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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:52 pm

http://www.diecastlegends.com/diecast-brands/spark/mini-austin-beach-1-43.html



I do not know who did the research at Spark, or why they didn't contact me when I asked about the model, but the colour of the car is just wrong, and the wicker seats are very dark.

I am still getting 2 of them, but its a shame they got the colours wrong.


The engine is finally progressing.








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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Red Riley on Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:12 pm

I imagine that Spark didn't need to look further for their "research" than your excellent build photos. Shame they haven't contacted you for advice on the colors. The website says it's a pre-order item, so maybe they're not finished yet. Perhaps you should contact them! And I think the first two they send to you should be freebies!


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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Big_Al_Smith on Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:30 am

top work, looking good, keep it up mate Very Happy
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:28 pm

My beach car model collection.

Austin Beach Car, Fiat 500 Jolly, Fiat 600 Jolly, Renault 4CV Jolly, Alfa Romeo Giulia Spyder Saragat.





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Post  tormod53 on Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:05 am

Cool sunny sunny Cool

Wow! I haven't been on for a while - what a fantastic restoration, once i started following the posts it was like a great book!
The quality of the work, not to mention the speed things were happening - I hope this will be written up as a magazine article so it can be read like one.
It's even more of a sickener when the constant rain and gales in the UK prevent you from even getting to open up the garage to work on your own car!

Credit where credit is due though - that is a fantastic piece of work!

Cool sunny sunny Cool

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:14 pm

My first attempt at making a website.

http://www.wix.com/austinbeachcar/register#!
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Post  TONYELF on Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:50 pm

Brilliant John. Well Done! Very Happy

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:14 pm

Dash nearly finished. Fitted the chrome passenger handle.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Big_Al_Smith on Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:56 am

looks great! Very Happy
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:30 pm

Finally got my grille straightened out and test fitted it to the car. Its not a 100% fit but pretty close. Its already been sent to the chrome guy.



I also fitted the A-pillar badges.



I am having some trouble understanding how the loom sits on the car. I have seen on some cars that the wires that go to the Voltage Regulator run on its right hand side. If I have placed my loom correctly It looks like the black bundle of wires will run along the left side of the regulator box.



I also picked this part up from the chrome guy, but cannot remember where its from. Any suggestions?

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Red Riley on Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:39 am

That last bit looks like part of a registration plate lamp cover for the rear bumper, part# 37H5426, although missing a piece.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  cheleker on Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:20 am

The harness appears to be too far forward by one group of wires. Look at the group of wires which include the two going to the brake light switch. See the three, shorter, black wires that go to a ring terminal? That ring terminal is bolted into the captive nut on the short, angled body panel through which the harness goes.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:35 pm

I finally got it back from the chrome guy. The grille is fairly pitted and there was nothing he could do about it, and the surround has a little pitting on the lower side.









I guess I was lucky enough the parts were fitted to the car, so I should not complain about their condition.....


The engine is also moving along, at snail pace.....

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:04 pm

Big day today. I picked up the finished engine last night (around 22:30!!) and and took it to my garage this morning. The Car and its motor had been apart for nearly a year.





I did some reshuffling of the cars in the garage and took the opportunity to photograph the car outside, in natural light. Its looks much better that way.











The engine will now be de-greased and then painted BMC Green, before being fitted to the car.
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Post  hilbert on Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:13 pm

whoooooooow thas gone look nice
keep the good work going

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Big_Al_Smith on Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:23 pm

the little car is looking great! Very Happy
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Red Riley on Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:56 am

Absolutely stunning!

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  CMC on Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:39 am

Looks great, the car gives you a summer feeling in the winter ! Very Happy cheers
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  discoman41 on Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:51 pm

Breathtaking!
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  1071kev on Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:26 pm

Coming on nicely, keep up the good work

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:23 pm

My custom indoor car cover came through the post yesterday, and very nice it is. It has a nice fleece type lining.







I also received two more sets of spark plug caps, making a total of 4.









I only have one of the original ones and that one is cracked.

I have 2 sets of green Lucas HT leads, and some some new black universal leads.

Which set do you thing is best and with what HT leads?
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Post  1071kev on Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:56 pm

Cover looks excellent, I might have to invest in one. Regarding the plug caps, the first set with green leads is for a later car, the second and third sets, I think would be more appropriate for your car, probably with black leads. That's just my opinion, we'll see what others think.

Moved my cars around today hoping to get some miles on the Elf over the next couple of weeks.

Keep up the good work.

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Post  1071kev on Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:56 pm

1071kev wrote:Cover looks excellent, I might have to invest in one. Regarding the plug caps, the first set with green leads is for a later car, the second and third sets, I think would be more appropriate for your car, probably with black leads. That's just my opinion, we'll see what others think.

Moved my cars around today hoping to get some miles on the Elf over the next couple of weeks.

Keep up the good work.

I've done a bit more checking, the first and last sets of caps are the later caps, the second and third sets are the earlier type which I think would be correct for your car. It appears the leads should be green coloured not black as I stated previously and I think need both the rubber sleeves. The leads should be copper cored not silicon. You don't show the types of fixing inside the cap. Some need special pliers to crimp others are screw in. Hope that helps if you've not already made up the leads.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:22 pm

Wingard pump installed today





the engine is ready to fit



And another view of the car ready for the engine to go in.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  cheleker on Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:56 pm

I noticed the speedometer cable is alreay hooked up. That's one big headache saved!

Some thoughts. Be very careful that you don't knock the oil filter housing during power unit installation. Leaks there can be messy.

The clutch arm looks slightly bent in the photo. May be a trick of the photograph, but if you have trouble setting up the clutch throw, keep the arm as a possible issue in mind.

You might consider removing the clutch slave spring anchor on the top end of the clutch arm until the power unit is installed. It is easy to catch it on something and bend it or scratch paint.

Since you are installing without the radiator already in place, take the time to trial fit it to check for fan clearance. It's also a good time to clean the threads on the two captive nuts which hold the lower radiator braket to the gearbox end bracket, and, if you're not installing new bolts there, make sure they run through the nuts easily.

Do you know what fan would have been installed originally rather than the plastic one?

The refridgerator full of beer didn't tempt me, but the thought of being able to help on such an interesting Mini sure did. Unfortunately, airplane fare was too much!

Keep up the good work.

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