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I'm well jel of the impending unit rentage! Managed to remove my exhaust in the garage area mine is kept in but it's just not the same
I gave up my unit end of Feb (saw there was a downturn approaching...)

day after I gave notice there was a government announcement about grants for buisness premises :rolleyes:

- I missed on a 10K grant by 1 day if I'd stayed there another month :blink:

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the grant was taxable though :sarcasm:

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I'm sure I can't be the only one who would like an idea of what this FB fracas is about =]
anything on fb is a 'fracas' :lol:

what I mentioned previously was something like...

me (as in me221 etc.) dropped valley5's as an agent...

valley5's seperately (on their fb page) posted about a customer & a bit of stiring....

iirc :wacko:

just as example :rolleyes:

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Then I got bored and decided to bait the part owner of ME, who duly obliged with a huge bite
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lol.

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Make an fixed

When are you fitting an ME221?
Hahahaha, yeah I'll get right on that :whistle:

When are you fitting an ME221?
is there a problem with his Speeduino then? :wacko:

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Haha, no! He's referring to a, shall we say, incident on Facebook. Well actually it's been a long running thing which James and I both feel the same way about. Needless to say an ME221 won't be going near either of our cars haha.
That whole thing is a mess, puts me right off both companies.

Anyway, you have be interested about the Speeduino, any downsides or features it's missing that you find limiting?
It was a bit of a mess yeah haha, needless drama really, some things should be dealt with privately, but sometimes people feel like they have to uphold their reputation by making things known, and then this sort of thing happens.

There are definitely features it doesn't have that MS does, but nothing that has really prevented me getting it driving well. As I wanted to run my ITBs on Alpha-N (TPS based fueling only), this isn't a limitation for me, but as far as I can tell there is no "ITB Mode" like MS has. Which is a blend of normal MAP based fueling for smaller throttle inputs, and TPS based fueling for increased throttle inputs/wide open throttle. It is a great feature of the MS ECUs, but like I say, I wasn't too fussed as I got mine running perfectly fine without it. Other than that I don't think I'm really technical enough to say. I like learning new software and stuff so it's all been really interesting for me, but in terms of in-depth technical differences, I haven't really got the knowledge yet to give a decent answer to be honest! It bloody works and I get 3mpg better than I did before haha, good enough for me!

Haha, no! He's referring to a, shall we say, incident on Facebook. Well actually it's been a long running thing which James and I both feel the same way about. Needless to say an ME221 won't be going near either of our cars haha.
I've seen mr.C chirping :lol:

fb is always worth watching, especially the kiddies without a clue* :popcorn:

the me/ms/valley5's/anyonewhowantstojumponthebandwagonthing is amusing but boring :rolleyes:

the mx5 world has it's favourite products, most with scenetax added, some dreadfull tastes and some I'll never buy meister for example

Rich.

* NOT refering to mr.C specifically :whistle:

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I chirp when someone needs their ego slapping down haha. I'm not one for drama, but if I was new to 5s I'd want someone to tell me who is and isn't full of shit, and I've been around 5s long enough to know who those people are haha. For the most part I try to be as helpful as possible to anybody that isn't a total bellend :lol:
 

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Been a little while as always, been busy! The unit is a go, and it's coming together nicely! I've got most of my stuff in there now that I need (apart from a few bits that are at my parent's that I'll get after Lockdown 2: Electric Avenue has finished) and I haven't wasted any time getting the 5 apart and prepared for what has now become a lengthy refurb/rebuild.

So here it is:

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2 floors, the bottom can fit 5-6 cars, and the top is a mezzanine with space for all of our parts and tools. There's 6 of us and we have divided the space up nicely, it's turning into a proper cool little workshop!

I now have quite a bit more stuff than this, and will be getting some racking for extra storage:

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We have put the 5 in sideways to maximise space:

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For anyone into proper cool classic cars, yes the yellow car is a Toyota Celica, I believe a '77 plate. It belongs to my mate, and it has been off the road dry stored since 1986! It still has the tax disc from '86 in the window. A little tatty, and in need of some major recommissioning, but pretty damn clean underneath. We have sort of penciled it to hopefully be somewhat ready by later on next year, would be awesome to see it on the road. Very cool cars, and you see very few of these in the UK that aren't the Fastback versions.

