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On 10/30/2020 at 11:22 PM, Stanglover said:

With all your "connections", you MUST know someone with some shop space you can 'borrow'. Working outside sucks at the best of times. I only have a 1 car garage (would be a 2 car in the UK!!) but when I have had to pull the motor, I have to do it in the driveway, then push the car back in.......... and that's on a SUNNY day!

As others have said, take your time and you'll be fine.

I wish I did know someone willing to let me use their shop but sadly I don't :(

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A carport would be unthinkable on your driveway? Even a temp one? 
Some heavy repairs (like floor pans) can demand quite some time before be completed, good lighting is essential and can't really be done properly in between rain clouds. Not to mention that not all neighbours do enjoy seeing welding arcs or listen to the charming sound of a grinding session followed by a hammering moment. 

Back in early 90's, when I was still living in Paris, I had the same prob. I was forced to open my vains to pay for a tiny closed place to do the heavy work.

South of you there are plenty farms, may be one not too far away would let rent a barn/space?

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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1 hour ago, 92GTS-R said:

I wish I did know someone willing to let me use their shop but sadly I don't :(

THAT really sucks. Knowing how small some UK driveways are, you might not even have room for one of those tarp-like temp garages. I know you never thought you'd be in this mess, but you are and as Fabrice suggested, ask around on the nearby farms etc. Put an ad in the local paper or whatever. Time to think out of the box again.

I thank my lucky stars the car I found was in pristine condition, so I was not faced with these issues, however from what I read and learned here, I think you definitely need somewhere with a level floor so as to make sure you can keep the frame square and true. That body could twist like a pretzel with the main structure (floor) cut out of it. I'm sure there are others here that can elaborate and add suggestions.

All the best moving forward, the end result will be amazing. Keep the faith! 


 I learn something new every day!

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On 3/6/2020 at 1:32 PM, Don C said:

To answer an earlier question about having an overlap when installing the floor pan, the overlap will make it a little stronger and easier to weld, but the benefit is short-lived. The overlap provides a place where moisture can penetrate and take a long time to dry out, giving it plenty of time to rust out the edges of your new floor pan.


Although, using seam sealer on a lap joint weld would prevent rust causing moisture.

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  • 5 months later...

So here we are in 2021 and sadly I still don't have any more progress on the floor pans or inner cowl area,   Weather in the UK has been very cold, not quite cold enough for deep snow but with the car outside and in the shade its not exactly been easy to work on.

So lets have a couple of positive updates......

Rear window polished trim, remember the piece of trim that was badly distorted and dented I posted earlier?  well after a lot of work I got the dents out removed the lacquer varnish and polished it.   Very pleased with the result. 

Its not back on the car but that's another part restored.

Next was to repair my RHS Window trim, again big dents and nicks in the aluminium.  I tried using oven cleaner (uk brand) to try and remove the varnish but that didn't work, so i spent hours with wet and dry paper.  I managed to get all the dents out of it and its come up like new.  Again Really pleased.










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I managed to get hold of some front grille support brackets and I also liked the colour detailing in the picture that Stanglover posted, so I have now also detailed some of my parts Zinc Grey with Clearcoat. 

Now having painted those parts showed the rest of the car to be in a poor state, so I have set to work on the front of the car, removing the chrome bumper, grille light support frames and making good the radiator Support frame.   I had to knock out a few dents on the support frame and the cheap eBay hammer and dolly kit I bought has now paid for itself :biggrin: 








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I have decided the front area of the radiator will be finished in Gloss black and the engine bay (when I get that far will be finished in satin Black). 

After rubbing down and repainting the headlight frames and support brackets, they have come out really well.   It was actually nice to bolt something back on the car! 








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Now you may have noticed the LHS Front wing removed, just as well I did because now I have found more problems :classic_sad:  I have found a large hole on the LSH inner frame where its spot welded to the strut tower middle section!

I have since cut that section back and treated the area with 30 percent  Phosphoric Acid.

Notice on the inside area toward the hood hinge Bondo!   There is a fracture crack and someone has tried to hide it using bondo and black paint.  :classic_angry:  I have ordered some sheet steel (which is currently almost a week late) so that I can fabricate up a section and patch it in. 

Another job has been repairing and painting the bumper support frame. The Bumper and frame were held on with cheap galvanised hex head metric bolts!   Not a domed head coach bolt in site!  one side of the bumper bracket was torn and there were other distortion tears, all confirming this is a salvage car. 

So I got the mig welder out and attempted some weld repairs.  Came out not too bad.  I'm still not confident to tackle the floor pans yet, but its a start. 













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So let me update you on the Mig welder I purchased.

I had an area under the rear seat that was not too structural so thought I would give the welding a go........ The method I was going to use was to butt weld the panels together (not overlap).   it started off OK but sadly I ended up with a few blow through holes and need now to repair the repair.   I'm not happy enough to tackle the floor pan yet, after grinding back welds some areas have become too thin so I need to do this again.

As I said welding is new to me so this is a learning curve.   I did want to go on a welding course but sadly the UK went into lockdown because of Covid, so once restrictions lift I will try and find a course again for thin sheet metal.  My welded does take Gas and I am using small bottles of an Argon mix.










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More updates.... Battery Tray area,  mmmmm!

When working on the front of the car I came across a piece of tin bolted loosely to the front inner fender area   Wonder what that's there for, it did not look original?

Holy Sh**t more Holes!   

I am just bemused and saddened by how much was hidden from me when I bought this car!:classic_wacko:







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England ain't Arizona :D

Best and easiest way is, is to change the entire apron. Did same a few weeks back (you can see the whole process on my thread).

Another fellow english man is enjoying the same work atm, he posted in his reply where to buy the reinforcement that you need...

More fun on your driveway this summer! :D

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73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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You're giving it every chance of life - and when you've whittled away at the the bad bits 
at least you'll know it was done with care - we're all behind you on this one. 

all the best 



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