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Re: Little Purple Austin

#106 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:06 pm

Vulgalour wrote:I'm actually after a bumper sticker that reads "no expense spent". If you see one, please let me know.
Quick Google and I found https://www.bannerbuzz.co.uk. A 300mm long by 40mm tall strip with 65pt text costs about £1 and you can use their online design tool for something that simple. I bet they get you on the p&p though.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#107 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:36 pm

Vulgalour wrote:I'm actually after a bumper sticker that reads "no expense spent". If you see one, please let me know.
Back in the '80s I drove around in my 1300GT with a sticker in the back window: "What d'you mean junk? I paid 50 quid for this!" And yes, it had actually cost me £50. You would have to pay more than 100 times that for a good GT nowadays.

I have just spent the weekend at the 1100 Club national rally: a good turnout of more than 30 ADO16s of all marques.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#108 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:20 pm

Johnny: It does produce what I want and for just a few pence... but the £8 postage for a single sticker can FRO. I reckon they're aimed more at bulk orders for promotional stuff. I might make and design one myself for my RedBubble shop so I can potentially make cash back, I can't be the only one that wants this sticker.

@220: As much as £50! You were robbed, mate ;)
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#109 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:51 pm

220 GSi turbo wrote: Back in the '80s I drove around in my 1300GT with a sticker in the back window: "What d'you mean junk? I paid 50 quid for this!"
I like the one that says "I'd rather be pushing this Rover than driving that BMW." I'll find it one day...
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#110 Post by Vulgalour » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:36 pm

Crinkle grille insert arrived in the post and I got the lights back on that I could today. Gas bottle arrived too late to actually get any welding done, so I'm hoping to crack on with that inner wing tomorrow and try and have that all finished.

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Looking a good bit smarter now.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#111 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:15 pm

Is that a second-hand grille, or is someone still making ADO16 parts :o

It's a happy car already, it appears to be winking at me...
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#112 Post by Vulgalour » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:22 am

It's NOS and came in a BMC branded cardboard box. Still had the little rubber protector feet on the fixings. Of course it should be going on a concourse example but I'm going to fit it to what is potentially going to be the worst looking road going example of the marque.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#113 Post by 1234dist » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:36 am

:laughing2 :clapping

"you need a new car to go with your grille mate"!
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#114 Post by Vulgalour » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:05 pm

:tt2

Just two repairs left to do on this inner wing now. Finally got the fiddly strengthener bit rebuilt and persuaded the trumpet panel to fit properly.
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Got the first trim in on the outer wing, a little more trimming and that will be ready to weld on. Mike rebuild the clutch master cylinder and we bled that so it works now so far as we can tell, he also dismantled the original grille so that the old surround can accept my new insert. Mk2 Crinkle grille looks loads better than the stock Mk3 item. Almost looks like a car again.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#115 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:49 pm

I can't believe the mesh grille was considered an upgrade over the crinkle one, model to model. Looks much more furnished with the MK. 2 grille. The mesh was obviously for cost saving purposes. More chrome too, which is excellent.

I like the solid, functional approach you're taking, so I wouldn't take too seriously any criticism, including any from those who poly-bush and powder-coat everything but never admit to being perfectionists :wink3

My rank-amateur painting skills saw me experimenting on my own car to try and cut 25-year old lacquer down to just the paint layer using toothpaste. It worked too, but took about half an hour just for a small patch. I immediately regretted it, as I didn't have the energy to do the whole wing and ended up spraying some lacquer over the top of the clean paint underneath, which left a nice fringing effect on the car and an area which is obviously the original flame red not masked by decades of road dirt. I'll have to wait for the re-spray to get rid of that now :sad Nonetheless, the ability to gently cut down paint layers has left me wondering about hand-painted finishes and whether you could smooth out the brush strokes or restore a shine with a bit of toothpaste polishing. I don't really have the ability to spray anything at home - I'm confined to open air in the back garden, which isn't ideal. And a lot of paints do come only in bottles and cans, and in 2-part mixes.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#116 Post by Vulgalour » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:24 am

Work your way down to 2000 grit and use a decent cutting compound and polish with a machine polisher and you'd be amazed at the results you can get. Way back in 2012, a neighbour wrote off his Corsa B on my Princess by reversing into it which meant I had to repaint the rear wing after knocking the dents out. Back then the car was going to be all purple too, which would later change... anyway, my point is this panel was done with a brush, hand-sanded and then polished. A perfectly respectable finish.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#117 Post by Vulgalour » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:31 pm

Last bit of rot removed from the front wing, so that's the inner wing finished now bar drilling a couple of holes for fixing the electrics to.
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Had a narrow escape with the angle grinder when it snagged and jumped, trying to take off my thumb. Luckily I'm in the habit of wearing welding gauntlets so they took the brunt of the disc and gave me time to turn it off before I lost enough thumb to need stitches.
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That rather set me back so I didn't get all the trimming needed to get the outer wing fitted, which was a little disappointing, but at least I still have my thumb.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#118 Post by ROVER-25X » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:56 am

Cut your nails. :laughing2
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#119 Post by Vulgalour » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:18 am

... is what the grinder said as it lunged wildly to deal with the problem. :laughing2

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To Do list is considerably shorter than it was. Here's an update on that.

Bodywork
- bulkhead mounting point for heater to repair
- rear boot floor seam to clean and repair as necessary
Driver's side
- fit front outer wing
- repair/replace front floor pan
- front subframe mount on heelboard to investigate and repair if required.
- small inner sill repairs to complete
- sill closing panel to buy and attach
- rear lower outer wing/arch area to replace
- boot floor to inner wing section to repair
Passenger side
- repair outer sill under door
- sill closing panel to buy and attach

Mechanical and Electrical
- identify cause of inoperable horn and driver's side indicators. Potentially earth problem and/or dirty connections
- obtain and fit correct battery, current one much too large
- acquire and fit battery clamp (may have a Princess one in stock that suits)
- acquire and fit new tyres
- flush and replace coolant
- bleed brakes

Cosmetic
- repair and retrim door cards
- repair and retrim parcel shelf
- acquire and fit new carpetting
- apply paint where required
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#120 Post by ROVER-25X » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:50 am

Retrim with this. :laughing2



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