RR Lexx's SWB NA Slicky
Posted: Jul 6th, '13, 12:20
Generally I don't do build threads until well into a project. But since this is likely to be a long termer, i quite fancy having a place to keep everything in one go. With having the twins, the time I can spend on the car is limited, but I'll update when I can.
June 27th 2013: Drove down to Newmarket with a low loader to collect this:
1995 SWB NA Manual Slicktop. Basically as rare as they come out of the factory. Car has no MOT.
Got home and got it on a mates ramps for a butchers (no pics at moment). Pretty solid underneath. Some small corrosion on suspension parts, but nothing to worry about. Shell itself is solid.
Pre MOT inspection shows up a few issues. So the following items fixed:
Windscreen washer motor (front). Dodgy connection Windscreen wipers replaced all round Rear number plate light. Loose bulb Fog Light switch. Required moving to a position that it can be seen by the driver.
Other items for attention: Front undertray cracked and in a few pieces (plan to replace with Z-Speed tray) AC fan constant run. Fixed - dodgy connection Red quarter lights. New red LED 501's fitted to remove the amberish glow from faded bulbs.
Exterior Fully polished and waxed the car to get a feel for paintwork condition.
Paint is pretty poor to be honest. Bumper/bonnet/front wings are peppered to hell with stone chips. Small amount of rust on rear arch and front of the roof near windscreen. Boot is a different colour blue that rest of the car. Various attempts at paint touch ups have been made to the car. Again in a different colour. Entire drivers side peppered with splashes of white paint. (Manged to remove some with claybar but gave up) So somewhere in the future a respray will be on the cards. I quite like the Sapphire Blue (TK3) it's in. So I will likely keep it the same colour.
Piano Black door pillers are showing age. Will probably wrap them with some Di-Noc in the short term
Overall in pretty good condition. Nothing seems to be peeling, and the roof lining is tight. Original carpets in place and in good condition. Will likely remove them and store them. Leather seats are a little worse for wear in places. Mainly the back. Plan to get a re-trim Gear gator and Handbrake gator torn. Plan on getting new ones made up (either from Mondo if he does them, or Redline Goods) New Scuttle panels needed
Engine Bay Only got a pic pre-clean
I spent an hour cleaning up the surfaces and general inspection but forgot to take a pic. All in all it's pretty solid under here. The bonnet insulation is manky though so I'll either remove that completely or replace with a new one from Z-Store. Hard pipes have been fitted at some point and are pretty dull. Will spend some time cleaning them up.
So. Future plans that you will be able to follow on here: Mostly will consist of getting the car as tidy as I can in the first instance. So removing the rear tints, replacing gators, leather repairs, new aerial gromit, few other pieces.
Then. Limiting myself to a few hundred quid for engine dress-up. Stainless bolts and bonnet dampers mainly.
Then....the saving begins. Engine out. ECU and Loom out. Chevy LS1 in. Full repray at the same time. Got a long way to go till I get to that stage. Budgetting around £8k for it. (and i know people love the VG engines. And I should but a TT in, or buy a TT. But no. My project, my rules. lol
From: Hailsham, east sussex
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Cracked AC pod replaced with new unit Stereo surround replaced with good unit Washer motor repaired New gear and handbrake gaitors fitted (Cheers Mondo) Clear quarter reflectors replaced with OEM red units Engine Bay bolts replaced with Stainless ones (about 60% done) Paintwork polished as best as can be. Still needs a respray Knackered OEM rear number plate light replaced with LED strip. Decats removed and OEM cats fitted. Conzult inspection done - showed a remapped ECU. Remote Keyless Entry with flip key fitted.
Will tackle some of the bigger jobs over the winter as she comes off the road in 2 weeks.
___________________________________________________ '95 Slicktop NA Lots done, and a never ending list still to do!
Mr HollowPoint Arsehole
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1) Why the cats? You don't need them, as an import they aren't required for the MOT unless it's a 96 on? 2) Have you tried 'claying' the paint? I recommend the Meguiars Clay Kit, works wonders on tired paint. Thought it was bull until I was given a free clay kit and thought what the hell, now I'm convinced.