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    Hi All

    Same as everyone else on here. I have been reading everyones forums on their builds and thought i should tag along and get advice when needed. Some amazing builds there too by the way.

    So i brought the HQ 4 years ago and slowly working on it when ever I can which is not very often, hence 4 years so far. In between other projects and kids theres not much time.

    I brought it sight unseen (stupid I know) butit looked quite good, haha. I drove it home, no reg or warrant and started pulling it apart.

    I will try and figure out how to add pics and load what I have done so far.

    ciao

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    HQ Day 1.jpg
    So this is the day i got it. Not sure how to make it appear as a pic so any help would be appreciated

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    Looks like a good starting point......does it still look like that or have you pulled it apart or started getting it back together. Good luck with the build!!

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    sweet. worked out potobucket. i am on fire now haha

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    That looks like a pretty good start mate has good lines and honest enough to start a good project,,.. so good luck all the best.

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    I need to find myself a starting point like that! Good luck mate, looking forward to following the build

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    Yeah it looked good but then the sander told a different story. The drivers side roof was rusted and dented(have replaced complete side up there) . Replaced drivers sill, bottom 6inch of drivers door, bottom rear quarter panel both corners just below wind screen plus the inside of those points around the air vent holes.
    I am stuck on the front of the front guard as its stretched from trying to get the dents out. Big bulge in it now. I have fixed all the doors and I am on to the passengers side now and finding the same damage as drivers side.
    Have ground out heaps of bog. Unbelievable how some people repair damage.
    Anyway ones I work out the picture thing I will start showing you what I have done.

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    Good start. Like the old skool mags too. If the budget is tight keep them....... They look better than a lot that bling crap people are bolting to their machines these days!
    What are your plans for mechanicals?

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    Was planning to keep the wheels, give them a polish. I like the old school look of them too. Running a 202 with Toyota 4 spd at the moment. Depending on how the panel and paint comes out will depend on if I upgrade to a v8 or flick it off and start again. The old 6 is tired so needs a freshen up. Also toyed with the idea of triple carb set up, they look cool. Ripped out the lpg system because that was definitely not cool.

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    Started with the roof on drivers side. This was the first hole.

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    This is all the rust and damage in the roof. How it got this bad I have no idea. I cut all of that out where the black lines are but never took pics. Here are the patches though and didn't require much filler afterwards. I thought it was ok for my first repair. 6hours work in the evening after a day at work.




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    Next was. The drivers sills. Sanded them back and found this




    I tried to weld patches in but the sills ended up to rough and would have required to much bog, so I ordered a replacement sill and cut the whole lot out. The sill went up and joined under the scuff plates so will be hidden if at all visible after grinding.




    And there's the end result, pretty happy at that.

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    Time to attach the panel just below the windscreen. oh my god i have opened a can of worms here. the top was a bit spotty with rust coming through at each end and once i ground the paint back it was even worse. i poked a screw driver through the rust and it ended up inside the car. The underneath of the top skin was filled with expander foam to fill the hole. I brought a couple of replacement panels and measured up where to cut the old panel off and got stuck in with the cutting disc. when i peeled the skin back this is what i found


    I scraped out all of the expander foam and found the rust went through the next panel too.




    I have cut as much as possible out without going overboard in dimantling the car. At the end of the day i not not going to be able to get rid of all rust so a little left over shouldn't matter to much to me. is that bad?
    Once i cut the majority of rust out i made some patches and repaired the underneath as best as I could. Then welded on the top panels which didn't fit that great and required a lot of workthe get the lines right. Next time i would make my own.
    So heres the end result






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    hey mate looks like you,v been busy, i tell ya what I've had and still own a few HQ,s and I've never personally seen rust like that in the roof line before do you think its had a vinyl roof at some stage, looks like a big job mate stick it out its looking good so far Cheers.

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