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Old 06-14-2013, 08:12 AM
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Having looked at a few journals' of builds I think I have a lot of catching up to do, mind you, just keeping pace with my grasshopper mind and the endless changes is a task in itself.

Life started as a brand new but incomplete SS from the factory, "any colour as long as it's black", so saved a grand (UK) on a cancelled order with no dash, seats, A trims door cards etc. That was in 1995- I already had bought a project of an Embasee Charger with a 1966 chassis and a type two 1600 re-con engine and a box of bits. The Charger went to a bad home

The build went quickly and I managed to source all my stuff from a local scrap yard and had registered it by April that year.

In late 1998 I was told by 'er in doors to loose the car off of the drive, "it's the car or me", so a year and a divorce later I had moved to Southern Spain with the car and no wife.
I had to leave it outside for a couple of years and the interior got ruined by rats and the engine by rain down the carbs, so as I had (at that time) a good job and low overheads I decided on a complete re-build.
Rather than go into all the changes I will show what has evolved (so far).
Before leaving the UK September 1999
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managed to get an (expensive) garage in town and the work began,
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just enough room to swing a cat

Back to basics starting at the fuel tank.
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Engine rebuild, the only thing original are the cases which have been modified to full flow and the dizzy drive.
Starting with a forged balanced crank.
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Some 'H' rods
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A&A 1641cc cylinder & piston kit.
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Chuck on some fully ported 044 heads with double springs, bolt on rockers and moly rods, Engle 110 can and race lifters and convert the throttle linkage to sit behind the fan shroud.
Whacked on a centre alternator mount and shroud kit, a pair of DellOrto DRLA 40s and a Petronix ignition set up, a 1.5 litre sump and nearly done.
One of these with some nice 2" stainless tail pipes in place of the normal ones.
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and ready to go back in.
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bit of blue bling and all done.
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Interior has been a challenge as I keep changing my mind, even now there are major rebuilds of the centre and dash.
Started as a triple gauge set up in the centre position but soon gave way to a digital unit from a 1985 MG maestro.
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The seats have always been Suzuki carry micro van seats and recovered by a company in Telford UK called Intatrim. probably the best seats I have had but binned in the name of style for the smart Chinese ones.
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Sitting in the car for the first time I head butted the roof reaching for the gear shift and had the handbrake under my elbow, not good, trip down the scrap yard and a Volvo 245 gave up its hand brake, hacked a pair of Mitsubishi Colt cable to suit and bolted the lot onto the top of the tunnel.
Gear shift was a problem and I was about to do the usual of chopping out the entire VW position and cut a hole further back and move it when I thought, hang about there is a hole here where the brake was, so back down the yard and this time a Skoda (rear engine) Rapide let go its gear shift, shorter link rod and popped the whole thing in, fits like a glove.
Result, it all falls to hand now.
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Next the bling
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:21 PM
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Great build. I love the center console set up.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:00 PM
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As you can see the bottom one has a striped alloy finish which I though was great but reflected in the screen so I changed it for black, looks crap so back to BLING. with the new slim line console, same design, almost just slimmer and out of GRP reinforced 3mm ply, not 10mm MDF, (heavy)
More to come.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:31 PM
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Peter nice work. I second the opinion about the console. I really like those mg gauges.

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Old 06-15-2013, 03:31 AM
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Two changes (again) to the console, I have to slim it down a bit as it is currently made of 13mm MDF and too heavy and too wide for the new seats and change that horrid black for the alloy again for the 'new' retro look.
Another great thing about the instrument panel is in the lower right corner is a button and changes from MPH to KPH.
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:10 AM
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As I said elsewhere, I spent a great day in the 'shed', stripped out all the stuff from the centre console and hand brake cover and after a lot of cardboard templates hit the bin (and a load of crap on the floor) I ended up with a working armrest/handbrake cover. it all fits nicely now between the seat wings, not too worried that the handbrake quadrants rub on the inside a bit as it's not exactly something that is constantly moving. Final adjustment to do, I deliberately made it a bit too long at the back, which can be chopped at will, so I could get the best position over the handbrake but it's pretty close. Next is to make layers of ply to fill in the front leaving spaces for the handbrake boot and the centre section.

