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  • #16
    Originally posted by tanktop View Post
    Nice Taurus


    Did it sail through?
    Rear brake balance was out by 1% so it was a bit borderline
    1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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    • #17
      Ha ha brilliant nice one

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      • #18
        New Year's Day - time to pull the front bumper off (it's bent and I've got a new one) and remove the radiator and mounting panels.

        Then I can get to grips with the rust behind the front panel.





        1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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        • #19
          Today's post brought me a pair of wiring looms - an engine bay loom and a very good condition interior loom (off a car that was only a couple of years old when it was scrapped). Very handy to have given the state of my 40+ year old wiring.



          Sills - stripped off layers of previous repairs, stone chip etc - they're actually in really good shape. The hole is where a trim strip is rivetted on.



          New bumper bolts - need a bit of adapting as they're originally for a Capri - but they'll look good when fitted.

          1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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          • #20
            ever thought of an engine swap. would turn this into an amazing sleeper.?
            Take a look, Its old and rusty[URL="http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-builds/182-zetec-powered-mk1-fiesta.html"]
            http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-builds/182-zetec-powered-mk1-fiesta.html[/URL]

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            • #21
              Don't think that's the sort of thing that would tickle his fancy tbh.
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              • #22
                And the viva is nice the fact Taurus has kept it original.

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                • #23
                  No - definitely no engine swaps. Some people do that kind of thing, but it's never interested me at all. With an older car the more original is the better. That's one reason why I've kept it with no servo and drums all round. I've got the parts to convert it, but unless I have to change anything it stays as it left the factory.

                  I've got the original build docket off the assembly line, and if you work through it the car is just as it was as when it was made in 1971.

                  I've also decided against a respray on the same grounds. I'm planning to work on the existing paint as much as possible, respray the rear wing where it had a new wheelarch in, do the sills and front panel, possibly the boot lid, and leave the rest as original as I can.

                  1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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                  • #24
                    Taurus

                    I love seeing a big tuned cossie lump dropped in a MK 1 escort, or a lovely engine conversion on a classic.

                    But it's nice too take a step back from time too time and read how your work on the viva is to clean it up and keeping it original.
                    Last edited by tanktop; 10-01-2014, 10:28 PM.

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                    • #25
                      fair enough. it is a lovely car and their only getting rarer. i just wondered if you had ever considered that sort of thing. that original build sheet amazes me, doubt many people still have them laying about.
                      Take a look, Its old and rusty[URL="http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-builds/182-zetec-powered-mk1-fiesta.html"]
                      http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-builds/182-zetec-powered-mk1-fiesta.html[/URL]

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                      • #26
                        Plodding on with bodywork - gave one of the wheelarches an experimental spray with Bonda Primer, nice stuff to work with



                        Then a bit more rust treatment around the front panel




                        Before and after the treatment:

                        1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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                        • #27

                          1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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                          • #28
                            Is that the Dinitrol (sp) on the front end?
                            Outside in those latest pictures is looking pretty smooth.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Hardcore View Post
                              Is that the Dinitrol (sp) on the front end?
                              Outside in those latest pictures is looking pretty smooth.
                              Yes - Dinitrol Converust.
                              1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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                              • #30
                                Spent all morning clearing the sheds and the garage, trips to the tip, cleared enough space to fit a compressor into the garage......


                                ....now I have made enough space to get all round the car I really really really don't want to go filling it up again.
                                1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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