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entwistlecymru

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  1. Interior is out at the trimmers but he ain't gonna rush it as we've yet to find the right type of houndstooth fabric. Apart from that nothing! I have a mk2 Carlton saloon to MOT and a poorly mk2 Carlton estate to sort out. Both will be done by Easter so I can get this one indoors and get started properly
  2. I'll be going to see James tomorrow to check it out for you
  3. L509 comes up on my mixing system (another perk of the business!) as brilliant orange, also known as signal or bright orange depending on the country. My system is European so I don't know what it was officially called here but it's definitely the right colour! It should be a lot brighter than it is now though. It's obviously faded badly in the Spanish sun. As for the sunroof what you say does make sense, Ian. The GM logo on it is a later type but hey ho - it makes for a nice, airy cabin so it'll stay! The car is at mine in Glanamman so if you're passing, call me first and I'll pop home Julian! Glad this ones getting a bit of interest anyway. Hopefully I'll do it justice! I'll let you know if I decide to sell Dave, don't worry 😉
  4. Following on from Mr Virco's request for someone to take his early B project - a request I literally jumped at - here's the start of the long process of getting it back to new again. From a quick poke around I've found rot in one rear quarter, top of the A-posts, front footwells, bottom of both front wings, NS door bottom, battery and washer bottle trays and both swan necks. The sills and arches are both solid. Because its such an early car it deserves to be done properly so the plan is this...... Get it running - at least I know it will go and it'll make it easier to get from my place to my old mans workshop (on trade plates!) Ian has made a start on it but I'll replace all the consumables and get it sorted before the next step... The interior is coming out and a good mate will retrim it in the correct houndstooth cloth. Spiney_norman has some early low-back seats to replace the Recaros in it at the moment. The door cards and parcel shelf have been cut but my trimmer mate will be able to remake both - luckily they're just cardboard and vinyl! I've got a correct GM radio which will replace the period and very cool looking Alpine 4-speaker job. The sunroof turns out to be a genuine GM accessory so my initial plans to reskin the roof have changed. As you all know, the bodywork is the time consuming part and rather than cheating and using the as-new shell I have stored away I'm going to repair the original panels instead. The only thing that worries me is that its had a respray at some point so it could have some nasties under the Brilliant orange. A quick go over with a magnet suggests not but you never know! I'll start this once the interior is away being finished. It'll need to go down to bare shell and once welded I'm gonna paint it myself. I haven't painted a car all over for about 7 years so I'm quite looking forward to it All the things I learned on UTH (the correct level of gloss on the lower front panel, where to use seam sealer etc) will hopefully be put to good use on this 'un! The engine, box and axle will both be stripped and given a freshen up as they've covered over 100k. I'm going to resist the temptations I had on UTH when I stuck on a new Weber, 5 speed box, leccy ignition and all the things that would make life easier for me. It'll be exactly as it left the factory, to give as authentic a driving experience as possible. All mechanicals will be new - doing what I do for a living makes this process a lot easier and means there's no excuse! The finishing touches like new bumpers and original Rostyles, correct early door mirror (thanks again to Norm) are in hand. I'd like to say it'll be done by Billing 2015 but anyone who knows me knows my penchant for breaking deadlines so I'm not setting one! If you'd like me to get it finished, working parties are welcome! Pics will follow soon - its chucking it down here so I don't want to get the car wet by dragging its cover off..........
  5. Someone's spotted you Ian - http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=140&t=1375014&mid=0&i=1920&nmt=COOL+CLASSIC+CAR+SPOTTERS+POST%21%21%21+Vol+2&mid=0
  6. Has anyone got a pair of early B seats (75-79 type) preferably with headrests but will take low back ones if I have to. Fabric is not a problem as they'll be retrimmed, as long as the stuffing and frames are sound. PM with any leads please!
  7. Hmmmmm.............. is it a early one? Any pics Danny?
  8. I'm after a really tidy early GTE hatch. It must be white/white wheels/beige check combo. I've been looking for a few years for the right car so I'm not in any rush but if someone has a nice example, get in touch! NO RESTORATION PROJECTS PLEASE!
  9. Add a third Manta to the BMW V12 club although mine's going in a B series. I'm glad to see it fits cos everyone I've told wouldn't believe me! Will you be sticking to standard engine management for this? Transeurope, what box have you fitted? A Getrag 265 is a good fit in the standard tunnel with an adaptor plate and the auto bellhousing. Use a V8 flywheel and cobble up a clutch using M3 bits. Easy!
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