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FatBoy
12-03-08, 08:53 PM
I haven't posted any piccies for a while so I thought I'd post a few to show you how I'm getting on.

FatBoy
12-03-08, 08:56 PM
...some more,

KevinW
12-03-08, 10:03 PM
suitably jealous.....keep'em coming, though.

Miket
12-03-08, 10:14 PM
I'm as sick as a pighttp://smilies.sofrayt.com/fsc/sobbing.gif It's gorgeous http://img26.exs.cx/img26/2245/thumbsup8de.gif

FatBoy
12-03-08, 10:30 PM
Thanks guys. The pictures don't actually do it justice, the quality of enginerring and the execution of it is really impressive.
I'm waiting for some gauge sender units to arrive from Kirkham, which were missed off the original shipment and then I can think about starting the engine.
I'm also thinking about getting the exhausts ceramic coated, can anyone recommend anywhere, the closer to Coventry the better?

Cheers,
Paul

sally72
12-03-08, 10:34 PM
WOW I want one ! it's absolutely gorgeous, are you going to paint it ? if i had one i would just polish it .

FatBoy
12-03-08, 10:38 PM
The plan is to rub the body down to a satin brushed finish and then maybe polish in some stripes. Maintaining a full polished finish would be far too time consuming and I want to have some time left to drive it. :)

sally72
12-03-08, 10:44 PM
we are drooling here..... please keep the pics coming !

viperjim
12-03-08, 11:09 PM
camcoat in warrington for your ceramic coating , only an hour up the M6 . Nice car by the way

TINKA
12-03-08, 11:49 PM
How are you going to get it through an SVA with thoes knockoff wheel fittings :confused:

Clive
13-03-08, 12:08 AM
How are you going to get it through an SVA with thoes knockoff wheel fittings :confused:
And the dashboard switches?

dave
13-03-08, 08:36 AM
Wheel spinners and dash switches.
Not a major problem.

Spinners:- Have Kirkham knock up some hex head ones on their CNC machine.;)

Switches:- Remove the toggles and fit warning lights into the holes, then fit rocker switches on a plate mounted on the two scuttle-to-chassis tubes under the dash. Or make some switch guards (Like the current Mini) that are held on using the switches own securing nut.;)

tonym
13-03-08, 12:09 PM
How are you going to get it through an SVA with thoes knockoff wheel fittings :confused:

Paul, which sva station are you using to put your Kirkham through?

FatBoy
13-03-08, 01:25 PM
Paul, which sva station are you using to put your Kirkham through?

I haven't the faintest idea :) Why do you ask, do you know a man on the inside :)

I've had a few more parts arrive today, so I'll be busy in the garage tonight :) :)

Paul

Neil O
13-03-08, 04:37 PM
Why do you ask, do you know a man on the inside :)

Paul

He knows a few men inside.........:twisted:

dingocooke
13-03-08, 04:41 PM
He knows a few men's insides.........:twisted:

Im hoping you mean inside prison.........

Neil O
13-03-08, 05:01 PM
Im hoping you mean inside prison.........

Why do you think he travels to the South West so much? :p;)

dingocooke
13-03-08, 05:04 PM
its all sad, so very sad....

tonym
13-03-08, 08:40 PM
I haven't the faintest idea :) Why do you ask, do you know a man on the inside :)


Just curious, I'm assuming that you'd be close to putting the car through it's sva test soon and I'm surprised you hadn't decided which one you were going to. I'll ask again soon when you've had chance to decide

FatBoy
13-03-08, 08:51 PM
I've mounted and adjusted the Hurst shifter kit tonight and that all pretty straightforward.
The engine was supplied with a standard OEM starter motor, but I'm swapping it for a McLeod Hy-Torq starter with the built in solenoid because the wiring on the car is already wired for that type rather than the standard seperate solenoid.

If anyone is in the market for a new FE starter, I have an unused one with the manufacturer's lifetime warranty.

Paul

Neil O
13-03-08, 09:10 PM
If anyone is in the market for a new FE starter, I have an unused one with the manufacturer's lifetime warranty.

