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New Finishing process launched

Posted by Bodyworks Robin Gell on July 24, 2017 at 8:05 AM

Becoming standard practice now is to first coat vehicles

in a marine grade polyurethane aluminium loaded epoxy

paint.  This is the ultimate in painted  corrosion and

moisture ingress protection.  It is very hard and difficult

to sand, so is overcoated with further coats of alternative

marine epoxies for surface finishing...

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Lotus Phase Three, Substantial completion

Posted by Bodyworks Robin Gell on January 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Well, true to form, the car was on the spit until resprayed, which took place at the beginning of November 2011.  It was then taken off, and put back on the lift, for building up.  Currently at the time of writing, in January 2012, most of this work has been done.  Outstanding work is the bonnet, which was left until last, and needed a new front edge, inside and outside, which has now been done, and final fettling for spraying is underway. The sunroof has been dismantled a...

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Phase two at last, with Lotus

Posted by Bodyworks Robin Gell on June 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Yes, at long last, with major structural welding substantially complete, it was decided that most of the rest would be better undertaken on the spit.

This means the outer / inner arch bottom joints, some floor and inner arch repair finishing which would otherwise have had to have been done upside down, and some other sundry repairs and finishing underneath, meaning quality seam welding the right way round with the car upside down!  We can't reverse gravity unfortunately, but turni...

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Welding near completion at last

Posted by Bodyworks Robin Gell on June 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Much has happened since the last entry and I can't quite believe how long it has been.  The rear radius arm bracket manufactured in March was installed and since then, we have progressed around the car, systematically cutting out and replacing anything with rot.  In this car, it was much.

March also saw us construct a complete new chassis leg for the front off side, which, when installed also looks like it's an original part. 

The end of the month into April saw so...

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Further metalwork

Posted by Bodyworks Robin Gell on March 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

It's now the middle of March.  Unbeknown to me, more nasties were hiding waiting to be discovered.  Checking very closely, the offside rear radius arm bracket resulted in cutting out the floor inside the car over the box section chassis member to inspect it from inside.  Sure enough, it had rusted out completely and this resulted in the  whole bracket and chassis section being chopped out and a new one made from scratch. 

That's now ready, along with numer...

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All rust identified and new panels under construction

Posted by Bodyworks Robin Gell on February 20, 2011 at 7:19 AM

One month on nearly, and we have cut out the rear arches and replaced the inners.  A new chassis leg is being fabricated for the off side front end.  Progress is good and these major items will soon be out of the way now.

Lotus progress.

Posted by Bodyworks Robin Gell on January 27, 2011 at 6:20 PM

The doors have been taken off and the skins removed and cleaned up, together with the frames.  All will need some reconstruction work.


I hope that the investigation stage is nearing completion when the full extent of reconstructive welding will be known.  We can then progress and make some new metalwork to repair the holes with!

Moving to the Lotus

Posted by Bodyworks Robin Gell on January 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM

The Lotus was moved into position on the 8th January and the following week saw it being stripped down to a shell, while leaving the mechanicals in place.  Investigation works followed, and by the 25th, the doors were off, skins removed and cleaned up, most of the rust cut out of the rear end and thoughts are slowly turning towards weld repairs before we can do any further prepping.

MG substantially finished.

Posted by Bodyworks Robin Gell on January 25, 2011 at 11:09 AM

The V8 was substantially finished and test run early in January 2011.  This has made some room for the next project.  The Lotus.