Robin's (still not a VW) Ginetta G21

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Robin's (still not a VW) Ginetta G21

Postby robin356a » Thu May 03, 2012 10:40 am

So the Spitfire restoration has ground to a halt (see Feb build-off). As I removed more filler and fibreglass I found more rust than metal and a quick look at the price of replacement panels made me realise I couldn't afford to continue with the restoration. This is why my entry to the May build-off is;

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My Ginetta G21

My plan is to get my Ginetta back on the road and sell it to pay some bills and help fund the Spitfire restoration.

My goals for May are;
1. Rebuild front suspension (it was thrown together before just so the car could be moved).
2. Find hole in exhaust and weld it.
3. Tidy up bodywork (it looks a lot better in the photo than it really is). There are some cracks in the fibreglass and some areas of paint that don't match.
4. Service engine and cleanup engine bay.
5. Very reluctantly sell car. :-({|=

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Postby Bret » Thu May 03, 2012 2:26 pm

That is a sick looking ride. I dig it.

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Postby robin356a » Sat May 05, 2012 4:10 pm

mrblyoung wrote:That is a sick looking ride. I dig it.

Smile

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Postby robin356a » Sat May 05, 2012 4:27 pm

I started on the Ginetta today, first job was to move the Spitfire out of the garage without hitting the 356A. [-o<
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Wrapped up the spitfire to try and stop it rusting even more.
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Finally ready to start work.
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Lights, bumpers and bonnet removed.
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Postby robin356a » Sun May 06, 2012 1:59 pm

A bit more progress today, trying to get at least a couple of hours done every day.
Removed the radiator and found out why the coolant is rust colouired, this was a steel joining pipe that feeds into the bottom of the radiator.
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Serves me right for owning a car that's not air-cooled. [-X

Removed the front hubs and uprights and part stripped the engine.
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Postby Franz » Mon May 07, 2012 7:14 am

looks easy to work on? How hard is it to find parts for that?

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Postby robin356a » Mon May 07, 2012 1:42 pm

Franz wrote:looks easy to work on? How hard is it to find parts for that?

Really easy, With the bonnet off (only two bolts) you can get at the whole of the engine. The only difficult bit is the underneath of the car. Because it's so low as standard you need to jack it up to do anything.

Mechanical parts are okay, Ginetta used components from other larger manufacturers; engine and gearbox from Hillman, front suspension Triumph Spitfire, headlights classic Mini, radiator from an old Ford etc. Luckily someone wrote a manual with details of where all the parts come from.

The interior is the tricky bit, it has a lot of custom moulded panels (high tech for the 1970s) which always sound like they're going to crack when I remove them and I've no idea how they could be repaired.
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Postby robin356a » Mon May 07, 2012 2:35 pm

Not much progress today, seemed to spend most of the time scraping oily mud off the chassis. ](*,)
I did remove the exhaust and found out why it was so noisy.
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So welding fun tomorrow. \:D/

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Postby robin356a » Fri May 11, 2012 4:11 pm

Slow progress over the past few days, but managing to do at least a couple of hours each night.

Inner wings removed and started to prep chassis for painting.
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Found these holes in the chassis, exhaust had burnt paint off, rain did the rest.
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Not looking forward to repairing this, the fibreglass body is bolted directly to the chassis tube on the right hand side of the photo.

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Postby robin356a » Sat May 12, 2012 3:34 pm

Unfortunately the chassis had rusted more than I thought. #-o
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Decided to fabricate the replacement section as two overlapping 'U' shaped channels, this way I can weld the top channel into place from the inside as there is no access to the top where the body sits.

So using my specialist tools I fabricated my first piece of chassis. \:D/
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Welded it into place (welding upside down really sucks) and fabricated the bottom channel. Painted the insides of both channels to try and keep the rust at bay and called it a day. It took me six hours just to do this but it is my first attempt at chassis repairs. Smile
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Postby camit34 » Sat May 12, 2012 11:01 pm

That's a really nice project! And boy does that front end remind me of Collin Chapman's little Lotus Europa...

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Postby robin356a » Mon May 14, 2012 2:22 am

camit34 wrote:That's a really nice project! And boy does that front end remind me of Collin Chapman's little Lotus Europa...

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Funny that I'd never noticed the resemblance before but Ginetta definitely took some 'inspiration' from Lotus with their design.

Wheel choice looks very similar too. Smile

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Postby Franz » Mon May 14, 2012 6:44 am

Nice repair dude. Looks pro to me.

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Postby robin356a » Thu May 24, 2012 2:33 pm

Franz wrote:Nice repair dude. Looks pro to me.


Thanks for the feedback, it's all good practice before I tackle my 356A. Smile


I've been away for the last week so progress had stopped but managed a bit of work today.

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Chassis repair now primed and painted.

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Made some new front brake pipes.

Scaled back my list of jobs for this month
1. Repair and paint front end of chassis (completed)
2. Replace front brake pipes (in progress)
3. Repaint engine block
4. Repaint and rebuild front suspension

Moved to June
1. Bodywork
2. Engine service and final assembly

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Postby robin356a » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:43 pm

Final post for May, not much work on the car this week.

Engine block painted.

Exhaust manifold welded, painted and wrapped.

Engine part-assembled.

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Carefully cropped picture to just show the completed bits. \:D/

Not much to show for the month but more confident with my welding and bodywork no longer gives me the fear.

Next month will be better. :-k


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