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  1. It's a Marcos GT. Originally a 2-litre but got a 3-litre Ford Essex engine in it. Another project but relegated now the Esprit is back.
  2. I'm quite pleased with number 2020 though - it has a certain ring to it.
  3. Fallen behind with updates again, but picked the body up and got it back to my workshop today. I'll need a second trip to collect bonnet/bumpers/wing mirrors etc tomorrow but here is what I have now. Very impressed with the work and now terrified at the prospect of having to reassemble it all while never dropping a spanner. Still at least the main body/doors/boot are back without incident. Slightly random collection of pictures from the body shop and finally back home in my workshop.
  4. Man in Seat 61 is always good for planning train journeys - we did the summer car-train to the Dolomites last year using his advice. Looks like you can get to Innsubruck on it at that time of year.
  5. Wonder if I wasn't being clear enough. I didn't express a view - fashionable or otherwise - on Brexit itself. The unfashionable bit was sticking up for MPs who I still believe usually do what they think is best, not what lines their pockets/advances their careers etc etc. It's true that it was triggered by things written about the 21 yesterday who far from benefitting have likely ended their careers, but I also think it applies to most of those taking exactly the opposite view. I'm pretty sure sticking up for MPs isn't fashionable inside or outside of the M25. And on Labour/AS, the idea it was in the headlines because it was tearing the capital apart is nonsense. It was in the headlines because powerful people in the media and politics made sure it was there.
  6. I try to apply a bit of logic to this, and have to say the 20 odd rebels probably didn't do this for their own interests. They've just ended their own careers/salaries etc. I have no.interest in trying to persuade people to be pro or anti Brexit, me no one ever changes their mind. But I do like to give most people enough credit to accept they are doing what they think is best for people/the UK. But this js a terribly unfashionable view, so you can all tell me to f*** off.
  7. I got mine off pretty easily after warming it with a hairdryer and using a thin bladed paint scraper. As Pete says above, SJ have replacement glass, but they are about £20 a go with the VAT so there is an incentive to go steady. I checked they were in stock before starting. Mine had the convex glass so the plastic would be OK, but not quite so good. I needed to dismantle.mine as I am having a respray and the paint would him up the join from stalk to mirror housing. I have sent photos to a 3d printer to see what they think they can do - should have an indication on price soon if anyone is interested.
  8. I brought home the wing mirrors from that visit so I could dismantle them for spraying and get the blame if I broke the glass. Actually after a good warm up, it came out pretty easily. I know how rare these mirrors are now, and have contacted a 3D-printer about scanning and reprinting them. I'm waiting for their feedback on how well this may work, but if anyone is interested drop me a line. So on Friday I returned the two parts of the mirror that need spraying (and a bit of a repair on the corner of the drivers one which is cracked, but it has plenty of room to get some epoxy to reinforced it from the inside) and was in time to see the car in its final paint. Well sort of anyway - it was just being finished off and opening the oven door didn't seem a great idea. So this is as much as I could see through the windows. I guess it is good to know they got the colour right.
  9. By the end of last week the body was mostly in primer, and covered in a guide coat. for final finishing. Previous poor repairs were ground back and redone. Seam built back up by way of a jig. All coming along nicely. Spoiler was off revealing the engraved chassis number. It also looks like the car was originally assembled by Andy, should anyone know him. By the time I left, the final wet flatting was getting underway on the rear NS quarter. Amazing how removing the guide coat makes it look so much more finished.
  10. Managed to get a few more updates over the summer, finishing with a tease last Friday. What I didn't manage to do was get any of the pics off the camera and on here. So here goes. Starting back in mid-July with much more paint off, and a few more problems exposed, but nothing that can't be fixed. Some fairly poor fibreglass work below the seam on the front corner that had been quite expertly filled over the top, but will all be ground back and reglassed. The seam itself was a bit of a state so will be built back up as well to take the new rubber trim. Rear quarters all looking very solid - just some of the minor cracks to fix that only appear after spraying with panel wipe. Doors/bumpers/splitter etc all coming along nicely.
  11. Exactly what I am searching for information on, as I'm trying to do the same thing. Which mirrors were they, and did you (or anyone else) work it out? I have the older mirrors on the right.
  12. My gearbox support was off, and as others have said, the front end was up on stands. It is possible you could get it in past the support, but my experience was that if it only takes a few bolts to get something out of the way and give you a bit more room to wiggle it in, it's worth doing. The engine goes in at quite a steep angle with the gearbox low, then you level it up and lower it down in small steps. My suspicion is the gearbox follows an arc into the transmission tunnel as this happens, which is why I'd take the support off.
  13. Done it. Yes I know I said I'd leave it until I had a helper but it's hard ignoring it and doing something else in the workshop while it sits there looking at you. The extra 2 inches space beside the steering rack did help get a better alignment as I slotted the engine in and it went home fairly nicely. I guess it is quite possible that it would have done anyway - there are so many variables when craning an engine in. Anyway it is now sitting happily on its mounts and I am going to have a celebratory coffee.
  14. Fresh eyes on it this morning - can see hoe the prop shaft/diff split would work but with the car all propped up to take the engine it is inaccessible and a hell of a hassle to rearrange all that, especially as I am working alone today Steering rack is fairly recently fitted so two ball joints, four nuts on the u-bolts and the universal joint on the column ought to be easily removable, and that seems quicker and easier, especially as that end of the car is already raised. Don't think I'll need to remove it completely - just slide it along the chassis up to the radiator to make more space. Not 100% sure I'll go for the refit today - an extra pair of hands/eyes is very useful so looks like one of the kids is going to get pressganged into it again. But I will get everything ready at least. Thanks again for ideas - will let you know how this goes, and if it doesn't will try them next....
  15. Been ages since I did an update as the body has been away at a paint shop (and still is). It is one of those "get a better price if its not a rush" arrangements, but I wouldn't mind a bit more of a rush.... However works has started, - doors off, all the remaining trim is now removed and the paint has been sanded off from the bonnet, nose, parts of the front wings. There are some cracks to sort which show up nicely if you spray panel wipe over them, but that will all be taken care of. Took a couple of pics a week or two back - planning another visit shortly to see how much more has come off.
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