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sup guys.. been here for a bit and finally found the effort to start a thread for my car (:

surprisingly shiny for a red car from 1996 when i got it :( had dry pools of t-cut around all the trim


124k miles, isuzu 1.7 td so will hopefully just keep going.








originally just planned to flat the paint down to the messy pink they usually end up. after tediously doing half the car, i realised that wet and dry paper MIGHT JUST be good wet.. so the rest was a breeeze





..then decided it needed a colour change.. so i badly smoothed the grooves around the bumpers



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then came the paint: 2.5 litres of dulux trade weathershield satin in kiwi burst 2 :)
this is still a work in progress as i'm doing it a bit at i time as brush painting gets boring


smoothed back bumper too



gutted most of the insides for now



roof rails were leaking and the rear windscreen jet emptied into the boot :lol so the lining was a bit of a mess.. had rust on the crossmembers of the roof so cleaned and hammerited them and wapped bathroom sealant around the roof rail bolts








sneek preview of my interior colour scheme :insanity had to take the sunroof out to get the lining sorted and almost squashed myself between it and the car when i took it out

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actually got all the insides back in this afternoon, apart from the door cards (which are still exactly as they lie in the picture)
i'll get some pics tomorrow of the roof lining in :D
also went to the scrappy to get a pocket full of tiny clips and caps that were missing and bugged me..

i also changed the clutch cable as it was stiff as.. something really stiff. but i don't have very good mechanical car skills so i'm gonna need help for anything major. oh yeah and any suggestions from you knowledgeable people as to if i can make it a bit smoother still? apart from the lubing the cable. and if there's any point in that? still feels stiff to me. :ghey

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cool I like vauxhall TD engines. its very easy to up the boost on them for alot more power

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oh yeah. just so you get the picture. i'm 19. i've been riding a motorbike 'till now, and still am. i'm a full time student so funds are obviously preeety limited.

FURTHER PLANS:

- cavalier gsi slabs; all polished up and yummy. lost a second set i was after on ebay today :(
- lowered. but not sure how much yet cause i want it to be usable still (as long as it doesn't rub with a carfull of people, as low as i can get)
- some kind of custom exhaust.. but i don't know what
- fitting infinity kappa speakers in the front and infinity 6x9's in the boot lid soon as i have a blade for the jigsaw
- probably some more stuff but i can't think now and i'm tired after this mission of writing.

OH YEAH.. kinda dribbly running rust down the side's of the car so it looks natural(ish) hopefully

if you read all of this then cool, let me know what you think

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YES to more boost. i have heard they are easy to tune and make more fuel efficient and faster. so def need to sort that out sometime.

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Good progress so far, loving the kiwi green. Cool plans too, can't wait to see more pictures :tu


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Awesome colour! :D


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Oh Isuzu 1.7 power....Nice ride mate, I'm pretty jealous tbh. DON"T TAKE IT TO AN OFFICIAL RAT MEET, IT"LL DIE! :'(

My only regret with mine was that I never turned up the fuel and turbo....do it! :devil

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update (: done a bit more painting.. got bored again.
finished the inside for now...
made some gaiters from a pair of camo trousers






door cards finally in. AND some speakerage (after alot of plywood, cutting with a jigsaw and frustration)




FIVE layers of plywood on the rear speakers as they were about 4 times the depth of the stock ones




cable tied in ;D









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only the roof and bumper to paint now. then a bit of rusting is in order :insanity

the boot space is waayy too grey for my liking. i was thinking slapping in abit of wood effect fablon. any other ideas? i'm hoping to get some funky retro carpet pieces for in the foot wells instead of mats too

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looks great man that colour is awesome, if you get bored brush painting use a roller so much faster did my whole 306 in about an hour n half at most lol

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I love that colour. Almost seems a shame to rust it.


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Looks ace mate, liking the bright colour for once, not a matt black or dark colour! :tu

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i'm having second thoughts about the rusting myself now. but i think it needs to be done. i want to make it look as natural as i can and less intentional hopefully. i want to got for a kind of retro look with a dark green or white thin vinyl stripe down the side.. kinda like this



I'm having a problem deciding what rims to get.. any suggestions would be great. i wanted some cavalier gsi 2000 slabs but i would love some ats classics now if they weren't so pricey ):

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currently hacking up the grille. and i'm looking into welding my own obvious-bodge-job badboy bonnet. gonaa leave the weld showing and not smooth it down. let it rust etc. excited about that :chill

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For the boot, get a cheap roller blind of suitable width and remove the old fabric. Retrim in camo to match the gear lever boot or stripes to match everything else or even lime grin. A couple of suitable tabs on one end will allow it to slot into the supports either side of the boot and/or some hacksawed notches would let you have it partially open so you can hear the rear speakers.

Hopefully that helps. Nice to see a colourful Rat for once.

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good idea with the blind :tu ..but i just remembered i got a boot cover to put back in (: def gonna need to brighten that up a little though. and figure a way to keep that half open like you said with the blind.


grille was full of holes and notches from the inner piece i removed. so i wapped out the soldering iron and got plastic welding and decided i love doing it; even if the fumes are probs not too great for you :ooo



cut a strip all along the back so i only had three big gaps to fill with the offcuts








AND i got myself a laguna front splitter off a bodged up cavalier at a breakers for £2 bargain much


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If the boot cover is rigid, slap a piano hinge in it and just fold it open. Otherwise, I dunno... would need to know what it looked like but I'm happy to help if I can.

How do you do the plastic welding? I've been interested in it for modifying my own grille and other stuff but never found any conclusive information on it.

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the boot cover folds back on itself. it's basically like a roller blind but with poles supporting it crossways.

to plastic weld you can get a high frequency plastic welder thing to excite the lil plastic particles and get it to melt. i used just a basic electric soldering iron and used it like in this video:
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you need some similar plastic to melt into it. i used the bits i'd cut off (so it was exactly the same) just make sure there isn't any paint on the surfaces
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one last update before i got to italy for 18 days...

decided i enjoyed plastic welding so much i would relocate the number plate and smooth it off with plastic from the spare centre console i had. lost the pics of it in progress but i'm pretty pleased with it now it's done...





£2 laguna splitter :tu




did it all with this small ass soldering iron too


and now painted the roof. so it's just the bumper left. think i'm gonna chop it about a bit more first though ;)







definitely needing some lowness. can't sort that till i'm driving and am now on a three month waiting list to be able to take my practical driving test :| this is not cool.

also, can anyone give me some ideas on some nice rims that would suit and wouldn't cost a fortune? kinda oldskool like...

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