emo The story of our Carol a.k.a. 'spud'

14 Sep 2012 22:53 #15779

So Jamie began work on trying to remove the head today.

But first he jacked her up and took a detailed look at her underside (OOoohhh excuse you! hehe)... he starred silently, not saying a word, banging the under side of the car and not saying a word... I was getting worried, so I bent down to take a look too... when he banged the underside nothing dropped down and the underside of the car had a small amount of surface rust on it but was otherwise in perfect condition!

I'm so over the moon!
:happy:

We're going to get a wire wheel and remove the rust, treat it and then get her under sealed properly.

All of her body work is in perfect condition (the sides have a few chips and dents in there, probably from supermarket car parks) but not a spot of serious rust anywhere!
:happy:

I had to go pick up the trophy for the KKITP champion, but when I returned Jamie was already well under way trying to remove the head.

The timing cover is held on now only by the crankshaft pulley, which we cannot access because of the solid inner wheel arch (which I'm not complaining about hehe). So Jamie has been trying to drop the engine to get access to it. However everything is so tightly crammed in there he's struggling to find all the bolts, but he's getting there.
:happy:

http://kkitp.com/index.php/home/gallery/image?view=image&format=raw&type=img&id=1172

http://kkitp.com/index.php/home/gallery/image?view=image&format=raw&type=img&id=1173

http://kkitp.com/index.php/home/gallery/image?view=image&format=raw&type=img&id=1174

While Jamie did that I began work cleaning the interior. The driver's door card has come up really well, there's a few dark marks on it so I might try some more abrasive cleaner, but I will try it on a less obvious spot first.

I started cleaning the seat too but the fabric seemed so fragile I didn't want to carry on, so I will try the carpet cleaner on it tomorrow (it's a little less destructive than rubbing it with blue cloth).

The interior is coming up really nicely, there's a few tears that I will have to look into getting fixed along with the mats. We had a bit of a mishap with one of the wind deflectors, but we'll fix that or replace it if we can.

I then sat on the kitchen floor cleaning the main wind deflector for the roof... turns out it's see-through hehe
http://kkitp.com/index.php/home/gallery/image?view=image&format=raw&type=img&id=1176

http://kkitp.com/index.php/home/gallery/image?view=image&format=raw&type=img&id=1177
(Please excuse the coffee table, it's another project I'm in the middle of... it was my Grandad's!)

I must admit I'm really smitten with Carol, she's just so cute.
:blush:

I can't wait to show the TADOs the owner's manual if they haven't already seen one. It's amazing!


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14 Sep 2012 23:08 #15781

Good stuff em n jamie :thumb: glad to see your both getting stuck into fixing spud up so quickly :happy:

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14 Sep 2012 23:12 #15783

Forgot to say! The turbo seems to turn quite happily too, which is superb!

I guess if you expect the worse, everything just keeps getting better hehe
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15 Sep 2012 06:34 #15785

Enjoyed reading your exploits and seeing the pictures. I know Carol is going to look fantastic and great that we can see the pictures as Spud is transformed. I know I am guilty of only taking pictures when the car is shining and presentable but great to have the proof of what you started with. We all look forward to what's to come...  :thumb:

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15 Sep 2012 07:58 #15787

I must admit I'm really smitten with Carol, she's just so cute.
:blush:

I can't wait to show the TADOs the owner's manual if they haven't already seen one. It's amazing!

great news about the rust, or lack of it! we cant wait to see her/him (????) and the owners manual sounds great. we'll bring the parts manual along as well.



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15 Sep 2012 08:06 #15788


I can't wait to show the TADOs the owner's manual if they haven't already seen one. It's amazing!

and the owners manual sounds great.

You're going to love it - it's awesome!

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15 Sep 2012 08:17 #15790

I've got to ask coz I'm rather curious, why is the owners manual so amazing? ???

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15 Sep 2012 08:36 #15791

Lets just say it's very Japanese.

I think you'll have to wait until the weekend!

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15 Sep 2012 09:27 #15793

The lady I work with who writes the manuals for the Aston Martins wanted to buy it off me, and the rest of the team disappeared with it for ages showing everyone else hehe my dad said if I get it professional copied he wants one hehe

It's not what you'd expect from an owner's guide and it is indeed very Japanese
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15 Sep 2012 09:41 #15794

Defo Wana see that then, if it's like most things Japanese it will be funky n kewl :P

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