You shoukd have said,
I have a viva HC project, with a mint shell, that I should probably move on.
I don't think it's bad enough to start looking at donor shells, and if yours is in good nick then it would be a pity to do anything other than restore it. I bought this because it was going to be broken, and as it's a pretty unusual car I didn't want to see that happen.
It's certainly not as bad as my previous project, the only atrocious workmanship on that was mine when I'd first attempted some repairs, and that was long enough before that they'd already started detaching themselves as the metal behind disintegrated.
From your username, it sounds like you would like my project - https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/threads/pictures-of-old-or-rare-vehicles.102789/page-11 although that ones in a completely unrestored state so I wont have to fix other peoples bodges
Yes indeed, and it's great that you have such a history with it. As I acquired this in largely-dismantled form, the photos I took when I got it aren't really worth posting. I did quite a long thread on another forum covering my previous rebuild of another of these, and I haven't been doing the same for this as there's only so much difference from the first. The chap I got it from stuck a few bits back on it to give an idea of it, this is one of his photos.
Nice! Where was your other thread? I would like to have a read? I am on the Vauxhall Viva Owners Club forum (and a club member) but couldn't really find others with their level of info.
It was on the DSG forum. Here's a link, I believe it's in a public area. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/droopsnootgroup/sportshatch-restoration-t3953.html
One of these days I will have to go through and replace all the Photobucket-hosted photos.
I picked up some parts the other week from a classic car restoration place and saw this
The guys were all in there 50’s and had all the gear but obviously no idea
I can hear "Im welding my whole life so dont teach me how to weld"
Thing is they will sell that car at £100k
it was a smart relatively new work shop not something in an old barn on a farm
Of course we're all assuming they did it and that the car wasn't in for remedial works!
I asked the chaps and they proudly told me what it will sell at, I enquired do you do all the work
the car has had new floor pans, inner sills and outer plus all 4 wing lips
it must be about 5k in panels and the ones they have made really didn’t look good
It was the only picture I managed to snap
A mudguard, with really nice paint. My 3 year old nephew bounced on the seat and cracks appeared in the paint.
The guard had six mig welded patches, not sure if they were patches maybe just blobs of mig weld, blobbed till it
formed a patch. The photo doesn't do them justice they are about 3/8th of an inch thick,
I drilled holes around the bad patches, intending on sawing out the patch, pressing on the drill pushed the patches off.
Iv actually worked for a company and he asked me to paint over holes in the floor of a rally car with seam sealer rather than properly fix it
I refused but the apprentice jumped at the chance to use seam sealer for the first time
first pic should be of my torch underneath it
edit, I really should wait for the pictures to upload
A rally car and he wanted that done!!! Ahh, it's ok though, he's run the HT cable inside the car so that makes it safe and race ready
There doesn't seem to be one but if there was, I'd insert a 'shakes head' emoji here!
this was a fully fledged business with 10 staff and over 150 cars to look after... cowboys
To be fair, they don't look to be rust holes, and all he wants to do is stop the notes getting wet . . .
\I had a transit van where someone had done the same with the chassis rails: except using expanding foam, rather than concrete
I was at an event last year, and a local classic restoration company had three of the same car on display - one in "as found" condition, the centre one a "restored" painted bare shell with some parts going back on, and the third a completely rebuilt car, obviously to show off the quality of the work. There wasn't much going on at the show so I spent quite a bit of time looking around these cars, and came to the conclusion that the only one I'd want was the one they hadn't touched. At first, it just looked like they hadn't straightened the brake pipes out properly before fitting them, but then I started noticing other stuff. Looking through the holes in the chassis box section (which are supposed to be there) there was MIG wire that had run through the welds they'd done on the other side. Several plates over poor parts of the floor and bulkhead where the original metal clearly hadn't been cut out before the plate went on. I did try to have a chat with the guy manning the stand, but he kept avoiding me. I don't know if he'd picked up on how unimpressed I was, but I actually wanted to ask if they'd just slapped the paint on to be able to show the three stages and were actually intending to rectify it.
The view through the chassis: MIG wire and a crinkly brake pipe, and not repairing the edge on the side nearest the camera.
And how about this for a floor pan repair?
Paint had a lovely shine to it, though. Like I said, maybe they were going to strip, rectify and paint, but they'd already started fitting brake pipes to it.
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