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Old 19th February 2017, 10:49
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Dave – Thanks.

Paul – I got the seat belts from Ebay after a few other people on the forum bought them.

Apparently, they were a batch of new belts designed for the Saxon armoured vehicle!



You can just about see the belts in this interior shot.



At the time I wasn’t sure if the airplane style buckle was going to be OK, but the MOT guy was happy with it.



If you do find any belts like these, just remember that all your controls need to be in easy reach as the belts do pin you to the seat.

So I have to remember to switch on the battery cut off switch before I tighten the belts up.
( Although it is easy to loosen the shoulder straps to get some movement when I forget. )

The other thing to be aware of is the ends of the adjustment straps have D rings on which bounce around and rattle.

But these type of belts really do add to the ‘race car on the road’ look.

Hope that helps, Paul.
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Old 26th February 2017, 12:39
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Spring Is In The Air:
Seeing the cherry trees in bloom is usually a good sign that the worst of the winter is over.



It has been a busy month both at work and at home, but thankfully I was able to go for a quick blast today.

The sky was constantly changing and I did fear I was going to be caught out by some rain.

This was the scene when I pulled into Sainsburys on the way home.



The car park is always a good reminder of just how small the car is.



Having said that, you can still pile the shopping in.



I'll leave you with this shot taken on my street while I was moving my wife's car off the driveway.



I've ordered a new rear stop/tail light for the passenger side, as there is definitely something wrong with the one I've fitted.

I also clocked up 883 miles since the MOT and am slowly edging towards my 1,000 miles shake down target.

Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Paul,

I meant to ask, on your Harrow job vid what or how did you get the camera mounted to get the low down shot ?

The camera must have been perched low down ?
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Old 4th March 2017, 14:04
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Jeff H - I did try to find a way to mount the GoPro that would recreate the original camera angle.

Unfortunately, I just couldn't find any way of securing the camera in place that would actually work at all.

Thankfully, I did feel slightly better when I found these photos of how the professionals did it!



So my cheap and cheerful alternative was to use an extendable 'selfie stick'.

I taped the stick to the back of the car for the exhaust shot and to the side of the car for the wheel view.

I was able to adjust the length of the stick until it was roughly at the right height off the ground.

Although it took a few attempts before I managed to get the camera pointing in the right direction.

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Saturday Spin:
Needed to collect my new rear stop/tail light from the Post Office, which seemed like a good excuse for a run out.



Then I took a bit of a detour on the way back and have now clocked up a total of 903 miles.

I left the car parked on the street when I got home, so I could let the engine cool down.

Later on I was able to check, and top up, the engine oil, which is still weeping out.



The big kid in me still loves the fact that this bonnet opens on hinges I made myself.

The really good news is that there was definitely some warmth in the sunshine today.

So until next time, take care, Paul.
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Same here Paul Just finished my bonnet hinges and I really am chuffed with the result.
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Old 5th March 2017, 13:07
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Glad the car is getting regular use Paul ...they are a blast to drive , whatever the weather ...

Have you given any thought to when you are going to paint her yet ?
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Glad the car is getting regular use Paul ...they are a blast to drive , whatever the weather ...

Have you given any thought to when you are going to paint her yet ?


Paul,

I am sure you are well aware, but if/when you get round to splashing the paint on just be sure to get rid of all the old primer, it is porus and will lead to micro blister in the future.

Just a heads up.

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it is porus and will lead to micro blister in the future
Which could be a bonus if you are going for ''racetrack refugee found in a barn '' look !!
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Which could be a bonus if you are going for ''racetrack refugee found in a barn '' look !!


Or BIG roundels, they hide tons of blemishes..
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Old 7th March 2017, 06:06
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Or go for metallic silver - even if the finish isn't great an awful lot of people think it's just weather-worn aluminium. And roundels. Roundels are good.
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Old 10th March 2017, 18:29
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I post replies and a proper update tomorrow.

But I've only just heard that John Surtees had died.

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Old 11th March 2017, 13:23
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Deggy - The photos of your bonnet hinges looked good.

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Lancelot, Jeff & Mr T - Thanks for all the feedback/suggestions and I will have some Barry Sheene #7 roundels.

Based on today's weather I think the time to start prepping for paint is not too far off.

As I had set myself the target of at least 1,000 shakedown miles and I am less than 80 away from that now.

I am just debating whether to get the car back to JY CLassics to get the oil leak sorted out before or after paint.

The other thing I am a still battling with is the standard of "smoothness" I will be aiming for.

