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I still haven't got to the rollers, I haven't had a chance to even get the car out of the garage since October. I honestly thought you would paint the cover to keep the mostly OEM look..
 

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I don't do this often, especially in a thread, but I do like a shiny thing and wondered if either you or Mr Drew find this as tempting as I would (if I didn't have a 1.7 diesel)

Sorry for the interrupt. My sad searching of all things Corsa rears its head. Simply typing "cease and desist" will make sure it never happens again. I suppose decat is a dead dog now, but for more track-orientated cars maybe... again, apols if this is getting in the way of a good thread.
 

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I still haven't got to the rollers, I haven't had a chance to even get the car out of the garage since October. I honestly thought you would paint the cover to keep the mostly OEM look..
That's understandable, you want to get it running well first to make final tweaks i guess knowing that (hopefully) you wont have to go back again?! Do you like the carbon look though?

No, I am another +1 on the cover look. Especially as it's only visible if you go looking for it.
I like the carbon, are you saying you would prefer painted?

I don't do this often, especially in a thread, but I do like a shiny thing and wondered if either you or Mr Drew find this as tempting as I would (if I didn't have a 1.7 diesel)

Sorry for the interrupt. My sad searching of all things Corsa rears its head. Simply typing "cease and desist" will make sure it never happens again. I suppose decat is a dead dog now, but for more track-orientated cars maybe... again, apols if this is getting in the way of a good thread.
Unsure what you are saying exactly? Yes for the price its probably worth it, but these are short manifolds and dont really do much for power other than making the car loud. Also remember they are made using cheap quality stainless that could crack.

I used to have a stainless 4-2-1 manifold before i went turbo...
 

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I like the carbon look exactly as it is, not painted. My comment was that it's even better in a place that you'd have to be looking for it, much classier than showy carbon pieces like, I dunno, wing mirror covers. No offense or "I tell you what I'd do" stuff intended.

Similarly, the manifold was just an "ooh, shiny" post. I used to have an X1/9 that rotted its underbody exhaust bits every other year and I thought that bit of stainless looked flashy. I had no idea they are a dud.
 

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Hi All,

I cant believe its been getting on for six months since i last posted an update...

I've been busy, no 'modifications' as such, more of a restoration..

I've been keeping my instagram up to date, so please feel free to follow: @nathandrury123

I will let the pictures do the talking:

Stripping - all running gear removed:
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Parts off to powder coating:
20200313_094222 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr
 

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before:
20200408_102717 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Wire wheeled, and hammerite'd these:
20200408_102648 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Shiney deliveries!
20200412_140823 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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Back to the rust:
20200419_094638 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200419_100537 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

And then i decided to remove yet more parts...
20200419_121022 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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20200419_133936 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

I spent a lot of time with this!
20200420_100150 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Loctite Rust Remedy is applied on the bare metal
20200420_100629 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200420_101854 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200420_101857 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

And then etch primer applied - i went with Lechler 2k etch primer - great product!
20200420_122403 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Applied five coats to all areas where i removed rust:
20200420_122436 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Before:
20200426_110308 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

After:
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20200507_102137 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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After Etch Priming, i decided to birthday the rear brake calipers:
20200510_111438 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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20200510_121240 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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20200516_115636 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Treated some rust here too:
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So, this takes me to washing the car again, the masking it up, this took way longer than i expected!
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20200608_154305 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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20200609_192527 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

All the products used - so pleased i borrowed a compressor to apply it!
20200610_124638 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

The big reveal - and that scary moment to ensure i masked up properly!
20200610_132230 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

doors treated too:
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20200610_150213 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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I then went further down the rabbit hole - zinc plated bolts!
20200616_233952 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200616_234040 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

sand blasted, etch primered and VHT painted heatshield, and powder coated tank straps:
20200619_204029 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

brake lines, and fuel lines refitted with new clips:
20200619_204058 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200620_194959 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr


Now i have like new rear calipers, i had to do the carriers, blasted, primered and painted too:
20200620_141209 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr
 

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Let the re-assembly begin:
20200626_154916 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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Made a neat tool to help support/ protect the beam:
20200626_160702 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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Yes, i will replace the suspension soon...
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20200626_200646 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Then i figured i couldn't just re-fit grubby knuckles, so wire wheeled, etch primered and painted with wrinkle paint:
20200703_174948 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200703_174952 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200703_202019 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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On to subframe fitting:
20200704_113810 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

cleaned up and painted the track rods too, before fitting new track rod ends
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Had more parts zinc plated!
20200709_222612 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

New (old) rear heatshield obtained from local scrappy, and cleaned up, along with my original centre one:
20200710_101436 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

New bushes fitted
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So, to fit the rear heatshield, i had to tackle snapped bolts...
20200715_084617 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200715_084659 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Drilled, tapped, and M6 zinc plated bolts fitted:
20200715_091404 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

New handbrake cable fitted too (of course)
20200716_092515 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Downpipe re-wrapped:
20200717_121815 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

and painted with extra VHT exhaust paint/ sealant:
20200717_122539 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr
 

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Exhaust re-fitted with cat, for MoT
20200717_161120 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

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then, onto my 'new and improved' rear ARB drop links:
20200717_161636 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200718_121937 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Then, to give the front brake calipers some TLC, disassembled, sliders cleaned and refitted, and then to tackle the paint that flaked:
20200719_092825 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Et voila:
20200719_120216 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

And back on its wheels!
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FRESH!
20200719_134307 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

Catch can fitted - previously the cam cover just had a long pipe that venter down the back of the engine, after spending days scrubbing the oil residue off the underside of the car... This is necessary!
20200723_090540 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

misalignment spacers fitted:
20200723_091249 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

the finished article - three months in total it took!
20200724_170017 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200724_170047 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

MoT time
20200730_085718 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

and then - alignment time:
20200731_150856 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

this just shows how anal i've become, bolt cut down, re-zinc plated and refitted:
20200815_114058 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200815_114102 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

20200815_115154 by Nathan Drury, on Flickr

I must admit, it was a very 'taxing' job, and im pleased its done! So chuffed with the results
 

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I thought you'd gone a bit quiet but that, in fairness, is a lot of update. Car must be good for another two decades now - almost makes you want to drive it upside-down.
 

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I thought you'd gone a bit quiet but that, in fairness, is a lot of update. Car must be good for another two decades now - almost makes you want to drive it upside-down.
Thanks buddy! It's no trailer queen, but i certainly plan to look after it a bit more now! Hence the catch can - i will be making a custom one, as the current one has an inlet that's too small.

Looking good!
Some effort gone in there with that work, makes me want to do my Red shed.
You should do, as you've had it for ages, and spent a lot of time and money on it! I must admit though, on axle stands its a truly horrible job! Totally worth it though
 

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My brother gave his 05 Sri a once over the other week and it's corroded in all the same places, So was Cecil when I was hacking lumps out of him. Kudos for attacking it on axle stands.
 
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