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Your gunna havta get this build finished before the world runs out of oil mate . But then again we could say the same for my spyder resto LOL.
 

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I expect to be going for my engineers inspection before the end of this year, or early next year. This inspection if what has to happen in NZ if you let the registration lapse (plus the reimporting process to NZ mandated it). I have been informed that they will want to look at the bare shell before paint. I will rejoin the AROCNZ before then and talk to those who know the process. Luckily she has previously been registered in NZ and I have proof.
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Line reinstated, very happy ... think I'll weld it in. I've also successfully flattened the rear of the front guard so now when you look along the side of her the front guard does not bulge out, but instead look awesome :) :)

When I remove the front guard repair I will make it's line as defined too.
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If I'm not careful, this side will be finished soon!

Done. No bog yet ... some of the primer paint is still wet ...

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Nice progress....only try to speed it up a smidge...or your looking at 32 more years till done ;). Hahaha!!

This comment comes from a guy who’s three years in, and only 6 months further than you! Hahahah
 

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Speeding along ... yet again I need some detail help please.

Has anybody got a photo of what the little filler panel between the A pillar and the bottom of the front guard looks like where the rocker/sill and front guard meet please? Below is a photo of 1750GT's car with the area of interest circled but I cannot see inside the little gap between the A pillar and guard.

Mine has long since been cut off due to rust ... and so has the other side. In hindsight one should completely restore one side of a car at a time!
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So I've gone as far as I can go with this filler panel until I understand the very bottom details. Hope I don't have to guess :surprise:

I'll start measuring up the tilter :)
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This is all I have of this particular area. On mine....the flange that attaches to A pillar seems to fade away as it nears the last 2 inches or so from the bottom edge. I seam sealed the open spots afterwards so as to keep rain water away from creeping in between the front wing and the bottom of the A pillar.
 

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Thanks Rossano. Makes sense that it fades away but I can also see shape in it that I had not expected ... so perfect, now I know what to do :)

Also I've measured and sketched up what I need to do for the tilter, and not that hard, so will kick into that soon.
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Okay this filler panel is done. On to front guard :)

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Checking the shape of my hammer form, against the front edge of the door, for folding over the door end of the front guard, and using the hammer form.

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Installing, a slow process (for me) ...

Happy with the lines and gaps though <img src="http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" />
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Did you have any trouble with that sharp angle when welding? We've found that to be tricky to keep from burning up or warping. Are you able to use a copper backer?
 

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Did you have any trouble with that sharp angle when welding? We've found that to be tricky to keep from burning up or warping. Are you able to use a copper backer?
yep for sure I'd be .6 wire and low heat and low wire feed tac tac tac tac tac tac and a damp rag handy you get the idea --------Looks great Pete.
 

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Did you have any trouble with that sharp angle when welding? We've found that to be tricky to keep from burning up or warping. Are you able to use a copper backer?
Have't welded it fully yet, and yes I expect trouble. BTW I speed things up by using compressed air to cool welds ... might have to hire gas welding bottles as I can get to both sides here and being able to planish would make things easier. But I have finally found my slide hammer puller and (finally) modified it so it actually works ... with the rear guard repair I used a tie down strap but not pleasant on ones hands and arms doing that.

I've always found that vertical welds give you far greater pain than horizontal welds ... so yeah maybe I should have cut more of the original guard off but hate doing that. Silly really.

I tried to find a tool I could hire that will squeeze the front guard where it folds over the filler panel better but no luck, so I think I'll have to make one. Currently I just use polly grips. I'm thinking if I can get the arms about 1m long with the leverage ratio I should be able to squeeze the panel tighter and more like OEM. Will need an assistant to do the squeezing while I position ... maybe an adjustable height stand would help ... but I'm not making tools as a hobby I'm restoring a GTV :)
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