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#1 gturner008

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 05:29 PM

Not been on for a while, so if anyone's interested here's my update.

Recap... Bought the orange 71 car from Fourways in UK. Australia import. Traced back to Mick, near Melbourne, second owner (first was his brother in Syndney). Great condition. Non rusty RHD. Rare !

Work done to date. Gearbox was making a thud in 3rd gear on power on/off and synchro 2nd and 3rd worn. Gearbox out, mechanic fixed shaft issue and swapped around the synchro - now all sweet. Cam oil sprayer blocked, now clear. New shocks all round - transformed handling. Smaller tyres fitted, transformed steering. Lots of cleaning. New seat covers about to be fitted.

Now having bare metal respray. Getting there! Will update again if anyone's keen

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 05:56 PM

Very keen, keep them coming ;-)



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Posted 03 February 2016 - 06:03 PM

You are more brave than I, I would have left it patina for a bit and enjoyed it. New paint means you have to be careful and the first couple of stone chips always hurt.

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 07:05 PM

Thanks Gav. I would normally leave paint and go with originality. However, the car had been poorly repainted in 2000, and then with 15 years of sun, there was micro blistering all over the car. It looked good at 5 paces, but blisters not great.

My painf shop said it had to get back to bare metal in order to guarantee future quality. So it you go. In for bare metal it went.

As you can see from photos, the car is remarkably free of any rust. Some light metal work, but nothing much. It's going to look decent when finished. But you are right, I'll need to be careful with it when done.
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Posted 11 March 2016 - 06:46 AM

Good progress. Getting ready for primer. No hurry stories found under the paint. Clean and straight and no rust.

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 09:30 PM

Hi,

Great news that nothing scary was hiding under the paint. Looks pretty darn good.
Looking forward to seeing it with nice new paint.

Cheers

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 09:25 AM

Some more pictures. In primer now. Ready for paint next week

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 06:09 PM

Now out of paint. About 2 weeks of re-assembly and it'll be back on the road.

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 07:47 PM

Gidday

Looks amazing - don't rush this last part of the job, it is the most visable part.

Cheers
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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:51 AM

All finished... Delighted

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 09:31 AM

That was quick! Looks great.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 04:02 PM

Not sure it was quick... 6 months in paint shop. But they did a great job.

It goes to a pro photographer next week, to feature in a classic car book.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 04:14 PM

Not sure it was quick... 6 months in paint shop. But they did a great job.

It goes to a pro photographer next week, to feature in a classic car book.

 

Keep us posted when it is featured.

 

I've spent 6 months plus on a single panel. ;). Of course I'm learning so that's part of the reason. But yeah wish my bodywork/paint was done in 6 months.



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:42 PM

Wow that was fast and it looks amazing. I'm away from home sitting at dinner wishing I was closer to my 240.
Thanks for the inspiration. Might get an early flight tomorrow :-).
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Posted 02 June 2016 - 02:10 AM

Please Jeff - JFDI...

 

I guess I cheated a bit by getting a professional body shop to do the work for me. The good thing was that the car started as a rust free example. All the parts came off easily and went back on.

 

The cool thing is, I emailed yesterday the Australian previous owner (Mick) with some photos. He loves the job I've done. I'm chuffed to bits...

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Posted 13 June 2016 - 07:02 AM

The car will feature in a classic car book. 30 cars, chapter on each. Took it to a studio and had it professionally photographed.

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Posted 13 June 2016 - 06:10 PM

Original hubcaps on it?

#18 gturner008

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 05:25 AM

Yes, very. I borrowed a set that were brand new, out of the box, never been on a car...

I personally preferred the mini lites, but journalist/photographer insisted we go with originality, which is fair enough (and proper).

I'll give details of the book when published.

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 04:34 PM

Moving on already?
http://www.carandcla....uk/car/C755524

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 05:20 PM

Probably not ... Or hopeful not.

This is the car I saw on the same web site 2 months ago - and just 'had to buy' - 32k miles, mint.

I've overdrafted all my accounts to get the 911... So find myself totally skint. If I don't get an offer very close to my asking price then I'll find a way to keep it - and just not eat or drink for the next 6 months!

It's 80% likely I'll be able to keep the Z. Still working on Mrs T !

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