Monthly Archives: November 2013

more work

A quick clean up in the engine bay, and that received a lick of paint too

Engine bay painted

Engine bay painted

Now, Saxo’s are renowned for rust, and a little investigating found a hole in the rear arch

Drivers side

Drivers side

and then some in the other side

Passenger side

Passenger side

It was at this point we decided we would remove all the factory underseal in the arches, AND underneath the car. First the arches were stripped back to bare metal, then the rot removed followed up by a trip to R-Timmis to have the welding done.

Once done it was time for two coats of red oxide, two coats of undercoat, and two coats of top coat for added protection. (Sadly no photos of this stage.)

Then, it was time to tackle underneath. There were two options, crawl under the car on my back and work underneath the shell, or buy a roll over jig and work with the car on it’s side. It was a no brainer after finding out about Handling Solutions they offer a cost effective solution to what can be an expensive piece of equipment for the job. So with that, one was ordered and a week off work booked. The jig arrived and was erected with ease, fixing to the car was simple as Handling Solutions discuss the mounting options on a car-by-car basis and make the mounting kit specific to the car you want to use the jig with. A bit of leveling up and we were in business!

mounted

mounted

Spun

Spun

Half Done!

Half Done!

Unfortunately, photos of progress from here to present have dried up a little, but the whole of the under carriage of the car was cleaned off, two coats of red oxide, one coat of undercoat and two coats of top coat, then it was put on to the sill stands to harden off for a week or so.

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Preparation continues …

So, with the car home from Beaniesport it was time to carry on getting the car ready.

We stripped out all the tar paper from the footwells, and felt from the rear arches.

Painted!

Painted!

Painted!

Painted!

Whilst collecting the car from BeanieSport, Dad came with me for a day out. Whilst at the workshop we were shown around the collection of cars they were working on, they have some really interesting projects on the go and are a genius at custom wiring looms. Dad commenting that all the cars they had looked better with the cage painted the same colour as the cars interior, I told him if he liked it so much, he can paint the cage himself … which he did!

Rear Cross Painted

Rear Cross Painted

Front Half Painted

Front Half Painted

and then it was just a matter of fitting it in the car!

Fitted!

Fitted!