Spent this weekend aligning the panels some more. Sorted out the guard that was sitting out, got the bonnet aligned and also the boot.....
When I removed the inner sleeve from the guards to treat the surface between the 2 panels, I never flattened the top section of the driver’s side one properly. This is why it was sitting out so much. Took the guard off, welded the inner panel back where it should of been.....ooops
This allowed me to get the driver’s door to fit a bit better as well.
Also the last captive nut that the guards bolt into stripped, so I drilled it out and put a rivnut in its place.
First time the car has had all its panels for a lot of years.....
Made me realise why I am building this thing.....I just love the shape.
I trial fitted a lot of the trim and bits and pieces to the car to make sure it is all going to fit. So far, so good!!
Now need to let the hifill sit for a bit longer, then block her back again, make any last repairs and then I will give it one more coat of hifill all over. I need to redo the deadener on the back of the driver’s side guard after today’s welding session.
Then I need to rub back the engine bay one last time, and then I can paint the bay, door jams, bonnet and boot jambs, inside the petrol cap, and the back of the doors, bonnet, boot and front apron.
I will then reassemble all the panels again, line them all up and then rub back the shell in preparation for paint.
A few fiddly bits to do as well – need to repaint the dash, as I wasn’t thinking and placed a file on it and scratched it. There is a lesson in that – don’t paint anything until ALL the bodywork is done!!
Also need to put in a few studs that hold the windscreen clips in (same as what Gypsy has done recently to his RX3)
It’s nice to know that I am very close to paint time......Getting this far has been a challenge. I have done a lot of other odd bits and pieced to the car in between doing the panel work to try to keep my sanity......
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – I take my hat off to panel beaters. It’s a tough gig, and one that you have to be SO thorough with. It has taken a LOT longer than I had ever imagined to get the body to this point.
I have had a look back at photos of the car from pre and post bodywork to truly understand and appreciate where all my time and effort has gone.....
I would say that I have 3 or 4 more sessions in the shed blocking and finishing off fiddly stuff and then it should be paint time.
More pics soon!!