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'73 Sienabraun 3.0CS Restomod

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Passenger side done, next on the agenda is making a complete bespoke motorsport specification wiring harness for the lights ( those who know me know how anal I can be when it comes to wiring and routing). At least I can make sure everything works how it should before it gets ripped it out and I wonder 5 years down the line which cable goes where.



Also removed the rear lights and attacked them with my detailing equipment. Covered the bulb surrounds in reflective tape, cleaned up and re- assembled. Will need some gaskets but will do that when the reassembly of the car is imminent. For me, the light surrounds are good enough to warrant not rechroming them. This will be used on a relatively regular basis and i'm not after a 100% concours restoration. The money saved by having ever so slightly imperfect chrome means I can have individual throttle bodies and an eargasm whenever i poke the throttle.....which would you rather choose?



Then I got distracted and we ended up convoying to Chelsea for the American car meet..... I guess European Fords are still Fords right?

 

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I've been stripping the paint down on the boot. Rot is pretty bad but the bootlid is savable with some good metalworking skills. I do have a spare bonnet I may have to sell in order to fund a boot. If anyone has one for sale or wants to swap for a bonnet in V.G.C. please let me know!
 

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Pulled the coupe out ready to continue the process of stripping the paint off the front.



Original coat of Sienna brown lurks underneath.


Autmorive archaeology at its finest!


Started to chuck it down with rain so had to park it back up inside and call it a day.
Rang up @pat cooks to pester him with a visit, many thanks for the usual of letting me have a rummage and buy some much needed parts. Sourced a new indicator, much needed electrical connectors to make up the lighting loom and new spare e28 window motor.

 

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Test fit of the ducktail.


Also fitted the brace brace to give the structure a bit more rigidity whilst it sits. Shocks have already punched through the towers, but luckily the repair job that was done was decent.



Also, the boot is surprisingly comfy.



Picked up a motorsport roundel for the front and rear of the car. Cloisonne motorsport roundels for the C pillars are en route.



Got busy on the front end today as well, stripping off anywhere between 2-5(!) layers of paint. Over 2mm thick in places.

 

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Looking good. The amount of filler on that fender is unreal. Frankly I don’t understand it but maybe it’s just the picture. From the photo it looks like about a quarter of a inch worth. Nice work getting to the bottom of it, literally.

Love the roundels too.
 

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I used to own this car back in the 80's. Approx 1983- 1989!
I was the one who fitted the 4spd manual with the help of my friend and business partner. We owned and ran a garage specialising in BMW's. My old CSA was a daily driver for myself, and a customer loan car when needed. It went all round the country but was an unlucky car in as much as other cars wanted to drive into it! Think you've found some of the evidence;)

We converted it to manual because the auto box decided it was tired of life and we had a 4spd in the corner of the workshop. In any event she was a grand old girl that worked for a living without too many complaints!

I look forward to seeing how the 'restoration' goes!
 

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I used to own this car back in the 80's. Approx 1983- 1989!
I was the one who fitted the 4spd manual with the help of my friend and business partner. We owned and ran a garage specialising in BMW's. My old CSA was a daily driver for myself, and a customer loan car when needed. It went all round the country but was an unlucky car in as much as other cars wanted to drive into it! Think you've found some of the evidence;)

We converted it to manual because the auto box decided it was tired of life and we had a 4spd in the corner of the workshop. In any event she was a grand old girl that worked for a living without too many complaints!

I look forward to seeing how the 'restoration' goes!

Wow what a coincidence! Do you have any history or photos of the car? Plate on it was RFR14 and originally HNP166N. My father purchased it in late 87/88. I'll have to dig out the details of the previous owners but your name does ring a bell.

You're always welcome to pop over and be reunited!
 

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Looking good. The amount of filler on that fender is unreal. Frankly I don’t understand it but maybe it’s just the picture. From the photo it looks like about a quarter of a inch worth. Nice work getting to the bottom of it, literally.

Love the roundels too.
Paint alone was over 2000 microns in some spots. 2mm of paint. N/S wing is full of filler, 1/4 inch is probably about right. Have some excellent 2nd hand wings which will be going on.
 

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Are you going to run a motorsport engine as i did ?
to justify the badges.
I'm talking with Chris Randall of Zaprace with engine choices. Target is around the 300bhp mark from a road spec 12V 3.5 N/A. Not the cheapest way of getting that kind of power but i'd like to keep things looking period(ish)
 

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Although I love the style of the standard seats, I find the bolster support to be almost non existant. These came up on ebay and I couldn't say no for the price. I believe these are Scheel/A.S.S. 501S Once again many thanks to @Keshav for being the voice of reason!

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Scheels are here. Came with 911 runners so can sell those to offset some of the cost.



More importantly, made a start on the bodywork. Wing separated at the front and spot welds all drilled out on the top. Door and bonnet off, need to drill the spot welds off inside the door shut and then separate the wing from the top and bottom by the a pillar.
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Great progress man.

BTW...how well does that front spoiler/air dam fit?
Pretty well, around the front wings/bottom of the leading edge of the wheel arch it could be better but I think all are like that. My paint really doesn't help the situation. Also came very well trimmed and the quality and finish is very good. I've seen some other zaprace parts and the quality was the same, wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
 

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Well....thats a surprise.

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This is about half the expanding foam I found in the inner wing.

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Oh, that's horrible.
Bet it trapped the moisture in as well, which is what you want.
This sort of stuff keeps me awake at night as I'm going to tear down my CS for a respray in a year or so.
I' guessing you had a bit of an idea there was rust in there from looking in the wheel well?
 

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Oh, that's horrible.
Bet it trapped the moisture in as well, which is what you want.
This sort of stuff keeps me awake at night as I'm going to tear down my CS for a respray in a year or so.
I' guessing you had a bit of an idea there was rust in there from looking in the wheel well?
If its not rusting or bubbling, I assume it's filler or fibreglass.

At least that way if there is good metal underneath I get a pleasant surprise
 

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Well....thats a surprise.

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This is about half the expanding foam I found in the inner wing.

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This is interesting. The previous owners must have put the expanding foam in there to keep the water out. Given that the rust on your car has not turned the inner wings to lace, like on most UK cars it might have had an effect.

Most modern cars use expanding foam for NVH and in some cases to increase structural rigidity. I was wondering whether some of this tech could be used on an older car.
 
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