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Old 10-04-2016, 11:01 AM   #281
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Well done on the resto, great attention to detail and lovely to see the car in this condition
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Old 19-04-2016, 08:12 AM   #282
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Minor update

Removed the rear suspension entirely. At the very least I hoped to check it all over, clean everything up and regrease where necessary. With a bit of luck it would be MOT passable so that I could get some use out of the car over the summer.

Please excuse the mess


Got everything stripped down nicely but unfortunately I'm going to have to do the full rear beam refurbishment and rebuild now

Much wear here, outer bearing has dug itself in quite well


Other side not so bad but if one needs doing then both pins will be changed.


Various work around the house is limiting my funds for this at the moment so as things stand it'll be unlikely that I'll get to use it on the road this year. Shall just take my time with it.

So, I'll get all of the rear suspension bits and rear brake line brackets stripped and electroplated first.. Then bits which were coloured originally will be powder coated in their original colour/finish/closest match possible. I'm aiming for it to be done to as close to factory original as possible.

Surface rust removal still very much ongoing on the boot floor too. Will post pics when I make some more meaningful progress though.
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Old 16-06-2016, 09:59 AM   #283
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How is this coming along Willy? Any more updates?
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Old 16-06-2016, 12:00 PM   #284
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Just read this from start to finish properly this time, took me all morning. In a way you were very lucky on the rust situation considering it didn't originally come far from the salty coast, never the less, your dedication to this motor is first class, if the drivers door could be repaired as I couldn't see any rust I would go down that route, coz at least you know what you have, and things can be pulled out now, what years ago would just have been scrapped, keep the updates coming mate.
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Old 22-06-2016, 02:33 PM   #285
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Afternoon all, apologies for the lack of updates lately.

I have been getting the odd bit done which has been mostly dismantling the rest of the rear suspension assembly and gathering some new bits.
I still need to drop various bits off to be electroplated which are too big to do in my home kit. They'll then go for powdercoating over the top in the original (close as possible) colours.

The rest of my time, which has been minimal to be fair, has been spent doing the rust removal on the rear end.
After having a good poke and a prod (see before pics on the previous page) I was finding that the surface rust was starting to creep under bits of the factory stone chip finish which from simply looking at the stone chip looked in perfectly good order.

So as with the rest of the work so far there's just no point in doing things by halves or settling for a temporary job of rust treatment.
I've decided to completely strip it back to back metal. I figured out that Nitromors does a nice enough job of softening and loosening the factory stone chip and compromised original galvanised costing underneath it. Then it's been the lengthy job of applying Bilt Hamber Deox Gel to get rid of the surface rust. I'm not a believer in the rust converter type products so it's got to be rust free metal.

Here's how things are looking anyway



I've got further with the passenger side here


Almost caught up


It's going to take me a good while longer but it's got to be worth it in the long run
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Old 22-06-2016, 04:14 PM   #286
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Lookin good mate, as you say plenty of work in that, good luck!
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Old 22-06-2016, 07:15 PM   #287
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I love this thread willsy!

The work with the Bilt hamber is great viewing, I can't wait to try some out. The will be such a great example when complete
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Brilliant thread, just read it from start to finish!
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Just a couple to show how long this is taking

This is another 2 hours work since the last set of pics. Doesn't seem like much difference



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I hope the juice is worth the squeeze but I salute you sir, what an unbelievable job!


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