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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar 2017, 18:09 
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Plans for a little bit of lowering or do you want to keep it practical for loading?

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PostPosted: Mon 20 Mar 2017, 19:33 
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paulusvrotius1 wrote:
Plans for a little bit of lowering or do you want to keep it practical for loading?


Howzit Paul,

I would be happy with 2-3 inches front and rear, visually but that will impair the practical side.

So it needs to stay like this.

The other thing is that it just adds costs and hassle to the whole ownership thing.

The rears are apparently easy to drop, if you do not have a rusted one, and the fronts take 307 units to drop.

Both options cost money and hassle.....
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I thought that might be the case. The real Chevy still awaits. :mrgreen:
I like what you have done with the wheels, looks good.

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paulusvrotius1 wrote:
I thought that might be the case. The real Chevy still awaits. :mrgreen:
I like what you have done with the wheels, looks good.


Totally.

Wheels made me smile.


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PostPosted: Tue 21 Mar 2017, 23:32 
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Question time.

This has bugged me from day one.

Obviously a replacement unit from a breakers yard. Keep in mind, this is a 16 year old car so the old guy who had it for 15 years must have broken a corner.

Looking at the top of this light unit, drivers side only......

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What is the meaning of this hole in the top.

Clearly factory, does not look like there is anything missing, like a cap.

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Been away since yesterday morning 07.30 for two days training.

Thankfully they let us go early today as we sacrificed tea time and worked late yesterday.
So on the way home I stopped in at a sign shop in Medway City Estate to get some while vinyl custom cut.

Got home, unpacked, dealt with Harley who was very unimpressed and vocal about me leaving her alone with a tin opener and cans of tuna.

Then down to the garage to start offering up the white strips I had cut.

Wind and cold, late afternoon, meant I only got one side done.

Initial mock up.

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Keeping in mind the rear door needs some slight adjustment inward, the outcome was better than expected.

You will also notice that I put a slight rake on the line......

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Little by little.


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PostPosted: Thu 23 Mar 2017, 22:39 
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Bloody freezing tonight.

After the attack in London yesterday, my boss emailed me last night to say that I should avoid my London bases.

On television this morning it was clear that St Thomas' hospital was really a no go area. Just not to add to the stress that the services were under.

So when I came home from work tonight Mickey came and helped me get the passenger side White vinyl down, then he scarpered as well, saying the cold in the wind was killing him.

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After Mickey had left, I trimmed the ends how I wanted them.

Then offered the red checkered strips up with masking tape.

The wind was soooooo not helping.

So I will have to go back to this over the weekend if the weather plays along.

For those who do not read all the words or follow it all, the red checkers came with no white background, so I had to create a base for them, while also closing the holes where I had removed the side trim.

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That was tonight's quick bit of therapy.


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Mar 2017, 23:12 
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5 weeks......

And that includes time away from home etc.....

But 5 weeks and the car is pretty much done.

Tailgate needs some more attention.... soon.

Another night of minimal sleep, thanks to a small chainsaw next to me, that had me leaving and seeking cover elsewhere in the early morning hours, followed by feeding Harley by 05.00 and then a cuppa tea by 05.45..... story of my life.

Chainsaw woke at 08.00 and wanted a cuddle.....

As did this bloody thug.

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Anyway, eventually I got to starting on what I have been orchestrating to do for a few weeks.

As you guys mostly know, mate Dennis does all the body and paint work on the 13 NASCAR Racing trucks in Mittler Brothers' team.

When I bought the Berlingo, he offered me a load of team sponsors stickers to create the Berlingo as a support vehicle which meant a reasonably cheap way to a lot of fun.

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Of course the VTR alloys I had bought were part of the plan from day one, as they actually look like a set of truck wheels in black. The red line adds to this look.

The box of stickers and other gifts landed less than two weeks after I had bought Prozac.

Some of it had to be kept out of sight and a bit secret. So this was the pile of stickers that landed.

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Dennis had also asked me for the dimensions of the drivers door on the car.
He then had his signwriting company make me up a set of custom door numbers appropriate in size to the door.

The number 63 is one of Mittler Bros' race numbers, but also my year of birth.......

Perfect.

So today Katy and I worked together to get the car done.

Some of the planning and actions I had to do alone but having the wind still hammering through here, past the house, meant her extra hands and eyes helped a lot.

Once I had laid the checkers, I overlaid the numbers.
Due to the checkers being only 2.0 meters long, but me needing another 200mm of checkers, meant that I needed to harvest some of the blocks from under the numbers where they would not be missed.

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Numbers going down over the checkers..... Katy making the difference.

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Both sides done........

At this point I was really chuckling a lot.

I was loving the outcomes and where it was headed.

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So this is where we stopped and had a coffee break, also had cake, not one but two cakes that Katy had baked.
Victoria Sponge, which I love and Teacake that I had never had before I met this girl.....
Very yummy cake too.

After lunch we were back to part two.

Trust it is not yet Marmite for most.

There is still time.


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PostPosted: Sun 26 Mar 2017, 00:30 
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Next job today after lunch was to start adding the sponsor stickers in some sensible way.

I was going to leave the tailgate as it is or a while as I have a few ideas on it, that still needs to be thought out. May be nothing much, but we will see.

The badges still need to be prepped with automotive double sided tape and then applied.
After which the left over space can get used for the final push.

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Been chatting to Dennis all day, and a couple of his texts had me drooling, really DROOLING !!

Message from him:

Back from St Louis, not too bad about 2 more exits past the Airport. I bought 15 lb's of crawfish 5 lb's of shrimp. Stopped at Sams and got all the other stuff Deb wanted, corn, potatoes etc. Car looks great, when you get all the stickers on it will really make it pop.

He also raised the Union Jack over his shop today.......... I guess it's as close as I will get to spending the day with them.

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The next hour and a half Katy and I raced through the stickers in my collection, trying various layouts, and combinations as not everything looks right.

Once I got the last sticker down on the top edge of the front fender, Katy went indoors to start cooking an early chicken curry dinner for us, as her younger daughter was coming back from Bournemouth University to surprise her for Mother's Day. Tonight they have gone to the local pub to meet some friends for drinks.

In the mean time I went to two different farms local to me.

One looking out over The Isle of Grain and Medway Estuary and the other looking out over the Thames River toward Essex.

So a few photos.

I found it really hard to choose what to delete and what to post, so here they are.

I hope there is still some Marmite Love here.

The Eagle Eyed amongst you will notice there is a difference between left and right sides.

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And then up to the other farm, overlooking the Thames River.

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And lastly, next to some hay bales.

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And one final photo, I needed to add my buddy Bomp's sticker to the windscreen as well.

We have travelled around the USA together a bit.

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Well..............

LOVE IT OR HATE IT.........

BUT YOU CANNOT REALLY IGNORE IT. (Yes I know you can ignore it)

Now I need a New Beetle to give a different version of the same treatment.

Or something else unloved.


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So now the Chevy badges make more sense. :mrgreen: :lol:

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paulusvrotius1 wrote:
So now the Chevy badges make more sense. :mrgreen: :lol:


Indeed.

As does the psychiatric drugs.... :mrgreen:

I could not give it all away at once.


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