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RoddyMac17
RoddyMac17 Reader
1/8/18 9:33 a.m.

So I'm now calling the chassis done:

 

 

 

I still need to source an NA Miata RH Rear Caliper and some 5/16 rod ends, but those bits can be added once the body is on.  Hopefully in the next 10 days the body will be bolted to the chassis, the doors hung, and send the car off for paint.  The paint job I did a year ago was a bit thin in spots, and because I haven't been able to find a paint booth to rent, I'll be getting it sprayed professionally.  I'll post some bodyshop pics when it goes there.

 

Rod

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
1/8/18 9:59 a.m.

In reply to RoddyMac17 :

Awesome!

dherr
dherr Reader
1/8/18 10:09 a.m.

That is fantastic! Excited to see this with the body mounted, really nice work!

JoeTR6
JoeTR6 HalfDork
1/8/18 11:39 a.m.

That looks great.

crankwalk
crankwalk Dork
1/8/18 4:36 p.m.

Outstanding

Brotus7
Brotus7 HalfDork
1/8/18 5:40 p.m.

Awesome attention to detail! 

Woody
Woody MegaDork
1/8/18 8:17 p.m.

That’s almost too nice to cover up!

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
1/8/18 10:13 p.m.

Isn't the center spine visible inside the Europa? (Sort of like a center console..) So it's not really 100% covered up. ;-)

Awesome work, BTW.

RoddyMac17
RoddyMac17 Reader
1/9/18 9:00 a.m.

In reply to dculberson :

The body fully envelops the frame sort of like a saddle.  The only portion of the frame that one can see with the body in place is in the engine bay.  In this pic you can just see the tunnel portion of the body that covers the backbone:

Here's a shot with the body in place, but no mechanicals:

 

And, to all, thanks for the compliments.

 

Rod

RoddyMac17
RoddyMac17 Reader
2/16/18 10:06 a.m.

A wee update, the car has been at the paint shop for a few weeks, the paint shop guys found a few flat spots and other items they wanted to fix so it's not quite ready to paint:

They've blocked the body, fixed the flat spots and rolled on some polyester primer (Slick Sand). Next is spraying high build primer and then paint.  I'm eager to see it all shiny again.

 

Other than that, I have been progressing on stockpiling all I need for the interior.  Carpet was ordered, foam was obtained for the seats, headlining material was sourced and I've talked with a co-worker about building a GPS speedo for the car.  I had thought about ordering one, but where's the fun in that?  Also, in regards to the seat foam, contrary to what the foam shop employee told me, you can shape foam with an angry grinder with a flap wheel.  It's quite messy and does require some careful use of the grinder, but it does work.

 

 

I'll post more pics when the seats are done and the body is back from paint.

 

Rod

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
2/16/18 10:10 a.m.

Nice!  One question - where did you get the seat foam from?

The0retical
The0retical UltraDork
2/16/18 10:18 a.m.
RoddyMac17 said:
Also, in regards to the seat foam, contrary to what the foam shop employee told me, you can shape foam with an angry grinder with a flap wheel.  It's quite messy and does require some careful use of the grinder, but it does work.

I laughed hard enough to cause a scene at work at this.

It's hard to get over how well the design of the Europa has held up all these years. That 50 year old design looks like it could still be found in showrooms today (if designers would give up their obsession with angry catfish anyway)

RoddyMac17
RoddyMac17 Reader
2/16/18 10:18 a.m.

In reply to Ian F :

There's a local company in Vancouver called, of all things, The Foam Shop. I was going to get the firmest foam they had, but after sitting on a sample it certainly wouldn't be comfortable.  The pink foam is their medium density, which works very well for what I'm doing.  

Ransom
Ransom PowerDork
2/16/18 12:15 p.m.

In reply to The0retical :

I laughed too. I think "angry grinder" is what that tool is called from now on.

dherr
dherr Reader
2/16/18 3:36 p.m.

I will try this "angry grinder" method sometime soon. Can't wait to see the body on the chassis painted, this is really a work of art!

Tillerman
Tillerman New Reader
2/16/18 5:09 p.m.

Awesome project and thanks for the angry grinder tip with the foam! Always learning something new.

RoddyMac17
RoddyMac17 Reader
3/15/18 9:15 a.m.

I got the body and chassis back from the paint shop yesterday, it certainly looks better than when I painted it but from a distance it's tough to see difference:

I get the doors and lids back next week, they were a bit too soft to safely transport.  I'm not too fussed about it, I have a ton of things to cross off the list before I'll need the panels.  Hopefully this weekend will consist of re-painting the engine bay and front bay so that I can start on reassembling the mechanicals and plumb in the radiator, and of course having a few pints of the black stuff on Saturday.

Rod

SaltyDog
SaltyDog Reader
3/15/18 9:22 a.m.

Having never seen one of these cars in person, and apparently in pictures not  close to anything to give an indication of size, I had no idea how small they are.

That thing is looking awesome! Great work!

dherr
dherr Reader
3/15/18 11:27 a.m.

Car is really looking fantastic, amazing to look at the first post and now look at where this project is at. Great color choice, it seems to hide the big  "sail sides" and really makes it look as exotic as it is. Nice work can't wait to see it completed!

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
3/15/18 12:32 p.m.

Wow!  Looks gorgeous!

@SaltyDog - yep - a Europa is pretty tiny.  While I've not driven one, a couple of owners have let me sit in them.  Getting in/out of one requires a bit of practice, but not really much different than my Spitfire or GT6.  

NOHOME
NOHOME UltimaDork
3/15/18 12:56 p.m.

Love the color

Titan4
Titan4 New Reader
3/15/18 1:48 p.m.

Love the blue - can you tell us what blue that is?

JoeTR6
JoeTR6 HalfDork
3/15/18 2:22 p.m.

Yes, that blue looks familiar to me.  Sapphire Blue?

It looks incredible, BTW.

RoddyMac17
RoddyMac17 Reader
3/15/18 2:34 p.m.

Titan,

The blue is Ford Midnight Regatta Blue (mid 80's).  I used the same colour on my last car, which was supposed to be BMW Lapis blue, but the paint supplier I was using couldn't mix it.  So, the paint book was consulted and the Ford blue was chosen.

 

And, thanks for all the compliments.

 

Rod

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
3/15/18 2:36 p.m.

In reply to RoddyMac17 :

Stunning!

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