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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:36 pm

gordini5 wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:30 pm
We've a local boatbuilder specialising in GRP and he has offered to do any repairs on my car. Not sure how well the skills transfer from boats to cars but boatbuilders might be worth a shout if you are struggling to find anyone else.
Thanks. I went down the boat route for a while without success, but I've now managed to book a specialist to come over and do the job next weekend. He repaired a friend's Lotus to an excellent standard.


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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:25 pm

After a slight delay in delivery of the larger stub axle, Boffin is now back home, with all the new bits fitted, including new brake pipes. Thanks to Will for those!
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More disappointingly, my fibreglass repair guy who was due to fix the wheel-arch damage last weekend seems to have gone AWOL. I hope he's OK, but at the same time I really want this fixed!


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Post by gordini5 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:31 pm

Good to hear the repair is moving on, I spoke with the local GRP boatbuilder I mentioned only this week to see if he might look at a small repair for me - he's fully booked until next November :(



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Post by willholderogri » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:54 am

scimjim wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:18 pm
I always fit Goodridge hoses, although I believe they have plated end fittings unlike the HEL lines that are all stainless?
I have goodrich stainless on mine in the days when you assembled them yourself would never fit another rubber pipe, the pipe over the back axle is still rubber but I will change it to Goodrich at some stage.


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Post by ScimiTom » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:30 pm

I finally managed to resume contact with the independent fibreglass repair guy, who was happy to do the bodywork from my garage. A few hours were spent this afternoon, using a grinder on the inside of the wheel arch to gain access, painting resin in from the back, filling in with fibreglass, leaving to dry, sanding back, then spray-painting. It's not an ideal result, but has made the car 'presentable' in the short term, and he charged a very reasonable rate. He is returning in the next few days to perfect it, getting the surface smooth and sorting the contours of the ridged horizontal line (does it have a name?) just right.

It got worse before it got better...
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But this is where we're at now...
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Post by Will Anderson » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:34 pm

ScimiTom wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:30 pm
sorting the contours of the ridged horizontal line (does it have a name?)
Swage line. :D

I'll get me coat....


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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:37 pm

Cheers, Will - that's the phrase I was looking for!

Today's follow-up session on the bodywork involved sanding it back, applying filler to both the outer and inner wing, applying black stone chip paint to the inside, filling some areas again, sanding back, then respraying. Unfortunately we were a little over-zealous with the paint as it has run quite badly in one spot, as you can see below. There is still evidence of the top part of the crack, but I'm not too fussed about that. I'm looking to get both issues sorted in the coming weeks, but essentially I'm happy. The aim was to get the wing looking 'presentable' until the proper respray job comes along, so in that sense it's 'mission accomplished'.
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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:26 pm

A new year and an opportunity to outline some next steps over the coming months:

1. Tidy up the wheel which took the impact, by repainting it and acquiring a new centre cap and wheel nut.
2. Fit a full set of new tyres to the Wolfrace wheels - still plenty of tread depth but getting old now.
3. General engine tune-up to achieve more responsive start-up and smoother running.
4. Recore the radiator or source a new alloy one.
5. Fit a new custom exhaust.

Happy New Year to all and best wishes for 2020.


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Post by ScimiTom » Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:39 pm

Well, as with everything else at the moment, the improvement plans for Boffin have been put on hold somewhat. The Wolfrace wheels are fitted with their new tyres and ready for a show season that’s now sadly not to be.
The Easter plans of an engine tune-up and new exhaust system are postponed. Having had an exhaust specialist take a look, he recommended I simply give the current system a good clean-up. So I’m looking for someone who has ramps and knows what they’re doing to give that a go.
I’m still hoping to fit new shocks and springs all round, over the course of the summer. In the meantime, the occasional drive (to the supermarket!) will keep her moving.
A double celebration in the garage tonight for me and Boffin – start of the Easter holidays (and therefore no online teaching for the next two weeks) and a nod to Sunshine, my first Scimitar (and officially the very first SE6b), marking her 40th birthday today. I hope she’s in safe hands somewhere… (apologies - it won't let me have portrait orientation for this image)
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Post by ScimiTom » Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:26 pm

An update on where things are at:

1. Shiny Wolfrace wheels are back on the car (after getting the tyre fitters to flip the two tyres which they had fitted back-to-front!).
2. Boffin passed her MOT yesterday with no advisories.
3. New springs and shocks will hopefully be fitted over the next few weeks.
4. A full stainless exhaust system will be fitted at the end of this month.
5. Most of the brand new shiny bits have now been obtained (badges, wing mirrors, and front and rear bumpers), ready for fitting post-respray.


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Post by Old and Slow » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:52 am

Good news on the MOT then, well done. Keep up the good work.


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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:22 pm

Old and Slow wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:52 am
Good news on the MOT then, well done. Keep up the good work.
Thanks, Philip. It was the first one in two years, so the outcome was a big relief!


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Post by ScimiTom » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:18 pm

Has anyone on here fitted the Harrington stainless bumper set to their 5 or 5a? Below are the fittings supplied by Graham Walker for the front and rear bumpers and over-riders.
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Large black bracket - I have 4 of these. Good.
Smaller gold bracket - I have 2 of these. Shouldn't there be 4?
Bolts - I have 13, so I suppose that's one extra. Fine.
Nuts - I have 14, so presumably that's 2 extra?
Large washers - I have 14. Is that also 2 extra?
Small washers - I have 5. This doesn't seem right. Surely there should be 6?

I'd like to do a test fitting to check alignment etc, but I want to know I've got the right bits first.


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Post by scimjim » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:06 pm

I’d agree that you’re missing two small brackets, have an extra coach bolt, two extra nuts and two extra large washers. I also think you have an extra small washer as I think they go inside the arches behind the 4 bolts you’re missing to attach the small brackets (into the captive nuts)?


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Post by ScimiTom » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:12 pm

Ah, OK... So I need to get hold of another 4 bolts as well as the 2 extra brackets?


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