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    Default Wesley the HQ Kingswood Restoration.

    Hey all I keep procrastinating and putting off starting this build thread. But I figured other people might like to follow my progress on my HQ.
    There's a bit of a back story to why I wanted a HQ and thats all explained in this other thread I made under a different username.
    http://www.aussiev8.com.au/conversio...rst-build.html
    Admin didn't respond to changing my username so I have created a new account.
    Anyway! The HZ Tonner build kind of took a bit of a turn when I got a HJ donor Tonner and decided to build that instead as it was in better condition. So everything in that HZTON Build I have done twice now...

    About a month ago I had the opportunity to buy another HQ Kingswood, and that's what i've always wanted to build and drive as it was my Grandfather's prized car. I never knew him as he passed away when I was 2 but I've been told I'm exactly like him. So this car is a tribute to him. Wesley owned a 1973 HQ Kingswood Cyan with a white roof, with a factory 253 V8 4 Speed with Houndstooth interior (Exactly the same as an SS) with the number plate LNO213.
    I've searched for his car many times but haven't stumbled upon it yet, maybe one day.

    Anyway on to the build! I've set the Tonner project aside at the moment to focus on the HQ.
    This is what it looked like when I went to check it out and pick it up.





    Happy with the condition that it was in and figuring out how much work was involved to get it on the road I bought it.

    I have decided to keep it a secret from all of my mates and family so that I can build it how I want it without the influence of others. Only a select few people know that I own it and now everyone on AussieV8 does too.

    So weeks later the best mate and I took my Dad's Navara for a "Parts Run" I just didn't say what parts I was getting.







    Wes and I


    Got Wes home at about 7:00pm and I still needed to get him into the off the trailer and into the shed. I was meant to be at a dinner at 7:30, safe to say I was very late.
    Took some photos the next morning of him in his new home.



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    Bit of history of Wesley the HQ. He’s a 1973 HQ Kingswood built in Melbourne – Coincidently my grandfather Wesley also worked there at the same timm! He came out of the factory with a 202, 6 seats and Tan Interior. Now what makes Wesley a bit different is his factory colour Adriatic Turquoise (13883) from what I’ve found there were not a whole lot of Adriatic Turquoise HQ’s around. So that makes Wesley a little bit special and I’m going to be paint him in his factory colour.
    He has been resprayed at some paint and was turned into a HQ Burnout car called BLUEQ, I haven’t found any photos or videos of him in his burnout days so if anybody has some I would love to see them! No denying it was a burnout car as it has a tailshaft loop down the tunnel and rubber caked all around the rear inner guards, was also told that it had a big block pulled out of it when the previous owner bought it. Hence to the heavy duty front springs and 30mm Sway bar.
    Anyway back to the resto!

    I got stuck straight into the huge task I had set for myself. Doing all of the work myself and working a full time job as an Apprentice Mechanic so that's going to be fun! I am aiming to get this one the road in around 4-5 months, not sure how that is going to go but if that fails Christmas is the goal.

    Here are some photos of the rust in it, nothing out of the ordinary just the usual spots.










    Somebody has butchered the speaker holes.




    I started off with repairing the holes in the rear window sill.


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    Looks like a respectable base to build off.

    I can understand the grandfather thing, my HQ was bought new by Grandfather and went to my dad when Pop passed away when I was 12 and Dad eventually passed it down to me.

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    Yeah I wish that his stayed in the family, but unfortunately he sold it well before I was in existence! Be great to find out what happened to it.

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    nice score mate.
    and a great story too!
    you gonna go cyan/white roof/houndstooth interior also?
    love the sound of that combo

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    I would love to do one with that combination and I would of if the factory colour of this one wasn't so rare. There's a bit of history about in in the next big post but I'm just waiting for a moderator to approve it.
    I think I will still do the Houndstooth though, I'll have to do a bit of saving for it though! Fairly pricey.

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    Next up was the task of repairing the bogged up rotted out quarter panels







    Kingswood country replacement panels. Got it fit up the best that I could but I cut a bit too much off the rear of it, so I had to make up a sliver of steel to fill the gap.






    And now for the other side, pretty much the same condition as the right side but the inner hadn’t rusted out as much. But this one was much easier to do as I had learnt from the other side.






