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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:52 am

When the car came it was just a rolling shell /L4 engine and gearbox so while working on the body I was constantly looking for parts .I would have liked a complete car but I really wanted a Stiletto so at the time I got what was available. On strip down suspension legs front and back had holes .
I'll say now I be been very lucky with parts ,suspension came from a guy near Manchester had loads of parts so got water pump inc fan and all brackets spare L4 head bronze guides new all 8, shockers ,
Gear linkage very good price he said I was the only one who bothered to turn up ,Bonnet from moose's rally car (I have to look after it ) I will. Other bits eBay .In Impressons there was someone breaking a coupé and I bought a lot of parts .I never thought about it until a week or so after and asked if the rear panel was ok and would it be a problem to cut it out , he was happy to help and came in post next week it was better than expected its so weak and twisty but once clamped in place you could feel the strength come back into that section .You may be able to see some numbers on the bottom of rear window aperture as before cuting out I had taken measurements from rear seat to make sure nothing moved. You will also see 2 of the 3 new sections that make up the drip tray.
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by Lars Hagermark » Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:11 pm

:D
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by bks974c » Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:35 pm

Lovely bit of fabrication. :D

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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:16 pm

Inspirational stuff, Gary! :D Keep the posts coming. I too love threads like this. :wink:

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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:46 am

Hi in between bodywork I've been getting the suspension ready to go back on. The shocks back and front are std units . I've been told that they are fine for road use and they have cleaned up really well chrome is as new and work fine .But can you get new rubber bushes as that's the only thing wrong with them ? I would hate to have to bin them just for the sake of some bushes
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:43 am

New section tacked in place .decided to do inner 1st so I could get a long brush in and protect surrounding seams
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:02 am

Drip tray trimmed ready to fit .I will do this later when the car is off the spit .I can then make sure the profile across the back matches the engine lid.I should then be able to spot weld through to the inner panel and it will be as much as possible the original construction
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:49 am

Moving on,I need to get floor corners done so can move car as iam now have the constant pressure of loosing garage .The following photos are of how the old girl came to me
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:59 am

More rusty bits
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:02 am

I need some cutting discs ,I'll get a bulk pack I think
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by The Nun » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:16 am

I suppose the fact its extremely corroded away has good and bad facts about it, ok theres heaps to do but its so bad you have to cut out, remove it completely and renew, rather than try and patch and make do if it wasnt so bad.
Seems never ending, but all of a sudden it will be nearing the end, providing you manage to keep your garage for the duration.
At least youre pressing on with it, many would have given up on it by now Im sure,
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:31 am

I think my wife gave up on it a long time ago but she's putting up with the growing number of parts round the house . as I reconditioned parts I don't like to keep them down the lock up
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by The Nun » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:09 pm

tiker wrote:I think my wife gave up on it a long time ago but she's putting up with the growing number of parts round the house
You,ll have to tell her shes going on a holiday of a lifetime in it when its finished then? :wink:

No I dont mean IMP National in a tent :lol:
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by cov_climax » Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:40 pm

It's a shame when someone got to it before you and whilst at it did a cover up or half baked repair, however sometimes it gives you confidence that ones own work isn't so bad. I often have to take a step back and think well it can't look any worse that what is there to start with.

Based on your work so far you're doing a sterling job and I look forward to seeing the fabrication and weldathon :D

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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:10 pm

Thank you for the encouraging coments they do spur me on
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:35 pm

Started cutting
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by Colin Valentine » Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:57 pm

To Gary:
I also go to Barnsley Meetings, and have a 68 Red Stiletto with similar amounts of rust.
So we should swap notes sometime.
I think you are doing a great job.
The VIN No starts 301....
Although you might be better "talking dirty" to Dale who is doing the welding for me.
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by The Nun » Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:08 pm

Colin Valentine wrote: The VIN No starts 301....
The early one with the stainless strip on the sill, I always thought that finished it off nicely, sadly lacking on the 302 versions
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by Colin Valentine » Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:01 pm

I'm gonna lose points at Judging, as my new sills don't have the chrome trim.
I should have kept my mouth shut.
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:48 pm

Hi Colin nice to here from you I'm hoping to get to the march meet as shift start to fall on the right days then.Mine is also a 301 but didn't know about the chrome trim and me thinking I had got it all
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by Colin Valentine » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:01 pm

Gary, I must have mis-read some of the posts, as I thought that you were the one pointing out the Chrome trims.
That means that there are 2 of us looking for them now.
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by The Nun » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:09 pm

If you need chrome sill strips for the 301 Stiletto go and check out a TR6 they have them. They have 2 sizes, the early cars are narrow 7/16 wide about right and you can get them new still.
Just needs someone to check the length is enough but they dont look far off.
Worth a check maybe??
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by Colin Valentine » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:52 pm

Thanks, Peter.
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:22 am

Thanks will look out for the strips .When I cut the the floor out found the bottom of the a post just loose and corroded .Checked the nearside as this is in not bad condition and looks like it should go round another 1/2" to 3/4 and spot weld to floor made new piece a good fit between inner and outer cill flanged edges for strength and fillet welded it to cills spotted it to floor. It won't be moving now clean up and zinc paint as usual
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:37 pm

Started to make footwell section don't have any fancy bending tools so just use what's to hand , find something about the same dia .A 2.5lt. paint can seems to be ok
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by The Nun » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:18 pm

tiker wrote:don't have any fancy bending tools so just use what's to hand , find something about the same dia .A 2.5lt. paint can seems to be ok
You can do lots without fancy tools, all they do really is make the job quicker, A paint tin could be what Rootes used even? :wink:
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:20 pm

Rough piece of sheet cut from cardboard template
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by The Nun » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:58 pm

You could use a serving wenches thigh of course, like they use for rolling Havana cigars, it encourages you to go into the garage more often :shock:

But youre getting there arent you.
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by Colin Valentine » Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:35 pm

Peter,
I'm breaking out into a sweat, you must have better garages in Devon.......
In Yorkshire, they'd be hairy thighs, which takes the edge off.
As for Barnsley, I dread to think.
Garages ooop North are colder too.
Sorry going off topic.
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:42 pm

No serving wenches here much too cold only an old mop bucket joking apart it couldn't be I better fit
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:50 pm

The edge just formed by hammer and dolley
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Post by tiker » Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:06 pm

Front floor section remade I could have just welded I flat piece in but wanted it to match the other side the front is not right should be round not tapered altered it but no photo at this stage as didn't notice till it was tacked in Big mistake had to grind it out and redo well p****off
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Post by tiker » Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:10 pm

Bit more to do but getting there
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by ImpManiac » Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:41 pm

Superb work, Gary! 8)

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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by Lars Hagermark » Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:37 pm

This is the kind of postings that makes me realise a) how much I have to learn and b) how much I have to do to two of my cars. :)
It's quite inspirational though and doesn't put me off as I'm a great fan of the "learning by doing" philosophy. :wink:
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:37 pm

Got a couple of hours today finishing off the floor .I had cut out the frilly edge as just didn't like it more places for rust to take hold I wanted I smooth piece all the way round the foot well
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Post by tiker » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:40 pm

Made up 2 pieces and wielded them together
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by tiker » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:45 pm

Fitting and marking floor to grind back for welding
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by The Nun » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:18 pm

Youre doing a first class job there. :wink:
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Re: 68 stiletto Restoration

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:57 am

^^ What he said. Top notch! 8)

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