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    meshking got a reaction from RayMK in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Burnside in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Managed to clean up one of the rubbers, the other is just too far gone. Luckily, just spotted that Ecas have replacements so I'll add that to my next order.
     
    Started hunting for a new bonnet, but it seems that the available secondhand ones are worse than mine. Breaking out the welder later to resolve these holes.
     
    Apologies for the shaky camera work...
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    meshking reacted to paulscavalier in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Excellent work
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    meshking reacted to Jazoli in Jaguar XJ6, forum bike X300 3.2 Sport, see page 4   
    It would, and part of me wants to advertise it elsewhere and reap the benefits but in the interest of community spirit (which has been lacking a bit recently) I would like to give someone else the chance to experience it as its an awesome car and I don't feel like I own it as such.
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    meshking reacted to inconsistant in Porsche 924: The low slung, low budget white car   
    After letting the paint settle for a few days I spotted a couple of dimples so I dripped some primer into them with a wire and let them harden then sanded back after another couple of days.
     
     

     

     
    I’m taking everything very slowly, being sure to allow at least a couple of days between coats to let layers cure properly, and also because it’s really bloody hot in overalls, gloves and a charcoal vapour mask so I’m avoiding the hottest excesses of the scarily hot summer weather.
     

     

     

     

     

     
    I’m aware that it’s much more important to get a good finish on the badge panel than on the vertical bits of paintwork because it will reflect the light more, and will also be the bit people look at more as it’s a focal point for the car. So I tried really hard to get the surface well prepared, I did my best spraying technique and managed to achieve a nice smooth coat on the badge panel, and then it rained.
     

     
    And then it dried out and got hot again, so all the overspray on the masking tape and paper that I’d masked the lights with went soggy and then dried and went crispy and fluffy. I didn’t want any of this getting blown into my lovely wet paint job so I had to remove it all, hoover it all up and re-mask it all again. Thanks weather for making it as difficult as possible to get stuff done.
     

     

     

     
    Badge panel ended up looking OK, so I removed the masking and the car started to look a just a bit more like a normal white car again. A bit. I was working on the badge panel, bumper, wing and valance in tandem across the summer, but to keep it simple I’ll pretend they were separate jobs…
     

     

     

     

     
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    meshking reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Reassembled and running   
    Hooo boy.
     

    There's 30 bolts holding the torus on. That there is called "Being sure the gearbox isn't going to fall off the engine".
     
    Helpfully though you can see there The usefully provided drain plug for it, which is a feature missed on most torque converters.
     

    Made a pass over the block deck with my razor blade. Everything looks good, no signs of visible cracks. Again trying to be thorough, the previous fitter wasn't and there's signs of blow-by between the bores on the flywheel end of the head.
     
    I'll chase the head bolt threads out with a tap, give everything a thorough clean and oil then it's all ready to go together again after that.
     
    Phil
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    meshking reacted to barefoot in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Anyone remember my neighbour kept kidnapping my cat?
     
    Spoke to RSPCA - as expected, totally useless, but referred me to the police!
    Phoned police, apologised for calling, explained situation.
    Police well helpful. Cats are property, if woman doesn't give me my cat back there and then, it's theft and they'll send out a PCSO.
    Explained she didn't get up until lunchtime, was 08:00 a suitable time to knock on her door?
    Copper practically encouraged me, saying, 'I hate folk like that'.
    Following day, I knocked on her door at 08:30, my cat grinning at me through the window.
    Woman staggers to upstairs window, 'what cat? I don't know anything about your cat...'
    'She's just there look, send her back now' - I flounced off home.
    Cat returned shortly afterwards,
    12:30, I knocked on her door again, cat again grinning at me through the window
    'Send my cat back again, she's due her medicine* again'
    'I don't know where your cat is'
    'She's just there look'
    'You've encouraged her to go into your house, it's up to you to discourage her, there's nothing I can do, you knew what you were doing & I've had enough'.
    Flounced home again, rapidly followed by cat.
    Do you know?
    She's not been in next doors house again in the fortnight since I grumped.
    We am happy.
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    meshking got a reaction from Skizzer in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Skizzer in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    No sure about plating over that a hole that size...
     
    In other news, work is slowly progressing. It's clear that there has been a leak onto the parcel shelf for some time. So time to fix that before turning the van around and starting on the other side.
     

     
    Chop chop

     
    Cutout some sheet steel, tack on the old mounting strip and voila! Need to weld it in, but I'm fairly happy. It won't be seen.

     
    My thoughts are turning to paint. I'm not sure my welding skills befit a proper paint job, so I'm considering another rustoleum paint job... It went on well in my first attempt.
     
    Note, doors are professionally painted here...
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    meshking got a reaction from Skizzer in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    So where did I get to on this?
     
    First off, I've found sometime to do more of the sill and get the a panel fitted. I'm spending a lot of time chasing holes but I'm getting there.
     
