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I think I started a thread on the street 02 I am having Terry Forland build for me, but I can't find it anywhere on the site. It has been a long drawn out process, but we are moving forward, so it time for an update.

 

I'm sure you will be surprised to hear that we found a lot more rust hiding in the shell than we thought was there. The car had been sprayed with Zebart somewhere along the way and when we finally got it all chipped off we found lots-o-holes. We spent several months cutting and patching, and fabricating pieces we could not find to replace what the rust worms had eaten.

 

The other delay came when we decided to fabricate our own unique fender flairs. I liked the Schnitzer box flares, but thought they were just a bit too wide for what I wanted. We borrowed a set of them from Byron Sanborn and made molds. We then narrowed the molds a bit and layed up a set of flares for the car. The problem came when we tried to fit them to the car. They needed a lot of work to get them looking as we had envisioned, but I think you will agree that the results are well worth it.

 

Car should be ready for paint in a few weeks. I promise not to be so long in posting an update.

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Keep us posted!

 

Here's your other thread btw. You can find it by scrolling thru your activity on your profile page (why yes, I'm not busy here!)

 

Cheers,

 

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Looks great Steve, can't wait to see it done.  I guess I need to run up to Woodinville and have a look.  I'm sure I owe Terry lunch or something.   

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Steve, great to see your progress....your pissing me off though, going to finish another car long before I finish mine.  I can attest to how much time it takes to make and or fit up bodywork, especially if you want it to look just right.

 

Cheers.

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Time for an update on this project.

 

I found an S14 motor (along with a spare long block for the Asahi Kiko M3). It is complete, low milage, and has motor mounts to fit an 02. Thanks Rey!!!!!

 

Motor is up at Racecraft waiting for the body shell.

 

Body work- especially fitting the custom flairs, has taken longer than anybody thought. Several issues stuck their heads up- fuel filler recess, front valance fit, etc. Stephen has been busy with some other projects as well, so we kind-a ground to a halt. Here are photos of the latest. Getting closer to being ready for paint:

 

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Time for another update.

 

Stephen has finished all the body work and has sprayed the primer coat on the car. It is really starting to take shape. I am very pleased with how the flares have turned out:

 

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Looks great!!  I have the Schnitzer box flares and your right, I feel they are a little too big too..

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Nice, Steve.  Bodywork like this is incredibly time consuming for sure (ask me how I know), from your experience with Luigi, you know that even the theoretical 'best' parts really only fit so well, each car is totally different.  Especially with race cars that have taken beatings over the years, things are apt to off here and there.  The beauty of fiberglass of course is, cut, fill, grind, sind, repeat - dirty and itchy, not fun.

 

What wheels were you going to run?

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Thanks Mark. Stephen is very detail oriented so I know it will come out all right. Just don't like watching while the meter is ticking. Seems like 1 step forward and 2 back sometimes.

 

Haven't decided on wheels yet. Anybody have a suggestion? Maybe I'll start a new thread opening it up for input.

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What color is the car again?  Or, have you not decided yet?

 

I am not a huge minilite fan, but I think those could be a possibility.

 

I am partial to 13" tires/wheels on these cars, with the right stance I think they look just right.  If I were building a car I would probably try to get a set of Limmer's (pre-bbs) and because I am glutton for pain would probably build them flat base, assuming the car is a riparoundtown deal.  Size wise, not sure what you were planning to fit, but even up to 7x13 you can stick a set of those very attractive CN-36's on there.  Even if you had to go bigger there are 13" tire options, Hoosier probably has something that works (similar to a 205/60) and then there is Dunlop, unfortunately non-dot, but I think would look pretty darn cool on there (really expensive though)...an M series or Post Historic with CR65 tread.  I saw a guy cruising around the Carmel/Monterey area back 2016 in a lotus Elan with a set of the non dot race dunlops, very cool looking car (white with blackout wheels with the racing dunlops). Second option would be a set of split rim BBS (probably E30).  If you are already going with 15's, disregard all of the previous and then you have many options for wheels and tires.

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I apologize for the long delay in updating this thread. There has not been a lot happening to report on.

 

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Yesterday I went up to Seattle to meet with the painter and the gentleman who will be doing the upholstery on the car. The shell is finally ready for paint. Stephen has had some other projects to keep him busy, plus he had a dickens of a time getting the door gaps right. This was because of the extra thickness of the flares where they re-join the body at the door openings. I think you will agree from the photos that he did a great job!

 

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I am also really pleased with how the flares turned out. I didn't want them to stick out too far but just enough to break up the slab side of the car. To my mind they came out just like I had envisioned.

 

We were also able to settle on materials for the interior. Since the car will be painted LS blue I decided to go with blue leather, carpet, and a complementary gray fabric for the seat inserts, as well as accent on the door panels.

 

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The upholstery guy will be sewing up some samples over the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

 

One last item. I also got my first live look at the latest car in my collection. The 1971 NSU 1200 TT I purchased out of Europe finally made it to Racecraft. They are busy getting it ready for its race debut in June at the Seattle Historics.

 

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I'm a fan of pig cheek flares, but your box flares are the bomb!  Verrrrry nice.  What livery will go with?

 

Love the NSU as well, these are very cool little cars.... this one's like a scale model of an Alpina Roundie :)

 

Ed

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Love the flares.  Hope to see you at the track for the SVRA event.  G

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