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molleur 7th February 2020 14:01

Nice!

smash 15th March 2020 10:47

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Car is in for interior trim and dash conversion. Headlining is using traditional bows rather than being stuck on. Very pleased so far!

Jaguartvr 15th March 2020 13:14

Traditional headlining with bows is a very nice period feature, My Jag Mk2 had a new headlining professionally fitted when it was rebuilt 30 years ago. Still looks as good as new.

Was watching a wheeler-dealers video on youtube on a Jag XJS, Ed was fitting a new headliner as they are prone to drooping, someone had tried to glue it back and made a pig's ear of it. The new headlining looked superb. The next video was French Wheeler-Dealers (didn't know they did one), in this version again on an XJS, they removed the moulded headling and threw it away, then cut a new headling out of some material and stuck it on with aerosol glue. As you can imagine it looked awful, I wonder how long that will stay up with the Mediterranean sun?
Same job, different skill set.
Looking forward to seeing the dash conversion. Is the dash going to be painted or covered?

tonyt 15th March 2020 19:45

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Originally Posted by smash (Post 103230)
Grassbank still supply them so that's a no no and I'm sure Chris wouldn't do that. Plus he's no longer producing the 250.

Makes the kits rare, mine is Mazda based 250 gto not swb.

smash 15th March 2020 23:16

@Steve - going for black crackle paint finish. I've got black on black dials rather than the cream centres.

smash 18th March 2020 03:38

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Dash being bonded at Evolution Trim Works. Black on black gauges.

Mister Towed 18th March 2020 07:02

Just lovely :)

Hughandjen 18th March 2020 08:28

Great dash. Love the dials.

smash 20th March 2020 05:45

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Gauges lit. Little concerned I won't be able to get car back before full blown lock down...

smash 27th March 2020 20:22

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Before the car went in I had lots of discussions with Wayne at Evolution Trim Works around headlining strategies and how we could "lift" the large amount of black in the interior. Well it certainly paid off...over the moon with his work!

Dash is off for prep and paint shortly.

Mister Towed 28th March 2020 06:36

Very nice work, looks factory fresh.

smash 6th April 2020 19:29

Sadly, we've stalled due to the coronavirus. Wayne has no work booked in after me and delays due to slow parts availability plus some custom bits.

Obviously his family come first and he needs income - gutted for him and he is clearly talented. Hopefully he can get back into it when we're finally out of this madness...

smash 26th July 2020 20:47

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Well it's been a long road and at times very trying for both Wayne and myself. COVID has knocked his fledgling business sideways on top of which the interior build posed many challenges such as what to do for rear shelf as the fuel pipe runs across interior due to relocation of fuel filler. I think he's really pulled it out of the bag and I'm really over the moon with it :D

Please note the wheel is being swapped out for a Nardi Anni 60 so "that" badge will not be there after the car gets home.

molleur 26th July 2020 21:43

Fantastic!

jones 26th July 2020 22:21

Looks great Smash, can understand why you would be over the moon!

Hughandjen 27th July 2020 08:06

That’s very impressive, well done.

smash 1st August 2020 09:37

Things you should know about your car but didnt:
Turns out my Borani replicas have alloy rims - no wonder they cost the builder a packet!

smash 20th August 2020 18:21

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Onwards and sideways. Resolving issues and some issues yet to resolve...

The good stuff - replaced the Lucas rear lights with the proper jobs. Surprisingly straight forward swap.

Trimmed the boot. Unfortunately all the original boot trim was junked by previous owner so I'm looking out for the inner arch trims. The pics probably flatter it but I'm happy with how it's come out - unlike my back which us screaming! Should've jacked the car up. Doh!

Next up some headlining issues and switcg out door cards for the Classic Coachworks versions I shouldve got to start with then on to the exterior. It's crying out for the rain gutters and chroming.

Does anyone who's used chrome wrap reckon you could do the window frames? Toying with the idea of stainless U section cap to sit over the frames but tight on gap.

Basically it's all details now.

molleur 20th August 2020 18:28

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Originally Posted by smash (Post 104967)
Onwards and sideways. Resolving issues and some issues yet to resolve...

The good stuff - replaced the Lucas rear lights with the proper jobs. Surprisingly straight forward swap.

Trimmed the boot. Unfortunately all the original boot trim was junked by previous owner so I'm looking out for the inner arch trims. The pics probably flatter it but I'm happy with how it's come out - unlike my back which us screaming! Should've jacked the car up. Doh!

Next up some headlining issues and switcg out door cards for the Classic Coachworks versions I shouldve got to start with then on to the exterior. It's crying out for the rain gutters and chroming.

