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[car_restoration] My Longwinded 1.9 Laser Project
Posted 09 January 2010 - 02:19 PM
Keep up the good work!
Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:06 PM
Well, after about 4 months, and quite alot of stress I managed to get the rear beam sorted. I had it stripped down and powdercoated, but unfortunately the beam tube was bent (and remained unoticed) until after the powdercoating.
The engineering firm "kindly" assured me they could straighten the tube in a press, so continued reassembling it. Everything on the beam was replaced, new trailing arm shafts, pug bearings, hubs, new k6 dampers etc.
Was really pleased with how it looked, but unfortunately when we got around to fitting it to the car, one of the wheels was showing about 8mm more camber than the other, and more worryingly, the damper rubber bushing wouldnt sit properly against the boot floor.
Quickly we decided that it was the beam that was bent (where the tube thins towards the end where the shaft sits was properly bent. So off the beam came again, and I had a stressful time sorting a new tube (thanks Tom Fenton) and had the hassle of getting it powercoated again.
This shows it not fitting well:
Beam was eventually finished (again) in decemeber, and still looks the part, just need to drill out a few of the bolts for the disk protectors and then it will be perfect.
As you can see in the top pics, I also bought some paint, and my mate kindly sprayed under the petrol tank and boot floor. Finish is really good, certainly good enough for under the car lol.
The floor forward of the petrol tank is going to be undersealed, as I cant justify painting it, but want a nicer looking finish.
Edited by cRaig, 12 July 2017 - 07:52 PM.
Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:29 PM
Now we get onto the *really* expensive bit.. Once Id stripped off all the broken bits of trim, light clusters etc, given it a wash, dropped the petrol tank and got the rear beam repairs underway, it was time to go back to the bodyshop. Obviously I went straight to the guys who sprayed it last time, as I couldnt have been happier with the job they had done. While generally unimpressed with my handiwork, they were happy enough to repair it, and let me source all the parts to my own satisfaction, and to try and keep the costs down.
I also pulled the wing off to firstly have a quick look to check there was no further damage or rust to worry about, and to try and keep prep costs down to a minimum
looks like new
Shiney but beyond use methinks.. ;p
Anyway, now a few pics of the professionals at work..
All the panels are genuine peugeot, managed to negotiate 15% discount from my local pug dealer (and free delivery!) as Im quite a good customer these days lol
fabricated by the bodyshop as its NLA from peugeot
had the entire front end cut off and replaced, as some rust that I had treated last time had come back quite quickly, so decided now was a good oppurtunity to do it properly and get some new metal in there
Removing the headlamp panels meant that the drivers wing had to come off as well...
(nice to know theres no rust or issues under there though)
Edited by cRaig, 12 July 2017 - 07:54 PM.
Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:31 PM
(the old beam is back on, hence why its still looks wonky lol)
Anyway, that is pretty much up to date now, Im back in shropshire and going to the bodyshop tomorrow to see how things are going.. Should hopefully have some new pics/progress to report soon..
Edited by cRaig, 31 January 2010 - 07:33 PM.
Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:09 PM
good work pal
just to let you know, the top shocker bolts on your new beam are in the wrong way around, and too long
mm, thanks. we had noticed they were the wrong way around when we test fitted it. when you say they are too long, does it make much difference once they are swapped the correct way?