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peterux 1st March 2020 19:46

Looking very good. I bet there were a few like that guy in the last picture scratching their chins wondering what it is!

Welshkiwi 2nd March 2020 03:11

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 103585)
Well done getting the car to the show !

Looks great and not too far from completion.

Thanks LLM, certainly was some ďtonic for the soulĒ seeing others reactions etc. Gave me a shot in the arm that I am heading in the right direction, no matter how long it takes!
Also got a contact with someone who has a set of Borrani wheels in his garage so he is sending me some info etc. Good show and good talking about it.....cheers.

Welshkiwi 2nd March 2020 03:33

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Originally Posted by peterux (Post 103596)
Looking very good. I bet there were a few like that guy in the last picture scratching their chins wondering what it is!

Thanks fella, yeh a few foxed people as per the underpinnings....funnily enough it was the younger crowd who spotted BMW gauges the quickest!

The good thing was a lot commented that the proportions just looked right, which is testament to Chris and Dan back in the shop....Cheers.

Mister Towed 2nd March 2020 07:09

Looking very classy and really fits in with the big-buck Astons. The 'Italia 275 GTB Prototypo' plates are a nice touch.

Is there a rear screen rubber with a chrome trim available? If so, to my eye it might be more in keeping with the rest of the car.

Keep up the good work!

Welshkiwi 2nd March 2020 07:34

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Originally Posted by Mister Towed (Post 103607)
Looking very classy and really fits in with the big-buck Astons. The 'Italia 275 GTB Prototypo' plates are a nice touch.

Is there a rear screen rubber with a chrome trim available? If so, to my eye it might be more in keeping with the rest of the car.

Keep up the good work!

Thanks a lot Mr T, really appreciated. The screen if you zoom in on the photos is actually sitting on top of the opening. The fibreglass needs thinning to get the seal to fit properly, so i’ll do that fit once the interior is finished and tidy.

I have the chrome trim sat in the garage ready to go so hopefully will be the end visuals that work....Yeh I liked that plate and I think it helped me with the fezza enthusiasts as well. Might keep some of that for the final badging. Cheers.

Egdik 2nd March 2020 11:15

Good to see your continued progress.

The photos look better out in the open.

We are envious of your parched grass !

Mister Towed 2nd March 2020 19:28

Ahh yes, just zoomed in and can now see the channel for the chrome trim.

I fitted new seals and (plastic) chrome trim to a 'Bermuda' hardtop (rear window and two huge skylights) for my Midget last Autumn. It was a real pain in the fingers, even using the special tool and silicone spray to lube it so good luck when you come to fit yours.

Great looking car - I think its styling hides the more modern windscreen slope better than most Z3 based cars.

Welshkiwi 3rd March 2020 02:23

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Originally Posted by Egdik (Post 103611)
Good to see your continued progress.

The photos look better out in the open.

We are envious of your parched grass !

Thanks Kidge, yes the grass is a bit frazzled round here at the moment, if you can imagine that grass is quite green compared to most places!

The exhaust sounded just about right out in the open spaces, gave a good crackle/reverb once backed off the throttle. Might be a touch loud for cert, but iíll see what I can work with that.

Apologies forgot about the sizing of the rear lights for you so just done it. They are total trim dia of 145mm and light lense dia of 125mm.
Hope that helps. Cheers.

Welshkiwi 4th March 2020 08:52

Quick wheel update, I have been offered (after getting my details in the show) a set of Borrani Record RW3591 5.5x15 wheels with knockoffs.
Originally probably from a Ferrari 400 Super America.
Have made initial back and fore but I think they are possibly going to be too pricey. But I do have an option to take 1 on loan to see if they fit/suit the car....They are bloody gorgeous but might be dreaming only! Keep ya in the loop! ��

molleur 4th March 2020 12:49

I'm positive the Boranni's will be very expensive.
Have a look here:
https://www.truespoke.com/72-spoke-c...ce-wire-wheels
15x7 72 spoke cross laced

Lucky@LeMans 4th March 2020 18:15

You need to be careful before jumping in and buying wires for this car. I bought a set of centre laced 6"-15"'s. They only just go under the arches and I've had to fit narrow 185 tyres along with the Z4 rear hub conversion. Most of the Borrani wires that suit the car will be the deep dish style.

molleur 5th March 2020 01:11

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 103629)
You need to be careful before jumping in and buying wires for this car. I bought a set of centre laced 6"-15"'s. They only just go under the arches and I've had to fit narrow 185 tyres along with the Z4 rear hub conversion. Most of the Borrani wires that suit the car will be the deep dish style.

Exactly. I needed to arch the rears on the 250 SWB. Looks good too.
Using 205/65/15's. Fronts were okay so far. Still need to install the coilovers.

Welshkiwi 6th March 2020 02:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 103629)
You need to be careful before jumping in and buying wires for this car. I bought a set of centre laced 6"-15"'s. They only just go under the arches and I've had to fit narrow 185 tyres along with the Z4 rear hub conversion. Most of the Borrani wires that suit the car will be the deep dish style.

Noted with thanks LLM. Being very careful with these....looks likely it wonít happen, but you never know. I think the guy has had them a while so if they fit there may be a small chance to do a deal. But I ainít remortgaging the house to get um! Already have the new rear discs diameter reduced in case I do the hub reduction....cheers.

Paul L 7th March 2020 07:44

Love the way the angle of this photo shows off the shape of the car. :cool:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...febe4913_c.jpg

It is going to look spectacular when finished and painted.

Good luck, Paul. :)

Welshkiwi 8th March 2020 07:17

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Originally Posted by Paul L (Post 103642)
Love the way the angle of this photo shows off the shape of the car. :cool:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...febe4913_c.jpg

It is going to look spectacular when finished and painted.

Good luck, Paul. :)

Thanks Paul, be a wee while yet but pretty happy how it is coming together,,,,,just wish I had more dedicated time to spend on it. The older you get the more the clock is important and stretched! Cheers.

Welshkiwi 19th April 2020 06:31

Lockdown Latest
 
Hi guys, hope you are all well in lock-down - Ironically it has given me a window of opportunity to proceed with the car over the last 4 weeks.....

Update:
- Under bonnet blanket fitted
- Grille and surround fitted (at least until body paint process and change)
- Headlight covers fitted and captive nuts/brackets manufactures and fitted
- Front number plate bracket manufactured and fitted
- Rear lights removed, bodywork scalloped out for an original look and primed/refitted
- Front guards manufactured and fitted.

General to do:
- Wiring tidy up
- Interior finish panelling and fit rear window
- Fit roll tube protection and headlining
- Doors and handles/locking mechanism.

Some pictures:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...afd9da10_c.jpgRear light clusters scalloped

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...64d87ba6_c.jpgLatest Rear

Welshkiwi 19th April 2020 06:52

Here is the front end......

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...fd740ecf_c.jpgLatest Front

Mister Towed 19th April 2020 07:30

Very nice :)

Lucky@LeMans 19th April 2020 18:17

Looking good. The scalloped rear light recessing makes a big difference .

Welshkiwi 19th April 2020 20:36

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 103937)
Looking good. The scalloped rear light recessing makes a big difference .

Thanks LLM, I may go a bit more aggressive with this before final painting but that may require a bit more strengthening behind the light pods, so thought this worked for now at least, but it does look much better visually....cheers.


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