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Old 1st December 2019, 04:01
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Very lucky to get the opportunity to buy this car. It's well documented in other threads on here but it's had an insane amount of time spent on the body with all the mods Gary carried out and the hundreds of hours of prep by Jeff. The headlines are: genuine rear screen from GTO engineering, relocated fuel filler to boot corner as original, shortened doors, deeper sills blended into rear quarters, square corner windscreen, Marchell spots and custom Borani replicas made by Turino with Borani spinners and Pirelli Centurato CN12s. So a lot of money, sweat and tears put into it.

I'm sure some of you remember I got myself in a right twist looking for perfection with my last car. Lost a good friend through getting so uptight. Not good. Not good at all. I'm in a totally different place with this one. It's not perfect but it just looks right and has an air of age about it that seems authentic some how. Previous owners vision that Jeff and Gary made reality has created a stunning car. As I said, lucky to have it.

The interior needs finishing which will include full dash conversion and I'm looking to get that done over next few months.
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Old 1st December 2019, 08:58
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… I'm in a totally different place with this one. It's not perfect but it just looks right and has an air of age about it that seems authentic some how…
Hi Scott,

I really hope that first sentence is true, so let me try to fix those typos for you…

”I'm in a totally different place with this one. It's doesn’t need to be perfect, as just looks right and has an air of age about it that seems authentic.”





Jokes aside…

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… Previous owners vision that Jeff and Gary made reality has created a stunning car…
Agreed.



Enjoy, Paul.
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Old 1st December 2019, 09:07
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Hi Scott
Very nice car
Looking at the hour you posted the pictures you must have had an early Christmas....too exited to sleep day, and I don't blame you.
Enjoy!
Neil
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Old 1st December 2019, 09:32
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Wow, looks great. The subtle look with toned down colour choice, both the bodywork and the wheels really give the car an authentic appearance.
A really nice car, I hope you enjoy this one !
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Old 1st December 2019, 10:35
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As somebody who at times felt married to that car,

Just wanted to say I think it has gone to the right owner, the car does need finishing touches and with your eye for detail I am sure it will be stunning when done.

Working closely with the previous owner who I must say was a delight to work with he had a vision for the car which in my opinion he got spot on.

I also get a bit hung up with trying to achieve perfection with my work, and have also been guilty of being a bit too vocal on some things.

Life is short, enjoy the ride, enjoy the car Scott.
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Old 1st December 2019, 11:27
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Good luck on the interior, I have been working on one for weeks but nothing fits and every part has had to be cut up and remade so that it will fit (not Tributes interior).
Wiring is a nightmare but the window winder switches mounted in the doors are now finally working.
Working in a stripped out convertible with the roof lowered is bad enough, I don't think I would be brave enough to try and do it on a painted hardtop, but good luck.
The car does look stunning, I see it has the Grassbanks wiper panel conversion. I bought one intending to fit it but came across some chrome wiper blades that I fitted. I hate them your eye just goes straight to them, the original black blades are so unobtrusive that you just don't notice them sp I stuck with the original set up.
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Old 1st December 2019, 11:45
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With respect it needs different badges
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Old 1st December 2019, 12:24
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I know lol! After everything I've said as well. They're pinned so am working out options.
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Old 1st December 2019, 19:54
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Welcome back Scott. Bloody nice Z50 SWB you have there.

Loved your post by the way. Glad that you had a car you are happy to own and want to take further.

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Congrats Scott!
Beautiful car.
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Old 1st December 2019, 22:19
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Thanks for kind comments on car, as I say I've been lucky.

Agree Jeff as we've said a few times life is short and there are too many reminders recently - my dad used to say there are no pockets in shrouds. Very true. He also said about my cars "why do you always by crap!" just before he passed. To be fair I had just rocked up to the hospital in a dodgey Fiat X1/9 Eurosport lol.

I honestly think this is the most beautiful car I've ever owned.

Steve - I'm going to let a trimmer do it. I just haven't got the facilities. Thats the next thing that will get done. Look again though - no scuttle panel just careful chrome trim placement I'd like to get one though.

I need to get an independent valuation for insurance - appreciate any suggestions.

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Old 1st December 2019, 22:52
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Grassbank were still selling some parts. I bought a scuttle trim just a few weeks ago.
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Old 2nd December 2019, 19:05
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That's great Scott ....Some of the mods on that car were a bit involved but worth it ....Jeff did a great job of finishing what I started ...Enjoy !!
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Old 4th December 2019, 16:36
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Cheers Gary - it's all the mods that on their own don't seem a lot (I know they were probably a pain in the ass lol!) but altogether make so much difference

Grassbank scuttle panel in the post...
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Old 14th January 2020, 08:52
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Car back at it's spiritual home for a little spruce and while it's there....

...the badges are being deleted.
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I bought a grass bank scuttle panel but have decided not to fit it. I think it cost me £80. You can have it for £40 plus postage if you like
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That's a great deal - sadly already bought one.

Can I ask why you decided not to fit?
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Old 14th January 2020, 21:35
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I bought a grass bank scuttle panel but have decided not to fit it. I think it cost me £80. You can have it for £40 plus postage if you like
Not sure what will become of the moulds. Its an easy retro fit for existing cars, they work really well on the 250's.
I'm sure someone on here will have it.

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Old 15th January 2020, 05:46
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Grassbank still supply them so that's a no no and I'm sure Chris wouldn't do that. Plus he's no longer producing the 250.
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Old 15th January 2020, 08:08
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That's a great deal - sadly already bought one.

Can I ask why you decided not to fit?
When I looked into it you had to mess about with the windscreen wiper mechanism. So I decided not to proceed. I don’t have welding gear.
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