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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:18 am 
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Better get a few more pictures posted eh ? :smt003

Following the Building work Cement dust nightmare that ruined the fresh paint on roof and bonnet I got the door painted and fitted and all aligned up nicely :smt012

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Notice the nicely painted door check to sill area and the door to sill lines ? ... More on that later :smt005

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Drivers side Fibreglass wing etch primed and then painted

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Now then... Remember how I mentioned the door check/sill area ? Well, keep in mind all these panels had been fitted but came to me OFF the car.
When I came to fit the front wing I discovered the Fibreglass wing is a different shape to metal one and stuck out over an inch from the sill and door bottom :smt013
Only one option here..... Cut and weld the sill which meant ruining all the work painting and filling it all :smt005

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After much work the wing now fits perfectly at the bottom but the door to wing gaps were terrible....

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So, not only was the door to wing gaps of fibreglass wing terrible, which was bad enough. I thendiscovered loads of crack marks showing through the paint on the wings. As I mentioned at the begining of this post.

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Off with all the paint and fix the crazing on both front wings

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So a good few weeks were spent fixing the fibreglass wings and just as I'd almost got one ready for paint the owner comes up with a new old stock metal drivers side wing :smt014 Another waste of time fixing the old wing and I had to start all over again on another one.

The new one also needed work but at least is was solid metal.

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Needed a few bits welding up as they are not used on this model.

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Etch primer aplied.
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Painted the pasenger side fibreglass wing following extensive repairs to crazing and gaps etc.

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Gave the inside a good coat of stonegaurd

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So, finally things are looking good . . . WRONG :smt005
Next nightmare was the pasenger side sill which had been recently replaced by owner but the fit was not good at all and on further investigation things just went from bad to worse :smt013

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Just look how bad it sticks out from the wing

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So, the saga continues :smt005 :smt009

More to follow unless I crack up in the meantime :lmao

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:smt009 :smt009 stitched up like a kipper mate, wish he hadnt done all that work for you to rip to bits again, after you preped and painted it, :smt013 :smt013 :smt013 :smt013 you live and learn eh mate, looking great though bond,same you didnt get the car prior to all the panels being removed and all the bodging done :smt012 would have benn done and out by now i think,
by the way what was you first words when the guy brought you the steel wing after spending all that time repairing the old one, did it start with FFFFF or did you just go to the rum :smt012 :smt012 great job mate as always chin up not much more grinding welding grinding fillering sanding painting it,ll fly by mate :smt016 :smt016 :smt020 :smt020

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It looks that all this will be a bad memory very soon. Patience mate :smt012

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fu...in hell mate... I would keep the fiberglass wing and sell it as youve more than earnt it :smt013 would have been better havin a couple of second hand metal wings you could have knocked into shape easier.Fiberglass is a pain isnt it lol and we have a whole car of it...Oh yes theres no rust. but theres lumps ,bumps ,ripples,cracks etc and the stuff dont stay still :lmao .Keep at it matey and give the thing back and tell him not to come back :lmao

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Cheers guys :smt012

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It looks that all this will be a bad memory very soon. Patience mate :smt012

I think you could be right there Doros, with a bit of luck this will be the last week and the final push to finish it off :smt003 :smt020

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Cheers guys :smt012

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It looks that all this will be a bad memory very soon. Patience mate :smt012

I think you could be right there Doros, with a bit of luck this will be the last week and the final push to finish it off :smt003 :smt020


or you off :lmao :lmao :smt020 :smt020 :smt012

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OK.... Moving swiftly on :smt007

When a sill is this bad a fit there's only one solution :smt009

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Cut it out and start again from the begining.... Hmm :smt017 Didn't expect to see this inside though :smt018

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And here's the reason the sill stuck out so much... The old rusty sill edge was left in place :smt018
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I love Rust and Welding me :smt003

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Few bits of new metal added and the sill ca go back on
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Wave the old Magic Wand and some panel beating and prep work later... A sill that fits :smt004

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All back in etch primer
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Paint goes on and Colour sanding begins.... Not more sanding :smt005

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Starting to get a bit of a shine now :smt003

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Getting better though :smt004
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Fudge casts his eye over it
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More to follow including more problems :smt018 :smt005

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Can i just say this car has been a right royal pain in the A*** if i never see it again ill die happy :smt013

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they do say green cars are unlucky... :smt063 :smt063 :smt063 :smt063

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:lmao :lmao yep was for darren :lmao :lmao :lmao

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dannycovin wrote:
they do say green cars are unlucky... :smt063 :smt063 :smt063 :smt063

Your not wrong there m8 :lmao

Well the saga continues . . . .

Started to flatten and polish the paintwork again.

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Then preped and painted the pasenger side door :smt003

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Decided I wasn't happy with the boot lid so flattened it back down to apply more paint.
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Lot's more buffing and polishing has been done and it's now starting to look much better.

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Hows that for a deep gloss Mirror like shine :smt012

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The roof took a massive amount of time polishing but looking good now :smt003

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Just when things were looking good, there's another spanner in the works. Some of the very bad rust areas I repaired on the rear wings showed some very small marks, like pimples in the paint which I wasn't happy with and I just couldn't leave it like that :smt005 Decision was made to attack it with the grinder, dig out the filler back to bare metal and treat it all again in the hope to stop it coming back.

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I used a very powerfull Rust remover to get into all the badly pitted rust areas followed by Rust Treatment and several coats of 90% Zinc rich primer. That's about all I can do. I really needs a new rear wing but they're very hard to find for this model year.

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The things you have to do eh :smt014

Spent the last week doing some of the smaller jobs etc as well as lots more polishing and it was just about all finished when I got careless due to being a little bit tired at the time and I cut through an edge of new paint on drivers side rear light area following the Rust repairs..... BUGGER :smt005
I downed tools at that point and turned to the Rum :smt020
Out with the spray gun the following day and fixed the problem :smt003
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Finally got the car just about finished today and pushed it outside in the daylight to give it a good check over.... It doesn't look bad at all and I hope he's pleased with the end result :smt012

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Well, that's just about it. I've spared you a lot of the details but let's just say every job on this car has been done at least Two or Three times, it's fought me every step of the way, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and now it's done I can honestly say.... This is the worst car I have ever done in my life and I'll NEVER do another T3 as long as I live :smt018
The moral of the story..... Bollocks to cars and take up knitting, you'll not only live longer but just think of all the jumpers you'll have when the weathers cold :smt016 :smt012

So, It's now official.... I have retired from doing cars..... Only for tonight though :smt016 NEW project starting Very Soon..... Watch this space :smt012

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Have you thought of getting yourself a small sand blasting gun for those rusty pitted areas ?
Something like this maybe
http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/produ ... tblast-gun

The 1 I have recycles the grit back into a bag to save waste and mess.It's the only way to stop the dreaded iron oxide for good :smt012


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