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You never know you'd be surprised at what comes up on eBay sometimes. Just keep a lookout might be able to get a donor car to help you with the awkward panels.

The rust is keeping you busy at the moment I think.

I do like your idea if having lighting on the door handles didn't think of that one.

Anyway doing a brilliant job and enjoying reading ur updates

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This is what I'm after in terms of lighting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5mhNpfBruI

I think the interior lights need to be set to come on only when the engine is switched off but the key is in the ignition - that way you only have them on when you're about to get out.

Cheers Raistlin - lord only knows why I am doing this after only just getting the GTi done and dusted :lol: How have you been?

Thing is any donor car is likely to have it hidden although not as developed, in the same areas. It's better if I just get this done my way rather than Toyotas way. Should be doable but it's a new way of thinking about the problem. Can't wait to get the joggler so I can finish making plates this weekend!

Thank you both for the support.

KP

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Just seen the video. Didn't the gli have a light around the ignition when you opened the doors???

I can't remember now weather it was that or the carina II

I've got a tsport at the moment was seriously considering parking it up in the garage and leaving it off the road for a few years hoping it becomes a classic. I was nearly paralysed a few years ago and am struggling driving manual now but don't really want to let it go either.

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I'll get straight onto the 2ZZ once funds permit ;) Once I managed to start welding things went pretty well! Got the larger plate fixed in at last - however it does need to be finished but it is mostly welded and all of it has penetrated well enough :) The section of the first photo of the right is bare because I haven't welded that yet, so it's not poor penetration :lol:

My welds aren't great but I'm satisfied and they'll do the job!

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Next week should see the rest of the wheel well finished.

KP

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Thank you guys :)

Some major bits of progress have been made in the odd spare half hour - me and Kiri managed to make up the plates for the rear right turret floor section (3 in total) along with two more for the wheel well and one more for the rear right turret itself. I still need to buy in a rear corner and more metal to do the arch itself. A long way to go but now I have a license I'm feeling really motivated to get this all done!

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Thank you guys :)

Some major bits of progress have been made in the odd spare half hour - me and Kiri managed to make up the plates for the rear right turret floor section (3 in total) along with two more for the wheel well and one more for the rear right turret itself. I still need to buy in a rear corner and more metal to do the arch itself. A long way to go but now I have a license I'm feeling really motivated to get this all done!

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KP

Getting there slowly. Did you manage to see if there were any decent ones in any of the breakers nearby. Congrats on getting your licence too πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ

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Cheers again Raistlin - so you're actually taking an interest in this project or are you looking for new ways to abuse me? :P

Had a bloody good session tonight. The largest plate of the wheel well is welded in along with the centre, topped off with the spare wheel mount! laugh.png The third and final plate in the wheel well is tacked in and welded along the top, however I ran out of time.

To really get things moving along I also welded in the first plate of three for the section of rust following the rear turret by the seat belt mount. It was a fairly tidy weld too so I am very happy with the results so far. The wheel well stuff is admittedly pigeon shit, but it has penetrated well enough so it's strong smile.png

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Hopefully next week will see the rest of the stuff accessible from the cabin finished, although before I can carry on I need to rebuild a lot of the stuff outside and under the car for the floor pan to attach to.

KP

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haha they're in great abundance I know :P

Thank you very much :) The point of doing this was to develop skills in bodywork restoration and fabrication as well as real-world welding, and so far it has proven to do exactly that. Although I haven't perfected making it pretty, I do know how to make them structurally sound which is arguably more important.

I'm loving this for as long as I am learning something new! :)

KP

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Cheers Ash, they're definitely improving although I should still be much much better.

Went out again today and decided that the seat belt mounting point wasn't man enough, so I pulled it out and made a plate to reinforce it later. I also made another plate to reinforce the whole turret underneath the line of the floor pan - this should also make welding the floor pan plate itself in a lot easier and less likely to blast holes through.

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