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  • Birthday 04/22/1998

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    Almonte, Ontario
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    '74 260Z, '82 Lada Niva, 1991 Volvo 240

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  1. Picking away at little jobs on the niva today. Got the inner arch repair panel all seam sealed and painted the inside: And did some careful initial cuts to figure out how much I'm going to chop out of the rear wheelarch. The inner arch flange rusting is a pain, but nothing I can't solve. Not sure yet if I'll remake the factory 90deg bend and slot-welded connection, or just remake the inner vertical bit and stitch-weld it to the (repaired) outer skin like I did with my Z - that would make it easier to trim for tire clearance in the future if desired and should also be less prone to rusting again than the 'two-layers-sandwiched-on-each-other' stock method that seems to always result in rust in every car eventually.
  2. it took a bit of cutting/grinding, but indeed not much lol. Got the new piece made and in yesterday. The template will be handy for the other side when i inevitably have rust there too. Now just to decide what to do about the brace piece (may make something on the inside-the-car side, possibly)
  3. I have been rather lucky to end up with some neat stuff over the years 🙂 . Just need a rally-spec 510 for a year-round daily driver now haha. --------------------------------- More progress today, got the driver's side footwell painted so I can put the carpet etc back in soon: And dug into the rust behind the wheelarch brace piece thingy. Was worse than I'd hoped but about as I'd expected. the reinforcing "rib" in it acted like a moisture trap I suppose, and all went downhill from there. Really bad design IMO, I may abandon my plan to re-create a replacement panel and instead try to add some bracing to the inside (in the cargo area) as it'll not see water there and shouldn't repeat what happened here. I'll get to chopping and patching next time.
  4. On to the door today. Cut out the bad section of outer skin: Made up a 180deg flange, and welded it on. I realized as I went that the door has a bit of a bulge along its length; I could have pulled the piece that I'd made off but I didn't think I'd be able to get it perfect anyway so I opted to weld it on as is and will give it a skim of filler to smooth it out later. Seam-sealed the inside lip too, and then gave it some paint (pic after paint was terrible so didn't include): On to the rear wheel arch and the brace panel inside the inner wheelarch.
  5. Got the fender repair all done today, and threw some paint on the rocker to see how it'll look. I'll be going over all the imperfections from welding with a skim coat of filler of course. Rattlecan paint i found isn't perfect, but good enough for now so the car ends up being all blue instead of primer everywhere. SHe'll get professionally painted eventually, but for now, getting it on the road is the goal. Onwards to the little bit of work the door needs and the rear wheel arch.
  6. It's nowhere near as bad as the Z was happily, I'm making steady progress 🙂 . ------------------------- Decided to get the front fender patch mostly on today. Didn't do the top seam yet as it'll need a bit of tweaking to sit right by the wheelarch and I didn't feel like it today. figured out what I needed to cut: Welded: And cleaned up. Body line/crease isn't perfectly alignes, but good enough for me (I sure wasn't about to modify the new panel to adjust it, and that would be what would have to happen) and I honestly doubt it was amazing from the factory given some of the other craftsmanship I've seen on this car haha. I'll do the top edge and final finishing of the panel another day, and then this corner of the car is fully done as far as metalwork.
  7. Haven't updated this thread in a while, but have been tinkering away on the bike. Rewired all of the brake light circuit so it all works, did a LED headlight conversion, and purchased a CT200 (the bike before the ct90) center stand and boot brake pedal and modified it to work on the 90 (the 200 assembly was FAR cheaper on ebay than 90 specific stuff and it only required me to lengthen the legs of the stand and some other misc.). Finally got around to pulling the head off again the other day to diagnose/fix the oil leak that the bike has had for a while now. Can you spot the issue lol? [/url] Somehow the headgasket dropped down a bit last time the head was installed, whoops. These CTs are unkillable though, other than the oil leak (HG sandwiched between head and barrel let oil leak from the chain passage) the bike ran perfectly, started first time, etc. if it wasn't for the oil leak I'd never have pulled it apart. Happily i had a new one from the gasket set I ordered when I pulled the head off the first time. I didn't use it then as the OD was slightly too large for some reason, but 5 minutes with a file and scotchbrite pad on the copper gasket fixed that right up. While it was off, I added a horizontal brace piece to the tube uprights of the skidplate, should make it more resilient to smacking something from below and then bending these outwards. And with that it's pretty much ready to go get a safety inspection and license plates whenever I get around to that (probably spring). Rolled it outside this evening to have a look at the effectiveness of the LED headlight:
  8. Hmm, that is good to know! Something to try out whenever I next make an exhaust I suppose, would be neat to experiment with. --------------------- New fan clutch showed up, so swapped that out. Old one was locked up solid (aka fan always matching engine rpm), but at some point after I parked it for the winter it seems to have freed up and started leaking out of the center seal. All the more reason to replace. New one is from Aisin.
  9. Ok, more Niva work today 🙂 . Finished up boxing in the inner rocker section; made the front cap, inner wall, and a threaded mount for the lower hole in the splashguard. Aimed for strength versus factory-correctness as all of this repair will be hidden, made everything from 16ga so should be nice and beefy. Next up will be the fender repair, and then this corner of the car will be 100% done as far as metalwork goes. From there, bottom edge of the door, and then the rear wheelarch.
  10. Tinkering away at little projects, made some interior doorhandles yesterday. Nothing fancy but will do the job just fine till I eventually get door cards etc. A lot better than pulling on the inner door structure to close it lol.
  11. Thanks all! I'm going to give the magnaflow a go and if I don't like it with this setup I can save it for another project. And yeah slowlearner, full agreement there. Loud is fun in the short term but I want to comfortably drive this everywhere and anywhere as much as I can without it being obnoxious, so a bit quieter is for the best.
  12. More progress! Inner rocker section welded in, and jack point + subframe outrigger on top of that. Next up will be to box the rest of the inner rocker in, then on to the front fender repair.
  13. It's nice to finally be getting back at it 🙂 . Started with some small stuff today. Got the d/s rear jack point all welded in. The jack lifts the car up without the jack point crushing up into the rocker now, which is a great success compared to the previous rusty mess. And got the inner rocker replacement section cut to size and mocked up. It won't be going on for a little while yet, but once I chop off the fender section to re-do I won't have any point of reference as to how far forward the leading edge of the inner rocker should be, so had to get this part out of the way. Next up, a bunch of chopping and grinding, then I can start welding on the new bits.
  14. Yep! 2.5" resonator and then the exhaust goes up to 3" and there's the muffler (although tbh the current muffler is probably more a 2nd resonator than a muffler haha).
  15. Now that the Z is done (well, no project is ever truly done, but y'know) and my motorcycle only needs 1 little thing for it to be road legal come the spring, I figure I should finally get off my ass this winter and try to get the Niva on the road. Dug out all the metal needed to compete the driver's side. I'll be re-doing the half completed front fender repair; it was the very first welding job i really ever did and, well, it's not great as far as fitment or weld quality. I also put it on first for some reason, when it would make sense to do the inner rocker, middle brace piece, frame outrigger, and jack point first for easier access, so all the more reason to pull it off and go again. Work will begin soon 🙂 .
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