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DeadEye
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad it's still in the club, looks like a solid car that!
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad you're not making a gte out of it, leave that to the original gtes. It's such a cool looking mk1 it only needs to be kept simple.
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is really only one thing that needs doing to it.

Small euro rims and lowering springs

Ok that 2 but you know what I mean

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sunday update...
I promised the wife that I'd work on my beemer and get rid of it before even starting on lil red. So whilst she was away at a dog show all day, I decided to do little jobs that she wouldn't notice laughing
Today's main job was to get rid of the aftermarket ICE



The last owner had the foresight not to cut the door panels or A pillar panels to accomodate the speakers. But unfortunately he had already cut a set a of 6 x 9 speakers into the pristine parcel shelf, of which he regretted.



So I took out everything...



I found a spare faded blue parcel self and matching shelf supports...





and gave then a spray with satin black and replaced the speaker covers with black ones.



now looks like this...



It doesn't look as lush as the original but it hasn't got big speaker hole in it. I had to change the shelf supports becaue the replacement shelf would have stuck out like a sore thumb.

I then put the Billy two knob non cassette radio back in.



I'll install a stealth system at a later date when I'm ready to use the car.
There was evidence of the doors previously having door bins...



so I put some in.



Some one had bumped it the back end of the car when it was left in a layby by the previous owner and they had bent the bumper, mounts and pressed in the back panel a little



So I got the wood and hammer out and gave it a little tap or two, treated and touched up the surface rust.



It will be getting a full lower respray when I get round to sorting out the sills but wanted to protect it for now.

this bumper is meant to be slightly convex and not concave



so I cleaned up a spare one and mounted it.



That's all for now. smile

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lloyd, are the sills at the back on the passenger side gone?

I've got the remainder of a full sill I cut off.

I goes from near where the door shuts to the back...

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both sides have gone Phil but from what I can feel, the inner sills are still there. Need further investigation but don't go binning them wink
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll post a pic tomorrow...

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd forgotten how porno that orange carpet was laughing
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





I will have both sides but the passenger side is the only one I've cut this bit off.

In my resto thread you can see how well these match up with the profile on my new quarter panels.

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

matt wrote:
There is really only one thing that needs doing to it.

Small euro rims and lowering springs

Ok that 2 but you know what I mean


It apparently lowered 60mm but doesn't look like it due to those 15" steels with low profile tyres. I planning on refurbing some standard steels.



But I like the idea of having some euro style small wheels for the shows big grin

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil - The drivers sill is a lot scabbier than the passenger. I might get away with your small section on one side but put a full sill on the other. I'll have to get the grinder out and see the extent of the rust.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do I recognise that stereo? laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bighed wrote:
Do I recognise that stereo? laughing
Which one Bighed? These both came with the car.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome! So happy it's getting looked after and restored properly would of done this myself of o could go back 2 years! Keep us updated matey!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome! So happy it's getting looked after and restored properly would of done this myself of o could go back 2 years! Keep us updated matey!
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