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Old 21-04-2017, 12:24 PM   #1441
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Liking what you are doing with the paint, what set up are you using? I've got a cheapo LVLP gun and a 24l compressor at the moment, so lots of stop/start stuff. I've used celly before and got mixed results - mainly down to my lack of patience - and plan to use celly on the Beetle when I get to the spraying stage.
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Old 21-04-2017, 06:08 PM   #1442
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I'm using an old Apollo spraymaster borrowed off a mate.

It will run all day if needbe and sounds like a hoover so not really loud enough to bother anyone when used inside.
Creates virtually no overspray too which is a big bonus when working in a tiny workspace.

Got a coat of primer on the inside of one doors today and stoppered a couple of marks.


Made a start on sanding the outside of the other door but the weather wasn't playing ball. Spitting one minute then it'd stop when i packed up.


This quality panel arrived in the post today.


Not the best panel in the world but it seems to fit where it should and at under 30 i can't complain too much.
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Old 21-04-2017, 06:34 PM   #1443
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Gave the steering box drop arm a coat of black gloss enamel to tidy it up a bit.


Did the same with the steering coupling flange (fnar fnar) too once i'd wrestled it off the old box. It didn't want to give up without a blood sacrifice.


I need to find some new bolts before they are attached to the replacement steering box i was given.

The drop arm clamp bolt available from VWHeritage etc have threads going too far up the bolt. Looking for a 8.8 strength M12 x 45 bolt with just about 27mm of non threaded shaft like this:
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Old 22-04-2017, 10:48 AM   #1444
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I'm not 100% certain its gonna be finished in time for Tatton in August.
I think i've still got the time to do it (15 weeks) but just not the parts needed or the money to buy them. My enthusiasm is also waning a bit seeing how much still needs to be done.
The only help i've had with it over the past few years is from my missus when she pushed the bodyshell supports into place while i lifted the shell.

Still need to buy the parts to replace every seal on the windows and doors, the headlining, all the mounts, seals and rubber parts for the rear suspension and gearbox plus clutch cover etc.
Then theres an MOT to get and insurance.

Not sure why i didn't buy a Land Rover all those years ago.
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Old 22-04-2017, 11:20 AM   #1445
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Not sure why i didn't buy a Land Rover all those years ago.
Even more trouble! The ones my friends have owned over the years were built from a mix of imperial and metric fasteners. That would drive me nuts working on them.
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You don't have to worry about them not looking too straight though.


Got the outside of the passengers door sanded ready for primer now.
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I'm not really a fan of the 'rat' look.
A few dents and scruffy paint makes a land rover looks purposeful

but to me a bug with scruffy paint just looks like it needs new paint.

I do like a bit of sun burnt patina though.
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Had a bit of a tidyout of the shed today.
Master cylinder doesn't look too useable anymore.


The brake fluid reservoir cleaned up OK considering it had been covered in underseal for some reason.

Its missing the filter under the cap though and the steel pipes from reservoir to master cylinder are rotted away.

Found a selection of starter motors. Pretty sure they're breeding as i'm sure i didn't own that many.

No idea how many work.

The clutch cover is missing the centre pad as it broke apart so its another thing to add to my parts list.
I did find a LUK clutch disc i didn't know i owned. It must be pretty new too as the writing on the friction surface is still there.

Engine was slowly sinking through the rotten shed floor so i dug it out and decobwebbed it.

Needs a cleanup and repaint but it still turns over by hand. I need to add the flywheel shims now i've found them and set the end float then i can fire it up on my test stand and see if it runs.
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Put a new pin in one of the driver's door hinges today.
Still a slight bit of looseness in the middle of the hinge but its 100x better than it was before.

Made a few lock plates for the steering box bolts as i sure as hell am not gonna spend a tenner on them.
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