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Post by David Tew » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:48 pm

Preparation almost complete for the respray.

It wasn't in too bad condition as it's only the second time it's ever been resprayed and it has a new full front. I hope to get it all back together by July ready for it's 50th.

I think it's probably the longest restoration on record as I always found something else to do or concocted yet another new mod! Should be worth it though. :D
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Post by 1969SE5 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:45 pm

Looking good David, have you chosen a colour yet ?

My 5 is currently at the bodyshop after 4 1/2 years, so feel your pain...........


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Post by David Tew » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:04 pm

Yup, it's going to be Down White, which is the original colour. Epoxy primer and cellulose top coat.

I'm like a kid before Christmas, I want my new toy NOW! :D


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Post by 1969SE5 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:11 pm

Look forward to seeing it painted !! i have gone for Golden Sand, also the OE colour , hoping to collect Tuesday...........


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Post by David Tew » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:06 pm

Fantastic! It's good to see them in original colours, or at least the colour it's been most of it's life such as MarkHawkins' ex-Shaun Byrne Coupé.

Tuesday eh, you'll certainly beat me! I look forward to the full set of pictures on Wednesday. :wink:


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Post by Chet » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:14 am

1965SE5 - what paint brand/ code did you find for Golden Sand? I'm planning to keep mine that colour but paintshops here in NZ have trouble finding modern equivalents .



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Post by guybetts » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:43 am

David Tew wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:48 pm
I think it's probably the longest restoration on record as I always found something else to do or concocted some other new mod! Should be worth it though. :D
Been doing my Coupe since 1988. 30 years this year :oops: :oops: :oops:


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Post by David Tew » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:17 am

guybetts wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:43 am
Been doing my Coupe since 1988. 30 years this year :oops: :oops: :oops:
Wow, you win! :wink:

What situation is the rebuild in at present, still active?


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Post by David Tew » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:29 am

Chet wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:14 am
1965SE5 - what paint brand/ code did you find for Golden Sand? I'm planning to keep mine that colour but paintshops here in NZ have trouble finding modern equivalents .
No doubt you've read this thread: http://www.scimitarweb.co.uk/sgwrs/view ... hp?t=31139.

I believe Reliant originally used Parsons paint and their code for Golden Sands is R11. Whether anyone can convert that into a current code is another matter, of course.
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Post by guybetts » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:17 pm

David Tew wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:17 am
guybetts wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:43 am
Been doing my Coupe since 1988. 30 years this year :oops: :oops: :oops:
Wow, you win! :wink:

What situation is the rebuild in at present, still active?
It's in another hiatus, as I acquired a GTC 18 months ago, which got me a Scimitar I could actually drive (since I sold my last one, an 18ti, back in 1993). The GTC has required some relatively minor rehabilitation, but as with everything Scimitar's, every job takes three times as long as planned :shock:

The Coupe paint is stripped, and I'm mustering the courage to repair all the minor body work issues, and the more involved removal of rusted sill strengthening which has split the sill :evil:

Good to see another Coupe getting there :D
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Post by David Tew » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:10 pm

I know the feeling. 😕

I, too, had a problem with rusted sill strengthening. To fix it I cut the sill panel out from underneath the car and replaced the plates with some I had made in stainless. Quite cheap to get done as they don't need to be a great finish. I scored them across all surfaces with an angle-grinder to enable the new fibreglass to bond and re-glassed them in. Very messy but should last a few years!

Luckily the rest of the reinforcing steel was OK. I'll try and find the photos I took.

The GTC sounds like a good fix for Scimitar-craving. I haven't driven one for 15 years! 😉


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Post by David Tew » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:05 pm

These were the sill reinforcement plates I removed from my car. There was no visible evidence externally of any damage so I'd really recommend checking them if you're not sure if they've been replaced.
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I replaced them from underneath so didn't need to cut the body itself. Easy on a Coupe as there aren't any chassis reinforcement bars at the end of the outriggers.
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Good view of our neighbour's old bins as well!
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Post by David Tew » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:27 pm

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Well, the Coupe is now back with me. In 2K primer at the moment so I have two options:
1. find someone who's willing to just put the final coats on,
2. resurrect my (very rusty) paint-spraying skills.
I have received a couple of paint-shop recommendations already so I'll investigate those before deciding. Thanks to those who have contacted me.

I'll do some work on the car first as I have a few things to do (fit a new heater matrix, a rewire, etc.) and I don't want to risk damage to the topcoat. Mechanically it is complete and finished.
Perhaps there's a project thread in the offing! :wink:
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Post by Terry Rickard » Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:01 pm

Hi David,
Looking very nice.
As you are in the Cotswolds you you are probably not far from Yate, so I recommend Rich’s Bodywork & Restorations, who is the sprayer who I used for 'StaR' my SE6a and also used by Geoff Pinch for his Coupé and SS1 and Mike Thompson for his SE6b.
Rich’s details:
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Post by David Tew » Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:35 pm

Thanks Terry.

Yours is the second recommendation of Rich I've received and he's not too far away so it could be a good option. I'll contact him and enquire about timescales etc.

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