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Old 1st July 2014, 21:48
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Just awaiting my kit (hopefully tomorrow) so thought I'd start a build thread. Dont be expecting regular updates as I'm the worlds worst at these things!

I travelled over to the Stoneleigh Kit Car show specifically to see the Tribute stand and the Cobra looked as good as I hoped it would in the flesh so I started the search for a Z3 and then ordered my kit as soon as I got a car sorted

Car is a 1998 2.8, with a very recently fitted M50 manifold and remapped showing 205 BHP. Its a CAT D but has only 65k on the clock. Came with Hardtop. Heated seats, aircon, power hood, Becker stereo with Sat Nav (going for sale shortly). Very high spec!



Becker radio with Sat Nav, bluetooth and ipod integration


Not so nice interior - seats missing for a reason!!

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Old 1st July 2014, 21:50
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Just awaiting my kit (hopefully tomorrow) so thought I'd start a build thread. Dont be expecting regular updates as I'm the worlds worst at these things!

I travelled over to the Stoneleigh Kit Car show specifically to see the Tribute stand and the Cobra looked as good as I hoped it would in the flesh so I started the search for a Z3 and then ordered my kit as soon as I got a car sorted

Car is a 1998 2.8, with a very recently fitted M50 manifold and remapped showing 205 BHP. Its a CAT D but has only 65k on the clock. Came with Hardtop. Heated seats, aircon, power hood, Becker stereo with Sat Nav (going for sale shortly). Very high spec!

That is a cool donor mate and to people like us CAT D is nothing!
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Old 1st July 2014, 22:06
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Thanks Hammy. For sure CAT D is ideal for the likes of us. Knocked 500 off the price because of those four letters!


The interior looked very dated with the seats and side panels having this rather fetching speckled design


Bought a leather recolouring kit from Furniture Clinic. It involved scrubbing the seats till the surface colour starts coming off it with the specialist cleaner, rubbing the new colour into the joints and crevices, followed by praying on the colour till there is sufficient coverage. Then the front surfaces gets a sealer. By this point the whole seat looks very shiny so then a Matt lacquer goes on this to tone it down and give it a factory finish. Turned out really nice - got a few wee dust flecks in places but overall looks excellent!





Didnt have enough stuff for the doorcards so they got some Halfords Vinyl paint followed by Plasticote matt lacquer. Turned out well enough too!
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Old 1st July 2014, 22:11
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Saturday I started the strip down and got the back end sorted without issue.


Yesterday I finished off removing the front panels. All very straightforward really!



Really impressed with how clean the car was underneath the panels. Only the very slightest hint of rust in one tiny wee place on a sill just in front of the rear wheel. Will scrub that down and rust proof it - likely will coat the sills completely whilst at it. Have some POR 15 on the shelf.



This evening I unbolted the front impact bar as well. Does the spare wheel have to come off too?

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Old 1st July 2014, 22:15
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Yep I used Furniture clinic a couple of years ago to repair a damaged 944 rear bench seat, it was red leather and ripped I used their kit and instructions and it came out like brand new. I'll be interested to hear how the door cards wear mate. I have the same colour interior on my Zed and its the only bit I don't like
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Old 2nd July 2014, 08:07
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Funny enough mine has the black interior and I am thinking of changing it for a lighter colour. Probably not hearing aid beige though.

Looks like a good donor. Your seats look better and blacker than mine.
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Old 2nd July 2014, 08:21
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To be fair the seats were in good nick before i started on them.

I do like cream interiors but hearing aid beige would sum up the colour of mine quite nicely! Would be tempted to re colour the centre console too but can't be bothered trying to rip it out currently. Will finish the car and then see how I feel about it.
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Old 2nd July 2014, 20:42
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Kit arrived today while I was at work. Driver rang me asking for a hand off with it.. Good job my Dad was nearby to help!

A fair few chipped edges to sort and not overall sure of the fit so far but early days - reckon there will be some trimming required though! Main surfaces are good overall.


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Old 13th July 2014, 20:13
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Just some pics of the mods around the front to make more clearance for a grill which intend adding rather than leaving it open.

You'll see the original hole for the bracket. I just bent the bracket around and drilled a new hole.


Then shaved off as much of the metal as i desired. Didn't need that much off but will give a nice bit of room for whatever grill or mesh I fit.

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Old 13th July 2014, 20:18
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Old 13th July 2014, 20:22
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Picked the paint colour- originally was going to go for the classic blue with white stripes but decided to steer away from the norm and go for something different. Thought it might help to distance it from looking like I'm doing a replica!

Plymouth Prowler Orange

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Old 13th July 2014, 21:23
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I love your colour choice, a break from the norm
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Snap, that makes two orange ones then, Although mine will be Nissan a17 Lemans sunset.

Here is the game plan.
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Old 13th July 2014, 21:49
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Ah yes, saw that pic before which set me down the path of looking at oranges!
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Old 13th July 2014, 21:58
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It was a close choice,
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Old 13th July 2014, 22:00
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It was a close choice,
also briefly considered something like that - but only VERY briefly!
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Old 18th July 2014, 20:35
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At the start of this week I'd talked to Chris about how to best attach an Aston fuel cap to the BMW pipe. Chris kindly talked to Car Builder Solutions on my behalf and worked out what I needed. Quick call to CBS and wallet was lightened by over 200 to get the cap, piping and connections.

Not the most straightforward method of placing a fuel filler (or cost effective!) but 4 hours of labour this evening has connected the pipe to the BMW pipe and created the recess for the Aston cap to sit in. Still needs another go of filler and sanding to finish it off but nearly there.



And how the cap will roughly sit in it.
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Old 17th August 2014, 19:04
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As I feared updates are few and far between. Got the boot locking mech sorted nicely. Will get pics of that at some point. Mainly been stuck in doing the bodywork and sprayed it yesterday. Got a couple of flaws that I couldn't live with in the bonnet so it's going to get redone. Getting close now. Would need to be as MOT is booked for 1st Sept!
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Old 17th August 2014, 21:58
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Looking great!
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Old 18th August 2014, 07:47
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looks very well done.
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