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    Graham
    Did you then coat the body deadener with a layer of black (matt) enamel?
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    Correct, underbody deadener followed by matt black enamel, the guards received the same treatment.

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    Default Architectural detail

    After the repairs had been completed the shell was given a good clean down with wax and grease remover, the primer was sanded and three good coats of spray putty was applied.

    All the way along much attention has been given to getting the body lines sharp, straight and even. It is this architectural detail that will make or break a body rebuild.

    If these body lines are crooked or rounded over or uneven the car will never look sharp no matter how good the paint job is.

    Long flexible straight edges, good lighting and long sanding blocks are essential for a good straight body.





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    Default Finish coat

    Spraying a car at home is challenging when dust is the enemy, especially after weeks of grinding out old bog in the same garage.

    Bog dust is very fine and gets into every nook and cranny so it is important to control it.

    Using compressed air I blew down all surfaces (including the ceiling), vacuumed and repeated the process several times to get rid of as much dust as possible.

    Cheap plastic tarps were used to line the garage walls to help curb as much hidden dust as possible before the spraying could begin.

    A watering can was used to saturate the garage floor so that whatever hit the floor stayed there and was not blown around by the spray gun.

    I gave it three coats of acrylic enamel which was suggested by someone from this forum so as to be in keeping with the period in which this car was created, and hopefully the finished gloss level will reflect the type of paint used.

    I am quite happy with the overall result. Even though there was some atmospheric dust stuck to the final coat I am not too concerned as I intend to color block the paint in a couple of weeks after it has hardened.

    The gloss level straight off the gun was surprisingly good which will make the color blocking process so much easier.
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    Like was said earlier, you're truly a dark horse.
    That looks bloody great, especially straight off the gun. And in such a small garage.

    Gotta take me 'at off to ya.



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    Thanks Mike,

    There is plenty to keep me amused while the paint hardens........

    Some components receive the 'White Knight' satin black treatment...

    Lots of mechanical components to polish up, tidy up the wiring loom...

    etc. etc. etc.
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    Default Nickel plating....

    Some suspension components deserve some rust protection from my home nickel plating gizmo.
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    Default Nickle plating

    Could you please tell more on the nickle plating setup as i'd like to have a go at that myself.
    Cheers Peter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catshamlet View Post
    Like was said earlier, you're truly hung like a dark horse.
    That looks bloody great, especially straight off the gun. And in such a small garage.

    Gotta take me 'at off to ya.



    Mike.


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    Yep, that's the expression I've been strugglin' to find.

    Most folk would just call you a shower of......


    All the best for the coming year,



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    Default Refitting the Umbilicals

    A new heater duct was installed and I can say this would be a difficult job if you tried it laying on your back on a workshop dolly.

    The gear lever was cleaned up and a new sacrificial bush made up to replace the worn one.

    The hand brake assembly was also cleaned, repainted and lubed before reinstallation.

    A few new securing clips were made to secure the cables just as renault had intended (except for the zip ties).

    Original workshop and parts manuals are really helpfull when doing this work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by catshamlet View Post
    Like was said earlier, you're truly a dark horse.
    That looks bloody great, especially straight off the gun. And in such a small garage.

    Gotta take me 'at off to ya.



    Mike.
    Nice work and thanks so much for the posts and photos. Wow. You've done all the things I avoid, and well!

    Very impressive. Hope to see you at Junee at Easter 2013 then......... Or are you coming on the Daisy Tour in May?
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    Because the side air vents have been opened up again (just for appearance) a baffle was installed on the inside before the motor and trans axle assembly was installed so overall cooling is not affected.

    I have kept a template of these and a full size copy can be mailed to whoever is interested. I will also post a copy in the 63-1092 Floride/Caravelle thread.


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    Hey Graham,

    A fantastic job!....I thought my little Flouride was pretty sound when I had it back in the 70's....there was some bog I found after some paint flaked around the haedlight recesses and on the front panel on top near where the bonnet meets if I remember.....a light front ender maybe? there was a small hole in the floor on the LHS near the place where the inner guard meets the floor right on the curve.....still away with my work but very keen to catch up with you when I finally get home..MM.....keep up the good work...vey jealous BTW

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    Default Right side up

    The front suspension and steering is fitted while upside down, boy this is an easy way to fit suspension.

    The motor and whole rear end goes in in one go, the car is jacked up and the rear end assembly is wheeled under, also an easy way to fit a motor.

    Now we are almost on four wheels again it soon will be time to start installation of the interior wiring, dash and fitout.


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    The dash gets the two tone treatment and a spruce up.

    The gauge pod is not original and was built up from the innards of an R12, I still have the original speedo but it needs a thorough restoration...at another time.

    The original Florides had anodised gold trim on things like the cig lighter, glove box knob and toggle switches but I don't know (yet) how to do anodising...anybody know ?

    I have rejigged the wiring so the dash and wiring loom can be installed or removed in one go and just needs a few spade connector done up/undone.

    Next it will be the electrical fit off and testing......

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    Default 59 floride

    just bloody excellent !

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    When are you putting in the new doof doof set up, what speakers, amps, LCD screen, playstation, LED lights and so on are you using.

    Are you going to leave the ashtray black? I'm surprised you didn't give it the nickel plating treatment.

    Have you got a target date to finish, because it'll be due for a nice long run to Melbourne to iron out any problems.

    If you are keen, on the 19/02/12 the RCCV is having our Renault Round-up at the Docklands, or on the 25/03/12 is the French Car Festival where you'll find a few fellow AFers.
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    Thanks for all the favourable comments guys it helps me keep the mojo going.....

    I discovered that the black ashtray is in fact polished stainless and I am in the process of restoring the shine to it.

    My target date for completion is late January give or take (still have to get a new soft top made)

    And as far as driving to Melbourne to sort out the gremlins I would much prefer to sort them out before I attempt a trip of that magnitude.

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    It's not always about spanners and spray guns...

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    Making good progress, the motor starts, brakes have been bleed and the windscreen is in.

    The enamel paint is still a little soft so I won't be able to polish it yet so will leave it for another few weeks to harden up.

    Tomorrow I fit the dash and test the electrical system....fingers crossed

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    And as far as driving to Melbourne to sort out the gremlins I would much prefer to sort them out before I attempt a trip of that magnitude.
    Wimp.



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    Default One I prepared earlier

    About a year ago I stripped and painted the soft top bows and mechanism with some Dulux Quantam FX fine metalic paint which I had left over from a building project that I didn't want to go to waste, it is polyurethane and tough as old boots.

    The interior fitout is under way and the electrical system sorted and I am buggered, progress will be a bit slow from here because I have to get back to paid employment and pick up on my social life as well.

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    That's looking incredible. The dash is fabulous, did you paint it

    I'd love to see what the paint looks like once colour sanded and cut .... I've never used enamel paint myself

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    Hi shane,

    As I was stripping the car I noticed that the dash was red at some stage before , hence the two tone (two tone was common with the florides).

    I decided to use enamel paint for authenticity and hopefully authentic gloss level as opposed to the toffee apple shine I would get if I went the two pac option.

    The downside of using enamel at home...It has been 4 weeks now since I sprayed the car and it is just now starting to harden, it would have been better if I could have wheeled the shell outside to bake in the sun but my driveway is very steep and it wasn't possible to get it outside so it is taking a while.

    When I am convinced the paint is hard enough I will then strip the chrome bits off again and do the job.

    Thanks for taking an interest.
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