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1 hour ago, Darmic1 said:

Getting on with this one, despite the weather!

Its proving a challenge. Just hope it dry up before I'm ready to put top coat on it.

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managed to make a bit more progress with the bottom cowl tonight.

A previous owner had welded on some stops for the bonnet to rest

on. All I can say is when I came to grind them off that they did a

very thourgh job of welding them in place! Took a look time to

remove.

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A couple of nights ago I gave the main chasis a going over with the wire brush.

Tonight the engine got masked up and a couple of coats of etch primmer,

followed by a couple more of high build primmer. Just got to wait for a dry

evening now to prime the rest and apply topcoat. Bet you cant guess the colour!

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Im afraid none of you were quite right. This evening I took advantage

of the lack of rain and sprayed it up. On the whole it came out ok,

however I think im going to have to flatten back the bonnet and redo it,

as I not 100% happy with the finish.

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Have now started fitting up the Gem. First on was the wheels

followed by the radiator. On the nearside wheel I had to fit an

extra wheel disc to act as a spacer due to the tyre rubbing on

the bellhousing (such a shame the original Dunlop tyres are

no longer available.) This in turn will mean the springs need

shortening. I have also trail fitted the bonnet. Now it has dried

Im hoping that I may get away with sanding it smooth with

2500 wet and dry.

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Managed to get another hour or so on this project today.

The air filter was refitted, followed by the exhaust and the

injector.

Next the radiator and fan was properly plumbed in and I

loosely refitted the fuel lines. The fuel lines could really do

with replacing, can anyone recommend a good source

please?

The final job today saw the under belly tray get a skim of

filler as after blasting it came up just way too rough to

paint.

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When I had a proper look at the bonnet I decided

that it would need flatting back as there was some

contamination im guessing in the primmer.

Today I also managed to get the under belly

sanded and primed. Just going to need a small

skim of stopper and then it should be ready for top

coat.  

A while back  I purchased a load of N.O.S badges

for Gem's, every one up till now had been fine,

however when I peeled back the cellophane layer

on the clutch one it peeled some of the paint off, I

don't know why, but as luck would have it I had

another new one that was good.

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Looking good.....I am looking forward to seeing this one finished and running ..the Sachs engine has quiet a reputation  for starting difficulties but if anyone can get one running well you can. Super job on the dowdeswell ..its been a while since i logged in so enjoying the excellent photos of your machines.

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10 minutes ago, howardman said:

Looking good.....I am looking forward to seeing this one finished and running ..the Sachs engine has quiet a reputation  for starting difficulties but if anyone can get one running well you can. Super job on the dowdeswell ..its been a while since i logged in so enjoying the excellent photos of your machines.

Thanks for the compliments pat,I've been doing a bit more painting on this machine this afternoon but didn't take my camera with me so photos will have to wait till next week. The engine itself  is in very good condition and now the injector has been overhauled it should be kinder on my hip to start.

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Today I finally applied the decals to the fuel tank, something ive been dying to do

for a few weeks now, but wanted to get the bonnet refitted in order to line

everything up.

When it came to connecting up the fuel lines, as ive been struggling to find some

one to make new ones up at a reasonable cost and the damage to the old ones

was only asthetic, I tried using some heat shrink tube. It seems to of worked a treat.

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Thankyou Norm, its slowly getting there. Just the

backend to do now. At least its staying somewhere

near on budget. Looking forward to starting it again,

but am almost nervous at the same time, as if you

get it wrong it can give an almighty kick!

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