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#1026 jeffblanco

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 02:05 PM

Wow, this thread is amazing, great work Heath. I wish I could do half what you can do.

I've just read through the whole thread and my eyes hurt and I feel dizzy. 

Fantastic work.

 

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 12:04 PM

Loving your work Heath! Can't wait to see this one on the road when you're done.



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Posted 22 March 2019 - 07:46 AM

Wow, this thread is amazing, great work Heath. I wish I could do half what you can do.

I've just read through the whole thread and my eyes hurt and I feel dizzy. 

Fantastic work.

 

Regards Mando.

 

 

Heath has progressed really well over the years I have been on the forum.

Have a search for his early posts to get an idea.

This hatch has been an inspiration to many.



#1029 Lazarus

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 10:56 AM

Definitely no fat chicks



#1030 Heath

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:00 PM

Haha, I cannot imagine reading this whole thread in one hit. Might be a bit much, but nice to hear you obviously found it addictive, Mando.

To get myself into the mindframe of a sheety, I designed a little roof console and cut out a pattern in nice thin stainless (prick to work with as it buckles so easily, but at least it's lightweight)
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A few minutes in the brake press:
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I added some extra meat with the MIG onto the interior rear view mirror bracket to make it a little fatter:
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Folded a bit of stainless sheet to follow that profile:
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Used some unconventional folding techniques to prove I'm no professional:
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Grafted the bracket into the roof console shape:
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Finished the tissue-paper thick stainless as best I could:
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Poor old mirror deserved some love too:
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Much better:
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And there she is mounted up in the roof, just below the sunroof assembly & headlining:
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I still haven't found the exact map lights, switches etc. to install in that yet, but that can come later.

When I was looking for the old mirror, I also found some old glovebox hinges that were looking a bit heavy:
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Sorted.

Edited by Heath, 15 April 2019 - 03:02 PM.


#1031 Heath

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:04 PM

Bought a simple rubber mount kit for the radiator (it's designed for a Mini) with grommets and crush tubes, and installed that in the radiator mounts which I've trimmed back:
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I also turned my flat ally sheet into some bent ally sheet.
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And that's loosely how it will fit together in the bay:
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Was waiting for someone to ask me how my seats were going, but I'm a little impatient, so this is how they look now ft. yours truly; the fella who gets to sit in them:
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And door trims to match (done by Dash Original):
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Original 40 year old NOS Fashion Pack tartan inserts in LX-C's, original type black vinyl everywhere else.

Edited by Heath, 15 April 2019 - 03:08 PM.


#1032 76lxhatch

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:42 PM

Seats and trim look great. You're going to have to work overtime on drilling holes now to make up for adding extra pieces!

 

I wonder if drilling the mirror mount helps change its resonant frequency? Mine vibrates (not loose, doesn't rattle) which makes the view a bit blurry, nothing I've tried so far has helped much :-/



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:43 PM

Lightening holes in the seats too :D  Great work Heath.



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 01:08 AM

Next he'll be playing bagpipes?



#1035 Lazarus

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 07:36 AM

Hope you're saving all that original factory Hatchback swarf. Must be worth a fortune these days.



#1036 LXCHEV

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 08:46 AM

I’m digging that interior!

Also the roof console - Mad Max style :)

Are you planning any booby-traps in this beast?

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 08:54 AM

Good work Heath, just wondering how many drills and drill bits do you think you've gone through now.



#1038 jeffblanco

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 11:30 AM

I have never seen an interior like that before. It looks fantastic.

 

Regards Mando.



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Posted 19 April 2019 - 11:14 PM

Love Love Love the trim Heath. You have supreme taste. 






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