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Alasdair's 1974 KE25 Corolla

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Football season is over and the sun is out.......it's paint stripping time!
Shiny straight steel and only two spots of rust that'll need cut out behind both rear wheels.

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So far so good. In other news, I managed to get some old rego history down at my local Toyota and managed to track down a previous owner via Facebook.
He was a bit of a rascal back in the day and had quite a big tab with LTNZ shall we say. Here's what it used to look like.....

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He warned me not to bare metal it as he had put a bit of bog into the roof, but I figured I have a spare if it's real bad and I'd rather get any old bog out incase it's on the bare metal. Should hopefully finish off the big panels tomorrow and line up a sandblaster during the week.

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Ok, so it took 4 months, but I finally got some time in the shed again over the last week.
Between three kids and business being really busy.......and a stupid set of bunks I refurbished instead of buying new ones (such a time suck!)IMG_5520.JPG.de1827fc6d4455e2ec43cfe90672c33f.JPG

.....I finally got there and stripped out the doors and only found the slightest rust and the lock holes smoothed over. Will take these back to metal soon.

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A mate is a diesel mechanic and was doing some odd jobs at the workshop and helped me out with a few things.

Rear bearings pressed
Front hubs bearings replaced and new discs fitted
Rear callipers completely pulled apart (and then painted along with a few other bits)
Diff housing seals fitted and cleaned up ready to be assembled
 

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So now all 4 callipers are ready to be fully assembled (again - minus shit paint), along with the diff and the entire front subframe - all ready to go in the car once the shell is at the panel shop. I just need a half day to pull the last few things out of the shell to get it blasted and then it's off to the panel beater for some major progress.

 

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On 08/01/2019 at 17:30, AALAWS said:

 I just need a half day to pull the last few things out of the shell to get it blasted and then it's off to the panel beater for some major progress.

turns out I need more than half a day......

Everything is off the shell (apart from wheels etc) except fuel and brake lines and a few odd's and ends, so I'm almost happy.......
Hopefully should get it done this weekend. I've set myself the goal of having the car fully painted by the end of the year.

 

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So I got half a day in the shed.......boom! empty shell all ready to get blasted.IMG_5802.thumb.JPG.23c44cf5183052bb1127208d8a960de6.JPG

And a T50 turned up. It is supposedly of known good condition, and it has a new clutch fork and release bearing....plus already shiny!IMG_5803.thumb.JPG.0c45668b6dcb5f1f6d171b4c86b827d7.JPG

If I get a few quiet days I can suss out getting it off to the blaster and then panel shop.

 

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Off to the sandblaster with the 2nd shell tomorrow - finally have some down time and good weather in one go. 

My plan is to drop it straight off to the Panelbeater but I don’t have the budget to get it fully panel beated and painted in one go so I’m trying to figure out the best plan.  What’s everyone’s thoughts on breaking it down into the best steps?

If I get all the rust repaired and all the body work straightened out, prime it and underseal then take it home while the engine is built, it will be sitting in a primer state - I’ve heard it isn’t good to leave it sitting in primer for a while?

I’d be keen to hear some advice on the best process/steps from here without too much back and forth between workshops etc

Cheers y’all

 

 

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Met a GC who works there and says he has a few spares lying around I could look at from his KE20 sedan.....score :)
Then I got a phone call from another GC who found my wallet after it fell out of my pocket outside the bakery......right when I was looking for it in a panic......PHEW!

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Progress!! No pictures but the local metal magician came round and made up some patterns for the floors. 
It's not much but it's a start for sure. Excited to see things underway. I have also got a booking for early next year at Bad Penny in Hamilton so they should be able to sort out all the rest for me if the old boy can't finish it off.

 

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Just before Lockdown I had another old boy (family friend who had been away from work for a long time due to some hip injuries etc)  turn up and say he was back and keen as a bean to get some work so I let him take away a few boot lids, the bonnet and some doors.

Both the boot lids had big rust holes, but in different areas so cutting patch panels out of each and melding them into one is the plan. He's going to peel back the whole edge of the skin to clean up all that surface rust under the edge too. Note the mobility scooter/work bench :)

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Saw my panelbeater mate the other day......he hasn't done much at all.   F@#K's sake!!!  Oh well, i'll probably look at getting it in a panel shop sooner after all......

I drilled out all the spot welds at the front and back of the roof (I'm swapping them over between the shells) I went right through on 2/3 of them but I'll leave that to the pro's.
I'll get onto the drip rails tomorrow if the wife lets me escape for another few hours.

I'm going to get started on other bits like getting the fuel tank cleaned up and the plastics all painted so at least something is getting done while I wait for the panelbeating stars to align for me......

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