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Re: Meet the DisAstra

Post by Yorindesarin » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:14 pm

Not a bad job there James!
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Post by qwakers » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:51 pm

almost looking like a car again :)
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and yes, i know the trims different, will swap to my old door

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plus itll need a respray, a load of missing paint where they took the vinyl off ... which the seller failed to mention :evil:
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Post by qwakers » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:15 pm

seller offered a £40 refund which will cover the paint cost so if he come through with that, i'm happy :)

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Post by warpc0il » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:20 pm

Door from an ex-Police car?
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Post by qwakers » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:20 pm

taxi.

yes, i know, i know....

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Post by warpc0il » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:27 pm

That would have be 3rd on my list, behind Crash Repairs body shop courtesy car :roll:
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Post by qwakers » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:24 pm

to the utter numpty that did a ‘blowover’ paint job without keying the surface or even using primer...

this is what it looks like after da sanding all your crap off in its entirity back to the factory paint, and therefore what CORRECT preperation looks like!
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Post by qwakers » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:25 pm

oh, and the patchy shinyness is because ive just coated it with adhesion promotor

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Post by qwakers » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:03 pm

primer

rest on sunday...
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Post by Vj4sothername » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:03 pm

Looking good!
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Post by GreySilver Beast » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:46 pm

You are really good at this James =D> =D> =D> =D>
‘blowover’
No idea what's on my mind at the moment #-o , but read that word for something else for a minute :lol:
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Post by qwakers » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:01 pm

all done, ready to fit tomorrow.
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Post by qwakers » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:04 pm

the biggest difference with painting in 2k that caught me out the first time i did it is the way the atomised paint behaves. the overspray of 1k will be dry by the time it hits any surface as overspray, so it just wipes off. i rarely bothered covering the car in the garage due to this.
2k doesnt, everything you can see on the cover in this pic is solidly attached. id have to do a lot of polishing to get it off if the cover wasnt there!
lesson learned, cover everything you care about :mrgreen:
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Post by qwakers » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:31 am

thats better!
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Post by qwakers » Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:59 pm

i decided it might be a good idea if i checked the electrics at the front of the car before i put the bumper back on. good job too, the horn didnt work.

after a swift piece of investigation, i quickly found the cause... there isnt one! f/d must have had a aftermarket horn on there, and removed it when they sold the car.


quickly sorted after a trip to the local car shop..
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then i refitted the bumper.
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thats not bad, if i do say so myself...
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Post by Honkytonk » Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:23 pm

Does your aftermarket horn go wee-o wee-o HAAAARNK?
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Post by qwakers » Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:29 pm

i actually had the option for


but decided against.
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Post by GreySilver Beast » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:18 pm

Is your car Horny now :kinky:
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Post by qwakers » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:39 pm

did you know, it is now illegal for a breaker yard to sell body cuts? they wont cut a panel off for you or allow you to sneak in and do it.

which leaves dodgy breaker yards and privately broken cars.

i contacted every breaking astra j estate on ebay and got 5 or 6 replies.

first one wouldn't accept paypal, and im not sending any money to someone without the protection of paypal, i thought we had a deal, he agreed that id pay the postage up front and the balance on receipt of the part, (i mean really, what did he have to lose) which he agreed to, then after he did all the work he decided to change his mind and wanted not only the money up front, but £40 more than we agreed to. when i declined, he then had the audacity to call me a scammer and time waster. so instead of him taking a chance of losing the panel and not getting paid, he now guarantees hes not getting paid and can weigh it in for 50p......

after working out all the replies that where messers, i came down to the one i've got on its way to me now. hes double the price, i have to arrange shipping, but hes straight up with me (except for one short comms hiatus/ misunderstanding as if you try to send a phone number via ebay messenger, ebay deletes the message without telling you...) and its going to be packaged up for me tomorrow and with me asap, hopefully thursday.

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Post by warpc0il » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:42 pm

Send a photo of your phone number and/or email address in an ebay message, doesn't get deleted.
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Post by qwakers » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:47 pm

which is what i do, he wasn't aware, however. which means instead of having it today, he thought i was ignoring him as he was sending me ring me on ****** messages....

i of course had no idea he was messaging me...

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Post by qwakers » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:20 pm

https://new.myhermes.co.uk/track.html#/ ... 89/details

finally, i've got one on its way to me. that was a faff.... and the original guy messing me around means i miss my opportunity for fitting it tomorrow.

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Post by qwakers » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:57 pm

slowly getting the panel work back in place, couple of hours this evening got it to here...
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the i decided to install op-com on the laptop and install the drivers for the interface, only to be greeted by this:
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so im tied to a desk til a new screen arrives... :evil:
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Post by qwakers » Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:50 pm

getting there. 6 hours so far today...


welded in (don't hate the welding, my machine doesn't go below 30 amps, need 20 really for this..)
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filled joints first stage...
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folded over and seam sealed.,,
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Post by Techathy » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:19 pm

I'm not seeing an issue there. If I tried that I'd have a totaled car on the drive!
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