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Frp 591 Comes To Life panther black FRP Rate Topic: ***** 1 Votes

#181 User is offline   happy-kat 

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Posted 20 February 2015 - 09:27 PM

Think we have etch primer in the garage already.
Thanks for replying.
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Posted 21 February 2015 - 11:43 AM

No worries ;)
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Posted 03 March 2015 - 05:54 PM

Ok so not a massive update but ive got a few things done, the under body cleaning/preparing/repairing have been going very slowly but ive got a few other bits sorted, first up is the fuel pump that i have cleaned up the top plate/painted it, plus a replaced the old pump with a new walbro unit, however when i fitted it to my new tank it didn't fit... so i bent back the locating tabs on the top plate and rotated it in the tank approx 20 degrees and it fits fine, i guess its a post 2001 pump with a pre 2001 tank, oh well. next up ive cleaned up my exhaust as its pretty corroded and grotty so ive sanded/cleaned up the pipe prior to laying down some black VHT paint

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all the old parts

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new pump

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all rebuilt

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shiny back box

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centre section all masked up ready for paint

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 05:56 PM

ok so i got some work done on her today, this is how she looks at the mo

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looking up under the rear arch

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so it looks like i have a fair bit of work ahead, started on the drivers side arch today, uncovered some holes on the out side of the wind too

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here is a pic of the first stages of cleaning up

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so i know it looks pretty grim, but im confident that i can get her looking good again and be rock solid too, she will need a stop off in the body shop after the work is done but i think i can save her from this nasty state, its a pain having to work on my drive as i done have a garage or workshop :( at least the weather is good :)
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Posted 04 March 2015 - 06:35 PM

Gosh a few surprising holes.
Good luck with the strip, cut and weld I guess, please share the photos always interesting.
One of the holes you found I had documented on my rust thread. The mastic used to infil the infill rear arch to the inside of the outside panel sure does act as a water sponge and where the seam is the large ball of mastic and that I am thinking is your top most hole on the arch as I guess the shell was built up the same.
I am surprised about the holes and rust around the rear beam mount.
Good luck and lots of dry weather.
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Posted 04 March 2015 - 06:44 PM

Yeah there is a lot of mastic, those holes next the the beam mount have been growing for a while by the looks of it
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Posted 05 March 2015 - 06:19 PM

didn't quite get as much done today as I would have liked but I finished off getting the drivers rear arch back to bare metal, then my drill blew up nearly electrocuting me, anyway 95% of the arch is fine its just the edges are a little tatty, so I thought id get the first layer of protection down on the bare metal to protect it till I get the rest of it to the same stage, then I will repair the rust, paint the repairs with the same stuff then finish off the rest of the layers of protection, the stuff I'm using is called 'epoxy mastic 121' its not cheap but its well recommended and

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first layer of gloop

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 08:21 PM

Did you take down the whole inside of the arch to bare metal?
I found lots of little odd patches of rust on mine when I rubbed it down but I didn't strip the entire inside just where I found patches.
I can't quite see if you stripped it all back to bare metal.
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Posted 05 March 2015 - 09:29 PM

Yep, the whole lot, it was really fiddly getting it to the seams and corners but it was worth it, sorry the pics don't quite show this, I tried my best to get a steady pic, I wanted to get it all back to bare metal soI didn't miss anything
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Posted 06 March 2015 - 06:22 PM

almost finished the passenger side arch sanding today, found a couple of small holes in the outer wing, here is a pic of the stuff im painting the underside with, the mastic 121 goes on first then acid etch primer, dinitrol stone guard then finish off with a coat of gloss black

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also got some new Hel rear brake lines, i ordered clear braided but got black, never mind they are much better than the goodridge ones i have at the mo! the problem with the goodridge ones is that there is no part to secure it to the bracket where it meets the hard line it just goes on the FRP rear hose extension, plus the out sheath has started to give way near the join, i must admit Hel are rather good, they made me up a custom set to fit my brembos when i fitted them a few years ago

proper part to secure it to the chassis

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old vs new

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Posted 06 March 2015 - 06:39 PM

Making quite rapid progress.
Where there are holes are you welding in a fill piece?
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Posted 06 March 2015 - 06:58 PM

Yeah, I want it as solid as possible, it may not be pretty but at least it will be clean and rot free :)
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Posted 17 March 2015 - 07:50 PM

did some more work today, finished passenger arch cleaning/sanding and also made a small start on the boot floor, also picked up my rear springs from the powder coaters

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rear shocks rebuilt

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 09:45 PM

Love this car, keep up the good work, let me know when your ready to sell ;)
FRP 038 - R.I.P killed by an old man in his toyota avensis.
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Posted 28 March 2015 - 12:11 PM

Great work Sam :D

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 06:51 PM

little update, got some more work done this week as i have been off work and weather has been perfect

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got a coat of mastic on passenger arch

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finaly finished the boot floor and got first layer of mastic on that too

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my cat approves of the work

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there are a few areas that I haven't painted with the mastic, these areas are where new metal needs to be welded in, I will finish the new metal with mastic once it has been repaired, the plan at the moment is to get it all painted and put back together, then i will take it to my friend who will do the welding, get it MOT'd and then get the rear arches repaired and painted, once that is done i can paint the welded parts and its finished hopefully in time for the 15 year FRP meet next month, fingers crossed it will get done in time

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Posted 18 April 2015 - 07:05 PM

lots of progress this week

first in to etch primer then in to underguard then another coat of etch primer ready for top coat

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now in top coat

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various bits back from electroplating

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put my calipers together

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test fit of a few parts before final assembly on the car

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lots of shiny parts and goodies to go on :)

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made a start at assembly - got the rear brake lines replaced and HEL flexi hoses fitted

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hopefully get a whole heap of stuff done tomorrow, thanks for reading
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Posted 18 April 2015 - 09:13 PM

Will you be spraying something like Dymax S-50 into the holes in the chassis whilst everything is off?
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Posted 18 April 2015 - 10:10 PM

Yes I have some gloop to do the job :)
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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:48 PM

ok so here is an update, new discs turned up and i was able to get the car finally put back together, also managed to get the wrong ones sent back for a refund, anyway here are some pics:

fuel tank fitted

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i got my new fuel filler hoses fitted, im really chuffed with them, they look real good, i have another set if anyone wants to buy it (the hoses came in 1M lengths so i have loads left over

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exhaust back on

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shocks brake lines and hand brake fitted

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beam, spacers, splash guards, spindles, hubs, and caliper carriers fitted

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caliper test fit

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Thats it for the mo, just need to bleed the brakes and its drivable, the car is going to a friends garage Monday for the welding and MOT then its to another mates body shop so its looking good to be at the 15 year aniversary FRP meet (where i will literaly be the black sheep - Ha!)
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