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OK so my new arrival has now been christened Roofus by the family so I thought he'd better get his own Members motors thread since I've done some stuff today.
So, for the sake of the new thread here's the story so far......
Once upon a time, at a show long ago (well, last year) a mysterious Panda showed up and joined our special line up by the toilets. So obviously I decided to do hot dogs in front of it

It was owned by a nice couple who had originally owned it new, then bought it back a year or so before this pic was taken when they spotted it looking sorry for itself on ebay, and spent a lot of time and money putting it straight. Looked good then and a year or so later I saw it again at another Thoresby show and by now they were considering selling it again. I had a look around it then and was impressed by the condition but I really wasn't looking for another car then.
Fas t forward another few months and it still wasn't sold, and I was looking

that was only going to end one way...


So: as I got it Really good nick: Shiny shiny exterior

Brand new wider steel wheels and tyres which I love!

Brand new twin sunnies just fitted:

Sadly slightly tired colour edition switchgear


Interior mostly good except for a chunk out of the bottom of the steering column shroud, rather weedy stereo and tatty gear gaiter and knob due to use of a big lock on them


So since I am not a big fan of the grey interior plastics anyway a better condition set of black stuff went in:

And clear indicators went on:

And that was it for the first week or so.

Next issue found was rust related, just a wee one to get me started:

So cut away the crusty bits to give me a neater hole to fill:


Look away now if you're squeamish.. repair section fabricated from an old Panda door I had around:


Cranked up the welder (I know but it's my first welded repair) As you can see I had the welder behind the door so I was reaching underneath to knock the power on. Blasted quite a few holes before I realised I'd flipped it onto a higher power setting at the same time, Doh! Think I managed to get enough metal to metal anyway.

Quick skim of filler and a coat of my own custom mix Hammerite:


That's it so far. Alternating daily driver duties with Grumbleweed at the moment anyway so at least he's getting used. Never actually used the sunroof in anger yet though.
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love this car.
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Please leave it standard.
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Great colour of the car, it reminds me my fiat dino ,which was almost the same green when he left the factory in 1968{verde petrolio or something like that}.But please practise welding on something else before makng other repairsFor now it looks like quote from "Apocalypse now" ......horror, the horror.....horror
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Looks a hell of a lot better than what the previous owner did when welding fizzle in the same place!

I'm getting a bit of a soft spot for the later grey interiors, I may take those bits off you and convert LVJ's interior if you don't want to keep them yourself?

Got an engine upgrade on the cards?
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hmmm.. you know if you have a really long thin paint brush, you can actually poke it through the drainage holes of the sills and paint then inside of where you just welded..

i have been doing it on fallout >_<

as for an engine upgrade, theres plenty of punto 60's about. 60bhp with single point injection using the very common 16F ECU.

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No, no engine swaps for this one. I know it's not the neatest bit of welding but it was rather getting to the point I just wanted some metal in there instead of a hole, and it is not visible with the door seal there. Thorough soaking in cavity wax underneath through the drain hole so I'm hoping that keeps the rot at bay.
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Cranked up the welder (I know but it's my first welded repair) As you can see I had the welder behind the door so I was reaching underneath to knock the power on. Blasted quite a few holes before I realised I'd flipped it onto a higher power setting at the same time, Doh! Think I managed to get enough metal to metal anyway.
Its a lovey car this, The Turchese and the COLOUR instruments are cool.

Didnt you weld a patch on scruffbags sill before?
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Its a lovey car this, The Turchese and the COLOUR instruments are cool.

Didnt you weld a patch on scruffbags sill before?
Good memory, don't really class that as a 'repair' though as I would never have let an MOT tester see it. That was more 'practice'. Not turchese though, just plain old Verde apparently. Still a lovely colour though I reckon.
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how much wider are the wheels over standard? any noticeable difference when driving?
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how much wider are the wheels over standard? any noticeable difference when driving?
Wheels are 5" rather than the standard 4 or 4.5 if I remember right but with the normal wider option 155/65 tyres. As to a comparison, well it's about 15 years since I drove a standard one... From past experience same tyres on wider wheels tend to just feel a bit firmer as there's less movement on the sidewalls. I mostly just like the way they look on this car.
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Just, you know, making me smile after work
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So you know when you're driving home from work in your 2nd Panda in the rain and you think " well, at least with that gearbox knackered I'm in the one where the windscreen wiper doesn't have a habit of falling off today......... Oh."

..I'll be back in the Peugeot at this rate
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Perhaps panda 3 should be a mk3?
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