Paul

Manufactured by Hose Mendez who is currently 89 years old.;)

Paul, you seem to be taking more off the car than putting on. Is this a feature of the Kirkham? Do you have to dismantle it and reassemble it to feel like you have participated in the process?;)

FatBoy
13-03-08, 10:44 PM
Paul, you seem to be taking more off the car than putting on. Is this a feature of the Kirkham? Do you have to dismantle it and reassemble it to feel like you have participated in the process?;)

Something like that :)
I could have fitted a seperate solenoid, which is what Dave Brookes did, but I thought, as all the wiring is there for a mini starter, I may as well fit one. I fitted one on my last Cobra and it was excellent, much more convincing than the standard starter at start up.

I don't think I've taken anything else off.

Paul

AlexB
14-03-08, 12:06 AM
Jaw droppingly pretty.

dave
14-03-08, 12:29 AM
I don't think I've taken anything else off.

Paul



Liar, liar, pants on fire......You've taken the wheels off, I've seen the pictures.:D:D:D

Neil O
14-03-08, 09:09 AM
and the back panel out of the boot.........


and the carpets..........

FatBoy
14-03-08, 10:24 AM
and the back panel out of the boot.........


and the carpets..........

You got me on the wheels and the boot panel, but the carpets weren't fitted in the first place...so there ! :)

mikey
14-03-08, 12:59 PM
Neat trick with the baco-foil - how do you get it to stick?:)

On a more serious note - nice one.

Mike

wilf
14-03-08, 03:55 PM
Looking good Paul, looking good.

Won't be long befopre you are chasing people away from it at shows - knuckles rapping on the ally leave nice dents! ;)

Neil O
14-03-08, 04:14 PM
knuckles rapping on the ally leave nice dents! ;)

Really? That sounds like something to try out.......:eek:

FatBoy
14-03-08, 05:06 PM
Looking good Paul, looking good.

Won't be long befopre you are chasing people away from it at shows - knuckles rapping on the ally leave nice dents! ;)

Thanks Wilf. The ally is somewhat thicker than original and also of a tougher grade. Sitting on it doesn't seem to bother it, so I doubt the odd knuckle wrapping will hurt it.
I don't think I'm going to be able to get the body sanded down before spring, so I suspect I may end up driving it this summer as it is and then doing the body next winter. I don't want to waste precious summer months with it off the road.

wilf
14-03-08, 05:24 PM
Only jesting Paul - only jesting. Have rapped a few Kirkhams in the past - they are a lot tougher than the originals!

Neil O
15-03-08, 06:24 AM
[quote=FatBoy;233402]Sitting on it doesn't seem to bother it, quote]

Perhaps TonyM needs to be the one to check..........;)

jon1d
16-03-08, 10:09 PM
Hi Paul,

Nice to see you photo's and that you are making good progress. I think I would be the same and to egar to get the motor on the road. The body rubber will take some time .
Still waiting on when I will place the order as things are having to go on hold .
I ask Joe about going for the polished finish and he says you can use a power sander from the start. If your going brushed then you will have to get the grain direction by hand .I can post the detials .

Cheers John

FatBoy
23-03-08, 07:46 PM
I've had a productive couple of days on the Cobra. All the electrics are now done and all the gauges, except the oil teperature gauge are connected. The only reason the oil temperature gauge isn't connected is because I can't get the blanking plug out of the sump where the sender goes. There isn't much room down there, but it absolutely refuses to budge.
The battery tray is now finished and painted and I'll probably bolt that in tomorrow.
If I gave it some oil and petrol, I think it would start :)
The diff should arrive on Wednesday and that's the last large item to be installed.
All being well, I should be a Stoneleigh :)

Paul

tonym
24-03-08, 12:01 AM
Have you decided which SVA station you're using yet Paul?

Neil O
24-03-08, 10:06 AM
Have you decided which SVA station you're using yet Paul?

