Hello...lost laser making a comeback

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:29 pm

Lets take the bits off and then take a peek under the first wing
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They both will need to come off anyway and look...new ones
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Quick rub over with a wire wheel, bit of zinc primer, new wing on.... right? :)


....ahhhhhh no. All the no. More no. Then just to make sure, no.
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oh dear. oh dear oh dear oh dear. :crying:

It was at this point I should have called someone who owned a breakers yard to come with a tow truck. But....lockdown, they were all shut.

Surely no one wants further pictures of the horrors? Is this not rotten Capri nightmare fuel enough? :shock:

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by ian_s » Tue Mar 23, 2021 1:55 am

Looking good. It's a good example of how what looks like might be simple job turns into full on fabrication of new parts. Those parts soon add up if you got to the likes of steel express. Keep going then I'm keen to see repairs on these. :applaud:
Image One day she will be back in that field!!

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:19 am

Its important to note, I am not a mechanic. Or a fabricator. Or a metal worker. Or an engineer. I've pretty much just picked things up as I went along. As such don't use anything here as guidance as how to rebuild anything. Because you should always use a professional who is competent to do repairs. And not some random guy on a forum jabberings as a repair guide. After my "safety first" disclaimer...here is what I fabricobbled together to try to redeem the poor old thing..... (remember, and I cannot stress this enough, seek professional help when fixing things. Because that's what they are for)

So I'll admit I wasn't ready to find...well, nothing under the front of the wing....I didn't even have lots of new sheet metal ready, just some old stuff I'd been painting on. I ordered more and made do with what I had to hand..

First off a new headlight bowl top to cut in...
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Then get slap happy with the brush on zinc primer. I don't give a hoot about finish or appearance, just making the front of the car not...missing. At this point I was really just tinkering and stopping myself being bored in lockdown! I wasn't intending to get quite so...involved
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Lets get a wire wheel on the grinder and see just how deep the rabbit hole goes....
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ah....
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Oh....

well that's not good

Ok, time to..erm..make a new front end. I guess. I've never done that before. How hard can that be?
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So far so good...
Just make sure its sort of the right shape... I'm working off a pattern of nothing. Tricky.
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It fits! well fits-ish. From a standing start and with naught but a can do attitude, 1 pair of pliers, 1 pair of tin snips, a small vice and a hammer I'll take that over the hideous gaping void.

At this point I'd just like to say, that if at the end of this it looks even vaguely Capri shaped it is in fact everyday proof of a miracle. This will not be a show car (to say the least) but hey, lets all remember what I started with....right?
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Now the bit under the headlight...choppy choppy choppy
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And finally zinc primer EVERYWHERE!!!!!

Still that should be all the rust to find. Well, I'm glad its time to put the wing on and call it a day. Because nothing further back will possibly be even slightly rusty.

No, you're right, I should check.....TBC

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by D366Y » Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:57 am

Looking good!
Impressive work for having never done it before either :cheers:
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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by pbar » Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:46 pm

[email protected] wrote:
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:19 am
Its important to note, I am not a mechanic. Or a fabricator. Or a metal worker. Or an engineer. I've pretty much just picked things up as I went along.
That's like most of us on here! Good fun when you get cracking isn't it :)

Nice work on the car.

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:39 am

I knew I shouldn't have looked :o

And I really shouldn't have "just cleaned off the peeling underseal" with the wire wheel :cry:
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Looks like the bit where my legs live is a little bit nibbled...
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And that's where my feet sit.....crikey....

Well...in for a penny in for a pound I suppose lets try and make all those nasty little holes go away. I don't want a draught up my trouser leg and my feet getting wet after all!
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first the inner wing top section...
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Then the footwell fresh air ventilation...
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Then the sidey leg bits need to meet the new feety bit to make a new super leggy footy boxy bit and keep my feet dry and trouser leg unruffled from the wind
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And then? ZINC PRIMER EVERYTHING!!!!!!!
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And then...realise you forgot the wing bracket. So put it back on and hang your head in shame fink...followed by ZINC PRIMER EVERYTHING!! (again)
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And finally....join all the inner wing top from the snout to the bulkhead because it was all nibbled and somewhat lacking in structural integrity, which I personally find important. I need some of that.

