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Tribute Automotive 25th January 2015 18:29

Apologies to all customers concerned but progress is slower than planned, again due to kit production and only being able to work so many hours in one day, but major plans are afoot to speed the whole process up and get back on track, more details to follow soon. We have made some more changes to the buck (see below) but it will be in paint by the end of this week. We will still have kits out in February and start the queue of builds as soon as the first panels are out of the new moulds.

The compromise of the SWB panels Vs the Z3 slam panel has been noted on this tread before, and this previously used picture shows that the line running from the front wing and into the door top was "kinked" downwards at the join of the two panels:

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6fa084df.jpg

We have raised the line at this point to now give a continuous flow from the headlight to rear edge of the door, which you may or may not be able to see in these pictures:

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...ps43cye2gp.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psn662fmwu.jpg

Front wing vents have also been added:
http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...pst1lratn0.jpg

With the exception of the edges of the front brake cooling vents under the headlights, all shaping/mods are now done and only continued improvement for paint is left. It's been a huge amount of work (thanks Dan), but I hope you will agree that it will be worth it. More updates throughout this week.

Mister Towed 25th January 2015 18:55

That's coming together very nicely, can't wait to see the buck in paint and the kit in production. Also can't wait to get the funds together for one myself. :)

hurnleft 25th January 2015 19:27

It's coming together well Chris, I'm sure we'd all rather it took a little more time than planned and came out exactly as you wanted, rather than rushed and a compromise.
I bought some more parts for mine today. Details in 'the Kebab'.

y cymro 25th January 2015 19:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by hurnleft (Post 62979)
It's coming together well Chris, I'm sure we'd all rather it took a little more time than planned and came out exactly as you wanted, rather than rushed and a compromise.

My feelings exactly. Good job, Chris and Dan :smile:

GazDavies 25th January 2015 20:13

It's looking great and I can't wait to see the finished article especially as I have just got home from purchasing a nice little 2.8L Z3 today.

ufo17 26th January 2015 20:03

Wow
 
This is shaping up to become the most amazing body replacement kit ever conceived. Well done guys just amazing work.:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:

NeilF355 26th January 2015 20:10

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tribute Automotive (Post 62972)
What was the price for the Automirage kit Neil? You did tell me at Donnington but can't remember.

Have sent you a PM Chris.

Danny_HUFC 26th January 2015 21:23

What colour is it going Chris? And will it be going on ebay or you going to keep it as a daily?

y cymro 26th January 2015 21:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by NeilF355 (Post 63007)
Have sent you a PM Chris.

Have pm'd you Neil

casamolino 27th January 2015 18:45

This is going to be worth the wait , Geoff .

Tribute Automotive 27th January 2015 20:26

Thank you for all your encouraging comment guys.

More sanding done, still more to go, but a few coats of filler primer were needed to see how we are doing. Bonnet fit has not been tackled yet:

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psfwsgd63z.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...pskqkqwvcl.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psi51o36kp.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...pshcxsu8pk.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...ps90xxg20n.jpg

Tribute Automotive 27th January 2015 20:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danny_HUFC (Post 63010)
What colour is it going Chris? And will it be going on ebay or you going to keep it as a daily?

Danny, I can't decide between "Wheelie Bin Grey" or "Skip Yellow", as this is the buck from which the moulds are to be made, it weighs 3 times more than it should, the body will be taken off and binned once the moulds are finished. It will be replaced with a set of SWB production panels, or maybe something else. It was my daily, but I now have something far less reliable, which is currently broken and awaiting a new engine. And gearbox. And suspension. Etc.

Tribute Automotive 27th January 2015 20:47

Quote:

Originally Posted by casamolino (Post 63026)
This is going to be worth the wait , Geoff .

Thank you for your patience Geoff.

Ollie 27th January 2015 20:47

That is looking very very loverrly....

Tribute Automotive 27th January 2015 20:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by GazDavies (Post 62986)
It's looking great and I can't wait to see the finished article especially as I have just got home from purchasing a nice little 2.8L Z3 today.

Is it stripped down yet Gaz?

casamolino 27th January 2015 20:55

Getting better and better ,:smile: Geoff .

Mister Towed 27th January 2015 21:02

Liking the colour, passion pink?

obr 27th January 2015 21:04

Beautiful!

Tribute Automotive 27th January 2015 21:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mister Towed (Post 63039)
Liking the colour, passion pink?

Dirty paint bucket Purple! :becky:

Paul L 28th January 2015 16:21

Tribute - Chris & Dan you really have set a new standard with this build. :cool:

Especially if it can be put together in the same frightening speed as some of the Kobra builds.

Good luck, Paul. :)


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