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This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by wattsmonkey » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:19 pm

"It's like how much more black could it be? And the answer is none more, none more black."

Apart from home-brew shadowline, I'm really pleased with this. Right-hand rear arch needs replacing. Minor rust starting at rear of sills/bottom of arch both sides, a small bubble underneath rear left light and some dodgy paint. Drives very well indeed, apart from usual sloppy linkage and a clunk from one of the rear shocks. Desperately needs tyres (cracked sidewalls all round) loving the sunroof visor!

Dogleg five speed, amazing interior, very cool Momo wheel, very smooth M30, purposeful burble from stainless exhaust, MoT until April, front wings replaced before last owner bought it (garaged and minimal miles since)

Previous owner absolutely lovely chap, he'd owned it for nine years and had put the dogleg in when the auto box failed. Not sure if diff was changed to lsd, so assuming not. Original interior was black (of course), hence black carpet remaining despite attack of the pearl beige from there up.

Plan is to enjoy driving it for a bit, then do it up to sell in the summer.
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Re: This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by GazM3 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:03 pm

It looks orsome.
I like the contrast interior.

It would look great with some bbs RS rims with gold centres.
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Re: This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by wattsmonkey » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:14 pm

Thanks Gaz!

BBS would look amazing. It's funny how the Alpina reps always just look a bit wrong.
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Re: This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by Brucey » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:44 pm

wattsmonkey wrote:.... It's funny how the Alpina reps always just look a bit wrong.
you know what to do; dustcaps off, black centres, bish-bash-bosh!

(if you don't like it, you can just put the dustcaps back on, no loss....)

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Re: This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by wattsmonkey » Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:38 pm

It's all a bit ugly under the covers Brucey: the lug recesses extend all the way up.

Do you fancy swapping these for the 15" BBS? The tyres on the Alpinas are cracked to buggery though.

Had a fun couple of hours mucking about with little jobs today: buffers on door latches made the usual miraculous transformation. Wonky ashtray sorted by rotating it 180 degrees - I wonder how long the previous owner put up with these irritations! Windscreen washer pump inoperative (12v at connection), failed to find spares in shed stash, but did find elusive pearl beige comfort seat covers I'd promised Don months ago.

The blackness is very thorough: the grilles and bumpers have been painted body colour very well indeed. The screen surrounds and rear lights (smoked!) are less happy, so am toying with reversion to chrome window trim, a job I've never attempted. Defo want to change kidney grille whatever.

Bodywork on offer at W&N, so have ordered rear wheelarch repair sections. I know they aren't a great fit from past experience, so will be expecting the fettling!
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Re: This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by ron » Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:02 am

wattsmonkey wrote:
.... so am toying with reversion to chrome window trim, a job I've never attempted.
You do realise that is a screen out job?

Merry Christmas.
They are ALWAYS rustier than you thought!!!!!!
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Re: This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by wattsmonkey » Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:43 pm

Ah... I did realise it was a "didn't want to ask" job!

Thanks Ron, I've removed two front screens without cutting the seals with a 50% success rate.
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Re: This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by wattsmonkey » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:29 am

Much BMW action yesterday - long, narrow drive with garage at back meant a lot of rearranging to retrieve a spare engine and box for a mate to collect.

Both sixers together, making front of house look very pleasing indeed!

Weather has warmed here, salt washed off roads, so will be smoking around in Spinal Tap until MoT runs out.

Really enjoyed driving it yesterday, although the dogleg made me have to think about what gear I was in all of the time: not the pattern as much as the close ratios - a third gear bend in any other car is a fourth gear bend in this one! I had forgotten how much I actually like this box though - it makes the car feel pretty quick and is superb for overtaking.

Welding action will start in earnest come April, when garage space will be swapped, but in the meantime the jobs have been very satisfying (and peculiar in their execution!)
Rear arches very obviously rotten, some inner wing action on l/h only, plus need to locate leak into driver's footwell - it smells like someone else's backside at the minute. Removing Zender skirts will reveal just how much bodgery needs to be cut out of the jacking points, of course.

Fixed the windscreen squirters yesterday - no problem swapping seized motor for spare on (thank you, Ron!), but no joy from squirters. Motor running, water going somewhere... of course! The pipe that goes inside the bonnet frame is not connected to the squirters. A different pipe, going nowhere is attached. I am gratified to know that the inside of my bonnet frame is now clean though. Lots of jobs like this, with random and easy things to fix, like no buffers on the door latches, incorrect stop on the driver's window making it connect with the frame, handbrake lever bent so that release mechanism being pinched...

It turns out that there is actually one piece of genuine shadowline trim on the r/h side gutter cover, but the rest is painted. Will need to work out whether to rub it all down back to chrome or paint it in situ, but that is a job for much later on.
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Re: This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by ron » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:46 pm

I have a complete set of "shadow-lined" trim that I don't need.
They are ALWAYS rustier than you thought!!!!!!
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Re: This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by wattsmonkey » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:04 pm

Ron, you are amazing!

Will be in touch soonest,

Rob
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Re: This is Spinal Tap 635

Post by wattsmonkey » Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:29 pm

Side skirts removed with thanks to Ron's amazing impact tool for those screws still sporting a head and a tungsten carbide die grinder attachment for a drill for those without!

Quite unexpectedly, the outer sills are in good condition. Rot around rear jacking points and poor repairs to rear ends as expected, but front jacking points are good! The front wings are replacements and are in perfect condition. It's the floorpan that needs work as the edges have been filled with sikaflex!
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