Sunday, 15 July 2012

The Sound of UK Garage

Had a nice couple of days in the garage this weekend. Finally finished with the quarter panels! You can hardly belief!

Started out by paint-stripping the joints and enclosed bits, and treating with POR15. The makers of POR15 should be giving me a discount by now for all the free press I am giving them.

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Next job was to get the companion bin closing panel in place, and the other little bracket thingy that fits into the heelboard.

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Then on went the extra (home-made) sill stiffener, and a coat of etch prime. The gap to the wheel arch will be welded closed when I have the car upside down.

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With all of that in place, the quarter panel could be clamped up ready for welding. Plug weld holes were punched with a joggler at 35mm intervals around all edges to be welded. Here is a photo of some idiot trying his best to look like he knows what he is doing.

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After much sweaty welding...

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And some time later, after driving the neighbours insane with much noisy angle grinding...

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Then I had a bit of time left at the end of the day, so I started building up the rollover jig from mk2mania. Looking good so far, and it went together really easily. Its a shame to cut a hole in the rear bulkhead, but needs must, and I'll make it as neat as possible so it will be easy to close up again.

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Must work harder now. My mother in law says she can't see much progress happening. Hmph!!

Next time I'll hopefully be able to post an Aaron Beck style rotiserie animation :)

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