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Well the A has gone to Chris collier for some metal work on the back end. 

Possible colour change.

better get cracking with getting the subframe built up and various other bits 

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Chris has been busy on the A getting through the bodge tastic previous work. 

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popped over for the day today to get the engine bay stripped down and see what other work is going to be needed.

 

From this

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to this

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drivets wing off to assess this mess

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cracking on quite quick, sorting out a punter atmo to keep the pace going to get it back on the road asap for this season.

For Christ sake I would get pics up can't 

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Had the bonnet and and boot back from Andy the blaster. He's great as understands how gentle it needs to be on the thin stuff.

they are rough but salvageable 

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Some pin holes around the vents covered with paint! 

Boot not worst I've seen

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Will be repairing where needed with with the the tig to keep the heat I put down. Then a good coating of bilt hamber oxy.

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Managed to get over to Chris's for a day today to some more paint stripping and get the bias pedal box in.

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Bit if fettling needed. Had to move the mounting holes over 10mm or so, and remove most of the Column crush tube. But it's in now. Dash will need trimming to allow lines to Bolt in as you can see in the right of the pic.

rest of the day spent with abrasive wheel on grinder hunting the rust spots 

 

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Repairs I boot seal edging, pretty shot in some areas, took away one section to fabricate at home 

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Chris has been working hard at the rest that needs doing in engine bay filled up some massive holes

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And made good some shite previous attempts at repair work

 

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The doors are both in a bad way. the drivers I've taken home to have a go at repairing, by the passenger is pretty bad indeed. 

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What a crappy end to the day. Picked up all the paint for the A series, went to a job to pickup all the stuff from the lads, managed to knock a Henry Hoover over consequently taking a 5ltr can of basecoat with it all over the road!!!!! Thank god it was water based, but gutted got to shell out for 5ltrs again! ¬†Hacked off ūüė§ūüė§ūüė§ūüė§

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ah nasty...tough lines on the paint! :(

About the piece you made for the boot..as someone with next to no fabrication skills, I love how people like you who know what they're doing can just make pieces like this! How do you make the curved flange at the top, on the inside, did you slit it too? I know from your main build thread that you could probably do this sort of stuff with your eyes closed!

I'm surprised to see your car needs what looks like a fair bit of work, when I saw you posting the photos first, it looked really sharp.

Fin

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Looks can be deceiving fin.

its actually not a bad A series, most are shot, but all worth saving. 

Made using. 

Hammer

blunt chisel

vice 

some blocks and clamps

someone who really knows what they are doing wouldn't of had to make the slits lol. It'll do. Once it's welding in and covered in bog no will

know lol

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:) 

Still looks like a tasty bit of work to me! I have an A-series that some year I'll build up, have a redtop engine for it...I might pick your brain a bit at some stage about yours if you don't mind?

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Picked up the A from chris today and back at father in laws for a bit. Hopefully the painter is coming round to check it out over weekend and price up the next stage of work, wrapped up to keep any water at bay. 

ill be cracking in with getting the doors into some sort of order tomorrow 

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The cover made it home then.

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Didn't think get into the garage until lunchtime today with sorting bloody fleet insurance out! 3 hours of calls and emailing, 

anyway tackled the drivers doors as it's the not so worse one but still a challenge. Still couldn't find my shrinking jaws so just bodged up the repair panels best I could in sections. 

Bottom front corner, pitted everywhere as usual

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Got the curved major section in first to work from, then chopped out the lower corner as it had holes through

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Sorry forgot to take some finished pics!

Then into other end

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Buzzed back with flap wheel and power file for hard to reach bits

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Then this real awkward one

 

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Loads of nastiness hiding behind, this was cut out further up too to be sure. Treated it all, I'm not taking all the the thicker steel out. 

 

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Got it that all plated up and smoothed back to profile. 7 hours work alone there on one door. 

Now the passenger one is not so easy. It's a mess. 

Im having a new lower repair section folded up as it's totally gone, and the outer lower skin will need doing too.  If any one has a passenger door in reasonable fettle id be grateful!!!

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Wow, 7 hours on one door alone! I haven't managed 7 hours in my garage I'd say the last 3 months put together! Nice work, keep the pics coming, gives someone like me with a 'some day' project a bit if inspiration...

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Little bit of metalised filler to blend the blemishes and lines. 

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Also so found a section of door bottom repair section. 

Now I do have x2 full lengths of these at one time but never knew what they were!!! Such a plonker used for something none related and all I have left is small section. 

Anyway I'm dropping the piece have off to my local sheet metal man who sources anything for me from his work. Really cheap and can also cut and fold stuff. If he can replicate it I'm going to have 5 pairs made and sell on if anyone's interested. Leidingertuning only has one left in stock and doesn't plan for anymore anytime soon. 

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Very lazy of me but I've ordered a retropower quick shift, yeah I have tools etc to make one but not the time. I do feel guilty for some reason lol

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Painter has agreed date to start. Nice and local which is great

got the rest of my front subframe parts powder coated which is great

im going to have the bumpers chrome powder coated, was going to have em black gloss but I do like chrome, a rechrome is ridiculous amount of money, so next best thing. Will be welding in studs for a smooth look.

shifter from retropower is here. 

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Nice peace of work, are are not. :D

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Exactly chris. For the time it would of took me to fab a version up it works out cheaper to go earn the money.

 

Squeezing the hours in around work and family.

mangaged to get both bumpers shaved and primed. Totally smooth now. Need very little filling thank god. An hours worth of panel beating though on the sections that fill the number plate lights on the rear 

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So if you have filled the rear number plate holes, where are you putting a number plate light?

 

 

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