I started off on the 5 by stripping the wings and bumpers off, this maximised front and back space for a start! Plenty to do for the respray, but it is getting closer now, the body prep will begin soon:

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I decided it was time to rip the centre console out and properly sort out the wiring, get my switches wired in etc.

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I have made the decision to relocate the radio and heater controls, getting rid of certain things that weren't needed in the process. I have gutted the inners of the glovebox so it is now just a cover that opens, to reveal the radio and a small cubby box which was previously part of the tombstone console:

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I also looked at the various parts of the heater controls, and have binned off the bits I don't need. I always have my heater on Windscreen setting, and I never have it on recirculate, so both those sliders were redundant to me. I cut the heater control panel down to just a small square, retaining the fan speed setting, and A/C (now just a second fan) button. As for the heat control slider, as this works on a push/pull cable mechanism, I am going to fit it into the dash next to the driver, sort of like a weird Choke type cable that can be pushed and pulled to adjust the heat setting.

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As you can see, chopping down the heater panel has saved a load of space wherever I decided to put it, it goes nicely down next to my left knee now, and I have tested it out and it is mounted far away enough to not be an issue for leg room. I have tested and it all works.

With my interior LEDs, exterior neons, and 1-into-2 cigarette lighter attachment, wires were just everywhere. It was a mess, and I got sick of it. So I decided to pop the cig lighter out, hide it behind the dash, and I Dremeled out the hole where it was so that my double cig lighter unit fits snugly:

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I usually keep both sets of lights plugged in, but 2 USBs are also available for charging.

I've sorted some wiring out, and it is ready to be wired onto my switches for the switch panel. I've cut templates out to redo the metal backing panel for the tombstone, which I'm going to have on both the large lower hole and smaller upper hole where the heater controls were. The upper hole will be my switch panel, and the lower hole I am planning to run a Nexus tablet, and hopefully get the bluetooth add-on for my ECU so that I can run Shadowdash and display multiple gauges right in front of me without the need for the laptop!

All in all good progress! A second 5 belonging to a mate has joined mine now, albeit a rather rusty breaker mk2.5. It is/was an Arizona edition, but it had been bodged/neglected rust wise, and the parts far far outweighed the value of the complete car. Lovely colour in the right light though, it has the same tone to it as those yellow Renault Spiders.

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Terrible photo, but this is the aircon I yeeted out:

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It was dead and I removed the aircon box inside months ago, so this was just a job I was putting off. Saved a load of weight and took the bracket off as well, which is a bit tricky to get to, but weighs quite a lot. The front facing bolt on the bracket I re-fitted, but used a spacer on the bolt so it would thread in the same as before. This is also an oil pump bolt I believe, so needs to be re-fitted to prevent oil seeping.

I wired up my second fan (the wire between the loom plug and fan plug was missing, so I just soldered a wire in instead). I then took the 2 wires that went into the interior aircon box originally and soldered those up to bridge the connection. The AC button now functions purely as a secondary fan, handy if I ever get any cooling issues!

So I wanted to make a switch panel up that could be mounted under the center tombstone, but also not be attached to the tombstone so that I could just leave it in place and not disturb any wiring if I ever needed to remove the tombstone. To do this I need a spacer of some kind to mount the switch panel to, and also to butt it up tight to the tombstone itself. I was looking around for just anything, didn't need to be pretty. Then I saw a fusebox lying around from the mk2.5 my mate has broken for parts. I took it, pulled the lid off, cut the ends off of the lid, and used the original HVAC screw holes, and made this:

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Ugly! But sturdy, and also hidden. I made up a new switch panel that was wide enough for this area, drilled the holes out for the switches, sanded it with 2000 grit to get a brushed look, and have now mounted it to the spacer:

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It fits perfectly, tombstone clips in as it did OE, nothing in the way. Lovely. I also spliced into my wideband live wire and ran it to a switch so I can leave it off if I sit with ignition on but engine not running (as I sometimes do), and spliced into my clutch switch and have wired this up to the Top Gun style super race red switch. This will turn Launch Control on and off. Middle switch is currently non-functional, but I will find something for this.

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Looks pretty good. I have also cut out a metal plate for the double din hole below and sprayed it black. I will be mounting some strong magnets to this in order to mount a Nexus tablet.

