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    Some pics of todays work

    Beautiful weather over in Belgium, 25 degrees, so decided to give sandblasting a go.

    Not quite convinced bout this blasting, dirty work, lots of cleaning afterwards, and seals dont blast off that easily.

    Gonna finish the rest with the trusty grinder.

    Here are some pics (check out the massive filler job ...)

    Tomorrow i will put some primer on the underside. Still need to figure out the mixture of primer and hardener. No clue so far
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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    That looks a lovely clean shell underneath
    Good luck with the project

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Most 2k primers mix 4:1 primer to hardener, some mix 5:1 some even 3:1
    It always tells you the mix on the back of the tin unless you are using crap primer then it might not

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    looks very tidy underneath! good luck

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    put some primer on today. todo is rear arches and front arches with wire brush. then the welding starts
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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Thats a stunning shell you have there

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    does anyone know the function of the little plates in the red circles ? I have some rust holes in them, so will need to repair it. Looks like some strengthening for the chassis rail ?
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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Jacking points?

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Nope the jacking points are in the front of the spring hanger you can just see them in the pic with the strengtheners that run out to the outer sill

    It might be for when the cars in the mot/repair garage on a ramp though, dont know if those types of ramp were about when the escorts were born!?! But theres that section at the rear and at the front just where the front rail drops down and meets the centre section its double skinned too, maybe even triple skinned?

    The section hes talking about is the bit that rots on most if not all mk1 & 2s, its the section where the centre rail and the rear rail join and overlap so is double skinned, water gets in between the skins and they rot to fook mine are gone and have been plated badly so im going to be doing them soon but i will probably just let in a single piece of thicker steel, its got to be stronger than whats on it at the moment which is literally a cover to please the mot man!

    To repair yours, which dont look too bad, either weld up the holes or if its worse than it looks, start by chopping off the first outer skin and try to leave the one under in tact so you have something strong to weld to if its rust free, then just knock up a plate to fill the outer skin

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    looks a nice shell that

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Decided to work on the chassis rail today. Left and right showed rotten pieces, so the grinding starts.

    The inner metal plate was also rusted, so had to replace that too. Both sides. Pretty satisfied with my work today, muuch better the sandblasting horror last weekend
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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    here you can see the result of both sides done.

    O and i also used some anti-rust paint in between the 2 layers of metal, its not shown in the pics.
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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Nice work dosn't look like theres much to do on that shell

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    now that is a nice shell.looks very solid.nice work on the rails.
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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Tought i would continue to put some pics here of my restauration. Hope the pics work, its a direct copy of my weblog. Looks good here.

    I first cut out the gearlever hole because i want to re-use that



    Then mark the new tunnel and mark a safety line a bit inwards. There i will cut the first big hole.



    Old versus new



    New tunnel tacked in place



    Pretty good penetration of the weld. I will trim the rest of the chassis plate thats too much under the gearbox tunnel so we have a clean finish. But thats for later, after the welding is done.



    Did some welding on the left and right side. Have to complete the welding in the top area of the tunnel, ooo leave the beast for last …


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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Nice work

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    finished the welding of the gearbox tunnel.

    Put some seam filler on it

    Cleaned up the underside. Need to finish up the support brace.




    Do i need to cut the red section out so i can fit the sierra gearbox ? I've seen several versions on this.
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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Quote Originally Posted by filipvdv View Post
    Do i need to cut the red section out so i can fit the sierra gearbox ? I've seen several versions on this.
    Mine fitted by cutting using the back of the oval cutout as a line.
    Your red line is a little bit more than necessary going by how mine was.

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Finished cleaning up the support brace following Dave_Robert’s tip. Tried tyding the seam filler but this is quite resistant stuff, so only gave it a little brush with the wire-brush.

    Also applied a coating of primer for protection during the build up.

    After all the work i wanted to clean my paint gun. so put in some paint cleaning stuff and wanted to start spraying the gun clean. Didnt screw on the lid… I took the paint gun of the work bench, but it was stuck. So i pulled harder, and here we go, the paint gun came loose, but the cleaning liquid (thinner) flew out of the paint gun reservoir, straight into my face and into my eye ! You should know, i’m also quite allergic to this stuff. I dropped all i had in my hands, sprinted into the house to find the bathroom. My eye was burning like hell ! Washed my face and eyes with lots and lots of water. Then hit the shower immediately to scrob it all off again. Put on some burning cream, took some eye drops and took a anti-allergy pill. It looks ok now, just a little itchy. Got lucky there i guess. Anyway, here are some pics.



