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Old 11-09-2013, 05:07 AM
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Hi,

Whilst I have skulked around this site for a while I never fully introduced myself. I mainly post on the Euro-Nova website in the UK.

Well may name is David and I’ve owned my Nova for 24 years (yes you heard right), my car is still in the UK but I live in Singapore so as you can imagine progress has been somewhat slow lately. Its been on and off the road throughout that period as I did a number of modifications over the years and always tried to keep it roadworthy whilst I evolved it to where I wanted it to be.

I have dug out a selection of pictures as I know most of us would really rather see the pictures than read about what has been done! So here goes…..

This is the car as I purchased it in 1989







Then the modification journey started…. Opening side windows, pop-up lights, rack and pinion steering, disk brakes all round, new engine cover, new rear end, aircon, engine swaps (currently its 4th!), custom mirror mounts, etc..too many things to list.



















Then I ended up cutting the chassis in half and shortening it (it was originally two mated together, but the wrong dimensions to get IRS).









Cut some seats in half to make narrower to fit the dropped floor pans







Made a new exhaust setup to match the water cooled engine









got it ready and took it off for paint,….



Got it back from paint ….after two years!!! Don’t ask long painful story (






Started the reassembly….








Back from a few final paint touch ups that were not completed



some more assembly to do on the rear, grills etc.. to be fitted







It will probably be next year now before I get to play with it again and continue the assemble and finish / redo the interior



Oh yeah and I do have another complete kit that I rescued awaiting a build at some time

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Old 11-09-2013, 08:35 AM
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Welcome to the forum, islandman. That's a good looking project you've got going, there. Sometime, I'd like to see more details on the seat modification that you did, if you don't mind. Grab a pint and belly up to the workbench.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:52 AM
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Hello David and welcome to the forum!
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:04 AM
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Welcome to the forum, islandman. That's a good looking project you've got going, there. Sometime, I'd like to see more details on the seat modification that you did, if you don't mind. Grab a pint and belly up to the workbench.

As always a picture speaks a thousand words (well a video anyway ). Its a bit small but you can get the gist here

Narrowing Seats

There is also a bunch of others I've done over the years here :

Nova Videos

Enjoy!
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Thanks for the link, David. I'll be referring back to it when I get to that point.
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Hi David, welcome. Yeah, I infest these forums as well.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:45 AM
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Hi David, welcome. Yeah, I infest these forums as well.
yes spotted the usual faces (well handles) I'm familiar with including Peter
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:15 AM
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Been said on lots of forums, " Oh, flipping 'eck, Peter is on here too", LOVE IT!
Great to see you on here too mate.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:13 AM
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A few updates as I made my annual pilgrimage to the UK from Singapore to see my folks and work on the kit car
When I did a trial fit of the windscreen I found two problems. Firstly the bottom centre of the screen sat proud of the canopy. My previous screen did the same thing which was hidden by adding sealant to bridge the gap but it still didn’t look good and wasn’t great. The second problem which really surprised me was that the top right hand corner of the screen sat proud of the screen also!

I remembered a conversation that I had with Sam Cobley (previous Nova company owner) many years ago that he had a screen that sat proud at the corners. He told me he clamped the screen down with some wood on the outside and then left a fan heater inside the car facing the screen for several hours. Then when he took the braces off the screen had dropped nicely into position.

My thoughts are that the theory is sound as it is heat that forms the screens from flat glass in the first place, although I wasn’t sure you could get it hot enough without an oven.

Anyway I crossed my fingers and took the plunge, I’m really hoping I don’t come back to find a crack on my nice new screen!

A picture of the bottom of the screen sitting proud



Clamped and weighed down with a fan heater inside…….now all I can do is wait!

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Old 05-10-2014, 11:19 AM
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Well its good news and bad news!

After about 2 hours of the fan heater on the screen last night I decided not to take the weights off and baton to allow it to cool down first and then do it in the morning.




So this morning I eagerly went into the garage to take a look. I took the weight off the bottom of the screen and it had dropped, which was great ;o) although it could have gone down an extra couple of millimeters, but it was good enough



Then I took a look at the top left side which was the main problem as it was sitting about 10mm higher than canopy frame. This looked great and it dropped flush with the rest of the frame which is fantastic



Then I took a look at the screen as a whole and noticed a line on the top left corner, under further inspection my worst fears were confirmed, a crack!!! It seems the inside layer of the glass has cracked, although the top layer is intact. I can only imagine that it may have been caused by uneven cooling of the screen causing a stress crack



So I was crying into my cornflakes that morning
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