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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:28 am 

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jdmrx2 wrote:
WOW!! Incredible effort going in to this. Keep up the great work :tu:

Cheers!

The sun was out today so I decided to get some prime on the inside of the quarter and on the car.
I'm getting closer to being able to weld the rear quarter back on, I'm really hoping it all works out! :?

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:15 am 

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Had a spare hour this arvo, so I got a little bit more done. I figure if I'm going to meet my deadline I'm going to have to get out there every spare moment I have!

Got another panel stand, not very interesting but well overdue! Can work on two panels at once now :D

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Got the door skin welded back on.

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This pic is of the inside of the door, I put some sealant along the bottom, should help to keep moisture out of the laps and directed to the drain holes.

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I also sealed up all of the laps on the inside of the quarter.

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And while is was at it I did behind the quarter on the car too.

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:08 am 

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These are some of the parts I've been hiding away, took me awhile to find it all but should save me some time around the front end \:D/

Both front guards are nos, Savanna lower lip is nos, the nose cone was nos before it was painted and is in perfect condition. Also the surrounds and grille are genuine and in mint condition 8)
I also have nos stainless pointy nose trim, nos eyebrows and nos bonnet hinges.

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As you can see the back of the nosecone is still in new condition!

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How it looks on the car.

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Will hopefully get some decent work done on the car over the weekend :D


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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:48 am 
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holy crap! thats awesome!! super cool finds!

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:12 pm 

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wow that is nos porn! :shock:

love your work mate, will be watching this thread like a hawk :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:33 am 

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Thanks for all the positive comments!


Didn't get as much done as I would have liked this weekend, Monique decided we were going to go look at open houses which basically took up most of Saturday, still got a bit done today though.

Got some primer on the inside of the door and the front guard, I've bought some stone guard and black 2K topcoat with some matting agent, I'm going to paint the wheel wells, under body and the inside of the car in satin black. The boot will be colour though. I'll also paint all my cross members and everything satin black.

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Finally finished repairing the rear quarter, man its taken so much longer than expected :shock: even decent second hand panels need a lot of work!

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I took the skin off the drivers door to see what it was like inside, its not very rusty at all which is a relief \:D/

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Also finished off a few little repairs to the passenger door.

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Blasted and primed my door hinges.

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So this was a pretty big milestone in the build for me, after spending about two hours moving around the door, front guard and rear quarter I was finally happy enough to weld the thing back on, its only tacked on at the moment but I'm pretty happy with hoe it turned out. The door still needs a lot of work to get it into a bit better shape after all the repairs I did to the bottom section but it should all line up well in the end.

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This sections going to need some persuasion to line up properly.

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Will look better once its got a coat of primer, but its good to see the car taking shape again!

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:16 am 
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Simply Amazing.... Can i have 1/10th of your skill?!?! i could do so much amazing things! lol

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:15 am 

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:shock: epic build. Loving your skill. :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:51 am 
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Those reinforcement bars in de doors, are they original from mazda or self made?

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:11 pm 

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Thanks again for all the positive feedback, much appreciated! :mrgreen:

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Those reinforcement bars in de doors, are they original from mazda or self made?


They are original from Mazda but only late model ones had them and I'm not sure if it was only in the drivers side or not as both my driver side doors had them and my passenger side doors didn't, the doors could be off 4 different cars though :)

I'd like to organise the interior soon but have to get these GT headrests sorted out, I drew up some plans to get some dies made up for the embossing.

Its about as close as i think I can get to the originals with only the picture below to work off, if anyone has any other good pics of a GT headrest please send them to me :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 1:37 am 

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Location: Australia
Love watching this thread :D doing the same with one of my vehicles currently.

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 7:58 am 

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Very impressive build, you have mad metal working skills !
I will be watching to see the finished result.
Keep up the good work

J :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:45 am 

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About time I get cracking on the car again I reckon! :twisted:

My deadline is obviously out the window now but I'm sure most of you guessed that anyway, I found I was starting to rush stuff a bit so I decided to take a break from it for awhile.

Its been too cold to paint(and work on the car in general :lol: ) with the 2k epoxy lately as I've got no way of warming up the shed so I figure if I was going to take a break now was best time.

I've still been doing a bit of stuff though, my engine is getting built at the moment, Jed's porting and building it for me and got the machine work done at Xtreme. I'm going with a half bridge as opposed to a full bridge to keep a bit more drivable on the street, will still put out more than enough power 8)

Although it probably doesn't look like it I spent about 4 hours cleaning the shed to get it to this stage, heaps more space and better lighting than before... all ready for the next round of body work \:D/
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I got a set MSF racing hubs, I'm going to build the struts over the next couple of weeks as I've ordered all of the parts. I'm also going to buy a TIG welder and have a go at doing the Diff and exhaust manifold myself so the should keep me busy until it warms up a bit!

Anyway, the bug has definitively bitten again, so hopefully you'll start to see some more frequent updates!

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:26 am 

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I couldn't have picked a better day to start work on it again, was nice and sunny in Melbourne 8)

I finished lining up the door and front guard which took a fair bit of work as the door was all out of shape, I had to bend the frame that goes around the window to get it to line up properly.
I got it looking pretty good in the end though which I was happy about, considering how much i cut out of the bottom of the door when I repaired it I was a bit worried about the amount of work it was going to take to line up :oops:
The gaps look good for now though so I finished welding off the rear qtr, I also cleaned all the welds up but forgot to take a picture at the end.


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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:32 am 

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Got a bit done over the weekend, I'm really enjoying working on the car again, Just hard to find the time :cry:

My coil over kit should arrive this week and I pick up the the steel to make my diff jig tomorrow so I'm pretty excited about working on some other stuff to break up the body work a bit :mrgreen:


Slowly starting to look like a car again 8)
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After getting the rear qtr back on I decided to replace the scuttle panel between the rear screen and boot lid, the one off the car is still pretty good and wouldn't take much to repair but I bought a better one last year so I'm just going to use that to save some time.

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The replacement panel, still need to clean it up.

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Each side of the parcel shelf was pretty rusty so it needed to come out..

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I welded in a brace just to keep it all in place while the parcel shelf is out.

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Cleaned up the bottom piece in the blaster and bent up the top piece out of some new steel :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: CAM'S 808 Savanna Resto
PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:33 am 

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Did a bit of shopping :) Got the steel for my diff jig so I'll hopefully make that up in the next couple of week (also need to find someone with a lathe though first), also got some new long clamps and some welding gloves as my old ones had burnt through on the fingers!

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Welded the two pieces back together.

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Cleaned it up, ready to weld back in!

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I had to weld in one small patch were the rust was really bad but the rest was ok, just welded up a few little spots. Then cleaned it right up and primed it.

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And welded it all back in :D

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I started to drill out the spot welds on the other side of the parcel shelf, but my bit was getting blunt and the beaver was getting in the way so I thought I'd take the beaver off instead. I was always going to and it just makes accessing around the boot heaps easier! Came off really easy too, drilled out every spot weld perfectly :mrgreen:

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This void was just full of bog, it amazes me how much bog was in this shell, i got nothing against filler but just can't understand why they put it straight over rust and holes, was only ever going to last so long :?

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And here's the extra rust I found :bounce2: The boot floor is good but its still going to need some patches replaced.

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Will have to straighten it out a bit too...

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