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Old 28 January 2013, 10:34 PM
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Setting your stall out from the word go, is better than doing stuff over and over!
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Old 28 January 2013, 10:44 PM
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Blinking flip Simon, this thread is really moving along as are your plans for the car.

I do like a nice classic as I nearly went for a nicely modified P1 a while back as you know, after watching the Colin McRae Racing Legend program last night it made me look at classics in a new light.

I can't wait to see the end result, but I know it will be well thought out and executed.
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Old 29 January 2013, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Silver Scooby Sport View Post
That's a hell of a difference there Scott, quite mad when you consider it.... I'm quite sure I will keep with 17's on mine this time, but whether I do a 215/45/17 tyre or a 215/40/17 as yet not decided here.
Prodrive recommend 40 profiles Si...but I'm sure you already know that
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Old 29 January 2013, 06:25 PM
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It will be good to get stuck into it Ty I'm getting there not far away now.


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Prodrive recommend 40 profiles Si...but I'm sure you already know that
I had not realised that Ian, that's good to hear as Yokohama Parada Spec 2's are available in a 40 wall so that's perfect
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Old 29 January 2013, 06:33 PM
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Get a set of revolutions mate, you know you want to
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Old 29 January 2013, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by joe v3sti View Post
Get a set of revolutions mate, you know you want to
That's the direction I'm heading in Joe, in gold as well as that suits white a treat plus maintains the rally theme, just like yours
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Old 29 January 2013, 07:49 PM
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I love them in the flesh mate. Mine are coming off because they've got budget tyres on, the standard v2 ones I have will be going on whilst the weathers bad. You got any plans suspension wise yet?

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Old 29 January 2013, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by joe v3sti View Post
I love them in the flesh mate. Mine are coming off because they've got budget tyres on, the standard v2 ones I have will be going on whilst the weathers bad. You got any plans suspension wise yet?

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Joe I just intend a couple of small upgrades and the rest refurb work.
The changes will simply be, uprated rear arb to a 22mm whiteline along with alloy rear drop links and steel front one's (steel front to keep the cost down) and I will fit a rear strut brace and other than that I will run OEM under the car. I plan on cleaning and painting the struts at the moment they are black but I am considering changing them to red when I refresh. Everything else will be freshly cleaned and painted..... That's the plan I'm not going to powder coat as then I would need to change the bushes and they are just to expensive for me at this time, I don't do track days so for road use this set up will be a good one from past experience.
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Old 29 January 2013, 08:40 PM
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Doh, wrong!

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Fair play Simon this is coming along nicely. Hopefully come the summer we can have two RA's in the Cardiff meet.
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Sounds good matey, it's to get consumed and spend a fortune on stuff not needed
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Old 29 January 2013, 09:50 PM
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Doh, wrong!


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Fair play Simon this is coming along nicely. Hopefully come the summer we can have two RA's in the Cardiff meet.
Dylan I may even drive down to see you when its back together it will need a few miles put on it I think to settle it all back down... At the moment I'm doing a lot of talking and not a lot of action that's the only problem

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Sounds good matey, it's to get consumed and spend a fortune on stuff not needed
Indeed it is, I got my game plan and a rough cost in my head and if I can draw a few bits back all the better... I just want a mint looking nice handling road car I'm always on the look out for second hand as well it all buffs back up with a little elbow grease.

Maybe I should post a few pics up of the old classic for those who may not be familiar
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Wait until I have finished the garage. I wouldn't mind a pic of yours in there finished to encourage me to push on with mine.
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Old 29 January 2013, 10:13 PM
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Oh aye what other classic is this?
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Old 02 February 2013, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by joe v3sti View Post
Oh aye what other classic is this?
Well it was a little 7 year project that resulted in this....

https://www.scoobynet.com/members-ga...lassic-uk.html

https://www.scoobynet.com/members-ga...-sunshine.html

Sold it to a lad called Lee who is still looking after it as I had a look at it at the Prodrive meet late last year. It was a UK car MY00 and was completely standard at the beginning of the journey.

Update on the RA today after meeting with Andy at Ace, the painter has had a look over the car and is happy with the condition and its nothing to major other that prep and paint, there's some small rust spots and light blemishing in other areas but nothing deep just surface so all is good and as I felt when we looked over the car when I bought it.

After looking over it the painter wishes to gives this 100% of his professional skills and talking about the potential of over spray on the engine etc we came to the decision to bite the bullet and go for it so the engine and gearbox will come out and everything will be stripped off for the full monty treatment, all the underside will be rubbed back treated and etch primed then a layer of stone chip protector will be applied with a good coat of paint on top.... Then all the engine compartment will be stripped of parts and painted plus the bonnet needs paint also the windscreen will be removed to be able to sort the rust patch that is around the arial base and this goes under the edge of the window so this will all be exposed for paint. There's also rust spots in the rear drainage channels around the boot seal rubber so the lights will be removed and all refreshed around there also.

The fuel tank will also be removed so its going to be quite in depth in real terms.... Have to be honest it's nothing that frightens me, maybe it should I'm not sure but I've got the confidence and forward vision to know that when complete I will then be able to detail the rest of the car myself and this will then give me a 100% mint 18 year old body shell which will then provide a great base for everything else to be cleaned, painted, the odd part upgraded and fitted back on. In real terms when you look at it logically if I pay a painter that was willing to do it with the engine and gearbox in I would have to pay labour for masking it all off and the extra time painting around things so I just as well pay that labour on the removal so I'm telling myself it will cost near the same

With the engine and gearbox removed I will then be able to degrease etch prime and paint the gearbox housing and also I will be able to get all around the engine to clean it and tidy the whole lump up plus brackets and odd things can all get attention and paint before it goes back together.

