Operation wake up GT! (no one has 56k anymore, right?!)

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Re: Operation wake up GT! (no one has 56k anymore, right?!)

Post by toddao » Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:35 pm

Good work Kitch. You should be able to get another carpet. Or see what offcuts they've got down at 'Carpet World!'
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Re: Operation wake up GT! (no one has 56k anymore, right?!)

Post by Kitch » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:54 pm

Any back carpet from a BX would do the trick so I shouldn't have a problem. I got rid of some a while back too!

It only caught fire (the first time) because the sound deadening got hot, unpeeled from the base of the A-pillar and landed on a tarpaulin, which got hot and started to combust, the prick!

The other day was actually nothing, just remains of rust-treatment in the box sections burning up.

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Re: Operation wake up GT! (no one has 56k anymore, right?!)

Post by Kitch » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:32 pm

Last updates before it's off to be painted (hopefully at the end of the week).

Had to work out where the check strap mount (or what's left of it) had to go back on:

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Had at go at that really pretty weld....it didn't work and I had to grind it back:

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Now it's ready to rock!

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That white tub is the seat!

Looking forward to getting it back. I've had to send it for painting before I've had a chance to take a look at the engine and mechanical work, which is great! Means I get to play heavy duty repairs on a freshly painted car that will probably still be soft - brilliant! :roll: :lol:

So when it does come back, it's back together with doors, trim, etc etc and then out with the engine. We'll do clutch change, cambelt....possibly a light engine rebuild (it's a bit rattly but then it has done 195,000 miles) and freshen up the engine bay a bit.

Shame it's not my car :lol:

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Post by Kitch » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:33 pm

Oh and yes, I have forgotten the upper wing mounting tab! #-o

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Post by citsncycles » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:45 pm

Wow, some top work there - the A pillar looks a lot worse than Timex's, although I suspect I may be referring to these pics again when I start looking at that area properly!
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Re: Operation wake up GT! (no one has 56k anymore, right?!)

Post by Kitch » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:04 pm

None of the internals of the A-pillar are original....it's all a mix of what the previous guy and what I've put in there!

The balls up is that I've run out of gas for welding and it's due to go to the bodyshop Friday (though it could easily be postponed if he can't fit it in) and I haven't welded the upper wing tab on yet!

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Re: Operation wake up GT! (no one has 56k anymore, right?!)

Post by barry badger » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:40 am

Fantastic work! i can't wait to see it painted.
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Post by Kitch » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:53 pm

barry badger wrote:Fantastic work! i can't wait to see it painted.
Your wait is almost over....

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The car was collected today so should be seeing that again in the next couple of weeks. Then the rebuild can begin :D

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Post by barry badger » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:37 pm

Superb paint finish! It's going to make me very dissatisfied with my bxs when it's finished.
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Re: Operation wake up GT! (no one has 56k anymore, right?!)

Post by Kitch » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:39 pm

barry badger wrote:Superb paint finish! It's going to make me very dissatisfied with my bxs when it's finished.
I dunno mate, I think your A-pillar repair is looking much better than mine :lol:

We'll wait and see at the end, but I think under the skin you'll certainly have a better finish. I'm no body-technician!

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Re: Operation wake up GT! (no one has 56k anymore, right?!)

Post by barry badger » Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:09 am

It helped that i had a donor car with a salvageable 'a' post, although i'm doing the repairs to the best of my ability the bodywork is quite battered, it's still going to be a scruffy bx when it's finished. Our dogs wont mind though.
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Re: Operation wake up GT! (no one has 56k anymore, right?!)

Post by Tim Leech » Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:48 am

Looking good kitch! If you get the bonnet decal made up again let me know, or if your dad still has the one I made him I could do with a scan of it as im aiming to put a long nose bonnet on the GT next year again.
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Re: Operation wake up GT! (no one has 56k anymore, right?!)

Post by Kitch » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:42 pm

Tim Leech wrote:Looking good kitch! If you get the bonnet decal made up again let me know, or if your dad still has the one I made him I could do with a scan of it as im aiming to put a long nose bonnet on the GT next year again.
I think he does still have a spare one, yeah. I'll ask him if he's planning on fitting it.....IIRC it wouldn't have had one from the factory.

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Post by Kitch » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:48 pm

Well, today was the day the GT returned from the bodyshop :D

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We didn't pay for a concours job, because, well.....a BX isn't worth it financially (unless you have cash to piss away!) But for what we did pay (relatively little in fairness) it's come back a decent job.

Main problem is now all the shit needs sticking back on. I made a quick start tonight, including a replacement spoiler I didn't realise my Dad had located (the old one was in pretty poor nick):

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That wiring trunking is a right sod! Next step should really be headlining, fabricate some mesh or something for the rear quarter vents, interior trim, boot seal, then attack the sills with some black paint as the painter has sprayed the top of them body colour :lol:

Then, when the doors and interior etc are all back in, I have to pull the engine out. Well....I don't, but I'm doing the clutch and the cambelt, so it makes it worthwhile. I can pretty the engine bay up while I'm at it.

It's exciting now :D Still can't be arsed to do it though!

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Post by Tim Leech » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:45 pm

Awesome work, wanna start restoring BX's for a living!
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