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Another PR90 resto 
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Well it has been a while since I first posted the GT on here but I had to clear out another project and wait on my panel beater before we could start on the body. That work has now started and I will be posting the rust repair work as we take the GT from start to finish over the next couple of months. First item was the structural work and that has started with the passenger side sill and A pillar. As we went along and opened her up it became evident there was more rust than first thought. To keep the integrity of the car we also had to make sure it did not sag when the sill was cut out hence the frame work you see bolted into the passenger side. The passenger sill is now replaced and the bottom of the A pillar, a lot of fabrication has gone into replacing the rusted sections in the top of the A pillar and these are ready to be welded back in one at a time section by section. Still have to fabricate the top section and weld in. This will be completed next week and the driver side sill will be replaced then also and work will commence on fabricating sections of the driver side A Pillar the same as the passenger side. Hope you like the pictures.

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Peter


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Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:55 am
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Some more pictures of the work


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Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:06 pm
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This is the final lot from this week I will post more next week when we have completed the other side.


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Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:14 pm
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Keep up the good work - you are making progress...…… looks like it will be a nice (rare) car...…….

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Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:01 am
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well ...now that's what was supposed to be done ….what a great pair of hands the little car is bit by bit day by day then it will be back as it should be great work peter ...cant wait to see the next post cheers davo


Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:15 pm
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Today was the day to do the driver side sill. We welded in the sections of the A pillar on the passenger side and only the top hat section remains to be welded in after it had been fabricated. As we caulked all the sections of the new parts welded in we need to wait for that to dry before putting that on so that will happen next week. We believed the A Pillar on the driver side was not as bad as the passenger side, how wrong we were, you will see from the pictures that we had to take a large section out until we found good metal. this will be finished next week. The driver side sill is all fabricated and welded in including the back section so we are making good progress. During the A Pillar work we discovered more rust in the foot well on both sides, this is very minor and two new sections will be fabricated and welded in next week.

There appears to be more degeneration of the body at the front end so once we have completed the A Pillars it should be relatively easy going. You do not go into a restoration like this without your both eyes open so at this stage there have been no surprises and in fact the body is pretty good for its age. We knew the passenger side suspension tower had rust in it and it was hidden over with filler so it came as no surprise to find a hole when we started digging. What we did find provided a moment where we had a chuckle (when you see the picture you will understand) and I wonder what next this little car will offer up. It just keeps giving and is quite rewarding to work on. When you start digging into the bones of a car like we are you realise just how well these little jiggers were really built, they are very sound structurally it is just the metal was not treated at the time of production hence the rust issues.

Hope you enjoy the pictures

regards
peter


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Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:30 am
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I do not know what happened there but the picture of what we found in the suspension tower did not upload so here it is.


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Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:33 am
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No work on the GT last week as my panel beater had the flu but he has recovered and we were back into it this week. A lot was achieved today, finished off the passenger side A pillar, repaired some more rust found as we moved around the passenger A Pillar area. The driver side A pillar is almost completed, only have to weld the cap on and we can tick that box off. We also fitted the rust repair sections to the quarter panels behind the doors, these are now ready for welding in. Next week we hope to complete the bottom of the rear part of the quarter panels and if time permits the back beaver where we will replace those sections that have been cut out to make the rear look like a teardrop. Here is pictures of todays work.
Regards
Peter


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Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:04 am
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You should make 2 of each part as you go, then you will have enough to build a new GT at the end...…….
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Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:18 am
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Thanks for your comments, much appreciated. Maybe if I do two of everything then I will have rust repair sections ready should anybody else want to repair similar areas. Do not think I will want to build another one after this but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The funny part is that the cabin floor and boot are as solid as a rock and the chassis rails are all good. We believe if we get what we want to do done next week we will have broken the back of it but do not take that too literally.

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peter


Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:16 am
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Things progressing further for the GT. I happened to find genuine Isuzu NOS in original packaging on a site in Japan and purchased some items which arrived today. I cannot thank Jason (prince skyline gt login on the forum) enough for his helpful advice with this. I purchased the following items:
Quarter vent window seals
Handbrake boot
Carburettor air cleaners
It does not stop just because you are working on the body, you need to be alert for items that may pop up to complete the restoration and these were on my bucket list. Also Craig (Claws) was kind enough to lend me a complete set of front brake pipes so I can have two duplicate sets made. To say I am chuffed at the moment would be an understatement.


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