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« Reply #280 on: June 09, 2024, 06:07:37 PM »

Work has continued on the body. Main focus has been the rear turrets which are now almost complete. They now look 100% better than the the original patchwork of awful plates and welds I inherited.

In order to repair the turrets had to be removed, repaired and then reinstalled, hence the bar to keep the spacing and positioning between the two.

Also the edge of the outer rear wings have been repaired. Where the inner wing attaches to the outer wing has also been replaced.

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« Reply #281 on: June 10, 2024, 08:28:29 AM »

Amazing work that you have going on there Peter. Knowing now how much I have spent on a relatively simple round of welding repairs I can only admire your commitment to this project!
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« Reply #282 on: June 10, 2024, 09:05:12 AM »

That's a great improvement Peter! Hoping to see similar on mine this week if Geoff has had a chance to work on it! One side done and part way through the other last time I saw it.
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« Reply #283 on: June 10, 2024, 04:21:51 PM »

That is some smart work. Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #284 on: June 10, 2024, 04:52:20 PM »

Hi

Thanks all. Visited site today to collect the wheels they had as it will be returned on the dolly in the photos. Had various discussions re what was needed, mainly the fuel filler pipe which fits as per original and how to mount the new aluminium fuel tank I had made. We are going to use the original studs for the old tank and make up a pair of bars which will sandwich the new tank to the chassis using these studs with rubber to give the tank some wriggle room. Then there will be a couple of straps attached to these bars to hold it firm. That at least is the current thinking.

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« Reply #285 on: June 11, 2024, 05:20:36 PM »

Many years ago I bought one of the wooden gear knobs fitted to the early cars. It had the legend on top of the gear positioning, however the varnish/lacquer was cracked and so I scraped it all off, sanded it, applied sanding sealer and then a few coats of lacquer. End result, given I am total amateur at painting, is quite pleasing. All I have to do now is sort out a metal ferrule to fit into it as it did not arrive with one.

I still have the original from the HPE, but it had the varnish/lacquer worn away and was badly marked presumably from being handled without this protective coating.

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« Reply #286 on: June 11, 2024, 07:18:58 PM »

The Stratos Club had a pile of these made a while back with fittings for Lancia or Alfa. But also without the script on the top!
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« Reply #287 on: June 11, 2024, 07:38:06 PM »

Hi Guy

Are there any metal inserts available…?

I have the original one in the Spider which I like both the look and feel which is why I was keen to have one in the HPE

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« Reply #288 on: June 11, 2024, 08:03:00 PM »

Unknown Peter - I'll see if I can find out for you!

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« Reply #289 on: June 12, 2024, 05:37:46 PM »

Hi Peter, you might have to check the thread on the gear-lever - It's probably M10*1.0? This may be a suitable insert:
https://www.theinsertcompany.com/steel_blind_hex_drive_inserts_for_wood.php

The Stratos Club don't appear to have any stock left of the reproduction knobs.

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« Reply #290 on: June 12, 2024, 09:36:02 PM »

Hi Guy

Just to confuse you, pre facelift uses M10x1.25, facelift one I have is M10x1.0……

I have found a M14 to M10x1.25 adapter which will need a bit of work to get to fit, but should do the job.

Thanks for looking.

Peter
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« Reply #291 on: June 15, 2024, 02:52:46 PM »

Small victory today. The only thread adapter from M14 to M10x1.25 I could easily find had a hex nut end as well as M14 thread externally. So out came the bench grinder and the fit is pretty good in the gear knob above, so small but successful result!

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