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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:56 am    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

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The photo shows the fabrication I made for the inner rear wing area.welded in place. The fabrication seals off the recess but would allow the rear seat to be fitted if needed.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:13 am    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

This Build has been amazing so far!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

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For me the main thing is paint ! (well metalwork and paint) It''s the very basic of what early Cal was about. After hours and hours of thought we decided to run with no rear seat which allows more paint to be shown. That created two problems. The first is that there are two areas to fill in on either side of where the seat would go and secondly it generates a mind blowing amount of filling and sanding when I feel I can take no more.

The two shots show the flat side panel we designed and the second one shows the cut out in the drivers side sill (rocker) for the wiring loom. Anyway a day with the cardboard templates, tin snips and the panel hammer we are ready to weld tomorrow. Nite
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

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I decided to put the air ride controls in the glovebox. The setup is simple with just a control switch for each of the front shocks, and a pressure gauge.

The first work was to make it from card, then open out the template and mark it on steel.

I cut it out with the brake and snips then Gareth bent it and welded the edges.



The edges were filed then filled with a thin skim of two pack filler. Sanding out the four internal corners was a nightmare, the best result was to use foam backed sanding pads.

The gauge fitting was made from a short piece of tube.

The next step will be to paint it red to match the floor pan when the booth is free.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

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I decided to put the air ride controls in the glovebox. The setup is simple with just a control switch for each of the front shocks, and a pressure gauge.

The first work was to make it from card, then open out the template and mark it on steel.

I cut it out with the brake and snips then Gareth bent it and welded the edges.

The edges were filed then filled with a thin skim of two pack filler. Sanding out the four internal corners was a nightmare, the best result was to use foam backed sanding pads.

The gauge fitting was made from a short piece of tube.

The next step will be to paint it red to match the floor pan when the booth is free.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

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We decided to weld up some of the factory holes in the front inside to clean up the look.

I made some card templates then cut out the steel with snips.




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Gareth Wootton then welded them in place using a telescopic magnet.

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I've worked with lots of guys over my lifetime on cars but he is Mr. Metal.


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Gareth from Wootton Motors.....perfectionist in metal.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

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Because we decided to paint the floor and have no carpet it has meant a rethink on the interior.

The sills (rockers) were 100% but they have air vents stamped into them.

We decided to skin the inners with thin steel plate.

Gareth from Wootton motors insisted detailed welding so nothing moves or cracks after paint. The picture shows the set out of the holes and him plug welding.

Today I spent hours grinding them flat ! Thanks Gaz
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

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Original EMPI hood to take a tachometer.

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Having made a template, I carefully cut out the hole for the tach pod. The edge was first 'stepped' and sixteen 4mm holes stamped out. Then the edge was painted with 'weld through' primer.

Gareth from Wootton Motors then welded the pod onto place.


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Here the pod is shown on the inside of the hood welded in.

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Thiese shots show the tach inserted into the pod. The tach is a nos EMPI dated 1971 I collected from a swop meet 15 years ago!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:50 am    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

I had a setup with the hanger, a pair of the matching body mounts, and the rubber mountings so it seemed an upgrade.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

I know you don't like answering questions, but why do you have the IRS engine hanger bar, since you've got a swing axle set up?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

FLOOR PAN 90% DONE


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Oliver has detailed the floorpan , and ceramic coated it. It means the dust won't stick. The main body though will not be ceramic coated because the shine is just a little bit dulled by the process.

The 'Wide Ovals' are the new ones which are radials but look the same as the bias belt tyres.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

UNDER HOOD MODIFICATIONS

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I decided to remove the front hood spring. It will give a cleaner look on the inside of the hood.

Drilling out the spot welds was a nightmare, it seemed to take forever even with a new spot weld drill bit.

I was going to use short 4" gas struts but Gareth Wootton won't let me. He will fabricate an arm, then make a bracket to hold it and weld it in......any excuse to get his MIG out !
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

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The seat bases are an amazing piece of design. They are from an early two door Range Rover.

When the lever is released the seats angle forward and down. It means the seats don't hit the roof.

Rubbing them down was a nightmare and took about a day each to get into the small areas.

These are now in the first hit of paint by me, then flatted and Alan Wootton will give them the final paint in his booth this week
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

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Oliver Siclair, car detailer for Uno Momento.
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After spending two days filling and painting the air tank it was over to Oliver Sinclait the detailer. This guy is amazing. I used to think this was a dark art but he has the knowledge and skill to turn excellent paintwork into 'Mile deep'. Then treat it with special coatings so it is protected.

Like I mentioned you can't build a car like this and do everything. I work like helll on stuff, and do the design, but this small group of guys all have years of experience doing their 'one thing'. I'm just lucky we all pull together .
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All of the heater system has been removed from the car.

This included cutting out the heater boxes from under the back seat and welding up the holes. This proved difficult because the metal there was on a bend as was very thin.

We needed to use a copper stake behind the areas to absorb the heat and stop the weld 'blowing through'.

J tubes were ssnded and painted in v.h.t. Matt black.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:48 am    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

Thanks, we just worked on the inner wings.

We had to get them cherry red hot and carefully hammered them back.

We then placed the body back on and tried the steering lock. There were then some tight areas but we heated and hammered a second time and all was good. It gives about 10mm clearance all round.

The next hard bit was scimming some special flexible thin filler on the inside and out to give a totally smooth factory look. To get it right I turned the lights out and worked with small high powered l.e.d. torch ....the shadows showed where the filler needed to go.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car) Reply with quote

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A lot of t3''s have a reduced turning circle with a narrowed beam. The tyres can scrub the inner wings. To overcome the problem we have heated the inner wings and carfully hammered them back keeping a curve. It takes about 3 hours per side.


Did you do any work to the outer wings too?

Awesome work, looking good! I'll be keeping a close eye on this one
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Uno Momento (Vintage Squareback show car build thread) Reply with quote

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This shot shows the Nos Hurst Indy shifter for the car.

I built the collection of parts over 25 years. In the early days I went to all the swop meets, some of the best days of my life. More recently I have bought on the Samba for the last few parts. The guys in America have been great and agreed to ship to England. To be honest not a single part has been lost, so....thanks !

Almost all of my collection will go onto the car, I just feel that''s where they should be now.
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