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1958 Austin A35 - garage find.
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FrazzleTC



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work Richard. Should be great once you're finished. Lovely little car.
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Fraser Smile


Got the repair section welded in today. It needed a little tweaking, but went straight in and I then bolted it up with the original Longbridge nut and bolt, which came straight off for the first time since 1958!







I then ground it down and got it pretty smooth. It did need plenty of filler around the top line of weld to get the contour right - I must have spent two hours applying filler, rubbing it down, grinding high spots, applying more filler and so on.

First application of primer



Second -



Line with sill



Underneath





The front and rear wings are now ready for top coat, so that should go on over the weekend if all goes to plan.
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Keef



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard H wrote:

The front and rear wings are now ready for top coat, so that should go on over the weekend if all goes to plan.


Bet you're pleased with things so far: I would be.

Good luck with the top coat: hope it's drier there than here ATM.
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keef wrote:
Good luck with the top coat: hope it's drier there than here ATM.


'Fraid not, it's been raining all day here. Luckily the A35 is inside in the dry, so it is possible to get work done in this weather.
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Keef



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard H wrote:
Luckily the A35 is inside in the dry


That is lucky; unlike poor Torsten: just read the post about his stolen A35!
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I know, hopefully it will turn up Sad

Today's update

Finished off the coats of paint on the front and rear wings, I think about four coats of topcoat went on today. I got the paint from Canvey Auto Refinishing Services (01268 510335) and it is an excellent match. I rubbed down between coats with 1200 grit and it does look pretty good I think, not concours but I'm quite happy.













Note the new wing mirrors, it only came with one and the stem was badly pitted.



I plan to drive it to work tomorrow - there's only so long I can be without an A30/35! Cool
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Keef



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard H wrote:
I got the paint from Canvey Auto Refinishing Services


Looking good Richard!

Is that rattle cans or cellulose you put in a gun?
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cellulose - sprayed using a 60 compressor and cheap spraygun setup from Lidl!

My dad did the spraying, I did the preparation...
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Keef



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard H wrote:
Cellulose - sprayed using a 60 compressor and cheap spraygun setup from Lidl!


Interesting; thanks.

I'll need to get some Black Tulip for Reckless.
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Rick
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coming along nicely eh! Smile

RJ
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keef wrote:

I'll need to get some Black Tulip for Reckless.


C.A.R.S. will be able to match some for you. When I went to get the black for this (matched from the ashtray) I took the filler cap off the Landcrab and had some Limeflower mixed up as well as some white for the FB Victor. All three colours were ready for collection that afternoon. Great service.

Their branch at Dagenham is probably the closest to you.
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
Coming along nicely eh! Smile

RJ


Thanks!

Any sign of those door seals...? My front ones are a bit worn on the red fabric, and they're letting the interior down a bit sadly!
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RotaryBri



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a cracking job Richard.
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Keef



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard H wrote:

C.A.R.S. will be able to match some for you.


Thanks.

How much is this stuff these days?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

22.95 per litre + VAT I think they charged. Not cheap, but I got a discount for cash!
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