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Postby Mantadoc » 10 Sep 2007, 22:11

Ahhhh

Now I see.

I think V8 was trying to get my attention before I went out to work on the shed that morning so mitigating circumstances :D
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Postby shoveitnz » 14 Sep 2007, 15:51

wow- thats a rotten little car(or was)!
I'd have looked for another car but then it is a kaddet and they not that common eh.

I must say you deserve an award for the most work done that I've seen in keeping a T car on the road!!!! Good effort. I hope it all comes together well for ya.

respect is due!

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Postby Mantadoc » 14 Sep 2007, 22:30

Bought it for £150 in '91 with blown engine and some panel damage and 35K miles on it.

My wife has been driving it for 11 or 12 years now, so it's kinda like that smelly old cat you've had for years.

You know you really should let it die or put it down, but instead you selfishly give it new hips and medication to prolong the agony :D
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Postby shoveitnz » 17 Sep 2007, 21:59

Well said! sort of a bit attached then.

well good effort- I've just recently bought a rusty Mazda rx3 coupe and on one hand I'm now happy that its not really that rusty but on the other hand when i start tearing it down will it be that rusty :( ....?

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Postby Mantadoc » 19 Sep 2007, 01:48

Clean the paint of large areas
Cut back as far as you need to get to solid
Make a frame or jig to locate any suspension or other parts that must be accurately placed.
Tackle one area at a time unless you discover a dependancy on something else.

That way you don't lose sight of where you are going or end up with a swiss cheese and get daunted and give up.

Stripping a car completely is nice but you need a lot more storage space if you do.

Where several panels join break it down in your head to the separate panels, then you realise you can make each one, a complex area is just a selection of simple panel repairs that meet.

Go at it like that and as long as your persistent you can pretty much do anything.


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Postby matt3178 » 04 Oct 2007, 08:33

it really is threads like this that put me off chevettes, as i dont have the skills to do repair work like this,or the money to get it done properly!
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but im sure my perfect chevette is out there somewhere for me?

keep up the good work tho,bud.
my hats off to you 8)
no chevette yet,but im looking
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Postby shoveitnz » 04 Oct 2007, 14:46

Keep looking fella! I found mine on ebay- because it was brown and an auto no one wanted it. I rang the fella up and arranged to bus to London that night. Could not beleive condition of the car!!! 25,000 miles, a few dents here and there but no rust at all, drove really well...auto wasnt bad at all and it was taxed and long mot! £500 later and I was driving back to Oxford.

Such a bargin! keep looking. and try the small papers too.

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Postby Mantadoc » 04 Oct 2007, 21:37

If you can repair a flat sheet or weld a sill on you can do this. The process of welding is the same.

You just have to break a problem down to the individual panels that need repairing. If you look at a problem area and can see the separate panels its made off and can repair each individual one you can do it.

In my teens I have deemed better cars than this too big a job.

The other thing to mention is that making this MOTable would have required a lot less work than I am doing.

Also as ShovitzNZ says, you can get a good one cheap enough

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Postby CancerWagon » 08 Oct 2007, 05:53

Just caught up with the last few weeks of your progress..... and WOW. 8)

This is truely inspiring work, and a excellent look into the intricate little differences of the european chevettes/kadetts to the ones I'm familliar with welding up.
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Postby 14yearoldchevetter » 21 Oct 2007, 00:43

Crikey :shock: Thats excellent work. I wish I could be as skilled as that one day
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Postby Doive » 15 Nov 2007, 20:33

RMARKS wrote:Hi

Great fabrication skills there.

Got a few holes to repair on my coupe now the wing is off.

Dont suppose you have a picture of the bottom of the door pillar as there's not much left.

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Postby Mantadoc » 17 Nov 2007, 21:17

Image

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That help?
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Postby shoveitnz » 29 Dec 2007, 21:07

Well I have started on my RX3 project- the welding will have to wait till i've finished the viva HB I'm putting a 1600 crossflow into.

