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Top half of rear quarter now something like,  bottom half got its first fill.


Made a start taping up the underside to keep it free from over spray too.


About a third of it done today - hopefully get the rest done tomorrow.  :)

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More stuff has been happening - the underside has been taped up as far as the front footwells now, and some epoxy primer has been splashed around - offside rear quarter got a bit more rubbing before the primer went on.


The rear end got a bit of filler, a good rub up, and it too got a coat of primer.


These panels are by no means ready to paint yet, but are a lot closer to that than they were before - particularly so the rear quarter.    :)

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Managed to get a good few hours on this yesterday. The nearside rear quarter got skimmed and rubbed several times until it was good enough to be hit with some epoxy primer.


Really pleased how well this side has come out so far, just a small amount of fettling required before its ready to paint.

I've taped up as much of the underside as I can for now - I need to cobble together some sort of dolly to make the shell mobile before I can finish that off.


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More stuff has been occurring - the offside rear quarter got a bit of fettling, some blocking, and another coat of epoxy primer.


Its pretty reasonable now, but theres still a couple of areas needing a little finessing before I can call it ready.

The front wings have both been blocked again, they can now go in the "paint bloke" pile.


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This weekend saw the rear end skimmed, rubbed and primed again. 


Pitted areas now unable to be seen. :)


Nearside rear quarter was guide coated and blocked again.


Then after a few small fills were applied, a third coat of primer went on.



Ill leave the back end and rear quarters for a couple of weeks before blocking them again, and get on with the sills in the mean time. 

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Nearside sill + wheel arch areas got some attention over the last weekend. It's been filled, rubbed and primed twice. The pattern part sills used are not very good pressings - this became apparent once fettling began!






One more fill/rub/prime cycle should see it ready to paint, but I'm gonna get the offside to the same stage first. 

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Time was short today for one reason or another, but got a bit of filler, a bit of a rub, and some epoxy primer on the offside sill.


Should hopefully repeat the exercise over the course of the week.  :)

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My poor old Mum lost a battle with cancer a couple of weeks ago, so I've been busy elsewhere, but I'm back on this again now. 

The offside sill and door shut areas have recieved some more attention.


Much filling, blocking and rubbing was needed to fettle the poor quality pressing of the replacement sill, but it's very close to where I want it to be now.

The whole offside was then guide coated and blocked/rubbed in preparation for its last layer of epoxy primer.


Afore mentioned layer was then applied.





This side just needs a final block/rub up and it's ready for the paint bloke. :)

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Got a fair few hours in on this over the last weekend - the whole nearside was blocked and sanded in preparation for its last coat of epoxy primer. 


Primer then applied. 



Got most of the offside blocked/sanded ready for the paint bloke too, seen here part way through. 


Once the rest of this side is sanded, and then the nearside has been done too, theres just the rear panel to finish before I can tackle the engine bay and front panels. 

I hope to have the dolly fabricated before working on the front of the shell - should hopefully all be on it's way to the paint bloke in the next few weeks. :)

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Offside was finished off today.


The nearside was given its final rub up as far as the rear quarter.


The dolly has been fabricated,  just need to shorten the uprights a little, then bolt the wheels on and the shell will be mobile.  :)


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Nearside rear quarter finished off this week.


Identified some low spots in the rear valance, they were given a thin skim of fine filler.


Then rubbed and primed again.


The dolly was shortened and bolted on today, surprisingly it fitted absolutely perfectly - wasn't expecting that!



After that was done, good tidy up and vacuum session happened - it was incredibly dusty in the shed.


Once that was done, I continued taping up the inner front wings in preparation for fettling up the front end. Just got to give the rear panel its final block/rub and I can switch ends.  :)

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