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Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:34 pm
by Revingtosh
So, in for a penny and in for a pound (glad to be back). After initially saying that I wasn't going to - i've taken on Big Red as she is now called... for now..

http://www.ah-classic-cars.co.uk/home/B ... tar_SE4_V8

Im not sure what the plans are yet other than to clean the paintwork up and change the wheels - but i'm sure that I'll be calling on you guys for help


First order of the day - Comfort / SEATS. Can anyone recommend me some nice civilised front seats for the Coupe?

Cheers,

Mike

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:00 pm
by MikeyBikey
Well done that man :D

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:15 pm
by guybetts
On seats, I'll ask Geoff Richards which are the ones he's just fitted to his Coupe. They are a bit taller in the seat base, so if you are anything over 5'10"ish thoughts on lowering the floor will probably come to mind. But on the other hand, they were very comfortable too/from Curbs this year.

Guy

P.S. Brave man :D

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:19 pm
by scimjim
Mx5 and MGF are popular seats but any seat from a modern mainstream production car is going to be a lot higher.

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:30 pm
by Revingtosh
guybetts wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:15 pm
On seats, I'll ask Geoff Richards which are the ones he's just fitted to his Coupe. They are a bit taller in the seat base, so if you are anything over 5'10"ish thoughts on lowering the floor will probably come to mind. But on the other hand, they were very comfortable too/from Curbs this year.
Thank you Guy - that is very useful. Im 6 foot tall, its got buckets in at present, my derriere sits atop of them rather than in them :D

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:44 pm
by Revingtosh
MGF Seats were a complete bar-steward to fit because of the enlarged v8 trans tunnel im assuming :-)
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Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:46 pm
by Revingtosh
I managed to get a brand new set of 15x8.5 genuine Wolfrace slots for £150.

They were that new - they didn't even have the stud pattern drilled into them, or valve holes despite being a little weathered in places. That's the holy grail of wheels for me (excuse the pun) :-)

Next up, front arches. Clean up the chassis and paint it - im not looking forwards to that particular job.


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Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:59 pm
by Revingtosh
Added a deeper dish steering wheel which greatly improves the driving position. Carpets needed as the existing ones were shot to pieces / non existent.
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Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:33 am
by ScimmyMike
To recarpet a standard coupe you require 6lm of carpet I'm reliably informed by Nigel at QRG, he'd better be right as that's what I've bought for mine :lol: :lol:

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:51 am
by philhoward
ScimmyMike wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:33 am
To recarpet a standard coupe you require 6lm of carpet I'm reliably informed by Nigel at QRG, he'd better be right as that's what I've bought for mine :lol: :lol:
If there's too much, at least the garage floor will be comfortable..

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:02 am
by Revingtosh
Sorry for the lack of updates of late - needless to say I have been beavering away on the Coupe - I intend to show this one next year all being well.

By the looks of it, from the lack of maintenance, I don't think the chassis would have remained solid for much longer without intervention. So the chassis / axle / suspension have all been wire brushed back to get the shabbite off, and then treated to a couple of thick coats of black paint.

While I was there I noticed that the shocks & springs looked like they had been at the bottom of the sea for several years, so i've gone with a full set of AVO coilovers & springs all round as recommended by Nigel from QRG - new nuts & bolts too where I could.

Also, when I got the car I decided at the time that I really wanted a v8, but hated the hot rod look & had to see past that. So I replaced the wheels and tyres with 8x15 wolfies & 205/50/15 rubber - 8mm spacer on the front.

I had a real score on these - £150 for 5 - they were brand new but weathered, but needed to have the stud pattern cut into them. Im not really a fan the popular polished ally look, so I had them refinished in dark gold to match the gold fleck in the paintwork & pin stripe.

Next on the list - MOT, probably a set of Wilwoods for the front & carpets. Oh year, fix the broken boot hinge too - i'm not looking forwards to that one.


Big thanks to Greeny too - he told me that the car was solid (but would need a little work to save it) - he was bob on. Thanks to Colin Watson too for the advice so far :-)

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:58 pm
by Revingtosh
Ahem - Thermal incident narrowly avoided!

I had planned to replace them anyway - but the question is what with?

Has anyone on here had any experience of the Earls Vaporguard gear? It looks good from what ive read.

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:03 pm
by philhoward
If you’re asking about what’s a good fuel hose to get, then unless you can guarantee the source and spec 100%, knock on the door of a certain AJL Electronics of this parish for some of his Cohline hose.

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:28 pm
by Revingtosh
Cohline - that's a term that im unfamiliar with. I shall do some research - thank you very much kind sir.

Mikeys / Greenys / Colin Watson v8 Coupe

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:47 pm
by philhoward
It’s a manufacturer of OEM hose - hence probably why it isn’t that common.

If AJL are out of stock (looks like it from the website), then Merlin Motorsport do it as well.