Then I can get it into garage and get the wings off etc with out the worry of rain. It is rusty! But nowhere as rusty as your Kaddet!!!

So what I'm saying is thankyou - because when ~I start on it and feel down about the rust I'll just look at the pages you have posted and all will be good again.

Hats off to you!

Heres my RX3.... and its rust....

http://retrorides.proboards86.com/index ... 1198353276

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Postby Mantadoc » 29 Dec 2007, 23:27

Love the classic styling of the RX3, having said that it ticks the same boxes as the old Celicas for me only decent pic I could see is this:

http://www.toyotateambelgium.be/gallery/2006-09-24_TCB_InternationaleToyotaMeeting/slides/2006-09-24_075%20-%20Celica.jpg

I wish you luck with the rust or lack there of.........
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Postby shoveitnz » 21 Jan 2008, 22:23

wow- I am still bl--dy amazed at your passion and sheer will power at welding up such a rusty car soooooooo.....

When you ahve finished it I thought you might like something to weld over summer..like this...

my little RX3 colander. Its a touch rusty around both screens(though quite solid underneath)

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Postby Mantadoc » 28 Jan 2008, 02:00

Easy enough to make with a box folder and 200 pounds worth of stretcher / shrinker

Personally I'd look for a car in a scrapper with the same profile and curve, or near enough, and cut it out and then just worry about shaping around the vent.....

Making stuff like this on a big scale is too time consuming to get right without filler

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Bit if you can repair it without coming outside the window rubber flange then there is a lot less of a problem as nothing to hide.
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Postby shoveitnz » 28 Jan 2008, 19:12

cheers- I'm waiting for landlord to get me electricity(i live in a truck) and if that happens i'll tackle it slowly - do it when i want to and bit by bit. most repairs are on straight lines which makes it easier.
plus it bonded in screens so if i get a pretty flat surface the bonding silicone will even out the rest
if i'm down at all i'll just look at your thread and see what a BIG JOB is! :D
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Postby Mantadoc » 28 Jan 2008, 21:52

Lol that's not a big job, just lots of small ones leaning against each other.
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Postby shoveitnz » 29 Jan 2008, 14:56

he he he - :D so how rolls of wire have you used?
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Postby Mantadoc » 29 Jan 2008, 16:40

I'm using 5KG rolls botch mounted, each one of those is about 7 mini rolls so depends how you want to count.

3 of 5KG I think so far.
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Postby shoveitnz » 30 Jan 2008, 09:28

:shock:
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Postby Doive » 19 Apr 2008, 23:27

Things look to be going well my man. All I can say is keep it up - you're doing a good job 8)
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Postby Mantadoc » 19 Apr 2008, 23:49

Thanks dude, times just running away, Manta needs work for June eek.

Starting to think less and hopefully do more!

Like the wing rail back piece.It's joggled so I could grind it smooth for a better finish in the engine bay but I'm probably not going to bother now.

To do:

R/H wing rail
Door bottoms and skin x2
Wings need some dent bashing and stripping
Battery tray (probably make one like the old one but 1/2" longer)
Headlight mount panel R/H
L/H wing rail
Drivers floor
R/H Rear spring hanger on body
Both axle spring hangers
Rear panel numberplate recess
Filler
Full hit of paint.

And whatever else turns up......................
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Postby shoveitnz » 05 Jul 2008, 22:16

hiya there,

ive just been checking on your progress- bl--dy hell...you have been busy! soooooo much rust you have chopped out- i dont think ive seen a chevette so bad!

I have finished all the welding on my RX3- used about 3 sheets of steel 1.2 x .900. kept all the rust... i want to weigh sometime :D

Just finished painting it too. So in the end it wasnt as rusty as your kaddet.

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Hope it all goes well on yours! wont be long now :D
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Postby Mantadoc » 06 Aug 2008, 22:24

:) have you seen my Manta...............
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