your a very brave man! gone right back on that front end, i know what you mean about doing the car on the drive, it sucks and puts me off going out there
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[car_restoration] Matts Standard 1.9 Lazer
Posted 05 April 2014 - 04:00 PM
yeh its been a bit of a head scratching time getting the panel in the right place and the turret in the right position. but im confident i have mastered it, the front frame with the caster wheels on acts as a jig to keep the turrets in the right pos and the right distance from the chassis leg. As well as being able to move it around easy.
Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:42 PM
heres a few progress pics
ive tacked the inner wings into position for now, the headlight panels are all held on with clamps. i'm almost happy with things, when i am i tack all the panels and fit the headlights, grill, bumper, bonnets etc. if all lines up good ill weld it all together.
Posted 14 April 2014 - 08:20 PM
got some more update pics
this ones from last update i forgot to put in
ive got all the panel's tak'd on now and fitted the lights etc, to see if all is straight, i'm thinking it looks pretty good and, i think i'm happy with it.
going to go ahead and weld it all up. have a look more eyes better than one
I had to put the inner headlamp adjuster's quite high in their mating panels elongated holes which i wasn't sure about. Ive had a look on my diesel 205 there same on that too, maybe crapy design?
Edited by m@ttc, 14 April 2014 - 08:36 PM.
Posted 15 April 2014 - 01:08 PM
were they quite poorly aligned then new?
I've no idea how well your avaerage headlight would have been aligned in the factory and couldnt put a figure on an acceptable gaps etc, however working in a production environment I can say that tight tolerancing equates to more expense (sometimes a shocking amount more!)... so while things like critical engine components and safety equipment are manufactured and assembled to high tolerances, something like a headlight assembley would be designed with 'plenty of slack' in the build, so that good old jean-pierre could get them fitted in about 30 seconds. I guess it's all part of the charm of our little mass produced wonders.
That said, anyone advertising one with the headlight half covered by the grill, claiming "that's just the way they were built." should probably be avoided.
Posted 17 April 2014 - 08:12 PM
Thanks guys, i'm going ahead now and welding all panels on which is going well.
also cleaning out the shed to do jobs like this, bit of a random update i know.
i brought this this in 2011 the car was taken off the road in 2011 so it didn't do many miles.
looking pretty bad for its usage
a quick scotchbright and duck oil.
I wish i'd tried to protect it earlier, the stickers have done a good job of corrosion protection
Posted 27 April 2014 - 09:22 PM
well heres were im at now
i broke the windowscreen taking it out
taking the roof skin was an arse twitching moment but its all ok.
it ripped a little in one place as it was stuck on pretty good with adhesive.
its only on the back, you cannot tell at all from this inside surface.
i got one stuburn door pin to tackle.
the tail gates off and im in need of a spit rollover jig.
Posted 11 May 2014 - 07:24 PM
whoo hoo exciting stuff
heres were i am
started like this
been very busy making sure there s no rust about, fingers almost to bleeding point. they did bleed when i went into my bag to get a wire wheel for the drill and the wire went up between my finger and nail. ouch!
iv'e managed to get all my panels on the front end' all but 3 strengthening plates anyway. i think its pretty good as its my first time working on a car.
this is the drivers side top, i should be able to hide to welds with brush on seam sealer i have.
drivers side bottom
i got the wheel arch on at last
this is the only one i have of the passengers side at the moment
Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:40 PM
thanks balls deep indeed
Balls deep indeed, up to the buffers!
Did you remove all of the underseal with a wire brush?
yes a wire wheel attachment on an angle grinder, works a treat under seal goes everywhere very quickly. also very good on rusty pitted areas too, don't use it on round holes in panels tho as it quickly elongates them.
Posted 12 May 2014 - 08:04 PM
seam sealer time
i got both brushable (with like a plastic nylon brush), and cartridge type off the local paint shop.
heres some pics, looks messy but im happy with it.
its not quite finished around the edges but you get the idea.
i just love being able to have a garage for a bit, i seem to be getting a lot more progress now, is a shame im away for the next week so i cannot work on the car.
but i will be drinking in the sun