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Old 12-05-2018, 07:19 AM   #1091
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So, a little progress, but not much....

The chassis panel arrived from Belgium. Pleased as this is for the passenger side and that side has been patched (very neatly and well I might add) in the past. I think I'll end up replacing the whole panel. Alignment issues I was worried about can be overcome by bolting up the subframe and using as a guide.





Onto the windscreen VIN template. The bloke who made it for me sent me it in a file format I could print out. Armed with half a dozen copies, i cut out the print off, stuck it to a sheet of vinyl and got punching. Now initially, I'd ordered a 1mm punch as this is the size of the dots. However, it's slightly tapered and as I was punching through, the punch would go through further and open out the holes too much. Hmmmm. Didn't help I was punching onto a sheet of card.





Ordered another punch, this time 0.5mm and at Cookies suggestion, nicked an old plastic chopping board from the wife and punched onto that. Much better results.



Still a couple of issues to resolve. The template size isn't quite right. Compared with the original, it's not as wide although letter height appears about right. I will remeasure and see if Rich can alter it. The W on the print off is also wrong compared to the W on the screen. Couple of extra dots along the base which should be easily sorted. I'm also going to try printing directly onto the reverse side of the vinyl and punch through from that side. Means the side that will sit against the screen for etching will have the cleaner punch marks.

Oh, and Niall, yes, you were right ...it would be backwards (cider addled brain did not compute correctly last night!!) I'll need to flip the image if doing this.....
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:41 AM   #1092
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Oh, and Niall, yes, you were right ...it would be backwards (cider addled brain did not compute correctly last night!!) I'll need to flip the image if doing this.....
When you said it wouldn't, I just assumed you were going to flip the text.

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A bit more experimentation with this template making lark.....

Definitely working better if I punch the image in reverse....the side that will then sit against the screen when etching is much much cleaner. Also seems to work better if I use the punch and roll it between my fingers (whilst holding vertically) to kind of mark the vinyl where I will punch later. Takes time, but a better finish...

You can see the difference here...the letters I punched above the few I've done were done the old way and would have been the side that sat against the screen....you can see when the vinyl has been flattened how much shape the dots have lost...



Started the different technique from the number 3....you can see the difference...



This is where I marked it before punching....



I will also draw a grid onto the letters when I print it into the vinyl. Will help me keep things dead straight. Once I've perfected the technique, I'll get the template size adjusted and try again!

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So with the forecast for.today being awful, I hadnt got much planned. In the end, I think the forecast rain came early when it arrived late yesterday so today the weather was great so after bumbling around most of the morning, I nipped out to see a mate and borrow some spot weld drill bits. Got home, got busy.

It became apparent fairly quickly that removing this panel was exactly the right thing to do. Drilling spot welds around the section where it wraps around the main chassis leg was interesting....lots of rust coming out. I knew it wasn't great, this had me worried though.













I eventually drilled though enough spot welds (and the floor in a couple of places.....) to enable me to get a cold chisel between panel and chassis leg. The metal was so thin and brittle, it took next to no effort to split it and peel it back. Yuck. Chassis leg appears solid, although I won't know for sure until the panel is fully stripped off but the inside of this panel is rusty too. As said, I'm happy I've taken the decision to strip it off.









The other side of the car is worse. It's already been patched previously to me owning it. It's a tidy job but there is double skinned section very near a subframe mount which looks very rough indeed. It's a double skinned section and I can see the second layer....red circled bit...



Desperately need to find the panel for the other side. Craig is on the case but it's not readily available to him on his list of parts that he can see......there was one listed but wasn't there when called on. The search continues.

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