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Old 06-02-2011   #31
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Well had another blast at the beloved Abarth to be:

New wing welded on, spent most of the time fixing the welder though and unfortunately some poor welding resulted but it will have to do. I'm not pulling the wing off again!







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Looking good! What technique did you use to weld the wing on? Plug welds or just tacks along the edges?
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And what are you using for the first coat on the bare metal.
Best stuff is 2K polyurethan primer-base color-coat(with anti-corosive quality)very good closing holes-inperfections in preparation on the surface,then putty,filler....
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Thanks for the pointers. I will look to see if I can find the 2K polyurethan next time I am at the shop!

METHOD: I drilled holes through the inner wing and welded through to replicate spot welds. Is this a Plug weld? I have no idea about the names of things lol. It seems to have worked well enough but it took a few tries to get the hole size and set up just right.

The paint I am using is an acid etch primer which I painted on before and after welding. I've not tried this before but it stayed on quite well. No idea how good it is for corrosion protection yet though.

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That is indeed a plug weld! Welding is such a tricky thing to master, I find it very satisfying when I get it right, but its so easy to get wrong as I'm sure you know. At least you have access with a grinder there to get rid of any dodgy bits!

I recommend you get one of these if you dont already have one:
http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...ith-hole-punch

So much easier than messing around with a drill and it meas you can make seemless joints without having to attempt any butt welds.

Acid etch should be alright, aslong as there was no rust on the panel beforehand, infact its exactly what should be used on bare metal. 2K paint is only really for professional use, it is very poisonous so you need proper extraction and breathing apparatus to use it.
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That is indeed a plug weld! Welding is such a tricky thing to master, I find it very satisfying when I get it right, but its so easy to get wrong as I'm sure you know. At least you have access with a grinder there to get rid of any dodgy bits!

I recommend you get one of these if you dont already have one:
http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...ith-hole-punch

So much easier than messing around with a drill and it meas you can make seemless joints without having to attempt any butt welds.

Acid etch should be alright, aslong as there was no rust on the panel beforehand, infact its exactly what should be used on bare metal. 2K paint is only really for professional use, it is very poisonous so you need proper extraction and breathing apparatus to use it.
nope, havent got one of those... its on the shopping list tho Thanks!!
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My gooood friend have a little shipyard,makes alu and steel boats and he use 2K epoxy and p.u. paint,and one man that is in restoration long time ago use sand blasting-2K epoxy-welding-2K epoxy etc...
I used it few times( epoxy and p.u.) and all I can say it is genius stuff
For chassis p.u is the best in combo with epoxy2K
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- over epoxy 2 hands of 2k p.u.
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Re: Mk1 4x4 Panda (Abarth)

Well another successful day! Front panel now all welded on and painted. I used zinc primer on this, and the welding seems to have been quite successful. Feels very strong to me!

Here she is:


Will be back together and driving to Italy in no time!!

Just a quick re-cap....


Sometimes you have to look at the before to know its better lol!

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Nice
Zinc primer is also a very good.
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love this little car, wanted a early polo for ages, only had a 750 fire, that seemed slow but almost unbustable lol
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love this little car, wanted a early polo for ages, only had a 750 fire, that seemed slow but almost unbustable lol
Thanks, I certainly love it to bits.... they are suprisingly strong, and although they do require attention they will go a very long way before stopping you from getting to your destination!!

Also I quite like the old boxy polos too! (figures I guess lol)

More to report this weekend I am sure

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A little bit more done, this was a bit of a challenge as I wanted to reconstruct the seam where the A-panel meets the wing.....the before:


I think this has been a success....


Now all painted up for a bit more filler tomorrow and a final few coats of ordinary grey primer before the final coat! Got the new Indicator holes ready too.




Still got the lower half of A panel and arch to reconstruct but this I can do after. I want to get as much covered as possible as the car will be moved to a new garage soon and so bare metal is a no no! Even primer wont be enough if it gets wet on moving day!!

Getting quite excited now

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Not been keeping up with this till now. You're doing a great job Si. 10/10 for sticking at it. Looking foward to seeing the pictures on the road
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Not been keeping up with this till now. You're doing a great job Si. 10/10 for sticking at it. Looking foward to seeing the pictures on the road
Thanks, house move has forced me to get stuck in big time but I cannot guarantee she'll be road worthy this year. Can try though!

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Well, lots of time this weekend spent preping for an hour long stint painting the the final coat. Shiney again for the first time since I have owned the car! Colour is not quite right, which has disapointed me but its only the front panel, and if the wing looks absolutely terrible then I will respray it at a later date. Its too hard to tell in the dank garage!!





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