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Old 17th February 2020, 19:37
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Default Does my rear look good.........

After hours of fettling I've finally finished fitting the rear lights and bumper.

Rear Lights and Bumper by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

To meet the IVA requirements the fog light is positioned more than 100mm from the brake light and I've added push-on PVC trim to cover the 'sharp' edges of the bumper. The stainless steel exhaust tips are genuine BMW accessories which look smart and have rounded edges. Reflectors are still to be added. I was really lucky to find the chromed badge plinth in the box of bits that came with the car.

Next up will be finishing off a few small jobs in the engine bay before the final fitting of the front inner wings.........

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Old 25th February 2020, 19:52
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Default A little update......

Just a little clue of what I'm working on in the garage this week...........

Radiator grill by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr
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Old 29th February 2020, 21:35
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Looking good

Is that the alternator immediately below the new screen washer bottle? My aim when filling up the washer fluid in my car isnt the best, so do you think it's worth putting in some sort of shield to protect it? I believe alternators are one of the few things in an engine bay which dont take kindly to getting wet.
I got around to making a drip tray to stop any screen washer over-spill getting into the alternator.

Windscreen washer bottle drip tray by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

The edges were turned up to stop any over-spill going off the side and to add stiffness.

Windscreen washer bottle drip tray by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

And here it is in place....

Windscreen washer bottle drip tray by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

(the last picture has made the shield look smaller due to perspective but it is actually wider than the bottle and slopes back towards the bottle)

Thanks again to Kon for pointing out this potential problem.

...peter
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Old 1st March 2020, 03:39
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Well done!
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Old 1st March 2020, 18:35
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Default Radiator Cowl Grill fitting

Thanks, Jack.

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Over the last week or so I have been fitting the trim and grill to the radiator cowl so here is a summary of how I did it.........

I first fitted the chrome/plastic trim. This comes with an adhesive bead inside that is supposed to stop it coming off. On the day I fitted it, it was very cold in my garage so I put the trim in the tumble drier for a while to warm it up and make it easier to form round the bends. Plastic trim has a tendency to shrink over time so I cut the trim about 3mm oversize and then forced the last section in so that the joint is under compression.

Radiator cowl trim by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I then cut the grill to size. I have chosen a stainless steel mesh with a 5mm pitch. My tin snips could only manage one wire at a time so a slow process to get the right shape. I bought two pieces of mesh, each 200x400mm because that was cheaper than one large piece. I then polished the front side of the grill.

Radiator grill fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Then I glued a length of rubber hose with PU18 adhesive to the cowl. The hose is just a gap filler to attach the grill to. (Note: I later discovered the PU18 softened the black 'schultz' coating my painter put on the inside of the cowl so I had to redo this stage after removing the schultz to get a good bond with the GRP. A messy job with white spirit but no harm was done)

Radiator grill fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I then made up the centre clamping bar made from 1mm steel strip.

Radiator grill fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I then held the grill tightly in place with some wooden splints and cable ties......

Radiator grill fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

....before running a bead of adhesive along the grill above the rubber hose making sure it was pressed down to fill any gaps.

Radiator grill fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

So here is the final result fitted to the car!

Radiator Grill final by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I'm very pleased with the result

Next up will probably be the bonnets.......

.....peter
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Looking Great! Lovely finishing touches
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Excellent job, perfect!
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Wow! That front looks awesome, excellent work
Nice splash-guard too.. sorry about the extra work
Cant wait to see this car in the flesh.
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I'm very pleased with the result
And so you should be.
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Old 7th March 2020, 08:07
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Always love your attention to detail.

Your car is going to look great.

Good luck, Paul.
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Old 7th March 2020, 08:34
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Are you planning to get to Stoneleigh?
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Old 7th March 2020, 19:45
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Are you planning to get to Stoneleigh?
No, I won't be finished for this years show but maybe next year?
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Old 12th March 2020, 21:17
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Default A bit early for Easter bonnets.....

Thanks to all for the positive feedback..........

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So the next job was to fix the bonnets.
First I fixed the bonnet catches with polished stainless steel m4 screws.

Bonnet Catch by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Again, I was lucky to find a complete set of new catches in the large box of parts that came with the car.

The original stainless steel bonnet hinge cleaned up and polished quite well. Royale suggest you pop rivet the hinge to the bonnets but I preferred to use screws and nuts so I counter sunk the holes.

Bonnet Hinge by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Then, after carefully masking the top side and edges of the first bonnet I attached the hinge.

Bonnet Hinge by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Then after masking up the second bonnet I could attach it.

Bonnet Hinge by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Here are both bonnets joined together with the hinge. I also fixed the lower bonnet catch plates at this stage.

Bonnets by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I then had to fit the bonnet seal which requires careful cutting and is quite tough on the fingers pushing the seal on all the way round.
The bonnet seals close off the engine compartment so that only fresh air can enter the heater inlet. (Which is an IVA requirement).

Bonnet Seal by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

The original builder had fixed the seal to a metal strip that was fixed with pop rivets to the four holes shown here, but it didn't really hold the seal in the right place so I made up new support strips that are made of angle.

Bonnet seal by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Then it was just a matter of carefully positioning the bonnets and fixing in place with the hinge end plates.

Bonnets by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Next up I've got to make some bonnet stays which unfortunately did not come with my car and weren't in the box of spares either. I've also got to fit the seal that goes along the back edge of the bonnets. Then I hope start on the fitting the front wings.........

.......peter
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Nice work as usual!
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Default Stay awhile.........

Thanks, Jack.
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This week I've been working on designing and making some bonnet stays.
So far I've come up with this...........

Bonnet stay by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

The top mounting is designed to be 'windproof'. The stay doesn't fall out when the wind lifts the bonnet.

Bonnet stay top by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

And here is the lower mount....

Bonnet stay bottom by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I'd like to get the parts plated but that will have to wait for another day.
Not yet sure how to secure the stays when not in use so the design may evolve a bit.
Now to make another one for the other side........

..........peter
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Nice work as usual!
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_f...+clip&_sacat=0

Something along one of these lines?
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_f...+clip&_sacat=0

Something along one of these lines?
Exactly my initial thoughts but my current design causes the stay to rest on the engine cover which doesn't seem right to me as the engine moves slightly.
I need to rethink the bottom mount...
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I was bit bored with bonnet stays so, taking advantage of the warm spring sunshine here today, I drove the car out of the garage so that I could retrieve some of the body panels from my garage's loft.

IVA status March 2020 by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

Looking a bit like a hot rod without it's wings and doors

I could then retrieve some of the body panels from the loft. My wife helped me get the wing down as it's very large and awkward.

Bodywork by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

I then laid some carpet offcuts on the garage floor and then 'parked' the car as near to the far wall as possible, giving me space to work on the nearside wing. This was the first time I have unwrapped the wing since it was painted last year!

Nearside wing by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr

The camera on my phone has made the wing look a weird shape and I should really go back to using my proper camera.

This shot reminded me of this one..........(taken Sept. 2010)

Wing removal by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr



Now I've just got to fit the wing without scratching it

..............peter
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Default A little update......

Trial fitting the first wing. I have temporarily fitted the lights to work out the wiring routing under the wing.

First Wing fitting by Sabrebuilder, on Flickr




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