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Old 21st February 2014, 17:39
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Default Another little project!

Evening all!

Thought I'd stop lurking and commit myself to publishing an introduction...

My name is Richard and I have been following the evolution of these beautiful machines over the last couple of years. Anyway, circumstances have, at last, conspired to allow me to start my build!



The body arrived on Monday and I have been trial fitting on a 1964 Vitesse 1600 chassis that I bought late last year. Like all things four wheeled in my life, they have already started to breed and now I have a 1967 2 litre (Sunday night eBay...!). Looks like the first chassis has to go now so I might try on the for sale board, before resorting to fleaBay...is that the done thing here - don't want to turn it into a market stall

So far body is sitting on frame and I got the Spitfire tank in today. Planning rear luggage store next - looks like B&Q for plywood this weekend then.

Hope that I can provide the same level of detail that some of you guys have done - started a blog at http://migliaspeedster.blogspot.co.uk/ which seems to make photo linking easy.

That's all for now,

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Old 21st February 2014, 18:09
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hi d/d welcome chassis look good is it the green one for sale be good if you go on the location map rattler
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Old 21st February 2014, 18:22
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Yep, the green one is for the off - 1964, 1600cc with V5 - chassis restored, engine will need a rebuild.
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Old 21st February 2014, 18:40
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Welcome matey, good luck with the build!
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Old 21st February 2014, 18:44
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Welcome Richard, i will have the extras in the post for you , early next week.

Looking great , how much was you looking for the chassis and v5 ??
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Old 22nd February 2014, 05:50
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Thanks for the welcome guys! Nice to be around such a nice bunch!

Mike - will test the pm thing about the chassis.
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Old 22nd February 2014, 07:54
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Hello Richard,

Welcome to the forum. You must have lot of ideas if you are thinking about your build for so long. I know I had!
What kind of overall look/result are you aiming for? For trackdays, for concours, period illusion, chique, personal free style, rat-look, replica, other?

With these builds, there are so many approaches that work well.

Michiel
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Old 21st February 2014, 22:26
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welcome Richard
I,m new to this forum posting myself should have no trouble selling the chassis it looks great, good luck with the build.
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Old 22nd February 2014, 08:39
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Hi Michiel

Sooooo many ideas! I am inspired by the OSCA and Maserati racers from the 1950's really. Much as my two boys would like a red one, I am thinking air force blue, maybe, but with stickers! Already have a pair of Morris minor lights (like the red one on the Miglia website) although thinking I might look at alternatives...guess I hope to end up with a car that looks the part without the need to win the lottery!

Back to the garage! Rear luggage box is today's project.

Richard
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Old 23rd March 2014, 14:07
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Default Wheely good idea?

Just looking at wheels to be able to set my body height and whilst the cheap set of 15" TR6 wires that I got would be nice, by the time I have bought the adaptors, had them sandblasted, new tyres, tubes etc....you get my drift....

Anyway, in my travels on the forums, it seems that the MGF might be another source (don't worry not alloys!) as the spare wheels seem to be available quite cheaply with largely unused tyres; they look surprisingly like fifties Dunlop steels with lots of holes. Now, if I could source some fake spinners...

Anwyay, to get the point, they have 175/65/14 tyres on them - should this clear the chassis and will I still need to limit the steering lock as Mr T did? Also, they have a warning sticker on them saying max 50mph - I assume that this is because the other wheels on the MGF would be bigger wheels? I'm sure that 50mph will be enough in the Miglia but I might get confident in it one day!

Reading this back I could have said it more concisely...sorry!

Thoughts appreciated...

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Old 23rd March 2014, 15:12
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hi dd my tyers are 175/70/14 I think thay fit spot on /mgb/14 inch wires/ about 110 mm clearance under the cherry bomb . hope this helps rattler
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Old 23rd March 2014, 15:16
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hi dd thay also miss the b/h by 10mm
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Old 5th July 2014, 15:40
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Default Another little update!

Must be time for an update - lots of little jobs been going on...

Body shaped to fit over the chassis (was able to follow the flash lines in the gelcoat and it matched perfectly)



Lights and grille make a big difference...





Hours of procrastination needed to decide where to put the dials, but I eventually settled on a central array of instruments...

