My 63 Rag from NZ

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby omr_007 » Tue May 31, 2016 5:12 pm

Looking good! Its crazy how many spares you collect just to build one car #-o
I bet its cold down there, its pretty damn cold up here! :-$ I see the south island has been getting some pretty sweet snow already.
Bout time we got a good snow season, been pretty average the last few years.

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby jack square » Tue May 31, 2016 7:07 pm

yep you can feel that snow has fallen down here not getting into double figures very often anymore here in Dunedin but the snow is looking great only a few more days till mountains start opening Smile

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby 63Ragtop » Tue May 31, 2016 10:03 pm

tlambert wrote:Nice find on the lights.

Cold in May???


deep in the south pacific bro, the Roaring Forties!!

thanks guys.

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby 63Ragtop » Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:59 pm

Now returning you to your reqularly scheduled programming.

Gathered up my balls and cut two big holes in my decklid.

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like this.

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insert here.

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and weld that sucker up!

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cut and repeat.

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didn't take alot of pics, took me just over a week to complete, once I had committed to the placement.
super happy with it, a little more hammer work and some bog and it should look sweet!

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby Franz » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:05 am

Looks good.

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby K Leake » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:28 am

Nice work O:)
Kevin

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby 63Ragtop » Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:27 pm

I thank you, thank you.

So must be time for a update, feels like I've been doing more planning than working, which is important I guess.
Been doing alot of research into paint and panel work, I have borrowed a 130ltr compressor from a mate and am going to give painting a crack 8-[ 8-[
I been reading and been told how good 2pot epoxy is but holyfuck it's expensive one you add filler, primer, base, clear etc.. and the liming factor is going to be my lack of skills and top notch tools and painting in a shed, so am thinking about using PPG Autothane as a good middle of the road product.
Any advice is welcome guys,

The drivers side front fender needed a bit of finishing off, there were a bunch of pinholes from rust that must have happened decades ago.

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so I set about welding them up, this can be a frustrating job as what looks like a tiny hole is actually the lowest point in a rust pit, which blows out as soon as any heat gets near it.

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but by keeping the wire longer than normal at the tip of the welder, it makes a little less heat or current and you can just about poo up anything!

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there was also a few holes in the rear of the fender where I had spliced in the other fender.

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and I managed to remove the headlight bucket as I had noticed a lot of pinholes that had rotted though the fender under where the rubber headlight seal sits against fender. I was going to try welding these up with the bucket in place but I could also see rust swelling in the lap between bucket and the fender.

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lots-a-surface-rusty! and the bucket it's self needed a couple repairs.
more pinholes #-o and someone butchered the wire tubes which I don't need anyway.

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and the fender lip pinholes.

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and I had a play with some spray guns.

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I also spend a Friday afternoon pushing this dirty thing out onto the grass,

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sprayed 1.5 cans of repco's finest (cheapest) degreaser about and then got the bloody thing wet for the first time in seven years!

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and removed this retarded as fuck brake line, and the other not retarded ones as all my brake fluid became invisible years back.

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also removed the shady fuel line, that front clamp is the only thing that held it to the car, except for the hoses at each end I guess. Look how wobbly the bloody thing is!

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a rather cathartic afternoon.

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and then I pushed it back in the shed, at which point a mate wondered over with a beer and it was tools down.

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thanks for watching.

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby 63Ragtop » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:14 pm

spent the last wee while sorting out the rear fenders, they all seem to crack at the bottom.
Still running the 60's lights of now, the blue fender is a nice og panel to replace the shitty brazilian one I had.
the other one may be a 50's fender as it has all those pressing in the bolt flange between the holes.
In any case neither tail lights where even or flat, so after I finished fixing up the cracks yesterday

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using the blue one as a template, I has some homebrew dutch courage and drilled some new holes for the right hand light.

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it doesn't look much, but it was sitting 25mm higher as well as being on the piss.

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby George » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:46 pm

I like seeing the type 1 projects nice job!

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby 63Ragtop » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:53 pm

Cheers George, KCW has built some awesome bugs over the years, that's why I'm post here!

as the lid was one of the few panels I had fully stripped and paint with PA10, I thought it a good experiment with the new paints I've bought.

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stripped out the PA10 where the bog was to go, sanded the rest down with 80 sandpaper as i had brushed the PA on and it looked like it!

