my 1.8 gdi in the uk

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double d
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Hi all.

I lve in wales, uk and bought this 1.8gdi cheap as it needed welding and other things.

Ive fitted new wings, a new rear door as the window had been smashed.  Ive done some work to it and its coming along.

this was my first pic of it when i brought it home

 

 

double d
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I did want to blckout the

I did want to blckout the lights like some other models but some people where asking for silly prices so i removed the plastic covers and sprayed the black, lol 

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Hi is it difficult to remove

Hi is it difficult to remove the lenses 

double d
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its wasnt hard but did take

its wasnt hard but did take some time as they are stuck on well. I used the wifes hair dryer and heated them up and when they are still hot try to prise the front off little by little working around the light.

It did take a while to get it moving but once you start getting some movment it gets easier. 

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Ive lifted the pinin, i went

Ive lifted the pinin, i went the route a few others have and put x trail struts with the standard pinin springs on the front with mazda 323 springs on the rear. i do plan on L200 rear shocks but have not got around to that yet lol. 

Anyway, heres how it looks so far with some before nd after pic of the front strut and hight diffarance 

 Before

Claude io
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first mod

Well done, yes

You might need a new handle hammer!  but it looks like you definitely know how to use it :) That poor pinin is probably very happy to be looked after as it seems that rust has started to eat it away....

For the headlight, some people have put them in the oven to soften the glue, I never tried it but it seems to be working.

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Thanks, yes i do think i new

Thanks, yes i do think i new hammer handle is in order laugh lol

It is a bit rusty this pinin but i will save it, the front wings were shot and ive done a fair bit of welding to the front inner wings and strut towers, just have the siils to sort out and the rear arches but its coming along.

 

Both front inner wings look like this now yes

 

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brilliant work!

Nice work on the lift! looks great!

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double d
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Im not sure if my shogun

Im not sure if my shogun likes me working on it and welding and has decied to show me all its problems of if it hates me and doesnt want to go on the road laugh.

The reason i say this is ive done a bit of woek and welding on it so far and now after tapping it with a hammer it shows me this lol 

(sorry, pics uploaded sideways lol ) 

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repair

If you hit me with a hammer I would also give you the shit !!

Seriously, that doesn't look great at all, that is the problem with rust, it can be hard to stop and find all the fault straight away. This said, you seem good on the tool...another week end work...have fun....

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Well i did a bit more to the pinin today, been busy so havent touched it for a bit.

After some cutting back the rust on the hanger i was left with this........yeah not so good eh lol. So i decided i needed to cut and shape a new one. I used so quite thick steal so bending it to the correct shape was a challange but i eventually got it some where near .

Ive welded it on and im quite happy with the result, i just need new bolts as i had to cut the old ones off no way they would ever undo laugh

 

Right, lets see what else i need to fix, well as in fix i mean weld before this motor car go back on the road yes

 

double d
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Had a break from welding

Had a break from welding today, i replaced a few bulbs as the gdi and other bulbs had gone and i fitted my cb, a trusted amstrad 901. 

I heard a few vices on it and was surprised but i do live quite high up so once i drop down i guess it will be quiet, i did have one years ago when the were popular and they used to be busy. Last time i used one was when i had my land rover for green lanes and that was about 5 years ago, handy for communication between the group but not many on it apart form that. 

I also put in an inclinometer (just for fun) and a compass yes

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more welding done today, im

more welding done today, im nearly done withthe welder now smiley

I made a plate and welded it on as one to save having lots of small plates weldded together, doesnt look to bad now. 

I did find a problem with the rear boot floor, the bit the jack lives in so i cut out and welded that today aswel but did take any pics. 

Anyway this is a before and aftershot yes

double d
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Ive completed all the big

Ive completed all the big welding jobs today, i just need to do some repairs on the sills near the front and thats it. Then i want to underseal it front front to back and then take it for the mot, looking forward to it passing and getting it on the road as i bought it as mot failure so have never driven it properly. 

double d
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Fitted some roof rails today,

Fitted some roof rails today, just need a roof basket and some lights fitting now yes

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roof rails

Great work here. where did you purchase the roof rails?

double d
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Thanks, i bought them off

Thanks, i bought them off ebay yes

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link

may you provide the link?

double d
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Sorry mate but i have no link

Sorry mate but i have no link as i bought them secondhand from a privite seller not a shop.

double d
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Well the cars not finished

Well the cars not finished yet and still not ready for the mot but as an impulse buy ive just bought a roof spoiler for it for £40, laugh yes i know i should get it on the road first but i fancied one and decided to buy it while i had the chance, i will post a piconce its fitted yes

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One small job to do tomorrow

One small job to do tomorrow and then im ready to underseal the car from front to back. All the alxe's and runninggear is very rusty on mine like its been parked in long grass or something for a while or if its  just poor rustproofing ? 

anyway i will be shot blasting and then spraying with an underseal so i will take some before and after shots, it should look good once its done yes

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Bearing in mind that your car has the GDI engine,

there is a possibility that it is a used Japanese import, and may have been driven on "salted" roads in Japan - I've had used JDM vehicles that were almost on the point of collapse due to rust underneath, and others, like my iO, that were near perect underneath.

I've looked at the work you've been doing and honestly, I would have scrapped that vehicle rather than attempt to bring it back - I fully expect you're going to be back underneath there in a year or two patching it up again.

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mot time is close now , ive

mot time is close now , ive cleaned it all and undersealed it from front to back and Its back on its wheels yes

I will spray the rear arches and front wings to match but it will only be a quick job as when the summer comes around its getting a full respary, not sure what colour as yet as pas t 4x4's ive sparyed  day glow orange and a cannary yellow as well as a few normal shades so will decied nearer the time lol. 

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