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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:23 pm 
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Excellent photo's! :eyes4u:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:48 am 
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:eyes4u: why not indeed, they do look lovely :eyes4u:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:49 am 
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Holy cow I needed my sunglasses on! 8)

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Looking great Mark!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:57 am 
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wow im going to need these 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:30 pm 
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A little more progress.

I'd be thinking for a while that I should fit the front chin spoiler to the car. I was fortunate enough to find a brand new old stock one several years ago so it's got perfect end captive nuts. I'd never actually fitted any spoiler to the front of the car. The shell had sustained some storage damage which was repaired when it was painted. I was therefore very pleased that the spoiler appears to fit.

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In the pic it's not fully tightened up as I've decided to use some stainless nuts and bolts which I didn't have in stock at the time. It looks as if it will fit well, as well as they can anyway.

I've also painted and fitted 2 new headlamp surrounds. I'd placed a couple of old ones in there but they were well past their best. I started off with a pair of new 1500TC type surrounds which are bare polished aluminium. I trial fitted them first and both required some fettling to get them to fit.

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There were a couple of scratches which I rubbed out before etch priming. I then painted with some satin black. Annoyingly I had a couple of flaws in the finish from a wayward nozzle so some parts had to be rubbed back before being sprayed again. I'm glad I trial fitted them beforehand as I'd have risked damaging them once they'd been painted.

Finally I've painted the two radiator brackets. I'd actually already had these blasted and painted in gloss black but they were to shiny so I gave them a rub over, bit of etch primer and painted them satin. I've attached them to my new aluminium radiator which I had made recently. For various reasons I've decided to ditch the viscous fan. To me it's not particularly efficient at cooling so opted to have an electric fan mounted on the radiator. Partly to get it out of the way I opted to fit the radiator in position. It gave me the chance to fettle the fitment with no engine in the way and will also give me the opportunity to organise the wiring for the fan. I've actually also got a near identical radiator in stock but without the fan and switch so I can always return it to the viscous setup if required.

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The build has never been about making a 100% original car, it's all about making the car standard 'plus' fitting upgraded components in some areas, improving performance and efficiency without destroying the car.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:43 pm 
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Looking wonderful Mark!

I like the fan mounting solution, is that a Spal fan?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:13 pm 
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Lovely to see the lamps and spoiler fitted, almost looks ready :)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:17 pm 
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Yes it is indeed a Spal fan. Great quality fans, well regarded. It provides good CFM which is what you want. Normal driving along the viscous units are not too bad but get stuck in traffic say at a car show on a hot day then it just fans hot air all over your rad with zero shrouding. At least with this it'll suck through a decent amount of cool air. As it's a single row of aluminium tubes the air will be drawn just over one row rather than 3 in the standard rad, by the time you draw air over the last row it's getting pretty hot. Should be significantly better in these situations.

My plan is maybe install an override switch but since you don't have these on a modern car why should I fit one to this? If everything does its job then it shouldn't be necessary.

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My plan is maybe install an override switch but since you don't have these on a modern car why should I fit one to this? If everything does its job then it shouldn't be necessary.
That is a good question.
I am thinking that a test of the fan will give an answer.
Some (smaller) fans will prevent the engine getting any hotter but struggle to get it down in temperature,
so when first stuck in traffic is the time to manually switch the fan on.

I ran a 280mm Revotec slimline fan on an 1850 and as far as I could tell it never did come on (it is very quiet). Later I fitted
a warning light which simply confirmed what I thought.

My guess is that you won't need an over ride switch (or warning light).








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Looks fantastic :thumbsup:

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The alignment of your panels is perfection! Far better then any Dolly came out of the factory.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:10 am 
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I've just been through this thread and I've fixed the Photobucket links with the "~original" workaround so they should all work.

Edit: Most of them had already been done by Mark but there were a few left so I did them. Sorry for any confusion!

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I've just been through this thread and I've fixed the Photobucket links with the "~original" workaround so they should all work.
Err thanks but I did it last week

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I've just been through this thread and I've fixed the Photobucket links with the "~original" workaround so they should all work.
Err thanks but I did it last week
Handbags!! :lol:


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The alignment of your panels is perfection! Far better then any Dolly came out of the factory.
When you see it in the flesh it's jaw dropping, just gorgeous, the paintwork is flawless!


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