Discussion in 'Members Capris' started by Elliot, 25 April 2019.
nice to hear your back with things again
Its good to see you can proceed, if a little slower than you would prefer ..
However your safety, and the safety of your family must be paramount ... Best wishes from here
hey Elliot, as you had said, I do notice that the updates have slowed ..
hope all you & yours are OK? ..
Just gone through this thread start to finish and all I can say Is WOW your craftsmanship is on another level. I will never look at another shell and think "that's to far gone" not while there are people like yourself around.
I think theres a difference between too far gone and uneconomical to repair, but all the time our capris values are heading northbound often tips the scales in the right direction.
Car has progressed somewhat over the past few months including aquisition of a rocking horse poo new old stock panel... Will update with plenty of photos when I get a spare 5
Keep up the great work
Time for a wee update...
New front panel going on.
Fitted new headlight panels at the same time. These are ones that I make and sell, was good to put my signature on the car rather than buy express junk.
Lick of primer just to stop the surface rust.
The front scuttle ends were pretty toasty so with consultation with the owner decided to replace them with express steel ones.
Doesnt look too bad in the picture but the express panel is so all the wrong shape. It doesnt folloe the bonnet lines (gap too big) and where it wraps around the A pillar there is way too much metal. Not overly happy but it gives a starting point.
Made a new piece and welded in.
Hard to see in this pic but the original inner wing top rail was a bit 2nd hand in places and the owner wanting a clean looking engine bay meant replacing the metal with new.
I folded up a length of steel at work and then brought it home and used my shrinker to shape it to suit.
The rust just turned the lower edge near the tower so made that into the new panel in one piece.
Tack weld city !
Planished and cleaned up
I'm now renting some shop space so time to move the car to the workshop !
Same process as before replacing the Drivers side inner wing top.
And then things got serious ! lol. The front end of the passenger wing was totally unsalvageable so am going to attempt at making a new one.
First I made up a new panel using the old one as a pattern. This part goes in around the headlight on the wing.
Starting to hammer out the new front end.
just ... Stunning !
skill at work
Works on the front wing are still in progress. Meanwhile Ive been cleaning up issues in the engine bay. Triangular reinforcements damaged. Spot welds also have let go so decided to cut them out and replace them with new ones as I make them anyway and have them on the shelf ready to go.
Not quite sure what's happened here. Too heavy a clutch maybe ?
Whatever it was that happened, that's not the prettiest repair i've ever seen lol
Cut out what I could but there was so much mig weld in there it was problematic.
Patched up as best I could and welded in a new reinforcement.
Bulkhead top area damaged and sunken in.
Reinforcement removed. Metal underneath fatigued and thin.
You can see here how low the panel is, it should be flat across here.
Hammered up from inside to bring it back level and marking out area to be removed and replaced.
Using the removed panel as a pattern to make up a new one.
All the bad metal removed.
Hammering out a new section.
New metal going in and shaping up the reinforcement to match the profile.
Just the pics I needed for the cocktail party Friday. I'll be irresistible!
Of course, I'll still never be the babe magnet you're building there. I just don't have enough rust.
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