Broken Boffin

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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:36 pm

gordini5 wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:30 pm
We've a local boatbuilder specialising in GRP and he has offered to do any repairs on my car. Not sure how well the skills transfer from boats to cars but boatbuilders might be worth a shout if you are struggling to find anyone else.
Thanks. I went down the boat route for a while without success, but I've now managed to book a specialist to come over and do the job next weekend. He repaired a friend's Lotus to an excellent standard.


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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:25 pm

After a slight delay in delivery of the larger stub axle, Boffin is now back home, with all the new bits fitted, including new brake pipes. Thanks to Will for those!
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More disappointingly, my fibreglass repair guy who was due to fix the wheel-arch damage last weekend seems to have gone AWOL. I hope he's OK, but at the same time I really want this fixed!


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Post by gordini5 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:31 pm

Good to hear the repair is moving on, I spoke with the local GRP boatbuilder I mentioned only this week to see if he might look at a small repair for me - he's fully booked until next November :(



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Post by willholderogri » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:54 am

scimjim wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:18 pm
I always fit Goodridge hoses, although I believe they have plated end fittings unlike the HEL lines that are all stainless?
I have goodrich stainless on mine in the days when you assembled them yourself would never fit another rubber pipe, the pipe over the back axle is still rubber but I will change it to Goodrich at some stage.


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Post by ScimiTom » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:30 pm

I finally managed to resume contact with the independent fibreglass repair guy, who was happy to do the bodywork from my garage. A few hours were spent this afternoon, using a grinder on the inside of the wheel arch to gain access, painting resin in from the back, filling in with fibreglass, leaving to dry, sanding back, then spray-painting. It's not an ideal result, but has made the car 'presentable' in the short term, and he charged a very reasonable rate. He is returning in the next few days to perfect it, getting the surface smooth and sorting the contours of the ridged horizontal line (does it have a name?) just right.

It got worse before it got better...
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But this is where we're at now...
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Post by Will Anderson » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:34 pm

ScimiTom wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:30 pm
sorting the contours of the ridged horizontal line (does it have a name?)
Swage line. :D

I'll get me coat....


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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:37 pm

Cheers, Will - that's the phrase I was looking for!

Today's follow-up session on the bodywork involved sanding it back, applying filler to both the outer and inner wing, applying black stone chip paint to the inside, filling some areas again, sanding back, then respraying. Unfortunately we were a little over-zealous with the paint as it has run quite badly in one spot, as you can see below. There is still evidence of the top part of the crack, but I'm not too fussed about that. I'm looking to get both issues sorted in the coming weeks, but essentially I'm happy. The aim was to get the wing looking 'presentable' until the proper respray job comes along, so in that sense it's 'mission accomplished'.
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