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Right then better start my '77 S1 project...

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Good job you weren't overhauling the brakes

I think a couple of wheels removed may have been a clue.

There again probably my wife would have tried to drive off anyway!

She's not very aware with cars and it is a good job she does not read this forum otherwise my life would not be worth living.

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I don't know why, but I just a slight worry about the Beans 5-speed gearbox on the back of that :-)  It would be interesting to see if you could get out of the drive way before you shred a gear.

 

But seriously, for me the issue is whether the engine would sit low enough.  I think it is a crying shame to have to put a bulge on the bonnet.

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That's not that expensive for an Italian V8 with only 35,000 miles on it. It's almost worth buying just to save fir any other projects. The sound would be breath taking coming out of the elite!

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But seriously, for me the issue is whether the engine would sit low enough. I think it is a crying shame to have to put a bulge on the bonnet.

I'd leave the bonnet off and just sit there in awe for all its Italian style and beauty. Now that would seriously give credence to my avatar, a real "Italian Job"!

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Just finished most of the brushing of the aluminium trim and I'm loving it, much better than the highly polished look with loads of deep scratches on them which is how they were. I've also done the fuel cover caps just to keep the continuity. Wheel dust caps on, wanted to add the new decal but that still hasn't arrived, should be here by next week. Tomorrow? Got a nice treat coming...

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I hasten to add, all those piece are hand finished by my very own fingers, no mechanical input at all, just hours of brushing. To quote a famous liverpudlian "I've got blisters on my fingers!"

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Nope, "no mechanical input at all" see above. I used a sanding block, took the trim off of the car by the way, 120 grit paper to take out the deep scratches and gloss off of the aluminium. Then with a sponge sanding block blended the trim so that the direction of sanding is all in line. Then finally with a fine/medium scotch pad went over the piece again making sure the direction of cut is again in line. It's not that hard to do just time consuming.

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Just finished most of the brushing of the aluminium trim and I'm loving it, much better than the highly polished look with loads of deep scratches on them which is how they were. I've also done the fuel cover caps just to keep the continuity. Wheel dust caps on, wanted to add the new decal but that still hasn't arrived, should be here by next week. Tomorrow? Got a nice treat coming...

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I hasten to add, all those piece are hand finished by my very own fingers, no mechanical input at all, just hours of brushing. To quote a famous liverpudlian "I've got blisters on my fingers!"

Coolhand to Sorehand yet again.

Not sure I want to go down that road with the brushed finish but I must admit it is quite impressive and food for thought.

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Yes, the stripe is now apart of the tyre, it's not one if those nasty inserts you can buy.

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Haha, just saved myself 50 quid! My fuel gauge has been faulty since I've had the car and I've been meaning to fix it. I could have sworn it was a faulty sender unit so I had been ready to purchase a new unit from sjs. Anyway tonight I decided to get the old one out, rather than take the whole fuel tank out I went ahead and cut an access panel in the rear. Cut the hole, and removed the sender and immediately I could see that the float had ceased, so a quick squirt with 3in1 oil, cleaned all the contacts, put it all back and hay presto it all started working again, hopefully now I won't run out off fuel again!

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Nice one Charlie....Nothing worse than not knowing how much fuel you have....Mike

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Yep, fuel tank is a bitch, good call. All I needed on mine was to replace the crimp connectors, annoying!

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Haha, just saved myself 50 quid! My fuel gauge has been faulty since I've had the car and I've been meaning to fix it. I could have sworn it was a faulty sender unit so I had been ready to purchase a new unit from sjs. Anyway tonight I decided to get the old one out, rather than take the whole fuel tank out I went ahead and cut an access panel in the rear. Cut the hole, and removed the sender and immediately I could see that the float had ceased, so a quick squirt with 3in1 oil, cleaned all the contacts, put it all back and hay presto it all started working again, hopefully now I won't run out off fuel again!

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I just love the way you tackle a problem.

Locate it and cut a hole! Brilliant. It reminds me of the adjustment of the rear handbrake way back in this thread.

Keep it up.

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Haha, no way I was going to turn this job into a half a day epic tank removal! I'm all for making jobs easier, if that means a little bit of gentle persuasion then so be it. Job took less than 20 minutes. 

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I've lost count of the number of times I've had what I thought was a great idea for a car or bike and then discovered that someone else has already built it.  Does anyone else suffer from this?

The plan for my Elite was to lower it (although somewhat more subtly than yours!), fit slightly bigger wheels and keep the rest looking stock, but upgrade the mechanicals for reliability and parts availablility.

I'd even thought about tyre walls, although I was thinking red would look cool.

Now you've built this I feel cheated, damn you Charlie.... ;-)

The purists may be uncomfortable but I seriously think this thing is stunning.

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