KVA / SGT build

Udo

Supporter
Some more progress to share: filler application in paint shop runs well, two (?) more weeks to go, fig 1. Half of the exhaust is done with surface finish, also looking much better than before, fig 2.

Further work behind der dashboard: the ventilation pre-installed, fig 3, and the dashboard itself almost ready, fig 4, just need to manage the bundle of cables.

It is tight in the car everywhere ...

More to follow,

Udo

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Udo

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First thing on Saturday morning was another visit in the paint shop. I‘ve got some comments about the swiss cheese surface (small holes everywhere), but the good guy managed everything better than expected. The spyder already got its final color, windveil blue metallic, still wet as the picture was taken, fig 1.

Wiring was my job as I started, used up two insulation tapes, fig 2, but all wires are now invisible while the dashboard is mounted. Luckily, there is still enough room for the ventilation, also installed already into the car, fig 3.

All exhaust tubes got finally ready (just brushed, not polished), fig 4, and with the tension springs installed, fig 5, this in now (hopefully) the „preliminary final“ status - you never know.

More to follow,

Udo



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Eddy McClements

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First thing on Saturday morning was another visit in the paint shop. I‘ve got some comments about the swiss cheese surface (small holes everywhere), but the good guy managed everything better than expected. The spyder already got its final color, windveil blue metallic, still wet as the picture was taken, fig 1.

Wiring was my job as I started, used up two insulation tapes, fig 2, but all wires are now invisible while the dashboard is mounted. Luckily, there is still enough room for the ventilation, also installed already into the car, fig 3.


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Hi Udo

I think is this is my favourite colour on '40s. Is it the same as / similar to 1065, here?




And...you mention ventilation, but are you fitting air-con, too?

Cheers,

Eddy
 

Udo

Supporter
Hi Eddy, yes, that‘s the color. I will add white stripes later, and plan to build without air con - it might be a mistake with a 347 engine in the back ...
 

Markus

SPRF40
Lifetime Supporter
Hi Udo,

Any progress? I miss your frequent updates..... and Nick needs some benchmark

Markus
 

Udo

Supporter
Summer time is vacation and classic time: European Bug Inn, some vacation days in southern Germany, Silverstone Classics, Schloss Dyck, but finally back to work (and to the real fun). Rear view of the vehicle looks almost complete (I need to adjust the height of the left silencer a bit), fig 1, and other than that, just the number plate is missing, and this will become the real hard part of the job.

Also, the cockpit is mostly finished, and also the whiper works after some iterations, fig 2. Vent hoses are still due, and that‘s the job for next week. Small steps ...

More to follow,

Udo

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Udo

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Assembly continues: exhaust springs made both silencers to be at the same height finally, fig 1, and all DZUS are attached to the car (I hope that this filigree stuff really works), fig 2. The screen in the rear clip is also fitted, fig 3, which was easy going, in opposite to the partition screen. It took a few approaches, but finally its there, and I am looking forward fo the view into the interior mirror!!

More to follow,

Udo
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Neil

Supporter
Udo, have you run a string through those tennis balls so that you can remove all of them at once?
 

Udo

Supporter
Not yet, and I plan a wooden or aluminium tray on the inlet funnels, perfect to place tools during repair and maintenance
 
Hi Udo. So glad to see another post on your build. I’m following closely. Very impressed with your exhausts, they look great. Everything on the car is looking really tidy. ;-)
 

Udo

Supporter
With the aluminium vent sheet on the rear clip, rear part of the vehicle is - to my knowledge - done, fig 1. Needed some more iterations to mount the cockpit into the car while the spyder is finally assembled, but that‘s also past. Just to attach the vent hoses next time, still lying on the floor, fig 2.

After my first test ride it became clear that insulation of the passenger compartment is a real must. All the work done gets invisible after re-assemby, but I think its worth the effort, fig 3 and 4.

Covers for the front lights, sills and doors to come, and than bonding of the windscreen - that may become a challange . Work for some weeks left, for sure.

More to follow,

Udo

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Udo

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More bodywork, sills and doors need to get mounted to the vehicle. Right door with latch done, fig 1, and also the side windows still fit to the doors, fig 2. Hopefully the sealing does its job and prevent from the majority of outside water ;).

To avoid doors from clashing with the ront clip, I applied brackets (from shipbuilders) each at A-pillars and doors, fig 3. Some interim solutions like zip ties work so well that they might not get replaced - the future will demonstrate.

Mord to follow,

Udo
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Udo

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Fitting the painted panels took longer as expected, but it‘s finally done. The steering wheel, assembled, allows a perfect view to the tachometer, very useful, fig 1. Also the safety belts arrived, I took the FIA six point version, and are in the car now, fig 2. It took a while to figure out my favorite outer rear mirrors, and the final decision is show in fig 3. I prefer these types over the talbot-style, the future will show how it works on the road.

More to follow,

Udo

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Udo

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The door sealing that I selected is too high and heavy, the theoretical approach failed, too bad. Luckily, I applied the left door sealing only, but removing the adhesive was more than I liked even one one door, fig 1. Instead of working with a thinner seal, I decided to take the first real trip without door seals, and again, theory is one thing, driving that car another: gearbox works great, speed is scary, visibility limited: great, great fun, fig 2.

There is still some minor work before vehicle will go to German TÜV - I hope that the guys give the car the chance.
more to follow,

udo

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Udo

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Car is for TÜV approval away for some days now. Last test drives with already installed temporary license plates, fig 1, brought noises from rear right wheel. For some reasons, disc mounting screws were in contact with the rear upright. Screws shortened, noise (so far) gone, fig 2. Now I am waiting for two things: car to come back from TÜV and spring time.

In the meantime, the next project already got started - a 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint, almost same age, but an original one this time, fig 3. Changed challanges: hugh car, a lot of corrosion and welding to come, and real steel sheet metal.

If folks are interested in this build and want to see some images here, please let me know.

Udo
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Bill Kearley

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A lot of work but a lot to start with. My mustang was the same, but after it came of the rotisserie with a lot of new sheet metal it was great fun. Keep us posted with updates.
Good luck with it.
 
Hello Udo,
from a fellow German enthusiast. I read your build blog. Great work and information in my eyes as a freshman. While you are finished with your GT40, I will start from scratch. Any news from our friends, the German TÜV ? Did they give your car thumbs up to get on the road, or, as usual, sent you back with more work to complete as it is not suitable to there books ?

Keep us updated.
 
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