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Offline jbcollier

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #105 on: Thursday,September 17, 2015, 08:51:57 PM »
The seats!

You can buy an S1 dash and wart removal is easy.

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #106 on: Thursday,September 17, 2015, 11:34:42 PM »
I think the Happy Shop did an excellent conversion job if this indeed a S2. I can see many S1 parts on the car, Lancia tail lights, doors, dash, flat nose, and single wiper. However, it does not have the integrated seats, dash air vent controls/a flip type and full pan under the engine.   
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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #107 on: Friday,September 18, 2015, 05:28:53 AM »
Euro spec Europas all had single wipers, including TCs.  54s also had the "flat nose".

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #108 on: Friday,September 18, 2015, 07:11:08 AM »
One tell is that the floor of the engine bay is open. The S1's have fiberglass that surrounds most of the engine compartment's floor. That is really nitpicking.

If I am not mistaken I believe they make their own bodies. Maybe someone can confirm this?
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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #109 on: Saturday,October 17, 2015, 01:15:05 PM »
Yikes, it's been nearly a month since I've updated my build log.  I haven't done too much in the past few weeks, though I did get the fiberglass repairs done to the doors, engine cover, and front lid.  So, all that's left to get them in primer is a day or so of sanding and filling.  If I'm feeling ambitious that might happen tomorrow or next Friday. 

In other news, I picked up some mandrel bends yesterday morning and by mid afternoon they looked like this:



And by the end of the day, they looked like this:





I still have to trim the ends and square them up, then it's on to building the collector.  I made a cone thingmee for the inside of the collector already, so it's a matter of welding it on, then forming the outer portion.    I also did a rough measurement, and all the primaries are within 3/4" of each other, not too bad for a "that looks about right" way of making a header.

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #110 on: Saturday,October 17, 2015, 01:24:28 PM »
Outstanding! This is going to be a killer car when you're done!!!  :welder:

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #111 on: Sunday,October 18, 2015, 07:56:44 AM »
Roddy you savage!! I love it!!!

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #112 on: Sunday,October 18, 2015, 03:44:53 PM »
Hey Rod, last I heard aircraft can still be painted in a solvent base here in the great white north. Try some supply shops that do aircraft supply maybe they can help.
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Tom,
Thanks for the link, the video answered a question I had about hooking up the brake pipes to the pedal box.  But, I'm not too keen on the Sprint paint scheme, I think it belongs only on Elan's (just my opinion).  I did paint my old Plus 2 two tone like the Sprint, but I was never really happy with the way it looked.

 I do like the white with green: 
https://thegaragista.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/jpf13-153.jpg

Then there's this one in blue, albeit with a yellow stripe:
http://www.conceptcarz.com/images/Lotus/66_lotus-47_Num27-DV-08_MH-01.jpg

I wouldn't paint the wheels a dark colour if I go with the blue, but with the white they sort of disappear.    The pro's for white is it hides most imperfections in the prep work of the body (think waves and small depressions), the pros for the blue is I already have 3/4 gallon of the blue paint (solvent borne).  The con's for the white are I don't have any, and the cons for the blue is whether I can get another gallon of the single stage paint.   I don't know of anyone that mixes solvent borne paint here in the great white north other than industrial suppliers, and they can't do "custom" colours, only things like black and industrial grey.   

Rod
1969 Europa S2 - 54/1869 I still can't believe I own one.
1978 Austin Mini - 1275, big brakes
1991 Ford Explorer - Lifted on 33s, custom lift and radius arms
2005 Chrysler 300C - chipped, lowered 22s
2003 GMC Yukon - chipped, lowered
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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #113 on: Sunday,October 18, 2015, 03:48:04 PM »
The header is looking very nice as well.
1969 Europa S2 - 54/1869 I still can't believe I own one.
1978 Austin Mini - 1275, big brakes
1991 Ford Explorer - Lifted on 33s, custom lift and radius arms
2005 Chrysler 300C - chipped, lowered 22s
2003 GMC Yukon - chipped, lowered
You could say the stable is diverse

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #114 on: Sunday,November 15, 2015, 09:53:41 PM »
Ross,
Ya, you can still get solvent borne paint for aircraft, boats, and buildings, the problem is finding someone who will mix colours that aren't "industrial standard".

In other news, I've started to tackle the dash for the car. I've managed to get looking almost right for a Series 1 Europa without measuring a real one:





And, I've hung the doors on the body using the hinges that I machined up.  The hinges work a treat, but I'm starting to understand the frustration in trying to set the gaps and keep everything tight.  I have noticed that I'll have to install the windscreen in order to get the doors exactly where I want them as the windscreen pillars have a bit of a bend in them (the roof is lower than it should be at the front).  I'm thinking I'll set the doors roughly where I want them, paint the car, install the windscreen then revisit the door gaps.  Unfortunately I didn't take any pics of the doors, but I will the next time I'm in the garage.

Rod

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #115 on: Monday,November 16, 2015, 05:22:40 AM »
You'll want to flat-black the dash otherwise the shiny aluminum will reflect in the windshield.

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #116 on: Monday,November 16, 2015, 05:23:28 AM »
More great work! This is turning out really well!  :welder:

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #117 on: Monday,November 16, 2015, 10:04:33 AM »
You'll want to flat-black the dash otherwise the shiny aluminum will reflect in the windshield.

I haven't seen that as an issue... There is always something else to worry about :)

It looks very good by the way!


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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #118 on: Tuesday,November 17, 2015, 09:29:28 AM »
Great Job on the S1 Dash. I've always loved the look of it  :ttiwwp:

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Re: My Type 54 to sort of 47 Conversion
« Reply #119 on: Wednesday,December 02, 2015, 04:45:24 PM »
Well, I attempted to make a dash top out of expanding poly foam but it didn't work very well.  So out came some aluminium and I've come up with this:





All that's left now is to sand the front of the dash top and sort out how to cover everything.

Other than that, I've fabricated an intake manifold for the bike carbs.  I'm sure I'll be hating life when I try to tune it, but it certainly looks racy:





Rod