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Underground Racing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:46 pm    Post subject: MY MK1 GTE RESTORATION Reply with quote

I am about to start
my journey into restoring probably one of the worst rotten gte's

First, the 17hr round trip to go and get it

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

into the garage it goes



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

start the strip down to find out how bads things are
















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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely amazing what rust can do Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sat in a poly tunnel with grass growning in and around it for ten years didnt help
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gotta ask the same question I asked on another thread... Are you 100% it's a GTE? Did the front panel look like it had been replaced when you took it off?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

eek eek eek eek eek
I'm sorry but I'd take off every bit of trim etc and scrap that.
Will you be building a jig to try and keep it all aligned when you cut it to bits to repair it?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks a bit like the white GTE I've got stored for when I have finished my other MK1... probably end up doing it in retirement! laughing

As it's so rotten, I would suggest getting it dipped and then repairing it and then dipping it again to protect it. Otherwise you'll spend all that time and the rust will just come back again.

Take a look at this
http://surfaceprocessing.co.uk/

But defo give it a go!! Anything can be repaired...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a warning about surface processing - I've nothing but bad stories about them damaging shells. Also, they used to use the facilities of LDV - the London black cabs. They've now gone as the black cabs are now made in china or somewhere.

This means surface processing (or so I was told) no longer have full-size dipping facilities and have to put the car in sideways. I was reading about a guy who had his car dipped there and they drilled a hole in his new quarter panel to let the air out!

This is what I have read anyway.

I got a quote from these guys which seemed reasonable but i'm buggered if I can find the email now: http://www.envirostripukltd.com/

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to state, I've never used them or known anyone to. But I like the idea of the process and it's something I would consider for a new project.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

glenn wrote:
I have to state, I've never used them or known anyone to. But I like the idea of the process and it's something I would consider for a new project.


Yeah me too if funds allowed - also worth bearing in mind that if you have it dipped, you really need to have the dipped e-coat too otherwise you'll never get paint on the hidden areas that were paint stripped like boxed chassis sections etc...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think its worth doing as its a genuine gte, and as for putting it on a jig i dont think that will be nessary if i do it in stages and dont go hacking away all in one go

can anyone get the dimesions so i can check everything as i go
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This document, although in German. Has what your looking for at the front.
It has the picture on one page with arrows then the measurements on the other. I think they are numbered so even though its in german its pretty easy to understand.

http://www.gteschmiede.de/tipps/Werkstatt-Handbuch-Kadett-D-www.gteschmiede.de.pdf
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Underground Racing wrote:
i think its worth doing as its a genuine gte, and as for putting it on a jig i dont think that will be nessary if i do it in stages and dont go hacking away all in one go

can anyone get the dimesions so i can check everything as i go


I've got the measurements somewhere as I have them printed out at the unit. I'll find them tomorrow.

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