Are you madabout kit cars      
 "We've Got Kit Cars Covered" Information about Madabout-Kitcars.com Contact Madabout-Kitcars.com         Home of UK kit cars - madabout-kitcars.com Various kit car write ups All the latest kit car news Kit car related and general discussion

Search
Manufacturers
Kit Cars
Kit Car Data sheets
Picture Gallery
SVA Knowledgebase
Clubs & Communities
Build cost estimator
Kit cars for sale
Knowledge Base 
KitcarUSA.com
Classic-Kitcars.com
 

Go Back   Madabout Kitcars Forum > Mad Build Area > Tribute Automotive Builds

Tribute Automotive Builds Discuss your Tribute kit build

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 31st December 2015, 15:09
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default Nubodi automotive - Ferrari-esque Interior

Ferrari-esque interior on z3
Reply With Quote
Available from eBay
  #2  
Old 31st December 2015, 15:14
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

One of the things that lets down my Kalifornia is the fairly standard interior. Apart from Rover 75 seats and a wood rimmed steering wheel is basically stock. I am NOT trying to create an exact replica of a 250 SWB interior just a period setting based on a Ferrari/Classic car theme. The following posts are how it was done. This will also be serialised in Kitcar Magazine next year.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:02
Car photographer Car photographer is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Birmingham, UK
Posts: 512
Car photographer is on a distinguished road
Default

To Start with, you just need an old Balti dish -
[IMG]steering-wheel-2 by paul ward, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]steering wheel 1 by paul ward, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]steering wheel 3 by paul ward, on Flickr[/IMG]

.... hey presto - vintage Ferrari steering wheel
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:10
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

Here is a photo of what Iím trying to capture within the confines of a BMW Z3 door panel. Its pretty plain and uninspiring. The expensive part would be recreating the door pocket. This would cost a fortune at an upholsters. Luckily I have a solution. I will be using door pockets from a Mercedes SL 1999 model which I bought on ebay for £20 the pair.


Last edited by Nubodi Automotive; 31st December 2015 at 19:29..
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:27
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

I am using an 8’ x 4’ sheet of 0.8mm aluminium sheet. This is the minimum thickness to use, you can go up to 2mm if required. Most people tend to use chipboard or hardboard but when it gets wet it becomes Weetabix so I prefer aluminium. It costs more but lasts forever. So lay the Z3 door panel onto the sheet and draw around it with a marker pen.

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:32
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

I’ve worked out I can get five panels out of this sheet. That’s two pairs and a template which I can use for years. In the next photo you can see the problem with the standard panel, you can see the rough side of the door skin. So I need to increase the height of the new panel to cover this, which I’ve marked on the panel before cutting.



Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:34
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

Now is the time to cut the panel. You can use a nibbler, jigsaw or tin snips. I prefer an angle grinder with a cutting disc. I use this tool everyday so I’m used to it. Mark the outside of the panel by ‘drawing’ with the grinder. This is done without going right through, then you can turn corners.

Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:36
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

Once you have been around again and cut it out, clean up the edges with a flat file. Do not use the grinder as it makes the metal too thin on the edge and can cut the leather or yourself
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:39
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

This is the template after this process.



This is the view from the outside with the panel taped in place on the door. Then mark the panel if it needs trimming further.

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:42
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

The rubber at the top of the door needs marking and trimming to allow the panel to sit flat against the door.



Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:44
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

Once you have the panel in the perfect place you have to decide where the door furniture is going to go. Check behind the panel for clearance for each item. This will dictate where they go, not necessarily where you want them. I am fitting ‘dummy’ window winders, door pull and the pocket. I mark on the panel where I want them.

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:45
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

I can then mark and drill the holes for the door furniture. Now I have the finished template.

Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:48
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

The door pocket has locating tags on the reverse. I want to bolt mine on so I cut these off with the angle grinder. I then drill holes with a strip of hard rubber inside so I don’t drill through to the leather. The holes are copied onto the template



Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:54
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

The problem with the door pockets is they are lighter than the door panel material, maybe due to age/fading etc. So I cleaned each one with fabric/ leather cleaner. I then applied some black leather dye which came from ebay, with a bit of sponge. Now it matches the material perfectly.





Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 31st December 2015, 19:58
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

Next I laid out the foam for the panel (ebay, 6mm thick) and placed the panel on top. I drew around the panel to get the outline which I then cut out with scissors.

Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 31st December 2015, 20:05
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

I now wanted to get the folded edge finished before fitting the foam. I have a metal folding press but I'm guessing most of you will not have one of these so there is another option. Get two lengths of 2" x 1" wood and clamp them along the bend line with a G-clamp at both ends. Now clamp the centre of the wood sandwich in a vice.



Bend the panel over till you reach the perfect angle.

Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 31st December 2015, 20:13
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

Here is the finished panel ready for the foam to be attached. Spray contact adhesive to one side of the foam and one side of the panel. Put double the amount on where the bend is as it will try to un-stick itself here. Leave for no more than five minutes then carefully line up two edges while pressing out the foam. You have a few minutes to re-position before the glue goes off so hurry up.



Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 31st December 2015, 20:15
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

Turn the panel upside down so that it creates pressure on the bent part, balance something heavy on top. No not a glass jar or the cat!



Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 31st December 2015, 20:18
Nubodi Automotive's Avatar
Nubodi Automotive Nubodi Automotive is offline
Senior Member
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 606
Nubodi Automotive is on a distinguished road
Default

This took two and a half hours to do the template and one door panel. It took me about the same time to photo, write and upload this lot!

The next job is to trim any excess foam and cut out the door pull opening but only once the glue has dried.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 31st December 2015, 20:37
Mikewade Mikewade is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Lincolnshire
Posts: 85
Mikewade is on a distinguished road
Default Impressive

Very impressive.
Thanks for going to the trouble of showing us how it's done.
It's much appreciated!
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +0. The time now is 04:09.

copyright © madabout-kitcars.com 2000-2019
terms and conditions | privacy policy