was expecting worse. A lot worse Floor are all good
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Oh and need to weld a nut to the keyed wheel nuts for which I have no key.

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Sounds simple eh? then just need to strip all the paint, strip all the underseal from underside, re-schultz, put 2 new wings and front panel on, new o/s rear door, new bootlid, new vinyl roof, respray, refurb all the wood, rebuild the engine, refurb the wheels, refurb and repaint all the running gear and subframe, new tyres, MOT and tax.............finished. Sound familiar Mart?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:43 pm 
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If it is anything like your previous build it will be a minter!!

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Question Derek, see in the pic above that you have "soundproofing" on the bulkhead wall of the N/S footwell but none on the offside. When I stripped it 969 had none on the offside so I thought that it was missing; checked my auto, none. Stripped a 1500HL in Carlisle at the weekend, none.
It's shown in the parts book but so far Iv'e seen none on a car. Did Frenchie have any?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:54 pm 
the soundproffing on the o/s either falls out or is removed as it drops as it fouls the peddles.

Progress so far looking good, i never noticed the mismatching nuts hwen i was storing it, not that i would have done anything about it though :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:29 pm 
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Question Derek, see in the pic above that you have "soundproofing" on the bulkhead wall of the N/S footwell but none on the offside. When I stripped it 969 had none on the offside so I thought that it was missing; checked my auto, none. Stripped a 1500HL in Carlisle at the weekend, none.
It's shown in the parts book but so far Iv'e seen none on a car. Did Frenchie have any?


Guess justyn is right. It wasn't there when I ripped everything out. I guess also when the steering bush is replaced for the first time, it's in the way, so gets pulled out.


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Looking very familiar. :lol: Think I'll have to finish stripping PFJ at the weekend & get it off to the welders.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:57 pm 
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Likewise. This weekend will drop all the running gear and engine/subframe, finish removing all doors, boot, dash, etc and start to remove the front end.

Got my enthusiasm back now.


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Got my enthusiasm back now.


Thank Goodness for that!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:44 am 
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Thank Goodness for that!!!


I know. I nearly gave up and sold the lot. Was getting seriously fed up with the mountianous task ahead............but onwards and upwards.

I want to drive it to this years TDCIR :shock:


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Staring at a cliff myself; my bodybuilder is 4 days late collecting 969. My accountant just informed me that the IR want £10,400 off of me, £4k more than I expected. Cheeky buggers think that they are getting £4K on account for this year.
Inland Revenue know nothing about Dolly restoration :roll:


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Cheeky buggers think that they are getting £4K on account for this year.


Yep, good old Gordon. Have you checked out his crafty Class IV NI contributions; a rise on income tax in everything but name!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:19 am 
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Best of luck!

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So far found it needs a new o/s chassis leg (why is it always this side on my cars?)


Battery's on that side, so I figure if it leaks then there's the chance it can find it's way down into the chassis leg and sit at the bottom, nicely corroding it out :)

Same thing happened to my dad's Toledo (except on the other side) - battery had gone and you could see where it'd leaked, eventually finding its way into the chassis leg and rusting it out in the same fashion.


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Excellent to see this one being restored - I'll certainly keep an eye on this thread :)

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Thats much better than I thought it was going to be. Early cars FTW

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good theory, Lewis.
It does seem correct that ohv engined cars rot on n/s chassis rail & slants rot the o/s.


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