Meet Honey.

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Meet Honey.

Postby Kraken » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:50 pm

So I bought Honey from forum member Baz last year (pictures here: viewtopic.php?f=309&t=24524)
We named her Honey after the paint colour, and it rhymes with our Capri - Sonny (also named after the paint colour, Solar Gold - yes we have a thing for gold cars).

We picked her up on the 13th March and trailered her to my brother's farm where she was stored in a barn. A couple of months later my brother built a brick wall in the middle of the barn to split it in two so he could rent half out, leaving Honey bricked in with no way out. Then almost a year later my brother installed a garage door and we took her out to see the light of day again! We towed her back to mine, where she has sat for the last 2 weeks.

Here she is on arrival:
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And after a quick power wash:
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Clutch seemed to be seized but we freed that up pretty quickly, just starting in gear a few times freed it off.
We couldn't get her to start properly and thought the fuel maybe wasn't getting through, so we disconnected the fuel pump and started her (with a fair bit of easy-start) from a funnel-full of petrol directly into the carb. Then we saw petrol spraying everywhere - turns out the fuel pump does work!
Today we re-connected the fuel pump and had her running on 2 or 3 cylinders. She sounds a like a cross between a motorbike and a tractor, I like it!
Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a54IFvI ... e=youtu.be

Interior was a bugger to remove. Had to grind off seat bracket bolts, and it seemed that every screw was hard work, hitting with a hammer, 1/4, hammering again... etc. Here's how the inside is looking now:
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After taking out the rear seats we found her name written on her:
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Today I removed some of the front end stuff, grille, bumper and lights. Here's how she looks now:
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The eagle eyed among you may have noticed the teeny weeny holes in the inner wings...

So to sum up.... welding, welding, welding!

Boot floor (left and right sides), rear suspension turrets, rear seatbelt mounts, rear inner sills, footwells, front n/s door, inner wings, inner wings, inner wings, front valance, front outer wings, and bootlid/bonnet?

And probably more welding that I can't remember just now...

Lots more pictures on Photobucket although there are lots of uninteresting reference photos:
http://s1266.photobucket.com/user/whoomit/library/Honey

Next job is remove front wings and engine, and get welding in the bay! Any tips on removing wings?
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Re: Meet Honey.

Postby chrismc » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:16 am

Looking forward to this build.
Lots of work ahead. :o . But doable. :D

Usual rot in the floors but not bad really. What are the chassis rails like?

I would be looking for a decent pair of inner wings.

Good luck :goodluck:
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Re: Meet Honey.

Postby pbottomley » Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:34 am

Good God is this still alive!! I thought it was due for the chop about 10 years ago :shock:

Good on you and enjoy
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Re: Meet Honey.

Postby Kraken » Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:27 pm

chrismc wrote:Looking forward to this build.
Lots of work ahead. :o . But doable. :D

Usual rot in the floors but not bad really. What are the chassis rails like?

I would be looking for a decent pair of inner wings.

Good luck :goodluck:

Yeah, plenty of work! I don't think she'll ever be immaculate. Currently toying with the idea of keeping all the battle scars. Underneath generall looks pretty good from what I've seen, but I'm sure there'll be some surprised alon the way :) I've got a full set of inner wing repair panels. Need to look them out and see if it's doable with just them.


pbottomley wrote:Good God is this still alive!! I thought it was due for the chop about 10 years ago :shock:

Good on you and enjoy

Now now, plenty of life in there yet!

Anybody know if the front wing headlamp area repair panels are still available anywhere? Or is it easy enough to modify mk1 Escort ones?
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Re: Meet Honey.

Postby B2AUDI80 » Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:29 pm

Nice project, same colour as my own


Sent you a pm I've a couple of sections may suit that I no longer need now
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Re: Meet Honey.

Postby Kraken » Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:39 pm

^ Thanks Willie.

Not much progress as I've not been staying at home this week. Driver's side wing is almost off, just attached at the door pillar (presumably spot-welds?). Been working on getting the hinge pins out. Quickly made up a tool using a channel from a scrap window regulator but that wasn't strong enough. Made a new one out of a scrap Morris (?) leaf spring today, but just as I was starting to use it the snow came on...

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Bottom pin is still going to be awkward because I'll have to hammer up the way, and there's not a great deal of room inside the car to do that... Is anybody aware of suitable hollow pins to make future removal easier?
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Re: Meet Honey.

Postby 1972nail » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:17 pm

The original pins are the same diameter as a pushrod, whatever that is....somewehere around 7 mm
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Re: Meet Honey.

Postby Kraken » Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:23 pm

Attempts to whack the pins out with the above tool proved fruitless. Considering a tool working on the principle of a spring compressor? Attach a jaw to each pin, and as you tighten the tool it should pull one pin out whilst anchored to the other. Once the first pin is out, replace with a nut & bolt to anchor to, and pull out the second pin?
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Re: Meet Honey.

Postby rizzo » Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:51 pm

Kraken wrote:Attempts to whack the pins out with the above tool proved fruitless. Considering a tool working on the principle of a spring compressor? Attach a jaw to each pin, and as you tighten the tool it should pull one pin out whilst anchored to the other. Once the first pin is out, replace with a nut & bolt to anchor to, and pull out the second pin?


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Re: Meet Honey.

Postby Kraken » Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:12 pm

Finished my pin pulled last night. Tried to hav a go with it but it was way too dark to see what I was doing.
I have it a go just now and the top pin appears to be moving. Will need a second pair of hands though as it's far too windy just now to play with a door by myself.

I'll post up pictures of my contraption for others to see.
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