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Old 23rd June 2017, 12:18
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Egdik, can you give me some more information on the Harrington bumpers please.
I have been considering a set for my MK2 Jag but they are a very heavy style and unless the shape is perfect they just won't fit. At around 1300 a pair they are not cheap and the return postage to Vietnam would be horribly expensive.
A friend fitted a pair to a Dino and he said they fitted, just, after a lot of fiddling about, he said if they were large one piece bumpers he probably wouldn't have got them to fit.
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Old 23rd June 2017, 17:38
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Hi,

The Harrington bumpers are marketed as being 'to original style / spec / fit' so far as I can understand these things.

On receipt, I noticed that the main cross section of the rear bumper was NOT square / would not sit flat on a flat surface.

Harrington's view was that it might still fit, but they inspired no confidence in me if that was their standard. There are plenty of blogs out there from other buyers expressing various concerns. The 275 rear body on the Z3 is slightly wider where the side sections wrap around and this complicates the fit between the sides and the main rear section. I may find a little further improvement.

Harrington do not give tolerances for their products.

At 1500 I did not expect a sub-standard part.

It is all too easy to see the 'beating out' marks on the metal; they are clearly not pressed out, which Ferrari maybe. They are well polished. The metal is thinner than I would expect. They are painted black inside. The appearance overall is not unsatisfactory. They do look very good, design wise, for this car.

Currently there is very little alternative for a set of stainless bumpers [for a number of cars]. Perhaps in future, with quality scanning, things will improve. These days an old car can be scanned and whole panels made as 'exact' replications. Chroming plastic is a growing area of technological advance . . .

Knowing what I now know, it is probable that I would buy the same again.

You are welcome to come and see them.

Kidge.
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Old 17th September 2017, 11:02
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Once the schools were back Carol & I set off on a trip down through France via Le Mans, the Dordogne and the Pyrenees to Sos del Rey Catolico in Spain. Returning via the Isle d'Oleron and the Eurotunnel.

A tyre change has made the car steer slightly better, by fitting a 215/70 R15 [Vredestein] to the rear - raises it an inch - and a 215/60 R15 [Continental] on the front - about standard ride height. Pressures R:34 & F:30. The rear arch is better filled and more 'period'. Here we are at Guzet near Aulus les Bains in the Pyrenees.

1 Guzet niege Aulus les Bains Pyrenees.jpg


The fog & reversing lights have been moved back under the bumper by a couple of inches, as you can see, though the sheep are totally disinterested. In an attempt at discretion the GB plate was printed off and laminated - euro stars included . . . plus an aluminium front plate.


2 fog & rev lights look better but sheep totally disinterested.jpg

In the boot is a 'baguette box' made of spare pieces of plastic and a piano hinge. The bread fits in quite well, but we used it for a large array of tools, which were not required.

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However, we had a little problem which may tax your grey cells: when the lights - side or main - are turned on, the engine cpu or the throttle sensor partially & temporarily limits the fuel supply / varies the ignition - very similar to when one lifts off the accelerator - saving fuel. Any pressure on the accelerator rectifies the situation, but it is an irritant. Anyone else had this experience ?

It may also be the same 'conflict' that causes the auto gearbox to change up of its own accord from M4 to M5, which it seemed more prone to do when it was wet - usually meaning the lights were on.

On motorways cruising around the French limit of 130kph oil consumption is very low. But on the mountain passes [including snow over the Tourmalet] oil was being consumed at an alarming rate of about 1 litre per 500 hard miles.

We have tried to fit some guttering over the door tops, with limited success. The basic form comes from a Lotus derivative, which we have bent in various directions to fit / bolted through the door 'return' and sealed with Butyl. Room for improvement. How wide can the gutter gap be ?

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Over the last 40 years or so we have mostly toured on large motorcycles and organised weekend breaks and holidays of up to a fortnight in Europe. Might the club enjoy such a thing or perhaps we ought to start with a weekend in England ?

Finally here is a photo from the top of the Puerto Sos pass with Sos del Rey Catolico in the middle distance. The Parador here is a very good one, on the hilltop of the old town. The man who unified Spain was Ferdinand the Catholic born here in 1452.

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As they say in tThe life of Brian, you lucky, lucky b*****.

How did you do they gutters, I like them a lot.
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The gutters were purchased as a long strip of aluminium with a curved bend along the full length for the gutter. I then cut then down and bent them to fit. Probably they are too tight against the roof edge and I'll have another go at pulling the gutter edge out 2 - 3mm.
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Old 17th September 2017, 16:33
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Thanks, it looks like a great job, well done.
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Looking very good indeed! Have a look at old Mercedes sedans for guttering. Fairly soft aluminum and shape easily. Used this on a Zagato replica a few years ago. Worked perfectly.
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Kidge - That first photo with the mountains in the background has got me singing "On days like these."

Sounds like a great trip overall and I'm sure the car got a very positive reaction.

Cheers, Paul.
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Great trip Kidge. Awesome to see the car out in such a beautiful habitat....it fits right in. Next time bin the tools out of the baguette box, but maybe add an old school quart of oil! Keep us updated how you go fella, but loving action on the car.
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The DVLA issued a new logbook today with our preferred 'Make', as a Coupe and no extra bits . . .



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Here is a link to the quoted Munro song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQIRbV_noi8 with a beautiful lack of the ugly and unsightly armco.


In the sixties, I was more into the Doors, Stones and Pink Floyd, but watching a Miura in Alpine scenery is a pleasure. Had a demonstration drive in one in about 1970.

Here is a try at supplanting a crash barrier and disguising a ski resort:



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The great thing about building these cars on a decent Z3 is that such trips are most likely to be trouble free wrt the car, and even if problems arise, getting a bmw fixed should not be a holiday killer. Glad you had a great time, and looking forward to doing something similar next year in mine.
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We all love the Matt Munro song, an all time classic.

Here is one of my favourites but you hardly ever hear it , reminds me of holidays in the Alps and touring around France.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pqWAdw6ceA
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