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1 minute ago, Badwolf said:

Get a tube of structural adhesive and glue the new metal in. No heat, no distortion, no damage to exiting paint and no worries about weld penetration.

I dont need to be worried on paint.. 

Nearly whole car is in primer and.. door still needs to be stripped !

 

In her new dry garage incl a wall full of Spitfire spares and TR7 doors that are for a friend in the Netherlands (still sort of travel ban).

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Today had a look at the door..

And fixed it.

Bended the doorskin out of the way, sandblasted, rust cut out, painted inside, then weld a patch in etc.

Sadly ran out of green primer.. so back to red :D

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This week had a look inside my passenger door due to rust.. 

I noticed the stonechip paint that a 'friend' (back in 2011 ) had sprayed inside started to flake a lot.

 

So did a good clean up at the door bottom.

Door does need to come off to be stripped fully, so will sandblast the inside then to.

 

For now some rustconvertor has been sprayed in.

But again not bad for 43 years and all solid.

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Some more stuff done sunday.

(Saturday builded up the front end of a 1968 Porsche 911 ! ) 

Next will be the windscreen.. a job i'm scared off 😅

Or the door.. 

Next weekend is a 4 day one.. so could do some work, if the weather is good...

 

The mesh of the heater box had a few layers of primer & paint in the mesh... a nightmare to clean up the little holes.

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Love the way its coming together . Just shows you can restore and keep on the road. Interesting the engine bay photo where the three paint shades come together. Nice masking to avoid overspray. Look forward to the next stage.

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47 minutes ago, Mathew said:

Love the way its coming together . Just shows you can restore and keep on the road. Interesting the engine bay photo where the three paint shades come together. Nice masking to avoid overspray. Look forward to the next stage.

Really wanted to strip it until near the windscreen seal.

But bad weather was coming and didnt want to get the wiper arms off, wheelbox bezels etc.. 

Sadly in the late afternoon it was amazing weather.. but I was to fed up :D

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1 hour ago, wimpus said:

 

Sadly in the late afternoon it was amazing weather.. but I was to fed up :D

It goes like that, sometimes taking a break can give you the energy for another time.

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It's amazing how many times I lie thinking about a problem then when I wake up the answer is there. It's as if my brain works on it while I'm asleep. Probably the only time it does work.

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1 hour ago, Badwolf said:

It's as if my brain works on it while I'm asleep.

It does. Seriously. You actually "learn" while sleeping specifically your brain commits things to memory for reproduction.

When I was a teacher a student I caught sleeping in class used that as his excuse... cheeky bugger...

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Brilliant. Now all I need to do.....is sleep more. Suits me, but Lady BW just might have something to say about it.

But seriously, I did read some years ago, that while you sleep the brain sort of files all the stuff from the days short term memory. That's why dreams are so jumbled. Probably also due to my random filing systems when I'm awake. Heaven knows what my brain is 'finding' in some of its 'filing drawers'. Answers a lot of strange things...loose look, more thread drift. Maybe Kevin should set up a 'thread drift' heading and move all the drifts into it.....it would end up, well like my dreams!!!

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45 minutes ago, Badwolf said:

Maybe Kevin should set up a 'thread drift' heading and move all the drifts into it.....it would end up, well like my dreams!!!

On the basis that all threads on here manage to drift, that would put all threads in one heading, and that would then make it no different to Facebook !

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13 hours ago, KevinR said:

On the basis that all threads on here manage to drift, that would put all threads in one heading, and that would then make it no different to Facebook !

Ahh, yes, that's true.

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More work was done.. and all in 1 rainy day.

 

First to remove the door.

Found more rust and bad seamsealer (really hate the stuff! )

 

Will sandblast the whole area and do it right later ;)

 

 

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1 hour ago, alan.gilbert_6384 said:

Brilliant work, those upper door seal clips are rather fun, are they not ?  The pin that holds the winder handle is also a real laugh to put back in.  Notice you have a central locking system

The seals and pin i've done so many times that I have a few ways to do them and doesnt take long.

 

Strangly on my left door the outer seal is a pain to fit..

 

Yes got central locking since 2013.

Its now on its 2nd chineese kit.

Need to uograde the wiring to more copper wires..

China wiring is plastic with 3 or 4 little copper wires, in the winter when cold the wires/plastic could break off... 

And had the motors filled with water.. 

 

But thats now been taken care off :D

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  • 2 weeks later...

More work done..

A-/B-posts done for now.

Next step... windscreen out job 😓

 

When I had done one side and cleaning my gun.. the compressor failed.

The pressure regulator went bad.

So got that fixed sunday morning and we where back :D

 

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Last 1,5 week im home because of my back and right leg hurting badly.

Yesterday needed to get an MRI scan to 🙄.

Will see now what the docter says, probably a blocked nerve.

Now my back is better, still hurts and need to stop ever hour or 2..

 

But wanted to do some jobs on Fox.

Did it while sitting on a chair ... I must be getting old (31 !) 😁.

Block sanding, sanding guide etc

Needa a bit more primer in spots.

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Left bonnet panel.. 

I better replaced this to .. but will try and get it right.

 

It had a massive dent above the catch, when closing the catch.. it got bigger.

 

Got the dent mostly out by shrinking the metal.

Hot air gun, hammer and cold water did the trick.

But its still not 100 %. 

 

 

 

 

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