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Blocking is taking forever, but on the bright side I'm not finding any major dents that need remedial work, couple of depressions that another layer of primer filler will take care of. 

The rear half of the car and roof are done. Have yet to even lay primer on the doors and bumpers, hats off to the people that do this for a living. 

I need to get a move on cause the warm days are rapidly running out. 

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More mind numbing progress. 

Shell, gaurds, hood and deck lid are done (excluding the ten thousand tiny areas that need some close finer attention) 

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Doors in primer today. 

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Still to touch the bumpers, sure am glad I left the most difficult for last :doubt:

 

Loosely hoping to be blasting some colour in 2 weekends from now. 

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Doors back on. Feels great to be refitting parts. Alignment is pretty good, but will spend more time on this once the seals and rubber bump stops go back on. 

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I've packed it back away into the freshy tidied shed with the corona until after lockdown, to stop me getting impatient and trying to fix it without the proper equipment. 

I've got a couple samples of clearcoat, one about 3mm and one about 6mm (accidently too thick but still useful) sitting on the shelf to help gauge when it's set properly. But it's probably gonna be a few weeks still before I can even look at it.

 

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Chucked together a new parcel tray since the original once was crumbling into dust due to previous owner thinking the rear windscreen glue was optional. 

 

Real please with how it came out. 

 

I'm done with everything I want to do before the manual swap, so I'll quite likley take it into work next week where it will live while the new trans goes in. 

Nearly done (famous last words) 

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Fitted the clutch master cylinder and made a hose up, possibly hasn't made a nice seal into the soft line but I gave myself extra length just incase. 

Havnt tried to bleed it up properly yet, was was weeping when I forgot I had only hand tightened it, unsure if the fluid hanging around is from this. 

 

But more importantly, got a driveshaft to suit. 

Now it appears this could be a well kept secret, a while back I saw a flash up on Facebook for someone looking for a w55 driveshaft yoke and someone claimed an altezza driveshaft would fit, before someone else told him to stop giving away their trade secrets. 

Anyway I grabbed a screen cap just incase I forgot, but also went looking online and couldn't find anyone mentioning they fit, took a gamble and grabed one from pick a part, and yes it did fit! The altezza front half was also really long, perfect for having shortened up to suit the crown. 

Dropped the whole lot into Circle Track here in chch and in a couple weeks had a shortened altezza front shaft (but longer overall than the original crown piece) and that coupled with the crown rear half and centre bearing all balanced up. 

Fitted perfect and officially makes the crown manual. 

Now to sus out why it won't start, fixup and bleed the clutch and fit the handbrake lever, so close! 

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