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PostPosted: December 8, 2017, 2:47 am 
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Yah, JD and he's also got his Christmas tree up already. :D

As usual Andrew,nicely done and likely a helpful video for others.

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PostPosted: December 8, 2017, 8:02 am 
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Yah, JD and he's also got his Christmas tree up already.
The lights are up on the Team Slotus garage!

Been up for almost three years now... :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: December 30, 2017, 1:54 pm 
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Morning from Washington dc.. on an overnight with work. I typically do these posts when on layovers.

Not too much progress as of late due to a hectic work schedule around the holidays. January im back to the "house prisoner" on call sched with potential opportunity for progress.

What has been done is the stainless frames for the lenses. The petg doesnt carry the same rigidity as the acrylic, nor the fragility, so a small stainless frame was needed. The tight bend at the front ruled out aluminuim. The lenses were affixed with monel blind rivets. Although not perfect by any stretch, i did need to remind myself that to make a perfect part would require vastly more time and energy that i wanted to spend. So for now, this is it.

To achieve the brushed stainless look, i used a air file, dynafile, autofile etc with a sotch brite belt. This is a new tool to me, dynabrade autofile 2. I always though these were kinda hokey pokey, but after using it, i should have had one long ago.

Moving forward. Ill be continuing work on the front body section filling sanding and priming. Electrical redo is next to include lighting, seating, paint in the spring, and... the registration process.. i said process, with no immediate hopes of legitimately driving on public roads. Bumpers winshield etc will be required.

Heres a few pics. Sidepod metal work. Dimpling nutplates for countersink rivets in thin sheet.

Andrew


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PostPosted: December 30, 2017, 2:11 pm 
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More pics..

Fine sanding disc is still the best way to deburr stainless. New wing mount installed. Less light shows bodylines better. Lots of fittment required to fit up flexible compound curve part. Dynabrade autofile 2.

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PostPosted: December 30, 2017, 3:09 pm 
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Depending on your level of motivation, you could think about securing the headlamp covers in the manner of the 956/962:

https://digitaldtour.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/67_busby_962_127b_2_apr85.jpg

They appear to slide into a groove and are secured with ~3 screws judging by this pic.

It would all depend on your motivation though as it would clearly require rework to both the nose and new covers. Maybe if you're super bored over the winter and have nothing else to do?

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PostPosted: December 31, 2017, 8:50 pm 
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Impressive work, as always, Andrew.

Happy New Year and I know it's going to be the year that you declare the car finished. :D

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