Astra GSi

A few weeks¬† work ahead on this early ’90s Astra GSi. The Owner has had it for a good few years and wants it back on the road for sentimental reasons.¬†IMG_20170808_192730

As with most modern classics, they hide their corrosion very well. Its only when you dig around underneath that you find problems like this sill

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Rust chopped out and new metal welded in. The inner sill was then rust treated and anti corrosion paint was applied.

The new sill was then welded in place….

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…and closure panels made and fitted.

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On to the other side and more of the same.

 

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MG Midget Reassembly.

So the top coat was given a week to harden then the work began. The whole car was rubbed down by hand with 2000 wet and dry paper and machine buffed to a shine using Farecela G3. This was very time consuming, arm aching and boring work. I usually put some music on and let my mind wander…

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As you can see assembly has begun with the engine and gearbox being fitted as one unit. A new 3 piece clutch and slave cylinder were also fitted.

A job that makes a massive difference to the overall look of the car is fitting the grill and lights which were done today.

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I am struggling to get the windscreen to body seal to fit properly so this is now held under compression with a couple of ratchet straps with the desperate idea this may help.

I have started on the interior and have half fitted the carpets. This job is next on the list to complete. Once the doors are built up I will be able to fit the door cards and seats. The interior will then be finished.

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The engine should be up and running next weekend so this is something to look forward to.

If no problems occur the car should be ready in around 3 weeks.