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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:51 pm

Fitted the grille and buttons this afternoon :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Nov 08, 2014 8:51 pm

Fitted the arches today with a rubber strip for protection and looks :



Here's a close up of the fit :



I think it looks like it was made to fit this, but that's just me.

I fitted all four, but the darkness and a thunderstorm was coming in, so I'll have to take pictures tomorrow. I might just keep the white roof.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:45 am

I took the car out this morning while there is some bright sunshine. This is what the front looks like :



And the fitment by the front bumper :



It took me ages to get the slot in the arch just right for the bumper to slide into. Also, the front arches weren't designed to go down so far, they're supposed to sit above the bumper, but then again, even that wouldn't work as I'd have to modify them to fit as well (the Elf/Hornet bumper sits a lot higher). Also, I much prefer the look of them fitted like this, it looks neater and it'll also make the car look lower than it actually is.

Lastly, a full side view. You can see how blue she really is (absolutely filthy though - makes me sad) :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:07 pm

Finally got my dash :



Had it made up here by a local guy using aluminium. They're both the bigger versions and not the usual one big and one flat panel. As you can see there is still some work to be done, but I'll do that all myself to save money and have it exactly as I want it. Need to decide if I want to polish them up or paint them. Decisions . . .
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:17 pm

A slightly better picture of the dash :



Still have to cut out and things before actual fitment. Managed to get the front plates to fit better as well.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:16 pm

Decided to do something different and came up with this :



It matches the doors now. I won't be doing anymore - subtlety is key here. There's a couple small bubbles and lines, but it'll be covered by the seat, so it's ok. I still need to do the passenger side as well.

Also fitted up the front spoiler to see how it'll look :



And a view from the other side now :



And a better look at the slot in the front arch (she's filthy, please excuse that) :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:14 pm

Well, I fitted up the rear Hi-Los today and also put the shoes and cylinders in the wheels. I just need to get the clevis pin for the handbrake and give the drums a bit of paint.



Then fitted up the wheels too (the Hi-Los are set quite low at the moment) :





And I just can't get enough of this end of the car :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:52 pm

I got this from the rusty 1275E we have - it sits underneath the dash (seeing as I want have dash space). I want to see if I can get it to fit with my proposed heater setup. It has a few glue stains (thanks Leyland SA) and needs a bit of bringing back to life in terms of colour, but it's not broken or cracked.


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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:04 pm

Had a little bit of free time this afternoon, so I finally fitted up the calipers, front pipes and hoses :



I don't think the silver looks too bad.

Then got her on her proper shoes :





She still looks a bit like a gasser at the moment, but an engine will help with that. The front might be slightly over-arched, but I don't mind.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:34 pm

Went to clean up a few things on the car today and decided to take some pictures. I was initially worried about the silver calipers behind the silver wheels, but it's not too bad. It's actually kind of subtle :





Ever so slightly over-arched :



My second favourite view of the car :



And yes, I was sort of going for a silhouette shot there (not the best though).
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:19 pm

Also, just a picture of the sound deadening on the roof to replace the original stuff :



It's lightweight and should to the job just fine I think.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:20 pm

I was going to replace the original door switches with later Rover spec items as somehow my car landed up with only one, but I managed to find another one on one of our other cars. I cleaned them up this morning :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:57 pm

So exams are finally done and I decided I'd waste some time today. I made a start with the dashboard - I'm going with carpet to improve sound deadening. Since this section will all be behind the dash pieces I had made up, this won't be seen too much, but it still needs to be done properly. I haven't finished it by any means, but it gives you an idea :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:11 pm

I did a little more of the dash area this afternoon :



And with the gauge pod in :



I'll be the first to admit that it currently looks terrible, but it shall be neatened up a bit as I go along. This will be behind the metal dash, as said before, but it still has to be neat.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:32 pm

Did a bit more carpetting this morning. It didn't turn out too bad I think, just one small wrinkle on the passenger side, but that'll be covered by the under dash tray.

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:30 pm

I'm trying to use the glorious sunshine to full effect today. I made up two pieces to close off and neaten the gap between the dash and door pillar. Like so :



It's like this on both sides. It doesn't look too neat, but with the correct grommet in place and the door rubber, it should help neaten it up a bit.

With the last bit of glue I stuck on the piece that goes under the door :



I just have to wait for everything to dry and then I'll cut off the excess pieces. I've made up the piece that goes on the firewall, but just need to get some glue and I'll be able to stick it on. Once this is done I'll finally get to fit the pedal box and master cylinders to hopefully bleed the brakes.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:30 pm

I finally got around to doing the worst part today - the firewall. It came out quite nicely I think, no wrinkles or anything of the sort.



Considering all of this has been done by hand and having no patterns to work from, I think it's come out quite nicely. I also finished off the crossmember with the sticker and then section underneath the door on the passenger side. Almost done with the carpeting now. There's still a couple places to fix up here and there, but all in all, I think it's nice.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:07 pm

I fitted the pedal box and accelerator pedal in yesterday afternoon :



Just see that I need to do a couple little touch-ups. I also have new pedal covers on the way, so these will be taken off.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:58 pm

I put in the last bit of carpetting this morning. Undernewth the seat base :



On the exhaust tunnel :



I just need to sort out the section by the handbrake.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:13 pm

I finished up the tunnel today and the handbrake lever:



A few bits to neaten up still.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:53 pm

I cleaned out the car today and made a start on the dreaded rooflining. I've tentioned it to get the wrinkles out :

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Post  miniswede on Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:45 pm

nice work
longing to that mine will be like yours
I have just started on mine
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:31 am

Thanks mate Smile get a thread going so we can see.
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Post  Jared Mk3 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:08 pm

A box :



And some of what came out of the box :

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:20 pm

I fitted the badge to the bonnet, not bad :

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