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The solder they used on that is a low temp solder. The temps for Powder coating  reach about 450 degrees.
I had mine ceramic coated as the temps in that process are almost half.
This is the info I received when I questioned powder coating mine.

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Totally amazed at the work you are putting in to the refurb With all the very useful photos of just about every single part in bits have you thought about making them available on the Internet or on DVD when you have finished as they are exceedingly interesting to learners like me.

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Quoted from DNK
Theo- can the door handles be disabled enough to powder coa tall showing parts?


Looks like it  



Make sure you drive out the pin correctly, placing your drift on the side with th esmall recees/hole in it.
The smooth end is the one with the splines, which are clearly visible in the top picture.
And make sure you put the pin back correctly afterwards.

Here's a picture of the door handle parts before they were coated.



B.t.w. alloy can be very tricky to powder coat as it is porous. Trapped air can come out when it is heated.




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Quoted from Howard
... have you thought about making them available on the Internet or on DVD ...

There are more pictures and info in my weblog.
I won't put all the pictures on the internet as it would take up to much of my rather precious spare time.
The TR7's are not my only hobby  

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Spent a few hours to reassemble the heater. Took slightly longer then expected 😲





Not very clear in the pictures, but there are quite a few pop rivets needed to get all the parts back together, 94 so far to be precise !
Remains fitting all the levers, connect up the wires and fabricate some new external seals ...

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Some progress on the heater tonight ...

Cleaning valve ...



... and regulators ...



... and mounting them to the heater ...



Remains the biggest challenge, the rods between regulators and the different flaps and valves and the outer seals.

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Cleaned and sprayed the rear light reflectors with "chrome" paint



Looks much brighter now.



Not yet sure what I will do with the orange inserts for the flasher lights. Am thinking of leaving them out and use orange bulbs instead.

After I finished the rear lights I went over to have a look at the progress on the bodies paint preparation this afternoon.






As it stands now it should be ready by the end of this month.

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Finished the bumpers today (at last).
As the rest of the parts these also were powder coated.



Most time consuming part was cleaning the covers in preparation for a new black coating.
Had to revert to sanding paper to get rid of the filth and dirt that had accumulated under several layers of cleaning products over the years.
Looked pretty sad when cleaned though ...



But with a nice new black coat and a new licence plate ...



... and fitted over the coated bumper bars



... they look rather acceptable!
Also cleaned and coated a few of the cars plastic trim pieces, like sill kick plates, front

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Finished the heater today, at last ...
Busied myself with the linkages today.



Also made some new seals to fit between heater and various part of the cars bodywork.
For these I used a special rubber foam (with a closed cell structure).





Last thing to do was give the heaters wiring loom a good clean and put it back in place.

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