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#81 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:13 am
by mark10337
pure porn! How did you refinish the rocker covers. Powder coating masking off the ribs? did you skim the raised sections?

#82 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:40 pm
by Lost Horizon
mark10337 wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:13 am
pure porn! How did you refinish the rocker covers. Powder coating masking off the ribs? did you skim the raised sections?
Skimmed the raised sections. We considered a light milling, but in the end, %$^$#! sanded it. For hours. And Hours. That stuff is hard as the hubs of h.e.l.l. :geek2:

( I throw around the Royal "We", although in truth, it was my project manager, Richard, who really hauled the freight on this... :hammerdrill: )

#83 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:07 pm
by Lost Horizon
Here's a shot from the other side to round out the scene a bit:

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#84 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:45 am
by Lost Horizon
on the barn find hardtop, we are going to try and save the original headliner as it is apparently pretty much irreplaceable. Overall, it should get out to the body shop to match the car for painting this week. The rest of the bits and pieces are sorted for re chroming, and the rubber seals are on order.

Liner as found:
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A shot of the original texture:
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Initial attempt at restoring the interior material:
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#85 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:59 am
by Lost Horizon
A look at the interior including layering and carpeting - sound deadening black 3M mats glued in with contact cement on the floors, thick grey underlay, then the finished layer...

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A little further along..

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Glove box..

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Behind the seats.. (note the sound deadening 3M inside the door panel on the outer skin. Gives the door a solid feel and pleasant 'thunk!' when it closes. I like it.)

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the other side:

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#86 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:10 pm
by Lost Horizon
An update on the Burlen SU order, which is on the critical path at the moment. I e-spoke with Andy Barlow yesterday, and he has the new estimate 5 weeks out. However, he had this to offer:

"I have impressed on them the urgency of your case and we hope to have these to you before this date."

Hoping he is far enough up the ladder to pull it off. Fingers crossed.

#87 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:24 am
by Lost Horizon
Drive shaft is ready. New U-joints and rubber.

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#88 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:30 am
by politeperson
Seems to make sense to me. Looks like you are racing ahead with it, excellent.

#89 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:18 pm
by Lost Horizon
Drive shaft now installed.. IRS next.

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#90 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:25 am
by Lost Horizon
Concurrently getting the Barn find Hardtop back from "B" for barn to "A" in keeping with the rest of the car. It will end up the same color as the car. We have the unique paint formula already.. :mrgreen:

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A short video walk around

The Chrome in first stages of refinishing:

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#91 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:18 pm
by Lost Horizon
Video on the week in review:

A video of the underside

Some stills from that video:

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#92 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:15 pm
by politeperson
That looks great.

Mine looked like that. It didn't look like that after 2 weeks of driving it though!

#93 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:50 pm
by Lost Horizon
politeperson wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:15 pm
That looks great.
Mine looked like that. It didn't look like that after 2 weeks of driving it though!
Ha.. I'm with you on this. First and foremost, it's to be a solid driver, not just a pretty face. I have no pristeen hoarder instincts as far as I know, at least using the last 70 years as the sample space.
Besides, I don't have a trailer for it....... :swerve:

Now to get Burlen to get on and deliver those SU's, and I'll be on my way to the first mud puddle. Do you know anyone at their shop?

#94 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:21 am
by politeperson
Sorry, I dont know anyone at Burlen.

Slap some Strombergs on for a day of two!

#95 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:30 am
by Lost Horizon
You can tell things are going well when the video update of the week is this..

Take a break...

#96 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:26 am
by Lost Horizon
Update: Rad and fans are zero'd and like new again. New Otter switch just because. Nice wrinkle finish work. Owen has offered to let me use one of his SU setups from the next scheduled rebuild of one of his own cars until Burlen gets mine completed and in the mail. That will be helpful, as I have to break in the rebuilt engine before the full on summer trips.

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#97 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:08 am
by Lost Horizon
Just an update, it's getting close now. Some random pictures of the work as it proceeds:

1. The Original windshield and glass going back in:
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2. The gas tank:
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3. The SS Exhaust system:
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4. Alternator Detail and shield
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5. Inertia Seat belts (in Blue)
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Owen is Rebuilding a borrowed triple SU setup as Burlen is late on the SU's . Still trying to make the Vancouver show on May 19th. It will be tight. Here is the manifold and the excellent effort on the carb bodies so far.
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#98 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:15 am
by Gfhug
Dana, all looking great, but have you considered changing the rear lights to those made by MarekH of forum fame? They are LED and include reverse lights. The advantage is you can fit the straight exhaust rear pipes rather than the wheelbarrow ones.

Keep up the good work :yellow:

Geoff

#99 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:58 pm
by Lost Horizon
Gfhug wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:15 am
Dana, all looking great, but have you considered changing the rear lights to those made by MarekH of forum fame? They are LED and include reverse lights. The advantage is you can fit the straight exhaust rear pipes rather than the wheelbarrow ones.

Keep up the good work :yellow:

Geoff
Other than going to the European Spec Indicators and dumping the awful reflectors /side lights, I didn't. Maybe next time....

#100 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Posted: Tue May 01, 2018 2:36 am
by Lost Horizon
Original 48 year old windows and windshield glass embedded markings. The original blended in light tint works great with the dark blue. Seems amazing that they survived in such great condition.

DOT17-M33-ASI was manufactured in Birmingham England by the TRIPLEX SAFETY GLASS COMPANY LIMITED. The dot over the X means it was manufactured in April. Not sure how to decode the year, but it was after 1969 by the mark, so that puts it as April 1970, since the car was produced in the fall.

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