Restoring Kadett GTE, were do i start!

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Restoring Kadett GTE, were do i start!

Postby ni_kadett » 28 Jul 2006, 08:17

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Postby Doive » 28 Jul 2006, 08:46

Looks to be in fairly good order.... those arches haven't disappeared in a cloud of dust. I'd make sure first of all you keep it under cover, in a dry garage preferrably. Also, if the body is in good shape, no rust needing sorted or whatever, then I'd look into getting it prepped for spraying. I'd kill for a rust free resto project.
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Postby opel_charlie » 28 Jul 2006, 12:30

Yes if you've got a garage it makes life a heck of alot easier on you and your neighbours :D

It helps alot if you use DA-SANDER for the outside.


Doive you've got a "free project" you just need to pull your finger out :D
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Postby Doive » 28 Jul 2006, 13:02

Free project? Logisitical nightmare more like it.

ni-kadett, I see from your cunning username that you are in NI. Whereabouts?
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Postby ni_kadett » 28 Jul 2006, 15:59

Dont worry shes in a garage all right, basically what happened was about 9 years ago she got all new panels, the only orginial parts on the car is the roof and bonnet (managed to pick up a new one still in the box!) but the new panels where never painted, and it lied outside under a car cover for the 9 years hence the surface rust. Does require some welding around the floor, and being 20 years of age i dont even know how to turn one on! Only thing is a can spray good, and have done cars in the past, so this will save me a good few pound. Best thing about is the garage roof is full of all new parts bought years ago and never used. I do have some good spares so if anyone wants to trade or sell any parts let me know.
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Postby ni_kadett » 24 Aug 2006, 23:00

Doive wrote:Looks to be in fairly good order.... those arches haven't disappeared in a cloud of dust. I'd make sure first of all you keep it under cover, in a dry garage preferrably. Also, if the body is in good shape, no rust needing sorted or whatever, then I'd look into getting it prepped for spraying. I'd kill for a rust free resto project.


"rust free resto project" ??? is there such a thing! :lol: and yeah to Doive im in Co.Down!
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Postby Tortron » 26 Aug 2006, 01:56

soda blast everything, beats sanding by far. is also the perfect time to smooth anything out (smooth the engine bay, i know you want to)
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Postby ni_kadett » 16 Sep 2006, 18:34

servre lack of a soda blaster lets me down, i got the boot lid sand blastered, so many holes needed filled in, in hard to sand areas. Really dont know where to start with the car, was thinking of splitting it into areas, sanding and grinding rust of say one quater panel, smoothing and priming it in the same day, and repeat this process all over the car. Is this a bad idea???
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Postby Tortron » 17 Sep 2006, 01:35

infact a good idea i would say
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