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Removed tailgate strut ball studs and brackets, found them to be quite rusted:

 

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Bracket after zinc plating:

 

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Tailgate strut ball stud also zinc plated:

 

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Tanks were 410 GBP each, shipping 148 GBP. With Paypal total cost was 984.45 GBP shipped, which converted to AUD$1737.

Then another $550 to get powdercoated.

Expensive hobby, this car restoration business!

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Any idea what the weight saving might be with all the titanium replacement bolts you're using? It's all about adding lightness!

 

Sometimes wish my car was a shiney underneath as yours Antonio.

 

Pete

Pete '79 S2

LEW Miss September 2009

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No idea how much I've saved in weight, but I have a bag full of rusted bolts that have been replaced with titanium, I suppose I should weigh it one day, divide by two and that will give me a rough weight savings figure. I'd estimate I've added 1-2kg of "lightness" so far. Other benefits of titanium are superior rust protection, and of course bling!

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Well, I cheated. The car is at Andy's Restorations, Kurnell, Sydney. They spent one week asking how the f^^%$ do we get this body off, then once we'd researched and collected enough clues, mainly from this fabulous forum, they knocked it out in about a day and a half. I don't have the time, space or know-how to do this restoration myself, so there are a couple workshops that will be doing everything. Of course more expensive this way but also way faster.

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Some more shots of the chassis. Given the state of everything I'm glad I decided to take the body off.

 

On pic #5 you can see the chassis had been cut and welded. My mechanic reckons this was done in order to get the manifold off, possibly when PO removed the engine for its 'rebuild'. Cowboys. 

 

Plan now is to strip everything then either hot dip galvanize or powder coat the chassis.

 

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Good work so far. If I have seen right your car is chassisno. 524G. Mine is 522G, just two cars earlier, perhaps produced on the same day!

Lutz.

Hi Lutz, what's the history of your car mate? has the body been off for a tidy up? I wonder if all our cars look like the photos above, noting location in the world is a factor.

Iain

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From SJ website:

 

Kit contains 280x25 AP grooved discs, 4 pot AP alloy calipers, fast road pads, alloy mounting bells and brackets, fixing bolts.

 

 

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