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Old 16-09-2018, 04:13 AM   #211
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Brilliant work.


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Old 16-09-2018, 07:21 PM   #212
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Excellent work mate

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Old 17-09-2018, 09:15 AM   #213
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Wish there were more folk restoring these amazing cars. Great work buddy
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Old 17-09-2018, 09:28 AM   #214
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Excellent update

Coming on really well
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:59 PM   #215
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I'm following this excellent thread closely, I'm currently restoring the engine bay of my '98 20V n/a. What state were your front Eiffel Towers in before you started out? Chris
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Nice work on the trim! Projects really looking good.

Can I ask what paint manufacture your using? Is that by aerosol?

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I'm following this excellent thread closely, I'm currently restoring the engine bay of my '98 20V n/a. What state were your front Eiffel Towers in before you started out? Chris
Fronts were wrecked and had to be replaced, rears weren't too bad and could be rescued with a bit of rust treatment and POR
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Nice work on the trim! Projects really looking good.

Can I ask what paint manufacture your using? Is that by aerosol?

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Thanks!

All by aerosol, silver stuff is Hammerite, satin and gloss black are Simoniz, primers are either Hycote or Wurth
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Old 11-10-2018, 11:08 PM   #219
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Time for another update

Some small details first...the wiper arms front and rear needed a spruce up with zinc primer and satin black...as they were:



Rubbed down:


Primed:


Two coats of satin black:



Fitted, with new aero wiper blades:


Sideskirts fitted (didn't take enough photos of this stage as I was in a foul mood that day as I recall ) with a combination of Tiger Seal as an adhesive and bracket/clips on the underside. Driver's side:


Passenger side:


Stainless fixings on the ends:


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Old 11-10-2018, 11:53 PM   #220
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Sill trims next...just needed a clean up and refit...before:


Cleaned up and covered with lashings of Aerospace 303:


Driver's side before and after:



Passenger side before and after:



I tidied up the wiring and connections for the (new) horns:


Screenwash tank refitted:


New pump:


Under bonnet wiring loom for the headlights after cleaning and re-wrapping with loom tape:




Re-fitted:


Onto one of the last big jobs on the exterior, the headlights. The 'clear' covers fade and degrade and look pretty poor so the best option is to re-polish them. This involves sanding away the outer 'protective' plastic coating then refining and machine polishing, but first the clear covers needs to be separated from the base.

Before:



Some people use a heat gun to soften the adhesive that holds the clear cover onto the base but I opted for the oven technique - 80 degrees for 30 mins then get cutting and gouging around the perimeter with a small flat-blade screwdriver. After about 20 mins and about half way around I stuck it back in the oven for a further 15 mins then carried on with the screwdriver to arrive at this:


Both units stripped:


One of the 'clear' covers offered up to daylight:


I got stuck in first with 240 grit paper to remove the rubbery protective film, them refined with 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500 and 2000 grit paper. After this stage:


Then onto machine polishing with my trusty DA...awkward due to the shape and time consuming to get a good result but worth it in the end:


Side-by-side:


Both done:


The bases and innards were cleaned up and treated with Aerospace 303 too, then re-assembly could begin:



Trusty Tiger Seal to adhere the clear cover back onto the base, with masking tape holding them together while it cured:


Both done:


I decided a while ago to upgrade to LED bulbs; the original lights are terrible (you might as well hold a candle out the window), upgrading to Osram Nightbreaker bulbs helps but not much, and HID's are good but not really legal, so LED's courtesy of a Fiat Coupé Club group buy seemed a good plan. The kit:



Comparison of the standard bulb vs LED:


Dip and main beam fitted:



Re-fitted to the bonnet:



View from above:





Very happy with the results on the headlights, time will tell how well the LED bulbs work

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