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My luck has really turned. Just got the speedo drive working! I jacked the car up, put it in gear and ran it whilst I messed around. I discovered even with the nylon and brass drive held in by a 9 mm

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Fabulous Fabian.  Cant wait to see this car.  Im just pleased at the moment to find 2 hrs to go out in mine.

 

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Close Fab, but might have to dock some points for attention to detail. I'll let you work out the difference between the original and yours! Also what are you going to do for a boot rack inside the car?

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Poetic license for the pull pin and lock!  The original just had a pin catch, but that wasn’t good enough to take the loads! In my design the 8 mm pull pin takes the load and the pin lock stops the skis from being nicked! 
Not many people will know this but the miami car ski racks were extensively repaired and the design was changed. Rivets and a metal sheet were added which wrapped around the edges. A screw was added to hold the arm down of the upper wrap. The top of the lower ones snapped off and was badly repaired.
These arm stronger than the tailgate. I have had to thicken the fibreglass in some areas to ensure they don’t fail.

I plan to used close cell foam inserts to ensure the skis arm clamped to position when the arms are down and locked. I plane to test the, on a track and will film it at different speeds. I’m aiming for 60 mph! I have to strengthen the tailgate. I am considering filling the void in the tailgate with fireproof structural foam to help spread the rack loads. 

I am really pleased to be at the point of spraying them.  
Thanks to James on here for his engineering advice and my mate John who helped with ideas and welding. The underside if the racks is filled with foam and they will sit on a closed cell foam gasket. The load is spread across the who area of the racks.

No boot racks.

I am left wondering how Roger Moore drove the car with the boots he gets out of the car with in the ice rink scene. I think they must have edited it! 

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Fab I think you'll find in the movie the rear bindings are in their down and locked position on the car. Just a little thing but the racks do look fantastic. Is it possible to rotate the fuel cap so the handle is parallel to the road like the film car?

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Ahhh, I see what you mean! I will correct that ASAP. I never realised the fuel Cap handle was horizontal. Should be an easy fix.004C5380-2A18-4F68-ACC1-19F931E07891.thumb.png.4e3141b9a7390dc5d902e22713d31e55.png

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Hi Fabian,

Been away from this chat for a while and now catching up.  EXCELLENT work on the ski racks - you've smashed it.  A working ski rack (as why would you want a non working one?) AND one that looks on point to the replica you're going for.  At first, impossible - like manufacturing an actual Harry Potter working wand or a Delorian that can take us back to 1955 (or 1985!).  but you've done it.

Those moon boots Roger Moore is seen in would be so hard to drive a Lotus in.  They are all foam.  Something that made me chuckle would be where x4 ski poles @ 120cm would live?  They might just stretch across the engine bay cavity, or get stuck in the bonnet somewhere... something to think or, or it's more equipment to dodge in the cabin on the drive down to the Alps...

Well done again on the ski racks.  Super work.  Awesome.

Andy

 

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More importantly, whilst discussing the carriage of various items of skiing equipment, you may want to brush up your skiing skills before setting off. As those mega long, razor thin planks from the early 1980s will certainly need James Bond prowess to control them on the slopes of Cortina d'Ampezzo, or anywhere we for that matter.

You may be able to fit some modern 165cm sidecut skis under the hatch ala Evo Harry.

It will be good to see these things painted and complete with their authentic stickers after this marathon of a thread.

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7 hours ago, ANDYR said:

Hi Fabian,

Been away from this chat for a while and now catching up.  EXCELLENT work on the ski racks - you've smashed it.  A working ski rack (as why would you want a non working one?) AND one that looks on point to the replica you're going for.  At first, impossible - like manufacturing an actual Harry Potter working wand or a Delorian that can take us back to 1955 (or 1985!).  but you've done it.

Those moon boots Roger Moore is seen in would be so hard to drive a Lotus in.  They are all foam.  Something that made me chuckle would be where x4 ski poles @ 120cm would live?  They might just stretch across the engine bay cavity, or get stuck in the bonnet somewhere... something to think or, or it's more equipment to dodge in the cabin on the drive down to the Alps...

Well done again on the ski racks.  Super work.  Awesome.

Andy

 

Thanks Andy for your help and ideas. It wasn’t easy, but I got there in the end. The only job left to do is fit them when they come back. I am considering fire resistant expanding foam inside the tailgate cavity to strengthen it. I have to run some experiments first. This would be an alternative to the steel collars, which might be very difficult to fit. 

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Ski poles. Are they a specific pole in the film?

Maybe Bond just picked Up a couple when he got there-they aren’t hugely important to skiers after all. One gets shot in pieces when bonds reaching for his pistol.

 

also, at 120mph, will the skis transfer wind loading to the racks and to the boot lid? 

 

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11 minutes ago, LotuStuart said:

Ski poles. Are they a specific pole in the film?

Maybe Bond just picked Up a couple when he got there-they aren’t hugely important to skiers after all. One gets shot in pieces when bonds reaching for his pistol.

 

also, at 120mph, will the skis transfer wind loading to the racks and to the boot lid? 

 

Good questions, I don’t know the answers.

With regard to the skis what ever speed they start to cause issues at minus 10 mph will be the cars limit speed with the skis on. I plan to test this on a track and film the tests.

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When you have finished it your wife won't let you drive it by yourself otherwise you'll have Pussy Galore in the passenger seat! Great job Fab, can't wait to visit the UK again and see it for real.

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Fabian, you've done an amazing job and I know you are fastidious down to the last detail......and I don't want to sound like an arse but.........you do know your number plate is the modern font and not the old one! :sofa: The modern font is narrower.

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11 minutes ago, 21gg said:

Fabian, you've done an amazing job and I know you are fastidious down to the last detail......and I don't want to sound like an arse but.........you do know your number plate is the modern font and not the old one! :sofa: The modern font is narrower.

Don't you mean the older font was narrower?

Reiterating previous comments, I'd snap down your bindings, regardless of "continuity", just in case those brakes scratch the louvres. Since skis are designed to flex in the vertical plane.

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On the old  font (pre 2001) the thickness of the font is narrower but the letter width was wider. I only know as when the revised the font my already small number plate shrank even more! So a bad explanation by me, but you can see the difference in Fabians pictures above. :getmecoat:

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