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« Reply #405 on: 06 August, 2019, 09:05:19 PM »

The method I've used before on plastics is to melt some aluminium mesh into the back of the split. To do this I've a flattened screwdriver that I heat up red hot with the acetylene torch then use that to press the mesh into the plastic, this melts the plastic and forces the mesh into the plastic itself. Do this in a series of times and it melts the mesh fully into the plastic bridging the crack, reinforcing the break.
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« Reply #406 on: 06 August, 2019, 09:09:11 PM »

Once repaired they needed to match the rest of the black parts so they got sprayed with the same satin black as the door parts etc.
A pair of new badges completed the job.


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« Reply #407 on: 06 August, 2019, 09:11:36 PM »

New badges made all the difference  Cool


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« Reply #408 on: 06 August, 2019, 09:18:23 PM »

The time had finally come to get the car booked in for an MoT.
It'd seemed an age to wait but all at once we were ready, seems to happen like that with such a long list of jobs, you think it'll never happen..
The day it went in for the test was the wettest it'd been for ages, so much for one last polish the night before!


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« Reply #409 on: 06 August, 2019, 09:21:26 PM »

Thanks to Chris for being the first to really give an opinion on the car, seems it was good enough to get a pass!
His first drive of an integrale was on the same day as mine  Grin
Taxed online so able to do a few miles straight away.
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« Reply #410 on: 06 August, 2019, 10:26:09 PM »


Impressed with the side skirt repair - a new one on me.  Mrs did a lovely job on the sunroof.  Wheels look great, hopefully one of those jobs where you'll soon stop looking and forget both the time and the edges not as crisp as you hoped.

BIG milestone getting the MOT, and well done on first time pass.

What's it like to drive? 
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« Reply #411 on: 06 August, 2019, 10:59:38 PM »

I've used the repair method on a few bits and it seems to work well, the mesh bridges the crack to reinforce it whilst becoming part of it being melted into it. I once used some mesh with fibreglass resin but that was laid on, not such a strong repair.

This was one my first attempts on my Alfa sud Ti.


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« Reply #412 on: 08 August, 2019, 09:20:22 AM »

Congratulations Kevin! What an inspiration to those still plodding on with restorations.

Having been through a similar scenario with both Modestine and the Fanalone I can promise you that the heightened sense of achievement and satisfaction at having completed the work almost entirely by yourself won't leave you for years to come. I still catch sight of myself in the rear view mirror with a stupid grin on my face! Shocked

Look forward to seeing you and the car soon. Will you be at the AGM?

Robin.
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« Reply #413 on: 08 August, 2019, 08:08:46 PM »

Hi Robin. Thanks for kind words.
It has been a trial at times but as it sits on my driveway now then it all seems worth it, as you say there's a huge amount of satisfaction at doing the cars yourself.
I will indeed be at the AGM on the Sunday in the integrale if anyone is interested to see the car I'd be happy to see all, and hopefully see if the reality lives up to the thread..
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« Reply #414 on: 13 August, 2019, 10:42:07 AM »

Congratulations Kevin! What an inspiration to those still plodding on with restorations.

Having been through a similar scenario with both Modestine and the Fanalone I can promise you that the heightened sense of achievement and satisfaction at having completed the work almost entirely by yourself won't leave you for years to come. I still catch sight of myself in the rear view mirror with a stupid grin on my face! Shocked

Look forward to seeing you and the car soon. Will you be at the AGM?

Robin.

Truly epic Kevin, we take our collective hats off to you, a great thread and a wonderful outcome, a great credit to you, enjoy for years and years!


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« Reply #415 on: 13 August, 2019, 09:31:14 PM »

For those who didn't read the magazine I'd always promised to take the car back to the original owner, a promise that spurred me on at times, not wanting to let anyone down. Part of the deal in me getting the car was that I'd repair it and take it back to show him.
Thankfully I was able to do that, on the same day as I got it tested.
He seemed genuinely pleased to see it done, despite me keeping him updated and him following progress in the magazine.


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