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Old 22-02-2017, 12:08 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I've made a jig as I had to drop one of the brackets off to gain access, I was concerned that things would move. The strengthening plates are made but not welded in yet so I can gain the full benefit of the shot blast.
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Old 29-04-2017, 09:03 PM
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Well it seems to have taken an age but I've finally started to get some car parts back from the blast shop and should get the main bodyshell back in a week or so. The car has been plastic granule blasted where good and a more aggressive media used where corrosion and damage exist. A 2-pack primer has been applied to the bare metal. The plastic is a sensitive media that creates minimal heat build up.

Not too many nasty surprises so far, from the experience of others I had expected the worst and there was a lot of filler in some areas. The front wings have cleaned up quite well with minor damage to both in the lower rear corners, an easyish repair. The scuttle panels (I had 2) have cleaned up with minor perforations to both in the same place.

One door is good, but the l/hand (passenger) door has suffered damage and poor repair at some stage, ideally this needs replaced - Can anyone help here?

I'll get the bodyshell back soon, and am expecting a lot of time spent repairing round the rear lights and also to the front inner wings.
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Old 29-04-2017, 09:47 PM
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That doesn't look too bad (apart from that door, which is a shame). It is recoverable obviously bt a lot of work. That bottom wing I think looks pretty good, what is there I am sure you will be able to make good relatively easily. Floors okay?
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Old 29-04-2017, 10:09 PM
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Floors already partially cut out, I've new floors and rear wings on the to-do list. Better than random patches I reckon.
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Old 13-05-2017, 07:40 PM
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I got started on one of the front wings today, totally cutout out the old rubbish and replaced both the inner frame pieces and the outer damaged area. Attached pics show the finished wing with a quick etch prime coat, I'll save final finishing for later.
I've decided to replace the badly damaged door from my previous post, so much to cut out and replace it didn't seem worthwhile.
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Old 13-05-2017, 08:09 PM
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Whilst waiting for bits of bodywork to come back from blasting I've been playing around with a front brake conversion, but using Niissan calipers as opposed to the usual Hilux conversion. I got some Z32 calipers off ebay for a song as they were wrongly advertised! The caliper mounts are different ctrs but as I want to run a larger vented disc this allows space to fit a neat spacer/mount bracket that gets everything into the right place.
There's a real shortage of 4 bolt discs without going down the custom route so I've re-drilled a 5 bolt flange rotor to suit the 4 bolt pcd. The disc is off a Honda CR-V, the larger 293mm disc limits wheel size to 15" (possibly) and above, but I intend to run 16" so shouldn't be a problem.
No original parts machined so easily converted back to normal.

I've attached a few pics of progress. The prototype bracket pictured is just made from plastic fascia board to enable me to get the rough shape. The assy is shown inside a 17" rim as that's all I had available to try I've done a neat CAD design for the real thing and will get it milled when I get bored of cutting rust out!
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Old 13-05-2017, 08:27 PM
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Nice, neat work, T&B.

Welding in shorts ... tsk!
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Old 13-05-2017, 08:37 PM
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Looking really good. Interested how you get on with the brake conversion but looks smashing


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Old 13-05-2017, 09:23 PM
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Be interested to know how much the z32 calipers weigh
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Old 16-05-2017, 04:59 PM
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Calipers weighed in at 3.46kg including pads. They're an alloy casing.

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Old 13-06-2017, 09:00 PM
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Back from the blast shop...

Finally got the car back from the blast shop today, they've done a great job of removing all the old rubbish. Quite a lot of work ahead of me, most of the areas I feared would be rotten haven't disappointed, rear wings are rotten, rear valance and slam panel too, sills are ok but are repairs on top of old sills so I'll replace these. The front chassis rails and inner wings are rotten around the cross member mounts and need an amount of work. Floors need work too.
I've attached a few pics of it straight back from the shop.
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Old 13-06-2017, 09:51 PM
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If they're the worst areas that's not bad for an original UK car! How long ago were those repairs done, do you know?
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Old 13-06-2017, 10:41 PM
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2009 I think for the rear wings and sills, its had door panel / rear 1/4 panel damage in the 1980s and rough patching to the inner wings in the early 90s.
I have some old photos from the garage that did it last time, if it were my work I'd not have photographed it! That's part of the reason for the refresh, I knew what lay beneath and that it could be better.
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Old 13-06-2017, 11:12 PM
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looks good compared to mine ,I don't have as many holes as you but have a lot of similar repairs think the same person must have done them most of mine is very solid but the repairs look shocking Good luck with your look forward to seeing you progress as mine is slow

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