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Old 05-08-2014, 03:44 PM   #31
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Oh my days what an epic project. Awe-inspiring! Can't wait for more.. Subscribed...
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:30 PM   #32
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EPIC restoration, good man....i shall be keeping an eye on this
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:08 PM   #33
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Nice work mate, I'll watch this thread with interest
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Thanks for the comments guys, hopefully the next update will be less than a month away now!
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:40 PM   #35
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Hello! I've been home from my work for about 3 weeks now and have been cracking on with this project as and when I find the time. I've made a fair bit of progress but it's all been going slower than I hoped. The sheer amount of work left to do has disheartened me but I will stick to it and still hope to get this car completed before the end of 2014...! So, the first thing I tackled was replacing the rotten bumper support brackets and the rotten steel on the inner wing. Here's the pictures:






























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Old 11-09-2014, 09:41 PM   #36
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After the bumper supports were completed I moved on to preparing the the engine bay and front wings for primer. This was an extremely time consuming process with endless hand sanding to get all surfaces smooth enough before applying the primers. Both the wings and the scuttle panel took the most time here with multiple layers of fillers required to get smooth and level surfaces prepared. The inside of the engine bay received a lot more sanding than I had previously given it and more coats of acid rust remover was applied between sanding stages to ensure all evidence of corrosion was deleted. Here's a big selection of pictures showing the various stages of the prep work.










































































































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With the engine bay and wings prepped I applied a first light coat of primer to see how things were coming along and to show up any defects / pinholes etc that would need further attention. I then started preparing the front underside / wheel arches for painting and got some of the loose components prepared and painted in 2 pack primer. All bare metal will be treated with the same Rustbuster 2 pack epoxy primer, same as I did at the rear end of the car.


















































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Next stage was 2 pack primer on parts of the bay and the complete front end underside and drive-shaft tunnels etc. During coats I applied seam sealer to replace what I had previously removed and on top of some of the rougher welds at the front cross-member - this was sanded slightly smoother after it had dried before painting. I also finished off paining the remaining loose components in the same 2 pack.






















































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That 2 pack paint takes 24hrs to cure properly, so between coats I removed the gearbox from the old engine, thoroughly de-greased and cleaned it, opened the covers to give a quick visual of the internals and also fitted a set of type 7 primary gears to replace the type 6's that were in there. I then etch primed the box and painted it silver. When this was done I mated it up to my 'new' engine. This engine had sat under a cover since April 2013 when I re-built it!






































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After finishing the engine / gearbox I applied a final coat of 2 pack on top of any seam sealer etc and then applied the 'stone-chip' paint to the arches and underside. To finish off I applied 3 coats of the metallic British racing green top-coat to the full front underside.
































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