Does anyone who's used chrome wrap reckon you could do the window frames? Toying with the idea of stainless U section cap to sit over the frames but tight on gap.

Basically it's all details now.

Window frames - IMO chrome powder coat is the way to go.
Mine look great!

smash 20th August 2020 18:38

I'd love to but the outer frame is not removable - there's a bolt captive between the grp and original door. Just got to think outside the box a bit.

smash 20th August 2020 18:42

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More good stuff:

Complete refurbished rear beam with camber compensation and extra track reduction on top of the Z4 hub.

Nicely tucked in now.

Also nicked another 6mm at front by losing adaptor spacer and machining hub for wheel clearance.

molleur 20th August 2020 18:44

I had the same problem. My doorskins were bonded on before the window frames were installed. I had to cut great holes in the doorskins to fit them and repair the FRP. Friend's helping while I was away.

smash 20th August 2020 18:45

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Even more good stuff.

Nardi Anni 60 fitted and Grassbank stalk ends.

molleur 20th August 2020 18:47

That interior is simply beautiful! Well done.

smash 20th August 2020 18:49

I'm not sure about cutting holes in the door skins! I think if I was going to do that I'd go electric window conversion. And I've already spent 10k on top of the car purchase price....

molleur 20th August 2020 20:40

I wound up de-bonding the entire body!
not so hard to cut a rectangular hole in the skin. Save the cut out part.
do your windows, Taper the edges of both the cutouts and remaining doorskin and re-glass. Finish bodywork is all.

BTW, I also had to do same for door handles and fuel filler recess. De-bonding the body was fun!

Thanks for the "friend's help.

redratbike 20th August 2020 22:23

That looks stunning http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...3&d=1597945513

Lucky@LeMans 21st August 2020 11:34

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Originally Posted by smash (Post 104967)
Onwards and sideways. Resolving issues and some issues yet to resolve...

The good stuff - replaced the Lucas rear lights with the proper jobs. Surprisingly straight forward swap.

Trimmed the boot. Unfortunately all the original boot trim was junked by previous owner so I'm looking out for the inner arch trims. The pics probably flatter it but I'm happy with how it's come out - unlike my back which us screaming! Should've jacked the car up. Doh!

Next up some headlining issues and switcg out door cards for the Classic Coachworks versions I shouldve got to start with then on to the exterior. It's crying out for the rain gutters and chroming.

Does anyone who's used chrome wrap reckon you could do the window frames? Toying with the idea of stainless U section cap to sit over the frames but tight on gap.

Basically it's all details now.

The chrome wrap can work really well. The biggest issue I have found with wrap are the edges. If they can be concealed and covered over so much the better. If you can do it in one piece without joins it will look better.

smash 22nd August 2020 19:47

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 104984)
The chrome wrap can work really well. The biggest issue I have found with wrap are the edges. If they can be concealed and covered over so much the better. If you can do it in one piece without joins it will look better.

I think that's the problem with the frames - too many edges. I've seen it used really effectively on the mouth and the last mouth I "chromed" with the silver nitrate stuff had a yellow hue so I reckon wrapping the mouth is probably the answer for that but maybe not the frames.

smash 27th August 2020 12:57

@lucky - can you recommend a chrome wrap brand for me to try? Nothing to lose!

Lucky@LeMans 27th August 2020 14:49

The last time I bought some was around two years ago from ebay, don't remember the brand. I did check the wording in the advert to make sure it would have some "stretch". Some of the cheaper stuff won't stretch without damaging the chrome finish, it sort of parts company and goes grey and wrinkley !

smash 27th August 2020 23:11

I know the feeling!

I'll have a for eBay surf. Cheers.

redratbike 28th August 2020 11:50

Have you seen the new mirror/chrome paint ???

https://culturehustle.com/products/mirror

Lucky@LeMans 28th August 2020 13:55

Hmm, doesn't look much better than the other wonder paints on the market. They never simply paint a flat surface to show you how reflective it is do they ! Most of these paints don't work in wet conditions, they just turn grey very quickly.

redratbike 28th August 2020 14:10

No idea to be honest popped up somewhere thought I’d post it


Did you see the norton chrome paint a couple of years ago??

smash 2nd September 2020 10:10

I've just seen a new chrome paint brush on that looks amazing but I'd guess is not durable enough for exterior use. Bizarrely best results via brushing on!

I't called Mirror by Culture Hustle - impressive...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j4BR6MuLro

redratbike 2nd September 2020 12:04

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Originally Posted by smash (Post 105084)
I've just seen a new chrome paint brush on that looks amazing but I'd guess is not durable enough for exterior use. Bizarrely best results via brushing on!

I't called Mirror by Culture Hustle - impressive...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j4BR6MuLro

Thatís the one I saw


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