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stella the stiletto

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2008 is the year its going back on the road if it kills me. been sat in the garage to long with the cant be bothered attitude. the last thing i did was clean up and renew the suspension parts ie bushes and bearings, but i left them under cover because every time i touch the car something else goes wrong. :x :x :x . but not anymore, today ive put on the front and rear suspension steering box, hubs front wheels (just to see what they look like) bl***y chuffed, no loss of blood just a bit of sweat.the next time i can do anything will be sunday because of work (got to pay the bills)the rear wheels are next and then i can lower it to the floor (it wobbles a bit on the blocks but i couldnt get my fat belly under otherwise).all this just so i can get it to the paint shop, after sorting the rest of the body work.once painted i will renew the bolts on the suspension etc because they are a bit grubby, just wanted to fit them to gee me up to finish it.
your comments good or bad are welcome.
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been stalled doing the body work for a year so did the suspension and it has changed my attitude. I WANT TO GET IT DONE NOW :) :) :) .
bazz are you calling me simple : :( :( ive even got my sence of humour back, yippee.
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here is the evidence. stellas suspension is fitted and the wheels are on.what do you think. is it ok to fit the wheels with standard wheel nuts

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sorry guys got to say it


never support a car on concrete building blocks or bricks!!!!!!
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane »

supaimpy wrote:sorry guys got to say it


never support a car on concrete building blocks or bricks!!!!!!
Ive got to agree , they can break up under this kind of load , AXLE STANDS please :D
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^^ I agree too. :wink:

That said, what is the finish on the suspension parts? They look really good. Are they powder coated or painted and, if so, with what?

Coming along nicely! :)

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well done to the people that spotted the deliberate mistake. :wink: :wink: yes the concrete blocks are a stupid idea and dangerous. it will be back on its wheels tomorrow(if i can get it down).
the suspension parts are powder coated , but the guy made a right mess doing them. would not have it done again.there is a bit of rust on the front seams already and it hasnt been out side yet.
the shocks stearing arms and back plates were striped to bare metal and hand painted with hammerite, then i put them under a warm light( like you have over your door outside ) and left them for a few hours to dry.
turned out quite good i think only time will tell.
i will try to get to the barnsley meet but it will not be this months far to busy at work, long hours and early starts driving up and down the country
the more you comment the more i want to get it finished then i can go to night school and learn to spell, didnt pay attension at school.thats my excuse and im sticking to it.
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Post by gdbushell »

Regarding the wheels, you need the correct nuts to suit the wheels...

So maybe standard ones are ok, or you may need specials. Someone more knowlegable should be able to give you more info...
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thanks for the advice on the wheel nuts.has anybody got the contact details for minilight wheels, cant find anything on google.
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not a lot of progress today but managed to clean up the steering colum ready for painting Image
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a bit more progress this weekend cleaned and repaired the rear cross member and trialled fitted it before putting away in storage. had to make a couple of repair sections and spent a good few hours with the angle grinder and drill to clean it up.
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Post by bazzateer »

Is that bare metal under the cling film? If so it'll need some paint/grease etc on it or it will still rust.
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cheers baz yes it is bare metal under the cling film. im storing the parts that ive cleaned in the spare bedroom, only for a couple of weeks before going of to the paint shop. cling film stops the dog from putting its manky nose all over it. i cling filmed the roof of stella 18 months ago and its rust free and thats in the garage. should be ok .thanks for the sugestion.
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more progress cleaned up the boot lid and did some minor repairs, cleaned all the surface rust of and coated the inside with bilt hammers hydrate 80 rust beater.goes on blue but drys black.
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off side door repairs. my welding is getting better.both bottom corners had rotted away in the usual spots. cleaned up and renewed the edges where needed and graffted new metal in place.all welds are seam welded and ground back flush. just like to thank mr benedict stride from sussex for his very detailed article in september 07 impressions mag. i would not have tried to do this overwise.

