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  1. #91 Re: Berlinetta doors cracking and splitting - any fixes? 
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    Exhausting!
    The lovely 4-2-1 exhaust was causing me some grief, it just isn't right! This car was obviously built to a pretty good spec yet the solution to teh exhaust fouling the steering column was to bang a great dent in it.
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    I screwed it to the bench so it wouldn't wriggle about and cut out the bent bit - then I popped off to Demon Tweeks for a 90 mandrel bend which I welded into the gap. It all seemed fine so a coat of paint later and loads of room for the steering I was well pleased.
    A new gasket set and here we go...
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    Whilst I was there I popped in a new set of plugs. Number 1 was a lovely biscuity colour but No 4 was very sooty. Heres the bit of exhaust removed and Nos 1 &4 plugs.

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  2. #92 Re: Berlinetta doors cracking and splitting - any fixes? 
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    plugs suggest underlying problem (oil scraper ring on piston gone, valeve stem seal, carb set up, porting?)
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  3. #93 Re: Berlinetta doors cracking and splitting - any fixes? 
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    once i have rebuilt the exhaust system in its entirety I will set up the mixture etc. the car has electronic ignition so just a timing check will suffice, then check the valve clearances - love doing that on pintos! - then a gunsons mixture adjustment and all will be well. the engine runs too well for me to suspect ring issues and no blue smoke - well fingers crossed!
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  4. #94 Re: Berlinetta doors cracking and splitting - any fixes? 
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    If I am right the fouled plug came from the same bore that had the restricted exhaust????
    Ben Caswell probably not the last word on anything here!!
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  5. #95 Re: Berlinetta doors cracking and splitting - any fixes? 
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    Spot on Ben...
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    Paint!
    Finally after what seems like years of rubbing and fettling I have begun to paint. Heater on full blast even though the weather is still mild (turn it off when spraying of course!) coat of etch wash 2k followed by polyester filler. Never used the poly before but it goes on well and covers nicely. I use a 2.0 jet for primers and a 1.4 for top coat. Pic shows the ally panels. Second coat of poly should go on today then a bit more rubbing before the top coat tomorrow. Once these panels are done I will start on the grp. I will use 2k waterborne paint for the top coats - again that will be new to me so I will let you know how it goes.

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  7. #97 Re: Berlinetta doors cracking and splitting - any fixes? 
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    Are you putting some clear (lacquer) coats on at the end?
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    No just a solid colour, shouldn't need a clear. Should be good to go straight from the gun or so the manufacturer states.
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    Ran out of the poly filler, used 1litre so far.. Reckon the amounts needed are 1litre etch primer, 2 litres primer filler and 2.5 litres top coat for a Berli.
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    finished the primer layer now, waiting for it to dry off before blocking then put on the nice new top coat.

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