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DaveP 27th February 2019 07:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 99311)
I was in the states once and over heard someone in a parking lot talking about a "deflationary situation" whilst pointing at his rear tyre !

Lol. I love the term disassemble quoted on such shows as Fantomworks. What’s wrong with the good old fashioned “tear down”.

Welshkiwi 1st March 2019 21:25

Mini to do list
 
Hey guys, not too much to report as doing a lot of thinking about next steps for me. Have ordered the washer jets, fuel tank sealer and mini door locks which will give me a few bits to get on with. Had the car running today, everything so far still working and speaker system in rear area that I fitted is working.

My mini to do list is as follows:

- finish ideas for rear structure support. Going to affix bolt into the lower rear arch area into the monocoque tub for solid fix at that point, fix at front location to chassis and rear sill area, various brackets on the rear boot extension and side wing x 2 and then packing/bonding onto all necessary surfaces.

- remove rear body and tidy up alignment at screen upper support area.

- overhaul/tidy mini door handles and fit new lock barrels, make new gaskets.

- fit and tidy front screen washer jet system and piping.

- work on “tide line ” on the inside of the rear body so I can work out where to flowcoat to and where to start developing rear guard to cabin sealing panels.

- purchase a low lying aerial fin that will fit nicely under the rear, as per jagtvrs ideas....

- start the extension on the rear light harnesses and sealing off the light assy holes in the rear boot original area.

Plenty to sort through...... :thumb:

rossnzwpi 2nd March 2019 19:27

FYI there are three Fiat 850 lenses on Trademe at the moment (maybe a tail light body as well if my memory serves me) if you need spares or alternatives,
cheers
Ross (in Auckland)

rossnzwpi 2nd March 2019 19:32

Oh, and the same guy has two pairs of complete Stars brand replica Lancia 037/Ford GT40 tail lights - new old stock.

Welshkiwi 3rd March 2019 04:49

Washer Jets fitted
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rossnzwpi (Post 99407)
FYI there are three Fiat 850 lenses on Trademe at the moment (maybe a tail light body as well if my memory serves me) if you need spares or alternatives,
cheers
Ross (in Auckland)

Quote:

Originally Posted by rossnzwpi (Post 99408)
Oh, and the same guy has two pairs of complete Stars brand replica Lancia 037/Ford GT40 tail lights - new old stock.

Thanks Ross, really appreciate this. Already have the Lancia light assy's, they came over from the UK when I got the kit. They are the top and bottom lights with the reflector centre strip I will try and get them on and photographed sometime soon once I have made some progress with the back.
Spent the day at the Brit and Euro Car show, awesome to see 1071 cars registered this year, has grown from 250 cars 2 years ago and 650 cars last year. Sun was shining and some awesome examples. My classic favourite was the Aston DB 2/4 in a stunning gun metal metallic. Modern favourite was probably the Alpine. Very big fan of the original A110 and for a modern homage it is a very nice car up close.

Anyway it all spurned me on this afternoon and fitted the washer jets - Need to get inline valve and joiners/clamps to finish underneath, have fitted with tube extensions from the original BMW tubing and clamps. Fiddly to enlarge the lower skin surface and have enough clearance to get the nut and washer on, but a bit of tape/grease and perseverance and it wasn't too difficult. The BMW clamps helped as I could get them to snap on with long nose pliers
Here's the top view.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7899/...6bd37d00_z.jpgWasher Jets 2

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7840/...187c2774_z.jpgWasher Jets 1

jones 3rd March 2019 09:54

Just a guess but I think your jets are facing the wrong way...

Loving your build, keep it up!

Barber 3rd March 2019 20:18

Sorry, I've had a few and this made me giggle:
"Anyway it all spurned me on this afternoon and fitted the washer jets "
Get on with it matey, you are doing a great job.

Welshkiwi 4th March 2019 02:26

Quote:

Originally Posted by jones (Post 99418)
Just a guess but I think your jets are facing the wrong way...

Loving your build, keep it up!

Cheers Jones, I have fretted over which way to fit them myself. If I want a straight v spray then this is the right way to fit. If I want to cross the streams and go one high, one low then they need to be the other way. Although I can’t stop thinking of ghostbusters or poor urinal etiquette when talking about never crossing streams! I will wait and see what the spray pattern is like as to where they end up, but any knowledgeable feedback, answers on a postcard to the Blue Peter office please!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Barber (Post 99438)
Sorry, I've had a few and this made me giggle:
"Anyway it all spurned me on this afternoon and fitted the washer jets "
Get on with it matey, you are doing a great job.

Cheers Barber, glad I made ya chuckle. The job was a little more than just jets as I needed to open out the lower skin on the clam and clip the hoses through the opening a la a gynaecologist, but I know what you mean! I am smiling now!

Welshkiwi 4th March 2019 04:42

Washer Piping complete and tested
 
Got the washers finished and tested - All ok and the spray pattern as fitted is good. Ran out of clips so some piping wirelocked in place until I can get more.

As you can see below fitted tie clamp clips to hold pipework in place.

Still need to tidy loom wiring and P-clip into standoffs in the bonnet but you can see the general idea......

