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    #76
    Just picked up my bits from powder coating. Absolutely stunning. I won't list them as you can see from the pic. Cost was only 450 for blasting and powder coating. Cheap I think when you consider the cost of aerosol paint at around 14 a tin and the work involved in cleaning and preparation. I addition my rear suspension components were coated with the original Dinitrol rust preventative which is a nightmare to remove even with blasting.

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    John
    1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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      #77
      Youve had a lot done there,ive got my diff extension and drive shafts being done
      73 mk 1/2 now gone to the dark side BLUE

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        #78
        Originally posted by JOHNS View Post
        Just picked up my bits from powder coating. Absolutely stunning. I won't list them as you can see from the pic. Cost was only 450 for blasting and powder coating. Cheap I think when you consider the cost of aerosol paint at around 14 a tin and the work involved in cleaning and preparation. I addition my rear suspension components were coated with the original Dinitrol rust preventative which is a nightmare to remove even with blasting.

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        That looks like my attic!!

        Terry
        Terry Hunt, Wilmington Delaware

        www.terryhunt.co.uk

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          #79
          Update ust in case you thought my restoration had stalled. Front and rear suspension progressing as I want the car back on 4 wheels ASAP. I have still to fit the front crossmember but before that I want to complete the engine bay bulkhead hydraulics and electrics. Have spent hours checking and testing wiring harnesses before rewrapping them. I liked the idea that Terry had whereby he assembled as much of the harnesses as possible and tested the systems prior to reinstalling dash and console. It doesn't seem to matter how many photographs you take at the dismantling stage there is always something you miss. I am fortunate that I have a friend with a very original two owner car that I can use for reference. A few progress pics attached. Blue marks on bolt heads on the rear of the front hubs indicate that bolts have been torqued.

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          John
          1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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            #80
            Originally posted by JOHNS View Post
            Just stripped the rear half shafts from the swinging arms that are going for powder coating. Pleasant surprise. Hub and brake back plate removed easily and all studs intact. Not a lot of material on the arm for helicoiling. Powder coating guy told me to leave the studs and he will protect.
            The finished products look great. Out of curiosity, did you do any prep'ing / masking up yourself or left it to the powder coating guy same as the studs? Just thinking about areas like the hub spindles, bush holes on steering arms etc etc.

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              #81
              I masked off areas that were not to be powder coated with duck tape to show the guy. I assume he removed it after applying the powder as powder coating is baked at 130 deg. Areas like bush holes etc were coated with a copper type grease which prevents the coating hardening. It then just scraped off after the process was complete
              John
              1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                #82
                Rear end ready for installation. New nuts and bolts, bearings, seals and UJ's.

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                John
                1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                  #83
                  Just thought I would add a pic of the rear end when I removed it from the car.

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                  John
                  1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                    #84
                    Received some of the re-upholsterd trim yesterday. Cream leather with dark green piping. Looks stunning. Can't wait ti fit it.

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                    John
                    1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                      #85
                      Ready to install rear subframe tomorrow. Using engine hoist to pick up and transfer to gearbox jack.

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                      John
                      1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                        #86
                        Rear subframe all fitted. Took just over an hour with two people. Lifted it onto a gearbox jack with the engine hoist then rolled it into portion and jacked up.
                        Pics below.

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                        John
                        1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                          #87
                          Looking really good, you’re doing an amazing job!
                          Mike

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                            #88
                            Expenditure just about complete. However serious expenditure. I will reveal all one day. At least when I started the car owed me nothing. It's quite choking when you see 80's Fords selling for mega bucks and we seem to be stuck at ridiculously low prices.
                            John
                            1978 Stag Brooklands Green

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                              #89
                              choking when you see 80's Fords selling for mega bucks and we seem to be stuck at ridiculously low prices.

                              Agree on that - while I love Capri's, Escort's etc., it is hard to believe that a car as beautiful and unique as the Stag can be so low valued - a pity...
                              Mike

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                                #90
                                When it's finished, please may I have your workshop?!

                                I'd be interested to know the price and size of that to be honest. There's a space here that has "workshop" written all over it, except my wife spells it very differently.

                                David.

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