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    A little problem all resolved. The recirculating heater flap wasnít working. A little investigation and it wasnít the motor; but the plastic boss which is a known weak point.

    New one ordered from Superformance, and all fitted today. Just the trim pieces in the boot to put back in this afternoon.

    Given the flap motor switches off on resistance of the flap itís not surprising the plastic boss fails; that and a small inclusion in the plastic!.

    Just now waiting for the dash and door cards to come back from the trimmers...oh yeah and to be let out with some dry mud free roads
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    After a few drives this year, the 355 is missing a key piece of motoring kit...cup holders!!!

    Iím certainly not brave enough to put my coffee mug between my legs and go for a drive.

    Knocked up a quick trial. We will see how it goes and if it works Iíll probably make one out of wood this winter and cover it in some leather I have left over from doing the dash.
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    snap, but i could only fit a single cup holder in my tiny 328 storage console, drivers cup only
    makes a huge difference on a long trip
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    Quote Originally Posted by A348W View Post
    A little problem all resolved. The recirculating heater flap wasn’t working. A little investigation and it wasn’t the motor; but the plastic boss which is a known weak point.


    New one ordered from Superformance, and all fitted today. Just the trim pieces in the boot to put back in this afternoon.


    Given the flap motor switches off on resistance of the flap it’s not surprising the plastic boss fails; that and a small inclusion in the plastic!.


    Just now waiting for the dash and door cards to come back from the trimmers...oh yeah and to be let out with some dry mud free roads
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    Nice fix - all the more rewarding knowing that you've upgraded the part.

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    Completely forgot to update on the re trimmed dash!

    There was some good shrinkage of the leather on the dash and airbag, plus some rubbish repairs.

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    Sorting the warping on the corners of the airbag was fairly easy; a bit of gentle heat gun and the plastic backing seemed to retain its memory so went back no problems; just slightly nerve racking taking a heat gun to an airbag for the first time.

    Taking the dash out also gave an opportunity to tidy up the mess of alarms/immobilisers/stereo equipment!!

    I also had the door cards partially retrimmed so where the dash flows into the door cards the leather matches. Who knew how many shades of black and grains there are!!!!

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    Thanks for the recommendation for Dave He did a great job at a really good price. He also did a soft top bag for me, thanks guys for letting him use your template; much appreciated. These seem to go missing so whilst I wonít use it, I thought Iíd get one to complete the car!

    Now to resist the temptation to do the rest of it; which whilst looks great, against the new dash...!

    Overall Iím really happy. Not a job for the faint hearted but very satisfying.

    I will probably get Dave to redo the soft top cover over the winter as the foam in it is deteriorating, and leaves little bits all over the soft top and car, so needs taking apart and new foam put in...bit ocd but hey!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by milkshaker0007 View Post
    snap, but i could only fit a single cup holder in my tiny 328 storage console, drivers cup only
    makes a huge difference on a long trip
    Nice. How did you cut yours? I canít seem to cut without melting it and making crap edges?

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    used a hole saw,(one of my sons Dimond bit ones) very slow, stopping to let it the plastic cool, then repeat again and again, then smooth up the edges with paper.

    nice dash

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    Nice, do you have any recent updates about this build?

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    Car came fitted with a little momo wheel which was ok; but small, obscured part of the instruments for me and had an annoying non oem yellow horn button (bit anal I know!)

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    I do also have the original airbag wheel but I think it’s ugly and too big! I thought about an oem non airbag 355 wheel but they are silly money! So I sourced a 348 wheel which I like. Fitted today and much happier. Better feel, oem and I can see all the dials now. Just need to wire the horn up tonight.

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    A side by side comparison! If anybody would like the momo, let me know; got to hide the evidence of spending from the boss

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    Last edited by A348W; 10-06-2021 at 03:33 PM.

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