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Evans 1965 Mercedes Benz Fintail

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So that was roughtly June/July last year, the car sat in Archetype shed until the new year where I spent a week commuting back and forth to his house to pull it apart over the xmas break. I don't understand how some people can live in Hamilton and commute to Auckland for work - it's the worst drive in the world.

It all came apart reasonably easy except for a bit of dicking around with the heater core and a bit of lost sweat trying to get the dash pad out.3.thumb.jpg.f33601ef711d5c54edf61f3ad962dedc.jpg4.thumb.jpg.d0fd57999995748a5fda43edbbde4d23.jpg5.thumb.jpg.06bed51d1e7819a462b7d015889c7978.jpg

 

The floors got the dry ice and hammer treatment to get the sound deadening out. This revealed what I suspected when I pick up the car originally, that the front left floor pan/sill area was junk. The front left door flexed a bit when the strop was slammed in it when it was on the trailer, which suggested the area was a bit soft. you can kind of make out a bit of daylight through the passenger floorwell in the above photo.

 

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The big push for it to all be apart in a week was because it had a booking with Autoblast in Glenfield to get blasted and primed. after 6 months sitting and a week of bashing away on it, it left Brents.

 

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It spent a week at Autoblast getting blasted all over with the exception of the underside of the roof, dash, and trans tunnel. before being coated in primer. I definitely recommend the service Dave and his guys at Autoblast do and the care they take not to warp anything. Came back looking like this:

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Originally I was going to scrape what underseal was on it off before sending it to be blasted. However I ran out of time/CBF with it any more so sent it out as it was, giving them the instructions to hit it and if it doesn't come off with 260PSI of air/garnet  attacking it, it can stay, which is why you can see some primered over underseal in the wheel arch area.

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It turned out to be a bit holy-er than I thought it was. We will start with the Good - the roof! Apart from a small dent above the right rear door it might as well be brand new!

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You can semi make out in the bottom right corner of that second photo and the top of the next photo some cut marks around the upper lip of the parcel shelf. The previous owner has cut chunks out of that entire lip all the way around, which is going to be a pain to correct

The Engine bay isn't bad either, a few pin holes around where the brake master cylinder bolts up, but no rust under the battery mount.

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The not so good: mainly seems to be contained in the LHS and boot, with the boot and spare wheel wells shown here:

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Did you know it takes 2 weeks to get sills through Customs in this country? TWO WEEKS.

 

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Some more cutting and welding has taken place, this time in the rear seat/ C pillar area. I haven't got any photos of these bits all sealed up but they aren't holes anymore.

 

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