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Old 20-06-2020, 16:43   #31
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Looks really clean under there .
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Old 20-06-2020, 18:23   #32
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Good to see you have put a build thread up
I sold the seats I got from you last week, 100mm too wide to fit in the Escort
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Old 20-06-2020, 18:27   #33
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Thanks Gordon, itís certainly a really good base

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Looks really clean under there .
Oh no! Thatís a shame. Nice seats they were, glad you sold them all ok

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I sold the seats I got from you last week, 100mm too wide to fit in the Escort
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Old 20-06-2020, 18:54   #34
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Evening all..

So as you can see so far the underside has come up lovely. Working towards the front removing the black stuff it started to change a bit. Not bad whatsoever but not what I wanted. This is where my first change of mind happened

My original idea was just clean all the black off to reveal a minty underside due to the mileage, now I was faced with a decision... Some of the factory stone chip had come off ironically from stones, as I said it had a bit of fun in Japan it seems, it only got more so at the front where I found my first spot of rust yes its true!

Now my brain started ticking over (happens a lot), I could either treat it locally and touch in to match the back (which was probably a bit fiddly) or.. Well I will post some pics first I was being very picky

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Old 20-06-2020, 19:12   #35
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So not being one to do things the easy way, I decided that if I had come this far I may as well do it right. At the time it felt like it wouldn't be much more work, oh how wrong I was....

I have don't forget just decided to clean off the black waxy on a 10,000 mile car that to be honest didn't need it at all. All while I had only done 50 miles of driving

Decision made, I decided to strip the floor pan to bare metal and leave the arches as they were so clean......

In order to do this, and many people do not do this stage, the whole underside had to be completely degreased and then washed down to remove any salt deposits etc. If you just go in like many do with a drill attachment straight on to the grease and grim and waxoyl , all that will happen is it will get forced in to the seams. Obviously this is a big no no and will lead to failure of the paint and inevitably rust will form. Everything is in the prep, it took ages to get it how I wanted it before any paint was removed.

I then went back to SGS again and purchased one of their big compressors, and also an MBX Die Grinder. Mega expensive bit of kit, but what a bit of kit! Really impressive. It basically bristle blasts the steel to the same standard as blasting, so as good as you can get. It also gives a rough finish to the steel so perfect for a key.

My brain started to go in to overtime again, if Im doing the floor pan, I may as well do where the tank goes and the rear arms and wheel well..


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Old 20-06-2020, 19:20   #36
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Couple more pics, you can see I didn't go any higher on the rear behind the bumper


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On this pic below you can see where I have gone up to the good stone chip in the rear arch... Excuse the dirty bolts.. More on them later



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Old 20-06-2020, 19:30   #37
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You can just see my heater in a few of the pics , I also had a dehumidifier going 24 hours. Electric bill was interesting

I did a hell of a lot of reading up on going back to bare metal, I didn't feel very comfortable leaving bare metal even for a day or 2. Rust can start forming (before its seen by the naked eye) in the right conditions in a few hours, so I decided I needed to have a plan as I couldn't get it all stripped and paint as I went. The above pics were long long days and days, its not a quick, or a fun job. Especially in winter on your back with bits of metal flying about (more on bits of metal later)

First thing, back to SGS, I got myself a creeper. Absolute lifesaver, why oh why I didn't get one sooner God only knows.

Next plug goes to rust.co.uk, really great site and loads of helpful tips. After some research I decided the best route for the bare metal was to phosphate it. This is done with an acid and degreasing solution. Its the best prep you can do as it chemically changes the metal and will last on bare metal for 6-12 months with zero rust. Really good stuff, just don't get it in your eyes (after the 3rd time of doing so I decided another purchase, a face mask )
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Old 20-06-2020, 20:19   #38
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Then this happened


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Old 20-06-2020, 20:22   #39
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Basically I decided the arches needed doing they didn't AT ALL, such an idiot. But as I was already there I thought why not... At least I knew everything was going to be brand new and better than factory. I know some may be upset by the originality going, but this car is a keeper and I don't intend to do this job again. Its total overkill in truth, its won't see a winter or probably a wet road.
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Old 20-06-2020, 20:43   #40
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Fantastic work there ! I know the feeling ... you plan on doing a bit ... and talk yourself into doing the lot

The mbx tools are great , expensive but well worth it

This is going to be one excellent project
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Old 20-06-2020, 20:49   #41
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Its a nightmare. Its so hard not to replace the whole car

It just gets silly. I have made myself put back stuff thats not been done

Yep MBX is amazing, the wheels aren't cheap either . I reckon I've used 20 odd @ 50 quid each

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Old 20-06-2020, 21:47   #42
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Make sure you do a good job because when its all done, you can sell it to me.
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Old 20-06-2020, 22:40   #43
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Seats sold really well, had lots of interest.
Looks like you have put some serious hours into that, not nice laying under a car working.
Does your SGS jack stay up with weight on it?
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Old 20-06-2020, 22:45   #44
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