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Mister Towed 6th February 2021 09:30

I loved the TR6 wheels on your A352, Mick, they really looked the part.

The issue with 15" wheels on the Sammio was actually clearance on the inner rear wheel arches - anything bigger than 175/80/14 with the added width of the wire adaptors would make the tyres foul the inside of the body on every bump. and widening the arches would ruin the look of the car (imho). That's not an issue on the A356 as the wheel areches are much wider to start with.

Kuba, I'm sure you can get adaptors to fit Jag wires to almost anything. Try Midland Wheel Services (MWS) -

https://www.mwsint.com/site/cms/cont...sp?article=684

I'm sure they do blank adaptors that you can have drilled to your own PCD.

Kuba 6th February 2021 15:43

Thanks MrT for a link and info. I will give this a second thought.

Kuba 6th February 2021 15:46

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So a little update from today.
I worked on my dash to give it it's final shape. A little more preps and it would be ready for paint. I still haven't decided what would be in the console on the left but most possibly some sort of switches and warning lights. Both console panels would be removable.
Also I managed to uncover more rust on the bulkhead but didn't take any photos. Till next time...
Regards
Kuba

micky1mo 6th February 2021 17:12

Hi Kuba, nice to here from you again. :icon_smile:

I remember when you collected the body you bravely produced an angle grinder and set about cutting it down so it would fit into the back of your van!!!
I was a little worried at the time but wow, what an effort!!!

What you are building is a unique effort as never before has one of these been assembled and IMHO you are doing a fantastic job !!

Only 3 of these bodies have been moulded, your's, one that was used as the Alpha prototype and one is hanging from the ceiling in my workshop (awaiting inspiration).:pray:

Keep the up-dates coming and again well done! :amen::amen:

micky1mo 6th February 2021 17:22

Hi Kuba, meant to say wire wheel come with 2 basic hub sizes.

I believe it's 42mm and 52mm and because the Triumph PCD is 95.25mm you have to use the smaller hubs.

Most 14" wheel as fitted to MG's use the smaller size hub.:smile:

Kuba 6th February 2021 17:22

Hello Micky

Good to hear from you too.
Thank you for words of encouragement.
Yes amazingly over a year went past since I've collected this very body. I have had quite a busy year but eventually went for it and started my build and this thread as I've said I will.
Hopefully this will help you sell few more of those kits in the coming future.
Watch this space :)
Best regards
Kuba

Kuba 6th February 2021 17:25

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Originally Posted by micky1mo (Post 105803)
Hi Kuba, meant to say wire wheel come with 2 basic hub sizes.

I believe it's 42mm and 52mm and because the Triumph PCD is 95.25mm you have to use the smaller hubs.

Most 14" wheel as fitted to MG's use the smaller size hub.:smile:

Yes that is what I discovered when I was trying to source adapters.
I will revisit this subject later. Thanks again

Kuba 8th February 2021 18:28

Seats and rust :)
 
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Hello lovely people,

Today's update:
I went to Essex in the morning to pick up seats I bought from fleebay. And as you do I ended up buying another set. Two sets for 300 not too bad. It was a classic car and kit car workshop, with at least 10 Cobras, few gt40 and other wicked cars on display. Quite an amazing start of a week for me.
Later today I thought I tackle more rust finding:) I knew that drivers floor is beyond saving but wasn't so sure about passenger site. Previous owner done quite a good job of hiding actual state of a body. I believe I collected good kg of filler, paint and flashbound?! from floors alone. Well, well we live and learn...
Till next time
Kuba

Lucky@LeMans 8th February 2021 19:26

Which company had all the kits etc ?

Kuba 8th February 2021 19:33

They are called total headturners.
If I understood them correctly they also building xkss replicas too. With bespoke chassis and i think xks engine. I was well impressed...

Kuba 9th February 2021 18:48

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Today I was going crazy with grinder again. I have removed drivers floor pan and rust proof passenger floor. I think with few new bits of metal plating it would be good as new.

After successful cutting session I moved to the rear. Bit by bit I was removing body panels until I ended up with quite satisfactory fit.
Then I started stripping boot floor paint to look for more hidden rust luckily my boot floor is quite decent.
I also discovered that I need around 4" extension so each side of my sill can meet.
Pictures will tell the story.
Regards
Kuba

redratbike 9th February 2021 19:10

can i ask why it needs an extension
it was designed to fit a cut down spitfire bodyshell?

Kuba 9th February 2021 19:20

Not sure about that :) An original Alpha is design to fit on spitfire shell. My body is a prototype from which Alpha was shaped so it's not necessarily the same. I also moved bonet a bit further out for better stance and to clear chassis front frame.
Kuba

Kuba 9th February 2021 20:14

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My shell came as one piece since then I chopped it in to bits. If you look on my first photo, front wheel arch on original shell was very close to end of a bonet. I have moved arch around same distance (4") Kuba

Kuba 10th February 2021 17:50

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Today's progress:
Today's plan was to tacke boot floor. First I finished scrapping paint, smooth it down and painted with red oxide paint.
Then I made a little fabrication for boot floor for additional strength and for a little better look when I eventually open up rear for booth.
I'm planning to swap self tapping screws to rivets (the one's I've bought were a bit too short)
This would be all for some time as work doesn't permit me to take any more time off.
Till next update.
Kuba

redratbike 10th February 2021 18:17

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Originally Posted by Kuba (Post 105844)
Not sure about that :) An original Alpha is design to fit on spitfire shell. My body is a prototype from which Alpha was shaped so it's not necessarily the same. I also moved bonet a bit further out for better stance and to clear chassis front frame.
Kuba

thank you :wink:

Kuba 10th February 2021 19:17

Not a problem:) and to answer your questions regarding hinges, yes I saw them. I like them a lot along with a handbrake...decisions, decisions, decisions

Kuba 11th February 2021 18:27

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Hello.
So it turned out I couldn't stay away from my build today. This car building stuff is seriously addictive:) I'm beginning to worry...
Today's progress:
Rear light. I have made a mould for rear lights first, then cut openings, glassed them, put some filler and gave them quick coat of primer.
It pretty much took all day. As my indicators haven't arrived yet I put some other ones I had laying around.
Till next one
Kuba

swifty 12th February 2021 12:32

Hi Kuba

Just had a quick read through your thread and it brings back some happy memories all be it a few years ago, loads of ideas and stuff to buy ohh happy days.

Keep on posting with plenty of photos as the guys on here love them and i wish you luck in seeing the build through to the end.

Cheers....

micky1mo 12th February 2021 15:53

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Originally Posted by swifty (Post 105875)
Hi Kuba

Keep on posting with plenty of photos as the guys on here love them and i wish you luck in seeing the build through to the end.

Cheers....

Yep, loving the up-dates :eusa_dance::eusa_dance:


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