'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby ArunW » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:22 pm

So more the engine bay is getting there - I've ripped the patch weld that was underneath the near side engine mount and but welded a new piece in place, cleaned off all of the paint and resprayed the bottom of the engine bay as well as the engine mount towers. I've also replaced the engine mounts with nice fresh new ones (not the nasty hard type mind).
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I've cleaned up most of the old paint someone had put on top of the original paint (don't know why as the original paint is looking great mostlty) and I've replaced the oil filter with a modern screw on one - I had to saw the pipe union off of the old one with a hacksaw and re-profile the treads and hexagonal section with a needle file after I couldn't get it out and rounded it off with the impact gun :roll: lesson learnt!
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Finally I have stripped the rocker cover and completely re-painted it as well as putting new badges on, new chrome nuts, and painting on the oil companies on the lid. Whilst I was in there I also did the valve gaps.
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Still got to fit a new pump and an alternator also need to get some new HT leads and figure out a PCV system! Thinking of using the brake servo take off from esm and filling it with belzona and then drilling a smaller hole or tapping a hole in the plastic spacer and putting a barb in.
Any suggestions or advice would be welcome thanks! :D

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby shoebone » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:05 pm

Well done with your purchase, 'George' looks like a good starter car that hopefully wont give you too many problems, your enthusiasm is incentive for people like me to catch up with various jobs i need to do to my car. 190psi compression test is high(ish), maybe your tester is over reading a little, I wouldn't worry about it, its more about similar readings for all cylinders. Could I ask, where did you get engine mounts from ? I replaced mine recently and they are a lot harder, makes for a noisy car !!

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby ArunW » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:50 pm

Thank you! :D I got mine from esm and they seem to be fairly soft to me, I can squidge the sides of them with my fingers and the compress.

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby ArunW » Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:39 pm

So its been a while since my last post... again! And I've got a fair deal done since then despite things being busy. I've replaced the track rod ends, a bearing puller was invaluable here, I couldn't get the old ones off no matter how hard I tried or what I used (blowtorch, plus gas etc.).
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Bearing puller and track rod end.
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I have also replaced all of the bushings with poly bushings (apart from one tie rod one on each side), I have also checked the trunnions/kingpins and they look okay. I've added new brake shoes and drums on the front as well as replacing the master cylinder - I'll add a before and after.


As well as the suspension, breaking and steering stuff I have stripped and painted the front grill and battery box and made a restriction fitting to fit in a PCV system.

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby philthehill » Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:45 pm

Looking good.
As regards poly bushes on the tie rods:-
Fit a poly bush in front of the bracket for braking resistance and a rubber bush behind the bracket for articulation.
Fitting poly bushes front and behind can restrict the articulation of the tie rod.


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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby ArunW » Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:13 pm

Thanks for confirming that Phil, that's exactly what I've done!

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby ArunW » Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:19 am

So its been a while since I've replied due to being away traveling and busy at work but I've taken out the fuel tank, cut off the old spring hanger and nearly finished welding on the new spring hanger.
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Spring hanger
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I've measured it up many times and test fitted the spring with it tack welded and it all seems to be alright, I've plug welded it and then welded what I can from above before welding a "Continuous" line underneath the car. Welding thin metal upside down is great fun but I'm relatively happy with how it looks for an upside down weld from a newbie welder and most importantly the penetration looks good from above.

I've also cleaned up and painted one of the springs and I plan to do the other one some time later along with replacing both of the rear drums.

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby ArunW » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:55 pm

I've been looking for a damped crankshaft pulley and today I looked a bit closer at my current one and I realized that I may already have one! :D So I think this is a damped crankshaft pulley but I'm not 100% sure could anyone verify weather it is for me? (Picture in link)

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby pgp001 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:03 pm

Looks liked a damped one to me.

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby philthehill » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:17 am

You have a damped crankshaft pulley fitted which can be clearly seen in your first photo. :D
The damper pulley is either Pt No: 88G305, CAM4929 or AHU1875. The Pt No: is dependent on original engine fitment.

Here are pictures of a damped pulley for comparison. The third picture as fitted to 'A' Plus 1275cc engine.
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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby ArunW » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:07 pm

Yipee! Thank you chaps! :D I thought as much but as a relative novice its always good to confirm, and its just as well really as I wasn't having much luck with my search.

In further news the welding is coming on, though I can't say I'm particularly enamoured of upside down welding underneath the car.
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All of the rust in the rear of the floor has now been chopped out and replaced.
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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby mogbob » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:29 pm

Classic car upside down welding …. I remember that ! Funnily enough , most restorers' recollections usually include the adjective painful ! When it's all finished the memory fades ( a little ).
Good work there , crack on , good luck with it , you'll get there.
Bob

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby ArunW » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:04 am

mogbob wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Good work there , crack on , good luck with it , you'll get there.
Thanks for the encouragement Bob! :D

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby kevin s » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:04 pm

Looks like you are getting on well, should be a great car when finished.

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby BrianHawley » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:37 am

Going great!
Brian

Image "Jodie". '67 Traveller, 1275, discs, suspension mods etc.

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Re: 'George' 1965 2 Door Restoration Log

Postby ArunW » Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:09 am

So I've been back at it for a bit now Christmas is over and all of the structural welding is complete! (for now) I've started painting the inside and just finished soundproofing the gearbox tunnel cover :
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Gearbox with silent coat rubber mat.
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There is a pretty good amount of work left to go still but but once I've rebuilt the rear offside suspension I should be able to put George back down on his wheels and start putting everything back together.


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