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Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
10/31/17 7:16 a.m.
Dusterbd13 said:

I did both when i replaced the floors in the elky

Agreed. POR-15 for rust protection and then undercoat for additional protection as well as some sound absorption.  

JoeTR6
JoeTR6 HalfDork
10/31/17 11:11 a.m.
LanEvo said:

All of this was a lot more time, energy, and money than I had planned. But I guess that’s the risk you take when you impulse-buy a 40+ year old British roadster sight unseen. 

You've just described most of my TR6 build thread.  I'll never buy a car in boxes again.

The floor insulation is a good idea if you keep it dry.  Any moisture that gets under it will stay there a while.

Putting some undercoating on the underside wouldn't hurt.  If you plan on running sticky tires, the floor pans just behind the front wheels in particular will get blasted with stuff.  The area around the gearbox is self rust-proofing.

frenchyd
frenchyd HalfDork
10/31/17 3:55 p.m.

In reply to dherr : if there isn't a rule to that effect there should be. Further I'd support a rule that allows rusted parts to be replaced at no cost to the challenge budget.  

Yes it might give a small advantage in the Concourse but really floors?  Or even doors!!! Heck rusty should be a free area since not all of the country deals with rust issues and it's more of a matter of luck.  

The challenge should include some luck even if you have to pay for it!  

 

Lof8
Lof8 GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/31/17 4:15 p.m.

That photo in the op has me very interested to see what you do!  Cool project!

LanEvo
LanEvo HalfDork
11/9/17 6:54 p.m.

I’ve already far surpassed my initial cost estimate, so there’s no hope of coming in at a Challenge budget.

Figured I might as well go all-in at this point. It’s turned into a restoration rather than the rat-rod it was supposed to be. New floors, transmission/center tunnels, and sound deadening are in.

Putting in new interior panels and carpets now. I was on the fence about the color. Considered Shadow Blue or red. Decided to stick with plain black. I figured that would give me more options down the road. 

LanEvo
LanEvo HalfDork
12/19/17 11:13 a.m.

I'm planning to have custom seats made by Intatrim in the UK. The quality seems pretty amazing, especially considering the price. They're designed to fit into very small cars, like Caterhams and vintage roadsters.

I'm on the fence between going for a low-profile design and a more modern (and probably safer) high-back design. They just made these for a guy on another forum:

I love the look. Also, they're low enough that I could use a totally flat tonneau cover...which is a much cooler look IMNSHO.

The alternative would be to install a bolt-in rollbar (like the one from Safety Devices UK) and a more modern, high-backed race seat. That's probably a more sensible approach; I'm sure it's safer. But there's something cool about the whole stripped-out roadster thing.

frenchyd
frenchyd Dork
12/19/17 12:44 p.m.

In reply to LanEvo :

For what it’s worth. The stock seats look usable. So far it looks like you could finish the car and sell it to someone looking for a memory while making a nice profit. 

Any buyer would likely discount his offer because of non-original seats. 

That’s the real cost of personalizing a car. Believe me I understand the feeling and there are times when I say nuts to it, I’m gonna do what I want. 

Invariably I regret it when circumstances force me to sell 

LanEvo
LanEvo HalfDork
12/19/17 1:29 p.m.

One of the stock seats is OK, but the other has a broken frame. Both have worn foam and junky covers. Doesn't really make sense to repair and refurbish them. Besides, with my 6'2" height, low-profile seats will make the car more enjoyable for me.

I think I'm going to pull the trigger on these guys: about $800 shipped for a pair, which isn't much more than Kirkey/Ultrashield when you think about it.

AWSX1686
AWSX1686 GRM+ Memberand Dork
12/26/17 1:07 p.m.
LanEvo said:

I'm planning to have custom seats made by Intatrim in the UK. The quality seems pretty amazing, especially considering the price. They're designed to fit into very small cars, like Caterhams and vintage roadsters.

I'm on the fence between going for a low-profile design and a more modern (and probably safer) high-back design. They just made these for a guy on another forum:

I love the look. Also, they're low enough that I could use a totally flat tonneau cover...which is a much cooler look IMNSHO.

The alternative would be to install a bolt-in rollbar (like the one from Safety Devices UK) and a more modern, high-backed race seat. That's probably a more sensible approach; I'm sure it's safer. But there's something cool about the whole stripped-out roadster thing.

Those inatrim seats look sweet! And seriously, for custom seats that's a pretty decent price!

I may have to look into those for "street-mode" on my Spitfire build... (They seem much easier to get in an out of that the current Kirkey!)

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