Sorry i've not put this on here but thought i would, its been posted on E30Zone but the forum is now becoming quite bitchy so i thought i would share with you guys.
Posted on the 26th November 2012:
On the hunt around a few scrap yards a few weeks ago, i came across a 320 SE 2 door in alpine white that had been broken in to was sold to the scrapper due to the age and everything else. The owner of the scrap yard said that i was the third person asking about it. The first was a garage that wanted to fix it up and the second wanted to turn it into a drift car. I said i wanted it and a day later we did a deal. Might have paid a little too much but the deal was done never the less.
The car has a 110k on the clock and MOT till August, from what i could see it need the passenger arch, passenger scuttle repair and a steering column. Any way, here are some pics:
Started to strip it down for my mate Alex to do some welding:
The passenger side was rotten, but i noticed some rust bits in the boot on the drivers side of the boot well and investigated more and this is what i found:
The inner arch had rotted away and a new one is needed!!! :x
Work got started yesterday:
The scuttle and the passenger srch had been previously repaired.....badly so time to sort it out.
While Alex was sorting out the arch i was taking the front wing off, which surprise surprise is rotten at bottom. Some pics of me fixing the steering column:
Alex's welder wasnt working yesterday so we called it a day and he came back today with a different welder and we got the arch done:
The patch that needs putting in:
Alex had to go at 3 as he was watching the Manchester Sh*tty match but the arch was done and i finished off we some rust proof primer:
Will keep you posted.
Posted 4th December 2012:
Weekend past and me and Alex set up the temporary workshop again. We got to work on the patch of rot under the passenger rear window:
Took a little giggling and lining up but its a good job in my opinion.:
We then moved on to the the scuttle so i had to take the windscreen out and seen this:
When we finished on this side we moved on the driver's side rear inner arch. While Alex was working on that i found this:
This side of the scuttle i thought was fine until Alex had a poke and noticed it was abit bouncy. It was silicone with a cling filmed backing. Quite artistic, yet very annoying!!!
So i took off the wing and Alex carried on with the rear arch:
In taking the wing off, the wing is goosed and so is the front scuttle. Not a biggy i said and then seen this:
Alex had a look and i said it shouldnt be a hard job, just need some sheet steel which i will have next week.
After finding all of the rust, its apparent that all the work needed is all because of previous botch repairs. Anyway, its all getting sorted so more updates next week.
Posted 10th December 2012:
Update time, yesterday me and Alex said we should get quite abit done today but it was not to be. Day started off well with Alex cutting out the inner arch and getting it all lined up:
Inner arch lined up:
As i went off to get some lunch, Alex was baffled at why the outer arch wouldnt line up with the inner arch and when i got back i discovered that the outer arch i had was for a Touring, major DOH, but we left it and then moved on to the scuttle:
We left it as that so next weekend we can finish off the arch and start the driver's footwell.
Posted 27th December 2013:
As i am on role, i might as well update this one too as its close to getting finished. As i drove the car into the unit, i knocked the front end against Alex's Landrover which set the day up nicely!!
Well after that weekend, i got another arch and tried it up against the inner arch and it still wouldnt fit. It quickly dawned on us that when Alex welded the inner arch in that he might have not put it in right. So he cut out the welds and we was right, so he re-fitted it and started working on cutting the outer arch.
Once that was done, he started to work on the scuttle panel on the passenger side which turned out better than the driver's side:
When Alex was working on the driver's side rear arch, he noticed the rear lower panel where the towing eye is was rotten so we got to work on that:
Once all that was done i got work filling the the arches and scuttle so i could get them painted:
I got so far until i got distracted with other projects and it was sat outside my unit for the past 6 months until i sent it down to the paintshop. I got it back last week, still need to put it back together so will get some pics of the car with the new fresh paint.
Got the car back last week and was waiting to get a full day free so i could spend time getting it back together. I got it in to the unit so i could start working on it:
I had both sides painted with the front & rear valances and the bonnet all done as well. The body shop done an amazing job and you cant tell that the work had been done
I started to put the front together first:
Everything was all sorted but i just need to connect the pipes for the headlight washers.
I got the wipers put on with the seal for the bonnet, didnt get the after picture but it was simple enough.
Fitted the filler flap:
Started to do work on the inner wheel arches, gave them a lick of stone chip:
Can any one tell me where the 3 tubes connect at the top of the fuel filler neck?
With all the work done i didnt want the spare wheel spoiling anything so gave it a clean:
I pushed the car out and thought i would take some pics:
As i was running out of time, i wanted to get the centre console in and get the windows working:
Didnt get as much as i wanted to but its starting to come along so another and hopefully itll be ready for an MOT.