I contacted James from DIY EFI enquiring about his soon to be available bluetooth adapter for the Speeduino. He asked me to check my ECU had the bluetooth module installed, which it does:

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So he is making me a bluetooth dongle up so I can link to the Nexus tablet. I have also seen the thread by JoeyTalent over on Mighty5s, and will be planning on setting up the Nexus tablet to switch on and off on ignition power. The plan being that it will run seamlessly when I get into the car, and I can display a customised set of gauges without needing to use the laptop, ideal!
 

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So I've been cracking on with the center console rebuild. Going pretty well and getting pretty close to being done now!

I decided to get a Nexus 7 (2012) tablet. Very old yes, and I made sure to install a custom ROM that used an old version of Android so it didn't run dog slow.

I decided on a Nexus because they're a good tablet, they have the capability to work on ignition power, and they're cheap.

This one was £20 on Ebay, ideal!

I did a bit of cutting of the back of the tombstone and did a basic test fit

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Looking pretty good!

Now I do a lot of HTML and CSS at work, so I don't mind giving more technical stuff a go. I have to admit though, I'm not well versed in Command, so it took a bit of research online! Just staring at this for hours, every time I completed a task successfully it was like the "we're in" moment in every 80s/90s hacker movie haha.

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I used JoeyTalent's Nexus post for the bulk of the advice, but as it was written in 2016 there are many dead links. So I had to piece together some bits from various Google searches, downloaded the SDK Manager for Android etc.

I installed a custom recovery (TWRP), which provides an interface when booted that allowed me to flash a custom ROM (essentially giving me a modified version of Android with more customisation options). I found a custom ROM online someone had made a mirror for. It is the work of Timur, who seems to have been a well known person in the Nexus community. I'm running Android 4.2.2, yes that's old! But it means the Nexus doesn't run like utter crap, which was somewhat well known if you installed newer versions of Android. Plus ShadowDash still works on 4.2.2 so it makes no odds to me.

Anyway blah blah, why did I need to do this? Well I want the Nexus to be put into "Fixed Installation Mode", so it starts up when it receives charging power, and shuts down or deep sleeps when the power is taken away. Standard Android options don't allow for this, hence having to go through that process.

So I installed it all:

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and after a lot of pissing around and setting things up, the Nexus now has "Fixed Installation Mode" available. I have also set the screen to never sleep when charging, so it won't turn off when the car is running.

I bought an OTG cable, which is essentially a Micro USB to Female USB A converter. This is the type of cable you need for the Fixed Installation Mode to work. I have tested it out and it powers up and powers down when I turn the ignition on and off. However I was running this off of my 12v cigarette lighter attachment for the test, which already has enough things on it, so I have bought a 12v to 5v converter that I will be splicing into my ignition 12v to run the tablet separately.

Here it is in test fit mode again, but this time with ShadowDash running to see how it will look:

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I need to get the paid version of ShadowDash and also get my bluetooth dongle for the ECU ordered, then I can set it up properly and get it installed in the car permanently!
 

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That is so cool...i want but dont have the computing skillset...its like reading german your description!
Ill have to make do with analogue gauges...
Bofi sell the canbus gauge whatserme calling it thingy..but to me its too small.

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That is so cool...i want but dont have the computing skillset...its like reading german your description!
Ill have to make do with analogue gauges...
Bofi sell the canbus gauge whatserme calling it thingy..but to me its too small.

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Haha, a lifetime of being into computers and tech but having a low budget means I often just do anything and everything DIY. It's not all that bad when you break it down the individual tasks, I mean most things I've done to the car I had no idea what I was doing, just learning as I go haha.
 

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A mate bought a new mk1 and the previous owner had fitted the power steering unit so poorly it had bent the bracket and the pulley was really badly pissed to the crank pulley. So I let him have my power steering unit.

This basically gave me a reason to bother to de-power my rack, which I have been planning for ages but just not got around to. I drained the fluid and took the rack out and fully disassembled it:

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I cannot describe how much power steering fluid I got on my clothes, and the floor, and my tools, and soaked through my gloves. Disgusting. Anyway yeah so I disassembled it and cleaned it all up, then a mate cut this off for me (he's more accurate with a grinder than I am haha):

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This is a seal of some sort that sits roughly half way on the inner rack, and keeps the fluid in essentially 2 separate chambers. Leaving it in can build pressure or resistance apparently and make the steering heavier.

