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SIR STIRLING MOSS No.7 250 SWB REPLICA
We have started to build a new demonstrator. It will be a replica of the car that Sir Stirling Moss drove to victory at Goodwood just two months after breaking his back, nose and legs in an F1 crash.
This is one of the most historically important race cars of all time.
It will not be an 'exact replica' but only a few would be able to tell.
We started with a BMW Z3 donor vehicle which was a 3.0 M-sport Manual, 2001 with 97,000mls.
THE COMPLETE BUILD WILL BE SERIALISED IN KITCAR MAGAZINE EACH MONTH FROM OCTGOBER 2016
The car was stripped of all unwanted parts
The rollcage is powder coated and fitted.
Restoration begins with removing rust and coating in Frosts POR 15
The shock absorbers and lowered springs are replaced along with new handbrake shoes
Power steering hose is shortened and looped
New adjustable coil overs fitted and area rust treated
Underside of shell is painted in 2 pack Flowcoat. This disguises the glass fibre strands and gives a durable water proof lining.
Alloy front strut brace fitted
Double core aluminium radiator fitted which should give around 30% greater cooling
Original Viscous fan removed and a slimline electric fan wired in. Releases a few horses
Car going to have a bespoke exhaust fitted
Right hand side of new exhaust system fitted. Stainless steel and no silencers to replicate the original's sound
First checking ride height. Then arch clearance on front wheel. Needs reduced hubs made
LeMans cap fitted on left hand wing. Will have a stainless steel tube across the top of the boot to connect to the other side
New drive belt fitted, air-conditioning removed, new waterpump and pulley
Fibreglass parcel shelf covered in leather then bonded on
Inner bonnet and main front tub coated in Flowcoat
Even with the modified splined hubs the Borrani style centrelock wheels we are using means we have to extend the rear arches
Fitted two new inlet rubbers, MAF sensor and carbon fibre effect cool can air filter
Door skins bonded on after window frames permamently gapped and fitted
Windscreen pillar panel bonded into place and joined to roof section. Photo prior to proper alignment and tidying
Original set of door handles (complete with 50 years of patina) bolted on and working with Z3 mechanism
Parts of the door that are covered by the the door skin are rust treated first
The gap where the rear clam meets the side sill is glass fibred and filled to get a smoother line
Boot lid bolted on but not gapped. Rear lights and indicator holes cut out
Ratcheting boot stay fitted. Holes drilled and filled for bear claw lock. Genuine front side repeaters fitted.
Only six days left till the car goes to paint
Bonnet scoop is extended inwards to replicate the original
Bonnet rubber bump stops fitted and adjusted for height. Genuine bonnet pins fitted. More work on the door/bonnet gap.
Exclusive new photos of our reproduction dashboard complete with Veglia Borletti gauges. We are now building a large oven so we can paint it in wrinkle effect crackle glaze.
We had to modify the Lucas metal headlight bowls considerably to use the S.E.V. Marchal genuine headlights. Although they are quoted at 7", the same as the Lucas headlights, they have a wide ridge which causes many problems
With one day left till paint, the final skim of normal filler is used. The gaps are getting better but still need work
Some original parts are hard to find and/or are very expensive so we have begun to have parts manufacturered which means we can also offer these parts at a very reasonable to our customers. For example these replica lights are not a great deal more than the Lucas ones we used in the past
Another example is the lovely period bonnet pins more associated with the GTO's. We are having these made in stainless steel which will be (at £140 a pair) better than the chromed originals and well under half price
We have had emails asking why the exhaust is hanging down so low. It's so the painter can get right underneath with the paint gun. Usually the exhaust would be fitted after painting but specialist diary dates did not match so we had to get on with it. The car will be away for two and a half weeks but there is plenty to do in the mean time
This is the car finally going to paint. It will be painted in Jaguar Indigo Blue with white stripe just like the original
The dashboard has real Veglia Borletti clocks and gauges. These are mechanical and the BMW Z3 ones are electronic so its always a problem to get them to work together. What we have come up with is a Bluetooth ODBII dongle that is plugged into the BMW electronics which sends information to our Android phone or tablet mounted on the windscreen. Software on the device displays in unlimited ways the information we need such as Speedo (choice of GPS or ECU) Tacho, coolant temperature, fuel level, oil temperature, etc up to 300 diffent readouts to chose. Once the vehicle is parked the phone is slipped into your pocket . We can offer this service to our customers for only £50
