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Just washers, they are added around the window frame fixing points, very easy to forget how many went this side/that side etc. and critical to get a good seal afterwards. There is a recent thread on here just about window sealing with a lot better advice than I can give.

 

I don't know if you can ever achieve a better seal that the factory, but don't bother putting the door trims etc back on until you are sure the frame makes good contact with the door seal or wind noise will be terrible.

 

PS Sounds like yours will be one of the best on the road by the end of this journey, hope old Albert is still around to see it!

In the garage no-one can hear you scream 

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Great meeting you today Mike and I hope the dash helps with your project. I suppose you were expecting Michael Caine, however I would have thought more like Bob Hoskins! All the best, Charlie ;-)

PS. Love the insight btw, very cool.

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Wasn't it booked in for August? it's looking really good now and I guess it won't be long until it's all painted.  

 

I hope you don't mind me asking but I have a few questions since I'm getting to this point... I see you've stripped the paint back to the gel coat - I guess this is due to cracks in the paint only? How many cracks have you had to fix in to gel coat itself or was removing the paint enough? And do you any tips on repairing these cracks? My searching of the interweb has revealed many ways of doing it but how many are tried and tested?

 

finally is this a picture at the body shop - couldn't help but notice the x2 esprits

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@Mike, don't know if you ever saw the corvette they did on wheeler dealers recently, they stripped the paint back to the grp then using literally 'carbon fiber' filler (wouldn't know where you would get it from and I expect it ain't cheap) but they reckon cracks will never return using this stuff. Might be worth looking into?

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http://westfield-world.com/Fibreglass.pdf. Have a look at this if you have not seen it already I believe it is by Miles Wilkins of Fibreglass services

Regards Dan

The article is very informative although others better qualified than me say it is a little dated. I think procedures have moved on a little.

 

I would like to get hold of the original book for more detail.

Ebay sellars are listing them at hundreds of pounds for a secondhand £7.50 book. Sort of puts me off.

 

On the subject of fibreglass repair I have found much more up to date info on You Tube with regard to boat repair.

 

I am lucky I live by the coast, most boat chandlers sell the ingredients even how to books.

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I didn't. I forgot all about it to be honest.

I have loads of photos of it so I could still get something made up.

Still don't know what to do with my shiny bits as they aren't that shiny and a bit pitted. Need to free up a day and go to Lotusbits.

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Hi,

 

Re the pitted trim pieces, there was a thread on here where someone had found a good place to straighten and another place to re anodise the aluminium. I remember it because it was in Sandhurst..... If you so a search you'll find it. Might be a better option than going for second hand parts if you're going to all the trouble of a full respray.

 

And i also like the bronze colour.

 

Mat.

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