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#3091 OFFLINE   vulgalour

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 05:13 PM

Definitely not animal related.  Though now you've mentioned Conan, I'm sticking Grace Jones on my mural list.


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Posted 21 April 2018 - 05:54 PM

What about one of the MP3 adaptor units from ebay that include bluetooth an SD and USB slot? You'll need to run a separate amp as they don't have the output to run anything directly.
Will find an ebay link later.


Edit like this one
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#3093 OFFLINE   somewhatfoolish

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 07:37 PM

With Billeh in mind I'm picturing a tryptych; a stylized portrait of the owner slaving over a hot MIG to create his masterpiece, then Harris Mann, Spen King and David Bache play football with Derek Robinson's severed head, and finally a scene from that daft Princess advert with the bossman driving while his chauffeur sits in the back snogging some french bird.
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#3094 OFFLINE   Joloke

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 08:22 PM

Today involved some of this because it's once again glorious and lovely.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/894/27714...20180420-01 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

 

The back door needed rather more filler work than I'd expected and there's plenty of imperfections still remaining on this side.  I'm fed up of constantly trying to find enough time to make things perfect so I'm embracing the imperfections that need hours and hours of hand sanding to resolve and instead getting myself a reasonable 6' finish on everything. Much less stress and the car will look much nicer.  I can always deal with those imperfections a panel at a time in the future, or get someone else to do it for me if ever I can afford a proper respray.  For now, it's all a case of Thistle Dew.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/829/27714...20180420-02 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

 

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/895/27714...20180420-03 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

 

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/795/39776...20180420-04 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

 

Oh yeah.  I changed the colour again.  Thank you to the three people I told for keeping it secret!  When I redyed the orange carpet the result was so good it made me rethink the purple and what I could go with that would match the beige.  I had briefly considered two-tone grey with an orange pin stripe but the amount of work involved to redo things like the engine bay put paid to that drastic a colour change.  Orange, equally, didn't go so well with the beige and I didn't fancy brown because there's already two-tone brown-and-beige Princesses in existence.  So I went with Rustoleum Balmoral to compliment the Rustoleum Antique White.  I'm glad I took the chance, I like this more than the purple, and if it mellows a little darker I won't mind that at all either.

 

Why Rustoleum?  It's easy to get, it's cheap, and it's proven to be really good for this sort of work on other cars.  I've used lacquer over the top of it in addition for the extra protection and to hopefully prevent colour fade but, really, I've found this paint to be pretty durable even when applied hastily and neglected.  It's good stuff, I'd recommend it.  You'll just have to pretend the whole car is going to look this smart when I'm done.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/848/39776...20180420-05 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

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#3095 OFFLINE   vulgalour

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 06:40 PM

Box of new paint arrived today and I was feeling considerably better than I have the past couple of days.  Unit is empty for the first time in a while too, so everything was lining up particularly well, especially since the weather hasn't been conducive to outdoor work.  To kick things off, I did the small amount of trim hole type welding on the front wing, there was considerably less of this to do than I'd expected.  Then, once that was cooled off and flatted back, it was filler time, including the most visible and annoying of the dents on the boot lid.

39893129890_3a8843bcfc_b.jpg20180425-01 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

 

40982152974_3fbd6efdae_b.jpg20180425-02 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

 

The front wing has had a lot of work over the years, so it's a bit wobbly in places.  I've done my best with it, but I still need to go back and do more filler work on the sections that curve under the car, sections you only really see when you're actually under the car, so they don't matter for now.  When I'd got to the point that things were tidied up and ready for masking off, I had a little moment of inspiration with some slightly domed brown paper.  In person, if you shape it into a crude sort of bubble skirt, it lends the car a slightly Citroen/concept feel.  Consideration for another day that, I haven't the skills to be making surface-mount blind fixing compound curve lightweight spats that subtly blend from the arch flare.  Doesn't look anywhere near as right in photographs, strangely.

39893129750_16d29bff24_b.jpg20180425-03 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

 

On with the masking then.  Bit of a luxury getting to work indoors and use proper paper for this.  Unfortunately the boot badges are fixed on rather too well with the trim clips we used so I couldn't get them off, instead masking around them.  Not the ideal solution, but I'd rather that than damage the very soft metal badges.

40982152804_0e64e13984_b.jpg20180425-04 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

 

A few hours later, and some quite unpleasant hand sanding on the lower reaches of the front wing, and it's looking somewhat finished on this side now.

39893129550_7c9a25cf1b_b.jpg20180425-05 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

 

39893129330_e1922940bd_b.jpg20180425-06 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

 

Pretty chuffed with that.  I'll either paint the rear wing on the other side and the face of the car next or crack on with doing the welding repairs on the front wing and doors before doing any more painting at all.  Rear panel will get painted once I get the new lights installed, there's no point putting fresh paint on that until I've done the welding in of the new inner buckets.

 


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 06:42 PM

Princess is looking good, Vulg. 


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 06:49 PM

Looks really good that!
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:04 PM

Top work there. Suits it
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:41 PM

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:42 PM

hmm, pretty car.....your car? pretty car....

 

its gotta whole rasperry ripple vibe going on which is nice.

 

i like it.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:49 PM

The colour combination looks delicious!  :mrgreen:


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:01 PM

Lookin’ great!
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:04 PM

Looks great, nicely done!


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:16 PM

I feel like Oprah.  And YOU get a like and YOU get a like and YOU get a like...


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:19 PM

Looks smart, that. Reckon the panel below the front winkers would look good in black...

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:42 PM

Looks smart, that. Reckon the panel below the front winkers would look good in black...

 

Good call. That would balance the black C pillars.

 

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:44 PM

That's just ace, it really ties the whole thing together.
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:44 PM

I've toyed with that idea (the black chin) in the past and it looks wrong.  It needs an extra bit of styling of some sort on the side of the wings to make it look like an added scoop if it's going to be black.  Just painting the upper face of it looks... well... cheap?  Not right anyway.  To other consideration is doing it red but leaving the grille surround beige so it blends in with the two-tone.  It would remove some of the stuck-out-lip look the beige gives it but I have a feeling it'll also make the lights look too small and high.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:57 PM

From that pic, I am getting what you're driving at with the spats for the rear arches.
Loving the look atm though
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 09:11 PM

Wow, what a bobby dazzler. We have watched it rise like a phoenix from the ashes.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 09:28 PM

Looks chuffing marvellous, does that.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 02:15 AM

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 12:50 PM

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 12:55 PM

Looks really good.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 01:02 PM

I have to say that looks absolutely cock on. Lovely retro feel to it.
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Posted 26 April 2018 - 04:28 PM

What about a black coachline between the burgundy & beige? You are doing this car proud. 


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 04:33 PM

Finally taking shape. Looks ace.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 05:12 PM

Coachline is going to be copper metallic, painted on.  I've done this before and found the end result far nicer than the vinyl equivalent, less hassle, and much cheaper.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 07:46 PM

That colour is delicious, it looks so much better than the purple and I love purple
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Posted 26 April 2018 - 08:27 PM

/\ Likewise. I thought the purple looked good but really liking the red!


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