small french hatchback

  1. black bandit Member

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    Nice looking pug
     
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  2. Spent the last 2 evenings reading this whole thread. Has to be one of the nicest Pugs around and one of the best build threads I have seen. You work is a credit to you.
     
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  3. davenport Member

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    Thats very kind... thankyou
     
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  4. spencer 427 Member

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    Awesome build. Am doing a very similar project on a saxo vts.
     
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  5. davenport Member

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    Is there a build diary anywhere??
     
  6. spencer 427 Member

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    No not yet. But I will start one at some point. Had it two year. Finally got round to it. Just removed the panel that goes over the top of the exhaust tunnel that holds the seatsame in. What a fk that was to get off. Heaps of spot welds everywhere. Might just cut it out and replace with a new as damaged the tunnel getting it off. Cut the rear floor for fuel cell. My cell is a fair size as had it new for another project. Rear beam cross member was rotten so will fab a new member and install the fuel cell box with it.
     
  7. Rocketman Member

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    Reminds me I need to get back to finishing my 106 gti - just a standard factory resto mine is though. Probably only be able to do though once I get a op on my knee.

    Is that xsi a cobalt blue/bleu nevis?
     
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  8. spencer 427 Member

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    20170210_102052.jpg 20170210_144452.jpg Just started mine.
     
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  9. spencer 427 Member

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    Lots of curves and awkward angles to form
     
  10. slim_boy_fat

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    Just change your name to Flintstone and you're sorted. :thumbup: :laughing:
     
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  11. spencer 427 Member

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    I thought the same thing ten minutes ago when I was sitting in the back looking at the heap of work ahead.
     
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  12. davenport Member

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    Alright peeps...

    So.. decided to give the steering rack a bit of a spruce up.. it was stripped/blasted/powdercoated and then just pop it all together..

    Yeah... because its always that easy isnt it!?!

    The needle bearing was a bit notchy (knackered) so i popped up to the suppliers only to be told they were unavailable.. a bit of head scratching and we decided the french were being typically awkward in using a custom bearing and to drop down on the OD to the nearest std size and i'd machine a sleeve to hold it in place:

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    Once that was all done I had a shiny rack:

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    So.. the pedalbox went in.. the rack went on and i started on the steering arms...

    Aaaaaand another issue arose:

    Ya see these little rod end spacers:

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    I found 3..

    Guess how many i needed??

    Yesssssss 4.. thats right!!!

    So, after much swearing and cursing i decided to make 1... some bar was thriwn in the lathe and i fired up the Ateam music...

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    And just like Hannibal and the boys... i love it when a plan comes together!!:

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    Colomn was bolted up.. arms fitted.. we had steering!!


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    I did start getting pedals attatched but was running out of time and correct sized bolts..

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  13. spencer 427 Member

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    Nice work ......
     
  14. davenport Member

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    Another forum asked a bit about the steps involved with fabricating some of the stuff... so i took a few step-by-step shots of this grar linkage bracket...

    To start off, we have 2 pieces of 1.5mm sheet folded into channels.. some laser cut discs.. and a couple of bits of tube...

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    The discs were welded onto 1 end of the tube to create a sort of bucket with a hole in the bottom.. the channels were welded together to create a thinwall box section.. holes were cut for the tubes and the whole lot bolted down to a jig plate

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    The ends of the box were cut and shaped to follow the tibes nicely:

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    Another piece of channel was pressed, the end shaped and the whole lot was welded up:

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    Left to cool, powdercoated.. and fitted up:


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    I also fitted the bootlid and checked the thermoformed rear screen for fit as thats being bonded in Saturday..


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    The workshop at my folks unfortunatly has been inhabited by bats so the ClassicAdditions cover was brought out of the toolbox.. but first i blew all the dust off and took a couple of 'reflection' shots.. please remember the car is still straight out of the paint booth and the finish is as it came off the gun, it still needs a final polish...


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    And then tucked it up until the weekend....

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  15. dobbslc

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    You should have just clear coated that gear linkage! Beautiful bit of work!
     
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  16. spencer 427 Member

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    Nice work davenport...
     
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  17. spencer 427 Member

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    Your a lot further forward on your build than me....
     
  18. davenport Member

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    I should f****** hope so... its been nearly 9 years
     
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  19. spencer 427 Member

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    LOL... 9 years is a long time..but you have a nice motor at the end of it...
     
  20. davenport Member

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    Anyone that knows me, (and my previous poor luck) will know i'm quite particular nowadays in who i let work on my car...

    Sean (bespoke wiring solutions) did a fantastic job on the wiring..
    Zane (ZLS) absolutely mastered the painting..
    Dave (flockitanway) has nade the dash look stunning
    And to that list i can add..

    Russ Davis (ginge) (ultimate windscreens) to that list.. the guy drove nearly 2 hours to fit the glass and i'm so happy i found/chose him.. his attention to detail and knowlege is first rate and his results are first rate!!!

    The windows themselves are hardcoated items (rear screen is also thermoformed) and are from MaxiMotorsport.. fantastic quality!!

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    So happy!!!!

    I also got around to finishing the front brake pipes and fitted the stainless brackets up in the arches..

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