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Post by BigBobPilot » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:30 pm

After a good intentions on the Friday afternoon, the snowy cold weekend then drove me to hibernation. I think I need to stop making predictions and just report on actual action.

The better weather last weekend had me back on the car.

The I/C has been hanging off the top mounts only for a while, I knew the bottom mount was going to go down to the chassis front cross member, as there are 2 M8 weld nuts in a useful position. Nice and simple, but took longer than it should have.
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The ali plate at the bottom of the I/C is to mount the exit ducting to, so that it can be taken out from the top for access without having to remove the I/C mounts. I’ve made some of the ducting bits, I need to make the rest & put them together.

The cross member had a couple of weld nuts with no thread, so they were just spacers. It came out for repair and bolted back in with all 8 bolts, rather than the 4 it’s had holding it in situ. At the same time, I ground back the centre damper mounts to maximise the clearance to the engine front pulley. Welded up the centre rear section of the cross member that is usually bridged, a little paint on the back face too. All this went back in the car and it looked like I’d done nothing.

The coolant rad. didn’t quite fit with the new I/C lower mount, an un-used lug on the cooling fan needed chopping off. I had previously bent the front flange of the radiator top channel rearwards, but this was too close to the bottom of the I/C, so I cut this off too to give space for the inlet ducting. The rad. was then bolted back in. I checked my ducting templates and started cutting out panels. I need more 1mm ali. Sheet too. No pics of this lot yet.

Whilst doing that, I alternated to some prep & priming of some panels & the screen surround.
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Painters & polishers should look away now, as I’ve tried an experiment. I’m vinyl wrapping the panels, so I just need a sound smooth finish. My previously painted parts weren’t ideal with the colour top coat (cellulose), they could have done with some lacquer too. So I decided to miss out the colour part and lacquer over the primer to seal it. This will need a little flatting back with some fine wet & dry. However it looks remarkably ok, a bit like some of the flat greys on some current cars, like Mini’s (or an old grey Fergy tractor). Here it is repelling rain.
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I only tried it on the screen surround & drivers door. The other parts are still just primer if the lacquer thing doesn’t work out.


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Post by BigBobPilot » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:41 pm

As I'll be running slick tyres, I also need a set of wet tyres too, so I need a second set of wheels to mount them to. I picked up another set of Image split rims yesterday. I need to check the fit on the car and work out rim widths, as they are too narrow at the moment. So a little selling & buying of rim sections will be required.
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Post by efi_sprintgte » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:49 pm

That’s the only thing that puts me off vinyl wrap, the amount of prep you have to do (as in, as good as if it were being resprayed)... and i hate prep/patience/prep/patience/prep..!! :roll:


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Post by CNHSS1 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:18 pm

50 Sheds of Grey Mr G, you'll be fighting the chicks off with a stick!

Glad you're getting stuff done coz I'm getting feck all done :(


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Post by MikeyBikey » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:22 pm

CNHSS1 wrote:
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50 Sheds of Grey Mr G, you'll be fighting the chicks off with a stick!

Glad you're getting stuff done coz I'm getting feck all done :(
Hmmm second that. Just odd at the mo. Lost my routine so feels like I’m blundering through....


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Post by b.c.flat hat » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:35 am

CNHSS1 wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:18 pm
50 Sheds of Grey Mr G, you'll be fighting the chicks off with a stick!

Glad you're getting stuff done coz I'm getting feck all done :(
Ditto!
MikeyBikey wrote:
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CNHSS1 wrote:
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50 Sheds of Grey Mr G, you'll be fighting the chicks off with a stick!

Glad you're getting stuff done coz I'm getting feck all done :(
Hmmm second that. Just odd at the mo. Lost my routine so feels like I’m blundering through....
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Post by BigBobPilot » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:18 pm

efi_sprintgte wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:49 pm
That’s the only thing that puts me off vinyl wrap, the amount of prep you have to do (as in, as good as if it were being resprayed)... and i hate prep/patience/prep/patience/prep..!! :roll:
Mmm, I don't have much patience for body work either; but I've started so I'll finish...


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:40 pm

Haha, good on ya!


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Post by BigBobPilot » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:44 pm

Yesterday, I pulled one of the new split rim wheels apart and measured up on the car to work out the wider rims sections I need.

This evening I got the heat gun out to stretch the rear LH wing. I'd split the top a while ago, spaced and filled it etc, but the car has been in the garage with the LH side close to the wall so didn't have access. I had the car out last weekend, so put it back with space to the LH. With the previously made block to sit over the inner stiffner flange, and a sash clamp up against the roll cage back-stay, it was time to heat up wing & jack it out.
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The bolts sticking down underneath will be chopped off when I take the wing off (the other 3 wings are done, this one got left for the same reason as above)

There should be the same space as the RH rear wing now for the 10" wide wheel & slick tyre
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I've fitted a few riv-nuts, where the original threads from the thread formning screws have given out. I ran through and did them all on the front, the RH rear I did at the weekend before re-fitting the wing. Just the rear LH wing to do when the wing comes off
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I flatted back the lacquer on the screen surround & drivers door and did the first bit of vinyl, as I already had the heat gun out.
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The wrinkly bits at the inside edge will go, there's a wire underneath that will cut through the centre & outer bits to give a clean butt joint (hopefully).

The orginal screen surround moulding will be going back on to cover the edges / gap.


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:54 pm

Did the laquered primer work as intended?


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Post by BigBobPilot » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:05 pm

efi_sprintgte wrote:
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Did the laquered primer work as intended?
It looks ok on the small bit I've done. The door will be a better test.

My view is that the car has got to look ok on a race track, it won't stand up to concourse scrutiny!


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Post by CNHSS1 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:05 am

Good work fella, really starting to come together 8)


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Post by BigBobPilot » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:04 am

efi_sprintgte wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:54 pm
Did the laquered primer work as intended?
The door turned out ok, so I guess it did work as intended.
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Other than the A-pillar bit, it was the easiest panel so far. I don't suppose the wings will be as straight forward...


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Post by MikeyBikey » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:35 am

looks very good Ben. Result


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Post by philhoward » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:52 am

Nice work Ben!


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