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MARTIN WADE Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:07 pm

For those who don't know me I have loved type 3''s for 30 years. I bought the Square back 28 years ago and began collecting parts. I never understood why T3''s were not valued so much., Top guys like Mario in Germany, Bert my friend in Belgium, BobNotch , Notch boy, and Tram value them and all inspired me.

Uno Momento is not just a shop build, we are a bunch of small guys shooting at the likes of Arkweld. It kills me and the lads but I just want everyone to enjoy it.

MARTIN WADE Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:50 pm

A powerful l.e.d torch has been essential for detail sanding of the etch primer.

This one is amazing.

The torch has a spotlight at one end, and an overall bank of 8 l.e.d''s down the side. The magnets allow you to place it in any position without it moving.

Here I am using it on the bulkhead to check for tiny imperfections.

MARTIN WADE Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:16 pm

I realised that the factory clips on the bulkhead were not needed so I removed them using a small electric grinder.

Later they will be smoothed in.

MARTIN WADE Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:23 pm

I decided to move the brake reservoir to the front of the car. It looked out of place against the smoothed out bulkhead.

The top of the original was salvaged to keep the look, but I made a new base which Gareth Wootton welded up for me.

The new reservoir support was then filled and sanded.

I have a clear vision of what the car will look like finished, but things like this come as the project goes along. It slows it all down but you can't compromise.

MARTIN WADE Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:15 pm

This week I prepped the bodyshell for final primer, a two pack acrylic, and Alan Wootton from Custom Paintwork painted it.

The car will be solid black, no clearcoat on top, so the wet sanding of the black primer needs to be as good as it can be.

It took me all Saturday to just do the roof so I recon on five days to do the shell because the back seat delete means all the rear seat area, the cargo area and the front bulkhead need doing. The car will have no carpet in just removable pads at the front for driving it.

MARTIN WADE Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:49 pm

And that''s Prince on his mat by the side!

Jason37 Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:41 pm

Glad to see it coming together!

MARTIN WADE Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:58 pm

We finished the body, finally. It took me two weeks to block sand it with 800''s wet. We used black primer which showed every tiny mark up, but that was great really.

It was like rubbing down concrete with toilet paper!

Finally when it was finished the booth was super cleaned, then the body prep wiped then tack ragged and then sprayed by Alan Wootton.

The black paint was 00, which was as black as we can get in England.

Yesterday we put the body finally on the floorpan.

Bobnotch Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:50 pm

Looks good. Paint looks nice and smooth.

SBD Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:52 pm

That looks amazing! :shock:

MARTIN WADE Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:49 am


That''s it ...she is off to the trimmers 'Bromsgrove Trimmers', to make the headlining and door cards.

They will need to move about inside so I have covered, padded and taped out the floor.

MARTIN WADE Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:48 pm

Well today we took her to Bromsgrove Trimmers near Birmingham U.K.

The last minute panic was that I had not put wiring in for the interior light above the drivers door. I thought about it in the night !

At the last minute I managed to run a thin, stiff wire up the A pillar and along the top inside rail.

At Bromsgrove we discussed what the design should be like. We decided to keep it simple and basically go for a standard look in black to match the empi seat inserts at the front. The car already has enough features and if we were not careful it would look overload. We also decided to delete the sun visors so the view into the car from the front is less fussy.

We also decided to go with a quality German vinyl to match the seat inserts rather than leather.

MARTIN WADE Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:01 pm

The trimmers finished the car today. We only got back late so I will post some detail tomorrow.

Looking at the work at the shows in the U.K. I thought Bromsgrove Trimmers we on of the top three. They were the one''s determined to do the car. They have done a perfect job. Many thanks.

The bar across the front goes onto the bumper mounts and allows the tow hook from the transporter to be fitted without going near the body.

type3nut64 Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:08 pm

simply gorgeous. I was tripping on that front bumper thing.

Clatter Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:55 pm

Looking forward to seeing the new headliner..!

Bobnotch Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:47 pm

You can see some of it in the 1st pic at the trimmers. I wanted to see what the door cards looked like. :wink:

MARTIN WADE Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:02 pm

Bobnotch wrote: You can see some of it in the 1st pic at the trimmers. I wanted to see what the door cards looked like. :wink:

Hi Bob, thank you for your interest and support, we need it !

I will send you some photos tomorrow !

MARTIN WADE Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:22 pm

Here are the door cards. They are just a simple design but perfectly made with parallel stitching. The interior has plenty of features so we agreed to keep them simple.

MARTIN WADE Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:15 pm

The panels have been blocked in the grey primer, now they will be sprayed in black.

Black primer is amazing stuff in that it shows every tiny mark. It is much easier to see the imperfections in the black. I really recommend it.

MARTIN WADE Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:02 pm

Alan Wootton painted all of the panels. It took us 2 hrs to set up and get ready to spray.

Hoover the booth, blow off the panels, panel wipe, tack rag, blow off and spray, then bake.

The results are amazing, absolutely no peel at all.

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