Discussion in 'E9 Projects and Restorations' started by scottevest, Oct 16, 2018.
This thread got fubar'd.
Let's get it back on track w/updates from Scott on Bennyz work.
Can I suggest we pull out the stuff on UK delivery numbers vs what's still about as I think that would interest a lot of people.
Two weeks passed, any progress @ Benny's? I'm curious....
Indeed " 30k made and about 10.000 still in existence/ driving" was the intention of my comment.
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Just read all 7 pages, been absent. Must say it was riveting. Scott has some thick armour (to his credit).
Too bad about the purist mistakes, but lots of people with money spend it in odd ways. Like it when you are free to make mistakes. Looking forward to following this to completion. Thanks for posting SV.
Went down to visit Bennyz today. Here's the update: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10212524963505967
Nice rotisserie. I have one for my other car; curious what all bracketry they build for it. Didn't bother painting mine since it'll get sprayed on anyways.
Doesn't look like too much progress. If they cut it up, they should make it a CSL Grp2 out of it.
With less wild colors of course.
But with street interior and road manners. Don't think I've seen one of those yet.
So, just kidding on the last video. Benny asked me to just post that video first. Here's the full video. Skip ahead to 1:16 to watch the real update
Okay, that was pretty funny - I appreciate the humor.
Bennyz idea, not mine! I think you will find the results of this car to be very nice, but I will let all of you be the judge. @sfdon has been very helpful.
@sfdon is pretty amazing!
I'll be very interested how much more tucked in the bumpers will be.
68-72 USA and all Euro seems pretty tucked in already.
Any idea what airdam if any, going on the front?
I like the alpina one that I ordered.
I'm pretty sure those two spacers that are now on top of the front struts (were originally between the strut and the bottom of the chassis) were there on US cars to meet the DOT requirements for height of the front bumper and maybe headlights (remember the change for Jag e-types from last series 1 in '67 to the Series 2 in '68? They had to change the headlights to meet DOT standards as well). Those spacers were not used on any European delivery cars to my knowledge.
Per @sfdon they can/should be removed, but Gary was worried they provide some additional support for the front shock towers. True?
Negative - not true. They are typically only still there so the original length bolts can be re-used. Which is to say, remove them, and use shorter bolts.
They promote rust as they are dissimilar metals.
People put those on top to take up the space of the long studs.
I really don't think it hurts anything and it may help somewhat spread the load on the thin sheet metal there, but they're not there on the Euro cars so really inconsequential.
The sheet metal in that spot is on top of a plate that is several millimeters thick. It is possible that this plate can separate from the inner fender and send your towers thigh the hood. The plate itself isn’t going to shear. That is my long answer to “they aren’t needed”.
When you drop the strut to remove the spacer, you have room to pull the strut out of the fender well and cut the studs. They are not loose bolts as others have implied. If you do cut the stud, thread on a nut first. Use the nut as guide for your saw, and it will clean out the threads when you remove it.
If you use an angle grinder put a blanket over your fender. If you get metal particles on your paint they can rust into your paint.
My verbiage stands corrected. But you knew what I meant...
LOL - I know what you meant. Not trying to correct anyone but nobody enjoys pulling 45yo suspension studs.
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