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'audrey' My 31 Year Old Loveable 'pain In The Ass' Resto. (1983-998Cc Mayfair)

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#16 nealtdavies

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 10:33 PM

Early Feb:

Cup of tea over. Had 2. Thats one rotten sill. In fact the inner sill/doorstep panel to the car was also mainly filler down the front end. Just unbelievable to think we drove that car for 3 months with next to no structural integrity on the nearside!

First thing we did was cut out the rest of the old sill, and the inner sill that was ok give it a good coat of paint.

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Then give the bottom of the car the treatment while we were at it! That 'Combicolor' really came in handy.

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The level of welding required was out of my skillset so i organised a day with Rob (aka ClubbyHubby) to get him round for his expertise.

Provided there's a kettle always on boil, and a deck of decent fags, he's fuelled for the day. He set his sights on the inner and outer sills...

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While he was welding away, i set to work on painting all of the insides of the new front panels. I figured painting the insides saves a lot of work, leaving space only for where the welding was to paint/re paint.. I rubbed back the e-coating and set to work. Loving the colour more and more now. That paints fab.

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Day 2:

Rob left me to grind it all back and paint over the rest of the sill to get it all uniform. Now the second day, he focussed on the front end. We spent so long in the garage that day he got a touch of arc eye despite the visor, but he soldiered on.

With Magnum panels i suppose you don't know what to expect in terms of fitment but we kept our fingers crossed.

Again...kettle on. Deck of fags loaded.

Spotting in new metal for where the vent was. Again rotten. The metal i got was the perfect gauge. Im pretty sure work won't miss that filing cabinet...

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More to follow tomorrow on progress of front end.

 

 

 



#17 nealtdavies

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 10:26 PM

Rob finished the inner wing vent in no time, and came the turn

of the front end. A few swear words where i painted over some
bits to weld but we soon buzzed that off with an angle grinder.

 

I got the panels from magnum, which i'd been warned about 
some being hit and miss in lining up but i was willing to take 
a punt!

Cigarette in one hand, and a cuppa in the other we spent ages

observing just how we would get these bits to fit and they 

close enough actually lined up ok. The A panels were new so 
keeping at least half decent metal there was handy to begin to weld to...

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Bonnet going on for lineup. Lots of Zinc 'Weld-through' primer everywhere. God that stuffs expensive!

 

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3 hours of clamping and welding.

 

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Finally she has her face back! The Mrs was pleased. As was I. Not bad for 20 Mayfair and some Tetley.

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Zero fires despite being a small wooden shed and lots of paper stuff in it. I was impressed. 

Now the fun bit. 100 sending discs of various grit, and 20 rattle cans of filler primer.

 

 



#18 domdee

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 02:31 PM

them panels look good! whats the fancy thumb trigger on your welding torch?



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Posted 23 January 2016 - 02:33 PM

It's just the hook to hang it up !

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 02:39 PM

ohhh, thought it was some sort of perge/cooling function lol.



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Posted 23 January 2016 - 03:28 PM

Lol would be good





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