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Goff_Allen
Posted on: October 26th, 2016, 20:08:56
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I have started on the MK1 Jem that i purchased from Bob Stevens early this year , As Bob was moving and most of you know he could not take these cars with him, Advertised through the club and i was lucky enough to purchase the MK1 .
This will be my 3rd Jem build and second restoration/build , First was in 1968 having seen the Mini Jem in the Hot car magazine and placed a order with the late Robin Statham at Fellpoint , Penn , Bucks , Shell A , cost was 219.00 + i bought a set of headlamp cowls@ 6.66s ,, Photo attached of the original invoice courtesy of my late mam as she saved everything.

Photo of the latest project the day i bought and brought it home ,

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Posted on: October 26th, 2016, 20:16:56
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Posted on: October 26th, 2016, 20:18:05
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Gary Marlow
Posted on: October 27th, 2016, 07:34:22 Quote Report to Moderator
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Hello Goff,
Looks like an interesting one to do, a nice blank canvas to start with, hope that the shell is as good as it looks in the photo?
Bet it'll look good when done, like your other Jem.
Cheers
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I hope you will post progress here, it is going to be an interesting project to watch.

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Posted on: October 27th, 2016, 21:30:54
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I did a bit of exploration work around the front steel bulk head cross member as it was showing rust signs and the fibre glass was de-laminating , But good news Its rusty but not enough that it needs replacing , So removed most of the fibre glass , ground away the rust and gave it a coat of red oxide , The end fish plates are also OK , but just need to tap out the shock absorber mounting holes and fit in a pieces of threaded rod before it gets glassed over , Also noticed the the two drilled and tapped holes that hold the brake pedal assembly in the bulk head had been butchered , someone had drilled a hole straight through , So i fitted the brake assembly as a jig , then welded two nuts on the engine bay side again before it gets glassed over , Only part this shell has bolted on is the front shock mounting brackets and one was upside down , After removing them i have found lose fibre glass or should i say it looks like its been repaired or had a front end fitted !!!!!!!!! As whoever did the job bodged it ,Though it looks good but they never keyed the glass up and just glassed over the gell coat under the arch on the inner wing , so it was starting to de-laminate ,Resin tinted as original shell , Nearside is the same but that is the next job to tackle , Then ruff it key it up before i glass it over , A few photos added

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Goff_Allen
Posted on: October 27th, 2016, 21:37:17
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Plenty of dust , Scratch and itch time again

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Posted on: October 27th, 2016, 21:38:20
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painted , Just need to ruff up the fibre glass in the corners

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Posted on: October 31st, 2016, 20:58:13
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More update , Though this was done a couple of months ago , I bought front and rear subframes secondhand , Both are Hydrolastic , Front one in nice condition ,Slight rust around the turrets , Rear one a bit more rust but salvageable , Both need converting to dry suspension , I had a rotten rear subframe that was laid in the scrap bin from my previous Jem build , I cut out the top hats and welded them in the hydro frame , Sure these act as bump stops , Heated up and knocked out the locking tabs that hold the Hyrdo bags in so the dry rubber cones will fit , same with the front subframe , Next after cleaning away all the grease , oil ect and pressure washing i made a tank to soak the rear subframe in, I don't bother with shot blasting anymore ,I use Molasses diluted 5 -1 works wonders and is a lot cheaper than blasting, Soaked the rear subframe for a week ,then washed and soaked again for another week ,Depending how rusty a component is , You may need to soak longer or shorter and wire brush in between !!!!!!!!!!!!! , Google it or watch on you tube , OK this way is slower than blasting but i only bought 10 liters and that is enough to do all the bits i have , including all the suspension parts, Once all cleaned i then sprayed and brushed painted the frames using paint that they use on off-shore rigs and electricity pylons , again i don't bother with powder coating as i like to do the components myself as i know they are painted properly !!! , A few photo's added ,

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Posted on: October 31st, 2016, 21:02:49
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cleaned up ready to fit

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Goff_Allen
Posted on: October 31st, 2016, 21:03:50
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Fitted just need to drill puddle holes and weld

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Posted on: October 31st, 2016, 21:10:22
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Molasses bath

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Goff_Allen
Posted on: October 31st, 2016, 21:20:52
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Just turned over as you can see the subframe is de-rusting nicely


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Posted on: October 31st, 2016, 21:24:34
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In the bath ready to cover over with molasses completely for another few days before its ready for paint

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Goff_Allen
Posted on: October 31st, 2016, 21:28:29
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Epoxy Blast primer as used on off-shore rigs

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