I did away completely with the rotary valve that slides over the pinion, and had my mate weld the pinion up as per most guides online.

I then JB Welded the fluid line holes up, some wouldn't come undone so I just cut them off at the unions and JB'd those up instead haha:

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Gave it a final clean, greased up the inner rack, pinion, pre-load spring, and everything else that looked like it would need grease, set the pre-load to the roughly 4.8nm setting and backed off 1/16th of a turn as per CarPassionChannel video guide, and reinstalled the rack:

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I then found one of the possible causes for my absolutely woeful handling, the passenger side track rod end was dead, I mean like it just flopped around with zero resistance in the joint, fully fubar. So that's all replaced, rack is re-fitted, and happy days.

I haven't driven it yet as the car is in bits, but I have dry steered it in the unit and it isn't shockingly heavy, can do it with one hand. I mean it's not exactly light, but it is easier than I thought it would be.

My parents also got me some corner racking for Christmas, and made me go pick it up early as there's no room at their house haha, so that's assembled now and my area is starting to look a bit more legit:

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Buying paint stuff this week and the sanding prep can properly begin! Want the respray done in January.
 

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I've bought loads of stuff for the 5: a D1 Spec quick release, full polybush kit, HEL braided front brake lines, Mintex M1144 pads, primer and hardener for the respray, and upper and lower shift boots. Will sort it all out soon.

After the PS and AC removal there is so much room in the engine bay, I also painted my front lower cambelt cover black to match the cam cover and cleaned the right side of the bay and block with a load of brake cleaner and a rag:

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I mentioned before that I bought some 90mm trumpets, I still need to buy the rings to fit them to the throttle bodies, but I got the bias valve relocation work and fuel line relocation work out of the way. I removed the original master to bias valve hard lines, cut the unions off to reuse, and then cut and flared some copper lines I bought to suit the new hard line path. The bias valve itself I gently bent down, and it went fine, lines haven't kinked at all which was great.

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As for the fuel lines, I was going to cut them down and reattach the hoses, but I thought I may as well try bending them, then if they kink I was planning to cut them anyway so it's no bother. Well they also bent to the new orientation with ease, no kinking at all, mint! Bloody loads of room for the trumpets!

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Now there is room I had to do a test fit, and these are going to look awesome!

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Like I said I don't have the rings to fit them on yet, I'll be getting the DanST ones for that, but today I duct taped them on loosely to test fire the car, and they sound awesome! The weird partial throttle whistle noise I got with the incorrect diameter ones is pretty much gone which is good, and even just sat parked up doing small revs the AFRs appear to be going a bit leaner than they did before, which is fantastic as it means these are allowing more air in than the janky setup I made before did!

I also paid some attention to the RSR manifold. While it is stainless it was looking a little sorry for itself. It was old and used anyway, and about 6 months sat in my mate's garden hadn't done it any favours haha. I saw online a while back that some motorbike guys rated Harpic Power Plus for getting general tarnishing off of stainless, so I bought a bottle and gave it a go. I did 2 lots, with a bit of agitating mid way with some wire wool. Jetwashed it off and then gave it a little Autosol. It's not exactly shiny, but it at least looks alright again. Might give a wire brush cup on a grinder a go, see if I can get it to a more polished finish again:

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I also marked where the new o2 bung needs to go, as the one it comes with is just on cylinder 4, which is a crappy design to be honest, it really needs to be after the collector so it gives a proper reading of all cylinders.

Also started sanding it down, mainly with a DA. So far done the 2 new front wings and some of the bonnet, should be able to get most of the car done in the next 2 days, then it's paint time this month hopefully!
 

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Nice project, its an interesting read! Also I think your pretty local to me but I don't think I've seen you out and about.

When you welded the pinion together did you do anything to control heat soak into the steel? Also did you use a specific filler for this sort of application (Like 312L or WM880) or just just regular mild steel er70s-2?

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Nice project, its an interesting read! Also I think your pretty local to me but I don't think I've seen you out and about.

