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    Hi all, Well it's been about 6 months so I thought I'd better put an update up. Things have been progressing pretty slowly, though slowly but surely. Just getting the final bits and pieces done before the car can be painted. There were a few small jobs like making a mounting bracket for the new fuse panel under the dash, doing the final prop in the engine bay and a few other small jobs. I had a yarn to my painter and asked him to get a move along with the panel and paint as it's nearly been four years and I'm happy to say that he has made some positive steps towards getting the car painted. He has put the car on a rotisserie and will paint the underneath very soon. I'll get some photos of this when I see the car later this week.

    But one of the huge hold ups was the bonnet.... What a sago that turned out to be. I wanted a bonnet with a small reverse cowl scoop. We were going to build our own but in the end I decided to get one done by Alfa Motorsport Fibreglass in VIC. None of the bonnets I had fitted very well so in the end I decided to go and buy a brand new Rare Spares bonnet and get it sent to Alfa Motorsports. So, because I'm in Perth, I purchased one from a Victorian Rare Spares and had the bonnet sent there. The effing freight company smashed the bonnet up so bad that it was unusable. I'm so glad a paid for the freight insurance but even that took months to come through. I had to buy a second bonnet from Rares and have that sent to Alfa while waiting on the insurance claim for the first purchased bonnet. Eventually everything was sorted and Alfa did a fantastic job of grafting a fibreglass 2" scoop to the steel bonnet.

    Here's a picture of the car with the new bonnet fitted with the scoop.




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    I think it looks good with the little 2" cowl. So now the car is on the rotisserie (photo's to come) I've gotta take the front end home, strip it, get it painted and then rebuild it with all the new bushes, ball joints etc that I got in the complete kit from Rare Spares so that when the car is ready to come off the rotisserie it is all ready to go back under the car.




    This is the bonnet that the freight company damaged for me and delivered to Alfa Motorsports. BOTH sides were totally crumpled in. It looks like they just picked up it with a forklift without any care. Idiots.

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    Not good with that bonnet mate id be so pissed if that happened to me. I hope they're going to pay for a replacment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by badcrabby View Post
    Not good with that bonnet mate id be so pissed if that happened to me. I hope they're going to pay for a replacment?
    Yeah I was pretty annoyed mate. It was the freight companies fault - had nothing to do with Rare Spares or Alfa Motorsports. I was just so glad that I paid an extra $30 to have insurance, but they took forever to pay out. I must say, Rare Spares were a pleasure to deal with. They stayed with me right until I was paid out. They made calls to the freight company rep on my behalf and couldn't do enough to help me which was great after sales support in my opinion.

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    Great to hear bud hopfully everthings smooth sailing from now on.

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    So work has been progressing along nicely. We've fitted the car to the rotisserie. The final mods have been done to the engine bay, and the engine bay along with the underneath have been primed ready for paint. You'll note the smoothed inner guards, firewall cleaned up and the large air holes near the bonnet hinge mount points have been welded up for a clean look.





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    We mixed up a sample of the platinum metallic paint colour from the code referenced from the book and I reckon it looks mint. We will paint a panel and bring it out to the sun and have a final look but I'm pretty happy with it. It's the compliance plate colour.



    Here's the car on the rotisserie.








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    I've also been busy scraping all the sound deadener off the floor on the interior so that we can seal that up with red oxide. Then I'll be installing Dynamat over the red oxide. Prick of a job.









    No rust anywhere in the original floor pan. Gotta be happy with that!


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    Next job is to paint the underneath with Black Raptor. The car will be driven so I don't want a painted underneath, I want something sturdy that will last and look good. Once that's painted, We'll pull it off the rotisserie and pull the front end off, then the painting can begin! Can't wait!!!

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    Hi all. Needing some advice please. Iím about to start stripping the front end down to sand blast and repaint it. Then install new bushes etc. Iíve already bought a full suspension rebuild kit from Rare Spares which includes sway bar, greaseable rubber ball joints, tie rod ends and all new bushes etc. Iíve since read that these models are notoriously hard on lower control arm bushes and although rubber is suggested as best for these cars, Iíve read advice to use Whiteline engineered synthetic elastomer bushes for the lower control arms as they donít crush and collapse like rubber will. Can anyone shed any light on this for me as Iím about to take on this task? I believe the Whiteline part number is W51036. Thanks guys.

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    So I've been progressing. I've stripped down the front cross member and I'm in the process of blasting the control arms. Here's some before and afters. I decided on the Rare Spares full rubber kit with new sway bar. I believe from research rubber is the way to go. It lasts longer on these old girls. However, I believe that the lower control arm bushes cop a hammering - especially if your car is lowered. So I am using Super Pro polyurathane bushes for the lower control arms and rubber for the rest.

    Before getting stripped.





    Drilling out the upper control arm rivets.


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    This little press has been invaluable. Pressing out the lower ball joints here.



    Here I am using an air chisel to release the lower control arm bushes. I found this method to be very easy. You just gently chisel the edge of the flange on the bush until you can get the chisel under the flange and then work it all the way around. They came out quite easily.





    Got the control arms off. Took a few hours but the job was doable.



    These inner and outer upper control arm bushes are a prick. I tried burning out the rubber and was able to get the inner bush out but just couldn't get the press fitted outer bush out. I was at risk of bending the control arm with my press and gave up. I took them to Pedders who were able to release the old bushes and press in the new ones for the cost of a carton of piss.

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    New upper control arm bushes fitted by Pedders. I was told to do it before you get them painted and just mask them when painting otherwise you'd scratch the hell out of them.






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    Giving my sand blasting box a bit of a workout. Its a tad slow and tedious because I don't have a 15amp power point at home. When blasting the compressor runs almost continously to keep up the air supply. I have the compressor plugged into power through a 15amp to 10amp RCD protected converter and it keeps tripping the RCD when it gets hot. So I just have to take my time and do it slowly.



    These are the polyurathane Super Pro lower control arm bushes that I will be using. Apparently better than Whiteline and other brands.



    Thats as far as I got these days off before I had to fly out back to work. Next swing I'll hopefully finish the sandblasting, get it all painted and install the new bushes etc ready for when the car is finished being painted.
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    Great job your doing. It might be a bit late, but Id look at fitting drop spindles and fitting rubber both top and bottom.
    The bottoms cop a hammering when lowered because they hit the bump stops.
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