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    mk1 rebuild or farmyard folly

    well here we go..........
    after spending far too long taking inspiration from the rest of you ive finaly made a start.
    "car" was bought while hunting for panels for my other (hopefully more solid) mk1, it was growing from a mucky farmyard. the strip down is complete, just a matter of glueing it up.
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    Re: farmyard folly

    under the front bay looked good enough to ebay untill i removed 2 top repair panels per side.
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    Wonderd when you were gonna post this up in the projects section!
    Them strut tops look solid
    Keep the updates coming, give us a shout if theres something you need

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    Re: farmyard folly

    strut tops look solid
    *looks at the next pic*
    okay maybe they aren't

    looks like a good project this mate
    shall be watching closely

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    Re: farmyard folly

    I think you are pretty brave taking that much off with the struts still on, and the car on its wheels.

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    Re: farmyard folly

    the o/s was solid enough , just repaired very badly with new cup. n/s was a bit thin tho

    i decided at that point i needed a spit.... thx to dave r and andy b for pics and dimension help

    made it so it will come apart when not in use
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    Re: farmyard folly

    lots of grinding is bad for your jeans
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    Re: farmyard folly

    been there.
    Looks like a good project keep us updated

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    Re: farmyard folly

    i did the usual front chassis repairs before mounting it on the spit, one crush tube needed replacing and inside was treated and zinga'd before closing
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    Re: farmyard folly

    how do i put text between the pics ??

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    Re: farmyard folly

    on spit and front ns inner bay goes under the knife

    i had to remove the hinge bracket to get a repair plate under it.
    and that brings me up to date. almost ready for paint
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    Re: farmyard folly

    Cracking on nicely If you want to write in between the pics you need to use the uploader....dont tell me you dont know what or where it is cos youve been here long enough to know

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousdave View Post
    Cracking on nicely If you want to write in between the pics you need to use the uploader....dont tell me you dont know what or where it is cos youve been here long enough to know
    whats the paper clip that i use then

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    Re: farmyard folly

    Thats attachments

    You need to click the link up the top, in the middle of the bar the forums button is on this is the link http://www.turbosport.co.uk/uploader.php and i think i saw a sticky in the intros to show you how to use it

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    Re: farmyard folly

    small update.
    tip of the day buy better quality grinding wheels rather than cheapo ones, they seem to actually grind better....

    despite the amount of bits that need cutting off i decided to put a bit back in for moral



    the argoshield works wonders for butt welds, still cant beleive how thin the metal in these things is tho




    also cleaned up the os under bay.








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    Re: farmyard folly

    It looks like you have spent a long time scraping there.

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    Re: farmyard folly

    only about an hour or so, luckily it had a coat of red oxide beneath it and it came off together. the heat gun really helps tho.
    im undecided wheather to change the splash panels or try to repair them, theyre not unsavable but its a time thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by alladdin View Post
    im undecided wheather to change the splash panels or try to repair them, theyre not unsavable but its a time thing
    Replace them if you are not sure IMHO.
    Then you know they are good.

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    Re: farmyard folly

    Good effort, is it the salted roads that seem to make so many of your escorts so rusty?

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    Re: farmyard folly

    Looks lyou've been working hard!!

    What's going to be the finished spec of the car?

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    Re: farmyard folly

    Quote Originally Posted by qcadta View Post
    Good effort, is it the salted roads that seem to make so many of your escorts so rusty?
    not so much salt just constant rain

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    Looks lyou've been working hard!!

    What's going to be the finished spec of the car?

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    not sure of spec as it changes by the day.im thinking bubbles atm and would like to 4 link but i want seats as well

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    Re: farmyard folly

    A mate of mine in Abergavenny has some new bucket seats, cant remember what make but they are blue, he never used them as they werent FIA approved. dont think he wants alot for them, they aint going anywhere so if your interested give me a shout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PERKY555 View Post
    A mate of mine in Abergavenny has some new bucket seats, cant remember what make but they are blue, he never used them as they werent FIA approved. dont think he wants alot for them, they aint going anywhere so if your interested give me a shout.
    cheers, i might well take a look at those
    my comment above tho was concerning rear seats fitting with a 4 link setup.

    i was a bit brain dead after visiting cardiff yesterday to welcome the scots, so did some scraping thisafternoon

    an hour in

    another hour

    the front pans look decent in the pics but due to it having had new floors fitted inside the originals they are rotted from the inside


    i need to get some panel wipe now to clean them down.

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    Re: farmyard folly

    another dirty week spent scraping the floor

    tip time get a pair of these "tig welding gauntlets" from screwfix (or was it toolstation...) anyway, theyre thin enough to work / mig weld with them on and save you from the angle grinder/brush as well



    finished scraping the underside



    then had a look inside



    got most of it off the back floor pans, will clean up more when the sills are ready to go on.





