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Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread #818813
22/04/2009 19:01
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All comments welcome!

Good or Bad!

It's a labour of love and various problems are getting in the way at the moment, like sporadic employment!

But she's getting there slowly, loads of little jobs done and dusted.

Gareth

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #818823
22/04/2009 19:22
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I'm going through the same Gareth, currently waiting on mine to return from the paintshop !

Nothing as major as replacement panels required, but plenty of jobs that have absorbed many an hour so far smile

I really should get it documented oh here, I do have a paperwork diary / history smile

Whats the next on your list ?

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #818826
22/04/2009 19:27
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Well, the project thread is behind and catching up, all major jobs except the belt are done now (mechanically that is) Just the belts and respray to do, although I keep finding little things to play with and adjust!

Did my cam cover yesterday, looks great!

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Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #818839
22/04/2009 19:48
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Good to see someone succeeding with there coupe project.Keep the pics coming!


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Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: coupedummy] #818851
22/04/2009 19:57
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I'll be adding all night, I'm playing catch up with the thread, I bought the car 4 months ago!

Gareth

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #818874
22/04/2009 20:32
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Would look better in scots green Gareth! wink

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: MattM] #818881
22/04/2009 20:44
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I agree, if they'd done an LE in Scott's I'd probably have it resprayed that colour!

They didn't though, so boring solid black it is! laugh

Gareth

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #819798
24/04/2009 09:37
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looks like its going to be a great car chap. i am trying to get my 20vt up to scratch and its really not easy so well done on the good work.

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #819845
24/04/2009 10:51
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Thanks. It's not exactly hard work, just time consuming. I'm in and out of contracts so I'm getting some more time at the moment. Slowly working towards a respray at the end of August, cash flow allowing. By this time I'll have cleaned and waxoiled the underneath and de-rusted the bumper out riggers etc. Plenty of work to keep me going!

Gareth

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #820436
25/04/2009 07:56
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I think the solid black looked the mutts nutts!!
Kee up the good work nice to see one saved!! Looking to do similar myself

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #820823
25/04/2009 22:21
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I sold this on here a couple of years ago, was going to hack it up but someone took it as it sat. Ive got the pics of as it was when i got it from Zurich if you want them?

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #821277
26/04/2009 20:44
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I was aware this had been through your hands Carl, I'd be very interested to see the pics, I'll PM you my email address.

Cheers

Gareth

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #821582
27/04/2009 13:31
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Just read your thread. Good work mate.

Really like the rocker cover. I've never heard of Plasticote. Do you think it would look right on wheels in black?

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: kj16v] #821672
27/04/2009 16:16
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Thanks. I'm not sure if it would be ok for wheels, although it depends how fussy you are I guess, it's easy to get a good finish but wether that finish would be good enough for your wheels is down to you. Worth a try though!

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #828588
09/05/2009 16:54
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plus grill looks 100% better!! thumb

the zender should look ok on mine when I get a piu bumper for it!!

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #829185
10/05/2009 22:57
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engine bay looks 100% better!!

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #829345
11/05/2009 11:48
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Engine bay looks a lot cleaner cool

keep up the good work wink

Ben

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: Benny] #829494
11/05/2009 15:55
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Thanks, it's actually not raining here today so I'm having a go at the paintwork!

A thankless task, I think I'm trying to polish a turd but we'll see what the G3 can do.

Gareth

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #829551
11/05/2009 16:49
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let me know how it goes with the G3 as i have a speed pink roof to tackle and think i'm going to give G3 a try on it

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #829587
11/05/2009 17:32
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I G3'd my 16VT pink roof, not much joy I'm afraid! It has clear coat on it and all you are doing is cutting the clear coat. However, the clear coat does go cloudy, and when I did mine, there was some improvement.

Although I'm doing mine, it's the worst of the scratches and swirling I'm trying to clear, as you can imagine, it looks terrible on a black car.

It's barely touched mine to be honest, but there is an improvement, so some of that shitty black polish might finish getting rid of some of it. I'm not after a showroom shine, it's past recovery in my opinion, but I just need to have it looking that bit better.

