St Tropez restoration blog

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Kitch » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:25 pm

Bloody hell, that's some in-depth rebuilding going on there!

Good to see someone commit to a 14 too.

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by TizzyD » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:36 pm

Caffiend wrote:I have a work meeting in Luton next Tuesday
I feel your pain, but at least you get to leave!! :lol:

=D> the work looks great!
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Daisy » Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:00 am

The work DOES look great - we were over today to collect the Xant ( in for routine service/MOT ) and were treated to a "look see".

Your subframe now looks too nice to put under a car - you should keep it pristine, over your mantelpiece :D

Daisy had her rear-end rebuilt this time last year, for her MOT, and survival. The pics are on here, and on the Chevronics Facebook site, so I know your pain. But, my reasoning for having the work done was the same as yours -" she is my car, and I want to keep her".

Keep us posted, she is in the best possible hands and they will do their very best for you and your BX.

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by barry badger » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:51 am

True dedication =D>
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Des Smith » Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:44 am

Daisy wrote:Your subframe now looks too nice to put under a car - you should keep it pristine, over your mantelpiece :D
:lol: Rob told me it was back and waxing lyrical about the finish! I've already considered the glass pedestal so I can admire the underside, but I have a suspicion the neighbours might think I'd finally cracked.
Daisy wrote:Daisy had her rear-end rebuilt this time last year, for her MOT, and survival. The pics are on here, and on the Chevronics Facebook site, so I know your pain.
I've had another look at the Daisy photos and the corrosion is truly phenomenal, but as I found out, the rear bumper hides so much. The pain is more than counterbalanced by the joy of seeing your car being skillfully and lovingly restored. I wish I had the equipment and know-how to do some of this work myself, but as I've said previously, seeing the scope of the work that's being done, it's best done by an expert. No-one indulges in DIY heart surgery and this is no different - To paraphrase the rifleman's creed "This is my BX. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My BX is my best friend. It is my life…", so yes,
Daisy wrote:she is my car, and I want to keep her
Looking forward to more progress next week!
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by vulgalour » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:29 pm

It is always warming to see this level of work being done to a much loved car.

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Des Smith » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:22 pm

Another couple of photos...

The rear subframe has arrived back and is ready to be re-fitted, wearing a nice new powder-coating. As Sandre has already said, far too nice to hide under the car, but how else will the wheels work?

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Rear subframe after shotblasting and powder-coating

Meanwhile, all the missing metal on the NS wheel arch is being replaced with new steel...

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All NS rust cut out and new metal being welded in

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NS panel clamped and welded
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:28 am

Nice work! Just as I'm feeling pleased with myself after spending most of the evening welding mine, along comes these pictures to bring me back down to earth... ;)
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Paul296 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:51 am

I think your work looks lovely Mat - Chevronics probably have more 'state of the art' resources at their disposal?

Des - to make all the work visible when it's finished you could get some of those blue lights under your car like those Max Power lads? I expect there's plenty of information freely available on the 'Barry Boys' website? That'd look 'bangin'? Just a thought . . . easy now. 8) 8)

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Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:57 am

I wasn't angling for compliments there (but thanks :) ); rather I was meaning that it's a reminder of what feels like a big job, actually isn't really when it comes to something like this.
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by mds141 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:59 am

Subframe envy. :oops:
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Caffiend » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:49 am

Unfortunately my meeting overran and I didn't leave Luton in time to nip into Chevronics and look at this. There's nothing else for it Des, if you come to a CCC event you'll just have to turn the car upside-down.

Or I suppose you could put a mirror on the floor ...
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Des Smith » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:54 pm

Paul296 wrote:Des - to make all the work visible when it's finished you could get some of those blue lights under your car like those Max Power lads?
Paul, I was thinking very much the same, along with the installation of a foxtrot oscar stereo, complete with a 1000 watt power amp and a 4 x 12 cabinet. I could rig the lights up to a sound-to-light unit and then crank the dial up to 11 and then play BTO's 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet'. The resonant frequencies would split open the newly-welded seams and pulverise the driver's in'nards, beautifully lit by the ultimate son-et-lumiere. What a way to go!
Paul296 wrote:That'd look 'bangin'? Just a thought...
Tim will be round shortly to administer a punishment beating for even thinking those kind of things, let alone going public with them on a post.
Caffiend wrote:There's nothing else for it Des, if you come to a CCC event you'll just have to turn the car upside-down. Or I suppose you could put a mirror on the floor...
It's getting worse; first the subframe, now the nuts and bolts...

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Plated parts from where the sun don't shine

Meanwhile, this is going into the engine bay. I'm thinking of asking Rob to remove the bonnet so everyone can see the bling...

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Plated under-bonnet parts
mds141 wrote:Subframe envy. :oops:
Yes, but it's cheaper and quicker with a wire brush and a can of black Hammerite, but possibly not as pretty.

This next bit won't console Mat one bit (Sorry, mate) but here are the edited highlights of the reconstructive surgery around the NS sill and the rear wheel arch. It is truly impressive, and all credit to Mat and everyone else who has the cojones to hack rusty bits out of their pride and joy and weld in new metal. As I've said before, way out of my league, which is why Chevronics are doing it.

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Reconstruction of the NS sill and rear wheel arch

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Reconstruction nearing completion

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by vulgalour » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:28 am

Get a clear perspex bonnet made up for giggles, then you can see the shiny stuff and avoid it getting rained on. I'm actually surprised at how much yours has had to have replaced, it really didn't look that bad to start with.

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Paul296 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:44 am

It may well be that you decide against the underbody lights and attendant 'bling', but somehow when it finally rolls out of Robs workshop looking all glorious, BTOs 'You ain't seen nothin' yet' blasting from a stereo system would be oddly appropriate I think?



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