Just as a reminder, this is how the car was when I towed it back from Telford.
Couple of bits of bad rust round the rear wheel arches and a dodgy seam on the offside frong wing.
Engine was in good nick but that won't be staying in long (fingers crossed)
So popped off the rear wheels and whacked it on some axel stands to have a good look around it.
A little rust ripple when I took off the rear flares on the offside.
And a little on the inner wing
And also a little hole at the top of the mount for the shock
Drums came off for a clean and assessment... good nick
They had the Kurust treatment (rapidly coming my new favourite thing in the world. A geniunely pleasant job!) and a coat of hammerite spray (not so good... it's curse word in spray form)
Rear lights out. I'm going to have to think of a way to seal these when they go back in as the foam seal is pretty much perished. Probably just some silicone sealant would do the job, they're quite a snug fit
Underneath is in excellent nick thanks to a layer of waxoyl!
Bonnet came off along with the boot lid for some rust treatment (boot was excellent apart from a couple of dents which were knocked out and treated)
Along with inside the boot which had a coat of hammerite quickly as I didn't have time to weld up the holes (need to take the petrol tank off first)
And the grill was removed and the honeycomb cut out ready for the "new" improved grill (custom built... haha)
Then today was an exciting trip to Jawel Paints in Burton!!!
Yamaha Smoke Grey won
And I've just ordered these so I can see Black Chrome halo headlights!
That's all for now
Other than to post up the interior view just once more!!!!
How much pain would I be in if I tried to add another leaf spring to the rear to stiffen the suspension a little?
When my grandad made some for his Frazernash it was straight forward, cut thelengths of spring steel before pinning and clamping them together. To add an extra leaf to an existing spring, can I just slot it in or is there some maths involved I've got to be wary over?
Back! Back from the states and first thing I did was take the car cover off the Galant and make sure she was ok!
She was, she's looking perfect, so the first sign of sunshine and I decided to strip the interior out (a slight problem of my old truck with a blown head gasket on the drive way where I was going to strip the Galant, so I couldn't drop the axle out or anything. Interior is the option)
All ready for some removals... Seats, belts, mats and centre console all got the careful treatment.
Some 70's sound deadening. Kept it incase I decided to use it as a template for some dynamat.
A quick vacuum and it's clearly in immaculate condition inside.
The inner wheel arches have some rust damage but to my untrained eye I think it should be 'fairly' (on the grand scale of things) straight forward to cut out and weld up..
Any suggestions or opinions are more than welcome on this subject!
Took the flares off too, a bit of work to do over these too, but again, very little in my opinion, and I'm excited to start tackling it!
There is no way these Britax belts are going back in! Haha!
But this might just make it into the interior! It's awesome!
All interior cards & seats were excellent after just a quick clean! I'll take the cushions off the front and refurb the frames. Thinking of dropping the drivers seat 2" back too.
A silly picture, but I just love the sprung rear seats
All in all a successful day. Tomorrow, weather permitting, I'll remove all the fluff from the interior and give it a coat of hammerite. Might have a prod around the rusty arches too.
Soon as the truck gets taken off the drive, I'll drop the axle and refurb all the suspension. I might have to throw some questions about over upgrading the front suspension tho, so beware
This is a nice thread to keep an eye on. I think the car is going to really be transformed. Looking at that silver one it shows how great these cars can look. Where did you get the headlamps from? They look really cool. Some of my Fiats have twin round lamps
Thanks very much. I'm trying my best to crack on with what I can until I have more drive space to start the welding/repairs. Cleaned up all the interior today, clear of fluff and ready to remove the dash and throw some paint on the inside and in the boot