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Old 13th March 2019, 09:11
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I know you were having problems with battery drain, I was suffering the same problem. ... the switch for the interior light is on the catch so it was occasionally left on causing the drain...
I solved my drain problem by taking out the fuses for the radio and the interior lights and using a solar panel charger.

When your door switch gave problems:
1. did the interior light actually come on?
2. was the central locking activated? I would have expected the alarm to sound if the door switch "opened".
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Old 13th March 2019, 18:21
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Central locking wasn't working (from the key fob) and the interior light seemed to go out, however it was only occasionally that the battery went flat and I didn't twig that the interior light was staying on occasionally.
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Old 13th March 2019, 20:13
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The intermittent ones are the worst.
A bit like my brake light switch- usually needs "waking up" before a journey.

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Old 3rd April 2019, 08:37
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Time for an update, is it going to be shown at Stoneleigh?
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Old 4th April 2019, 09:22
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It won't be ready for Stoneleigh, Chris and I discussed that in January. I am going down at the end of next week to see progress. I will take some pictures and post them. The Z3 has a seized front brake caliper which will get sorted early next week. Now the weather is warming up, I hope to get the internals sorted before the end of April.

Meantime, we had a lovely mini tour of Belgium and Holland sampling the beer, waffles and frittes. The plan was to be in the EU when Britain left, but the politicians messed up that little plan. Also, I have chopped out an oak tree stump by hand (very good for releasing aggression), and bought the box section to make some bicycle stands to store them upright in the shed and free up space in the garage for working.

I'll have to do some proper proper project work soon.
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Old 12th April 2019, 16:02
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I went down to see Chris and the progress on the car this morning. The front is nearly finished. Unfortunately, moving the edges of the trout pout with filler means that it isn't seen well in these photos. But it now matches the Ford grill. It has also been squared front to back on each side. The inherited pan front nearside bonnet is dealt with. It is probably finished by the time i type this. We discussed the merits of how the scoop follows either the bonnet insert lines or the wing lines. The former is how it is currently, the latter would mean widening the taper nearest to the windscreen a couple of inches either side. I prefer how it is now.






Now that the nearside is pretty much finished, Chris needs to re-visit the driver side to match it, but that should go quite quickly. The wheel arches have been reworked to fit my wheels.






Progress should accelerate now that the final lines are agreed, and Chris plans to get some additional help to finish off the buck. However, it won't be finalised until the window frame outlines have been made up and trial fitted.





The back has been smoothed out as agreed, and the shoulder adjacent to the rear quarter light profiled to fit better with the overall flow. Not shown here, but the plastic / chrome windscreen trim sets the rear screen off nicely.



The petrol cap looks a little small here, but it will be recessed into a bucket, so the visual impact will be greater. Having seen Molleur's placement (thanks matey), we may replicate with the cap at the highest point to facilitate filling. Not so much like the AM, but very similar to other Zagato placements.

I'll be back down there for a progress update and more photos in May. Thanks to all you chaps who keep posting on the forum (not just this thread) your ideas and experience are invaluable.

The Z3 has got new brake callipers, one of them seized and b*ggered the new disc and pads, hohum.
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Love seeing these progress pictures.....keep posting them please..!
Car's looking great.
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Old 12th April 2019, 18:19
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looking good! what is the rear screen?
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Old 12th April 2019, 20:33
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Thanks for posting the updates.
Always interesting to see how builds go and Iím especially interested in this one
Looking great!
I have to admit, I check this thread more often than I should...
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looking good! what is the rear screen?
It is the back screen from a Nissan Micra, upside down. You can see the hole for the rear wiper in the centre at the bottom. The downside is that it was a little wide at the top of my picture, but just about works.
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Thanks for posting the updates.
Always interesting to see how builds go and Iím especially interested in this one
Looking great!
I have to admit, I check this thread more often than I should...
So do I, but it hasn't sped up the process.
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Love seeing these progress pictures.....keep posting them please..!
Car's looking great.
Will do, of course. Once Chris has finished profiling the driver side, there is a lot of smoothing back to do, then the buck can be painted and good quality moulds made. THEN Chris can commence my build, so lots of stages to go yet. Chris may paint the buck in a RAL green (not the putrid one I tried on the door mirrors earlier in the thread), so I am looking forward to that, as it may well be the gelcoat colour I get the panels made up with whilst I prep it for painting.

I joined an old gits metalwork group to learn how to weld. The guy who owns the workshop has a Ginetta racecar (kit) and has lots of handy contacts. He has offered to give me the details of a couple of paint shops, one who does classic car concourse quality, and the other who does good but not top notch. As my car will be a daily runaround, parked outside, I don't see the point in getting top of the range, but we'll see.
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It is the back screen from a Nissan Micra, upside down. You can see the hole for the rear wiper in the centre at the bottom. The downside is that it was a little wide at the top of my picture, but just about works.
Just looking, perhaps it would fit the 250 SWB with a little fiberglass modification.

I'm using the Grassbank rear screen on mine.

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Just looking, perhaps it would fit the 250 SWB with a little fiberglass modification.

I'm using the Grassbank rear screen on mine.
Probably too wide for the 250. The Zagato has a wider roof like the 275 to allow for using the stock windows. It looks to be at the limit, so a narrower roof would probably not take it. The Grassbank one is lovely, but we wanted a stock solution that was not the MG slab to keep build costs reasonable.
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Probably too wide for the 250. The Zagato has a wider roof like the 275 to allow for using the stock windows. It looks to be at the limit, so a narrower roof would probably not take it. The Grassbank one is lovely, but we wanted a stock solution that was not the MG slab to keep build costs reasonable.
It does look good on the Zagato. Thanks for the info.
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I know the rear window is a big issue on these cars, so it’s so nice to see that the one used has a nice framed boarder around it. Equal lines between the boot lid and the same around the rear wings.

Then it reaches up to the side window - just like the classic cars from the period. Really nice detail and incorporation.
Should be stunning when it’s done.
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I know the rear window is a big issue on these cars, so itís so nice to see that the one used has a nice framed boarder around it. Equal lines between the boot lid and the same around the rear wings.

Then it reaches up to the side window - just like the classic cars from the period. Really nice detail and incorporation.
Should be stunning when itís done.
Thanks, Chris is still tempted to tweak that area to make it perfect in his eyes. The finer details are lost on me, but I am happy with how it is turning out.
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Thanks, Chris is still tempted to tweak that area to make it perfect in his eyes. The finer details are lost on me, but I am happy with how it is turning out.
Well I think it looks as if it was made for it- super job.
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Chris has just sent me pics of the mock up window frame, looks great. I cannot upload from my phone to this site, so check the Tribute Owners FB page until I can get them on here. ��
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