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Old 25-10-2009, 13:08
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plenty of hard work but it will be well worth it long live the mk 2
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i have never seen that done before it is amazing what your friend has done best of luck with the car really enjoying this thread
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Brave work there mate - love it!!

Keep it up, it'll be worth it in the end
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nice work matey it is moveing along nicely now
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Think I remember this one on the dreaded e-bay when I was looking for my own Money Pit. Like you, I purchased what I thought was a running resto last March. And 18 months on, the rots finally replaced with good metal ! Good on you for sticking with it, most sane people would have given up by now! A little tip about the cost of parts and panels when the missus asks - LIE! Keep at it, it will be well worth it in the end.
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Goming along nicely looks like a very big job keep up the good work it will be worth it when its all done
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That's a lot of work!
Looking like it's all coming together nicely.
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Thanks for all the encouraging comments guys. I feel a bit of a fraud as its Paul who has done all the hard graft so far, but there will be plenty for me to do when he hands me back a shell that has 100% more metal in it than it did when it left me!
Doing it this way with the bulkhead/floor transplant in one go should rediuce the amount of "fussy" work though. I know its gonna end up a bit like Trigger's broom but I don't care - at the end of the day, I'm the one who gets to drive it
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Your buddy is doing a first rate job, it must feel so good knowing you have all that solid metal in the car now , and so much easier than replacing each individual panel. I love to see cars like this being saved from certain death, done a few myself , keep at it it's worth it.
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Paul rang today with an update. The outer sills were not brilliant so I got new 'un's from Expressed Panels (I must be paying their mortgage)





Paul has been waiting for these before final welding of the transplanted section and most of his time has been checking and double checking measurements, making sure everything is dead on.
While waiting for the sills, he has given attention to the rear arches and the photos took me into a depressed state.







He has already replaced some of the worst sections but we need new inner/outer arches etc
There was an extraordinary amount of filler on the rear quarter (under the RS2000 logo) and when wire brushed off, revealed previous damage which had been hammered out with a pick axe, I reckon.



Taking the cost of the car, panels (so far) and the labour up to date, I am thinking I could have bought something a lot better condition but I am past the point of no return now so I guess I'm in for the long haul.

Paul is hoping to put in a couple more days next week and I will post more pics when he sends them.

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donnt worry mate we all get the rs blues from time to time especially at this stage when you think your only going backwards ,once the new metal is in you'll have turned the corner
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Keep going...... we all have the blues. When you feel like there is no end and the parts / cost, just keep going up....Look at other people cars and that they are near the end. You say to your self, it can be done...If i build another one it would be a mint car with all the right parts, instead of the hunting and messing and would proably work out cheaper......
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yeah andy but not so much fun
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If i think back to winter last year.....it was not much fun but it will be when am doing the lakes tour....how many months left....
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Wow i thought my arches were the worst on here !! .
Sills look good, they`ll look nice on the car and once you see them welded on with new arches on its all worth it.
I can`t even get my welding started yet . just keep standing in the garage staring at a pile of panels
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Its always worse than it looks so dont worry, it will be mint when finished .
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I can't tell you how much pleasure it gives me and others to see you persevering with a car in the condition you bought it, by working so hard to bring it back to it's former splendour. Anybody with the right money can splash out on a real minter but anyone doing their level best doing what you're doing deserves a lot of respect and admiration. Also a lot of us spend much more money than we wanted on doing these cars up, just can take a little longer to save up, but it's worth it in the end because you've really made it yours and you've finished it to your standard.

Hopefully we will see it finished one day looking immaculate once again and we can then remember the story behind it that brought it back to life.

Keep on going your doing just great.

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You know, Tim, I am so glad that I found this site so soon after starting this project. You guys are such a pickmeup when things are not going so well and the amount of technical expertise and plain bloody eagerness to help from you all is staggering. Thanks everyone.
As I said before, its my mate Paul who is the hero of the hour. Its frustrating being 250 miles apart as I have to rely on emailed photos and phone calls for updates. He is coming down on Friday to collect some more bits and I am hoping that he will tell me that he has found the time this week to re-attach the front end panels. We will be discussing the labour costs so far and working out a plan of action to tackle the rear end.
I'm amazed that I've found the cash to get as far as we have, bearing in mind that we are also in the middle of a major refurb of the house - all credit to my long suffering wife who just rolls her eyes each time the credit card bill drops on the mat....
When I get more photos - then you will get more photos!
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good effort

my fav a white broadstripe it'll all be worth it when your done and unless your spending silly money to buy one, they all will need a bit of work so in some ways your better off doing it all on a rough one as at the end of it all you'll KNOW all the rots been banished

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You know, Tim, I am so glad that I found this site so soon after starting this project. You guys are such a pickmeup when things are not going so well and the amount of technical expertise and plain bloody eagerness to help from you all is staggering. Thanks everyone.
As I said before, its my mate Paul who is the hero of the hour. Its frustrating being 250 miles apart as I have to rely on emailed photos and phone calls for updates. He is coming down on Friday to collect some more bits and I am hoping that he will tell me that he has found the time this week to re-attach the front end panels. We will be discussing the labour costs so far and working out a plan of action to tackle the rear end.
I'm amazed that I've found the cash to get as far as we have, bearing in mind that we are also in the middle of a major refurb of the house - all credit to my long suffering wife who just rolls her eyes each time the credit card bill drops on the mat....
When I get more photos - then you will get more photos!
Thanks again guys.
Glad you're finding the site useful, there are some great mates on here to encourage and help out.......most times there's somebody who knows something about what you want know!

I know Paul is doing the practical work but you must take some credit yourself as you are in the driving seat here! It was you who bought the car, you that had the vision deciding you could do something with it and you are responsible for getting it restored back to life.....without you it could of ended up just as a donor car or on the scrapheap!

I look at the pictures on here of the remarkable work being done and sometimes feel I have missed out not tackling the bodywork when restoring my car, but I had enough work with stripping the car down then getting the mechanical bits sorted, and I know that without it taking me a lot of time along with having to learn as I go, I could not have fitted a new front, made repairs and resprayed the whole car in anything like the time a professional could do it....I did not have that sort of time to spend on it and I just wanted to get it done so I could start enjoying it.

You're doing fine.....roll on the next pics!

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