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now you just found a good use for that cheap manky old oil you bought the other day, rather than put it in your chip fryer, spray it all over the bottom of the car to protect it from the rust lol

in al seriousness though, hard to tell from the photos as your close up, but it looks like you've cleaned off the zeebart, that was actually put there to protect it

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It’s true, I have, is that a bad thing?
I want to see in the short term if that gearbox rear seal is leaking or not? It looks like it has been & then oil gets onto the prop shaft & sprays up making it look worse than it is....I do have plans to remove prop shaft. You saying put oil where I’ve cleaned?! 😂🤔

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If it is indeed Zeebart treated then yes it is a bad thing! Back in the day Zeebart was the 'gold standard' in rust prevention, it is a wax based product that was injected via spray into cavities and onto panels subject to damp / moisture. These cars all leaked oil to a greater or lesser degree even before their 1st birthdays - the odd drip sprays a long way when blasted by 70mph air! Cars this old cannot be treated like or expect to behave like modern cars, they leak, squeek, rattle, judder, wander, brake badly and use fuel like its going out of fashion - that is what they do, just accept it as little you can do, will change it!

Oh and btw - what is '...small 👣' as this seems to appear at the end of your messages and doesn't mean anything?

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Thanks for this, I don’t know if it was zeebart but the car does have the blanking plugs in sills, doors & cavities to be removed allowing access for the spray gun nozzle & evidence of said spraying all inside/underneath the car, perhaps that’s y Daisy ‘ain’t too bad overall’ for her 48 years.......small 👣 (It just means no major work, just a small improvement.....small steps forward) 👍

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Nice1, Between prop UJ & seal location its corrosion - I did try to undo the prop shaft bolts the other day but they are super tight & wouldn’t budge, I decided I need to tackle that wen the car can be off the road for a bit! 😀

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No more chrome 😳 it’s only original once!
Daisy the 1300GT was born with chrome sill covers, chrome around the windows, dazzling hub cap surrounds & chrome boot frame. They are now weathered, worn & dented & have caused corrosion so I’ve removed them & today she went to the welder.
Good or bad? What you say 🤔

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1 hour ago, Huge said:

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I'm no professional welder but seriously - earth clamp on to painted / rusty panel? And using 'empty' Calor Gas tanks as a bench - Health & Safety would have a field day in this place. What is he doing for you exactly? Surely you grind back the rot to see what you are dealing with / extent of the rot, patch in new metal then weld and fill holes?

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Huge said:

No more chrome 😳 it’s only original once!
Daisy the 1300GT was born with chrome sill covers, chrome around the windows, dazzling hub cap surrounds & chrome boot frame. They are now weathered, worn & dented & have caused corrosion so I’ve removed them & today she went to the welder.
Good or bad? What you say 🤔

 

I don't blame you. Sometimes it is simply not feasible to keep it 100% original. Look at those Hockey pucks Ray posted above, OK they are brand new, but they are Already at £248 with 8 days left on the auction, it's crazy! It's not even like this is the way it will be forever. If you decide in five years time you want the chrome back, it's not an issue to just re-drill the holes. and put them back on.

I own Daisy's ever so slightly older sister, a yellow 72 1300gt. It also has no chrome on the boot lid, and no one so far has ever complained or even mentioned it 👍.

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Katana has a good point there Greg, and forgetting every H&S bit, that boot needs sandblasting

but the way hes carrying on, anything you have in there wont be long before its up in smoke along with him

 

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3 hours ago, Ray said:

whist agreed they are corrosion traps, they are part of the GTs markings, now you have a leopard without any spots

you need these Greg    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Old-Stock-Mk1-Escort-Hockey-Sticks/133482544586?hash=item1f142dfdca%3Ag%3AZh8AAOSwjT5fAPgt&fbclid=IwAR2YFL7h0PwiGhwQdtpJx4hRMsYQwutQuEwlLG-dET006Ody2ZJjpZbehB4

That’d be a Tiger then? Heyyyyyyy Daisy’s a Tiger 👍 And that’s a very kind offer Ray but no thanks! 😂

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1 hour ago, katana said:

 

I agree wow! thankfully my visit was around 20 minutes for the boot hole surrounds to get ground back to bare metal and then MIG filled & the excess ground off for £20, I wanted to test his work & the result b4 I let him loose on the door/rear window surrounds tbh he’s done a good job......small 👣

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Today (b4 the welder) Daisy passed her MOT with x1 advisory (Minor leak of exhaust gases from exhaust manifold)

This is fantastic news & just like ‘you all’ have said there’s a huge difference between MOT welding & restoration needs. I wanted an independent assessment on Daisy as safety & the car being roadworthy is of paramount importance to me, now I can continue with carrying out ‘running repairs’ whilst planning bigger projects thro the coming winter. 

Thanks to you all in OSF who have helped me prepare Daisy it is b’cos of your help knowledge & experience that this has happened 😁👍

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Today remove (never done this) check & if poss overhaul Starter Motor for 2 reasons theres a ‘clicking sound’ coming from the engine & t’other day engine turned over but didn’t engage starter so she had the hammer treatment ......

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A clicking sound 'from the engine' (not really specific that one LOL!) but allied to the other problem - how does engine turn over if starter doesn't engage btw? and i'd suspect either a dead starter motor or frozen bendix - they do accumulate crap over the years, so upending the unit and soaking in petrol / paraffin / diesel for an hour with some toothbrush scrubbing action thrown it usually cures it!

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