Project: Metal Polishing

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:44 pm

A king wrote:I'm lost for words to say about your engine bay, several words come to mind like stunningly beautiful ellaglance pristine, so many words but I keep coming back to the same 5 words.


WISH THIS WAS MY BAY

you should be so so proud and you've given me info on how to try to achieve what you have achieved

Hi,
Thank you for your kind comments, they are much appreciated. I must admit you've just made me smile, thanks!

Yep, anyone can make their engine bay this clean. If they're as sad as me..... :D

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby A king » Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:50 pm

Andrew watch this space, just asked the misses if santas has finished his shopping on me cause I need those tools. I have explained its vital for me and my Capri.
She not looking best pleased ( but maybe that's her way of disguising what's I'm now going to get)
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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Bertie » Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:27 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Bertie wrote:you must need a pair of sunglasses on to look under your bonnet..any recent pics..?

I've just checked and I don't have any recent photos of the engine. It's a work in progress at the moment with lots of cleaning, polishing and zinc plating going on!
The most recent photo I could find was taken by martinc92 at last year's Capri Club National meet.
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All the best,
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Hi Andrew

One can only imagine the time, effort and patience required to achieve such a super result, I have to say that's spot on but no doubt you will continue and improve again... great job :cool:

Cheers, Des

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:48 pm

Bertie wrote:One can only imagine the time, effort and patience required to achieve such a super result, I have to say that's spot on but no doubt you will continue and improve again... great job :cool:


Hi Des,
Thanks for your comments. Yes, I must confess to spending 1 or 2 hours here and there cleaning under the bonnet. :D

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby andyd » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:04 am

Hi Andrew,
As said above, great job that must be near Concours :applaud:
With the Paris Blue paint too. I really like that colour and quite rare too :D

Well Done

Andy

PS I will put you down for Simply Ford with a (D) for if Dry only :lol:

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:24 am

Hi Andy,
andyd wrote: As said above, great job that must be near Concours :applaud:

Thank you. Yes, it's clean, but I wouldn't say it's anywhere near Concours standard!
andyd wrote: PS I will put you down for Simply Ford with a (D) for if Dry only :lol:

Sounds good to me. :D

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:33 pm

Washer jets, before and after.

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Obsessed? Who, me? :whistle:

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Bertie » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:20 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Obsessed? Who, me? :whistle:

Andrew.


In the very nicest way....I agree... :D

Well worth the effort though Andrew

Cheers, Des

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:42 pm

Bertie wrote:[In the very nicest way....I agree... :D
Well worth the effort though Andrew


Hi Des,
I noticed they were looking grubby, and I thought "why not?" :D
While I was there it would have been criminal not to polish the earth lead in the centre of the bulkhead. Then there was the little earth lead on the headlight relay...........

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Bertie » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:51 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Hi Des,
I noticed they were looking grubby, and I thought "why not?" :D
While I was there it would have been criminal not to polish the earth lead in the centre of the bulkhead. Then there was the little earth lead on the headlight relay...........

Andrew.


Now what was it John McEnroe used to say...... :lmao:

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Bertie » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:51 pm

Bertie wrote:
Andrew 2.8i wrote:

While I was there it would have been criminal not to polish the earth lead in the centre of the bulkhead. Then there was the little earth lead on the headlight relay...........

Andrew.


Now what was it John McEnroe used to say...... :lmao:

Cheers, Des

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:23 pm

Bertie wrote:Now what was it John McEnroe used to say...... :lmao:

Hi Des,
I would never joke about a serious matter, such as cleaning the car! :D

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby ESSEXV6ESSEX » Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:46 pm

I don't come on here much but those guides a very good Andrew. Great effort.

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:25 pm

ESSEXV6ESSEX wrote:I don't come on here much but those guides a very good Andrew. Great effort.

Hi,
That's kind of you to say so, thank you. I hope you enjoyed reading the guides and maybe I've even inspired you to give it a try. A word of warning though, it's very addictive!

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Jim » Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:46 pm

These guides are so awesome Andrew, the parts come out great. This is just the kind of detail I would like to do on my car. How much would you charge to do some bits? This is more related to the zinc plating, but how long do the zinc plating finishes last?

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:29 pm

Jim wrote:These guides are so awesome Andrew, the parts come out great.


Hi Jim,
Thank you very much for saying so. I admit the polished parts aren't to everybody's taste, but I like them in moderation. They're all original parts to the Capri, just a little bit shinier than usual.
Jim wrote: how long do the zinc plating finishes last?

The durability of the zinc plating depends on the thickness of the coating.
The yellow passivated parts will last for many years. The finish will degrade eventually as it is a sacrificial coating to protect the actual metal part. When it does degrade, say after 10 years or so depending on how exposed to the elements the part is, it can be cleaned and coated again.

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby andyd » Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:42 am

Hi Andrew,
What will you be polishing this weekend :?: :D

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat Feb 06, 2016 9:33 pm

andyd wrote:Hi Andrew,
What will you be polishing this weekend :?: :D

Hi Andy,
I've been busy with bits and bobs around the house and haven't had much time for much polishing. Although I did manage to pick up some spare washers for the rocker covers.

Before. No, no, that won't do!
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After. Although they are much better than they look in the photo.
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Close up comparison between before and after.
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Another close up, this time with a screw to show the reflection in the washer. It doesn't quite reflect like a mirror, but the metal is very rough in texture to begin with, and that affects the finished result.
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I've also tried polishing the oil cooler. I'm not sure why...... :D

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After. Not a hugely impressive result, if I'm honest, but it will do.
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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby andyd » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:50 am

Hi Andrew,
Good work at plenty good enough IMO :D

On a slightly different note :roll: When I was at Tredegar House a in 2014, a guy was chatting about Capris and spares etc,
and he told me there was a Car Breakers in New Quay South/West Wales?? IIRC. Do you know of it?
He told me they had 3 or 4 early 2.8i's there....... at that time anyway :o

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Re: Project: Metal Polishing

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:34 am

andyd wrote:When I was at Tredegar House a in 2014, a guy was chatting about Capris and spares etc,
and he told me there was a Car Breakers in New Quay South/West Wales?? IIRC. Do you know of it?
He told me they had 3 or 4 early 2.8i's there....... at that time anyway


Hi Andy,

I haven't heard of that, no. The biggest breakers in the area, Tanygroes car dismantlers, are near there, but I'm sure that they stock more recent stuff.
Thanks for the hot lead, perhaps it might be worth my while making a few phone calls to find out.

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