Stewart has tacked in the new n/s front
floor pan, and this will be finished shortly. Once this
has been done, the drivers front floorpan will be cut
out and repaired, and then the rear part of the floor
has some holes to repair.
Then its a quick check all over to find any areas missing,
and then its a question of getting the car ready to
28th November 2004
I've finally finished my task of removing
all the old underseal. The shot blasting process removed
some, but was ineffective in many areas, especially
the wheelarch areas which were thickly sprayed with
sealant. The easiest way was to use a hot air gun and
a scraper to remove the worst, and then a sanding disc
mounting in an electric drill to clean up the remnants.
15th November 2004
ITEMS FOR SALE
Front wings, rear wings, bumpers, bonnets etc.,
Made from high quality GRP with good gelcoat finish.
Lightweight version for fast road / race / rally available.
Will ship worldwide...
15th November 2004
More work around radiator duct and headlamp
13th November 2004
Scrape underseal from one of the wheelarches.
Just one left to do now...
12th November 2004
Some side panels have been made for the
radiator ducting. More work around the headlamp hinge
area and nearside headlamp
9th November 2004
Some progress over the last few days.
Firstly the offside headlamp has been finished, as
has the offside section of the front bumper mounting
beam. There is less to do to the nearside headlamp mountings,
but there is a knock in the crossbeam behind the bumper
The plan is to modify the radiator housing to duct
hot air out and over the car, in the same way that an
037, Stratos, Ford GT40 or Lotus Elise does. To do this,
the radiator duct which normally forces air down and
under was cut along the top edge and the two side edges.
This was then pushed back by about 30 degrees to create
a duct forcing the air up. Some new side panels will
be made and an extension to bring the new section up
to bonnet height will be made.
The bonnet will have an exit duct cut into the outer
skin, and protected either mesh or a louvres.
There was some rot in the upper crossbeam between the
headlamps, where the bonnet hinges would normally mount.
A section is being cut out, and a new section will be
welded in place.
All this couldn't be done without the help from Stewart,
who has been helping me with the welding and body repairs.
I also found a brochure for a 037 replica which I would
like to find more information on. Its called the "Rallye
Junior" and was made in Scotland, Livingston in
West Lothian to be precise. The name on the back is
Russell-Kerr Products and the brochure is a 4 page A4
2nd November 2004
There are a number of very interesting,
non standard Montecarlos being finished off. I'd love
to hear about them. Send me details!
2nd November 2004
Finish repairs to offside headlamp area
and work along front edge of car.
A pair of vgc rear brake calipers arrive.
I've ordered some new rear wings, a new front bumper
and some other parts
Repairs to offside headlamp panels
31st October 2004
Spend time underneath car with hot air
gun and a scraper. All the underside, apart from some
areas in each wheelarch and a small area behind the
radiator are now devoid of underseal.
26th October 2004
More bodywork... Drivers side floor pan
may be cut out this evening.
Have located a pair of rear brake calipers
24th October 2004
I continue to remove the underseal. I
found that a hot air gun and a scraper works quite well,
and then a sanding disc in a drill gets the residue
The exposed metal has been treated to stop corrossion
starting. I also vacuumed out the bottom of the A-pillers
which had about 3 inches of sand in them - a result
of the sand blasting process, and also from the central
undercar duct and the area that the steering column
Next week I will be having a pair of rear wings made
and a new front bumper.
23rd October 2004
The front end of the nearside sill received
some further attention, and the front passenger floorpan
has been cut out.
20th October 2004
Repairs continue to offside side. Meanwhile
using a hot air gun I start removing stubburn underseal
from the nearside front inner wheelarch.
Have to make a final decision on colour scheme shortly.
So, is it:
a) Martini colour scheme
b) Montecarlo turbo swirly livery
c) something else...?>
19th October 2004
Repairs continue to offside sill, mainly
at the front edge.
14th October 2004
kit arrives. Have temporarily refitted the GRP wings,
and very temporarily (with duct tape) attached the new
extension panels. I obtained these from Omicron (www.omicron.uk.com)
11th-12th October 2004
More repairs to
rear crossmember, also repairs to offside. Still to
do: front floor pans, LH & RH, o/s sill, below the
headlamps and around the radiator.
7th October 2004
Make some repairs
to the rear crossmember, and finish making some sill
4th October 2004 & 5th October 2004
to grotty bits of bodywork
3rd October 2004
I spent the afternoon
dressing less than neat welds that were done last time
this car had any bodywork done. Am using an angle grinder
for this. I also spent a long time getting rid of old
underseal that the blast cleaning process missed. A
heat gun and scraper worked well for this, as did an
abrasive disk held in an electric drill.
2nd October 2004
More welding. Working
around from the rear down the passenger side.
1st October 2004
Repairs start to
the shell. First area to be cut out and replaced is
the LH side of the shelf over the exhaust.