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9sr4RPXOgS...board+idea.jpg



Shaping the dashboard has made access easier, but I will still need to extend the gearshift, as I can't quite reach 1st and 3rd!





This central 'pod' will have an engine-turned aluminium panel to house the instruments, in the style of this custom Ford dash:



Bought a sheet from Europa and shaped with bandsaw and holesaw:



Wanting to keep the front end in the 50's style, I couldn't find any very small bullet sidelights as used on the Maserati A6 GCS, so I have settled on leaving the sidelights in the headlight bowls and I have been able to produce some indicator 'pods' on a 3-D printer which will incorporate an orange LED indicator (the pods will, of course, be blended and painted in body colour).





I have also been able to get the doors hung (using classic mini door hinges) and chosen my bucket seats to keep the driving position low enough:





Need to work on lowering the rear suspension now and adjust the rear wheel arches to give an equal gap around the tyre on each side:





I had originally thought about wire wheels but these proved to be very expensive to have reconditioned, so I settled on MGF spare wheels, which will have a dummy 'spinner' fitted:



That's about it for now - hoping for the final pieces of the jigsaw soon, so that I can get the pedals, headrests and side vents fitted in the weeks ahead...
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Old 7th July 2014, 19:50
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Need to work on lowering the rear suspension now and adjust the rear wheel arches to give an equal gap around the tyre on each side:



Blimey, that's even worse than my old Sammio body. Think I will stick with it after all
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Old 11th October 2014, 22:03
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Default Progress!

Really impressed to see the progress of others (especially those who have only recently got their bodies and are already well on the way!) so thought I'd post an update...

Lots of bits came together over the Summer - doors on, rear swing spring and lowering block fitted, dashboard finalised. Oh, and a change of chassis - partly because I wanted a bulkhead and the rigidity that it has brought to the body...and the opportunity to fit a 2 litre engine (although the thought of the extra horses slightly worries me!)

Pleased to get the instrument cluster sorted (it is turned ally under the protective plastic)





Front grille, indicators & badges sorted (I have the CAD drawing for the large oval grille badge if it's of any use ).



Bulkhead fitted...



Template made....



and now just a small gap to fill (thinking I might shorten the bonnet)...



and lastly, got my head around the rear storage area, for that impromptu picnic!



Still a mountain to climb but you guys are great motivators (& checking your progress keeps me motivated)

Richard
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Old 6th July 2014, 16:42
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Looking like you're making some really good progress!
I'm very jealous and itching for my kit to turn up, but i know I've got a few little jobs to finish first

You went for the vertical-bar grill as well then! That seems to be fast becoming the Miglia std grill
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Old 6th July 2014, 19:28
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Thanks Dave, although looking at your progress already, I think you'll get there first!

Quite motivated to create something like this Maserati A6 GCS:



Even managed to win a new/old bonnet badge on the Bay this week! Takes my mind off the bigger issues

Richard

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Looking like you're making some really good progress!
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Your seats & steering wheel look very similar to mine, so I will be interested to see how yours comes together.

Good luck, Paul.
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The adjustable top wishbone works well and you can always get some spacers for the bottom wishbone brackets but may need to extend the bolt through the chasses. look at www.wolfitt.com he has some good information on Triumph.

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Default A few bits

Thanks for the suspension info Keith - will take a look at Wolfitt.

In between tidying the garage, whilst labourer is back from Uni, I have finalised a few more bits and pieces...

The nearside wheel arch has never fitted the wheel (which I showed previously), so out with the jigsaw and more surgery:

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Much better!

Mounted the screen and finalised the profile for the weather/retaining strip:

Windscreen profile.jpg

This made a bit more space for fitting a rearview mirror which I bought as a blind spot mirror. Unfortunately, the field of view is just about the width of the two headrests, so it creates more blind spots than it solves! Thinking about an early Beetle oval one...

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Finally cut out vents on wings and test fitted my 3D printed grilles - the centre one has a modification for an LED indicator repeater (the same type used on the front) which I thought might be an added safety feature:

Indicator vent.jpg

And finally...a bit of bling...found a local metal laser cutter in Derby who was able to cut out the front trident from my DXF file:

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Chip, chip, chippin' away!

Richard
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