Don't get me wrong, I have no intention of doing a botched paint job, but I do not want/need a glass like finish.

I think as long as I sort out the main 'lumpy' bits, I'd be happy with an overall "lived in" look.

I've also applied for the one of the Goodwood Breakfast Club meetings in June, so that is a good target.

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Springtime in London for Swordfishes…



After another really hectic week at work, it was great to be out with the sun shining today.

It was certainly warm enough to encourage the 'fair weather' convertible drivers to get their roofs down.
( I passed 4 today. )

In fact, by the time I had nipped into Sainsburys on the way home it was warm enough to ditch my outer layers…



And drive the last mile or so in a t-shirt.

I also had my first offer of a straight car swap (although just for the day) while stopping for petrol.

When a young man offered me his immaculate Audi TT RS coupe in exchange for my car, as it was "Dope".

Until next time, take care, Paul.

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Old 12th March 2017, 07:54
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So... how much was the TT worth ? Tempted to swap - sell - start again.?

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Old 14th March 2017, 05:45
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Dave - The Audi was worth at least three or four times the value of my car.

Plus it is more reliable, faster, has a roof and no doubt a working heater, etc.

Thing is, I doubt if his really nice car gets anything like the reaction my humble effort does.

As for starting again, unless I move to a house with a garage, any future car building projects are banned.

Cheers, Paul.
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Wasn't the 'swap' just for a day anyway? If you did take the TT and sell it on for a profit under that deal you would be moving house. To The Big House...
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Paul, had you thought about painting the car in yacht paint?
We had a yacht in Essex a few years back and every few years we would paint the hull in navy blue with international paints paint. Put it on with a fine foam roller and a fine foam brush for the nooks and crannies. You do get excellent results for very little effort. The paint is designed to flow out and not run, as you can imagine, painting a hull is all vertical so you need a paint that won't sag. If you scratch it, just give it a rub with a scotch pad and go other that area with the roller again, you won't see the blend. I recon £45 on paint. You would need a colour that would give that patina effect, BRG or dark blue would work well.
I would suggest putting a garden gazebo up with side curtains so you can give the inside a good spray with fly killer before you start, stops the little buggers landing on the wet paint. I have been using a bit of thinners in the gun to give the gazebo a good dousing 5 minutes before spraying and it has worked well. I did spray one sill out of the gazebo as I was out of room and rushing. Every flying thing for miles was attracted to in in minutes.
Only downside is if you decide to paint it properly later you would have to sand it off.

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Mr T - Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.

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JaguarTVR - Welcome to my build thread.

The BRG paint I have is apparently 'Truck Coat' and it sounds similar to that yacht paint.

It is designed to be applied by brush and should leave a thick coat of paint that can then be sanded back for a smoother finish.

Thanks for the fly spray tip, as I will try to rig up some sort of gazebo paint booth.

Cheers, Paul.
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Try painting some of the Truck coat with a small dense sponge roller and sponge brush on some scrap first. If I remember correctly Truck Coat is an enamel type paint so should have similar properties to yacht paint.

I built a large extension a few years back and all the paintwork was Dulux liquid gloss, I put it all on with the sponge tools and had no runs at all, normally I end up with runs and drips everywhere, it's a good paint but horrible to put on.
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JagTVR - I like the idea of using some practise pieces for test painting.

I've sure I will be able to find something suitable in my fibreglass graveyard.

It would be interesting to see how different brushes/rollers/sponges turn out.

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Work is going through a bit of a hectic phase at the moment, so I really wanted a chance to get out in the car today.

I wasn't too bothered about the strength of the wind, but the every changing cloud formations did worry me.

Eventually, I decided to take a chance, but no sooner had I started moving my wife's car off the drive it started to rain.

So even though it was only spitting, I kept the car covers on.

Unfortunately, a bit of light drizzle was not going to get me out of some gardening chores.

So I was outside raking the lawn instead.



Which quickly filled 5 bags!



Then I had to rescue the lawn mower from the messy shed.



Before the grass finally got its first cut of 2017.



The good news is that if I am back working in the garden then the nice weather can't be too far away.

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At the first sign of the sun trying to break through the clouds I headed out for a drive.

Only about 15 miles, but it is still a great way to shake off the work stresses.

Pulled into the local industrial estate on the way home to grab a few photos.







Until next time, take care, Paul.

PS
Only saw one 'hard core' driver with their roof down today...

Two blokes in a battered old MX5 that were clearly enjoying their drive and went crazy when they saw me driving towards them.
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Enjoy!
Better weather coming your way (I hope).
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