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Just changed all the photobucket links to imgur ones as my PB account is about to disappear! Still getting a bit of use out of this old bus on dry days, I'm considering getting another ticket on it as I haven't got the time to make a start fettling just yet. Got until the end of March to decide. :)

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The MOT and insurance runs out on this over the weekend, so it got one last ride out before being laid up today.

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Done about 3500 miles in it over the course of the year, and behaved impeccably other than one random conking out incident a while back. Once the current scooter related fettling is done, I hope to make a start on this in the Autumn. :)

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There's a choice of my Mk1 (nice days only!) my two Polo G40s, my Caddy van, or one of my scooters. The van bears the brunt of the rubbish that is the UK climate though!

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Nice fleet.....you need more Vauxhalls though ;¬)

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Fully functional interior lighting now achieved thanks to Mr GreyDJ2.

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Now everything works as it should, I just have the task of taking the car to bits and making it look as good as it goes. (Still not finished the project that precedes this one!)

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On 11/08/2018 at 15:14, SteveL said:

Still not finished the project that precedes this one!

I feel you pain first hand on that one

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Sparkly stick has arrived! Should be getting a bit of practice at the weekend.  (On someone else's car!) :)

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Yes.

I need  to borrow my dads for patching up my GLi

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After either waiting for someone else to weld stuff for me, or borrowing a transformer based mig and struggling to get nice welds with the limited power settings they have, I thought......

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And bought myself an inverter based mig - with infinite power adjustability, its as lot easier to weld to rusty old cars. Should make the weldathon to come a bit more enjoyable! :)

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Many thanks!

It's been started up and driven around the farm where my unit is every few weeks to keep everything functional while it waits its turn for 'the treatment". The hot dry weather we had over most of the Summer means my unit is incredibly dusty inside. The car got a wash the other day -

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Its not been forgotten about, just not got round to it yet! :)

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On 26/09/2018 at 19:56, Greg said:

Sweet.  It cleans up well

Superficially, yes, but all that glitters is not gold!

Had a bit of a pick at the O/S rear arch this afternoon - as expected, its far from pretty! Its just as it looked - repair panels tacked on followed by lashings of filler. Where the inner arch met the outer lip, a good inch of filler was used to stick the two together.

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Just this one small scale excavation has instantly made me appreciate the fantastic condition my MK1 came to me in! 
The interior and carpets will be stripped out soon to hopefully ensure that I won't be pissing into the wind by repairing the arches, rear valence and sills. :)

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I was hoping to have this finished first

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But it's stalled at present - I'll be making a start on the Cav in the meantime. :)

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Had a bit of spare time this afternoon, so made a start on removing the interior.
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Spare wheel hasn't seen much action, Jack and wheelbrace present, but tools missing.
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Spare wheel well is pretty good - a couple of rusty bung holes, but good and solid, and will clean up nicely.
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Near side wheel house looks pretty good now the rear interior trim is out.
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Theres a little bit of rust peeking out between the boot floor and the off side wheel house, it doesn't appear to be soft, and withstood a good stabbing with a sharp screwdriver. This will be properly investigated at some point.
So far, so reasonable! :)

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That's not reasonable its f...ing good. To have that little corrosion behind the o/s wheel arch is really good.

The only tool missing is the screwdriver and they always seem to vanish.

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Yep as GreyDJ said that is f.....g good. I remember when bought a 1988 2.0 sri hatch as a winter family run around and for skip runs etc ( not a 130 ) until some pr..k rear ended it a few years later, the car was 12 years old with about 70k+ on the clock if i remember. We purchased this for her around 1999 \ 2000 so the car was about 12 years old. The tiny area of rust you have, on ours extended for about 3 inches each side and when i pushed it with my finger one piece fell out.The bung holes in the spare wheel well were so rotten two bungs were missing . The rear arches were goodish only surface rust and so were the sills which i thought strange but they were original.  The cross support under the radiator also had a small  hole in which when i had finished poking was about 2 inches in diameter, oh and the chassis plate from the front slam panel was given to me in an envelope as it had rusted off. Still it was so cheap not much over scrap in those days and i must admit it was a bargain with newish tyres. Cost me a few beers for a mate to spend a happy afternoon welding it up with the  plates i had made ready. I still cannot understand why some Cavs treated in the same way similar mileage etc rot more than others or in different places. At least you have the skills to repair the areas, i have no bodywork skills at all.

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    • Yep as GreyDJ said that is f.....g good. I remember when bought a 1988 2.0 sri hatch as a winter family run around and for skip runs etc ( not a 130 ) until some pr..k rear ended it a few years later, the car was 12 years old with about 70k+ on the clock if i remember. We purchased this for her around 1999 \ 2000 so the car was about 12 years old. The tiny area of rust you have, on ours extended for about 3 inches each side and when i pushed it with my finger one piece fell out.The bung holes in the spare wheel well were so rotten two bungs were missing . The rear arches were goodish only surface rust and so were the sills which i thought strange but they were original.  The cross support under the radiator also had a small  hole in which when i had finished poking was about 2 inches in diameter, oh and the chassis plate from the front slam panel was given to me in an envelope as it had rusted off. Still it was so cheap not much over scrap in those days and i must admit it was a bargain with newish tyres. Cost me a few beers for a mate to spend a happy afternoon welding it up with the  plates i had made ready. I still cannot understand why some Cavs treated in the same way similar mileage etc rot more than others or in different places. At least you have the skills to repair the areas, i have no bodywork skills at all.
    • That's not reasonable its f...ing good. To have that little corrosion behind the o/s wheel arch is really good. The only tool missing is the screwdriver and they always seem to vanish.
    • Had a bit of spare time this afternoon, so made a start on removing the interior.

      Spare wheel hasn't seen much action, Jack and wheelbrace present, but tools missing.

      Spare wheel well is pretty good - a couple of rusty bung holes, but good and solid, and will clean up nicely.

      Near side wheel house looks pretty good now the rear interior trim is out.

      Theres a little bit of rust peeking out between the boot floor and the off side wheel house, it doesn't appear to be soft, and withstood a good stabbing with a sharp screwdriver. This will be properly investigated at some point.
      So far, so reasonable!
    • This is what it looked like last year
    • I was hoping to have this finished first But it's stalled at present - I'll be making a start on the Cav in the meantime.
    • something to keep you busy over the long winter evenings then....
    • Superficially, yes, but all that glitters is not gold! Had a bit of a pick at the O/S rear arch this afternoon - as expected, its far from pretty! Its just as it looked - repair panels tacked on followed by lashings of filler. Where the inner arch met the outer lip, a good inch of filler was used to stick the two together. Just this one small scale excavation has instantly made me appreciate the fantastic condition my MK1 came to me in! 
      The interior and carpets will be stripped out soon to hopefully ensure that I won't be pissing into the wind by repairing the arches, rear valence and sills.
    • Sweet.  It cleans up well
    • Many thanks! It's been started up and driven around the farm where my unit is every few weeks to keep everything functional while it waits its turn for 'the treatment". The hot dry weather we had over most of the Summer means my unit is incredibly dusty inside. The car got a wash the other day - Before After Its not been forgotten about, just not got round to it yet!
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