Don't ask me costs as that's between me and my back pocket I had not intended to do such an in depth job but after the last month of looking talking and researching I think it's the way forward and an investment in the car for the future plus I get an Impreza to a level that was always a dream of mine but not something I thought I would achieve in reality.

Work commences in a week or two's time but I don't have a fixed time in mind so we shall see where it leads us too, there will be pictures as well on the journey which hopefully will spice this thread up a little rather than just talking about things as we go.

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Old 02 February 2013, 11:59 PM
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wow...a chunk of commitment there Si, good luck
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Old 03 February 2013, 12:22 AM
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Sounds like a really good plan Simon ,ill be watching with great interest mate!
Who's doing the painting si?
Painters name that is.....

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wow...a chunk of commitment there Si, good luck
After a month looking and researching Ian I've decided it's the way for me to go here, prices are in I know fully where I am max cost wise.... I could just wait for summer wire brush it and paint it myself which would be acceptable but short term as well but I've got an opportunity here at this point to go for it then the car will be right for years, these old ones at some point have to start going back up in value they can't go down to nothing so I'm telling myself I'm investing for the future

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Old 03 February 2013, 10:45 AM
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Looking forward to lots of pictures!
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Old 03 February 2013, 10:49 AM
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I'm pleased your going for the full job; I think it's the right decision as you won't be thinking about missed opportunities 12 months down the road.
These cars need saving and yours is at that time where some tidy body work now will keep it minty for years to come.

I've prepared a dark corner in my garage so that you and your wallet can have that meeting and still come out friends at the end.
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Old 03 February 2013, 12:03 PM
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Nice one Si ,should be good at the end
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Cheers all... It's going to take some effort but its going to be well worth it

I had a an hour in my workshop this afternoon (for anyone that's been in my garden it's the potting shed) and where I do the dirty work and made a start of refurbish Ade's old HKS exhaust.

I'll do a few showing the change....

Before...







During...





After against the back box which will be next....





I have to say polishing is a bit of a black art, I'm getting there but not like a pro more a good hobbyist... I can't quite get the high colour in the finish that I would like but for under the car it's good enough I think. I would like to spend a day with someone that can polish to understand a little more, dirty stinking rotten job so hats off to them.
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How did you manage to polish close to new?!? I have used Auto Glym metal polish before but never got results like that, still had the hard black marks. Did you use a polisher?
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How did you manage to polish close to new?!? I have used Auto Glym metal polish before but never got results like that, still had the hard black marks. Did you use a polisher?
Not a polisher but a bench grinder which I clamp in the vice, it has an arbor fitted in it then I spin a mop up with polishing compound added and offer what I wish to polish to it.

http://www.frost.co.uk/automotive-po...separates.html

http://www.frost.co.uk/automotive-po...fing-kits.html

Also loads on eBay... I use 2 compounds first a brown in colour which is Carbrax and then the second is a blue colour called Steelbrite, you will see it referred to as "cut and colour" the Carbrax cuts into the metal surface and the Steelbrite adds shine which is called colour. Then I used metal polish by hand to finish, if you want to know anything just ask away its a subject I know a little about you will need a couple of different grade mops as well with the fluffier for finishing. Have a look on YouTube for stainless steel polishing.


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That's a great finish Si, amazing what goes on in people's potting sheds
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That looks amazing mate. Was good that the last owner looked after the exhaust so well that it looks so good now polished! Finally been down to get the clips off my car you need, will post this week. Ade
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Originally Posted by Silver Scooby Sport View Post
Not a polisher but a bench grinder which I clamp in the vice, it has an arbor fitted in it then I spin a mop up with polishing compound added and offer what I wish to polish to it.

http://www.frost.co.uk/automotive-po...separates.html

http://www.frost.co.uk/automotive-po...fing-kits.html

Also loads on eBay... I use 2 compounds first a brown in colour which is Carbrax and then the second is a blue colour called Steelbrite, you will see it referred to as "cut and colour" the Carbrax cuts into the metal surface and the Steelbrite adds shine which is called colour. Then I used metal polish by hand to finish, if you want to know anything just ask away its a subject I know a little about you will need a couple of different grade mops as well with the fluffier for finishing. Have a look on YouTube for stainless steel polishing.

http://youtu.be/mWy9awGv6so
Oh yes I remember that now. We use to use it in our Technology classes back at secondary.

Good finish, looks new
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That looks amazing mate. Was good that the last owner looked after the exhaust so well that it looks so good now polished! Finally been down to get the clips off my car you need, will post this week. Ade
Indeed Ade the first owner did a good job and great the clips will be a big help it seems some are easy to get hold of and others not.

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That's a great finish Si, amazing what goes on in people's potting sheds
I can't remember the last time I potted a plat up in there Kev but I do have a load of pots stored in there

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Oh yes I remember that now. We use to use it in our Technology classes back at secondary.

Good finish, looks new
Great that's a good reminder then.... It's surprising how things will buff up after all even when they are new they need polishing to start.
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Jeez Si you are gonna need shades to work under your car
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Jeez Si you are gonna need shades to work under your car
Remember "Chips" there Ian

Made a little more progress today and started on the back box, it's started to come up well but I still have some ground to cover, the initial start when mopping adds scratches into the stainless so I still have to polish out what I have put in, spent nearly 2 hrs in the potting shed this afternoon and I have to spend a little more time on it and then finish by hand.

Note the scrape marks...



First step wet and dry sand paper....











Getting there slowly, I'll have another go on the machine then I'll finish by hand.
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