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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    time for an update
    cleanup the inner left wheel arch today. Imagine a grinder, dril machine, with about 10 sorts of grinding pads, and lots of very hard to reach corners. Took me a whopping 4 hours to get the arch clean

    o yeah, the goal to clean the arches, is to remove the old and cracked sealing. From time to time you couldnt even guess there was rust under there.

    hereís some pics
    You can clearly see the easy parts are done, and some pain in the ass parts to be done

    After I guess 1,5 hours more work on these tiny sports. looks clean dough

    And le piece the resistance, its all worth it when it looks shiny again. sprayed first layer of primer. Still 2 more togo.

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    very nice m8

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    cleaned up the right inner arch and sprayed first layer of primer over it.


    Things are starting to look clean again. Finally, cause all this time grinding isnt quite motivating

    Also bought myself a 3M speedglas welding mask. Lots better then my previous ebay one

    Next job, the rear arches. Compared to the fronts, these will be lots easier to clean, lot less hard to reach corners.

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Made the pics work



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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    much better with the pics that sizeall the work looks very well done so far
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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    brought the rear left arch back to bare metal and covered it with first layer of primer. Decided to give the rest of the car a second layer of primer as well.









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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    i carnt believe how solid that car is
    nice project mate

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    thx, hoping to keep it that way

    A little Q just popped up.
    When spraying a second or third layer of primer. Is it possible to change the colour a bit so you can clearly see you got it all covered ?

    Or am i being a freaking amateur now

    Think 3 layers of primer will do. Then i layer of those bubble paint that prevents water sticking. Then 1 or 2 white layers as a finish for the bottom.

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Looks lovely mate

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    looking awesome

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    finished cleaning up the rear right arch, brought it back to bare metal and that was the last piece of the underside !!

    what a work is has been, but so rewarding when you see a nice and clean underside of the car.

    Sprayed another layer of primer on the car. Decided to add a bit of green colour to the grey primer. This way i could see if i had it all covered.

    Prouved to be very handy.

    Pics are not very good, getting dark, will make some decent ones tomorrow.

    Dont ask me why those holes are drilled. Still thinking bout the best way to fit wider arches.








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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    i wish the top of my car was that clean, never mind the underside... impressive stuff, keep it up

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Very nice

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    looks clean enough to eat me dinner off .Lots of hard work i see and a lovely bloody garage very nice .

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    There were 2 little bad spots that needed repairing. Cut out a little section and replaced with fresh metal.






    Bought myself a stonechip paint gun. The tube you see connected, didnt work at all, so did it all with just the nozzle.



    So off we go with stonechipping. Never did this, but appeared to be pretty straightforward. I used 2 tubes of the ones pictures below. This was just enought. Maybe iíll add some more, donno yet.















    Next up, 2 final coats of white !!

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    i would say that gun is not planned for the stonechip. it's more like for a wax oil...
    my stonechip gun has a different type of nozzle
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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    The gun is correct for stonechip but the flexible nozzle is only for applying waxoyl or other cavity wax.

    The correct nozzle is a wide bore tube about 75mm long

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    good work getting done there on a very good shell.

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    Looking good

    Just a few questions:

    Is that a thick enough coat (hard to see from the pics), i was thinking of coating it thick like ford did to the sill, wheel tub and chassis rail areas on mine?

    How big is that can is it 1 litre??

    Otherwise keep at it

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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    the can is 1 litre. I used 2 of them. The shop told me this would easily be enough for the whole car.

    went over to see the car today and decided i'm gonna put some extra stonechip on it. I guess 2-4 cans.

    The current stonechip layer is just too thin. Thx 4 pointing it out. You can still see a shine of the greenish primer through the stonechip.

    I'm guessing i should have a thick layer of stonechip, where all of the primer is sufficiently covered.

    Here's a pic showing it needs some extra coating
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    Re: Some pics of todays work

    No worries mate, im just trying to work out how many cans i need to get before i do mine! I see what you mean about the primer showing through. My theory is that the thicker it is the less likely it is to crack over time so shouldnt let in too much moisture although where i have been bare metalling the thin stuff covers well, its the seams that seem to suffer the most!

    So you think about 5litres should do it then?

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