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Old 07-04-2020, 08:34 PM   #11
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With no gas I can't weld, plus I need metal too which is due tomorrow, so I've been keeping myself busy with filling, sanding and stripping trim. To be fair the filling was minimal (with the exception of the doors) and the biggest issue was the top of the front wings where years of people leaning on them had left them rippled.

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the only contrasting colour I had to use a guide coat was some ST Orange, not ideal so I'll get the filling to a semi finished state then throw some satin black over the whole car, but for now sparkly orange it is

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I've been fighting with the cracks in the paint on the bonnet. It looks like it was a reaction that caused it so might have to strip it back further cause filling it alone probably won't be enough

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There's not that much trim on the car and it would be really lazy to just mask it, but that's what happened last time it was painted which has left a ridge and lifting paint on the edges

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Old 07-04-2020, 08:42 PM   #12
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In anticipation of the door skin arriving (which was due today but didn't) I've taken the d/side door off and it's a mess! I'm hoping the inner frame isn't too bad but I'm expecting some work

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I've also taken the passenger door off, the side trim and emblems (measured and marked as they are glued on), headlight bezels, grills and a few other bits and pieces but thankfully there isn't too much

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So this is where we're at. Not a full strip down but as far as I'm going. I would love to pull the front screen but it has a crack in it so wouldn't survive and I cant stretch to a replacement just yet

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Tomorrow I'll start on welding
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Old 09-04-2020, 09:50 PM   #13
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Not a lot to show for 2 days work and definitely not my best work, but I have been making progress.

The inner wheel arch repair went in, not pretty but solid. I really hate working like this, I would rather make the whole thing in one piece, but working from home means I don't have all my tools or even a vice but there we go

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I didn't need to grind it down but it made me feel a little better about it, and gave it a coat of weld through primer

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I'd already painted the inside of the patch repair, which I'd made using part of the original arch and a lower piece I made. This also got welded in to place, very slowly and a little piece at a time to avoid any distortion

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I haven't fully welded it in yet, the green marks are the bits I have left, but I haven't got any distortion in the panel which is good but it will need some filling to make good.

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Old 09-04-2020, 10:03 PM   #14
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To avoid distorting the arch, I swapped between it and the drivers side drop off. I started off thinking I could maybe get away with a strip about an inch wide

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The hunt for good metal on the inside, and giving myself enough room to get to it on the outside I ended up much higher. The patch I made needed an indent to act as a drain hole (the vertical green lines) and while I'm not a fan of lap joints, the metal here was to thin to take a chance on a butt joint

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In, and primed I know have a nice strong inner to weld the outer curved piece to. I'll stick some sealer over the welds and when it's finished I'll drop plenty of waxoil into the void

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On the same side but in front of the arch I'll need to tackle this hole too but it looks worse than it is

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There's a matching one on the passenger side!
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Old 09-04-2020, 10:09 PM   #15
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On the passenger side the hole is a little bigger, plus I had to cut away a very scabby outer lip. Both of these I'll tackle tomorrow. Then I can get on with the outer part of the drop off and maybe start investigating the passenger side drop off which has already been repaired in the past

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I found time at the end of the day to push it out in to the sun and brush out the garage

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Old 14-04-2020, 10:25 PM   #16
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I've been struggling a bit with this. I hate doing patch repairs but I just can't get into a full resto at the moment. I really would prefer to put two full rear quarters on this, they are available and would sort out all the issues in one go

To tackle the patch in front of the d.side rear wheel I needed to take the wheel off to give access. Of course I hadn't brought my trolley jack up from the unit so had to use the factory jack. It was just as scary as it looks

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With the rot on the outside removed it was clear there would need to be a patch on the inner wing too

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It was easier to start on the outside and then move inside the arch

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In total there are 3 pieces to this repair. Inner arch, return lip, and outer. it could have been done a lot tidier in two pieces. Oh, and I don't have jack stands up at the house either!

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The other side was more of the same

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Then onto the rear drop off outer

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Old 14-04-2020, 10:39 PM   #18
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On the same side I also added the return to the arch. Did I mention I hate doing patch repairs?

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After this was done I started throwing some filler around. I needed a win by this stage

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Still got bit to do but it's starting to look acceptable. The arch was tricky so put a guide coat on it so I could see what was going on

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This is where I'm up to at close of play today. Still a bit to do to get the profile right but it's not far off

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In other news, it appears MyHermes may have lost my door skin

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Great work mate.
I could happily spend hours doing a small amount of welding. Its the filler work that makes my teeth itch. Just cant do it.

You're doing a brilliant job with the tools you have.

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