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    With the Quarters repaired I decided to put Wesley in a bit of primer. At first I was just going to paint over the paint that was already on it, but after my panel beater mate came around and checked it out we decided that bare metal was the way to go. Better off to right the first time than to have to do it again later down the track. Besides the paint on it wasn’t in the best of condition.

    So I stripped down the right quarter panel and pillar and put some primer onto him.







    I got sick of working in a cluttered shed I decided that a cleanup was in order. (This was when I first got it, It got worse once I had stripped all the hanging panels) I also rewired the shed lights so that they all worked and put all new brighter fluros in so that I could actually see what I was doing at night, which is when I do most of the work.
    Before:

    After:




    This is how bad the lights were originally. Back when I was stipping down the HJ, needed a floodlamp to see what was going on.



    Anyway! With the shed all cleaned up next up was the arse end and the left quarter. God I hate sanding back irregular curves. Door jams are going to be a killer!
    I had my birthday on the 6th so I decided to have a week off work as I hadn’t had one since I started which would have been about 1 years ago so a well deserved brake and a heap of time to do some work on Wesley
    Paint stripper and a stip disc. That paint was so thick and caked on that paint stripper only softened it and it wasn’t going to come off in a hurry so I had to force it off while it was soft.


    I love the look of bare metal…


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    So yesterday I finished stripping the paint and rust from the Quarter, rear end, window frame and rear edge of the roof. I also used a rust converted/primer around the window frame so I don’t have any rust issues again.
    As much as I love the bare metal look I hate the rust that goes with it. So it was primer time!




    Finished putting that in primer by around 3:30 so I got started on the roof. This is what I was talking about with the paint being caked on and not easy to remove. So stripper and wire wheel it was!


    The old roof paint




    Working in sections.



    I then went out for dinner with my parents, dad kept on asking about the Tonner and I couldn’t hold it back anymore so I invited them around to check out what work I had been doing to it.
    Their reactions when I opened the shed door was “Ohh, didn’t this used to be a ute?” I then got, “Don’t buy anymore cars and make sure you finish this one!” So I think it went rather well.
    I then kept on working into the night, I wanted to get the roof in primer.



    Mission accomplished



    And that brings me up to date with my progress. I bought Wesley on the 16th of April and it is now the 11th of May when I’m posting this. All the work I have done myself and just following my nose most of the way so any comments or feedback are greatly appreciated.
    I will be updating everything now as it happens so expect something every week, or day… Depends on how much of a social life I wish to have…
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    had to google 'Adriatic Turquoise' to see what it actually looks like...
    first thing that came up was a hq statesman with cream-beige roof and yep, it looks ****ing killer - rare as hell - i'd be sticking with it too!
    and i reckon the extra $ for houndstooth is worth it: I had it in a hj coupe I had many years ago and its the shit!
    keep crackin in dude - watching with interest.
    david

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    Looking forward to seeing it come back to life, wish I was granted a hand me down..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dead8 View Post
    had to google 'Adriatic Turquoise' to see what it actually looks like...
    first thing that came up was a hq statesman with cream-beige roof and yep, it looks ****ing killer - rare as hell - i'd be sticking with it too!
    and i reckon the extra $ for houndstooth is worth it: I had it in a hj coupe I had many years ago and its the shit!
    keep crackin in dude - watching with interest.
    david
    Yeah it's a mad colour. That statesman doesn't show it off that well, it looks more like that HQ Coupe that pops up when you google it.
    Going to to have to start selling all these spare parts to save up for it then!

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    Looking forward to seeing it come back to life, wish I was granted a hand me down..
    Same, unfortunately nobody in my family kept their old cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davie View Post
    Yeah it's a mad colour. That statesman doesn't show it off that well, it looks more like that HQ Coupe that pops up when you google it.
    Going to to have to start selling all these spare parts to save up for it then!


    Same, unfortunately nobody in my family kept their old cars.
    i was lucky enough to be given a datsun 180 b wagon with rb26dett for my 16th all completed minus interior

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    Love the HQ'S. Will follow on with interest to see what you do with it. What driveline combo are you going to run?

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