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So I attacked them with a stiff wire wheel, a couple of coats of etching primer and Ford Stratos silver (closest match I could get to the whiteline silver). They were finished with some new decals and

Well it’s been a while!   theres a long a weary story behind why I haven’t posted any updates on the car, which I can’t really go into...   however, I’m in the process of something

So, I can finally show you what’s been going on with my engine! In order to finally rid my set up of its gremlins, and in order to get the BEST possible tune, my engine has gone back to the state

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A little bit of progress...

 

Wings, bonnet and boot lid got their first coat of primer. A few little defects became apparent that needed sorting, but they should be in colour this weekend. Winfactory spoiler fitted beautifully. Once the sealant has fully cured on the leading edge, that’ll be flatted back. I didn’t want the spoiler moulded into the boot as I like the definition of spoiler on the boot lid.

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First bits of my dual intake arrived this week. Just waiting on the silicon elbows and I’ll be able to test fit everything before the bumper goes back on

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Also made a start on cleaning some of the interior parts ready to go back in the car. The later style cloth can be a royal pain for holding onto grime deep in the material. Nothing a bit of APC, microfibres and patience cant solve

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What do they say about keeping black cars looking clean? Another OEM+ car in the making!

 

Apparently I’ve been declined by the OEM chairman, his Royal Fungalness of The Kingdom of OEM+, for being too dam shiney

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Well the WinFactory CSL-R is on!

 

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Unfortunately, as with most after market fibreglass parts, there is a fitment issue.

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As you can just about see, the bottom edge of the spoiler doesn’t follow the curve of the top of the rear lights. Having spoken to WinFactroy, it appears to be a issue when fitting to 2+2 hatches that they haven’t publicised.

 

Quite how I’m going to rectify this problem I’m not too sure, all I know is today turned into quite an anti-climax

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Sorry to see and hear Nick. You seemed quite pissed off when you sent me the pics earlier. Not too sure what to suggest other than live with it for a while. You'll be like me though I think and will always be looking at it.

 

Have a think about a TwinZ Type 1 or 2 later in the year. Get it back together and think a little more about it once it's all assembled, on the road and you're enjoying it,

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Sorry to see and hear Nick. You seemed quite pissed off when you sent me the pics earlier. Not too sure what to suggest other than live with it for a while. You'll be like me though I think and will always be looking at it.

 

Have a think about a TwinZ Type 1 or 2 later in the year. Get it back together and think a little more about it once it's all assembled, on the road and you're enjoying it,

 

Good advice.

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You seemed quite pissed off when you sent me the pics earlier.

 

More disappointment. I think you gear yourself up for your car to be perfect for the first time in a looooong time and, through no fault of your own, you have to accept that isn’t going to happen

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More disappointment I think you gear yourself up for your car to be perfect for the first time in a looooong time and through no fault of your own you have to accept that isn’t going to happen

 

Never is mate. Mine needs another polish, but it's pretty much as I'd hoped. I remember when I was less impressed with previous work and it does hit you in the chest a bit. Luckily, it's just the spoiler and end of the tailgate rather than the entire car as I was faced with once....twice actually, but one particular time I was really down about it. When you finally get it to the right level though, it's a great feeling. Taken me forever! Still a few tweaks I need with the suspension to be 100% as good as I'll get it.

 

Just hang in there.

 

As already mentioned, if you want help reassembling it, do let me know. More than happy to give up a Saturday or Sunday for a good cause. :)

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Dropped into the bodyshop this morning....

 

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First coat of primer has identified a couple of defects that weren’t previously noticed. They should be easy to sort out before next coat of primer and final prep for base coat of Super Black KH3

 

Also lined up the WinFactory spoiler. While it fits perfectly across the top and sides, a significant gap is apparent where the bottom edge of the boot is, where the Perspex strip would have lived

 

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Having spoken to Winfactory, this gap is intentional as the spoiler was designed to go over the top of the third brake light panel. A window seal type gasket has been suggested to close that gap, I’m not so sure that’s the best long term option, neither is filling it with filler.

 

Time for a ponder

 

Sorry to hear this Nick, I was the same when I test fit the Twinz Type 2, It really is a gut wrenching moment when I saw the gap, fortunately the guys mentioned the trims to me also:thumbup1: was going to mention the boot trims but I see the guys got in ahead of me. Car looks fantastic, love a high gloss black. Is the CSL-R really that bad on the boot?? Would it be that noticeable?? It's rare to see one :thumbup1:.

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Cheap, Fast, or Reliable ... now you can only pick 2 of the 3....

If you pick Cheap and Fast it will not be Reliable

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If you pick Fast and Reliable it will not be Cheap

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Yeah, it’s pretty noticeable. It’s a tough one to photograph as the things so dam shiney!

 

Without the hatch sitting on the boot seal, it exacerbates the problem by another 5mm or so, but this shows the level of gap I’m talking about

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Hoping to sort a solution in the next couple of days

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I know it’s not what you want to hear but the Twinz type 2 sits perfectly on the lwb, it’s not that dissimilar (maybe doesn’t turn up as much)

 

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Not the best pics but all I’ve got for the moment. It might be an option??

When you build a car... any car... you have 3 choices

Cheap, Fast, or Reliable ... now you can only pick 2 of the 3....

If you pick Cheap and Fast it will not be Reliable

If you pick Cheap and Reliable it will not be Fast

If you pick Fast and Reliable it will not be Cheap

Pick your 2 and build your own car.

 

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Cheers Rich.

 

At the moment I think completely binning off the spoiler is the absolute last option. Going to speak to the bodyshop tomorrow and see if we can remove it safely and reassess if it can be fitted in a manner that I’ll be happy with. Quite how we can remove it without damaging it is an unknown at the moment, but I can’t keeo it as it is.

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Quite how we can remove it without damaging it is an unknown at the moment, but I can’t keeo it as it is.

 

Nick, for what it's worth I removed my old OEM '89 spoiler which was fixed to the tailgate with spots of Sikaflex using a fully extended snap

off knife and WD-40 as a lubricant. I just worked my way along in a sawing fashion. The spoiler was undamaged with some minor nicking to

the tailgate. As your spoiler is fiberglass the blade should just stay between the two surfaces.

 

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I was thinking along the same lines. I’m not sure how much bonding agent has been used, hopefully it’s just a bead around the edges, but I got the impression from the bodyshop that they’ve bonded it in a manner that it shouldn’t ever come off

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Can you not add to it and build the back up? You’re going to need to respray the spoiler/spoiler whatever you do. May aswell look at building it up before ripping it off as it does look good.

 

I think that’s looking like a viable option. Having spoken to him again today, he has strongly advised trying to remove it. It’s looking more viable to try and reshape that bottom part of the lip by cutting, flaring and re fibregalssing that area into the shape we want.

 

On a plus side, I fitting my dual intake today. A pair of 90 degree bends from ASH and a couple of Z32 MAF adapter plates, a pair of Apexi filters and bingo...

 

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