UPDATE 10.10.15 - Rear quarter done, suspension painted
Ive been quiet lately on here, but rest assured progress hasn't halted, quite a bit has been achieved!
I started by shaving the antenna hole in the back, and while i was at it, i also filled the holes drilled into the door to mount the original mirrors. They had been filled with expanding foam and bogged over, and had cracked through the paint.
next step was to drop all the suspension so i could tackle the rust repair in the rear end. so that was accomplished:
Then was the task to tackle the rust in the passenger rear end, it was pretty much the same story as before, id need to fix the bottom edge, the inner skin was rusted and would need to be re made, and the hole for the 5mph impact bar would need to be filled:
and once again some post production editing later, it was complete!!
once again making the inner skin was a pain i don't want to re experience! note this time round i added some more drainage to the bottom:
I really need to invest in a sand blasting cabinet, because this was a long, painful day. To be honest i wish i just paid someone to do it, what a pain cleaning all the components with a wire wheel
Took the bits and pieces from the rear end to work and had the painter hit them with some 2k black.
Some people might ask why no powder coating? to be honest, Im not a fan of it, we have our BT Forklifts powder coated from factory, sure its a more durable paint process, but once you get a single chip in it, water gets in, surface rusts the metal from under the paint, and the powder coating just peels off with you fingers in big strips. Hell look at what happened to the TVR's after a few years, the space frame chassis in them just rusted from the inside out. There was a great wheeler dealers episode showing it!
Also note the Stewart Wilkins front diff mount:
more bits and pieces trickling in, it feels great to be buying refurb parts, feels like im making progress!
Oh and if you didn't notice already i also got it on the rotisserie!
And don't worry Pete, not ignoring the missus, i usually attack it before she gets home from work, or early mornings on a weekend when she is still asleep ha!