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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Due to work issues, I actually got around now to xmas of free time to either do nothing or get my car finally ready for the dreaded UK IVA test. I reckon with almost 10 weeks on my hands, I can finish the car so that's the plan. So, after quite a few hours on my recently returned car...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Shaun, Yep, that's what I had heard. Am hoping for the best but planning for the worst. Unfortunately, that seems to be the name of the game with so much of this industry. I also have a Holley ECU loom to splice in plus the electronics for my wireless steering wheel which provides for...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Pleased to say that my car has now safely returned from its 8 weeks at boot camp being suitably progressed. I've now opened the box containing my SGT wiring loom (which I purchased in late 2015) along with the wiring diagrams etc. Looks like I've got a sizeable job on my hands for the next 2...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Hi everyone, well, that 8 weeks flew past. My car is now siting awaiting Mondays short trip back to my newly refurbished garage. Many a good job now duly ticked of the seemingly endless list. Well chuffed at the top quality work provided by the newly formed Classic Car Restorations at what...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    With just a week to go with my car at Classic Car Restorations UK, just identifying the small jobs that can be done without major hiccups. Door lock mechanisms from Southern GT now duly fitted. Throttle cable next on the list to be followed by the windscreen wiper motor and air horns. Then...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    As with most projects, it’s only when it’s really apart can you take the opportunity to right the wrongs you made earlier. Having tried recently to make some front of engine mods, I realised just how constrained I was with just the centre section of the firewall being removable. Hence, two...
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    KVA / SGT build

    Udo, that's really good info. Although I have an 01x and will be running less HP than yourself, its certainly good to know as I have the same roller bearing as yourself and an almost identical set-up. Best. Nick.
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Looks like the cabin panelling is almost done. Shifter section now suitably boxed in with some Great panel work and the centre section getting topped off with some custom rolled ally. As of close Tomorrow, that will put us 5 weeks into the 8 week re-vamp and make ready for the dreaded UK...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    My car actually got a few mins in the daylight Today following a months work centred around re-doing the front end. With all new panels in place, ARB with new Caterham supplied mounts also fitted for the first time, was time to roll her out to check all the work and roughly set the camber...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Gale, As a group of UK Forte builders, we got together and made a group purchase. They are nothing flashy but we have the drawings for both the front and rears. Drop me a PM if you’d like the info. Nick.
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Following last weeks post at the end of week 3, now just about the end of week 4. The original front end panelling which I have loathed for so long is now completely gone and replaced. So much happier to progress the car now that is done and dusted. Next week work moves into the cabin where...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    After 3 weeks hard graft, the front is almost done. Much better than my original effort. As of next week as we work rearward on the car, serious jobs to be done for the first time.
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Hi Neil, yep, we considered that. we have installed a layer of neoprene rubber self adhesive strip between the panels running between the Riv-Nut heads. This way the panels sit sight and are weather sealed to address the odd chance I one day get caught out in the wet. My original...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Hi Neil. This time around am planning to skip the sealant between the panels and the chassis. unless I'm unlucky to get caught out one day, I've no real intention of taking g=her out in the wet. We are also going Riv Nuts as opposed to rivets so the panels are remove-able.
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Hi, its 1.2mm 1050. If you believe all the blurb it’s qualities etc. are described as moderate strength with excellent corrosion resistance. Attractive feature is its highly reflective surface so ideally suited to exposed uses where a decorative impact is desired. Make of that what you...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Quick update on the build as it’s 2 weeks into an 8 week stay with a fellow GT Forte builder. first job on the list was to take off the front panelling I had done and then mig the rivet holes, repaint the effected sections and re-do from scratch. Was never happy with my efforts so although my...
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Hi everyone, its been a while since my last serious post after encountering the starter motor issues. Anyway, long story short, I'm now officially semi retired but seem to have more on my plate with this car and both UK and Thailand house plans that I've decided to de-clutter a bit and...
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    KVA / SGT build

    Great work Udo, to be honest, the colour is not quite my taste but its a stunning job as usual. Have really loved following your build, great work mate.
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    Thanks bud. I'll take you up on that. Can confirm later in the week but I might be in your area on Friday afternoon.
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    Nicks Forte Scratch Build

    I thought I had more or less finished with the Engine and Exhaust assembly until I realised I had made a serious oversight. Given the Adapter plate on this Ford / Audi Conversion is made of aluminium as opposed to steel and given its thickness, it can't take the starter motor bolt threads as...
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