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and after much sanding and sweating about how to use a paint gun, ta daa!

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I even filled the join in the inner panel pretty good.

not finished yet I just wanted to get some primer down, needs more filler in a few places.

Also had a play in the sandpit.

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can still see the marks from 40 years of stone chips.

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actually blew a hole in the the fender with sandblaster some of the pits were that thin.

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby 63Ragtop » Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:58 pm

managed to blast the inside of the second fender, what a mission, glad it's done but fucckkkin hell I an't doing that again!

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close up of pitted tail light area.

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just about lost my shit blasting this thing, the compressor is huge, but still not fast enough for sandblasting large things.

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after the blaster got blocked for the 12th time I called it done.
But it wasn't really done, there were still lots of black spots, deep pits. So I thought I'd do an experiment with this POR metalready stuff I got for the chassis.
Sprayed it on, waited, washed it off with the hose, dried it(with the mrs hairdryer) and the next day it looked a bit like this, camera makes it look ruster than real life.

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First thought was, Oh shit thats alot of surface rust! but after closer inspection it was a chalky yellow coating the metalready had left behind. I think POR goes over the top of this, but as I wasn't planing on that I gave it a good wire brushing/sand.

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50 years of wear.

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and now my pits are super clear!

smashed some bog on.

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screwed up the mix, it was still soft two days later! re-smashed the bog, getting the hang of it now.

sprayed some etch primer on, did the inside first, trying to not get it on the bog, forgot about it at first, didn't seem to make much difference? i find out when it all falls off!

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and primer filler.

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these photos make me happy in my pants.
The fenders still need work but I think my mud slinging has improved even since I did the engine lid, as you can see in this pic.

the number plate light area needs smoothing out.

Spent about three hours on Saturday, stripping this sucker down.

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sexy!

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clear coat??

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nah, just more metalready.

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primed the inside sunday night, looks good here, but painting cold metal at 9.30 at night in about 15 degrees is not advisable! shit came out like crazy string. Will be starting the bogwork tonight, I'm trying to get at least a panel done per week.

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I picked this up the other day at the dump shop for three bucks, I've always thought these cases look cool. Might use it as a tool box once the bug is finished, but in the meantime, it keeps my spray gun clean and bog dust free as they were just lying around before.

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geek alert!

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:-" :-"

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby 63Ragtop » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:08 pm

Bog, lots and lots of bog.

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and sanding.

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with most of the bog ending up here.

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getting there.

I hung the bonnet up so I could paint both sides at once, great plan! made painting the nose of the hood interesting wit it only inches off the ground. :lol:

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby 63Ragtop » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:31 pm

Packed the shell to one side and hung the fenders back on the wall for now.
Can't believe I'm so close to painting the thing!

But first!

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Stripped the pedals, cables, steering box and tie rods.

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forgot how much of a bitch this Rhino mount was to remove, does the job though.

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finally got the gearbag out, after I removed the drums and took the handbrake cables out.

Thanks to AdrianH for the Torque Master tool, I was able to get the castle nuts loose, but holy hell the passenger side was still hard to remove, must have had about 400 metric tonnes on it!

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managed to fit the phone in the gearbox hole, tunnel is not to bad.

I did have a small fuck up, when I removed the handbrake leaver I didn't realize the clicker plate thing inside that locks the brake was separate and as I lifted the leaver the plate went, plop down inside the tunnel :x
Lucky I have one of those magnetic pole things for just such a occasion, So I did have a great laugh when I first got the gearbox out and looking inside to find another handbrake plate rusting away down the back of the tunnel.
haha.
Also found a spare MC bolt spacer inside the frame up front. :lol:

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cleaning these up was satisfying.

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cleaned my hands as well!

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got the beam off last night, with the help of Darrell the Holden driving westie, Cheers Big D!

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lifted the almost bare pan onto the wooden dolly/stand, so it can move.

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and had a look inside :shock:

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so much lose rust!

think of it as a light weight race spec pan. :lol:

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby rustabus » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:57 pm

Keep up the progress!!!! =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> You're really close to shiny parts!!!! =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

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Re: My 63 Rag from NZ

Postby 63Ragtop » Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:35 pm

cheers Rusty, trying real hard to keep the momentum up, can be hard with work, kids, house etc, so close, so close!


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