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  1. It was getting to that point trying to find them at a reasonable price. I eventually found someone selling them for £5 each on FB so I bought 3. If you want to borrow the 3rd one for measurements, just let me know.
  2. The car has a cheap and cheerful Bluetooth radio that fits, looks okay and has all the right connections. So, just the speakers to add for now. The 2mm foam I ordered arrived today along with some connectors so I think I have most of what I need to make a start this weekend. I should have bought 4mm foam but I've doubled up the 2mm stuff instead and it'll raise the drivers up off the parcel shelf. With some glue and tidying up with a soldering iron, I won't notice they're there. In other news, I think I've decided upon the zinc-rich epoxy primer route so am on the lookout for a 3hp compressor. Dash dye should arrive for experiments next week.
  3. Couldn't agree more. I was looking at some 80s speakers but they looked too space age for a saloon car and more complicated to replace drivers. These have the added advantage of not looking worth stealing. I also bought a Kenwood underseat subwoofer to tuck away somewhere for a little extra kick. I got one for my sister's MK4 Escort and it's enough for occupants to enjoy without inviting the whole town to listen too.
  4. I wanted to add some new speakers to the rest parcel shelf but cutting holes is just something I or someone else will regret later. After a bit of searching over Christmas I found 3 matching speaker pods on Facebook at a steal so I got them cleaned up and fitted some new 4" apeakers to do the car with sound. Unfortunately the new drivers are deeper and protude beneath the housing by a few mm. A little foam padding should sort that. Also wanted to measure up for new aluminium faceplates.
  5. While I continue researching the abyss of paints (it's too cold anyway!), I decided to get started on the dash and audio as well as clean up some of the spares I've picked up. First up is the centre console, dash and front trim bought from Richard. After a clean with soapy water and some black trim polish, the centre console looks great. The chrome trim still isn't perfect as there are some hard stubborn white spots that autosol and polishing cloths wouldn't shift and it still needs straightening. I can use this spare to practice approaches before tackling the other trim which needs attention. The dash will be painted with vinyl dye once it arrives but the rust and peeling foam on the underside will need sorting first. The speaker is a very strange size 7x3" and has dual inputs for stereo output. I can't find a replacement but fortunately it works so it'll be fine for now with the others I'm adding. 🙂
  6. I suppose you might have already made your decision by now but I would definitely go with carpet (black or possibly red), on the flat inner sections and leave the outside areas as black plastic. Hopefully that would stop things sliding around quite so much. I'm ordering some foam for other things so will see how foam/rubber would work. One of the solutions to the modification Vs preservation is to find a spare which you can play with. In my case, I think the spare is in better condition!
  7. Thanks all. With the fuse removed it starts almost on the first turn so sounds like you're on the money with the door switch at fault or something on that circuit at least. I've got a couple of spare headlight switches to try as well and will take a look at the door, especially now I'll be able to get it out of the garage to fully open the door. The heater blower still makes a funny growling noise on the first setting though which is new to me. I'll have a poke around when I poke around the dash for the radio. Wow, I didn't know it could do that! Didn't fix the issue but very good to know. I've been cursing that the light won't stay on with the door closed and couldn't find the button to do it. I don't remember reading it in the books either but I probably wasn't looking properly. You've got to love the multifunction switches and controllers on old cars!
  8. Cheers, I'll take a look tomorrow. My first idea was the door switch failing closed but if it's just a loose wire that's even better
  9. Hi all, I just went to start my Cavalier and it wouldn't start. Normally I'd just recharge and have another go, but a few things have thrown me. At first, it turned over nicely but didn't catch. Then it started struggling, lights pulsing/flickering so presumably a flat battery. Weirdly, after it failed to start the 2nd go, the interior light came on and then has stayed on even with the door fully closed or by manually pressing the door switch. It's still on now 15 minutes later with ignition out and doors closed and looks like it'll continue to draw lower from the battery so charging would be a little pointless until it's sorted. It wasn't on before I got in. Earlier this week I noticed a little wetness under the passenger foot mat so took it out to dry. I assumed it was just some spilt squash from a bottle in the car, but the fan/heater made a somewhat gurgling sound so I wondered if there was a coolant that could have leaked. If so it might explain the interior light as a short of some kind. My plan is to pull the fuse for the interior light, charge it overnight and try again in the morning. Any idea on the persistent interior light and advice on what to do? Thanks in advance, Matt
  10. I know zinc primer is traditionally a good idea but from reading about the rust converters, they create an electrically insulating layer of epoxy which prevents the sacrificial protection. Obviously this would only be for the areas with rust and the rest would benefit from the zinc primer but, there seem to be some who say an epoxy primer gives better barrier protection from its strength and resistance to damage than a traditional zinc galvanising process which is softer and more prone to damage, albeit better when it is damaged. I did have the shopping basket below ready to purchase but before I go and drop my money on a big shopping list, I'd be interested in your thoughts on epoxy primer Vs zinc priming. Hydrate80 was recommended here and it was a good starting place but rust.co.uk has been very helpful in understanding the painting process and it seems fe123 is recommended over hydrate80 by practical classics too.
  11. Hey all, I bought this lovely car off Paul at the end of November and it drives nicely and it's barely a project compared to some of the others on here. For my skillset, equipment, space, time and budget though, I think this is more than enough. As the work is mostly cosmetic, I plan on a long-term, light restoration while I continue to enjoy driving it. It'll be good to keep a running record here of any changes to save trying to keep my memory or photo collection organised. Hopefully I'll work out how to edit my posts to improve photo orders etc. My short list of tasks/ideas: Small underside welding patches (COMPLETED), Clean/polish, headlamp rubbers, rear light panel, Paint, Audio/dash, Boot interior, Seats/belts, underseal/waxoyl, upgrade instrument panel to 6 dial, electronic ignition, firewall The bodywork needs minor touchups and attention all over but particularly the areas below. After a couple of Quotes for a full respray, I'm going to try a DIY effort starting with less noticeable areas to test the method. If I need more skill or equipment (e.g compressor), I'll hopefully either be better or know to give up by the noticeable bits. I'm not aiming for concourse as I'd never be able to keep it that way but clean, tidy and working will do. Ideally the front and rear windows will have to come out for the respray but tbc. Rough order of attack: - underside of the bonnet, - the front Valence, - engine bay, - boot, - doors & door slams, - roof (repainting black), - front and rear window panels/surrounds, - wings, rear quarters and bonnet
  12. I'm about halfway through reading this and have found it so helpful. I don't want spoilers to see how it turns out but wanted to thank you now. I've just bought a 4 door Cavalier and your pictures have helped answer alot of questions I had and given me alot of ideas and scope for small improvements to my car. Not to mention the avoidance of unneeded purchases. Thank you.
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