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Stink hunting part 2

With the rear footwell looking like this i felt the only option was the more harsh approach.

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Ive found 5 lighters so far and one menthol ciggy. Ive no idea what that goop is that its stuck too. I dont want to know either.

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Hmmmmm 

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With the interior now out smell has reduced but its still there. Time for some scrubbing.

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A very strong mix of APC, and a brush later. 

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Hand brake area now much better

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Rear quarter upper panels 50/50. 

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Carpet was taken outside soaked in a harsh mix of APC, scrubbed with a stiff brush , rinsed, scrubbed, rinsed again, and left to dry. And will recieve another going over before install

The rear footwell was indeed grim.

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Rear panels done and looking much brighter inside. Headliner was also fully cleaned (as much as i could) with an APC soaked cloth. 

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Whilst i havent actually driven this little shite on the road, noise is a fairly common complaint and as i had a 10pk of sheets (that was ment for the mx5 ) to hand i cracked on.  I just went round knocking on bits of the car adding bits where it felt needed. Both quarters recieved more and behind the interior panels was also done. The boot will recieve the same treatment. 

The upper interior panels came out for cleaning behind on the car and the panel itself tonight aswell.

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Tonight the interior all went back in. Im please to report the smell is vastly improved.  Will chuck some pics up once the seats have dried. 

Tomorrow the car recieves all filters, new plugs and oil. Im not doing it, again like the Astra recently , my nefew and his father are going to be using the car for educational purposes.  

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23 minutes ago, garethj said:

Have you found where the red car ends and the blue one begins?

I have, 

Its been done to a rather good standard and ive not found anything of worry. The seams are straight and fully plug welded in. The joints for the replacement quarter are nicely done. 

Overall im happy with it. Even if the bodyshop had bought all new panels its the same repair process. Plug welding and butt welding etc etc.

I knew the car was salvage repair but i was concerned about finding a badly bashed out rear end behind the obviously replaced bumper and large volumes of wob.  So to find panels replaced instead of beaten into a rough shape and bogged up is fine  with me. 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Andyrew said:

I have, 

Its been done to a rather good standard and ive not found anything of worry. The seams are straight and fully plug welded in. The joints for the replacement quarter are nicely done. 

Overall im happy with it. Even if the bodyshop had bought all new panels its the same repair process. Plug welding and butt welding etc etc.

I knew the car was salvage repair but i was concerned about finding a badly bashed out rear end behind the obviously replaced bumper and large volumes of wob.  So to find panels replaced instead of beaten into a rough shape and bogged up is fine  with me. 

 

 

Huhhhuhh. Hunnhhhh. Huh-huhhhh. He said, "butt".

I may have missed this but what is the black sticky soundproofing stuff, and where does one go to get it?

 

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4 hours ago, grogee said:

I may have missed this but what is the black sticky soundproofing stuff, and where does one go to get it?

 

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Its this stuff theres many ways to buy similar stuff, its just bitumen sheet.  A cheaper option is roof flashing tape.

I work at a motor parts shop so thats where i get it.

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Like every panel on this little pug the front bumper big ugly chrome bit has taken a bump, more than twice. 

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Enhance

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A used one of these is nudging 50 quid! Get out.  Time for some filler and the same steel wheel silver i used on the mx5 wheels.

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The long peice was repaired but the paint was taking ages to dry so no photos tonight. I like this colour and it looks far better than the chrome. 

Some sorry looking door mirrors needed some attention so they joined in.

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Omg, Audi copy cat.

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3 hours ago, Minimad5 said:

What's the plan - Keep it and use it, or flip it for a little profit ?

Run it for a month or two, its actually for my good lady to it to see if she likes it enough to replace her jimny as thats juicey and tax is high (i dont think it will suceed as she love the jimny) 

Didnt want to spend £1500+ on a nicer one only to hate it then have the ball ache of selling it.

This ones cheap enough to gamble on as it was only £600. I say "only" 600 quid as in compared to others on the market the going rate seems to start around 1k up. 

When im finished with it my boss is interested in it as a delivery car at what it owes me and it will be ran into the ground ,  but if its a decent little steer ill bang it on here first incase someone wants it. The budget is £150 to make it nice. So it will be up for grabs at £750.

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The shifter bush was rather worn causing a wobbly lever and poor selection , i repaired a fiat before by using a plastic sheet as a shim. I was going to try the same on here but i see a video on youtube and the guy just wound a couple of screws into the surrounding voids, i used some m5 bolts, looks a bit more of a bodge but is A much simpler fix to perform, a spray of lube and it now selects lovely.

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Strawberry ripple, 

The front wing has suffered many a bump, it has a rusted old bit of damage. Ripples along from the recent damage that goes along the door and this has cracked a previous repair. 

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A crack in a little* bit of filler.

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The quickest fix would have been a wing and a door in red and i did find some about an hour away, but that would be another £100 and its just not in the budget i want to stick too. Red paint is cheap at work and ive got a large amount of the consumables needed. 

The wings already got a bit off filler in it so im not bother about a bit more going in. So time to try and bash it back into shape. 

Better, closer , warmer

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That filler crack got alot bigger tho. Cant be that much filler in there. . . . Can there?

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Actual lolz.

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Its about 10mm thick. 

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From looking at the drivers side of the car its been painted by a different place than the people who did the rear quarter swap. The paint finish and quality of the repair is the opposite end of the scale, 

All this filler is for one deep is dent and instead of removing the arch liner to knock the dent out they have wobbed the shit out of it. 

 

 

 

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All filler, no killer.

After talking to a friend / customer at work about the little pug, i mentioned the front wing im repairing and he knew of a pair that have been replaced with only a minor dent up the top from a car that had a parking barrier come down on it. He said they was near the scrap pile when he lasted visited the place so if they are there monday when he goes he will pick them out for me. 

With that in mind i moved to doing the offside rear quarter.  Just Like the front wing this had been repaired badly then damaged again , this has cracked the filler that was looking a bit thick. With how the front was fixed  i knew there was going to be more to this. I started chipping at it but it was still well bonded.

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Fibre disc on the grinder time. The guy or gal must have had shares in the bodyfiller supplier.

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Filler now relocated around the workshop. Safrane has now doubled in value as its a dusty barnfind.

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Why so much filler?

Just like the wing instead of popping the arch liner / interior panel out and banging the dent out they have gone for the faster route and just used a tone on bog.

A dent puller or spotter had been used to yank the dent out in around 6 places and they have pulled on it hard. With how hard its been pulled it left a load of raised dimples. Instead of knocking them back , filler has been built up to level them out, doesnt make much sense to me but time is money for any bodyshop.

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The low spot at the top of the arch

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My good friend gary was at the workshop he weilded a hammer while i put pressure on from the inside and held the dolly ,Some bashing and  a wizz over with the DA gets it much much flater.

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