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mickrick

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3,029 posts

60 months

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Monday 7th December 2009 quote quote all
Thought I'd give it a try on my nosecone today. I didn't have my buffing machine with me, so I did it by hand.
Started with grade C, then F7, and finished off with grade S.
Still a long way to go with the rest of the body panels, but should go quicker with the machine.
It's good stuff. smile


allen l

430 posts

65 months

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Monday 7th December 2009 quote quote all
That should be a real nightmare for people like me who hate to keep a car clean. biggrin
Looks very good!

mickrick

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Monday 7th December 2009 quote quote all
"My name is Mick, and I'm a polisher" (Other folks in therapy sitting in a circle applaude)claphehe
I recon once I have the finish, a regular once over with S Grade should keep it up quite easily. Of course time will tell. biglaugh
I do find it theraputic though.

Epimetheus

153 posts

127 months

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Monday 7th December 2009 quote quote all
You're going to have hours of fun polishing round the louvres on the bonnet . . .


Come to think of it, make that days of fun.



mickrick

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Tuesday 8th December 2009 quote quote all
smile Yes, bonnet is next. should be time consuming around the front suspension cutouts too, daren't get my machine too close to those. I also have rear wings and some CSR cycle wings in ally. I'm looking forward to getting to the CSR wings, they're so pleasing on the eye. smile
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Dave J

635 posts

153 months

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Tuesday 8th December 2009 quote quote all
beer very nice

its a real buggar when the road stones chip and ping the sideskins, the bare ally is quite soft and appears far more prone to chips than the painted finish in my experience.


mickrick

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Tuesday 8th December 2009 quote quote all
Cheers Dave wavey I always liked the look of your car when it was black and ally, but with the use your car gets, it was inevitable that one day you'd have to paint it, or get it re-skinned.
I'm thinking of using some Armourfend on some of the vulnerable spots. Not too sure how it will look on the polished all though.
But to be honest, the car probably wont clock many miles a year.

mickrick

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Wednesday 30th December 2009 quote quote all
Spent about 4 hours on the bonnet at the weekend.

Still have to work on the louvers though. laugh

rdodger

937 posts

90 months

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Wednesday 30th December 2009 quote quote all
Hi

Can I ask if the alloy nose is a one off or is it readily available?

mickrick

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Wednesday 30th December 2009 quote quote all
It's both realy. smile A fellow called Geoff Moss made it for me.
I'm sure he'd make one for you. His out of date web site is here
http://www.mphmotorpanels.com/index.htm
Best to give him a call, as he's not very good at answering e-mails.
A really nice chap, but don't ecpect to rush a magician! He likes to have the car in the workshop, to make sure everything fits.

Edited by mickrick on Wednesday 30th December 17:30

V7SLR

309 posts

73 months

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Thursday 31st December 2009 quote quote all
Mick, I thought I was a serious polisher when on my last car I'd started to polish through the paint on the bonnet louvres - but this is in a different class!!! I guess this is going to be the new "Sugino's Seven"!

Stu.

mickrick

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Thursday 31st December 2009 quote quote all
If I could get even 10% close to Sugino's car, I could die a happy man! cloud9
I'm just taking it nice and easy, and I'll see how it turns out.
A bit more black on my car than Sugino's though wink
Actualy, I don't think there's a comparison. The Guy's an artist!

Dave J

635 posts

153 months

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Friday 1st January 2010 quote quote all
is that a black windscreen Mic ?

are you black packing it or all ally ?

mickrick

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Friday 1st January 2010 quote quote all
Hi Dave, Yes, I'm black packing it. It's just the body panels, nosecone, and wings that are all ally.
I'm trying to go for a modern car with a classic twist, if you know what I mean?
I'll be using a bit of carbon too.
Sounds like a bit of a mish mash doesn't it! But I have it all in my head. idea
I have a roadsport cage in black, carbon dash, stack, black aero filler, screen is black, as you have noticed. I'll use carbon tillets too.
And as you've seen from BC, I'm after some wheels with the 4 spoke design similar to the Lotus 49, but will be splits, so again, a bit more black, and a classic theme.
I think it should come out looking O.K. I've always liked the Black/Ally combination.
Not everyones cup of tea though, I know.

Dave J

635 posts

153 months

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Saturday 2nd January 2010 quote quote all
domt forget to get rid of the nasty silver bonnet catches and springs and use satin black instead smile

mickrick

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Saturday 2nd January 2010 quote quote all
Mmmm...not keen on that idea to be honest Dave. I think they look O.K. as they are, and I recon the black would soon come off, making them look quite shabby.

taffyracer

2,093 posts

130 months

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Saturday 2nd January 2010 quote quote all
Dave, where did you get the black ones from?

Dave J

635 posts

153 months

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Saturday 2nd January 2010 quote quote all
rally design

but you need to slightly modify the rear over center clips

mickrick

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Wednesday 12th January 2011 quote quote all
Finaly got the tub finished today. I lost the use of the garage for a year, so the chassis has been sitting in a trailer for nearly a year.
I can start putting some things on it now. smile
Got the cage and screen back on.




I think the hardest part of the whole job was getting the linishing markes out, where the side skins are welded, at the corner of the cockpit sill/wheelarch, and over the shock absorber turrets.
I must have flatted these back 3 or 4 times, only to find the marks still visible when it was polished up.
I had to flat the whole tub back with 3m Microfine pads, to get the grain out, before polishing with the Cyclo polisher, and three grades of Nuvite.
Still a bit of grain it it if you can get it in the right light, but I'll probably give it another once over, once it's all together.
Next job, I think I'll get the holes marked up in the rear wings.

Cheers,
Mick.

Edited by mickrick on Wednesday 12th January 20:00

Gingerbread Man

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Wednesday 12th January 2011 quote quote all
You're going to go mad cleaning that.
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