Si's second attempt at a DC2

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  1. Simple Simon

    Simple Simon Active Member

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    Progress has been pretty slow in all honesty, but then again I'm not exactly on a deadline so it doesn't matter too much.

    Once I had finished with the bonnet hinge area I moved on to the arch. Few bit of surface rust were removed and treated. I then either made a sound decision...or a really stupid one that I didn't need to.

    Where the car had been undersealed previously on the arch, it was beginning to dry up, and flake away in places. I thought the best idea would be to just get it all off and start again with fresh protection. (I thought it would all just come away from the paint with ease.)

    Proceeded with using a scraper and removing the flaky scabby bits. Wasn't quite as easy as I hoped, and there was still a load stuck on the car.

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    I soon realised the under that flaky layer was a thick oily tar like protection. In the end I used about 2 bottles of tar and glue remover and too many hours of cleaning than I care to recall. :busy:
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    But I got there in the end, and more good news in that there is no corrosion under there either. I think it may have stained the seam sealer, or is it normally that colour?
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    Other than that I've just started on the front end bits before taking care of everything on the passenger side.

    I'm playing a bit of a waiting game at the minute as I'm prepping all of these areas for undersealing, but the product I'll be using for protection (epoxy mastic) can't really be used under 10 degrees. There's no chance I can heat up the unit enough with the roof being so high.
    However a mate of mine is going to be re painting the bonnet hinge areas champ white for me at some point, and he's offered me access to his lamp heaters over the festive period whilst he's not at work. So I think the best idea would be to utilise them and get as much finished as I can during that time frame.
    Once he's back at work I think the best idea would be carry on prepping a part at a time and hope that when it comes to finishing off the job its heated up a bit!

    Anyway away from that I finally went and got my manifold polished up. I couldn't be bothered with it in the end and wasn't getting the results I was after. Few days turnaround and I got a reasonable finish on it. It's not 100% but I guess it's probably not going to stay shiny for very long anyway lol

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    Anyways, enough blabbering. Thanks for reading :)
     

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    si8pny Well-Known Member

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    Nice updates. The seam sealer has probably been stained by the under body protection that was applied to it.

    Would love to have the space to do that to mine. Single garage makes it hard work!
     
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    Yeh I was in 2 minds to remove it and re apply some fresh sealer, but the oil in the underseal seems to have kept the original stuff from becoming brittle and cracking. So no real need to be honest.
    Although there are a lot of areas where 2 (or more) sheets of metal have been spot welded together and no seam sealer applied. I'm not sure if I should seal those areas up now, or if they are required for drainage and what not?

    Ah tell me about it! I lost half my garage to make way for a dining room, so no chance I can even get a car in there anymore. :( I'm glad I managed to find a unit when I did as I want to get this job done and out the way with.
    Not sure how long I'll keep hold of it though, as it's a lot of money to fork out every month and I'm splitting the cost with someone, who may not continue to rent it after the winter has been and gone. :nerv:
     
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    I would imagine it doesn't have seam sealer applied its possibly for drainage.

    I would love a local unit to me but they are just so much money!
     
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    Christmas period over with and was back at it. Slightly annoyed how little time I got on the spend working over the 2 weeks of holiday I had, but hey ho.
    Finally finished both wheel arches now, all ready to be undersealed and protected again. No nasties to report on again, nice and clean. :)
    Was a bit frustrated with how long it was taking me...hence the picture.

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    Strut tower again was all good, just stained.
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    Ive taken the majority of the seam sealer around the passenger side bonnet hinge area as well, again same scenario as the drivers side with rust underneath it. So I'm glad I've gone to these lengths.

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    I'll be tackling this and a couple of tiny isolated areas of the passenger wing where there is a small amount of surface rust and then the entire front end is ready for underseal :D I have finished the slam panel as well, but didn't get any pictures.

    Was browsing eBay last week (as you do) and stumbled across a pair of wheels. Original Kosei P1's (Budyclub's) in 16X7.5J ET32. So slightly more aggresive offset than the Advans. Will be using these on the fronts, but don't have any hubs on at the minute obviously so did a test fit on the rear. With a proper sized tyre and some camber they should fit easily up front. Absolute bargain at £180!! Couldn't pass them up as they were only 45 minutes up the road!
    These were being used to roll a Toyota Chaser around, hence the chunky tyres.

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    Small update, the vast majority of the front end is fully rust treated and is ready for sealing. :))
    Once I had finished both bonnet hinge areas, I primed them and tiger sealed them up. A mate of mine who paints for a living then came in and painted the scuttle and hinge areas.

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    You can see here the tiger seal I've put on. It isnt the best job, I tired my hardest to copy the oem lines and thickness but applied a bit more sealant in the areas that were missed from the factory. It doesn't overly matter too much though as once the scuttle is on and the wings, you can't see any of it anyway!

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    Took all the plastic sheeting off once the lacquer has been sprayed and waited for it to fully dry.

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    My mate has been kind enough to loan me his heat lamps during the weekends so I can start cracking on with the undersealing, as the products I'm using really don't react well with cold temperatures.
    I'm going to do it in 3 stages, 1 arch, front slam panel then passenger arch. So made a start on the drivers side front arch today. Primed with Bilt Hamber's Electrolux, really strange texture primer but easy enough to use.

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    Needs to be left for 3 days apparently before overcoating with high solvency top coats. So come the weekend I will be putting down the underseal.

    Got a massive order of Hardrace bushes in place that should be here next week. Also going to get my arms shot blasted once I get paid, then they can get some epoxy mastic before being put back on the car.
    Everything is slowly coming along. I'll see how I'm getting on for time but I may leave doing the back end of the car until winter 2018.
     