When you welded the pinion together did you do anything to control heat soak into the steel? Also did you use a specific filler for this sort of application (Like 312L or WM880) or just just regular mild steel er70s-2?

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Cheers mate, it's coming along slowly. It hasn't been very out and about for many months now, but soon it will be again!

My mate welded it, he's a qualified Motorsport Engineer so I just trust his judgement on everything like this haha, incredibly handy for the random welding jobs on cars that's for sure haha. I think he just switched sides regularly and took short breaks just so it didn't warp. Also it wasn't done with TIG, MIG did the job, standard mild steel wire, I think 0.8 but 0.6 probably do the job as well. It was very neatly done and all went back in perfectly fine, so it seems to have been a perfectly ok way of doing it.
 

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The manifold will shine up it just needs some attacking with some polish. I used autosol. Bring it in, put a film on and just do it then

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The manifold will shine up it just needs some attacking with some polish. I used autosol. Bring it in, put a film on and just do it then

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Looks good, if I can be bothered I will do this haha!
 

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So long time no update again, but I've been pretty busy on the 5, quite flat out the last 2 weeks or so, been doing a bit every day after work and at the weekends.

A while ago I took the bronzey centered steering wheel and thought I'd paint it. I literally just went into Wickes with a photo of the colour code the car is going on my phone, and chose the closest thing they had. Keyed the center up, bit of etch primer, some Plasticote gloss paint, and then some Plasticote Super Gloss lacquer. It's regular paint, not that plastic rubber type spray. Came out pretty good, not perfect, but pretty good!

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So anyway car is now up in the air:

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Basically everything is off, removed all seals, roof rear trim, number plate panel, overfenders, lights, bumpers, windscreen rubber seal, wing mirrors, everything is off.

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The sills are of course repaired inside and out, cavity waxed, the lot, but obviously a few welds were visible and I wanted to get it nice and smooth as paint will just make it stand out a mile. So gave it a light skim of filler and spent some time getting it smoothed down really nice ready for paint:

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Couple of other bits of filler on the sill area have been done as well, nothing much, just a few skims here and there. Real dusty crap, don't like it at all to sand haha.

The damage from my mate drifting at Santa Pod caused by a tyre had gradually caused a bigger issue and turned into rust, which turned into a hole in the front arch going into the bay. For a while this was a perfect spot to route neons through, but decided to get it fixed properly and it has been welded up, seam sealed, and sprayed with Dinitrol 4941 to finish:

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Managed to source a rear bumper without foglight hole from MX5Restorer, and I've got that sanded down and all the chips sanded out and roughly smoothed:

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Bit of a weird one but I created this hole in the passenger door shut after poking at a bit of rust that wouldn't lift with sanding, so that will be welded up this weekend or next week some time. It appears localised to just this spot, presumably it has had the paint damaged and some water has sat there and just killed it over time:

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Got the new front wings on. Bit of Dremel work to bore out the bolt holes a bit, nothing crazy, little bit of bracket bending and whatnot and they've gone on ok:

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Panel gap could do with a little bit more work but this photo actually makes it look worse than it is tbh:

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It is what it is, I didn't buy OE wings so you get what you get, but they're not too bad other than a little bit of shoddy fitting. The lower sill bolt holes on the wings are pretty out though, I had to Dremel out the passenger side ones, and completely re-drill the driver's side ones, but it was light work and all bolted up now for arch rolling.

Did a roll, bought a pizza:

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With some help from a heat gun and slowly rolling more and more they've actually come out pretty nicely! Only done passenger side so far, but it's rolled flat and flared out a bit, I think it will be enough for my wheels to fit nicely. It's great working with new metal, it rolled pretty well, though very thin so lots of leaning on the wing while rolling was required, as they flex so much haha.

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Overall just need to pick up a front bumper and prep that, all other bits are done basically, overfenders, mirrors, rear mud guards, headlight covers, it's all sanded and ready to go. Planning to get it painted, have it back in the unit for wet sanding and finishing of the new paint, get gearbox, clutch and flywheel done, get bushes done and refurb the arms and replace the upper ball joints, put it all back together, and it'll be on the road!
 

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This is a great build thread! Was a pleasure to read through! Thank you for the write ups mate they were very interesting, especially the ITBs
 
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