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Postby kw107 » 15 Apr 2006, 19:12

I made this post because I have never done a full body repair. I've got many questions about it. First, where to start? Should I take the whole car apart (glasses, doors, and so on). Thanks :)

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Postby Miss Icey » 15 Apr 2006, 20:04

Depends on how bad it is really, I stripped my mini to bareshell to repair, but thats because it had alot of rust in alot of different places!
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Postby kw107 » 15 Apr 2006, 20:15

Rear left wheelarch, front wings, around the battery, under the seats (front) and the rear end to, I think thats it. The roof and both doors have some ...? (help me with that word, not rust).
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Postby Doive » 15 Apr 2006, 20:45

kw107 wrote:The roof and both doors have some ...?

Dents? Peeling lacquer? Hamster infestations?

Been having a think about restoring my car on account of what I found today. I'd reckon with extensive rust (like yours and mine) a bare shell job will be best, often in cases like these a very nice resto job where all visible rust is treated and then the shell blown over, quite often underlying rust will work through in perhaps two years and all need done again. So bare shell for me.
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Postby kw107 » 15 Apr 2006, 21:04

I think it's dents :? . Bare shell for me to then. What next?
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Postby Tortron » 15 Apr 2006, 21:11

learn how to panelbeat? depending on the dents you may need a few hammers and dollys, welder, slide hammer....ect. then bog or lead to fill the little dents. or you could get real friendly with someone else that has this and knows how to use it :D
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Postby kw107 » 15 Apr 2006, 21:17

I want to learn to do it myself :D . The roof has little dents and bends a little to. When i use the filler and when someone touches the roof it will come off :? .
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Postby kw107 » 18 Apr 2006, 13:43

Today I'm taking it totally in pieces and then comes the cleaning (I hate this job)
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Postby Doive » 18 Apr 2006, 13:53

Cutting off wings is fun. Chiselling out the spot welds is a pain in the bottom. But admiring the cleaned up inner wings was tremendously satisfying 8)

All we need to do now are the sills, doors, a panels, bonnet, floorpan, subframe mounts..... maybe slightly more to do then.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 18 Apr 2006, 13:58

yea but at least all the panels are available which is half the battle.
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Postby Tortron » 19 Apr 2006, 01:00

speaking of repair, whats the easiest way to remove a headliner (and install one for that matter) without destroying it. am on holiday so im attacking the dented mess which is now my roof. the frame bit which goes across it is absolutely twisted
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Postby kw107 » 19 Apr 2006, 14:46

speaking of headliners. What doe's it mean?
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Postby Doive » 19 Apr 2006, 14:53

Headliners - headlining. The piece of trim attached to the roof on the inside. A right pain in the bottom to remove and replace.
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Postby Miss Icey » 19 Apr 2006, 19:15

I have to do that on the mini :roll: Not looking forward to it!
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Postby Shuvit-pinto » 19 Apr 2006, 20:26

I did this on my Pinto Chevette, Removed the old one and made a new one out of grey velor ( Curtain Thermal backing ) and stitching in all the re painted rods was fun and then fitting it back into he car.

It seemed as though I had gotten every measurement wrong until it was pulled, stretched, glued and clamped and the window rubbers re fitted. It then fitted like a pro had done it. Looked great.

Might do it to SYBil when I get round to stripping her down for a full respray ( in original colour ) and titivation.
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Postby Tortron » 19 Apr 2006, 23:05

well not too much trouble to remove, the major being the rear window and seatbelt part on the c pillar. can see it being a right bugger to put back in tho. i have thought i may make a new one with the same patterned fabric ect, cos the bits under the rubber are so much whiter than the rest.

kw107 want to compare roof dents? bet il win, unless you have recently rolled down a very large hill and then had to very fat people do an irish jig on top of your car :) ahh its all i can do to laugh (and of course break the shins of whoever did it if i find them)
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Postby kw107 » 21 Apr 2006, 23:36

Also when I repair it I can turret the rear suspension in the same time. Volkswagen golf 1 has such things.
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Postby Doive » 24 Apr 2006, 08:38

I thought your car was a saloon anyway? Maybe it's the sun.
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Postby kw107 » 24 Apr 2006, 10:04

:D . Hatchback 8)
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Postby opel_charlie » 24 Apr 2006, 21:42

Take the roof lining down ya woosey's its easy, i've gutted the whole car its such a basic car its easy to put back together.
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Postby Shellysowner » 24 Apr 2006, 21:51

opel_charlie wrote:... its easy to put back together.


Come back and tell us that after you've put the headlining back in :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby kw107 » 24 Apr 2006, 21:52

Some pics.

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Postby opel_charlie » 24 Apr 2006, 22:59

Shellysowner wrote:
opel_charlie wrote:... its easy to put back together.


Come back and tell us that after you've put the headlining back in :lol: :lol: :lol:


I took it all down to fit a beesting so i've done it already :P also did it on a few novas i had, all you have to do is make sure its tight.

Looking at the pics it doesnt look bad but that roof skin :? such thin skinned large area is so warptastic when welding :cry:
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 24 Apr 2006, 23:23

i think i'd buy another Chevette looking at all the rust :shock:
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Postby Shellysowner » 24 Apr 2006, 23:40

Herbie_Flowers wrote:i think i'd buy another Chevette looking at all the rust :shock:


Oh I dunno - granted it's rough in places but it's definitely fixable.
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