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1988-2007 PHOTOS; Below...

JULY-1988;
Car as originally purchased by Terry.
(complete with blown 12A engine & minor front-right impact etc).

 

Notice the upper firewall plate where it joins the cowling? Rust ground out & sealed with PA-10 rust surface etch sealer (red).

Also; Car previously resprayed with black-acylic over top of original 'Bronze Enamel' - Oh dear, Big No..No!! as was exhibiting 'Crazy-Crack' on boot & roof surfaces.

 

JANUARY-1989;
Old black acrylic ground off as it exhibitted 'Crazy-Crack' - due due paint incompatability (by previous owner). Paint stripped back to original 'Enamel' surface & beyond, plus some minor body repairs, then sealed with 4-Litres of epoxy (2-pack) white.

DECEMBER-1990;
Gets a new paint-job (Dulon; Metallic Blue)

MARCH-1990..MARCH-2008;
Car retired to garage for 18 years, gathering dust.
 

 
 

MARCH-2008; Car finally taken out of retirement, then...
OFF TO PANEL-SHOP - FOR SURGERY, UNDER GUIDANCE OF A REGISTERED CERTIFIER ENGINEER.
Notice the rust holes (very common) in 'A-Pillars'. The Firewal-Cowl-Plate erea also removed for surgery.

 

APRIL-2008;
TO THE ACID STRIPPERS - BACK TO BARE STEEL THROUGHOUT.
The car gets all rust & paint & crud dissolved!

 
 

MAY...JULY-2008;
SURGERY TO CAR AFTER BEING DAMAGED DURING ACID STRIP PROCESS:
The strippers damaged the upper roof & pillar sections when lifting the car up via straps instead of proper frame brackets (A, C upper pillars damged & roof distorted so bad that it seperated from it's center frame) - Gutted!!##!.

Rear-L Section OK

Mid Front WScreen gutter Distortion

R-Upper- Distortion

 Inner Roof Seperation

Damage to: R-Front A-Pillar, R-Rear C-Pillar

R-Upper Distortion & Upper Roof  BULGE!

Mid Rear WScreen gutter Distortion

 

AUG...OCT-2008;
MORE SURGERY TO CAR AFTER ROOF REPAIRS.
The car reveals all - especially after all the paint & previous bog removed by the ACID STRIP!

Minor pinholes only require metal braising.

Door lowers sections reskinned.

Lower-R; Sill Outer removed & discarded

Lower-R; Pillar-B cover section removed for repair. 

C-Pillar Sill: Rear-Guard End re-plated to certifier specification.

 Inner Shell -MINT!

 Upper firewal cowl plate & wscreen channel resectioned to certifier specification.

Lower-R; Sill Inner surface rust cleaned to certifier spec'.

 B-Pillar Sill : Lower frame re-plated to certifier spec'.

 

Right Rear Quarter to undergo a section rebuild.  

 L-Front door re-skinned.

W.I.P on left side, rear door re-skinned & metal etched.

Lower-R; Pillar-A repair to certifier spec'.

Lower-R; Pillar-C repair to certifier spec'. 

 Front Nose Section Mint.

R-Front door: Another look at door reskin.

 R-Hand lower sill replaced to certifier spec'.

Lower-R; Pillar-B cleaned up & ready for re-attachment to certifier spec'. 

NOV..DEC 2008;
BACK FROM PANEL-SHOP - TERRY CONTINUES WITH METAL PRESERVATION & PANEL FIT STAGES.
Notice the metal etch is removed back to bare steel again prior to application of the EPOXY PRIMER!!

NOTICE; The inner roof has been repaired? NO Bulge in middle & supported back to center box section (The roof had been subjected t ovigorous SHRINKING via heat & a shrinking hammer) - VERY NICE JOB INDEED, THANKS GLEN EDEN PANELBEATERS!

JANUARY-2009;
Replated undercarriage - ADDS A UNIQUE DIMENSION to the care taken during the metal preservation process (NOT An Overstatement, BUT MERELY A MINOR STAMENT OF EFFORT & consideration during the RESTORATION PROEEDURE)

JANUARY-24, 2009;
Terry's RX3 featured in the NewZealand 4 & Rotary Nationals Show.