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LWB RAT - bought, crashed, rebuilding..

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Reply #30 on: June 12, 2013, 05:00:02 PM
Blimey I was complaining about a few holes and cracks I had to fill!


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Reply #31 on: June 12, 2013, 10:16:18 PM
Really enjoying this thread.

Great you decided to' 'get back on the horse' as it were.

Do have a soft spot for Rats too :)

Will look great when its done.

Looking at the rear damage I actually trimmed my Rat back past where the damage is on yours, was a long long time ago though and what was considered a 'good design' was 'different' in those days. Even had Renault 5 rears lights on their side, fibreglassed in place :D :D



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Reply #32 on: June 12, 2013, 10:56:46 PM
Blimey I was complaining about a few holes and cracks I had to fill!

Hehe, i'd be complaining too if i was doing it :) luckily im no good at fibreglassing so i know a man who is :)

Really enjoying this thread.

Great you decided to' 'get back on the horse' as it were.

Do have a soft spot for Rats too :)

Will look great when its done.

Looking at the rear damage I actually trimmed my Rat back past where the damage is on yours, was a long long time ago though and what was considered a 'good design' was 'different' in those days. Even had Renault 5 rears lights on their side, fibreglassed in place :D :D





Thanks mate, glad your enjoying reading it. yes i have a soft spot for the old rat now, so i just had to get her put back together again. Besides you don't see many about now really, so its nice to be different.
The rear is staying as it was but i'm going to change the lights, never really liked the aluminium bit that didn't fit very well.

In other news
more updates...


Rear lights before prep



Rear lights after prep



Light holes after 1st stage of smoothing off




Prep work for this area is done, (cutting and sanding back fractured areas to good fibreglass to bond to. Also re-alignment of the pieces.


Gel coat going on and then 2nd gel then fibreglass.

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Reply #33 on: June 13, 2013, 07:43:28 PM
Looking good mate,

pleased to see your making progress  ;-)up
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Reply #34 on: June 14, 2013, 10:42:44 AM
Davy

Looking forward to seeing it one day and really pleased that you are making progress.    I am going to attack my steering again this weekend .... unfortunatly I have a wedding to go to on Sat and then Fathers day .... so wont get much time... will hopefully let you know about the box next week.


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Reply #35 on: June 14, 2013, 11:24:36 AM
Fathers day .... so wont get much time

Krug, I'm thinking Father's day is the perfect excuse to spend the whole day in the garage.......but I suppose other people won't see it that way ;D

As for davydoff's Rat, it would have been so easy to scrap it and get a nice new shiney tub.  Good on you for standing by the old girl and giving her the plastic surgery she needs  ;-)up


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Reply #36 on: June 14, 2013, 01:26:56 PM
Looking good mate,

pleased to see your making progress  ;-)up
Thanks mate

Davy

Looking forward to seeing it one day and really pleased that you are making progress.    I am going to attack my steering again this weekend .... unfortunatly I have a wedding to go to on Sat and then Fathers day .... so wont get much time... will hopefully let you know about the box next week.


I'm hoping it will be ready for the hospital meet, but it's going to be tight
I'm on holiday next week but I'll be back by the weekend, let me know if you need it


As for davydoff's Rat, it would have been so easy to scrap it and get a nice new shiney tub.  Good on you for standing by the old girl and giving her the plastic surgery she needs  ;-)up

Thank you, yes I could have binned the shell but I felt I should at least try and get it repaired, I'm glad I did now

In other news, I've popped over to MAC's and seen the chassis

In the end I decided the best way was to replace the pans, Stef said it would be a better job and I always thought they would need doing in a year of so. So save taking if off the road again in a year or so, lets just do it once.
So I got the red heavy duty ones, and thought I'd do right 1st time





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Reply #37 on: June 15, 2013, 09:19:46 PM
More shell news folks

Before


After


To say I'm peased would be an understatement :D
I'm well chuffed  :D

Now I'm going to be changing the rear lights, never liked the aluminium bit, so question what do I change to....
I'm thinking a combined light, indicator and brakes, but what to you folk think???

Cheers

Dav


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Reply #38 on: June 15, 2013, 09:27:19 PM
Before


After



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Reply #39 on: June 18, 2013, 11:35:57 AM
Thats coming on well mate, looking good  ;-)up
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Reply #40 on: June 24, 2013, 05:47:32 PM
Work to the damaged side has started

This is the rear section that was damaged, you can see the extra fibre glass here that's underneath, it's really strong now, much more so than the other side.



The start of the repairs the the side


Looking at the inside of the repaired damage


And the position of the new rear lights as a template


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Reply #41 on: June 24, 2013, 07:04:01 PM
This is all quite fantastic to watch, and I think, although it all happened so soon after
you got it, somehow it will mean the old Rat is far more than it was at first.

Its all coming along so really well too  :) ;-)up

Brilliant job!

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Reply #42 on: June 24, 2013, 08:20:46 PM
This is all quite fantastic to watch, and I think, although it all happened so soon after
you got it, somehow it will mean the old Rat is far more than it was at first.

Its all coming along so really well too  :) ;-)up

Brilliant job!

Peter

Thank you Peter, glad you're liking the progress. Yes I know what you mean, it will better than it was and we will have been on a journey together, getting more and more attached to the old girl as completion gets nearer  ;D

Thanks for your comments and advice

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Reply #43 on: June 29, 2013, 09:20:23 AM
Repairs to the shell are largely complete now

The sides of the shell have been fully lined and reinforced with fibre glass, the result is a much stronger stiffer shell


This has been wrapped right round to the rear of the shell too


Small repair to the front wing


Here you can see the extent if the repairs to the side and rear corner  :o


The shell the right way up


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Reply #44 on: June 29, 2013, 08:43:14 PM
that is some major fibreglassing, looks good though and a new lease of life for an old shell.