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DeadEye
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:26 pm    Post subject: Gilfy Restoration: Starts here... Reply with quote

I suppose I aught to start a restoration thread for Gilfy.

Got a unit sorted yesterday with a pit and rather than spend on fixing the brakes so that it could be towed, I found a local company to stick it on the back of a lorry.

At least this time he got on the lorry under his own steam!




I can see a little tear...



I have have high hopes for him, there are some nice little signs that underneath, he's ok. Like the rubber bungs in the wheel arch used to waxoil the sills (I assume) are still there meaning that bit, at least, hasn't rusted.

I'm 70/30 he's going to emerge in white but that's subject to change until the first coat of paint is squirted!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Noooooooooo, keep it Silver nod nod nod
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed. Silver looks really nice. I watch this space with anticipation big grin big grin big grin big grin
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AwwwwwwWwww.

Now I'm back to 55/45 White/Silver.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm scared shitless about what is under the bulkhead padding...!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

keep it silver ,some pics for inspiration




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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

now thats a bloody clean engine Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brianm, is yours original or did you restore it mate?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll vote silver too. The rarest colour.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silver all day for me! I had a white one and was always having to clean it! Silver hides muck well and doesn't send your eyes funny when trying to polish it (unlike white)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

White is the best colour, then Black. A clean silver car don't look much different to a dirty one. White also hides imperfections smile
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it was purely down to personal choice, silver is actually my least favourite car colour.

I'm more worried about what I "should do" in terms of a restoration.

My favourite car colour is blue but that's not a standard colour so is a no, no for me.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paint it China blue. How many that colour do you see knocking about now?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit baby blue though...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



china blue on left and smoke blue on right. I prefer smoke but it is a bit baby blue!

If you were to paint it china blue then you'll be the first person I've seen that make a GTE look like a lesser model, usually the other way round! laughing

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