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    Chris's Yellow Eagle

    OK this isnt quite a nova, but i thought i would show you anyway,
    I got this back in august 2006, cost me £1100, was a runner, taxed and MOTed,
    I baught it as my first car, I realy wanted a nova but i couldnt find any, so this was the next best thing.
    The doors leaked and the engine leaked oil, few cracks and scratches that you would expect, interior needed completly re doing, and the exhaust needed changing.

    Over the last year i have managed to change the exhaust, fixed the oil leak and sprayed the engine up, stripped the interior out, replaced the drivers side floor pan with a zinc coated custom one, and i removed the black spoiler, I have fitted esscort mk1 rear lights inplace of the old round lights.

    I am now planning on taking the doors off, splitting them, fitting stainless steel hinges, flushing the bonnet and flushing the front pannel (spotlights), and i am going to replace the fibreglass at the rear and respray the car. I might also put nostrils into the bonnet! oh and also put a louve on the back, i think they look so cool.


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    ***Euro-Nova Supporter*** Spacenut's Avatar
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    Hi Chris - very nice - even in intermediate form. I just realised your headlights aren't the usual "layback" round 7" units, but proper "pop-ups". Was that a later factory development or a custom modification? They look a lot better than the round lights IMHO!

    The exhaust is novel, I'll grant you that! Although some recent cars such as the TVR Saghera (or whatever its called) have rear side exit exhausts, so there is a contemporary theme going on...

    The Eagle always looked best in VW form - I just can't be doing with all that bulgy bonnet stuff. When you say "flushing off the bonnet" do you mean that you intend to fill in the faux exhaust slats on the bonnet?

    Mk1 Escort lights are real "old skool", complement the car very well. I like the idea of a rear louvre on an Eagle. Be sure to post more pictures as you progress!

    only Pythagoras can save me now!

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    i binned that exhaust straight away!
    I have a monza four tip now, which needed modifying to fit my variant engine!

    I have stripped most off the car now, Im going to respray it yellow,
    Im also going to fix the doors with ss hinges, and mould a "one off" interior out of fiberglass.
    The front pop ups are off a TR7, and i think they fitt all the ss, it hasnt been modified and if i take them out they are the same size hole as the original ss.
    When i mean flush the bonnet i mean i am going to flush that louvre effect thing, it holds rain water, I am also going to take the spots and indicators off and flush the nose cone so it loks like one with the car. ford style.
    I want to turn it into a real show car

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    But it's an Eagle (only kidding!) I've lost track with all the forum changes, was it you Chris who bought the car when it still had the stainless steel panel covering the (oh so beautiful) exhaust - or has it changed hands again since?
    It's a 50 year old car and everything works, just not always at the same time.......and it's probably about to get jealous!
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    Nope Ive still got it,
    and ive still got that pannel!

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    Body off is great if you've got the time and somewhere to store all the bits - Like BBC says, it depends how bad the rot is as to how much work you want to put in. If you end up making it too much of a marathon you risk ending up selling it as a project you didn't have time for, if you do it in bits but get it running so you can drive it the car won't be as good as it could be but you will get the use of it

    Something wrong here - this post should be 4 further down - I deleted it and reposted and it turns up here again
    It's a 50 year old car and everything works, just not always at the same time.......and it's probably about to get jealous!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisBailey
    so its not gonna make much difference...
    dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnn... famous last words.

    CCC Sterling # 416

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    There you go, all the posts are ending up in the middle of the piece - somethings not quite right RICK?
    It's a 50 year old car and everything works, just not always at the same time.......and it's probably about to get jealous!
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    Is it worth removing the body to sort the floor pans out, I have a rotten pannel underneath the car near the front and the drivers side front pan is a gona, I am going to respray and all that but i have been told its not worth taking the body off becuase it creates more problems.
    how hard is it to get the body off?

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    It's so much easier doing chassis stuff with the body off. I'm just finishing my final mock-ups before I take the body off for the last time to weld on some seat belt brackets and fit a fire-wall. I've been at it a few years now - but I started with a mostly unbuilt kit. As BigBird says once it's off it could take a long time to finish all those 'quick' jobs, and get the body back on finally.
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    MicksRedNova2 may take as long as the original!!

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