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A much needed restoration 4 years 3 months ago #36180

Hi I'm new to the club, but have owned my car for nearly 3 years unfortunately for me I have only driven this car twice once for a test drive and the other driving home after making the purchase.

I have uploaded a small profile to introduce the car. I thought it would be a good idea to share my journey through the ups and downs as I make progress.

See what you think!!!

This is how the car looked before the restoration began.




Once we had a good look over this car we were starting to realise we had much more work on our hands than we bargained for. So we stripped the it down to its shell and put it on a Jig.




Once we removed everything from this area and had a good look around, some much needed metal work was required.

When we started to remove the filler we noticed it was applied over rust.

This section in the front boot soon became a major repair.

Major rot in every part of this section,the bracket was too far gone to repair.

The rear top strut mounts were ready for some fresh metal.

More filler slapped over more rust.

Just one area of the underside requiring some TLC.

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A much needed restoration 4 years 3 months ago #36181

Hi David & welcome!

It looked good on he surface! I bought my 85 pretty much sight unseen and I think I was very lucky!

Nice photos showing the rot :) I guess you are using cavity wax or something as you repair?

Its a shame people didn't get the rust sorted properly back in the day with these cars as cover-ups always make things 10x worse!

Looks like you have a good approach and I'm sure it'll be well worth it to avoid future issues.
Who needs 4th gear anyway...

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A much needed restoration 4 years 3 months ago #36192

Wow David, yours is rougher than mine!! And it looked so good to start with! Big job ahead... but just focus on the end result and it'll help you through it. We seem to be at a similar stage...
Last one to the wax polish buys the drinks :P

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A much needed restoration 4 years 3 months ago #36197

Yes it was rough to start off with, but it's much better now, I did a few bits to make it less rusty.

I had Pro-stip come and take it away to do their magic. I have pictures but I'm having problems loading them when I'm able I'll upload them...I have many more pictures.

Thanks.

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A much needed restoration 4 years 3 months ago #36200

Oh right. I thought we were at similar stages, perhaps you are a lot further on than me. I've been contemplating the pro-strip dip thing. How did it work out for you? Would you recommend it?

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A much needed restoration 4 years 3 months ago #36212

Hi Andrew, I still have a lot to do the reason I had pro-strip take it away and sort it was due to the amount of rust I just couldn't keep on top of it. So I spoke to Tim the owner and explained my dilemma, I told him I just have a few more bits of metal work to finish after that he sent a trailer to take it away. Two months later it was back in my garage.

I would highly recommend it but just make sure all of your metal/welding work is complete. Otherwise pro-strip will recommend returning it stripped but not epoxy coated for you to complete any unfinished work...unless you ask for the complete works regardless.

Mine cost a little under £2500 that's take away and returned inclusive.

I'm struggling to add pictures any ideas!!!

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A much needed restoration 4 years 2 months ago #36326

Just a couple of pictures showing the progress of the seam sealing.
a much needed process to prevent future ingress. The entire shell was completed in about a week.



Unfortunately this pictures up side down.


Once completed I started on the underside with the base coat and the stone chip process.
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A much needed restoration 4 years 2 months ago #36333

All that lovely clean metal!! Fantastic. The prostrip method is SO appealing. However I have decided against it for the X19, purely for financial reasons. I have a Monte to restore next and I'll probably do it with that car. Can't be so extravagant as to do both!

I also have mine mounted on a Rotisserie. Where did you get yours? Have you braced the door apertures or just kept the doors on?

Keep up the good work!

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A much needed restoration 4 years 2 months ago #36341

If you look at the second picture down from the top you can see I have no bracing, the structure was pretty sound and I believe the X's strength is built in through the outer seals and central column...so I did not bother with any supporting bars. The doors do act as part of the strength when fully loaded. I think the chassis is a pretty robust structure. I did eventually more the car into the garage.

I decided to have it stripped purely because I was sick of seeing so many rust spots, I didn't feel I could keep on top of it all.

I purchased my rotisserie from a company called "Mk2mania" I think they mainly work on Ford Escorts, but when I spoke to them on the phone they were very helpful once I explained what I was working on...it cost £185 all in, very reasonable I thought.

Lets keep swopping ideas...I still a way to go, I'm currently working on the body work bit of plastic filler on the back end Oh what joy!!!!!!!

I think some times the cost of things can get out of control, that's why I try to find other means to replacing and repairing without compromising on originality where possible

When you said Monti...do you mean a Montecarlo.

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A much needed restoration 4 years 2 months ago #36386

Ok here's a few more pictures of my progress, I am at the stage where I'm working on the body work in preparation for painting.
So what you see here are the area's that I had to do first in order to drop the shell down onto a rolling frame...due to the lack of space I'm having to do jobs ass about face!!!

The underneath has been given two coats of the base colour, one coat of stone chip and a further two coats of the base colour.








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A much needed restoration 4 years 2 months ago #36387

While I sent the car away for a strip,dip and epoxy coat, I spent a little time on the engine, well I say a little time the complete rebuild took approximately 3 month and a little over £400.

Looks bad.

Some TLC

Ready for the head.


Sent the head away for the works.

Just need to adjust the shimms and put the cover on and a few extra bits to finish off.

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A much needed restoration 4 years 2 months ago #36390

David Fisher wrote: When you said Monte...do you mean a Montecarlo.


Yes I do. A series two spyder. In nice condition but needing restored to make perfect. The plan is to strip it and give it the works!
I've had 5 Montes over a 26 year period. Loved them all!

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A much needed restoration 4 years 2 months ago #36391

Great job on the underside David, very thorough!
And your engine looks great too :)

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A much needed restoration 4 years 2 months ago #36392

Great work. Looks like it will last longer than an original from the factory!
Who needs 4th gear anyway...

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A much needed restoration 4 years 2 months ago #36396

Jeremy wrote: Great work. Looks like it will last longer than an original from the factory!


It's bound to... it'll get paint on the areas you can't see! Which is more than Fiat ever did!

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