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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Coupe Racing » Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:59 pm

love your work - will you be removing the glass when painting the car after such a thorough rebuild ?


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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Joe. » Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:36 pm

Yes We'll take the windows out again for paint, we get the car drive able before it can be moved to the IOW for painting.



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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:46 pm

Sounds good - I admire your confidence in the brakes, running it out of the garage straight towards the GTE! :shock: :lol:


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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Joe. » Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:59 pm

The brakes had been tested before... Fortunately! The clutch on the Rebel seems to either be on or off! and I think it will take some getting used to.



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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Gillsfan » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:47 am

Wow that is alot of work in a short amount of time. Can't wait to see it on the road then painted, are you staying with red or do you have a different colour in mind?


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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by thomast » Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:41 pm

What a great rebuild to follow! Here's another one that needs tlc ;-) It doesn't look that bad but the chassis a a mess... To big a job for me but I will soon go to someone who know's what to do with it. And yes, it's an orignal lhd

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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Joe. » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:34 pm

This thread has been neglected a bit, we have recently been doing the odd jobs to prep the car for the MOT. Lots of these were done without taking many pictures but these are the ones we did take.

Boot had new captive nuts set into the fibrefglass to mount the latch mechanism

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boot refitted, The boxes contain Foden Engine spares!

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Number plate light was replaced with new,

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The original radiator was recored,

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The drivers seat diaphragm was replaced,

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With the safety critical jobs done we took the car for its first MOT in just over 30 years.

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Home with new Tax disc, and an extra 50 miles on the clock.

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The 598cc engine is actually a bit better than I had expected, It will cruise at 50pmh even if it is a bit loud and make a satnav verified 65mph going downhill!. Uphill the best that can be hoped for is about 45mph. In the mid term the engine will be swapped for a 750 or 850 Once one is rebuilt and will possibly get a different (fully syncro'd!) gearbox.
There is potential for playing around with diff ratios as well...



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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by scimjim » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:42 pm

well done on the MOT :-)


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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Taggers » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:42 pm

That is excellent. Well done.


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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:53 pm

Love it!


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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by choughton » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:03 pm

I wouldn't be too worried about the flexi exhaust I used it when I built a race kart 4 years ago and its still going strong



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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:31 pm

Great news, well done! :D


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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Joe. » Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:50 pm

With the Rebel up and running we have been working towards fitting the Interior and getting the outside ready for paint.

Before fitting a new headlining etc, we needed to make a fibreglass moulding to cover the new rollover bar. We decided it would be best to bring it over to the Isle of wight (its future Home,) as the workshop facilities were better than they were in my garage! This meant I had to drive the relatively unproven Rebel from Littlehampton to Portsmouth to catch a ferry!

The journey to Portsmouth went well and I pulled over just off the A27 to check everything was ok, grabbing a few photos at the same time.

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The boot was full and back of the car were quite heavily laden down :?

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Waiting for the ferry.

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Onboard.

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Arrival in Newport IOW.

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More on mould making to follow...



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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Joe. » Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:52 pm

With the car on the Island we made moulds for the B-Pillar trims,

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First attempt at moulding our own trim panels,

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We also made moulds for new heater blowers,

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Random shot of Dave driving the Rebel,

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Trial fitting,

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Happy with the side sections we moved on to making the difficult curved piece.

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The female mould was made out of Ply and timber.

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Imperfections was faired in filler, so that the fibreglass would not stick to the mould special release wax and PVA was used.

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Applying Gel Coat,

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Finished moulding awaiting trimming,

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Trimmed down and trial fitted,

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Random cat photo...

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Re: A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Gillsfan » Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:37 am

Nice work and nice cat.


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