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Old 11-27-2007, 01:05 PM   #346 (permalink)
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05-10-2007, 04:09 Pm

've been chipping away (literally) at the body work since the last update. The driver's side repairs are painted as of yesterday, the hatchback is about half finished. Every panel/section on the car has some amount of rust that needs grinding, puttying, much sanding & finally painting.

Discovered quite a large rust hole in the driver's side fender well/firewall area that leads right into the cabin (well, into cabin insulation against the firewall).

Nevertheless should be no trouble getting it "finished" (and waxed up spiffy!) in time for the EV expo in 2 more weekends. Documenting the transformation in pics, which I'll post when it's all done.

I'm not exactly doing a meticulous job (this is the ForkenSwift after all). It's a reasonable effort. So far it sure looks purty though!

Sadly, paint supplies ($45) finally pushed the total built cost past the $1000 CDN mark.
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