Here are some pictures of the shell before
cleaning and preparing for paint
12th March 2005
Remove excess anti-rust protection from
front wheelarches and nose section. Paint with a primer.
10th March 2005
Car moves from where it is to paintshop
23rd February 2005
All joints have been sealed with sealant
22nd February 2005
New windscreen arrives
12th-20th February 2005
Busy lighting "Alice - The Musical"
8th February 2005
The cylinder head is back from having
a new valve seat fitted. I wasn't happy with one seat
due to a machining error behind the seat, and a gap
between the side of the seat and the head. The seat
was removed, and the head built up with weld, then machined
down and a new seat fitted. Am waiting for a set of
valves to be made.
Most of the welds have been dressed. Many of the joints
and seams have been covered in a waterproof sealant.
30th January 2005
All the welding has now been done to
the shell. There are a few welds to dress with a grinder.
I beadblasted the shock absorber stem shrouds - these
protect the stem from grit and dirt. They are now ready
for priming and painting.
26th January 2005
Collect cylinder head from having some
aluminium welding done. Now off to have valve seats
fitted. New valves have been ordered and these will
be ready in about 6 weeks time.
Question - are there any good books on the Group 5
/ Group 6 era of sportscar racing?
Body - body repairs almost completed.
most GRP exterior panels ready apart from 037 roof section
and scoops.. One door skin to be made and fitted. Then
prep for paint... Engine - new valves being made, head
being prepared, all other parts ready for assembly Brakes - rear calipers ready, have
to overhaul fronts and make new brake lines. Master
Cylinder to be checked Steering - new rack ends needed Suspension - have to refurbish springs
/ dampers, Some bushes needed Electrical - have to prune from wiring
loom items not needed - ie radio wiring, heated rear
window wiring, electric window system etc., Interior - Beta VX seats ready, harnesses
ready. Want to make new dashboard Wheels and Tyres - have 1 set of 14"
S2 wheels with road tyres, 1 set of 14" S2 wheels
with semi-race tyres, 1 set 13" S1 bowtie alloys
with road tyres. All could do with stripping and refinishing.
passenger door, complete less door card. Good condition
LH rear wing, factory panel - new
VX big valve head, ready to fit.
25th January 2005
There was a bend to the panel immediately
behind the front bumper. This has been pulled out straight.
Vacuum out car of griding debris. Sand from the shotblasting
place still coming out of nooks and crannies.
Two reinforcing plates at where door pillar and A-post
meet, removed, new ones made, and fitted.
21st January 2005
The rear of the drivers floorpan is finished.
One of two little jobs required elsewhere. One on the
front bulkhead where a pinhole appeared. One on the
n/s front inner wing structure, and one or two others
dotted around the place.
Then its just a case of dressing all the welds with
an angle grinder to make them neater, and then rust
18th January 2005
Collect all the nuts, bolts and fixings
from the platers and sort it out!
The drivers seat mountings are now in. Some of the
welds have been dressed. Not far to go with the shell
13th January 2005
Work continues to drivers seat mountings.
The batch of plating has been taken to the plating company.
Meanwhile I collect a Beta Volumex (supercharged) version
which was bought as a parts car for another car being
12th January 2005
Prepare for plating lots of bolts and fixings,
mainly suspension and roll cage.
11th January 2005
panel and 037 scoops haven't been shipped yet :-(
10th January 2005
plates made up for the drivers seat mounts, but haven't
been welded in yet.
7th January 2005
Stewart was repairing
the final section of the floor pan, the rear section
of the drivers side. The seat mounts need modifying
and reinforcing as well.
Send off valves to be copied.
The stems are worn slightly too much to be satisfied.
Head has had new valve guides made and fitted and needs
a new seat fitting - this is best done once a new guide
has been fitted.
6th January 2005
Finish front section
of drivers floor. All the rough welds are being left
for a massive session with the angle grinder to neaten