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#1 drmandy

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 04:22 PM

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This is the frame about 3 years ago. I have done little since. I decided to get the car running and took it to a rolling road to have it tuned as a "rolling frame". I had a long pause and am now trying to figure out how to get a body on the car with firewalls etc. The next picture is of the carbon shell I bought

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It weighs only 42 lbs including the doors.



#2 26dtp

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 04:19 AM

Hi Mandy,

 

I sent you a PM. I am located in Victoria, BC and am also doing a K20 Mini Build (http://www.theminifo...ini-vtec-build/).  Not many Z Cars in this neck of the woods, if you are ever coming to Victoria shoot me a message!

 

Cheers,

Dan



#3 drmandy

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 05:18 AM

Hi Dan.

 I sent you a PM. What stage of the build are you at?



#4 ckneller321

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Posted 29 December 2018 - 12:41 PM

Any idea why they went to the effort of keeping the 4 corner seams on the shell if it's made of carbon?



#5 drmandy

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 07:36 AM

The Carbon shell is made in Arizona by Jim at Rogue Se7ens. I believe this was his first all carbon shell. He has made several fibreglass ones. The shell is bonded at the seams. I actually am not a fan of the de-seamed look so I prefer this. I took more pictures this weekend and will post them as soon I get a chance.



#6 drmandy

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 09:55 PM

This was the car and the van I built for my son getting loaded into the trailer to take to the rolling road for tuning

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Here is where I am currently

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The shell is on the frame and I have been trying to isolate the passenger compartment from the elements.

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Front bulkhead

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Rear bulkhead

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Carbon fiber boot lid being fitted. I want it to be removable

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Can anyone provide details on what year/model of ford sierra these rear calipers are from.



#7 mini_in_progress

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 09:34 PM

What a great project. Im with you bud Love the carbon with seams, looks better. The van looks mint too.

#8 Rogue Se7ens

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 05:04 AM

Looking great Mandy, anxious to see the progress. Really like the van too.



#9 drmandy

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:09 AM

Progress is being made but slowly. Life keeps getting in the way. I was trying not to do too much welding on the frame as I didn't want to damage the powder coat. That didn't work out so I had to strip everything from the frame then scuff the entire frame and sprayed it with a 2 part polyurethane. Nice to be able to put things back for the last time? I will get some pictures up next week. On a brighter note, I recently received the new front bumper/air dam and rear bumper/diffuser from Rogue se7ens and they look fantastic. Can't wait to get the shell back on to start fitting. Jim is currently working on a set of carbon flares for me....anticipation!!!



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 04:47 PM

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Good morning.

Finally got some time to post updates. I hope I can figure out how to get pictures into this post-not great with PCs.

I had hoped to leave the woderful powder coated frame alone as much as possible but had to do more welding than anticipated so I stripped the frame  prepped it for paint



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 04:53 PM

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Painted frame with a 2 part polyurethane industrial coating-should be tough>

Started putting things back-hopefully for the last time!



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 04:57 PM

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Wheel alignment done to get the wheels in the approximate correct spot for the eventual fitting of the flares



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 05:48 PM

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Body back on. Got all the electrical sorted out and now able to put final paint on the interior dash panels and tunnel. Went with Acura integra Andaro red pearl. Wholly smokes that paint is pricey!!. Good thing it is  small car.

Couldn't wait to try the new goodies my friend at Rogue Se7ens made for me! The rear diffuser and front air dam are new products for him-nice work! Jim is now working on a set of flares for this car-carbon fiber. The rear needs to be 5 inches to be road legal.

The doors are quite interesting. I asked Jim to make a roll down window mark 1 door. They turned out great but we both didn't think on how to fit the door handle. Options explored were a cable/pulley set up to clear the glass or a electric door popper. I decided on the latter.

No pictures of the failed first attempt-I bought a small bear claw and trunk latch and decided the trunk latch would fit best in the original door latch position. This worked great till I got the weather stripping i. The carbon door flexes out and there is no way to hold the lower door in and my pet peeve is door that don't fit(which is common and sometimes unaviodable in a mini but I try to get the best fit )

The solution I am currently working on is to place the latch lower-sort of mid-door skin. This way I can put even pressure on the rear edge and maybe get a better close. Also, going to have to use different weather stripping as the factory stuff is too thick!

 






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