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Very nice work.

I don't think I mentioned this. You probably know, but for future reference, for others:

For Elans:

Used Crazy Glue to secure bobbins in fiberglass.

Used plumb bobs to ensure rear wheel well clearance was equal side to side.

Moved body back on chassis before drilling and mounting.


(I don't know if Europas have any tire clearance issues. S4 Elans certainly did and the above technique allowed me to mount very large 185/70 13s all around....)

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Rather than buying a door hinge for around 80, I bought a second hand lathe for 100 and fashioned a perfect replacement using an M20 bolt.


I have to show this to my wife so she can see I'm not the only one who would rather buy a new tool to make a part than buy the part itself.
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Amazing restoration and a great thread to admire. Congratulations on your progress and keep up the good work!

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All I can say is WOW! Nice, nice work. I hope you enjoy every curve when you get her on the road! Looked pretty good to start with till you removed the body, amazing what you find when you peel back the skin. Are you keeping track on man hours on the project? Keep us posted, can't wait to see her when done! Again WOW!

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Any updates on this?? I would love to see the progress!
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Hi there,

I've not forgotten the thread... It's just a little slow at the moment.

In summary though, the weather has been rubbish and I've had a few weeks off during Christmas, but hope to have painted in the next two weeks. The work on the bodywork has certainly took longer than I ever thought it could have.


Pictures and updates to follow shortly

All the best,
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At last! Progress!

And the delay was down to three things. Bits falling in the setting paint, crappy 30 year old primer and the big one - weather.

In all over the past 4 months of bad weather I had two attempts at the paintwork. The first one I did back in January was at first quite good, however, I had left a couple of spots of old primer on the car and they decided to bubble up. Very annoying and depressing. And expensive.

So all the paintwork came off again and I worked off the bits of primer, and to be honest it was only a couple of small bits, and tried again. Success!

I painted it in two halves. The front up to the windscreen pillars one weekend, and from there back another. Then lots and lots and lots of polishing. Black is the worst for this!

Today was decision day though. I wheeled it out to look at it in the daylight and I'm very very happy. If that had failed, I probably would have tried another colour.

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Use lots and lots of oil filters in your air-line. I can't stress enough. I went through 4.

In the meantime though, it's not been a completely baron few months. I got the bumpers rechromed, as too the rear light clusters and the door handles. The front light chromework I got new - was cheaper than getting rechromed ridiculously.

Now that the paintwork is done, it's the final hurdle. Interior to go back together and bits to get stuck on the outside. The stuff that makes it look complete

Cheerio for now

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It's too bad you had to do it twice, but it sure looks beautiful!!

Are you going for JPS livery or are you going to keep it just black?
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It's hard not to do the JPS, pinstripes have never looked better on any car.

Awesome build, thanks for keeping us up on it. Inspiring!

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Work is progressing on the car and I've been entertaining myself this past few weeks with some of the other jobs that needed doing.

Dashboard. The dashboard was a really good task to get my teeth in to. I removed all the instruments and stripped off the old varnish that was showing its age. I then sanded down the original wood and then glued on a fresh veneer. As far as I can remember it was cherry wood. On to this new veneer I stamped on fresh letters using a basic Letraset from eBay. I then finished it off with coats of varnish.

Most of the instruments I have to say were in great condition, they only needed polishing and cleaning. The rev counter however needed converting to electronic ignition. This was also done using a kit off eBay.


The seats were a pain in the ass. If you've ever been unlucky enough to do one you'll understand. Like a lot of items I've been buying for the car though I've been finding that things 'almost' fit. When you're dealing with seat covers especially I'd expect them to be the right size. Make them right or don't bother!

The crashpad was a better experience than the seats, but a pain to do and required time because for the best finish it's best to glue a bit at a time then move on. I finished the edges of the crashpad using a vinyl repair kit just to smooth out the final bit.

The headlining was awful frankly, and I required two attempts to get it acceptable. The first one I used a lining that had several mm of padding to the back. However once it was glued up all the imperfections from the roof came straight through. This was ripped off and I bought a sheet of 6mm padding separate to a cloth/vinyl headlining that had no backing. I glued up the padding as task one and then glued up the headlining. I glued the centre first and then worked outwards to each side of the car bit by bit.

I found that by not gluing the last inch towards the windscreen but then gluing the last 5mm to the window frame gave the best finish as the lining rested naturally towards the seal. Hopefully the pictures show you that.

I've also covered the A pillars and the side headlining trims in a black vinyl finish, so the trims will go on next (I held them in place for effect in the photographs)

I'll be looking towards the windscreen, rear window, trims and carpets over the next couple of weeks.

Speaking of 'almost fitting'... don't get me started on the carpets!


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Very nicely done!!!
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I need a bit of help with the carpets... I've got an idea where the bulk go after spreading them out in the car, but the two below I've marked in red... No idea!

Can anyone help identify where they go?

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