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janmarine3

South Africa
286 Posts

Posted - 19 Aug 2011 :  09:57:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Takes guts to tackle a job like that for sure.
Good job so far Thomas.
I wonder if it will help to put horseblinkers on...concentrate the eyes on one rust area at a time so one does not see the rest all at once ? Mine has to be done too, I am looking and learning from the forum .
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 19 Aug 2011 :  20:32:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks everyone!
The stag 's running fine, how do you know about her?
She 's done the first 800 miles on the recondition engine, and is running sweeter everyday! great acceleration to!! ^^
As an in between I'm going to sand my bootlid down to bare metal and paint her in rust resistant paint, She doesn't have any rust on her so I need to keep it that way!

Hope you can learn something from me to Jan!

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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jabe1807

Norway
182 Posts

Posted - 25 Aug 2011 :  20:34:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Thomas
Good work so far I see.
I have done a lot of welding on my bootlid- prosject. See the pictures on the forum and maybe you can get some inspiration.
I follow your work.
Jan, Norway
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2011 :  08:50:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Jan,
Great to hear there is interest in my project!!!
I'll have to get you guys up to date, I've been working on her with my granddad yesterday and off course we cut out a little bit more rust, as you can expect...
MY bootlid is also coming togheter nicely...
I've been sanding for a few hours and there was some nice purple paint beneath the goldish paint... overall no holes nor to much filler.
Pictures will folow!

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!

Edited by - Fastback Thomas on 26 Aug 2011 08:51:09
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janmarine3

South Africa
286 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2011 :  11:00:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am starting to get inspired ( the word that other Jan used ) but....the other words also follow ....respiration and persperation and desperation and hesitiation Once a person starts you can't stop ..like eating marshmellows or chocolate this rust....
Jan
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1922

United Kingdom
547 Posts

Posted - 27 Aug 2011 :  08:56:57  Show Profile  Visit 1922's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice work Thomas, great pictures and your inner sills look in great shape - your car must have spent a lot of it's life in a nice warm garage!

When you put the outer sills on remember that any water that gets past the seals on the side windows will run down into the sills. So you need good rust proofing and some way for the water to get out.

Be careful car when working on the lower part of the A post - if the A post is not connected to the sill the whole car will twist. The rear end will drop, the roof goes backward, the rear wings bend and the bottom of the A post will move forward.
To stop this just support the chassis under the boot floor (just behind the spring shackles is good).
I learnt this the hard way



Edited by - 1922 on 27 Aug 2011 08:57:21
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 27 Aug 2011 :  17:17:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks 1922 the car is still on it's rear wheels so No problem jet...
We were plannig to support the car as you say after we've removed the rear suspension.
We just found out that the top front righthand corner has a nasty hole in it, which they filled up with filler... so I'llprobably have to use my new corner piece... Pics will follow! If I find a minute...

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!



There was some nice purple paint under the goldish paint! ;)
BUT NO RUST!!!!

Edited by - Fastback Thomas on 28 Aug 2011 17:57:07
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 14 Sep 2011 :  20:24:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
An update on my restoration...

a nasty hole under the rear air vent...


Front RH wing has had some dents and rust, so we had to cut some of it out...



Front valance has had some accident damage... so removed some pieces


LH wing has some rust to...



'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!

Edited by - Fastback Thomas on 20 Feb 2012 18:43:44
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Hanley

United Kingdom
126 Posts

Posted - 14 Sep 2011 :  21:27:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Top quality work there Thomas...I reckon you have a prize winner on your hands there

XJ8, Beach Buggy, ZX9r, ZX6r, BSA Bantam D7 x2 , Gorilla Monkey Bike, Skyteam Monkey Bike , Honda 400/4.....and now I want a H120!
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 18 Sep 2011 :  07:49:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks,

I hope I get to that one day... ;)

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 28 Sep 2011 :  19:27:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some repair panels, my dad brought from Beaulieu...

A side member, for the chassis rail. All new!


Rear wheel arches repair pieces.


The H120 front struts I asked you all about.


'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!

Edited by - Fastback Thomas on 28 Sep 2011 19:28:22
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 20 Feb 2012 :  18:57:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some more progress over the last months. Not that much done as I have been waiting for our rotating construction to be fabricated.
Last week we finally managed to get the car hanging in it, and it works fine!

This will make welding a lot easier, as we don't have to lie on our back!



Removed the rear axle while having it almost totally up in the air.



'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!

Edited by - Fastback Thomas on 20 Feb 2012 19:01:40
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 20 Feb 2012 :  19:00:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Front wheel arches almost totally cleaned off all dirt and sealant.
Next thing: solving the remains with some white spirit and then painting it in red oxide primer.





'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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janmarine3

South Africa
286 Posts

Posted - 21 Feb 2012 :  04:52:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
wow.. pro work man ! when the last piece of rust is history your heart will be much lighter !
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 23 Feb 2012 :  18:22:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Haha Jan,
I've been doing some more cleaning today.
The RH side is almost ready for welding the sill and part of the inner sill.
I can't wait, I love doing the mechanical stuff, but first bodywork...
I don't hate it, but I prefer the mecanical work.

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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