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A Mostly British Obsession

Elan Coupe

My friend just picked up this nice original Elan Coupe. Looking sharp in Bahama Yellow (I think that’s the color, anyway).

Asymmetry

This issue seems to follow me around, that is, the front sheet metal of my cars invariably is pretty wonky. Case in point is the Morgan, where the fenders are quite different from each other. I’m not sure, given my “talents”, whether I’ll be able to unwonkify it.

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Trying to Undo the Damage

If I can help it, I will never out-source any car repair or restoration work ever again. Apparently, in this new Nazi age, caring about the work you do is a thing of the past, and we should all be grifters. A fine example of this is the work done on my front fender.

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3-D Printing for Neither Fun nor Profit

I decided to model the broken sunroof drain in Fusion360, and then print it on my Prusa printer. Surely this would be a “quick” and “easy” alternative to spending big bux? It worked out in the end, but the process was really rather frustrating: Fusion is difficult for complex shapes (for amateurs like me), and 3-D printing still seems much more an art than a science.

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Inside Rain

The disco leaks when it rains, as I discovered today, so I thought I’d drop the headliner out to see what the source was. I had a pretty good idea it would be the sunroof, and I was right. I wanted to re-do the headliner anyway, so I’ll order the material today. I think I’ll just go with the original gray, not a fan of black headliners.

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Roof Repair at the Disco

So I did a quickie repair to the roof of the Discovery, and it looks…ok, actually. It’s really hard to notice unless you know where it was, and even then it’s hard to spot. I suspect from directly overhead that might be a different story, but I’ve been up on a ladder and it’s fine.

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Into Orbit(al)

I’ve managed to right a few of the wrongs on this car–and have polished the bonnet and headlight covers, as seen above. Neither of the latter are perfect, but they are far better than they were.

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Disco is Hip Again

And the replacement for the Mini, which was a practical and fun car to drive, is…a Land Rover Discovery–which is not really any of those things. And wait, we’ve been here before!

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JCW Brakes, Part 2

Welp, the brakes on the JCW Paceman are done, and the wear sensors were salvagable, so yay!

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JCW Paceman Brakes, Part 1

There really doesn’t need to be two parts to this, but the second one will simply show all of the brakes done and some photos of the car in its final state, as I’m selling it, after a couple of enjoyable years of ownership.

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