The genuine Ferrari boot lock (top left) is very expensive and does not line up with the 'bear claw' lock we use to latch the bootlid down. The classic Mini lock we have used in the past was not quite right so we had an engineering company make some 3mm plates to go behind the mini lock. It also solves the problem of the lock catching on the edge of the bootlid and makes it look similar to the original (bottom right)
Unfortunately the home built oven with 1200w of infra red bulbs was not hot enough for the wrinkle paint to crinkle evenly. Plan B was textured paint from Halfords with several coats of matt black in top. Not a replica of the Ferrari dash finish, but certainly a non glare surface required for racing
Dashboard finished with all switches and gauges fitted. Very pleased with the result, worth all the hard work. We have asked our powder coating company if we could put the next dash in their oven so the paint would wrinkle. However this one is good enough for now
Beginning of full brake caliper refurbishment. Rear calipers shown. Will have new pistons, seals and brake pads, etc
Visited the paint shop today to fit new drivers door hinge bushes, as there was a slight alignment problem. Now fixed. Took some photos while I was there
Had some bad news from the paint shop, due do to personal reasons the shop is closed for two weeks so we will not be getting the car back till the first week of January. However we have just handed over a Kalifornia we have just finished for a customer. Look in Kalifornia-latest build
Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you all
Well here we are six weeks later and the car is about to come back at last. After heat pump failure in the oven and the wrong paint sent, biblical flooding, etc. Its almost ready for collection. Here are some photos.
Finally the car is ready for collection from the paintshop. Unfortunately it was raining very hard
Day one of many eight hour days to finish the car. Here are the jobs completed today. The last photo actually shows the paintwork off to its best
Day two. Fitted bear claw and boot lock. Fitted the first polished stainless back plate to replicate the original lock. Also to tidy the top where the bear claw comes through we used a house Yale lock chrome striker plate. Rear reflectors bolted on. Battery cut off switch fitted in front wing brake cooling duct. Also glued on a pair of our polished stainless steel sill plates with logos. Enough for a sunday!
Day three: Very busy day with endless customers old and new wanting to see the car unfortunately not much progress. Fitted the inner boot carpets and the ratcheting boot prop. Started making the aluminium trims to go around the door aperture. Added a couple more race stickers. Re-drilled the holes for the washer jets and fitted properly. Also fitted temporary indicators till the genuine ones arrive from Italy
Day four: More visitors today. However managed to put on the inner boot trim and boot carpet, which needed a little modification to go around the boot prop. Also fiited the new boot rubber seal. Finally got the right one after months of trying different ones! The door frame channels were bent to shape and screwed on with countersunk screws. The grille surround was fitted so we can align the bonnet badge tomorrow. Finally the boot lid was fitted and aligned. The boot handle now pulls the lid down a few millimetres compressing the rubber and making a water tight seal
Yesterday we had a sneak trial fit of the new wheels. They will go on another half inch once pulled in by the three eared spinners and the rear end needs dropping on the adjusters about and inch but you get the idea and overall effect
Day five: Fitted the childs cut down, Timberland belt with stainless coachbolts. We bought some fake fur to line the underneath of the belt so not to scratch the bodywork and glued it on. The rear scroll badge was fitted. The front bonnet badge was also drilled but not fitted because the white race circle sticker has to go on first. The right hand aluminium door trim was screwed on. The drivers door handle was bolted on complete with 50 years of patina. Original Marchal spotlights were trial fitted and then removed. A very nice chrome GB badge was glued on. Much nicer than the sticker on the SPA car
Day Six: Both sliding windows assemblies were fitted today inside the freshly powder coated frames. The wiper arms were also powder coated in Hi-Chrome and fitted with stainless wiper blades. The chrome trim was attached to the windscreen and mitred in the corners as per the original. Then we got to fit the best bit, the new rear number plate which is the real cherry on top of the cake moment. Yes it is a real plate!