Well at least that's all done. Pop a wing on and it ready for the open road...well this corner is anyway.

TBC...

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:55 am

Now...lets wingyify and hide all that solid new steel glory....
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The pattern part wasn't toooo bad a fit the top corner was much too curved in and had to be convinced out by about half an inch or so and the front lip needed a bit of relaxing but other than that just lots of clamping, fettling, reclamping, bolting, jiggling, welding and general time lining up to do. They are very tricky to work with what with being a million miles long and surprisingly flexible when off the car. But its on. And it looks roughly Capri shaped. Considering what was under there I'm claiming it as "passable"

Now...the other side which is almost certainly fine.
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ah.....well its not that bad
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wait...why is there a hole at the top....and why is the bottom flapping in the breeze...I'm getting a sinking feeling. :o
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ooooohhhh thats worse. Thats much much worse. Thats very worse. The pile on the floor is what has fallen off. And there's much more to fall off. :|
Should have called the breakers yard and had the garage occupying ruin carted off...but ooohhhhhh no. You fixed one side so now you feel invested don't you? You mug. Now you're stuck with it. :?

Nothing for it. Strike up the six million dollar theme...A car. Barely alive. We have the technology, we can rebuild it (I hope, I'm up to my neck in it now!) I even got some new shiny steel to do it with. Mmmm. Shiny.
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Start with a new inner wing top
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then a new headlamp bowl top. It needs one of those.
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Then back, bottom and end. Might not be quite the same shape as an original but I don't have a new one, I don't have any tools to form one and it'll do for me!
Now the headlight landing panel....choppy choppy...
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And that will do for this thrilling instalment of.....lost laser.

Feel free to point out the complete and utter waste of time, money, effort and high levels of being a complete mug at this point :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by Peter-S » Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:58 pm

Good to see a nice project and a Capri coming back. Takes me back a few years although I didn't have much welding fortunately.
Keep it coming :)
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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by [email protected] » Sat May 01, 2021 8:29 pm

now...where was I? Ah yes! After choppy choppy comes the buildy buildy again...
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then the frilly valance edges need a little bit of manufacturing...
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which means it mostly has a snout. Sort of. I wish I was a metal worker! :?
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This was followed by? ZINC PRIMER EVERYTHING!!

Happily this was just a little lock down keep my sanity project. Not regretting anything yet. Yet...
Lets work backwards now the snout is done like we did on the drivers side.
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oh dear. Nibbled.
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oh...wait...that leads inside :cry: its still fine....right?
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Time to start filling the holes...
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that should hold the top back together. I'm sure thats the worst of it...
say......whats this rust bubble in the screen corner? I don't remember that when i put it away...*POKE* (sound of crumbling metal)
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :o :o :o
I....erm.....I......erm...
Wait...that also goes inside..... I should probably lift the carpet and hope the steel gods are in a favourable mood...Please oh mighty steel gods......
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GREAT MERCIFUL SAINTS ALIVE :crying: :crying: :crying: :crying:
There's nothing but a windscreen holding this whole corner together!! damn, damn, damn, damn, damn, I only wanted a mess about project...WHHHHHYYYYYY did i start??? WHY??? :(
Lets...erm...not jack this corner up just yet shall we? I'm just going to sit in the corner, rock back and forth and cry a little.


Right...I guess I'd better forgo pretty right now and do some emergency strengthening work before there's a loud crunch and the front drops off! First things first is hit it with the whizzy wheel and see just what is actually left I guess....gulp....

And that will be in the next thrilling installment of "Lost Laser"

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by Peter-S » Sat May 01, 2021 9:35 pm

I think this is why beer was invented!
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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by Paul G » Sun May 02, 2021 8:53 am

I do sympathise with you, my Laser was as rusty as that so I've been through all the pain that you are suffering!!

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Re: Hello...lost laser making a comeback

Post by zeus » Wed May 05, 2021 9:08 pm

Hello, impressive restoration, I take a place and some popcorn to see until the end.
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Thanks for all your time.
Greetings and good luck
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