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    Default HQ ute resto UK

    I think it's time i put my HQ ute up in the projects after looking through other people's, bit of background info as i've already started.
    I've had it for about 9 years after buying of the bloke who imported it because he was emigrating to oz, he never got it on the road, that was left to me, anyways after driving it around for about 3 years i decided to hack out the copious amounts of filler and some rust and do it properly.

    looked like this before i started stripping it down, 4.2 auto, statesman front


    currently looks like this


    basically the front end (not the hood/doors/tailgate) along with the rest of the shell has been stripped back to bare metal, rust cut out new metal welded in and painting in expoy primer, i had to leave the cowl till later as it would have meant delaying the painting which needs to be painted with a panel temp of 20 degrees, front end was stripped and painted last year and the shell was done this year

    this is an example of what i've had to deal with, drivers side front corner cowl


    when they readied the car for paint, they basically filled everything with filler, there was no join between the guard and the cowl, this is the passenger side after the filler had been removed, the ends look to have been smacked in for some reason


    but this cowl has been repaired before, under where the screen sits and under the hood, a donor section has been welded in


    and this where I was stuck for the last couple of weeks, baring in mind i won't be a customer for a new cowl, as shipping to the UK would make it too much $, but i wanted to remove all the filler and rust, and treat inside the cowl, so today i summoned up the minerals and cut the repair out, i'd already drilled out the spotwelds in the hope i could remove the whole cowl, but the repair had been welded under the screen meaning a row of spotwelds would be impossible to find.





    and that's where i got up to today

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    some creative filling there





    drivers side part done



    metal detectors having a rest...

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    The cowl doesn't look too bad for having been in the UK all that time - alot of Aussie ones are worse than that...

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    yeah i have seen a lot worse on here, i suppose it didn't get driven by the coast often

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    brother came to see me and brought gifts

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    while i was waiting for my brother to bring me parts i stripped the hood and tailgate




    people had jumped on the hood and if my brother could have fitted one in the suitcase i would have got him to bring one over, the hole was cut out for a bug catcher by the previous owner , but being a lowly 253 i didn't see the point so welded it up when i put it on the road before, now i've removed it and will put a scoop on over the hole

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    surf board bag would have got you a full cowl piece they arent too heavy you just gotta watch customs they stuff those bags with pot apparently

    good to see you are working with what you got especially with the bonnet

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    drivers side fitted better than the passengers, but I think i can make em work

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    before




    during




    and after








    also after cleaning the propshaft after replacing the rear seal for the autobox i notice it's red, original colour or reco'd at sometime?

    Last edited by hardtop; 20-07-2017 at 02:06 AM. Reason: new picture hosting

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    finished painting and putting a little filler on and epoxy primer before it gets too cold




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    been working on the drivers door today



    lots of artistic welding there




    there's been more than 1 mirror on this door


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    Nice work Hardtop. I imagine the weather over in England would be a challenge when you are restoring a vehicle.

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    you get used to the shite weather, more annoying is not being able to pick up parts easily, like hoods, doors, runners for the glass etc

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    passenger side door this time









    got my fingers crossed for a warmish day to paint the doors now

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