Stitched up the gearshift and hand brake gaiters, (left my short range specs at home so took half an hour to thread the darn needle in the machine ), by sticking some of the red carbon fibre look vinyl onto linen to make a tough cloth, also recovered the top of the armrest/box , gear knob and hand brake handle in the same. Scrapped the red 'padded leather look' including the dash bit in favour of a harder more current look with red vinyl directly to the surfaces. Down the centre I have also scrapped the padded black leather cloth, as although it stops the reflections in the screen, it looked crap, so I'm going for an alloy covering again but squares not ribs in an attempt reduce glare, I would love to do machine swirl finish but the wife will not let me dismantle the balcony table for the top, (but ya never knows

Next is the centre section and unlike the old one which fitted over the tunnel this one will fit on it so will be narrower by a good 3 cm as it just needs to fit over the sides of the Skoda gear shift.
The main centre console will also sit on the centre section instead of over the centre section, saving nearly 5cm on the total width which is where the front of the seat cushion is.

The top gear shift will sit on a flat bit with a round finish same as the old one but tight fit. It has to be the same width at the top so the MG speedo fits in but apart from that it's the same layout. Maybe a pop up rearview screen if I go for the Pioneer KEX 900M + stereo set up.


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Old 06-20-2013, 04:33 PM
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Why is it Chip Foose can get a centre console custom made in three hours and I'm still buggering about after three days and still haven't started on the main part?
After making him a quad gauge panel for his fake BMW M5 (525 TDi) , my son-in-law gave me best part of a square yard of medium grained black leather-cloth (BMW) today , looks better than the almost no grain stuff I used on the dash as I personally think the heavier grain looks more authentic, so guess who is going to be stripping down the dash, again. also decided for sure that the red 'carbon fibre' sides to the centre part of the console and hand brake cover looked stupid so back to black with the main console sides and dash trim in plain red leather-cloth, (ordered already), along with a pair of rear shocks for the wife's Corsa, does it ever end?
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:24 PM
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Because he's got a crew to help and he grew up doing stuff like that. Guys like us have to hack our way through a project (unless your Brett, who appears to be a fiberglass design god). I usually wind up picking up parts from other cars and trying to make them work!
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:36 AM
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Because he's got a crew to help and he grew up doing stuff like that. Guys like us have to hack our way through a project (unless your Brett, who appears to be a fiberglass design god). I usually wind up picking up parts from other cars and trying to make them work!
Last count I had 23 different cars parts in mine. Plus custom parts, brakes and engine internals.

From the front;

VW '66 1300 chassis
BL Mini head lights
Jaguar sidelights
Ford Escort vent fan
MG Maestro speedo
Citroen C15 steering rack
Austin Montego steering linkage
Volvo truck Pantograph wiper assembly
Triumph Dolomite steering column
Morris 1000 wiper motor
Locost pedals
Range Rover cylinders
Skoda 1300 Gear change
Volvo 244 handbrake
Vauxhall door struts
VW Golf MkI door catches
Mitsubishi Colt H/B cables
Triumph 2000 MkII fuel tank
VW 1303 gear box converted to swing arm
VW Type 2 1600 engine
Alfa Romero DellOrto carbs
GM Cavalier rear light assemblies
VW Golk MkII rear bumper
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:20 PM
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Might have to put things on hold later half of 2013 as I went to the docs last week and he took one look at the x-ray of my remaining knee (Right) and said, "It's a disaster", by the time I got back home the wife had a call with an appointment on 6th August to see the head mechanic at the Malaga's Costa del Sol hospital for a new one, , Not bad for national health service here in Spain. , NOT looking forward to it .
Anyone who was at Stoneleigh 2006 will vouch I was in a lot of pain from the left knee replacement I had 6 weeks before.
But that means I'll have more time to clutter up the forums with my cheerful banter.
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