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  1. Thanks. The fabric on the firewall does not remotely match what’s on the dashboard. Appears to more of a nylon backed velvet. My car has been reupholstered at some stage of its life and therefore I need to figure out what are the correct components to make it factory correct. Esprit s2’s are rare here - I have only ever seen one on the flesh so not a lot to compare it to. I know that the colours in the interior should be black and green. I don’t know what materials I should be using. Would I be right in saying: *seats - black leather *carpet - black polypropylene (provided by Steve 🙏🏼) * firewall - black textile pima cotton to match the dash Or should it be more of a nylon backed fabric ? *door cards - black leather and Pima cotton (dark green) *dashboard - Pima cotton (dark green) The Pima cotton doesn’t sound quite right but it’s the only fabric I could find (that’s still available) in the feed from @JonB from 2017. I also note some people have used Crypton Suede. Thanks 👍🏼
  2. Hi everyone, Firewall panel: I’ve started on the interior which is exciting. My carpets have been replaced at some stage so I’m not 100% confident that everything else is as it left the factory. I would like to confirm that this material is original please? Any tips on where to source from / what colour it’s called etc?
  3. Surprisingly, it does help the bonnet hold its curvature. You can buy new ones from S&J
  4. Okay thanks. i have a doggy bag with P clips from the strip down. Im guessing they are aftermarket.
  5. Sorry - for the engine bay area... I can’t find a clear picture.
  6. Does anyone have a photo of the correct route for the park brake cable and boot release cables please?
  7. Tail lights; I have used automotive silicone when affixing the taillight mounting plate to the body. For the black cosmetic surround, do folks simply screw it into the body from behind? It would mark the paintwork... I was thinking of using some foam tape however I’m concerned this will be a trap for moisture. Thanks.
  8. I’ve used bright zinc, hot dip gal(galvanised), zinc, cadmium, copper, self plating kits, rust converters and powder coating on all sorts of cars. Zinc Plating is sacrificial so it will always deteriorate. Great for fence posts. Not so good for pretty cars. If you like using zinc consider spraying with diamond coat from Eastwood to help preserve its finish. Powder coating is deceptive as it may look fine however it traps moisture under the coating if there is a chip / crack etc. It floats over the surface. it really is nasty stuff for long term external components IMO and shouldn’t be used... It’s fine for parts that aren’t exposed to the weather and it does look very good. I still maintain POR15 is hard to beat. It chemically bonds to the metal. So even if it chips it still retains its protective qualities. Best part of all is that it can touched up when it’s chipped. It is toxic so mask up when applying. Oh, and keep it stored in a fridge once opened as it loves moisture.
  9. This thread addresses the bodywork in great detail and is by far the most comprehensive on both this forum and others. I wish it was available before I embarked on my journey. Would have saved me months of frustration, time and cost. This car is a real credit to you Dave. Congratulations.
  10. Well done gents. On point as always. I was under the impression the binding should be a pvc material. Not cotton. thoughts?
  11. Carpets I was chatting to @Stevev8 about the originality of my existing carpet set. We are trying to determine if in fact this set is a reproduction. He felt there were some telltale signs. Can you guess what they are?
  12. Notice how one has a silver painted band around the base... Is that correct?
  13. I’m glad a infilled my sunroof versus repairing the whole roof section. Much easier.
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