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Old 5th October 2013, 20:02
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More shaping and sanding on he front end, one half done first to get the shape then mirror on the other side.











Grey primer tends to flatten the curves, a little colour and trim parts give more of an idea of the finished look.













The Z3 door handles need to be changed. These Fiat handles are great looking things.



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Old 5th October 2013, 20:08
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Wow the red does make so much difference...those handles are class!
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Old 6th October 2013, 07:07
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Agreed the red really sets it off and those lines around the head lights and over to the grill real "car guy pornography" or sexy curves to the uninitiated, but what about that Cill Section, Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, cant wait to see how that develops.

I have a cousin in Devon who needs a visit so I am thinking Exeter kit car show to have a look at the beauty!

I was a little sceptical BMW, retaining the windscreen, but I think you have pulled off big time!
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Old 6th October 2013, 20:24
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Love the colour and the handles, and the curves, well!
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Old 6th October 2013, 21:37
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That's going to look really good. Is that an M60 lurking behind the ladder? Any plans to fit it in the Maser?

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Old 6th October 2013, 21:43
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Thank you for the positive comments guys, I hope Nick will feel the same when he see the pictures.

That's a Lexus LS400 V8, not for the BM, probably go in a hot rod or MX5 at some point, it was running and cheap so couldn't resist
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Old 8th October 2013, 08:08
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Tribute Automotive - Outstanding work Chris.

It is still beyond my imagination how you can go from this...



To this...



In a matter of weeks.

Given the amount of time and effort that has gone into this build, I really hope it can be added to your existing range.

Really looking forward to seeing the finished car, Paul.
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Old 9th October 2013, 13:23
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Still on holiday but I have just seen the pics Chris!

That looks fantastic!

Can't wait to see it for real.
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Thank you for the positive comments guys.
That's a Lexus LS400 V8, not for the BM, probably go in a hot rod or MX5 at some point, it was running and cheap so couldn't resist
Ha, I know that feeling!
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Old 13th October 2013, 15:24
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Back from holiday and some time to pore over the pictures some more.

I can't believe how much difference the red paint makes in terms of pulling out the curves and showing off the shape. I absolutely love the front.

I was a little sceptical BMW, retaining the windscreen, - That was a worry for me, especially with the Z3 having such a short rear end. I went sown a few weeks back to have a look and was amazed how well balanced it all looked.

The back end is about a foot longer that the Z3 and with curves to match the front which somehow masks the modern windscreen size and angle. It is a bit like the doors or screen on the MX250, if you know they are stock items and stare at them it is obvious and they can look wrong but when you focus back on the whole the problem disappears.

Looks like I won't make Exter as I am being sent to Vegas on work (promise not to spend all the car money) so I am relying on lots of photos.

Absolutely delighted with what I have seen so far. Now I need to shifty the old BMW alloys, rear lights, side sills and pair of bumpers. eBay, here I come.
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Old 13th October 2013, 20:39
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Sorry to here you won't be going to Exeter Nick. Took some more pictures with car outside to get the full effect. Reprofiled the rear arches to match the front. Moulding will start on Monday.















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I swear that it is better proportioned now than the Z3 ever was.

The original hood, screen and doors blend in well. Even though the screen is a bit too laid back the bonet length and flared up flanks disguise this well.

The blue over black effect of the final picture looks just like the sea I was swimming in last week when viewed fromt he cliff tops. Very artistic. Now do I still want the ruby red paint job...

I must remember to order the other side repeater. Two shown in the eBay picture but only one mentioned in the description, guess what? Only one turned up.
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Old 15th October 2013, 19:32
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Nasty green gel coat for moulds!





Back end next

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Old 15th October 2013, 21:01
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So is the bodywork on the car just a buck to take moulds from,then produce bodywork to retro fit on the car?
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Old 16th October 2013, 07:36
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Body is just a buck, yes.

Not the original plan but Chris is such a nice persuasive man that I let him do it. He gets a complete set of molds so he can replicate this as many times as he likes and all I get is a much better car.

Win-Win
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Old 16th October 2013, 21:15
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Body is just a buck, yes.

Not the original plan but Chris is such a nice persuasive man that I let him do it. He gets a complete set of molds so he can replicate this as many times as he likes and all I get is a much better car.

Win-Win
So we could build a copy of your dream car?
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Old 16th October 2013, 22:04
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Speak to Chris but I guess so.

Fits a 1999 BMW z3 2.8

It should be at the Exeter show if you want a look at it.
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Old 17th October 2013, 19:56
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Are there any plans to do a rear end like this to fit the MX5???
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Old 19th October 2013, 18:52
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Are there any plans to do a rear end like this to fit the MX5???
My motto is "anything can be made to fit", so I can't see a problem with doing it as a "one off" using parts from the MX250C rear and parts from this one. But there are no plans to produce it as an exact fit for the MX5.

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