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Brads Tiger

Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:32 pm
by Brad1380
Well had a week or so on & off to get a start on the Tiger.

First off i ran a DA connected up to an industrial vacumm cleaner across the outer panels. Mangaged to get most of the surface rust off, so now you can run a hand across the panels & not lose a layer of skin.

However this has highlighted a lot of panel problems mainly at the front from where an over zealous blaster has defermed quite few panels.

Today i've managed to sort out the slam panel which initially looked a write off with the top severly buckled & even the 90 degree flanges turned in on themselves. with the aid of a jack, a joggler & cut to size wood drifts its kind of right now.
Both wings had the same treatment & some of the fist size lumps in them are now just small undulations.

Also had a go at the O/S lower wing repair section which didn't really fit very well, managed to reprofile the bottom part of of it so its the same as the sill & generally fettled it to fit better.

Just in from the gagrage so i'm afaid no photos at the moment.
cheers
Brad

Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:27 pm
by JAYANDSHEL
Look forward to some pics always good to see projects in progress.

Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:24 am
by Brad1380
Heres a few photos, first one as she was delivered.


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The second one after a rub down.

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and the wing repair section.


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front wings with most of the dents knocked out

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Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:00 pm
by Tomaselli
Wonderful, keep the pics coming - a picture is worth "a thousand words" so they say!! :P

Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:19 pm
by martin172
It's looking real good already Brad.
It looks like you made a wise investment there.
I hear the car may have had an interesting previous owner too?

Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:29 pm
by michael-king
Nicve progress.. and a solid car by the looks. Is it a cross over body MKI (i didnt see MKIA fresh air vents) what wheels are those?

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:22 am
by Wilbur Bud
You make it look too easy. As I'll need to do the same, what is a DA and how much time start to finish for all the exterior all the way around?

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:47 am
by Mal
Looking good Brad.

I see another couple of large metal objects under white covers :?: :)

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:33 am
by Brad1380
I see another couple of large metal objects under white covers :?: :)[/quote]

Thats my boys, a concours GT6 & a highly modified Austin Healey Sprite :-)

A DA sander is a 'dual action' sander, basically the circular head wobbles on a cam so it gives a more even sanding action. I use one which can connect up to a vaccuum cleaner so theres only minimal dust to worry about.

Next up will be a wipe over with naval jelly to remove the last bits of rust from the outer panels.

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:46 am
by Brad1380
I hear the car may have had an interesting previous owner too?[/quote]

Not sure who it was at the moment, but originally the car was delivered to Buckingham Palace & signed for by the secretary. Might have been a royals car or maybe just the secretarys?

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:09 am
by gtsmrt
Brad1380 wrote:A DA sander is a 'dual action' sander, basically the circular head wobbles on a cam so it gives a more even sanding action. I use one which can connect up to a vaccuum cleaner so theres only minimal dust to worry about.
Is that the same thing as an orbital sander?

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:22 pm
by Brad1380
Exactly the same, just different terminology.

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:07 pm
by Brad1380
I've been told the sill end finishers are NLA, does anyone have a close up of what they should look like?

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thanks

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:49 am
by Wilbur Bud
Brad, I tried to imitate your work today and managed to strip most of a front fender down to the metal during 2-3 hours. As I'm going to be tremendously slower than you at this, is there any kind of treatment I should spray or wipe onto the bare metal to avoid re-rusting while I work my way around the vehicle?

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:43 am
by alpine5gt
It is best if you can apply a good sealer as soon as possible after stripping back to metal. As soon as it is exposed it starts to rust. After stripping, clean it completly and dry it. After that apply a good sealer. Over here in Aus, I found a red primer sealer used to fix rusted items including machinery. It works very well. Do not use the typical grey primer, it will allow moisture in and start the rust. Etch primer is not much better. The experts will tell you 2 pack primer is best however not suitable for a home long term situation. Do a search on industrial coatings that will protect the metal while you get onto other things.