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Nick & Chris's Gt6 Mk 3

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Paint removal continued this weekend. At one point something remarkable happened........

many hands make light(ish) work.

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eventually reaching this point

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and then etch primer

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Now I can see all the dents and deformities, which are many and varied. :pinch:

Meanwhile, at the other end I have been playing with body solder again.  It's a demanding discipline....... 100% concentration at all times as one false wave of the torch can have you back at square one again.  Guess how I know that!

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Got somewhere in the end . Not sure it was actually "there" but probably as close as this red monkey is getting without wasting alot of lead!

Hatch fit is now only "crap".  An improvement on "very crap".  Need to get a seal as everything is quite flexible so the seal forces will affect fit I think.

Need to buy some filler.  There won't be any thick filler, but there will be thin filler in quite a few places.......  Much less than there was!

Nick

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HI Nick

Looking great, what a transformation in quick time as well!  What make etch primer did you use i need to get some for my bare Vitesse bonnet.

I am struggling with the rest of my DIY spray job at the moment. Trying to find out what I am doing wrong as after leaving nice glossy painted front, rear, side valances and sills out in the rain after a couple of weeks drying time, I am left with whitish circular water marks. When wipped off it leaves a slight raised outline in the shape of the water droplet. Does the same with tap water. A little t-cut and it polishes out. I can only think the paint is not cured, and maybe I put it on to heavy.  I am using lechler mac 5 which is a nitro acrylic 1k paint, asked for cellulose and was told it was the same stuff, not so sure. Spec sheet says three coats, where from memory you can put on several coats of cellulose. Nice glossy finish and touch dry within minutes, just need to understand what's happening before I go any further as i dont fancy running out to the car with T-cut every time it rains.

Mark

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2 hours ago, rustbuckit2011 said:

Mx-5 6 speed no?

MX5  Mk 2 5 speed.  It's there because Chris won it for £ 10, not because I have any ambition to put it in the GT6.  Though I haven't looked inside the Triumph 'box yet.......  Chris thinks we'll be attaching it to a Ford Zetec SE.  I think, not easily we won't!

1 hour ago, Mark said:

Looking great, what a transformation in quick time as well!  What make etch primer did you use i need to get some for my bare Vitesse bonnet.

Thanks for the kind words.  Pictures are flattering it - there are many hours in it yet.  Unfortunately quite a few of them my hours in order to keep the paint shop bill within reason! Using ProXL proEtch in aerosols.  Not cheap but cheaper than buying a compressor and less aggro than borrowing one, mixing the paint and cleaning the gun every time I want to paint a panel.

Nick

 

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Got most of the the tub in etch primer now...... just the rear lamp panel and valance left.  And the doors....... and the tailgate.

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Still quite a bit of panel massage and filling to do, plus getting the doors and tailgate to fit properly.

On that note, what should a GT6 hatch seal look like.  I bought and alleged GT6 hatch seal and there is no way the hatch will ever shut with it in place.  It's a straight bubble seal.  I think straight could be correct, but needs to be smaller that the one I have!

Nick

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OK Nick Jury's out. Absolutely zero etching on the glass, so its not an original TRIPLEX, did have a little plastic AUTOGLASS sticker on it, so replacement at some time. If I remember correctly this came loose with a body shell so I didn't have to remove.

Apart from breaking it to find out, anyone know how to identify a toughened from a laminate?

Alan 

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If you look at the edge, a laminated one should show 3 layers or some kind of sealing.  Toughened one just shows a single greenish layer.

Laminated ones are more flexible than toughened and rather easy to crack.......

Nick

 

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On 9/16/2018 at 8:36 PM, Nick Jones said:

 On that note, what should a GT6 hatch seal look like

Hi Nick

I replaced my Gt6 Mk2 rear hatch seal with this several years ago, and works well. Can't remember where i bought it, possibly Canley's. I have been caught out several times with repro seals, not fitting, slightly different profile or to thick, but this works.

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Thanks for seal suggestions........ I'm still procrastinating.

Meanwhile, after joyous ( I lie :pinch:) hours scraping and sanding we now have the doors and tailgate in etch primer.

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Now it looks a bit like a car - and you can see the (many) imperfections in this photo!

Nick

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