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Lucky@LeMans 10th August 2020 21:04

These are the GRP ones supplied in the kit. They are about 2.5 - 3mm thick. I think they will be satisfactory once finished so on this occasion I won't make aluminium trims.

Jaguartvr 10th August 2020 21:04

I do like the thinner version but not keen on the fact that you can see the rim on the inside.
I would suggest you have them chrome wrapped, get it done professionally and the results can be stunning and not very expensive.
Silver paint always looks like silver paint.

Lucky@LeMans 10th August 2020 21:08

I chrome wrapped the 275 surrounds and they were ok from 6 feet away ! To be fair I think I could do a better job on these, I might give it a go ! I can trim the GRP rim on the inside a bit more. I'm going to paint the buckets silver so they shouldn't show too much in the end.

redratbike 15th August 2020 16:01

Have you seen the latest rear end pics ?

Lucky@LeMans 15th August 2020 19:08

Thanks, yes I've checked out progress. Should have the first one out of the mould by the end of the month or perhaps a bit sooner !

I've completed the door cards which have turned out pretty good. I also chrome wrapped the head light surrounds. Far more convincing than on my 275, perhaps I'm getting the hang of wrapping !

Still might get this finished by the end of September !

redratbike 15th August 2020 19:08

Great news

Lucky@LeMans 18th August 2020 11:30

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Here are the chrome wrapped headlight rims with 4mm piping between the trim and the perspex, worked out pretty well......

Jaguartvr 18th August 2020 11:58

Much better than paint! They look very good, I chrome wrapped my windscreen surround and was very pleased with the result.

Lucky@LeMans 20th August 2020 23:07

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Rear end buck ready to take a mould.......

Munky 21st August 2020 03:00

The headlights look amazing!

Lucky@LeMans 4th September 2020 18:01

Collected the rear end yesterday and trial fitted earlier today. All good, everything lines up. Chris has utilised the Z3 boot hinges on this kit so the boot lid is a quick and easy fit. The gas struts fitted to the hinges mean you don't need to fit an extra boot stay. The rear moulding also makes use of the upper mounting points from the Z3 wings so it all helps alignment and a quick assembly.
Plans for the weekend include fitting twin filler caps, recessed into the upper part of the rear wings. I also want to french in the rear lights a little further along with the rear number plate light.
The deep dish BMW wheels might get a 10mm spacer each side so they really fill out the arches. Lowering springs will be decided upon when everything is fitted and the car driven a bit, I've got a feeling it might settle a little.
Photos to follow !

molleur 4th September 2020 20:51

Appears to be a well thought out kit.

zagmad 5th September 2020 20:32

Any chance of a shooting brake :-)

Lucky@LeMans 6th September 2020 20:22

Managed to make a little progress. I've decided not to fit the twin filler caps on the rear wings. I mocked them up in place but they just spoilt the flowing lines of the car. So instead I've decided to use the Z3 filler flap with the subsequent cut out from the body fitted over it. This worked well on my 275 kit and with the midnight blue paint you'll hardy notice it. So if anyone wants a pair of alloy 3"Monza style caps pm me, 50 the pair plus P&P.
Mods were done to the frenched rear light mounts, just the upper indicator light mounts needed a tweak so the lamps fitted in a bit deeper and squarer in the recess.

Zagmad, I stumbled over an ebay ad the other day for a DB7 shooting brake kit to fit a SE6 Scimitar. I didn't save the ad and I haven't found it again. Think he had several "kit" options, but the advert description was really bad, you would need to talk to him ! The photos of the finished car were pretty convincing.

Lucky@LeMans 10th September 2020 19:40

Most of the prep is done, just a light skim of filler here and there but nothing major. I've had the rear end and boot lid on and off a few times but I'm happy with the fit now.
Looks like a warm and dry few days coming up so I'm hoping to get the paint done by this time next week !

Lucky@LeMans 13th September 2020 21:16

I can see why body shops charge so much for paint ! Another day spent prepping, sanding and a bit more filler ! To be fair the panels are pretty good but the more prep you do the more you find to do ! Should get some primer on it early this week.

IanA 14th September 2020 15:04

Try some high-build primer, might mean less filling before sanding.

Lucky@LeMans 14th September 2020 20:21

High build primer is next, I needed to get it close before hand ! 40c in the garage at 3pm but I managed to get a fair bit done by 7pm. All masked up and ready for primer, hope it isn't quite so hot tomorrow afternoon. Humidity should stay low enough when I'm ready for top coat later in the week.

Lucky@LeMans 15th September 2020 20:05

Lol, 35c today when I was ready. Too hot for me and the paint ! Change of plans Wednesday so I'm in with a chance to get some paint on about midday !

Lucky@LeMans 17th September 2020 19:03

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Got some paint on the car today, at last ! Not too bad considering its the first car I've painted in 20 years or so and I wasn't an expert back then ! First time with 2k paint as well. A few areas will need a wet sand and polish but on the whole pretty good ! The council decided to mow the grass and kick up loads of dust in the playing field opposite me just as I was finishing up, couldn't believe it !! Luckily the paint was going off enough not to worry about it.
The headlight buckets will be painted silver before anyone points out I've missed a bit !

molleur 17th September 2020 19:24

Well done!