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    Got home from work during the week to a big delivery of Hardrace parts. I used a company called RHD Performance for the 1st time, think they maybe a new company as I couldn't find out an awful lot of information on them, but really good experience.
    Beat all the other main competitor prices by a nice chunk (Including "Hardrace UK" ironically). Free shipping for all this lot and great communication. I'll be using them again for sure.
    Their website is here: https://www.rhdperformance.co.uk/ They can get the entire catalogue of Hardrace (amongst other brands), but haven't got around to listing everything they sell.

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    But that's basically everything for the front end that I require to build the car back up with new suspension parts. :D I'll list it all once it's on the car.

    Dropped by a local powder coaters to me and decided to get my suspension arms shot blasted. I decided not to take my knuckled in as they still have the wheel bearings in and didn't want them getting grit in the bearing...or is this being overly cautious?
    But 45 minutes later and £30 I'm glad I didn't waste my time with wire wheels. lol

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    I decided not to underseal that 1 arch I did last weekend, but instead chose to get the whole front end primed up. Was going well until I ran out of paint. :angry2::angry:
    But I got the slam panel finished with 2 coats and the passenger arch is half done on it's 1st coat. lol

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    Final part I picked up was a new CV joint for the passenger drive shaft. I now found I can use a EP3 outer CV joint on 98 Spec hubs, so that's nice and easy to get hold of if I need some in the future.
    Cut the boot off and tried hammering the joint off, but will need to use a vice really as it's not budging. The CV grease has also turned a delightful green colour. :eew:

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    Got a big order of OEM parts on the way including windscreen mouldings amongst other bits.
     
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    stuartwilkie Black fn2 type R

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    Long weekend at it but I feel I've made a lot of progress :))

    Basically I have the majority of the front end undersealed now, the exception being the underside of the slam panel (where you jack the car up) and a couple of areas just between the wheel wells and subframe.

    The epoxy mastic stuff from Bilt Hamber is easy enough to use, mix it up and brush it on. But the consistency is really weird, it's really tacky and as such trying to get a nice smooth finish I found quite difficult. The black version I've used on the wheel wells went on easy enough, only needed 2 coats and it covered up the primer and has a nice finish to it.
    I'm not too sure on the white in all honesty. It looks better in the pictures than it actually does in person. I applied it quite thinly, but it took about 4 coats of the stuff to cover up the primer and be solid white (there are areas where it still looks a little patchy that will need a touch up).

    I really can't make my mind on wether I like the white, but I can't particularly be bothered on changing the colour of it now, but what do you guys think? Keep the contrast of the black and white? Or paint everything not on show black. I keep telling myself the overall finish of the product it's massively important as it's not on show....but it will just bug me lol

    Anyway, I will put some pics

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    So from here I've got a few more jobs to do before the rebuilding of the front end starts. Front bumper support and crash bar are away for shot blasting and powder coating. I still need to sort my CV joint and get the bushes in my LCA pressed in. A quick wire wheel of my hubs and a lick of paint and some stone chip to go over the high impact areas on the arches and then I'm ready. :)
     
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    Nice updates. Really need to give my shell some love. Just don't think I have the time for this.

    How long has the above take you?
     
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    I have a higher level of respect for people who do this sort of thing for a living as it's a massive ball ache tbh haha
    I'm so bored of it now that once the front end is finished and back together I'll leave the rear until later this year.

    All in all I started in November, and looking to have it finished by March. I've took my time with it and I've only been doing a few hours here a weekend there so no idea how many man hours tbh (not quick though)
     
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    Oh yeah I couldn't do it on a daily basis!

    Really tempted to buy a cheap EK shell and send it to be dipped and then have a cage welded in. Then just reshell and respray.
     
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    Had a bit of leave from work to use up that I've not been able to use until now, so booked off 2 weeks starting at the beginning of this week. Plan was to smash out the re assembly of the DC2 and get it back on the road for the upcoming spring and summer. Managed until Tuesday when I got the dreaded call...long story short I've been "emergency deployed" to Bahrain for 3 months. With 10 days notice. Joys of the armed forces...

    So after much swearing and moaning I set to work getting the DC2 back into a state where it could easily be moved around the unit as Mitch will be needing to get his CRX in and out whilst I am away, so mines getting tucked up in the corner.

    Car looked like this with the crash bar and bumper support being the only bits I had put back on the car when I received the phone call.

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    Fast forward onto Wednesday and I had all the new suspension bolted on, torqued down, exhaust manifold on, shift linkage back on and the car back on all 4 wheels in about 5 hours (quite good going for me as I don't like rushing things)

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    Hooked up the battery today and turned over the engine, fired up straight away on the button after standing for 4 months :)
    I really wanted to roll it out the unit and just take it for a quick spin up and down the path to the unit (yes with no body panels lol). Opened the door and was greeted with 2 inches of snow! Great. I'll have to leave that till next week before I fly out.

    I should be home early June, and my plan is to get all the panels back on the car in time for Players Classic at Goodwood on the 24th June as I've been accepted into the show, and it's one of my favourites and local.
    After that I will spend some time getting on the small stockpile of mods I have for the car.

    Mega disappointed about going away as I had loads of plans for trackdays this year as I haven't been able to do any since my 1st in June 2016 (due to being away with work again). A few mates have the Nurburgring booked in July, so I may tag along if I can afford it once I get back. :p
    Biggest bonus of this time away is that they are giving me a temporary promotion = more money. :)

    Until that time, this is likely to be the last update from me, will update you when I get back to working on the car again in T-minus 97 days...
     

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