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Magentas story 4x4 rebuild

Those who have seen our previous posts will know how we purchased 3 4x4 pandas for 600 well one has now died one has become the big Green panda
So on to the third Magenta
Which is looking pretty good
Started and ran the engine for 1st time since 2003 .[
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Alll in all not so bad a bit of floor pan rust and rear panel
As for the sill tops and window edges I am very happy
Full Strip this weekend then get welding
Magenta being collected October 31 2016
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Magentas story 4x4 rebuild

Moving on to what is planned for Magenta
I am thinking about 2 directions to go either using all the knowledge from Brian to make another big panda but with the addition of a live rear axel utilising swing arms. coilovers and panrod linkage
Or to go for a full connection isolation from the suspension to make her far smother to
Drive and quieter in the cabin i.e. Home made sub frame isolators
Or even a mix of both ?
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Had today off work so set into stripping out Magenta from the back to front planning to set her up on a home made spit making it easy to weldClick image for larger version

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Was the TV fitted to it aswell?!
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Was the TV fitted to it aswell?!

Well that was free with loads of other stuff too soft tops for a triumph jack leather jacket solicitor case file full set of mats t
Jack for a stag 8 ski racks for Sisley spare dash speakers mice snails pens pencils keys sweets lighter Triumph parts list triumph workshop manual house key for an address in France to keys for an aero vac whatever !!!
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Magenta now stripped down and on the spit. Chopped out some rot
Assessed the repairs
Absolutely no body rot all floor pan work brilliant
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ID:	183107 can't believe these sills the other Sisley had rotten sills and intact inners rotten body panels roof line door tops door bottoms sill tops but perfect leaf supports and inner arches !!!
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Proper job that Steve.
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Full strip then rebuild that way we will find all the pitfalls first
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Proper job that Steve.

As above
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Decided on trailing arms for this one just got make a decision on the axel connection type
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Chopping out the rotClick image for larger version

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The inner sill and floor pan had rotted away on the near side
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Gas just ran out
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The first 45 cm of sill complete
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Running total hrs now spent since putting her in the workshop
23 hrs.
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Well few more hours have passed both sill now complete rear hanger boxes rebuilt now closing Down the floor pan under the rear seat . Photos to follow. 28 hrs. Now !!
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Update on progress welding now 95% complete just a couple of inside patches to complete 1 hour or so. Click image for larger version

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Now trying to set up albeit temporary the swinging arms
Either 3 link or 4 link with a panard rod positions of springs either directly over the bump stops or slightly forward this would give more travel
Proposing to use the front springs. As a bench mark (keeping it fiat ) collapsed length of 150 extending to 355
This may not be sufficient
Longer tie rods going to the centre cross member would allow fuller articulation problems noted are the true will come in contact sooner against the triple seam in the wheel arch to over come this it may be best to have a panhard rod resulting in the axle moving sideways like a pendulum Click image for larger version

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31 hours now
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