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Old 08-31-2017, 06:38 PM   #46
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Re: LHD Seven

The front calipers have been detailed with fittings and hard lines and mated to the scratch-built rotors/hubs and those assemblies installed. The ball joints/Zerk fittings were installed too.

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Old 09-06-2017, 01:33 PM   #47
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I fabricated the tie-rod ends from brass and the mounting hardware/fittings from aluminum.

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Old 09-07-2017, 11:18 AM   #48
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The sway bar comes anodized and I wanted it to be a lighter shade.

I stripped the anodizing off and polished it.

And then acid treated it for the final finish.

Here it is installed with silicone insulation for the bushings and vinyl tubing for the stays at the modified upper control arms.
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:46 PM   #49
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The rear frame section that is the spare tire holder and license plate mount will be removable (for weekend racing). After repairing the damage to the main section from it being a disassembled factory built, I cut the tire/license section off and retrofitted brass stubs and sleeves then drilled them for lock bolts.

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Out of this world craftsmanship as usual, superb! Looking forward to see more. Thanks for sharing!

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Old 09-09-2017, 10:38 AM   #51
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Hey Mark...here we go again with another monster build, as usual...Hope to see it and enjoy it at GSL 2019!
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:00 PM   #52
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You bet. I had some of the parts for this one on display at the last GSL. Plan to have this done in time for the next.

I was able to get the half shaft stubs out of the rear end, but the differential cover and drive shaft would not come off without serious damage, so I had to work with them as one piece.
I hand milled (my fingers turning an end mill) the U-joint bearing caps to make the recesses then made retaining clips for them from wire. The dampener flange was cleaned up and drilled for the bolts I milled. Balancing weights were also added.
The differential was textured to look like a cast unit then detailed with more machined hardware including an acid treated fill plug. A custom decal was made for the plug tag and a vent line was added along with a guide and clamp.


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The transmission is done and ready to be attached to the engine. Sand cast texture was added. The bellhousing was given a powder coated finish. At least 40 added machined aluminum pieces, (some of them will be installed after mounting to the engine), and another fill tag.


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It took a little more fine tuning than I expected to get the trans and engine mated properly, but worth the effort.


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Primary fuel filter. Aluminum with brass bracket and steel spring lock. Grungied up a bit before installation. (Big Ruler back by popular demand.)
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The fuel tank and filler pipe, both kit parts just painted up with added decals and wiring for the fuel gauge and a machined fitting for the fuel line. A little staining and grime was added too.


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The kit provides the floor of the "trunk" as a nice sheet aluminum piece.

A friend of mine has a plywood part for that piece in his Seven. So I cemented some thin sheets of birch wood together, stained them with some dark brown acrylic and sealed the bottom with resin and fiberglass for strength.

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Borrowing styling cues from the Lotus S4 and SS TwinCam rear fenders I modified the somewhat boring stock ones to hide the blocky tail light set up to a degree.
I filled in the holes for the back-up lights first.

Then I built boxes around the mounting area of each light and added more sheet styrene to make the fairings.

A little rough sanding to shape…

Primed and ready for paint.
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The nose was primed in white and what will be the blue areas were masked off before shooting the orange; much like the sides were done.

Then the orange was masked and the blue applied.

The black pinstripes were added. When they fully dry I'll clear coat.
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Was able to shoot the clear last night…
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