    I was going to fit a quarter floor, but I soon found another patch on the floor which made me think I'd just replace the whole floor.

     
     
    I don't have the floor, so the next order I place will get this delivered too. That means I can pay attention to the window. This is tricky. 1.2mm thick "steel", and it seems to have a 7.5mm gap between glass and steel for the rubber seal. So, armed with that info, I formed a plan - to weld in some steel beyond where it needs to be, then trim back to the correct profile. Hopefully this will work!
     

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    meshking reacted to 320touring in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Looking good chap - made grand work of the welding, especially the window channel!
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    meshking got a reaction from Fumbler in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Yuk. Plenty of grot in this corner, luckily all panels are available.
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    meshking got a reaction from Joey spud in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Quick update. Things are progressing slowly - I lost a bit of mojo, and coupled with busy work things happening I didn't get much done.
     
    I did get the new sill fitted, then realised I'd cut out a strengthener for the upper door hinge.... Luckily I realised this before I fully welded it in.
     
    Pics below show the progress. Not sure what to do with the window lip at the moment, no repair panels so I'm going to have to put my creativity hat on.
     
    Inner sill
     

     
    Bulkhead repairs and triangle strengthener tacked in

     
    Rusty side window lip

     
     
    My thoughts are with the eventual colour. I quite like this:
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Joey spud in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    So where did I get to on this?
     
    First off, I've found sometime to do more of the sill and get the a panel fitted. I'm spending a lot of time chasing holes but I'm getting there.
     
    I was going to fit a quarter floor, but I soon found another patch on the floor which made me think I'd just replace the whole floor.

     
     
    I don't have the floor, so the next order I place will get this delivered too. That means I can pay attention to the window. This is tricky. 1.2mm thick "steel", and it seems to have a 7.5mm gap between glass and steel for the rubber seal. So, armed with that info, I formed a plan - to weld in some steel beyond where it needs to be, then trim back to the correct profile. Hopefully this will work!
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Joey spud in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    No sure about plating over that a hole that size...
     
    In other news, work is slowly progressing. It's clear that there has been a leak onto the parcel shelf for some time. So time to fix that before turning the van around and starting on the other side.
     

     
    Chop chop

     
    Cutout some sheet steel, tack on the old mounting strip and voila! Need to weld it in, but I'm fairly happy. It won't be seen.

     
    My thoughts are turning to paint. I'm not sure my welding skills befit a proper paint job, so I'm considering another rustoleum paint job... It went on well in my first attempt.
     
    Note, doors are professionally painted here...
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    meshking got a reaction from Joey spud in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from LightBulbFun in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking reacted to shedenvy in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Aye, if they're off the car then soak them in as hot water as you can for as long as you can - its softens the paint so much it's easy to scrub off.
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    meshking got a reaction from timolloyd in Wheeler Dealers .....   
    The most important question went unasked...why does he wear his t-shirt on the outside?
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    meshking got a reaction from theshadow in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from theshadow in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    No sure about plating over that a hole that size...
     
    In other news, work is slowly progressing. It's clear that there has been a leak onto the parcel shelf for some time. So time to fix that before turning the van around and starting on the other side.
     

     
    Chop chop

     
    Cutout some sheet steel, tack on the old mounting strip and voila! Need to weld it in, but I'm fairly happy. It won't be seen.

     
    My thoughts are turning to paint. I'm not sure my welding skills befit a proper paint job, so I'm considering another rustoleum paint job... It went on well in my first attempt.
     
    Note, doors are professionally painted here...
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    meshking got a reaction from theshadow in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    So where did I get to on this?
     
    First off, I've found sometime to do more of the sill and get the a panel fitted. I'm spending a lot of time chasing holes but I'm getting there.
     
    I was going to fit a quarter floor, but I soon found another patch on the floor which made me think I'd just replace the whole floor.

     
     
    I don't have the floor, so the next order I place will get this delivered too. That means I can pay attention to the window. This is tricky. 1.2mm thick "steel", and it seems to have a 7.5mm gap between glass and steel for the rubber seal. So, armed with that info, I formed a plan - to weld in some steel beyond where it needs to be, then trim back to the correct profile. Hopefully this will work!
     

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    meshking got a reaction from theshadow in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Quick update. Things are progressing slowly - I lost a bit of mojo, and coupled with busy work things happening I didn't get much done.
     
    I did get the new sill fitted, then realised I'd cut out a strengthener for the upper door hinge.... Luckily I realised this before I fully welded it in.
     
    Pics below show the progress. Not sure what to do with the window lip at the moment, no repair panels so I'm going to have to put my creativity hat on.
     
    Inner sill
     

     
    Bulkhead repairs and triangle strengthener tacked in

     
    Rusty side window lip

     
     
    My thoughts are with the eventual colour. I quite like this:
     

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