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Another day another mount,

Along with changing the mount the old dolop clocked over 154k the other day so an oil change was due, its 3rd service with me. A new filter and some fresh 10w40, I checked the air filter and it still looks fairly good. Will change it in a couple of thousand. The air box however was filthy.  With it coming off to do the mount I gave it a rinse out. 

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When removing the air box the pipework had become brittle and split. This was glued and then wrapped with insulation tape. Seems good enough. I gave the engine bay a quick scrub and called it done. Rocker cover gasket needs doing but it's got the injectors through it which makes it a faff. I'll get round to it at some point. 

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The old girl was also treated to a set of the darker smoked rear lights that matched the headlights, i wasn't in a rush to change them but kept an eye out for a pair cheap so when I got this pair for 15.50 delivered on ebay I was happy.

Like the headlights, I was a bit unsure but they have grown on me now. 

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After. 

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Took the week off today. We was only doing one customer at a time and the less staff the better really. As I had stuff to do at the workshop I decided I'd be better off up the workshop away from people. Just me and s shitty car.

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The dyane then, the passengers wing is bollocksed, I got a decent replacement ages ago but would prefer to go for plastic replacements so decided to wob up what's on there and make it look better. 

So how much wob was in the front wing? 

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That'll be alot then

 

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Out with the 80 grit and the die grinder

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Grim, I'm assuming the wing was frilly and then took a knock at some point. The headlight bowl is busted and some metal plates seem to have been riveted in place.

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 Many hours of sanding filling and more sanding. Got me to this stage.  

I'm not aiming for perfection so there's a few dings left in it.

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I had half a can of primer so decided to lob it on. Looks good enough to me, I flatted it back after it had dried in preparation for another coat and some yellow Tuesday. 

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And then the country went into lockdown. 

Sad Face. 

 

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like for the work done :) 

not for the country going into lockdown bit!

 

as a side note, don't think I knew you had a dyane, tis very cool! is its general story documented anywhere? :) 

I look forward to seeing it at the FoD or such like once the world is open again! (would go well with @brownnova's Yellow 2CV :)

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7 minutes ago, LightBulbFun said:

As a side note, don't think I knew you had a dyane, tis very cool! is its general story documented anywhere? :) 

Nothing documented about it really. 

My dad bought one many moons ago when i was little ish (still chubby tho).  It must have had 30 or so patches welded on it even then 20plus years ago. It got scrapped due to rust and the brakes seizing on.  

Fast forward many moons and myself and my better half were out for a walk when I recognised the shape of a car under a cover. Knowing that the grille and a couple of bits from the old dyane was still in my dad's shed I thought I'd knock and see if they would be any use to the owner. So I nipped up the drive and knocked on the door. 

5mins or so later I left the owners front door and wandered down to my other half waiting at the end of the drive. She asked if I'd bought it? 

In my mind yes, but id agreed to comeback the following day for a look round and a chat. What can I say. She knows me well. 

Used it for a while, it was a London car for most of its life so only has around 35k on the clock. It then went up north and was "restored" by Stevie wonder, then it was purchased by the P.O simon who had it as a wedding car and used it for the honeymoon driving around parts of the uk.

Of course when it was "restored" it was painted underside in Schultz and that's when it all turns to shit, it came of the road for welding, stripped it down found it clagged in filler, Shultz causing heavily pitted panels which at the time weren't avalible at a reasonable price so i ended up abandoning it in the workshop, distracted but other shite.

 

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Doors of opportunity. 

With the decision made that id have 3 weeks in and stay home, I decided to not crack on with welding on the dyane up the workshop in case I smash a bumper into my face or slice myself with a grinder as now would not be the time to be going to a hospital. 

When I was last at the workshop I had grabbed some of the fitting for the doors. 3 doors, 2 fibreglass wings and a tailgate had previously been painted (bloody ages ago) by my friend Chris. I had asked for them to be painted to a sort of factory 80s finish, not polished and orange peel not a problem. 

One door is a replacement as the one that was fitted was shit and a decent replacement came up and it was easier to replace than repair. So I started with that one as the old one was complete and I could refresh how they went together by swapping the bits over. The bed makes a perfect non-scratch work bench. 

Old wanky door, clagged in filler, rusted out. Filled with shitty waxoyl and painted in the dark.

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Stripped down, components cleaned up and reassembled into the new door. I went over all the glass with a razor blade to scrap of the built up crud round the rubbers. Rubbers were scrubbed aswell.

One window in.

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Trim clips fitted. I then worked out id put them in the wrong place. 3 are the same and one differs having a different shape to stop the stainless trim sliding back and forth.

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Assembled. The handles normally have a gasket behind them. But I hadn't ordered any and the ones on there fell appart. They can be fitted at a later date. 

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The tailgate. 

This is a 10 footer at best (to me anyways but most wouldnt notice it at first) The doors and wings are spot on but the tailgate is a bit of a let down. Firstly the rear glass was pretty pitted and showered in grinding sparks. A large volume popped out when I whipped over with the razor blade. The rubber had loads of paint along the edges from a poor masking attempt by a P.O. this required me sitting and just carefully scraping the edge of the rubber.

It's hard to photo but the prep work under the paint is bad, but in defence of Chris who painted the panels it was pretty shagged when i gave it to him. Horrible paint that was about 3mm thick painted over stickers that were on the boot and The top was buckled over and rusted through ( a common dyane thing) . He fixed the top by welding in a bit of angle over after chopping out the rot. He said it was as good as he could get it whilst keeping the cost to a reasonable price, I think this cost £100. And the other panels about £60 each. I can always get it blown over again at some point if needed. 

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