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Apologies for the photo sizing for the next few posts, I have now adjusted it for future posts. 
 
 
 
 
So, since I can't help with the body restoration (still waiting to get blasted anyhow) I've been doing what I can with the parts I have with me.
 
 
Starting with the starter:
 
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Then the propshaft, I thought this was going to be an easy job, but there was rust under the paint so I had to take it all back to bare metal:
 
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Thottle Pedal. Unlike the other items I decided to have this one powedercoated.
 
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Going to be updating to this Honda wiper motor as the original one is a bit lame:
 
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I'm not putting something looking like that in my restored car though.
 
 
 
Thats better:
 
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Some parts only needed a clean:
 
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Apologies for the large photos, I have ajusted my settings for future uploads.
 
 
 
 
Next I turned my attention to the heater box:
 
 
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Radiator was looking a bit rusty and the foam around the core had disintegrated
 
 
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Lastly it was on to the fan box. This was looking a bit sorry for itself.
 
 
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Took it apart:
 
 
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I cleaned all the parts up and removed all the old foam which had turned to powder
 
 
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Sent some parts for blasting
 
 
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Primed them:
 
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Sprayed them, wasn't easy as the one on the right has lots of brackets, gaps, internal parts, edges and so on which all needed to be properly coated. Also for larger jobs like this I really need to get an air/water separator. A 300L compressor was planned as part of my garage extension but that hasn't happened yet so still working from a small one.
 
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Started reassembly:
 
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All back together and with the foam all replaced and the heater core flushed it should operate better than before. They definitely don't look >40 years old now.
 
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Well, progress is slow, but at least there is progress.

 

There is both good and bad news. Bad news is that there is going to be more work and cost than planned due to us finding lots of badly done previous repairs all of which will need fixed and I expect some more will be revealed during blasting. Good news is at least it proved my approach of going fully bare metal has been justified and my view that most places do a crap job of metal work has been proved correct. Good that all issues will be found and addressed and my choice of using Resto shack to ensure the work is done as best as possible is a good one.  

 

 

 

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Badly repaired rear panel

 

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Gone, right side bumper mount was bent, its now been sorted.

 

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Rotisserie mounts made:

 

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Scraping time

 

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Steam cleaned

 

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Unwanted brackets and holes in the bay welded up

 

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So, Lots and lots of badly repaired areas have been revealed by the dual media blasting process, not quite what I was expecting. Its all going to be repaired though and the car will be left mint. 

 

This is how she sits, parts are on their way and work should continue in January sometime. 

 

 

 

 

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I decided to change my mirrors, this will take them off the doors and clean up the bodylines more, I'll not be using the bracket that they come with, I will be machining up an alloy bracket to mount them to the window frame.

 

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Work has begun

 

Some photo updates:
 
Plenty of hidden rust so I am glad its all being removed properly from all the hidden areas.
 
 
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The quarter panel repairs sections don't fit great, but they can be made to work and its still better than starting from scratch.
 
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Long way to go but its nice to see it started.

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Must update here as the work on both sides is done, floors are starting now.

 

 

 

20 hours ago, Exposed said:

this looks great! good job on the blasting and painting. Where did you source your rear quarter panels from? Im having a hell of a time trying to find some and wanted to avoid making them.

I can help you there,  I got them from here.  They had them made for me and sent out within two weeks.

 

 

https://www.alfaparts.net/dat280.html

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