1971 Bronze Yellow Mk3 850 Track Day Conversion
Posted 30 June 2019 - 04:13 AM
Posted 04 July 2019 - 06:27 PM
The front end fits, kinda... it's going to take a little extra to finesse things & fit the dzus fasteners. Made up the brackets for the fluid reservoir, fuel regulator and closed up the gaps on the shock mounts.
I went with a set of Group 2 'wide' arches as I plan to run a combination of 10x5 and 10x6. We taped the rear arch on to get an idea what they will look like when the topic of what colour to paint them. So TFM, tell me what colour do you think they should be, what would have been 'period' correct? Body colour or black?
Edited by Curley, 04 July 2019 - 06:42 PM.
Posted 05 July 2019 - 06:58 AM
Posted 05 July 2019 - 09:44 AM
Thank for the feedback, quite a few people have suggested black for the arches. All the old photos of cars from the 70's i've found are with black arches. I've never seen this era with body coloured arches.
The front (and rear) subframe modifications, turnbuckles & engine steadies came from Endaf: https://www.ebay.co....fff920df3|iid:1
Cage was built by Robinson Race Cars in Reading, Berkshire: http://www.robinson-...-configurations
Edited by Curley, 05 July 2019 - 09:46 AM.
Posted 05 July 2019 - 11:50 AM
Posted 05 July 2019 - 01:34 PM
The group 2's are a homoligated 1960's arch extension and most competition cars of the era that used them had black ones. However, the 1969 BTCC Mini Cooper S championship winning car had body coloured group 2's.
The only 1970's competition mini I can think of is the 1979 British Saloon car championship winning 'Patrick Motorsport' 1275GT which had, what looks like, colour coded group 2 arch extensions with a chrome strip.
So you can pretty much do what you want colour wise but you probably need to run the chrome strip down the body lip & over the extensions to make it look 'right'.
Posted 06 July 2019 - 12:42 AM
Thanks duds, 100% with you on the chrome side strips. I think i'm going to have them painted to match the body colour and see how it looks. I figure it's easier to paint them black than it would be to try and colour match afterwards.
Black arches would look good with a black roof like the britax cooper
Posted 08 July 2019 - 10:50 AM
This is a fantastic project! Really looking forward to it coming together.
Just out of interest was it the same company that fitted the cage also carried out the shell repairs or was it another?
Posted 08 July 2019 - 12:25 PM
Thank you buddy, We're hoping to have it painted and into a rolling shell but the end of July.
The majority of the work you see in these pictures is being done by (Ian) Slark Classic Restorations in Bristol. They did all the rust repair, will paint the car but were happy to have 'my guy' do the cage. It's all cool though as the car will go back to Bristol after assembly for (Neil) Slark Race Engineering to put it on the rolling road.
Edited by Curley, 08 July 2019 - 04:04 PM.
Posted 09 August 2019 - 03:26 PM
The body shop called at least 6 times this week to confirm, reconfirm and check again that I really wanted to paint it the factory original colour Bronze Yellow.
It's a lot more orange/brown than I was expecting, I've only ever seen the faded colour, but I guess that's why it's called BRONZE Yellow.
Edited by Curley, 14 August 2019 - 11:46 AM.
Posted 09 August 2019 - 08:07 PM
Aw man, that is going to look so good. I absolutely agree with keeping it the original colour and doing the cage the same colour as the body is a great idea. Not that it will hide it or give you a stealth advantage. Keep putting up the posts.
Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:10 AM
Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:20 AM
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