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    Terrific result and a great looking car. Well done.

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    Thanks to all. Most kind. I really didn't want to hijack the thread, just to respond to the soda blast question....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Thank you so much. We had a big family debate about the colour. I wanted to go to her original grey (they look lovely in grey) but she'd been blue since 1966 (yes, I've owned the car for 50 years now) and I was outvoted. I'm not unhappy with the results though! The surprise was just how good the metal was under the awful paint.

    And to repeat, the soda blasting really was very satisfactory.

    Cheers
    In my opinion I call this colour the perfect blue, "50 years" cant believe you kept this car for so long....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Thanks to all. Most kind. I really didn't want to hijack the thread, just to respond to the soda blast question....
    Onthe contrary John I thank you for sharing your previous experience I feel somewhat relieved now....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Parisian View Post
    In my opinion I call this colour the perfect blue, "50 years" cant believe you kept this car for so long....
    Pleased to help. As for keeping it so long, it just sort of became part of the family, and I always loved it. We went on our honeymoon in it too. And camping. And.....

    Good luck with your painting.
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    The Sodablaster man has been and not much bog showing on the panel except for the front passenger door wihch is not repairable its also badly twisted so come on guys "someone out there must have a spare front passenger door that they dont need". prepared to pay good money for a good one will even take one with some rust .

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    Slow progress but managed to remove the dash ready to weld and repair the roof rail. Revamped the rear suspension cylinders with new seals, new rubber boots, new brake cylinder rubber kits, new rubber stoppers and reconditioned spheres.
    Still chasing a good second hand front passenger door??
    The dash is still in good condition perhaps just a touch up will suffise the electrical harness is quite healthy there is lot of painting to do.


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    Default Dspecial restoration 1975

    This weekend the roof rail rust cancer was removed and the donor roof rail prepared to fit over the existing rail. All welding spots drilled out to avoid having to remove the door surrounding rubbers basically avoiding to cut the support below; a slow job and did. The donor frame will also need some patching. Before welding the donor frame will be trialled into position secured just using with self-tappers to hold the frame into position and will temporally refit the windscreen and roof to check alignment and then if all fit nicely weld into position.


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    Not sure why but both rear cover plates are badly damaged one requiring welding??? Im not a panel beater but this looks OK....


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    Following M.B instructions I successfully resprayed my dash using VHT wrinkle spray from auto barn. The more paint used the thicker the wrinkle. The process is reasonably easy. Im happy with the results at least it can be touch up if required

    I dropped the glove box accidently consequently it will have to be done again

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    Polishing the air duck well you must try this task one day is a good muscle exercise also just receive the radiator shroud among other things from Italy. cleaned the fan assembly anther good job.

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    Not mutch happening this weekend, received more parts from Citroservices, a new high corrector now fitted to the front, finished the dash looks nice and tidy.

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    Coming along nicely. Those 'finishing touch' jobs are very satisfying.
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    Dedication like religion.
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    Got the donor frame locked in place last night and the bloody welder broke down "BUGGER" this job seems like a never ending storyÖÖ..
    Fitted the windscreen and roof temporarily with very good results this is a game of patience



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    That dashboard restoration is one of my next jobs. I hadn't thought of using an 'Artline silver' pen to touch up the highlights. Is it reasonably robust as a finish?

    SF

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    Hi SF
    I’ve done this a few time on various restoration once dry its quite resilient it’s a metallic kind of paint and only cost $11.00 give it a go

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    Good news the roof frame is finally welded in place and considered finished. Sealing seams and painting is next. Believe me itís a good feeling. But never again


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    The roof is ready for the spray painter will take it on Tuesday one of the brackets has been replaced. I will be using a genuine Citroen roof seal that I’ve had for about 20 years still soft and flexi. I’ve never glued a roof back on before but this is my plan of action I will be using Sikaflex 221 firstly I'll glue the rubber seal around the roof and once dry fit the roof lining and finally put a nice thick bead of Sikaflex right around the roof parameter and bingo making sure to have at least 3 people to guide and push the roof in place. Finally bolt the 5 roof anchor and strap the roof for good measure. I will not use the dress up rubber as Ive been told its almost impossible to fit nicely beside you dont need it if you use the bolt on rubber.

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    How are the pillar door rubber holders Philipe? I can't imagine you're scared to investigate. They are pretty notorious for disintegrating also around the bottom ends. I'm psyching myself up to repair the bottom sections of doors, figure after stripping them down and patching wasn't good enough so taking out the bad bits and replacing the offendinf sections, the rpelacement sections are thinner than e the original steel unfortunately which makes it more tricky. I would recommend you prep your roof frame with something like KBS rust blast before painting, after getting all the paint off, that stuff is very effective in retarding corrosion. Cheers me up seeing your posts as I have been going around in circles lately trying to refocus on resto!

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    The apron is completed and needs to be fitted back on the car so that the bumper can also be refitted to accept the guards for alignment as well as all the remaining panels. Check the before and after pictures my panel beater is really good at repairing rust I choose Gris Brumaire AC092 as the main colour light grey non-metallic 2 Pac. looks refreshing with a white roof alpine white.



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    The roof frame has now been sealed with por15 and should last another 40 years now preparing the front bumper for polishing whilst waiting for the roof to return from the painter.

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    [QUOTE=Le Parisian;1487875]The roof frame has now been sealed with por15 and should last another 40 years now preparing the front bumper for polishing whilst waiting for the roof to return from the painter.

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ID:	91314Well no, actually. If the factory job, which was rubbish, lasted 40 years, your work and por 15 will last 100.
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    Well itís been quite a hot weekend but we managed to fit the roof back on the car. Firstly we glued the seal rubber around the fibro roof and let it dry for about 2 hours using Trex power made by Soudal. Than using Sikaflex 221 we placed a nice 5mm bead around the roof gap and then fitted the roof back on, I must admit the seal rubber made the roof wider and difficult to place into position luckily the roof being fibro is flexible so with a bit of perseverance VOILA sheís in.

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    Great work Phil - nothing like refitting a nice clean and freshly painted panel.
    Well done...!
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