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7826/...aacbfa32_z.jpgWashers Piping 4

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7873/...2d7cc9a8_z.jpgWashers Piping 3

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7882/...dd7292f8_z.jpgWashers Piping 1

Welshkiwi 5th May 2019 03:19

Long time away - No work
 
Hey guys, been off the grid for a while after my knee surgery and what can only be described a long dose of apathy. Trying to change that.
Latest on mine is I am hoping for on the road and certed (not painted) by end of September. Certainly doable if I can knuckle down.
Latest state of play and updates on where I am heading.
- Ordered Z4 hubs and going to fit E46 discs to the rear with a narrower track. Will help me to fit the style 5 bmw alloys for the moment with a decent offset and later on when finalising painting will be fitting wires.
- Fuel filler position being changed but still an issue with the filler I have and clearance to the chassis. I may have to lower it from where I have cut the latest hole which not really happy about but may have to be the only outcome to get it to fit.
- Haven't trolled all the threads for a while but really interested in your discussions on the locking issue and getting to the key location under the door skin. I am in the camp of fitting the mini door handles with a stainless keyhole/escutcheon under the handle and in line with the original hole. It will have a stainless short tube welded to it to ensure the long shaft key that I am going to get will be guided straight into the original lock key hole. Simple solution but keeps the locking standard and the only change is the long key. Maintenance/lubrication and usage of the key lock should keep the issues at bay.
A few piccies:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d6ea4200_z.jpgIMG_20190505_115711

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...7fdf0a25_z.jpgIMG_20190505_115619

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...91ab8f8a_z.jpgIMG_20190505_115548

Jaguartvr 5th May 2019 08:25

How about using the DNA approach to the fuel filler?
They used a small flap to cover the existing fuel filler and used the original BMW hinge. Shouldn't be too hard to replicate.

Lucky@LeMans 5th May 2019 19:46

Had a chat with the guys at Grassbank today. They had a very convincing 250 SWB Tribute kit on their stand at Stoneliegh fitted with deep dish wires tucked well under the standard arches. They have used the shorter rear hubs but also narrowed the front suspension control arm and moved strut mount in slightly. Not a massive job by all accounts so worth a thought if you want the right look.

Welshkiwi 6th May 2019 06:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 100258)
How about using the DNA approach to the fuel filler?
They used a small flap to cover the existing fuel filler and used the original BMW hinge. Shouldn't be too hard to replicate.

Thanks Jag, I can’t do the filler flap way out, I just love the look of the Aston flap, so even if I end up with it raised off the body skin for the clearance (a la cobra style) I will investigate those options first. Thanks tho fella.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 100273)
Had a chat with the guys at Grassbank today. They had a very convincing 250 SWB Tribute kit on their stand at Stoneliegh fitted with deep dish wires tucked well under the standard arches. They have used the shorter rear hubs but also narrowed the front suspension control arm and moved strut mount in slightly. Not a massive job by all accounts so worth a thought if you want the right look.

Awesome LLM, thanks for that. Hubs turned up today so as long as my measurements are good it should be good for the 275 as there is no flare on the arches. Good to know though not a big job to shorten the front track width if needed. That is a good solution how they dealt with it as long as toe-in-out doesn’t change too much and the handling isn’t affected. Cheers.

Lucky@LeMans 6th May 2019 08:45

http://www.grassbank.co.uk/newshoes

Have a look at how they have fitted the wheels on their 250 SWB.

Welshkiwi 6th May 2019 09:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 100281)
http://www.grassbank.co.uk/newshoes

Have a look at how they have fitted the wheels on their 250 SWB.

Very nice LLM, very inspirational. Well worth the money for shoes like that!

Welshkiwi 6th May 2019 09:15

Fuel Filler
 
Hey guys canvassing for some thoughts on fuel filler and any issues you may have had previously with what I am thinking of.

See photos below, just about settled on a method, looking to fit the filler I have in a "scalloped shelf" that let's the cap sit around the height of the photos. Location undecided until I can check clearances underneath areas but either where it is as photographed or higher at the top point of the rear arch. I quite like the look of it "out of the body" as it now seems the only way I can do it without chassis mods which I can't do for cert passing.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...559f7ca9_z.jpgIMG_20190506_191413 - Copy

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...72b39f8b_z.jpgIMG_20190506_191400 - Copy

Lucky@LeMans 6th May 2019 18:03

I think it will spoil the clean lines of the car having it sticking out that far. Could you set it in half way at least ?

Barber 6th May 2019 19:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 100286)
I think it will spoil the clean lines of the car having sticking out that far. Could you set it in half way at least ?

Seconded.

molleur 6th May 2019 19:58

2 Attachment(s)
Not the best location (albeit, a little easier to connect).
Put mine on the top of the rear wing, recessed, as close to the door as decent. Had to segment and weld up pipe sections as needed to make the bends . No issues filling.

Egdik 6th May 2019 23:46

Petrol fiiller cap
 
Farina was so keen on keeping the lines clean, that he put the filler in the boot.

The standard Z3 flap cover is quite discrete.


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