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Old 15-06-2016, 09:08 AM
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That's not something i have ever heard of being done before, not in the UK anyway because there's so few of us to of tried it previously!

I would think its a case of buy'em and see if they will fit, if not, you can sell them on, but i would of thought its probably better to source a better pair of B pillar's from europe somewhere
I agree and by B Pillars really do look pretty much perfect now.

The older style ones I have found are complete with correct rubber etc.

I looked at mine properly this evening and it looks like its just a different bracket at the top for the post to slot into.

I think I will put mine back together and if I don't feel its good enough I can go down that route.
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Old 15-06-2016, 01:08 PM
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I think the question that would be on my mind is whether the metal remains strong enough to take the hinges for the window pivoting on it without bowing or even breaking. If it bows, you will get wind noise and leakage where it will not seal properly.

I reckon you will have trouble sourcing replacement pillars which is why I suggested using the earlier quarterlight units which are chrome and look stronger. If you are trying to source new B-pillars, I reckon Oz would be a better bet as I understand they had more 2+2s there. Try their owners forum AusZcar.

However, as said before, if you are happy with it as it is, leave well alone especially if you have painted it.
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Old 15-06-2016, 01:28 PM
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They are definitely strong enough as they have been welded up properly.

The other reason I would consider it is that the seals that go over them are ruined and pretty much the only ones I couldn't source anywhere.
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Old 22-06-2016, 05:13 PM
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So a bit of an update with some pictures as everyone likes a photo, especially shiny ones!

Having spent many evenings upsetting my wife by cleaning car parts in the kitchen (FYI apparently the kitchen side is an area for food preparation only not for piles of lights, wiring, brackets, clips and rubber) I have got everything looking pretty nice.



Quite proud of how the rear badge came out which was looking really tatty.



So the car arrived home



with the help of my youngest, doing her best to scratch it with her doll and backpack that has to go everywhere



Started bolting pieces back on and its looking a lot better now. I'm really happy with how the B pillars came out considering how bad they were







There is still a lot to do, mainly getting the doors to fit and rewiring the lights. I am changing to H4 halogens to rewiring them so they go through separate relays, the sidelights are now inside the main lights and the front indicators are LEDs that will be hidden in the grill.

Pretty happy so far...
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Old 22-06-2016, 05:19 PM
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That's looking pretty crisp. Look forward to seeing more as it progresses and gains more 'bits' ...
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Old 27-06-2016, 09:49 AM
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So while I went to scavenge a few final bits from the plucky donor 2+2 I have I spotted the VIN plate and noticed how early it was.
Mine isn't exactly a late one at 10227 but this one is within the first thousand!


A couple of small issues lead me to think that it may be slightly too far gone for even the bravest of enthusiasts though!





The main pictures are a bit older so some more bits are missing but if anyone needs any bits before it gets turned back into coke cans and Zanussi washing machines, let me know...
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Old 27-06-2016, 05:50 PM
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You should probably cut off the rear quarters just in case you get rear ended as there are no more to be had else where!
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Old 28-06-2016, 09:12 AM
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You should probably cut off the rear quarters just in case you get rear ended as there are no more to be had else where!
Not a bad shout, not sure how much of them are still there but at least the main shape is still there to work from.

Storage is the issue though, don't have somewhere to store them for a just in case.
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Old 28-06-2016, 03:20 PM
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Its a good point and something the club should address in my opinion.
A small lockup somewhere central to store all the rare and treasured parts.
Not sure how it would run though??
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Old 28-06-2016, 06:10 PM
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you could sell it to Don as a much better place to start his amazing restoration.
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Old 28-06-2016, 07:34 PM
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you could sell it to Don as a much better place to start his amazing restoration.
Yeah he's gone abit quite lately. Maybe stumbled across a few issues.
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:45 PM
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Getting there now, cleaned up and undersealed under the front wings. Its not going to be getting wet and I didn't have the money to strip it right back and paint it but everything is solid under there.



The back end is getting there, everything cleaned and painted, brand new seals for the lights, new bulbs, wiring cleaned up and deleted the bumper light that was there with super bright LEDs in the top so it actually illuminates the whole number plate.
I actually really like the look of it without the rear bumper so not sure whether I put it back on or not....



Thoughts on the bumper? Bearing in mind it will be satin black rather than chrome.

Most exciting, I have finally got the doors hanging properly(ish). They will never be 100% but they open and close and I can live with the panel gaps I have.
I can now build the doors back up, finally fit the wings and scuttle panel etc.





List of jobs before I can actually drive it is getting smaller now
1. Fit the new roof lining and interior trim
2. Fit the rest of the rubber seals
3. Get the front and rear screens fitted again
4. Build the doors back up and fit the central locking
5. rewire the headlights, sidelights and indicators
6. Fit my homemade front indicators with 3D printed brackets I have made (will be totally hidden behind the grill)
7. Fit the front spoiler
8. Take it back to the body shop for final polishing and painting of the spoiler
9. Give it a good service
10. Go and enjoy driving it (or not enjoy it as I will be worried about every stone, cyclist, pedestrian, stray wildlife that may want to scratch it)
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:39 PM
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Satin black bumpers will look the part
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:26 AM
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I prefer them with a rear bumper. It will be a nice looking car when done.
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Old 09-07-2016, 12:31 PM
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Looking good, i agree about the black bumpers, they look great on white cars
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