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Old 27-01-2014   #31
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Re: Mk1 Panda 4x4 long term project

Looking great, that's nearly finished (to my eyes)- no painting or polishing needed just a quick rub over with an oily rag and back into daily service.

"They're only original once." As someone clever once said.
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Quote Originally Posted by andyholli View Post

"They're only original once." As someone clever once said.
Can I use that one 😁:-D
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Brilliant! You're nearly there now for sure! I know what's it's like to try and find the time and effort to undertake a project like this with an already tight schedule, there's no shame in paying other people to get done what you want, you are ultimately the designer after all is said and done
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It's been a while since I updated on this. However things have progressed (lots still to do though).

Welding has now been done. Thanks to Wayne (and it's now a good solid shell. In truth it was beyond economical repair but it has been repaired.. Plan is to strip off the remaining parts and make the underside and engine bay mint and well protected, then refurb/replace the running gear.

You may remember I was looking to upgrade the engine/box. A plan has formed (and money been shelled out!). Am looking at a 1986 Mk1 with 1997 1.1 4x4 running gear... clue attached.

PS the donor car is definitely beyond saving (A pillar bent, door won't open, suspension mounts pushed back etc etc). Cost me more to buy than I care to think about right now.
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PS the donor car is definitely beyond saving (A pillar bent, door won't open, suspension mounts pushed back etc etc). Cost me more to buy than I care to think about right now.
You saved this? Good man!

Let me know, by PM, how much you want for a full set of locks for Betty, and I shall help ease the pain....
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If we are striping the car for David then I will have the seats. :-)
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@Palio might this be a chance for roof bars? I really hope I'm not wrong again!

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Bugger I am I reckon sorry really need to stop doing this!
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Hi All

Yes, I saved it, but sadly it's only good for parts. Sadly too I am to get top whack for the bits I don't need to justify the purchase/transport cost - hence have headed to ebay rather than ads on here.

Fingers crossed the running gear I need works OK - must admit I have some concerns given extent of damage.
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Sounds like an exciting project, look forward to seeing the progress

I may be interested in a few trim bits for my Sisley from the Country Club, that tailgate is very tempting as well
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Re: Mk1 Panda 4x4 long term project

You might have to fight @panda panda panda for it! He's been after one for ages

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiat-Panda...item3a8db56a90
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Just wanted to check in and see how this is going?!
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Hi Sam

The short answer is: it's going very slowly! Wayne did a great job on the welding, but the project's now stalled with me while other things get in the way. Am part way through stripping the donor Country Club but swapping the engine will be more difficult than expected as the previous owner has already part dismantled (unbeknown to me) and a number of parts are damaged. I have a plan B though.

Anyhow, next stage is to paint the floor and get the carpet/trim back in, following your lead as inspiration! In the meantime old and new are sharing (untidy) garage space.

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I like the 'covering all greens in the spectrum' approach to Panda collecting.

And the bike made me do a double take on the scale..- for a split second I thought you had massive Pandas!
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The two Andys (AndyPanda and andyholli) have given me incentives to pick this up, so work has started again (albeit slowly!!).

First task: find clipboard, make lo-ong list.
Second task: little bit of welding Wayne missed - cut a jigsaw piece last night, tonight's job will be to weld it in.
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Quick update: small weld done, interior painted (bit obsessively - welds and new steel taken back to bare metal, primed with Electrox Zinc primer, then topcoated, all covered with a thin layer of Dynax and cavities injected). Added some extra soundproofing (drop in the ocean!). Bit gutted to find paint had spilled on the carpet whilst stored in shed..

Next stage is some minor repairs and painting around windscreen and door seams.
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