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Old 17-07-2019, 08:51 AM   #151
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When you strip there rear end, how do you know and what sort of measurements and checks are you making/taking, to ensure it goes back together? I'm curious because I need to do this, but the bit that worries me is that I need to make sure I end up with something that drives when its done

What's your plan regarding prep and paint for the pan?
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When you strip there rear end, how do you know and what sort of measurements and checks are you making/taking, to ensure it goes back together? I'm curious because I need to do this, but the bit that worries me is that I need to make sure I end up with something that drives when its done

What's your plan regarding prep and paint for the pan?
Most of it you can just unbolt. with the spring plates I tend to lever them off the stop and photo/measure the angle of the drop. To be fair you often need to do a bit of fiddling once the car is fully rebuilt and all the weight is in place.

Chassis wise as it's going to be used a lot so - etch prime, some primer, stonechip on the bottom and sides then black 2 pack over everything. Hoping my mate is going to get this done whilst I'm away next week.
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Stripped the original headlights down to basic components.
The glass to headlight bucket seals need replacing. Hopefully should receive new seals tomorrow.
Need to replace screws on both headlights that attach lights to wings.
Glass was discoloured inside, so gave both lenses a good clean.
Over the next few days will clean headlight buckets and respray, clean reflectors and chrome rims and finally reassemble.

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Old 19-08-2019, 07:47 PM   #154
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Carried on rebuilding the original headlights today. Headlight rims cleaned and resprayed silver. New seals fitted to glass and bulb holders cleaned.
Had to replace one of the reflectors with a good one I had spare.








Also the big news of the day is, the chassis has now been painted. Only got a few pictures at the moment, but it looks really good.



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Had to take some parts over to Steve today for the chassis rebuild and while I was there had a quick look around the body shell. Steve has done an amazing job.
He was completing the Last bit of major welding, which was the drivers side lower inner rear quarter.




Only a few tiny jobs left to do now on the shell, a few of the captive nuts on the heater channels need sorting and holes need drilling for some of the Mexican panels.
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Shell virtually ready for prep and paint.

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John Walklett has started working on the AT gearbox a few days ago, should be ready by the end of the week.

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Collected the finished gearbox from John today, really nice person and highly recommended if you want a gearbox rebuild.
Really pleased with the finished article.




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All the welding is now complete on the body shell and paint prep has begun.








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