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#1 Ben_O

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 03:36 PM

Afternoon all.

 

The next job is underway today and this time its a green 1980's rolling shell.

 

The owner has supplied it to me as a rolling shell that has had all the panel work and welding completed ready for me to finish off and paint.

 

Here are pictures taken as delivered.

 

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I've decided to start with the exterior prep so the first thing  to do is strip off all the old paint, linish back the welds where the new panels have been fitted and sand the remaining e coat.

 

People have asked what I use for prep in the past so I have laid it out on the table so you can see..

 

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And here is one side with the first stage of prep complete

 

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And round the back too

 

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More tomorrow.

Cheers

Ben 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 10 May 2021 - 06:19 PM

Nice, look forward to seeing another transformation! Thanks for showing the tools and materials you are using for the prep, always interesting to see!

 

Is the owner on the forum?



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Posted 10 May 2021 - 06:36 PM

Nice, look forward to seeing another transformation! Thanks for showing the tools and materials you are using for the prep, always interesting to see!

 

Is the owner on the forum?

No worries.

Thought as I was laying everything out It might be useful to take a picture.

Yes, the owner is a member here.

Cheers

Ben 



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Posted 11 May 2021 - 06:40 PM

The front end is all sanded back and cleaned up

 

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And then on to the other side

 

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And all cleaned up, sanded back and welds finished off

 

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And then on to the next stage. This is the filler work to level out the panel joins and, weld edges and some distortion in some of the panels.

 

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Most of it was sanded down but a lot of it needed a second skim apart from the back which is finished

 

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Cheers

Ben 



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Posted 11 May 2021 - 07:16 PM

Really interesting to see how much work goes into a respray, thanks alot!



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Posted 11 May 2021 - 08:52 PM

Thanks for the update Ben.

It's so nice to see it progressing. Your work is always amazing!

 

She's been off the road for nearly 11 years now and I cannot wait to get her running again.

I've been doing lots over the last 12 months on the mechanical parts so hopefully i'm ready for it a soon as its home!

I will try and get some photos up once I can get Imgur to work properly.

 

Thanks 

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Posted 12 May 2021 - 03:32 PM

Finishing up the exterior prep today.

 

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And in with the passenger door

 

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Looks good.

 

I then put on the drivers door and have found a problem.

 

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With the door closed flush with the quarter panel, the inner frame is almost hard up against the lip that the rubber seal fits to so with a seal fitted, there is no way the door will close and fit flush.

And also, the top frame is too far away from the body which won't seal

 

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I have a plan and we have agreed to cut the step off, re position the inner sill where it is twisted over and then fit a new step in the correct position.

The window frame issue cam be overcome with some realignment and tweeking I'm sure.

 

Cheers

Ben 



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Posted 12 May 2021 - 08:48 PM

Hi Ben, as a normal practice do you tend to seam seal the external join between both the wings and scuttle and the wings and front panel? Or simply prime and paint?

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Posted 12 May 2021 - 09:15 PM

Hi Ben, as a normal practice do you tend to seam seal the external join between both the wings and scuttle and the wings and front panel? Or simply prime and paint?

I have always sealed them. They look much neater in my opinion.

But the choice is yours.

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Posted 13 May 2021 - 11:55 AM

More than happy to go with your recommendation and seal them. This makes sense in my head, it's just always been a bit of an internal debate of mine as to what to seal it with really. I assume you just use standard seal sealer?

 

Thanks

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Posted 13 May 2021 - 12:19 PM

More than happy to go with your recommendation and seal them. This makes sense in my head, it's just always been a bit of an internal debate of mine as to what to seal it with really. I assume you just use standard seal sealer?

 

Thanks

Greg

Hi Greg.

Yes, I use standard PU seam sealer. 

In theory, leaving the scuttle to wing seams unsealed should allow any water to pass between and run out beneath but in reality, it will get clogged and hold onto water.

The seam beneath the headlamps is vulnerable anyway so whatever we can do to keep the water out of that join should be done.

 

Cheers

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Posted 13 May 2021 - 03:48 PM

I started today by fixing the issue with the step

 

Old one

 

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And new one fitted

 

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Once the old was cut off, I squared up the inner sill to allow the new step to sit correctly.

 

Door back on

 

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And now we have space for the seal

 

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And the window frame has been tweeked to improve the fit

 

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Next job, subframes out.

 

Starting with the front

 

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And the the rear

 

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And then i lowered the shell onto a pallet

 

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Next step is to prepare the engine bay and inside the boot.

 

Cheers

Ben 



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Posted 14 May 2021 - 07:21 AM

Wow, Ben.  In awe as always!

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 08:09 AM

What did you do to tweak that window frame? I have one in similar condition that I've lengthened and later on beat with a hammer from the tight curve at the top rear end, but still not to my liking; yours looks great!

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 09:00 AM

What did you do to tweak that window frame? I have one in similar condition that I've lengthened and later on beat with a hammer from the tight curve at the top rear end, but still not to my liking; yours looks great!

The problem with this one was that the window frame was twisted back so the whole window frame needed to go up and over towards the front.

You can do this by grasping the back edge of the frame and with the door a third open, shove it sharply forwards.

You have to watch that the whole door doesn't go over but if it does, you can grab it by the top just above where the door handle goes and drag it back down.

The other way is a piece of 4x2 held to the inside of the front section of window frame and give it a few clouts with a club hammer.

I realise this sounds quite barbaric but it's necessary and brute force is the answer in these cases.

Providing your metal work is sound, you can't do any damage and if it goes wrong, you can just reverse it easily.

Beware if you have weak a posts though as you can easily pull it all out of shape spectacularly.

I hope that helps 

 

Cheers

Ben






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