75 Imp. To the paintshop...

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Re: 75 Imp. To the paintshop...

Post by The Nun » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:15 am

Ideally the hinges need making out of brass, same with door handles, and then you will get a superb chrome finish and a hinge/handle that will last forever, plus they can if ever needed be re plated where as the mazak things cant be very successfully, but its all down to cost as always so you either have second best or no best, or search out good original old stock thats been carefully stored, and thats the thing storage.
How many times have I seen new original stuff at autojumbles ruined because they are just chucked in a box thats been stored on a damp shelf in someones garage between jumbles.
Same goes for Bumpers and Hub caps, chrome on the latest ones isnt very good on those either, the hub caps ressemble an more of an aluminium finish more than chrome plate and the bumpers all seem to have the buffing marks still in them, I feel they dont have so much plating on them as the original thats why, nowhere near as good as the original stuff agreed.
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Re: Back from paint...

Post by kilty » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:24 am

Cheers chaps. Didn't go down the new hinge route after all Tim. I didn't fancy watching them turn to pooder!
A few of it as of yesterday. It's not on the drive all the time. A good neighbour lets me use her heated garage. :wink:
Hilariously, all the other body bits are in my lockup which has 120 quids worth of seized padlocks on it!
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Re: 75 Imp. To the paintshop...

Post by ImpManiac » Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:30 pm

Very nice indeed, Drew. :D

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Re: 75 Imp. To the paintshop...

Post by tomrogers7 » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:46 pm

Tidy! going to look nice
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Re: 75 Imp. To the paintshop...

Post by GURNSIMPS » Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:51 pm

Looking good bud, love the cosmics....
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Re: 75 Imp. To the paintshop...

Post by kilty » Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:18 pm

Spent the morning putting all the new clips in and cleaning up the stainless trim. Satisying job, but a bit annoying when you haven't bought spare clips and a few break!
Still loads to do: Everything rubber is getting replaced, so all the glass to clean and put back, headlining, engine lid and new bonnet to fit, remaining brightwork has to go on, back window, interior...
I didn't set out to try and make the car perfect, as I wouldn't be able to take it and leave it anywhere, but the more I took off the car the more I realised certain bits were past their best, like rubbers, and would look crap back on it. I even left a wee dent on the n/s wing below the bumper as it was there when I got it!
Not made up my mind on new plates, or to restore the originals :roll:

Left my camera home so no smudges. Next time.
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Re: 75 Imp. To the paintshop...

Post by philgsmith » Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:03 pm

The car's looking great Drew. I was thinking of replacing the number plates on Hilda as the front one was bent and they were looking scruffy but I managed to straighten it. I sprayed the black with satin paint and cleaned up the reflective surfaces using a toothbrush to get into the tight areas. They looked so good I didn't bother replacing them in the end.
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Re: 75 Imp. To the paintshop...

Post by Peter Hurst » Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:02 pm

philgsmith wrote: cleaned up the reflective surfaces using a toothbrush to get into the tight areas. .
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Re: 75 Imp. To the paintshop...

Post by philgsmith » Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:35 pm

It was probably my toothbrush !

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Re: 75 Imp. To the paintshop...

Post by kilty » Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:01 am

I can't believe it's been nearly 2 years since I added to this thread.

I had to resort to a fixed rear window, a tinted one, due to good originals being hard to find. I've since found a near-mint one, but I'll leave the fixed one where it is, I like it.

As always, other stuff gets in the way so the car isn't going to be at Warwick. The day before mot test the numberplate light packed in, and I've had no luck sorting it. It's laughable. So, until I get it fixed all I can do is regularly keep things moving and run it up and down the drive!

I might get the Cosmics restored, or do them myself, still undecided. I reckon I've spent enough on it, most of which I've already said cheerio to!

I'll put smudges on from my works computer. This device is pants.
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