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PostPosted:Fri May 08, 2020 3:47 pm 
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Ive got some Stag woods i made for mine, if you need patterns let me know,are you fitting electric windows to yours, and linking the interior light to the console lights

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I'm fitting electric windows, but there's no room for the switches in the trad Stag position. That bulky shifter puts paid to that, the switches will be in the face panel, either beside or below the stereo. 1 each side but both just reachable by the driver.

Of course i'll link the footwell lights to the interior light, rude not to! I laid the wiring into the loom before I even had the console!

The radio panel MAY be a few mm shorter than the Stag original but otherwise the same shape and size. But i'm gonna start with a blank canvas as MOST of the stuff in the original I either don't have or is already someplace else, choke, heater controls, fan switch, faglighter and HRW switch. It's likely i'll have room for a couple of extra guages (but what to pick?) cupholders would be better on the outside, (folding in of course) another ashtray is decadent, but it'll be a bit bland with just the stereo and window switches!

Maybe I should go for a double DIN stereo with a fold out video screen and satnav built in!

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Edit. I've had a quick offer up with 2 single DIN radio frames taped together and a double DIN stereo WILL fit, but only if nothing else at all is in the panel! Not the end of the world as I can fit the window switches elsewhere, possibly in the front face of the proposed armrest/cubby thingy

I've also had a quick trawl of ebay and found myself a used Pioneer double din stereo with a fixed 7" touchscreen and all the trimmings including Satnav for VERY sensible money. Others were available, but I trust Pioneer stuff, also I have a Pioneer 10CD stacker which, with luck, will be compatible with it!

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PostPosted:Fri May 15, 2020 8:52 pm 
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Finally made it to the street today! Mainly just to check the trans shifts and it appears my fears were groundless! pulled away in first like a little rocket and just made it into 2nd before I had to back off for the end of my cul de sac! Perfick!

Heres's another video!

https://youtu.be/fDkLujFi5zE

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Heres's another video!
https://youtu.be/fDkLujFi5zE
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Brilliant!

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PostPosted:Sat May 16, 2020 1:49 pm 
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its alive......excellent news....which colour are you picking for it?

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its alive......excellent news....which colour are you picking for it?
All of them! :wink:

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PostPosted:Sat May 16, 2020 3:12 pm 
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its alive......excellent news....which colour are you picking for it?
All of them! :wink:
Actually, none of them! It will be Vermillion (doors are Pimento) simply because that's what the comm tag says!

I'm chuffed to bits with a successful first drive, I was by no means nailing the throttle, but it took off like a scalded cat! And I am over the moon that the trans works correctly, I was extremely worried that I'd have to have the original ecu rebuilt at huge cost rather than just using the cheap second hand one i've fitted. Now it's settled onto it's springs a bit, the ride height looks reasonable too. I've deliberately kept this one close to stock in ride height, wheel size and tyre profile to give a more relaxed ride. It's certainly not SLOW, but the auto and general spec means it's not a racecar, but then, I already have one of those!

It's now safely back in the garage and my Mojo is at full capacity! The next time it emerges, it should be all one colour and have a vinyl roof! If all goes to plan, this should be early July and a few weeks later to be fully fitted up!

Since nobody really wants to see boring pics of me endlessly rubbing down paint, i'll concentrate the next posts on the other interesting things like building in the T1300 bonnet bulge and how I build the console up.

I did the investigations on fancy stereos and have found myself a DOOZY! It was more than twice what I expected to pay, but my upcoming 66th birthday (end of the month) and my everloving family have ganged up to get it for me!

It's a double DIN size touchscreen that accepts every kind of multimedia format you can imagine plus Satnav, reversing camera, bluetooth, voice commanded phone dialling and some other stuff I haven't worked out the purpose of yet! I have, of course, done my homework and the double din WILL fit the console with POSSIBLY just enough space for the leccy window switches too! I can't show pix of it yet as SWMBO has kidnapped it to giftwrap. I have however, kept the fitting cage so I can carry on with the console!

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PostPosted:Sat May 16, 2020 4:53 pm 
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what! no brown stuff :cry: ver red is nice colour :D

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PostPosted:Sat May 16, 2020 8:36 pm 
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It's somewhat ironic that I have 2 Red cars! I pretty much hate red, mainly for it's propensity to fade if not kept well polished!

Since i'd rather drive than polish, this one will get a good helping of clearcote for a deep and long lasting shine!

When I bought the car, it was in fact Vermillion.


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The body, though very rough, was just about do-able with a huge amount of work. At that time I was all set to lose the red and paint it a more me-friendly colour, several choices were mooted, a deep metallic purple, maybe with a biscuit vinyl for contrast, anthracite grey (too modern) and French, Royal or Wedgewood Blue, all from the Triumph palette but all technically too old for this 78 car.

Then the Brown body turned up for the right price, somewhat damaged, but unwelded and Ziebarted from new, it was a no-brainer. So the prime choice went back to Vermillion to avoid, as much as possible, drawing attention to my misdemeanors. I'm sorry but I didn't give a single thought to retaining the Russet!

At least SWMBO likes Vermillion!

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French, Royal or Wedgewood Blue, all from the Triumph palette but all technically too old for this 78 car.
My Spitfire is the wrong red... Signal technically too old for a 1977 car. It was originally Flamenco.
When I found out it was a "rare" colour I considered going back to it, but for now it's staying Signal Red.

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French, Royal or Wedgewood Blue, all from the Triumph palette but all technically too old for this 78 car.
My Spitfire is the wrong red... Signal technically too old for a 1977 car. It was originally Flamenco.
When I found out it was a "rare" colour I considered going back to it, but for now it's staying Signal Red.
I don't have a problem with "wrong" colours, especially something as technical as "wrong for the year"! I fancy that if I did, I wouldn't be a modder!

My old GT6 cabrio was also Signal Red, though the 74 Spitfire donor body was Pimento (maybe, it was pretty pink when I got it) The GT6 was Sienna Brown, but not much of that was left! Again I got a Red car, I guess i'm just doomed! That time it was Red because the donor body was Red, Red is a pig to cover with a different colour, it has a nasty habit of "bleeding through" and I couldn't be ar*ed to bare metal the shell inside and out!

Steve

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I once resprayed a red car white........ You can guess the colour it was a couple of days later. :evil: :evil: I then had to spray it black and then white again..... That worked. I will swear the car was a few inches bigger with all that paint......

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PostPosted:Sun May 17, 2020 7:56 pm 
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As promised, i'm playing with the bonnet and have made faster progress than I thought!

There was a tricky bit at the back where cutting away enough of the inner skin to joddle the bulge section in would have fatally weakened the bonnet so, once more, lateral thinking came into play.

It's just screwed down ATM, but a few holes punched and I can start to weld it into place!


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'72 Triumph 1500FWD in Slate Grey

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As promised, i'm playing with the bonnet and have made faster progress than I thought!

There was a tricky bit at the back where cutting away enough of the inner skin to joddle the bulge section in would have fatally weakened the bonnet so, once more, lateral thinking came into play.

It's just screwed down ATM, but a few holes punched and I can start to weld it into place!


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Bonnet mod looks good Steve 8) 8)

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