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    My '74 Mk1 Resto

    Hi all, I thought it was about time for me to start a restoration thread of my own. I've owned the car since late 2008 and in that time have swapped the original 1100 for a 1620 xflow, fitted a Mk2 sport gearbox, upgraded the front brakes to vented discs and spaced calipers and just generally tidied the interior up a bit. It's been a blast driving it around but unfortunately about 18 months ago I started to notice some filler lifting on the rear passenger quarter and the bodywork starting to look tired. Here's a few pictures

    18 months ago






    1st sign of something going on underneath!



    Should there be a gap between the inner guard and front panel?













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    Re: My '74 Mk1 Resto

    The A pillar is pretty rusty



    But the inner sill isn't to bad.



    I've not done anything like this before, but plan on completing all the panel work myself. Any help or tips would be very welcome.

    Cheers

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    Re: My '74 Mk1 Resto

    looks good so far..carry on the way you are going...finish one thing before you start the next..(unlike me..i get a bit carried away cutting out the rust...lol)

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    Re: My '74 Mk1 Resto

    Pikey looks great and relatively rust free! Once you've prepped spend the money on weld through primer and later fish oiling.

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    Re: My '74 Mk1 Resto

    Not much progress, but did start on stripping the underseal off the floor, it's not looking to bad.







    Spotted one bit so far that needs attention.

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    Re: My '74 Mk1 Resto

    Progress is going a lot slower on this than I'd like but I did manage to get a few hours done on the weekend.
    Stripped some more underseal off and couldn't resist trial fitting a guard I'm repairing and the 6 dial dash metal work I managed to buy a few years ago






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    Re: My '74 Mk1 Resto

    Quote Originally Posted by Pikey15 View Post



    That line of seam sealer there, I cant work it out. Is that line of sealer where the inner wing was joined to the front panel, between the headlight hole and the little hole?

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    Yeah it's on the drivers side and was where the inner wing joined the front panel, it was filling up quite a large gap between the panels, which I don't think should be there. I managed to get the outer wing and front panel off in one piece if that helps.

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    Re: My '74 Mk1 Resto

    Ok. Well mines still all original an doesnt exactly fit very tight....

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    Re: My '74 Mk1 Resto

    Ah apolgogies... Double post
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    My '74 Mk1 Resto

    Quote Originally Posted by rallyrob View Post
    Ok. Well mines still all original an doesnt exactly fit very tight....
    Cool thanks for that, that's good to know

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    Re: My '74 Mk1 Resto

    Still chipping away at this, not as quick as I'd like, but I guess each bit I do is a step closer to getting it finished.

    I had a go at removing some of the paint that someone had painted the floor with:

    Before


    After, (I must admit I'm pretty happy with the results)


    While I was doing this I noticed some rust directly under the bonnet hinge bracket but inside the car.


    Which lead to this




    And this is the underside of the hinge bracket.


    This is my first serious bit of repair/welding on the car so I had a go at making a patch panel and tig welding it back in


    All welded in


    And I've started to clean up the bracket now as well


    Any hints or tips would be very welcome.

    Cheers

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    With skills like that you're going to fly through this
    Rallying is dirty and you love it !!!!!!

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    She'll is great for her age and doing a good job, keep it up and keep us posted on progress

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