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Brett finishes his ghia’s engine bay

30 Aug

After Brett had tidied up the engine and the firewall in his engine bay there was one job left to do. The engine bay deck needed painting. A morning of masking, prepping and painting later the engine bay was finished. (Photos copyright Brett Elesmore)













Brett freshens up his ghia’s dash

30 Aug

When Brett bought his ghia the dash had been painted satin black and it did not match the rest of the car. As most of the car and interior had been painted metallic brown at some point in it’s past, Brett decided he would paint the dash the same. He got a base coat paint match at his local auto paint shop and set to work prepping, painting and lacquering. (Photos copyright Brett Elesmore)

Brett sorts his ghia’s leaking rear window

29 Aug

After a couple of wet VW shows Brett had noticed that the rear window in his ghia was not sealing properly and leaking through. As Bug Jam 26 was coming up and there was the possibility of rain that weekend he decided he needed to sort it out. Brett popped out the rear window and seal and noticed that the aperture wasn’t that clean which probably wasn’t helping create a great seal. He sanded down, rust treated, primed and painted the aperture ready for the window to go back in. Then with the help of the other RSVP boys refit the window ready for Bug Jam. With a partially wet cruise and a big downpour on the Friday at Bug Jam the seal was put to the test. Luckily all was good and all the leaks were cured. (Photos copyright Brett Elesmore)












Brett freshens up his ghia’s inner arches and lower front panel

21 Jun

After tidying up the engine bay on his ghia Brett decided the next area to get some attention should be the front inner arches which weren’t looking great. They had been under sealed in the past and this had chipped and flaked in places which not only looked bad but left water traps. All of this under seal was stripped off and the inner arches and inner wings were prepped and painted. Whilst the beam was out Brett gave this a coat of paint too. Seeing as the car was in the air he decided to sort out the lower front panel which needed a bit of work. There was some rot on the one side and some big cracks in the filler from a previous repair at some point in the car’s life. The rot was cut out and fresh metal welded in and all the old filler was dug out. The panel then got a skim of new filler and was prepped, painted and blended. (Photos copyright Brett Elesmore)

Brett freshens up his ghia’s engine bay

4 May

When Brett bought his ghia the engine bay didn’t look great with tatty firewall boards and metallic blue tinware. Now that the stance was sorted it was time to give a bit of attention to it and get it looking how he wanted. The engine was dropped out and cleaned up with some fresh paint for the tinware and manifold. The bay was cleaned and new firewall boards were put in. The engine then went back in and the wiring was sorted and re-routed. Below are some before and after shots. (Photos copyright RSVP)

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