It's not hijacking its inspiration, looking at those pics makes me want to keep the d1 wheels, just hoping I can keep the 7 inch discs as they fit just inside arches with those so no problem come mot.
Only update today is I have ordered my floor and doorsteps from m machine, just got to wait until they are delivered, hoping I can get the shell ready for when it arrives. Then at least I have a solid square base to build from.
It comes unpainted so might put a coat of epoxy on before fitting as it will help prevent rusting while I sort the rest out.
Are the newton recliners different to originals then as I would have thought if they are making something they would get it right, mine were bought years ago before prices got stupid. They defo make a difference on longer journeys though.
The Newton recliners have a softer vinyl than the genuine ones with much less 'grain', they're just as comfortable but you can tell the difference in the material if you see the two types side by side. Early Newton ones had the wrong ratchet handle but they have the correct chrome type now. Obviously these are the plain black vinyl Mk2 style but the Mk1 two tone recliners they do have a different grain, they have the brocade pattern embossed as well but on some that I've seen the gold or silver inlay doesn't line up with the embossing.
When I bought my S it already had the Newtons installed but also came with the original standard Mk2 non-reclining seats, I considered putting them back in the car but having owned a few Mk1s and 2s I know how uncomfortable they are so I sold them! I'm thinking about changing the recliners for something else but not sure what yet. My car's interior is all original bar the recliners, I've tidied up the door cards, rear quarter panels and rear seat covers by deep cleaning the vinyl with sugar soap but they were still a bit drab looking after rinsing with water and drying off, so I bit the bullet and resprayed them using Halfords black vinly aerosol paint. If you do it gently in twe or three coats it works ok, do it too close and it runs like nobodies business. I also painted the headlining, C-pillar trims and sunvisors in black to match the rest of the interior, the headling was fitlhy and the 'standard BMC glue stains' were doing my head in so I thought sod it and painted the lot. I made up a set of four purple furry floor mats to go with the deep purple exterior, I just bought some cheap rugs off Amazon and cut them to size. Until I can find or afford some proper Rolls Royce / Bentley / Jag deep pile sheepskin mats they'll do for now.... I've looked around and they ain't cheap...!
Any time you want to have a look at my car just give us a shout, I can drive up to Dudley no problem and I'll be at the Stoneleigh Minifest on 18th October