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Old 8th November 2017, 20:19
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I keep a dedicated pair of old jeans and tennis shoes as well as a few battered tee shirts to wear when fiberglassing/grinding, etc.
Change before going into the house. Fortunate that I have the room.
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Old 11th November 2017, 16:24
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I was lucky in that my donor came with a private registration plate that I have just sold and it has almost covered the cost of the donor. At the same time a Z3 2.8 auto came up and I managed to get it for the princely sum of 700 and for a change it was local too. Very good condition apart from a cracked rear screen, Mot was out as the owner's insurance had expired so he couldn't drive it to the MOT test garage. Has 140K on it and is an auto but should make an ideal donor.
In offering up my SDI panels it is going to be far easier to use the Z3 than the E46 so this is going to be my new cunning plan but I hope to still do an E46 at a later date. I just have too many cars on the drive so need to thin them down a bit.
Chris has offered me some great advice as it going to supply me with a pair of 250swb sills that I can then modify, much easier than starting from scratch.


Anyone got a cheap set of Ferrari style 15" or 16" alloys going spare?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/25325...?ul_noapp=true
This is the third time these have been listed not sure if original or not.
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Old 11th November 2017, 17:34
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Too pricey for me I'm afraid.
I was thinking of Using Triumph Stag wheels, only 4 stud so would need adaptors. Plenty about so if my project works out then they would be much easier and cheaper to source. Still keeping an open mind.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Triumph-S....c100005.m1851

I have just got a set of Daytona chrome bolt on wire wheels for my 250, the original MWS chrome powder coated wheels are going to be fitted to the new Z3 donor. I must pull my finger out but it's been cold and wet, I may have to borrow WCA's pansy hat!
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Old 11th November 2017, 18:15
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Stag ones would work painted all one colour with badged yellow centres, my wheels were cheap (needed a re-furb), had to have adapters made in USA, mine are of a 1982 308 was out bid on the ones on ebay he has three tires for them and has been let down twice now so they may go for less they slightly different as they don't have the curved edge around the studs and are not marked Chromadora or Capelagno as most should be, he offered to deliver them to south wales as I have connections there. Might be worth making him an offer.
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Old 11th November 2017, 18:51
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Hi, Superformance sell new reproductions of Ferrari 308 wheels - a set of four for 795GBP:
http://www.superformance.co.uk/308/wheels.html
http://www.superformance.co.uk/parts/308model_sm.jpg
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Old 11th November 2017, 19:14
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Thanks for the links, may well be worth it after it is all finished and painted.
For now I will put the wires on and keep my eyes out for hopefully a cheapish solution.
It is amazing what comes up cheaply on EBay if you keep searching.
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I was thinking of using these wheels as a more affordable 'looks similar' to Ferrari wheels

http://www.junkwheels.co.uk/rejekt.html

But seeing the link to the superformance wheels it would seem they will be the way to go for me. Cheers for the link

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Old 11th November 2017, 19:55
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They look very good, seem reasonably priced but would it be worth spending that little bit more and going for the original wheels?
Still got to buy the tyres and adaptors.
Although a lot of the alloys on eBay seem expensive, the expensive ones don't often sell, after listing a few times they often go to an auction listing and can go for a fraction of the original price.
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Mine were 150 for all 4 but had to collect from Litchfield I live in the south east they are magnesium alloys apparently special refurb with plastic beads, I used a but of emery cloth acid wheel cleaner the high build primer paint and clear lacquer, still look good now. (38 for four centres, same seller now asking over 100)
Thanks for the link as genuine wheels going for stupid money now.
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Ending tomorrow

https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Triumph-Sta...26&_mwBanner=1
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Old 13th November 2017, 00:33
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Just a note of caution about genuine old magnesium alloy wheels. If they were originally treated with a Dow process(usually looks greenish underneath the top paint coat) then they will dangerously corrode if you blast or strip or otherwise remove the passivation layer. And it'll happen under your shiny new paint so you won't see it. This is the case on old Ferrari Cromodoras.

here's a quote about Ferrari Dino Cromodoras from the Dino site I belong to: "Noooooooooooooooooooo!

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No no no.

Dearly protect the DOW 17 (greenish coating).

Research Mil-M-45202 protective coating for magnesium. Very expensive to do correctly. You can call General Magnaplate, or TAGnite. Big undertaking. Chemicals used are vicious. DOW 7 & DOW 9 are not the same level of coating. DOW 17 is a military quality coating for Mg that revolutionized use of Mg for automobiles. Before that, it was watch them disintegrate."

A lot of wheels are colloquially called "mags" though - and this may not apply to them.
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Old 13th November 2017, 09:44
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Thanks for the info but I suspect magnesium or genuine Ferrari wheels will be well out of my budget.
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/25325...?ul_noapp=true
This is the third time these have been listed not sure if original or not.

These would have been great as they are down to 200.
Just had a word with my mate who only works on Ferrari's and he pointed out that they have to be fitted with metric tyres which cost mega bucks.
Most Mondials have been fitted with modern replica wheels that take imperial tyres.
Bugger.
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Old 21st December 2017, 13:59
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Success, old Compomotive Jag wheels so they should fit ok 16"
Slow progress, been cold and wet and I still have too many cars on the drive to really get stuck in. One problem at the moment is that the back of my kit donor has been cut away and replaced with soft hardboard, if it gets wet it will just warp and disintegrate. Need to get some GRP on it to stiffen it up a bit.

Just fitted my Rover style alloys and if I must say so myself they look good. Used spiggot rings on them and the original BMW wheel bolts fitted as well.
I've been working outside today as it was quite warm and I managed to reinstate the rear wheel arches that had previously been cut off.
Hopefully tomorrow I can place the rear end on top of the existing panels and decide on my next job.

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First fit, won't go on with the bumper still attached so will have to remove it first. Just wanted to get an idea of what to chop about first. As you can see from the photo, quite a bit of the rear deck has been removed and replaced with softboard. I have fitted a metal brace underneath to keep it all steady.
I have ordered so clear pvc table protector, I intend to use this to mark out the rear deck and then cut it out and mould it in grp to allow me to build up the rear deck again, hopefully, it will work.
Rear wheel arches glassed back in, the wheels that I have fitted are slightly wider than standard so I'm hoping that the shell being slightly wider than the Z3 will work.
If you look carefully you will see some alloy tape holding the front section together. It is what the airlines use to repair the baggage trollies (Ryanair & Easyjet use it to repair planes). It is very strong and sticky and ideal for forming temporary edges that you can use to make a mould.

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Progress is good. Coming along nicely.
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Old 3rd January 2018, 19:23
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Slowly, slowly I'm afraid.
I ran the petrol too low in the 250 and it cut out dead. I had put some petrol in it from a can and thought it must have been old petrol. Couldn't syphon it out with the new fuel pipe route so I undid the pipe on the petrol filter thinking it would drain out, would it bugger!
Have to turn the engine over to pump it out. Turns out there is water in the tank, probably from when the pipe was exposed and plugged with kitchen towel!
I then had to remove the fuel pump to syphon the remaining petrol/water mix out. Simple job but took ages due to the weather, my daughter is also learning to drive so am taking her out every day as I have given her only 6 weeks from 17th birthday to test.
Where does the time go, thank god I don't have to go to work or I would never get anything done.
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Old 3rd January 2018, 20:14
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Well, it is a longish term project after all.
Keep at it, you'll eventually get there.
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