Gareth

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #829796
11/05/2009 21:59
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oh well, cowboy is lending me his porter cable type thingy and some G3 on the weekend so will give it a go!!
failing that the roof may go black!!

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #830063
12/05/2009 11:05
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black LE its a nice car.i love ;P keep going wink

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #831551
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Hi Gareth, if you can be arsed driving a couple of hours, i reckon this may interest you;
http://www.fiatcoupeclub.org/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=817005#Post817005

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: MattM] #831589
14/05/2009 00:17
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Yeh, that would be ideal! I'm working though! frown

Gareth

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #839774
28/05/2009 10:29
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It's coming on well Gareth. The replacement grill is 100% better and you've done a great job on the engine bay.

I think you're going to have to bite the bullet and get a full respray done. Doing it a panel at a time won't work. Get new badges at the same time as this really sets off the car. My coupe had really badly stonechipped front fogs which really let the front end down So after I had my respray, I replaced them with some mint used ones from Joe D.

It's great to see an LE being restored to it's former glory. Keep us posted.

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #840642
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Thanks Alan!

I'm only doing the bits of paintwork because of money and time constraints at the moment, it will look a fair bit better without a stoved in door and an un-dented bonnet!

I have new front and rear badges, these will be going on after a full respray, so are safely tucked away until then.

Fogs are good, the originals were terrible, but I took the ones off my 16VT which were really good. I also have a spotless slam panel to fit once I've picked it up that is!

The grill will go eventually, but it does look so much better with it. I want the original grill really. This car will look every bit 100% original inside and out (other than the radio of course) when it's done, i have no interior or exterior mods planned at all. Obviously my brakes are DBA's so that's not original but most people wouldn't know by looking anyway. Performance mods will come eventually I guess, and will only be done on a replacing knackered with upgraded basis, but are probably some years down the line yet, I'm happy enough with the performance.

Gareth

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Discussion Thread [Re: ] #840855
29/05/2009 23:21
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i have a standard front grill you can have if you like and you could get it painted

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Project [Re: ] #842879
03/06/2009 09:57
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thumb Looking good Gareth...

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Project [Re: ] #843084
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Thats some kraazee gloss you got going there Gareth thumb

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Project [Re: Kelv27] #848617
12/06/2009 14:03
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Good work there Gareth on the paintwork with the angle grinder, need to do the same to mine but mine isn't quite as bad as yours.
will be doing virtually exactly the same process (when i find my angle grinder!!) but will be priming and using speed red.
you know you are supposed to leave hammerite to cure for 6 months before fiddling with it IIRC

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Project [Re: ] #848932
12/06/2009 21:53
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It's only a temp measure Dave, looks 100% better, should keep the tin worm at bay having spent 3 hours soaked in Jenolite. I'll be doing the engine bay properly over the winter, everything but the engine out so I can get into all the nooks.

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Project [Re: ] #848941
12/06/2009 21:58
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that's ok then, i remember painting an old lawn mower with it and about a month later trying to rub it down but it was all sticky still under the surface.
just to keep you happy to i'm gonna be taking more pics of my coupe as i do it and upload them on the pc in work when no-ones looking!!

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Project [Re: ] #848967
12/06/2009 22:15
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Good man, you've been quiet!

Gareth

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Project [Re: ] #848971
12/06/2009 22:18
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had a very quiet week this week but will be back on it next week with a vengeance!!
my spare cyclinder head goes in for a full recondition on monday, i have a new cambelt kit so just need a new water pump now then can get it all back together, will just need a few other new bits before i can get it up and running though

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Project [Re: ] #1050555
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Just read your other thread. I'm glad you stuck with it mate, it will be a minter!

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Project [Re: Easy] #1050558
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Yes good to read she's going in for the respray thumb

Re: Spee's 20VT LE Resurrection Project [Re: Countrycruising] #1050654
10/06/2010 10:08
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Thanks guys, it's been a struggle to be interested, I've nearly gone for a replacement (coop) a couple of times recently, but non of them would held a candle to this car once it finished, a fresh lick of paint and a few jobs and she'll be as good as they get without throwing silly money at them!

She might even have a fibre glass bonnet, I haven't quite decided yet, it's a gamble that one.

Gareth

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