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  1. Another early start today. After my run it was out to the garage to do some sanding (yawn... ). Everything was going pretty well until I realised that I hadn't quite added enough filler to the top of the arch flare. So that quickly come to a halt and some more was chucked on. The good news is that everything else is fairly well sorted now, so once that has dried and sanded I will be ready for some primer - assuming I can get the shape correct of course I'll report back later.
  2. Got a bit more done this evening. The areas ahead of and behind the arch are pretty much finished now, but I found two problems... 1) The arch itself was nowhere near flared enough (I made a cardboard template using the profile from the other side to compare). 2) There was another dent in front of the arch on the upper section of the panel (just above the swage line). My green marker lines show you where the problems were. So both of these things meant I had to mix up some more filler to try to address those issues. Oh well, it will dry overnight, so I can tackle those tomorrow. Have a nice evening everyone
  3. Armed with some more sand paper and a few dollops of filler I just had another little play: Slowly but surely this panel is coming around.
  4. A useful couple of hours sanding this morning. The shape of the 'rough' parts of the NSR quarter are really taking shape now. Typically I have run out of sand paper again, so I.m off to buy some more. When I return I will be adding what will hopefully be the last few dollops of filler and then we can get into final sanding, filler stopper etc. With a bit of luck this panel might even be finished this weekend.
  5. Hi Terry, Re: the wings - as long as the progress is forwards, your doing OK! Re: the shed - I hope its a nice day! Re: the Chinese Buffet - that sounds great - enjoy!! All the best!
  6. Nothing done last night as we went out for Dinner, then tonight is Archery night... So, I had better make sure that I am really busy this weekend to make up for this appalling lack of progress
  7. Does anyone have access to a 3D printer and could make a batch of them? I doubt that they carry very much load, so if they were made from plastic they should be OK. Just a thought.
  8. Lol, thanks Chris - if only eh?! Got some more sanding on the NSR quarter tonight. Its starting to get a quite good basic shape now. As usual, this sanding exposed some low spots and air pockets, so another thin skim of filler was required. Then tomorrow evening we can do it all again... Have a nice evening all.
  9. Nothing done this evening, had another seriously long day at work... Slacking off again 😂
  10. Spent a sweaty hour this evening grafting on the NSR quarter panel. There is still a loooonnngggg way to go yet, but the motivation is that this is the LAST, yes the last panel, to do on the whole car! If, and that's a very big if, I can get this panel shaped up during the week, who knows what might happen next weekend...
  11. This afternoon I inspected the areas I primed earlier and as expected I found a series of small imperfections. So it was out with the trusty stopper filler. Once that has dried I will flat those areas back out and re-prime accordingly. After that I mixed up some more normal body filler and added that to the rear quarter panel. Once that has gone off, its back to even more boring sanding...
  12. Sound good progress this morning. I managed to get the NSF wing and door sanded down then I got ready to add some primer. I did think that this would show up some imperfections that I had missed - it always does. But of course unless you do it, you will never know... So here we are ready to add the primer: Then after the first dusting: Then after the second coat: As anticipated there is some more work to be done on both of these panels, but it is quite small compared to the others. My biggest error was getting too close to the panel and/or lingering too long, causing a drip under the wing mirror and several along the bottom of the door. I will wait until it is thoroughly dry before I get too depressed though, as I had something similar on the front two piece spoiler and in the end they were barely visible once dry. What I feared would be a full sand back to bare plastic turned out to be nothing like that.
  13. Very true Jason. To be honest I am almost having to force myself to slow down and to keep being methodical... I’m hoping that around the end of this month I might be ready for some top coat - fingers crossed!
  14. Some decent progress this morning. I got stuck into sanding the NS front wing and the door. Both are coming back into shape quite nicely, I'm pleased with them both so far. After this rough sand I applied some stopper filler to any obvious pin holes and imperfections on both the door bottom and the wing. These are the pale pink areas you can see in the photo below. Apologies I forgot to take a photo of the bottom of the door after I had done this. Suffice to say its boring detail anyway Then to wrap up for the day I decided to mix up some filler and make a bit of a start on the NSR quarter panel where I had grafted in the new arch etc. That work seems like an eternity ago now! Have a great weekend everyone!
  15. Fantastic work again Jason, well done!
  16. Nothing done yesterday I am afraid. I left the house at 05:30 and got home at 21:30 so I was cream crackered. Slacking off again
  17. A very small update this evening as I have a very early start for work in the morning and I really do need my beauty sleep Just about 20-30 minutes block sanding the filler I chucked on the front wing yesterday. Much more work is needed here.
  18. The first skim of filler was applied this evening to the front wing and to the door bottom and where I cut the trim 'pegs' off yesterday.
  19. According to the details held by the DVLA it was untaxed when it fell due in Feb 1993 and they hold no MOT details for it. Fingers crossed, somebody has got it squirreled away somewhere, but it doesn't look look good I'm afraid.
  20. Motivated by this weekends small milestone, I decided to dive straight into the N/S panels this evening. First off I hit the front wing with the DA sander and some 80 grit. Its not completely done yet, but already I can see that this wing has been a few different colours before - there is some light Blue, Green and Silver now visible Then I moved along a bit and started on the door. Sadly the evidence that this was once a Manta Berlinetta door is quickly disappearing... Next I ground off the side trim mounting 'pegs' (which you can also see in the above photo). This is simply because they are higher up on a Cav door. Finally I made a couple of minor adjustments to the line of the wing to door. Basically the wing was a bit too low from the swage line and downwards. A washers between the wing and the A post in both positions (the two bolts that you access from behind the foot well trim panel) solved that easily. However, this now meant that I need to widen the slot at the very base of the wing by about 2 mm though to allow the last bolt to go in OK. Enjoy your evening guys.
  21. This afternoon I managed to get a second coat of primer on the bonnet, then left it to dry in the glorious Winter sunshine. With the OS, roof, bonnet and boot lid done I then needed to try to turn it around to give me more room in the garage to do the NS... Getting ready to head out into the big wide world: Well it did start and it did make it up the driveway, just. My Daughter was determined to have a go... The 'to do' side God help me. Oh well, its turned around now and just those three panels to prepare now.
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