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    Re: farmyard folly

    I agree with the gloves tip, i use the red welders gauntlets from machine mart, a snip at about 3 I have a fresh pair in stock for when i mess the current set up (my 3rd pair so far!!). Work wonders with the grinder, you can catch them with a thin blade and it doesnt go through unlike if it wasjust flesh

    Its a boring job cleaning up floor pans isnt it

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    Re: farmyard folly

    well acording to daves post its almost 6 weeks so a little update in my defence ive been playing with my megasquirt setup (see engine management thread)

    anyway, a fellow t.s. person (thanks gavin.r) cut up an old shell for bits and i bought a few, as you do
    heres the 1st.



    in one of the pics above you can see how a previous strut top repair has rotted along the edge of the bay "indent". i wanted to replace this section before refitting strut top repairs.
    i was pretty happy by the end but it took a fookin age to fit





    not a lot but it all helps
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    Re: farmyard folly

    another day another burnt ear

    decided to replace the ns a panel, this was the best one

    started with the usual incision.



    preped up on the overlaps



    cleaned the paint and rust from the "new" a panel. i trated it with "metal ready".



    most work done, just small patch needed in pillar



    all done and coated in metal ready for now.



    takes a lot less time to tell it than fix it tho

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    Re: farmyard folly

    sterling work there it might take some time but at least you know its being done properly and wont come back to haunt you im pretty sure i'll have all this to do on mine in a few years

    keep at it

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    Re: farmyard folly

    Really nice work

    What did you coat it up with, not zinga is it? Its a bastard to try to weld through if you get it anywhere near where you want to weld! Good thing about it though is if you paint the back of somewhere inaccessible with the stuff that your gonna weld in i think it has something like 3mm of protection outside of the pained line?! its all in the release notes for the stuff which i have

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    Re: farmyard folly

    fine work, keep it up + keep the pics coming!!!!!!
    Ta

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousdave View Post
    Really nice work

    What did you coat it up with, not zinga is it? Its a bastard to try to weld through if you get it anywhere near where you want to weld! Good thing about it though is if you paint the back of somewhere inaccessible with the stuff that your gonna weld in i think it has something like 3mm of protection outside of the pained line?! its all in the release notes for the stuff which i have
    yes dave its zinga, im happy with it on the overlap parts but it seems short of adhesion for anywhere "open" ? the metal ready is a bit confusing as well, in frost it says to overcoat, on the bottle it says wash off

    i also noticed that it (metel ready)makes welding harder as it was poping and banging sometimes must be the zinc?

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    Re: farmyard folly

    i decided to do a little rust cure test
    ive cleaned up some lightly rusted sheet, coated it both sides and im leaving it in a nice damp place



    did i mention the offside a panel / pillar was worse




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    Re: farmyard folly

    Im hoping the zinga wins, bloody ought to considering i have done 80 of the stuff on mine and i could probably do with another tin to recoat it but i have had enough of the stuff!!

    Also i just did my own test involving my eye, one drop is enough to produce a whole lot of pain so i recon it must eat into the metal or something

    Ps i havnt had any adhesion problems, you can chip it off if its put on quite thick, but on mine everywheres getting a nice fat layer of stonechip. Also take to some which you have painted with a wire brush or gently with a drill/grinder wire brush, you will be able to take the grey paint off the top leaving a layer of shiny zinc which is fairly well stuck to the metal so i have found on mine

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    Re: farmyard folly

    i hope it does im using it on the bits i cant grt at , ie inside the pillers etc.

    and now a question for all you shell choppers

    the inner strenghthener within the post below does not seem strait,ie its not parallel with the car side, nor 90 deg to the door opening side of the pillar. now the other side was not 100% but this one seems worse?



    notice at the bottom of thr cut out how the outer skin kicks back strait.

    how normal is this ?

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    Re: farmyard folly

    Dunno mate
    What I did with mine, was to make sure nothing moved when bits were chpped out. (I did the a-post in mine)
    Mine had been given a bump at some point in its life and was quite buckled. I still got the door to line up right though, so you should be able to.
    Bashing the hinges with a big hammer seems to be a successful method of adjusting the hinges if needed.

    Well done, looking good there.

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    Re: farmyard folly

    Alrite Mike , its been bothering me since you started the thread where ive seen your car before .
    Then today i remembered, it was on a farm just outside Llanviangle Crucorny back in about 1993, the guy there had a workshop, think he was called Dave Bevan.
    Could i be right?

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    Re: farmyard folly

    who knows with these things i got it from a farmyard on the edge of llanwern village, i was told there was a conecton to a guy that rallys,lives above risca but not sure the plate it came with was old enough for the shell anyway

    only dave bevan i know has a garage in beufort.

    as for crewcorney, isnt peter vaughans place near there ?

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    Re: farmyard folly

    well, full of enthusiasm from the c.f. show i hit the garage

    decided to fit a new A pillar on the o/s. got it on and then i made a little " incision "









    the hinge panel was shot to bits, i got one from gavinR but it was also a bit gone.



    so made some repairs



    dressed a bit, looks ok.


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    Re: farmyard folly

    also patched the bulkhead lip section




    lots of head scratching on this corner so far !

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    Re: farmyard folly

    Good progress mate, your a braver man than me

    Nice to meet you at the weekend too

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