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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveller View Post
    A practice set up shot of a series of images we want to take in due course from directly overhead. Pretty perilous stuff as you can see Kevin's svelte frame balanced precariously on a horizontal ladder. Last time he did this was on the 250 GTO resto as in the pic above, so a good sign he sees this as a project of equal importance.

    If we can get these images right, they could be amazing.

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    Very professional (as you would expect) and I do like that.

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    More detailed resto work on ducting, diffuser, rear grill, tanks etc. This is the problem, when you start down this path the last part you fit has to be as good as the first. Wish it would stop.
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    but its going to be better, by a margin, than when it were new... That makes it very, very special

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    A small insight as to what goes into even the apparently simplest repair, the rear Lexan screen, which as you can see was trashed. Clearly you cannot just pop out and buy one but in my nativity I thought you simply bought some Lexan sheet, bent it to your will and whacked it in. Wrong.

    Firstly, the screen is bonded into place (no old fashioned rubber seal to take up the slack) so it has to be a very accurate fit to the car. To form the correct bend in the right places which conforms to the window aperture we first made an over size former in alloy and braced it against heat distortion and it is then sent off to a specialist company who place the sheet of Lexan over our Alloy former and then it goes into an oven which has an even temperature (no hot or cold areas). The heated Lexan material then wilts over the former and it clamped around the edges until cool, we then trim it to fit and bond it into place. And that is just this tiny item which I gave little consideration to and now every time I look at the rear view mirror, I will be reminded.

    It will look nice though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveller View Post
    A small insight as to what goes into even the apparently simplest repair, the rear Lexan screen, which as you can see was trashed. Clearly you cannot just pop out and buy one but in my nativity I thought you simply bought some Lexan sheet, bent it to your will and whacked it in. Wrong.

    Firstly, the screen is bonded into place (no old fashioned rubber seal to take up the slack) so it has to be a very accurate fit to the car. To form the correct bend in the right places which conforms to the window aperture we first made an over size former in alloy and braced it against heat distortion and it is then sent off to a specialist company who place the sheet of Lexan over our Alloy former and then it goes into an oven which has an even temperature (no hot or cold areas). The heated Lexan material then wilts over the former and it clamped around the edges until cool, we then trim it to fit and bond it into place. And that is just this tiny item which I gave little consideration to and now every time I look at the rear view mirror, I will be reminded.

    It will look nice though.

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    But Tim (we) would not expect anything less!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronrob View Post
    But Tim (we) would not expect anything less!
    That is sort of the problem, now I don't just have to satisfy myself but am aware there is an audience who will comment on any false move or economy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveller View Post
    A small insight as to what goes into even the apparently simplest repair, the rear Lexan screen, which as you can see was trashed. Clearly you cannot just pop out and buy one but in my nativity I thought you simply bought some Lexan sheet, bent it to your will and whacked it in.
    Tim, nativity is so much better than naivety, to me, with regards to this project, you are a GOD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ham355 View Post
    Tim, nativity is so much better than naivety, to me, with regards to this project, you are a GOD!
    Oops, at least you understood!

    Meanwhile a bit of resto work going on in the background. Old parts constantly being restored and resprayed and now the radiator being attached to the longditudinal pipe work runs through the cabin to the engine bay. While we are at it, no stone unturned, gear shift and linkage all being stripped, overhauled and rebuilt.

    Third shot shows rad with all newly finished pipes now in situ and fully connected to the engine bay and also another startling shot from Kevin's Everest.

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    All the myriad pieces that need to be checked over, prepared, cleaned and refinished which I keep on forgetting about and sort of hoping they might do as they were. As I have said before every piece has to be as good as the last and as the very first were those truly beautiful fuel tanks, that set the bar pretty high. I thought they were expensive items at the time but had no idea they would lead me to this which now makes them appear outrageous! Looking back I am suspicious that was Kevin's plan all the long to get me hooked. No going back now

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    Seeing as how this is the weekend, time for a good bunch of pics

    This is now almost overkill. To the industrial art that is the silver framed, Michelotto clad chassis, we now add our fuel tanks, albeit only soft fitted for now. For those who joined the thread late, we built these beauties months ago, works of art in their own right. We did not want to have to take this car apart every five years to replace the old bags and so sought a more long lasting FIA approved alternative using a bit of modern tech. Taking the proven route of alloy tanks as fitted to US cars (these we actually custom built as being racing tanks there are a few differences in the fuel system) we lined them with sealant and filled with foam and then clad first in fibreglass to avoid galvanic corrosion, and then in Kevlar for added strength (and beauty). The various lugs you can see prodding from the tank are for the heat shields which will also be clad in Zircoflex so as to keep as much heat as possible away from them.

    Mirroring the exact shape of the old tanks, this is somewhat better solution than what we inherited and which you can see here in the first image with its secure professional strapping-not. Very light, very strong and very durable. Maybe we have stumbled on something here as hot off the 'production line' the last image shows two new pairs of the raw alloy tanks soon to be the recipients of their fibreglass vest and Kevlar overcoat, one set for the other F40 in the shop and another set for another customer, both of whom are fed up with constant replacement. Orders please!

    This first shot does a good job of reminding me how far we have travelled. What a mess.

    Also here you can see us making sure the new tanks will be comfortable in their new beds and ensure no shake rattle or roll, secured with a stainless steel strap a la Dino.

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