Mick O'Malley 18th September 2020 07:17

Looking Good!
Nice colour choice too :).

Regards, Mick

Lucky@LeMans 18th September 2020 13:08

The paint is a couple of shades lighter than I thought it was going to be but it looks very period and similar to sports cars in the 60's.

Should be on the road in a week or so !

Lucky@LeMans 20th September 2020 21:28

Panels and parts going back on the car now. Best part of the build is the final reassembly, it all comes together really quickly and looks finished for the first time !

Lucky@LeMans 24th September 2020 18:50

Getting there slowly ! All the panels are back on the car and the rear lights fitted, wired in and working. Moving onto the front lights next, a few hours work to finalise them. The windscreen aluminium trim is fitted around the whole circumference giving a retro look. I'll get some photos at the weekend !

Lucky@LeMans 28th September 2020 17:54

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Couple of photos from the weekend. The car is covered in dust when I took the pictures, Ill get some better shots outside in the coming days ! The wiring is all done and everything works ! I'm not sure where to mount the front number plate, at the moment I'm thinking of a stick on one on the nose. I'm also in two minds about highlighting the inside faces of the lower ducts in silver . What do you think ? The front grill worked out well, I used the Mondeo outer surround with honey combe mesh behind it.

molleur 28th September 2020 19:41

Quite nice, especially the grille.

Lucky@LeMans 28th September 2020 19:59

Thanks Molleur. The modern chrome finish slats in the Mondeo grill were too blingy, the painted mesh suits the car well with just the chrome surround fitted.

DaveP 30th September 2020 21:37

Nice work on what must be the first soft top version.

That is a good rear view so far.

The boot looks enormous. How is the weight of the bootlid when opening and closing.

Agreed on the stylish grill. Classy.


Lucky@LeMans 30th September 2020 22:45

Dave, its an optical illusion ! The boot lid is only about 10" deeper than the on the Z3. The Z3 lid is very shallow to start with. The standard gas struts hold it up just fine too !

smash 2nd October 2020 07:56

Always prefered the coupe to convertible for the SWB but much prefer this convertible Z3GT to the coupe version. Very nice.

Now wondering what Z3GT front and Kobra rear would look like...

DaveP 2nd October 2020 09:18


Originally Posted by smash (Post 105254)
Always prefered the coupe to convertible for the SWB but much prefer this convertible Z3GT to the coupe version. Very nice.

Now wondering what Z3GT front and Kobra rear would look like...

I wondered the same thing Scott. And also whether the Z3GT bonnet fit onto the Kobra side wings without amendment.

Having two bonnet options would be interesting. Although not sure how much I would actually change them over.

Bit like WCAs two bonnets


Lucky@LeMans 2nd October 2020 14:50

Several options to choose from, the Z300 front with the Z3GTC rear would work well too.

Received my revised V5c back from DVLA today. Less than 10 days turn around so the Kit and Rebuild department must be working as normal at the moment.
Its worth adding K and R to the address when submitting the form to the DVLA, it does speed up the process.

BMW has gone from the make and replaced with Tribute Z3 GT. I had asked for Tribute Z3 GTC but it is near enough and is what is written on the Tribute invoice I submitted.

Mitchelkitman 2nd October 2020 15:35

I'm surprised they removed BMW from the make. DVLA are anything but consistent, from the various 'reports' I've seen...... Funniest one was the JZR which was described as JCB 3 wheeled earth mover :roll:
With mixing and matching the fronts and rears we need to be careful not to end up with something akin to a Morris 1000 rear and Triumph Herald front (not that that's likely, but you get my drift!)

Lucky@LeMans 4th October 2020 23:09

Finishing off jobs like carpeting the boot, fitting inner wheel arches etc nearly complete. I've extended the exhaust by 12" simply by adding extended tail pipe trims. Still a bit to do prior to MOT later in the week but mostly cosmetic stuff really.

Lucky@LeMans 6th October 2020 20:21

Mot booked for Wednesday, everything works so it should just be a formality !

Looks like the weather for Sunday is good so I'll be off to the Malvern Classic Car Show just up the road from me. See what reaction the car gets !

Lucky@LeMans 7th October 2020 17:49

Called in for petrol on the way to the MOT. The young girl attendant was really impressed with the car ! Wish I was 30 years younger, lol !

MOT passed without problem. A few cosmetic jobs now and its just about finished.

Mick O'Malley 8th October 2020 08:00


Regards, Mick

Lucky@LeMans 16th October 2020 17:23

Had the car in the local body shop for a couple of days. Full mop and polish has transformed the final paint finish, money well spent ! A couple of pieces of trim to go back on along with the replacement rear window and its just about done ! If the weather stays dry I'll get some photos over the weekend.

Lucky@LeMans 17th October 2020 15:32

I've added a chrome trim along the top edge of the sills. I think it improves the side profile look.

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