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  1. IanMc

    How much paint

    Dear all, I need your help - yet again! Does anyone know how much paint is required to paint a Coupe? Thanks in advance.
  2. IanMc

    How much paint

    Hi Paul, it would be to just paint the outside and a solid paint. Thanks for your help.
  3. IanMc

    How much paint

    Hi Andy, It would be already primed.
  4. Hi all, Firstly, hello to anyone here who might still remember me - I'm back after about 6 years away... Anyone who has ever owned one of these cars probably knows very well that it is difficult to leave - these cars just get under your skin. Even worse every passing year makes the rose tinted spectacles more rosey and the problems previously encountered fade to the back of the memory I sold my last (Yellow) Cavalier Coupe and have honestly regretted it ever since. Well now I have just bought another Cav and this one is in a real mess to be honest, but it is at least complete. There now starts what I know will be a very long journey to try to drag this thing back to the road - at least that is the intention before I get stuck in. Perhaps I may run out of skill or money, but I'm going to give it a shot. I'm off on holiday now for two weeks, so nothing will happen for a while. But as soon as I get back I will post some starting photos and report on any progress made at fairly regular intervals. This forum and its members will be an invaluable source of information, and encouragement - so thanks in advance to you all. Take care, back soon. ps The new 'car' is a 1979 2.0 Cavalier GLS Coupe Automatic - yes an auto!
  5. Pretty sure mine was just a manufacturing cock up by yours truly, I made the flare too small... School boy error.
  6. IanMc

    Manta A series rebuild - Phase 2 C20 LET

    Size of that turbo, love it!
  7. And replied to my friend. Another little fill in job done this evening. You might remember that my OSR brake line started leaking from the flare earlier in the week when me and the lad tried to bleed the brakes. Werll I am pleased ton report that this evening I made up a new line and fitted it - everything seems fine, just need to try bleeding AGAIN... now
  8. IanMc

    Manta 400r

    Great news all round!
  9. Another evening getting some small jobs done: - stripped the old NS Cav done down to just the metal shell. By the way @evo03 - do you still want me to cut out the lock section of this door too? - if so, I can cut it out for you at the weekend and send you both next week. - fitted the Cavs NS mirror and front glass support runner to the replacement Manta door. - fitted the Cavs lock cylinder and chrome outer handle to the Manta door. - prepared and fitted the Manta’s glass seal to the Cavs chrome door top trim strip. Both of the Cavs glass seals were totally shot, but the Manta’s ones are in great condition. Tomorrow I will probably look at adding a new flare to the OSR rigid brake line. Enjoy your evening everyone.
  10. IanMc

    Manta 400r

    Peter, I wish you all the best with everything. We will all miss your updates, but health first and everything else is second. All the best matey.
  11. Scratch that, all sorted now. It turns out that the top back edge of the glass was simply catching on the top seal. After adjusting the rear travel stop a little, all is now well.
  12. Pottered about for an hour this evening doing some odds and sods type jobs. For example, I refitted the drivers door glass, bolted the seatbelts back in and then got the outer door caps/seals ready for refitting after paint. I need your help with the aforementioned door glass though, I have about a 10 mm gap all down the rear edge - any ideas? By the way, it is definitely Coupe glass as it came out of the original Cav door...
  13. Has anybody fitted an under bonnet sound insulation panel from another make or model of vehicle, if so what did you use? Is it even required?
  14. IanMc

    Under bonnet sound insulation

    Thanks Chris, definitely food for thought there.
  15. IanMc

    New swan neck

    Superb Gerhard, very well done! Are you doing both sides?
  16. Hi guys, When I turned the car around on the driveway the other weekend, I felt that something want quite right with the steering geometry. The car felt like it was kind of dragging one wheel around. At the time put this down to simply needing to retrack it after find new TRE's on each side. It seems as though the problem is more basic than that, basically I have assembled the top suspension arm spacers on one side wrongly i.e. large (thick) at the front of the car and thin at the rear on one side and vice versa for the other side. Before I start ripping things apart when my hand is better, I just wanted to double check that the diagram in the Haynes manual is correct... This shows the larger, thicker spacer towards the back of the car - is that right? On a point of detail, when assembled correctly, will the coil spring look to be central as it passes through the top arm? If anyone has their wheels off at this time, a photo of this area on both sides would be very helpful! Thanks in advance everyone.
  17. IanMc

    Full Restoration + 400r Build 83 Coupe.

    That really is a bummer, there is that damn fly in the ointment again. Will you go for a new, used or recon turbo?
  18. Yes, it think you are probably right Jason - perhaps there is a God after all
  19. Cheers guys. Yes you are correct Herman I use flux cored, gasless wire. I just got fed up with running out of gas every couple of days. I know I could get a bigger bottle, but: a) have nowhere to store it and b) I wouldn't have a clue where to get it filled. Therefore I have to live with the consequences...
  20. An early start today as we have visitors this afternoon, but still got quite a bit done. 1) Sorted out the upper arm spacers on the NS corner, so now both sides are correct to specifications. 2) Got the replacement NS door fitted after staring at it for months with the car unable to move - seems to sit quite nicely. 3) Got the first few little skims of body filler - this seems like a massive step forward to be even thinking about this kind of work. 4) The one fly in the ointment (there is always a fly isn't there?!) came when me and my Son tried to bleed the brakes. The OSR rigid pipe decided it didn't want to seal any more... I strongly suspect the flare is the problem here, so will sort that out one evening in the week. Have a good afternoon.
  21. Knowing that all of the large areas had now been done, this morning I decided to take a really close look at the Cavs bodywork to see if anything else needs welding. I only came up with two areas: - there are three very small holes areas of the bonnet (front near side corner), that would probably benefit from welding. They are so small, that it might even be possible to close them just by filling them with MIG wire (no plate). I don’t understand how this area even came to be holed in the first place - perhaps the car cover it came with held moisture in this area? - the small (1/2” wide ?) return lip on the underside of the front headlamp panel is rotten along about half its length. I suspect that has been caused by the holes for the retaining screws just rusting out and never being caught early enough. So as evo said a couple of months ago, there is always more rust to deal with, but we are now incredibly close to having all of the metalwork also complete. When these small bits are done (evenings this coming week), we can start on body and paint - the last section!
  22. IanMc

    Full Restoration + 400r Build 83 Coupe.

    Blimey, you don’t hang around do you?! Keep up the good work.
  23. IanMc

    Full Restoration + 400r Build 83 Coupe.

    Looking forward to watching this one, bring it on! By the way, is that really your garage????!!!! - if so, I have garage envy lol Good luck with the project.
  24. A very productive day today. My rear screen surround is now solid again. This is how things unfolded: Admittedly there are one or two areas that have 'dropped' a little, so those will require some body filler, but I can certainly live with that. All things considered, I'm pretty pleased with how it all turned out. Frustratingly, my last flap disc burned out before I had a chance to fully dress all of the welds, but I can get that sorted out tomorrow with a quick trip to Screwfix. Have a good evening all.