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Restoration (back) underway! (Again)
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madman
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1996 Lada Niva

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:17 pm    Post subject: Restoration (back) underway! (Again) Reply with quote

Me and my buddy Jake have started to overhaul his 90 Niva. This is the first vehicle that I've ever restored that has NEVER been touched by some unscrupulous "bodyman". The plan is to strip it down to (almost) nothing and sandblast everything metal, powder coat all the suspension components and spray the body with epoxy primer. The color will be a special mix of DP-90 and a bit of DP-40 to give it a matte greenish-black hue. He is a high school teacher so he's got two months off and we hope to have it finished in this time frame. This is how it's looking after three days, loaded on the trailer and ready to go for blasting.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trust you know where all those parts go back on?.. Wink

Looks good.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure hope so!!! Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to this one. There's a lot to be said for being a teacher for the summer holidays alone!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent. Wheels go on corners. That'll keep you right.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gadgetboy wrote:
Excellent. Wheels go on corners. That'll keep you right.

Hmm ... that could be a bit confusing;-
lights are closer to the corners than wheels ... Confused

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm interested to see how this turns, out, looking at overhauling mine at some stage, (full strip down, re-spray, retrofit) so keep the pickies and updates coming.
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simonallen
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like it could do with a susoension lift in the process madman Wink

I wish you luck after the blasting Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good Madman. You guys got more stripped in three days than i have in almost a year. Where the shells sitting up on the trailer looks like a good lifted height Wink

The Winnipeg Lada club looks like its getting off to a great start Very Happy

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madman
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Picked it up from sandblast yesterday. It's going back on monday to finish the job, dammit! Evil or Very Mad Why is it so hard to get anything done right the first time?
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madman
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monday was interesting. I took the Niva back to the sandblaster to have him finish the job and I guess I ticked him off by questioning his workmanship. He told me that he would do it properly this time (for no extra charge) and to fork off and never come back! Oh well, there's plenty of blasters around and there's bound to be one who will do a proper job the first time and not give attitude. So now that it's back we have it completely stripped and ready for primer. With any luck it will be black by sun down. Here's how it's looking!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW.. that looks so much nicer than my primitive knotted wire wheel stripping.
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madman
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All went according to plan last night. I put on two good coats of DP-90 and Gravel Guard on the floors, wheel wells and underside. (avoiding areas that need rust repair) I'm taking the rest of the week off and going camping, so don't expect any progress till next week. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, it's time for an update. I've got most of the patches in the floor done, I'll finish it up today so that we can get the rest of the sound deadener in place and start putting the interior back in. I mixed up the primer and sprayed the door jambs and engine bay. I was quite surprised with the results. It's more of a gunmetal/blue than the greenish black i was expecting, but it looks great, almost pearlescent!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks excellent!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job Dean. I got absolutely no farther on mine and you're getting ready for re-assembly already.

As for the vw deal... mentioned elsewhere.The person you want to get in touch with is Alejoint. He knows quite a bit about the conversion. Haven't seen him for ages... hope everything's ok down in Venezuela.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still plugging away! We've got the roof smoothed out, after cutting the hole for his new sunroof, and put the final coats of the 'special mix' primer on. The patch work is almost done, I just have to do the rocker panels and the body will be ready for smoothing and coating. Jake has been busy installing sound proofing and should almost be finished by quitting time today.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's heading towards being an excellent job! Looking forward to the final photos.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The suspension parts arrived from powder coating last night. Here's a taste!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking very tidy mate. that sound deadening should make it a nicer driving experiance.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Dean... any new developments?
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madman
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not too much happening on the Lada right now. Jake is back in school and I've been side tracked. I'm busy putting siding on my house right now, after that I've got a couple other projects that must get finished before the snow flies, then it's back to the Niva. There is just never enough time.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

True enough... I know how that goes.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

top marks on doing a proper job there wish i had the time and resources to do that.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've been working on this project again, not too much to show but lots happening. We picked up an engine donor (92 VW Passat) and it's all stripped and gone to the shredder. I've got a machinist buddy working on the flywheel and bell housing, the trans, TC and diffs are in pieces and I have another huge pile of parts ready to go for powder coating.
I've built a jig to make some steel front diffs and will build one for it next week.

Mmmmmm... 135 horses!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am planning a job like this at the aug oct 09, hope to be putting in a 1.9 TD as well. I was thinking of acid dipping mine. not sure which is better. always debate about acid gets rid off all the rust but then leaves void spaces with no protection.
but yours is looking cracking

hmmmmmm


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

madman wrote:

Mmmmmm... 135 horses!



Gah i hate those motors and im a watercooled fan... lol.

How are you planning on running that motor carb? If you carb it expect more than 135hp. Its 135 due to the terribly designed and implemented mechanical fuel injection setup. One of my vw buddies tossed some megasquirt on one last year and it definitely felt more powerful than my 2.0 aba and its built to the 9's.

If you check around on vwvortex.com you might be able to find a used reline mani for pretty cheap! would make for a reliable and powerfull vw engine.. which is not normal for canada.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip 3 squared!

I spent the last couple of days building a steel front diff for this project. I'm pretty sure all those ponies would shred a stock diff!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been messing around with fitting the engine over the last couple of days, I think it just might work!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like it fits pretty good Smile
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