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wubba lubb-A-dub dub! (SC AW11)

Postby ricerocket » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:10 pm

I'm not gonna lie, this isn't my first build thread, heck, this isn't my first AW11.
Of all the vehicles I've experienced, these little rust nuggets are the ones I always go back to. So this time, I hope to stay around a little longer!

This little gem was found on facebook about a week ago. Story goes that the owner had this car for 7 years, 3 of those years it sat under a tree, letting nature do what it does best - weight reduction.

After posting a photo of AW11 #5 to my very neglected Instagram, a guy called Joel (from Hive Posters) got in touch and told me that he used to own the car years prior! He was a little disappointed in the state the car was now in, as apparently when he had it, there was no rust in sight. I guess that's what 7+ years can do!

At the current stage all I've done is strip most of the exterior down, in the search for all rust spots, along with a brief interior teardown, and a few panel-beater visitors to offer various quotes - The overall consensus seems to be around the 2-3k mark.
I stupidly snapped the C pillar plastics before consulting the forums on proper removal, so a few parts are needed.

First job will be to get the worst of the rot cut out and patched
replace rubber seals (leaking on both drivers targa, and boot)
Take it in for a WoF
Fix whatever it fails on
Replace belts/fluids/ other consumables in motor/box
look at updating brakes/suspension etc
fix whatever rust is leftover
Maybe manual conversion? still unsure

Photos of the car back in its glory days, and of how it currently sits. Registration is currently on hold and all mechanical components appear to be working correctly. Due to the seller living only 10 minutes from my home, i may have just opted for a 10 min road test rather than towing it :P

Past photos (forgive size and quality, i just took screenshots as idk how to save instagram photos)

Current photos (courtesy of previous owner)


A happy rusthunter

In all honesty, this project is a while from completion. The negatives of owning a small fleet of 2 stroke motorcycles and an E46 M3 is they have tendencies to hemorrhage cash without notice.

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Re: wubba lubb-A-dub dub! (SC AW11)

Postby mickeyduck » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:49 pm

Wow. The rain sure did get to it. :shock:

I know Joel (real good bloke) and the car was indeed a pearler when he had it. Sure hope you can get it sorted successfully. And I'm very glad to hear the rust is going to be replaced by new steel and the job done properly. Cos you're right, there's nothing quite like an AW to put a smile on your dial. :mrgreen:
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Re: wubba lubb-A-dub dub! (SC AW11)

Postby ricerocket » Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:41 am

A little update on the supercharged nug!

Dropped it off to the panelbeaters last sunday. we spent about 30 mins just going over the car more thoroughly and marking out what is to be repaired, Yesterday the windscreen was removed to expose some more rot, along with the rear drivers quarter to fix up the gaping hole.
So far im about $800 in (from just windscreen alone) as the original one did have some cracks in it.
Work officially starts on the car today, so pretty exciting!
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Re: wubba lubb-A-dub dub! (SC AW11)

Postby Mattaw11 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:50 pm

Have you got a windscreen i have one here you can have for free just have to collect from Hamilton

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Re: wubba lubb-A-dub dub! (SC AW11)

Postby ricerocket » Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:33 pm

@mattaw11 - I'll fire you a message if that offer is still up? :)

Went to check up on the car this morning - so far so good!
most of the holes were cut out and new steel was welded in, along with rust kill and topped off with some kind of silicone sealant, apparently the same stuff used in underseal. He mentioned this stuff can be painted over (recommended getting the car painted right after this is all done)

Should be another week or so for the lil nugget to be (more or less) rust-free!

There were some holes in the chassis rails which have been patched up, and the whole of both rails been lathered in rust kill and the unserseal

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Re: wubba lubb-A-dub dub! (SC AW11)

Postby Aza » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:30 pm

Sounds all too familiar!! Glad it’s getting a new lease on life.

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Postby ricerocket » Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:31 pm

AAAAAAAAND like that the nug is back home!!
I was a little nervous about the tow home as the repairs have been coated in primer, which apparently can absorb moisture, but thantfully there was a break in the weather for when it arrived.
Car is understandibly rather messy, this weekend it'll definitely need a good vaccuum. Photos have been taken and sent off to various paint shops. Hopefully I can get some progress on that front in the next couple weeks.
Cost for repair: $2600
Got it repaired by a guy called Rob who lives near silverdale, his business name is "Robs Body Shop"

While im out gtting paint quotes, i need to address finding a replacement bumper support bar, as that will certainly slow my goal of "road legal by christmas"
Here are some photos attached. Needless to say im a very happy lass right now!

Photos havent uploaded in order, but you get the point!
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