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Mister Towed 20th May 2015 07:32

Well done! That's quite an achievement if you got it through first time.

Viatron 20th May 2015 07:37

Cheers all, it was actually second time Mr T as first time it failed on brake balance as the adjustable brake bias wasn't set correctly.
Tried to tax it last night but the mot hadn't updated on the system yet will ne trying again later this morning

phil9 21st May 2015 06:59

great work mac....a top motor

micky1mo 21st May 2015 13:29

How well does it drive and stop of course ??

Viatron 21st May 2015 14:36

Phil thanks a lot

Viatron 21st May 2015 14:41

The brakes are now excellent and it pull up well and will lock up if provoked the engine is still running rough as its on a base only map and the jets are a ways off. Got it up to 60 on the way back from the MOT and the ride was surpringly good. I have the front Spax set just soft of midway and that seems tone the sweet spot as it rides nicely but doesn't wallow. The tears are set just firm of midway and again that seems to be working.
Next job is to get it on the rolling road for a tune up and I should then be able to stretch its legs properly.

micky1mo 21st May 2015 15:31

If a car "feels" right it normally is right.

Your racing history should set you in good stead to see just how well you can stretch it's legs. :icon_razz:

Paul L 24th May 2015 09:07

Mac - Belated congratulations on the MOT. :cool:

You have joined a very exclusive "club", as there are very few Cordite/Navigator kits actually on the road.

Good luck with the last few details, Paul. :)

Viatron 25th May 2015 08:40

thanks but have hit a small snag as i tried for about 3 days to tax it on line before noticing that the MOT tester had got one digit wrong on the reg! Spoke to them on Friday and they tried to contact VOSa to get it changed but couldn't get through so will try again tomorrow.


Viatron 25th May 2015 14:15

To anyone spraying at home I hope this helps.
Please bear in mind the following
1. I used a high solid 2 pack paint commonly referred to as truck coat, it goes on thick and does take a while to cure fully but if your spraying conditions aren't ideal (like mine) it allows you the luxury of having enough paint on that you can correct most runs, orange peel etc. The specific product i used was Lechlar 29155 also referred to as LS155.

2. I put about 5 coats on and could probably have reduced the peel by thinning a little more but that would have encouraged more runs.

3. This is just my experience some may disagree and if you follow my lead don't blame me if it goes all Pete Tong!

4. Truck Coat by the very nature is not conducive to producing a mirror finish shine, if that's what you want then this isn't for you. Me personally? I wanted a period finish with some shine and lustre but wasn't that bothered from the start about a mirror finish.

Goin back a bit this was the finish out of the gun:

Very orange peeley to say the least.

After about a week I started to flat back starting with 800 on a small solid block fro runs first then moving up to 1200 to start removing as much of the peel as possible. I used water in a spray bottle with literally 2 drops of washing up liquid to help reduce clogging. After the 1200 i moved up to 1500 then 2000. In hindsight i could probably have gone straight from 1200 to 2000.
Part way through this process you will definitely think you have totally cocked it all up:

Keep persevering though just take it slow and easy and changed your sanding pads regularly. Eventually you'll end up with this:

A smooth flat surface but with minimal defects

Next step was a good wash with nothing more than clean warm water twice to ensure that any left over contaminants are removed.

After letting it air dry I then started (This morning) to cut back using Ferecla G3, be warned that the product you can buy in Halfords in the black bottle is not the same as the pukka stuff in a yellow bottle available from your local paint supply place.

I found that ToolStation did some very cheap foam pads and polishing mops and having used them I think they were fine and dirt cheap.
First i soaked the new sponge in clean water then squeezed the majority out by hand followed by spinning the wet sponge on the polisher to remove most of the remainder, you want it damp not wet.

A few dobs of G3 on the panel and then swirl it around with the sponge before you start. Start at low RPM, I'm using a cheapo Clarke polisher and started on setting 1. Keep the sponge flat to the surface and move slowly, don't linger or you will burn the paint, sounds scary but just take it slow and steady. after the majority of the G3 has started to dissapear I then up the rpm setting to 2.5. If things start to get sticky then stop and spray a fine mist of water on the panel , this helps keep the temperature low and acts as a lubricant. Keep going until your left with just a light haze on the panel. Now remove any remaining haze with a clean cloth and inspect. If necessary then start the G3 steps again! Its not a quick job but the results are worth it.

Just this morning the rear of my car has gone from a totally flat fin ish to this:

And a close up of the same are to show its not just 2 foot good :-)

Very close up you can still see some very faint swirls and I will decide after finishing with the G3 wether or not to go up to maybe a G10 for a final finish.

Hope that helped someone


Viatron 25th May 2015 14:24

Some links that may be useful:

Lechlar Spec Sheet for the paint:

Polishing stuff from ToolStation:

Feracla G3


Viatron 25th May 2015 17:44

Well that's it, I have decided that G3 is enough! mainly because my body just wont stand up to going over the whole thing again with G10...

I have also just given it a coat of Mer and cleaned the interior. List of jobs left is now:

1. Clean Wire Wheels and tyres
2. Finish Fuse Box Cover
3. Finish Gear lever cover
4. Sort out the holes left from the front mounted indicators.
5. Make a cockpit bumper for between the humps.
6. Make a finishing piece for behind the steering wheel.
7. Paint the mouth cream
8. Fit the grill
9. Fit sticky front number plate.
10. Fit headlamp chrome trims
11. Paint Navy Blue pinstripe along border of cream panel.


Nike55 25th May 2015 18:10

Great job Mac..

1iTim 25th May 2015 21:49

Looks fabulous, be proud of that! Are those beetle indicators at the front? They look good


swifty 26th May 2015 08:53

Nice work Mac the car looks great.

Just in time for the summer, happy days.

hurnleft 26th May 2015 11:58

It looks lovely. Hope we get some nice wether now so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Cheers, Bob.

Viatron 26th May 2015 14:25

Tim got the side mounted indicators from
Thanks all for the comments
Bit of a pain today as the garage called and it's going to be easier to retest than to get the current MOT cert changed to the right reg number doc obviously but a pain none the less. It's booked in for Saturday morning so hopefully I'll be taxed and legal by Saturday lunchtime 👍


Scottie22 27th May 2015 15:56

Nice one Mac, the car looks really first-class!

Paul L 27th May 2015 17:21

Mac - Thanks for the guide to making paintwork shine, as it seems to have worked well for you. :cool:

Good luck, Paul. :)

Good to see you have been following the Scottie22/Hulk Hogan "Build Bigger Arms" programme. :icon_wink:

Paul L 15th July 2015 06:56

Just bumping this thread back up to Page 1.

Mac's News Here:

Car's Ebay Advert Here:

And here are some extra photos from the ad.

Anyone you has followed this build will know Mac did a really great job. :cool:

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