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Formosa Builds, Ideas and Discussion Formosa 120 GR and related builds

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Old 6th January 2019, 13:09
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Recently ''found'' in a garage in Dorset .... :-)






LOTS of unique features .... every panel changed , 16'' XK140 wires , body fitted lower due to alternative chassis , single screen , custom dash etc etc.

More pictures to follow when screen , headlight covers , dash , seats , final detailing bits etc fitted ...



Sprung loaded boot latches , a mix between Maserati and Ferrari-esque styling , they lift and quarter turn to release and park.
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Old 6th January 2019, 13:13
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Old 6th January 2019, 13:14
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Looks good, I would say better in many respects compared to the bling new look of some restored / new build old style cars.

What is the chassis on this one ? You mention an, "alternative chassis".
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Old 6th January 2019, 13:24
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Looks good, I would say better in many respects compared to the bling new look of some restored / new build old style cars.

What is the chassis on this one ? You mention an, "alternative chassis".
1950's Rover Special ...

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Old 6th January 2019, 14:38
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Loving the look Gary it certainly looks like its been "found" in a barn, excellent job mate
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Old 6th January 2019, 15:32
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Like it!
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Old 7th January 2019, 16:45
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Yeah. I'll give you that. Looks bloody fab!

I should take that to the Mille Miglia for you 🤣😁
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Old 7th January 2019, 17:48
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Paint by "MrTowed"

Sorry, couldn't resist!
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1950's Rover Special ...
Was it a P4 donor ? Simple ladder chassis of that type of car lends itself well to almost anything regards a rebody.

Does the owner intend to fit a screen or wind deflector at all ? IMO I think it needs the head light covers to finish it off, even if they were to be a little crazed and chipped ! Where are the front indicators ?
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Old 7th January 2019, 20:15
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One thing discussed on an old buggy site was cold casting alloy - basically using alloy powder in the gel coat - allegedly polished up very much like aluminium. Was just thinking how a GR would look in polished alloy with a load of fake rivets...
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Was it a P4 donor ? Simple ladder chassis of that type of car lends itself well to almost anything regards a rebody.

Does the owner intend to fit a screen or wind deflector at all ? IMO I think it needs the head light covers to finish it off, even if they were to be a little crazed and chipped ! Where are the front indicators ?
I asked the same about a screen on facebook

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“More pictures to follow when screen , headlight covers , dash , seats , final detailing bits etc fitted ...”
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One thing discussed on an old buggy site was cold casting alloy - basically using alloy powder in the gel coat - allegedly polished up very much like aluminium. Was just thinking how a GR would look in polished alloy with a load of fake rivets...
My laminator's use aluminium powder to create anti static gelcoat on one of their oil rig jobs , interesting idea that .....

Front indicators are going to be created by putting Orange bulbs in the Spotlight's and rears are going g to be flashing brakelight using an old Lucas relay
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Awesome looking car. From the comments, I'm assuming its a new paint job but done to look old? Very convincing. If it is actually old, then it looks it. Whats the engine used in this?
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Awesome looking car. From the comments, I'm assuming its a new paint job but done to look old? Very convincing. If it is actually old, then it looks it. Whats the engine used in this?
Thank you .... Yes painted over Xmas period . I used cellulose rather than 2 pack and sanded back and then waxed without buffing it to give it that old sheen , roundalls and numbers , Sponsor logo's etc.are all painted , rather than vinyl and sanded as well , paying attention to areas most likely to suffer a few knocks or a bit of wear ...

Engine and gearbox are 3 litre /manual Ford V6 and side exhausts are fully plumbed up , The cill area covering the front sections are aluminium

Firestone logo's used as fairly simple for me to do and didn't want to put too much on the car and she's fitted with Firestone tyres . ...

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Did the rover chassis need much massaging ?
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Paint by "MrTowed"
No, I couldn't have achieved such a high gloss.
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My laminator's use aluminium powder to create anti static gelcoat on one of their oil rig jobs , interesting idea that .....

Front indicators are going to be created by putting Orange bulbs in the Spotlight's and rears are going g to be flashing brakelight using an old Lucas relay
I looked on youtube but couldn't find anything that had been done on a large scale. Most of it was model making applications but the silver / aluminium effects look quite convincing. I can't see why it wouldn't work if applied into a clear gel coat. You also have the gold effect powder

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SOME DETAIL PICS ....

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Side bonnet latch .... Homemade escutcheon and handle using the square drive from a Herald boot handle and a Herald Boot latch...



Top latches are vintage aeroplane latches , bit like a Dzeus fastener but you push the centre down with a screwdriver and quarter turn ....



Above picture also shows the extensive reshaping of the dash and screen area ...I had to move the dash pod and headrest over about 2'' to allow them to line up with the Rover seating position .... rear view mirror shroud is aluminium

Beginnings of interior ....



Dash is nearly done , just a centre section to fabricate ...rev counter in front of driver , Speedo to the left ..... indicator and horn switch being hidden in door hinge area .... horizontal steering column , no centre console due to different chassis and a nice low seating position ...
Fuel cap detail evident here too ... a nice original thru'ppenny bit style one .

I was lucky enough to be given a free pass on this car to build it how I wanted using parts I chose ...I opted to buy original parts rather than reproduction as much as I could ( door latches are 50's 2CV for example ) as part of trying to create 'age' ...

Boot latches ....Home made and sprung loaded , quarter turn style ...



More to follow as screen , headlight covers , seats etc etc is added ....

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Absolutely cracking! Tally ho!
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I think that this will turn a few heads and wrinkle a few brows, Bravo.
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