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    YAY!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    woohoo! Andy's back!

    and yeah... self-preserving oil leaking bastards these cars are. I love it.
    This. Oil all over is a great thing, means no rust. You can still see the Ecoat on the floor pans because of it. Once you're done I suggest to either keep it away from salt & moisture or oil the piss out of it again.
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    Glad to see you back at it. No worries about lack of progress. For some of us that's a pretty common theme. Just pop in now and then to let us know how you're doing. Cheers!

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    Its good to be bacK!


    Thanks to all the "old timers" who are going to revisit this thread!! I think its time to get this wagon rolling.........

    My business is going well, but its time to step back a bit and have more time for me and my stuff!!

    Rocker panels time and then the bodywork is complete enough to put the body back on the chassis. Then assemble and paint and we should be good to roll next summer.

    This is the only rusty part of the car that has not been sorted out.
    Panel marked out for cutting



    And out it comes




    here's a view from outside the garage





    Here's the inside of the rocker i've just cut out. Can just about see some rust that has eaten away to make it very thin in places.




    Tomorrow i will start to fabricate a new panel from 1.5 mm thick steel sheet (exact thickness that the original was). Its slightly curved so I will have to make a former to bend it around.

    Oh, did i say, it was good to be back?!! laugh

    Andy.

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    Yay. For updates on this full resto!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyfanshawe View Post
    ...we should be good to roll next summer.
    Light at the end of the tunnel?!
    Can't wait to see this one done.
    Vic

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    Light... and it's not a train!

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    Here's a view of the chassis outside my home garage and the body tilted for rocker panel redesign.




    1.5mm thick steel sheet bought and cardboard templates cut for the rocker panels.



    This photo may make it clear how Im going to do this.





    Since the car will sit on its rocker panels, they need to be strong. So I am going to build the replacement panels on the outside of the drivers side (as you can probably tell from the photo above), then cut out the old rockers and first weld in reinforcement sections that sit inside the rocker sections and tie together the inner, outer and door kick panels.

    Ill see if I can get a quick sketch............

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    Bit limited on height there. Is that thing touching floor and ceiling on opposite corners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Bit limited on height there. Is that thing touching floor and ceiling on opposite corners?
    Interesting you should say that! When the car is tilted at right angles to the floor, there is about 2mm clearance at the top and bottom! Made for interesting calculations when I designed the tilter.

    Andy.

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    Glad you're back. Scrupulous work. Donald

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    I have been away a long time, glad to see the project is still progressing. Incredible work as always Andy.
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    G / H / 2.26
    B / C / 2.47
    8 / M / 2.73
    7 / - / 3.07
    Y / Z / 3.08
    4 / D / 3.42
    F / R / 3.45
    5 / E / 3.27
    6 / W / 3.73
    2 / K / 3.55
    A / - / 3.63
    J / - / 3.85

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    Lookin' good buddy, glad to see you're back at it. Be awesome to see that beast on the wee U.K. roads, lol.

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    Looking great, professional as always!

    You're really making me want to pick up a welder.
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    Back onto this monster for the next few days.
    Be interesting how many of the original forum members are still around reading this from day one...all those years ago!!

    Anyway, bodyshell back on its rotisserie and drivers side outer rocker panel cut out


    Interesting sight inside. i thought all this was rust free, but........

    But it doesn't stretch too far luckily, and is not severe. So I will media blast it clear and epoxy paint inside before welding.

    This is the picture of the back of the outer rockers. Notice the rust that was towards the front of the vehicle.

    Another good view of my home made tilter!

    Internal reinforcing panels next and I will start to weld the new panels in.

    Hope I can remember where all the parts are to put this car back together!! Been a loooong build.
    Amazing what obstacles life throws in your way sometimes.

    Andy.

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    welcome back!

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
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    Back at it, YES!
    I was just wondering about this build recently after a new member from the UK with a 1985 Colony Park posted in the Newbie and Guest Forum.
    Vic

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    Ahh rust. Where there is a little, there is lots more hiding! The inner rockers on my 88 have been literally gone since I got it. Hopefully there is enough metal there to blast clean.
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    glad you are back Andy!!!!
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    I'm still here. Still amazed at the level of detail and the diligence put into this project.

    And yes, totally agree with you on the obstacles part. Simple engine swap turned into a saga of sorts. Haven't even touched the body yet :-/

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