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Old 26th February 2018, 20:20
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Mine is Barchetta red, strange that in every photo it looks a lot brighter red than in real life
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Old 3rd March 2018, 17:10
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Hoped to have had my donor car by now but the weather has put a stop to that. With any luck it will be here by next weekend.
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Old 3rd March 2018, 20:49
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Progress so far has included some prep to the rear end. The last of the paint and a little filler here and there has been removed and all good so far.

The front end still needs the new bonnet and scuttle making but the wings and nose are shown here as a mock up , loosely tacked together.

Two sets of wheels to choose from. I want to go with the deep dish set but it will depend on the width of the axle, adaptors etc etc.
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Old 4th March 2018, 00:30
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Make those deep dish wheels work even if you have to do whatever it takes. They look so right!
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Old 4th March 2018, 06:45
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It is amazing the difference some decent photos make to highlight what you have bought.





There are a few builders on here who have used that darker red and it does look good.



Good luck, Paul.
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Old 4th March 2018, 09:50
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Make those deep dish wheels work even if you have to do whatever it takes. They look so right!
They will look a whole lot better I know. Until I offer them up on the donor its hard to tell. I'm not sure how much is added when the adaptors are fitted, I've got to go and collect them. There are a few options, a narrower axle or cut and shut the existing one. The front end would need shortened wish bones, I'll weigh that up too when the donor car is here. If I'm lucky they will bolt on and be a perfect fit !!
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Old 4th March 2018, 11:26
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Fingers crossed!
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Old 4th March 2018, 16:05
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Thanks for putting up those photo's Paul, I still can't do it !

The red car above is the look I'm after. I've decided to go with a fully finished, fully painted and trimmed as close to the original as possible. It will be void of any bling, the dark red and silver/grey wheels will look better than bright red with chrome wires you might find on some "restored" examples.
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Thanks for putting up those photo's Paul, I still can't do it !

The red car above is the look I'm after. I've decided to go with a fully finished, fully painted and trimmed as close to the original as possible. It will be void of any bling, the dark red and silver/grey wheels will look better than bright red with chrome wires you might find on some "restored" examples.
Totally agree! Dark Red with the silver/grey wheels..
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Old 10th March 2018, 16:51
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The donor car is here now, only delayed thanks to the weather last week. Yes I know its far too good to mess around with but it came at the right price and I wanted a well built example to build from.
I'll be listing the whole exterior, wheels, screen, lights, roll bar, seats etc on ebay shortly as a complete package.
I've offered up the wire wheels with the adaptors and luckily the wide, deep dish set I bought will fit under the TR arches, just !
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Having a good base is the main thing. Nobody is going to miss it.
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Starting with a well built base car has halfed the project time, as that will be staying the same apart from new lights and the frame to take the bodyshell I think you have gone the right way about it
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Agree with all so far . Really looking to see how develops

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Lucky I am also a firm believer in buying the best donor car you can and paid over the odds for my Spitfire 1500.

However, I had very little to do on my rolling chassis and by the time Id sold the surplus parts it was a bargain.
( Which reminds me that I must get around to selling the last bits I have in boxes. )

Good luck, Paul.
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Old 14th March 2018, 11:56
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My thoughts exactly! I could have bought a cheap example, there are plenty out there, but they come with problems.
I should get close to 50% of the purchase price back when I sell the parts I don't need, so it will be a bit of a bargain and save loads of time.
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Old 25th March 2018, 21:41
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The donor car is now stripped down with all the exterior parts removed. Not a massive job but it has taken most of the day. No surprises other than a little damage to a lower chassis rail, an easy fix.
I've had the deep dish wire wheels reconditioned and two fitted with skinny 165/80-15 tyres for the front. I want to go with 185's on the back but I need to check clearances first.
I'll have the rear body section offered up in the week so I'll be able to work out mounting points. The plan is to have the front and rear easily removable as two sections so they will be bolted onto the chassis.

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Old 26th March 2018, 19:47
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Here are a couple of recent photos. First one shows the largely stripped down donor car.
The second shows the rear TR body section very roughly sitting in place.
The driving position is very short just like the real thing. I might need to shorten the steering column 2 or 3 inches to make it more manageable but I'll decide that when I have the front section offered up.
The rear wheel is just mocked up but it looks like I can go to 185 section tyres as planned, this is the 165/80-15 tyre intended for the front.
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Old 26th March 2018, 20:06
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Great start. Good look so far

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Old 26th March 2018, 20:12
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Looking fantastic! Lots left to do.
Best!
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Old 27th March 2018, 19:30
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Managed to offer up the front end tonight. The doors are simply taped into position and the wheels are just resting against the hubs.
It looks like the whole idea is going to work and my original measurements were pretty close.
I hope the progress will continue over the next few weeks to a point where it should all be bolted on ready for paint.
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