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busy day yesterday. managed to repair the bonnet .
made my own repair panels out of flat steel and folded it
in the vice.i think ive done a reasonable job :?: :?: ,
what do you think. all comments accepted (preferebly good) :lol: :lol:
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front inside lip was realy rotten so removed as much as posible and welded in some new metal. seam welded on the inside and plug welded from the front.
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just a little skim of filler and hey presto job done
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and yes it does fit (im amazed :shock: :shock:
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Saw this today, looks like it has the potential to be a real stunner! 8) Then again I love Stiletto's (the car not the shoe :lol: )

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hopefully it will be in one piece for the national. i dont know about a stunner, im doing the work :lol: :lol: but will do my best.

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a bit of progress now my hand is fixed.
fuel tank , front grill , headlight surrounds all cleaned and ready for painting.
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original condition
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cleaned up with a wire wheel on the drill
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treated with hydrate 80
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as removed from the car 2 years ago
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after a few hours with angle grinder and drill
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a quick coat of primer
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filler neck and cap after i shot blasted them
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front grill and number plate brackets painted in hydrate 80
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Looking good, Chris. :D

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Looking very good! Looks like you've got a cracking condition front grill there too
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chris d wrote:just like to thank mr benedict stride from sussex for his very detailed article in september 07 impressions mag. i would not have tried to do this overwise.
Thank you very much Chris! :oops:

Nice to have been of help. Looks like your door corners were a little worse than mine though! :shock: But a very nice job! :D

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cheers basildon 310
if i get it to the national you can check out the door repairs for real and i owe you a pint for the help .
the front grill was new but rusted all over took a lot of time to clean up and prep thats why ive coated it in hydrate 80 rust killer. thanks for the comments lads your geeing me up to finnish it for the national. heres hoping :D :D
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I hope you do get it done for the national, it would be nice to see it completed there! 8)

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Sorry for the retarded question, but I assume you can paint over hydrate80 then?
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hi nick
yes you can paint over hydrate 80. its like all the other rust beaters but only better (so it says on the tin).they have an advert in practical classics sounded good so i thought why not try it.
heres hoping for the national
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should have mentioned pictures in the album of the floor that is done and painted already
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Hydrate 80 consistently out performs the others in tests I've seen in classic car mag's for several years now.
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Car looks like it be nice when you get it done. Think im lucky having a farily rust free imp. Wish i had a big garage, i have to push mine outside everytime i want to do something on it.
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hi pobsport
i will swap your rust free imp for my 30 foot x20 foot garage :D :D :D
only joking. you will probably do more outside on your car than i will in my garage. the rust is p***ing me off, i cant do it fast enough, only working at the weekend because of work. its took me the best part of 18 months to do the bodywork. there are some other pictures in the album if you want to take a look.trying to get it done for the national but loosing the will. i lack motivation and cant be arsed half the time. thanks for the interest.
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Your ok ill stick with mine. I do tend to get quite alot done at once as i need to get it back together to put it back in the garage. The one thing im lacking at moment is funds :( (so any donations welcome :lol: ). What puts me off is things like last weekend, all motivated and ready to go, just get outside and it starts to snow.
Hoping to fetch mine too a show sometime and meet a few people, be nice to get some info off people.
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were abouts are pics ?
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hi pobsport
some of the pictures are in the bodywork section of the album.
if you look under all posts by chris d you should find some more in various sections of the album.
thanks for the interest
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cheers
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managed to sort out the manky roof this weekend once the vinal was removed this is what i was left with
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attacked with the angle grinder, welder and elbow grease (available from Halfords) and this is how it turned out
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there are some marks in the photo where i havnt flatted it down yet.
also managed to repair the door cards
the board at the back is what i removed .strpped the vinal of and made new cards.
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the vinal is half polished just to show the difference
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the finnished article could do with being a bit tighter but not bad for a first try. sorry for the bad pictures got some dust on the camera lense
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Looking good, if you ever need help with the cards i will be more than willing to give a hand as ive done my door cards before on my imp....

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Excellent! Keep up the good work, Chris! :D

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Very impressive
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well may was a busy month with the car , fitted both doors ,bonnett ,cross member , and boot. surprisingley they all fit and for the first time in 21/2 years IT SAW DAYLIGHT :D :D :D . to say im pleased is the biggest understatment in history .it would not have got this far if it hadnt been for a brilliant and friendly club , so a HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL.hopefully it will be going to the paint shop in the next 2-3 weeks . if the paint is dry i will try and bring it to the national . although not complete you will be able to have a laugh at my work skills :wink: :wink: .
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