Exeter is a good one. The guy (Byron) was very informative and was keen to help me pass.
Bit of a long way from you though Paul.:-D

FatBoy
24-03-08, 06:58 PM
The battery tray is now installed and looking nice and original.

http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/data/500/thumbs/DSC000011_3_.JPG (http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/3292)

I thought I'd also upload a few close ups of the suspension as well.

http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/data/500/thumbs/DSC000011.JPG (http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/3291)

http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/data/500/thumbs/DSC000011_6_.JPG (http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/3293)

http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/data/500/thumbs/DSC000011_9_.JPG (http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/3295)

And the space that is awaiting the delivery of the diff.from Ward Engineering.

http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/data/500/thumbs/DSC000011_7_.JPG (http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/3294)

The engine bay is now pretty much finished. As I had an original brass header tank, I've decided to leave it unpainted in bear metal the same as the body.

http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/data/500/thumbs/DSC000011_10_.JPG (http://www.cobraclub.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/3296)

AlexB
24-03-08, 08:15 PM
Wow.

This really is making me jealous.

FatBoy
24-03-08, 08:34 PM
Have you decided which SVA station you're using yet Paul?


It looks like Birmingham is the nearest.

Paul

viperjim
24-03-08, 10:04 PM
that car is indeed a work of art i`m one jealous motherfcuker , damn i wish i`d worked hard at school

tonym
25-03-08, 08:40 AM
It looks like Birmingham is the nearest.

Paul

I used Birmingham for my SVA, took the route through Nuneaton, pass Seaswood pool, through Fillongley and Meridan. Good route and chance to play with the car a bit :D

TonyD
25-03-08, 12:57 PM
I used Birmingham for my SVA, took the route through Nuneaton, pass Seaswood pool, through Fillongley and Meridan. Good route and chance to play with the car a bit :D


I used Birmingham for mine also, very fair and sensible. It would be an idea to book the car in for a pre mot/ mot check prior to SVA so you can bed the brakes in, check headlight alignment, etc.

Make sure the yank supplied safety critical components such as glass, seat belts, tyres etc have the correct EU approved mark on them, as they will be scrutinised and also check the radius on locks, interior and side mirrors etc. The car will quite rightly sail through all the engineering hurdles, its only likely to fail on a missing E mark or an incorrect radius.

Cheers,
Tony

FatBoy
25-03-08, 04:43 PM
Hi Tony,

I don't believe items need to have E marks on them for the SVA as long as they perform as required.
I doubt I have an E mark anywhere on my car :) I've got plenty of "K" marks though. The Kirkham "K" is engraved on all manner it items, especially on the suspension components.

Paul

Neil O
25-03-08, 05:21 PM
Yeh, but, no, but........;)

The difficulty will be providing evidence to show that the parts perform to the same level.

TonyD
25-03-08, 06:21 PM
Yeh, but, no, but........;)

The difficulty will be providing evidence to show that the parts perform to the same level.

Paul,

I'm not trying to be a pain but you will have to play the SVA game when it comes to test time. I don't think the Kirkham marketing machine has reached the Brum SVA testing centre yet. :)

As an example if the windscreen does not have the Britsh Standard marking, or a ECE E11 marking or an EEC E11 marking you will have to prove that "it conforms to to any national or international standard" equivalent to the E11, or it has to be "one of the standards listed on the Annex on Non European standards and bear the relevant marking supplied by the manufacturer".

Is your winsdcreen specs listed on the Annex and is your windscreen marked as such?:confused:

The same principle will go for quite a few of the components you have on the car.

It would a crying shame if your car didn't pass first time as it should just because of a simple lack of listed specification. I suppose this is the part of the buying process that Hawk manages and thereby claims their margin.

Cheers,

Tony

dave
25-03-08, 07:49 PM
Yeh, but, no, but........;)

The difficulty will be providing evidence to show that the parts perform to the same level.


You don't have to.
If those tiny tail lights that were on your old Dax passed then pretty much anything invented later will fly through. It's the "Max Power" stuff that can easliy get thrown out.;)

legend
25-03-08, 08:27 PM
So does that mean that tripod headlights will pass an SVA?

Tony.

dave
25-03-08, 08:36 PM
So does that mean that tripod headlights will pass an SVA?

Tony.


No. They have no beam pattern.....And are useless anyway. :-o
If I was fortunate enough to be able to afford a Kirkham of my own I wouldn't fit them to it. Those old Mini sealed beam junk are better than tripods.:shock:;)