Sierrabeige 1977 3.0Si Restoration in the UK

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It's been quite some time since the last update, so I thought that you might like to see what's happened recently. The fitting-up of the body is going well:

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Of course it's not just all about the bodywork and paint; a lot of other mechanical work has been carried concurrently. My focus was very much on refurbishment of existing parts, rather than renewal, wherever possible. First up were the brake servos. As you know, these are unique to right hand drive specification E3, E9 and '02 cars, and rebuild parts are a little hard to come by.

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And after:

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Next up are the callipers:

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Which now look like this:

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And I always think that there's something really pleasing about new discs (I know, I'm weird....):

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The differential had, according to the car's history file, been rebuilt about 15 years ago but of course I wasn't going to overlook it. It's the original 3.45:1 open diff, and I did consider trying to find an LSD. A few popped up for sale, but at prohibitive cost. So, this is what happened with the original one:

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I fitted a 5 speed gearbox about 10 years ago and it is one of the best modifications I've made to the car. It came from an early E24, and I didn't rebuild it before it was fitted. It had started to get a little noisy, so now was the time to deal with it:

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I'm really pleased with how it looks now; the aluminium has been refinished and it looks fantastic!

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I fitted a 5 speed gearbox about 10 years ago and it is one of the best modifications I've made to the car. It came from an early E24, and I didn't rebuild it before it was fitted. It had started to get a little noisy, so now was the time to deal with it:

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I'm really pleased with how it looks now; the aluminium has been refinished and it looks fantastic!

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Hello, wow what a work look like brand new from factory this is you call it restoration I wish I had such a talent, good luck and keep up a good work.
 

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Awesome, it is a thing of beauty. Hope to get mine blasted this month.
One strange looking servo!
Could not see them and they may be there. did you fit :Rubber for front mud guard ) left and right you need 2 for 1 car. W&N has them.
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Awesome, it is a thing of beauty. Hope to get mine blasted this month.
One strange looking servo!
Could not see them and they may be there. did you fit :Rubber for front mud guard ) left and right you need 2 for 1 car. W&N has them.
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Thank you! Yes, the right hand driver twin servo arrangement is odd to say the least, and is best viewed as a bit of an in-period engineering compromise. Having said that, the car has always braked efficiently so I guess there's nothing wrong with the assistance provided. It's just that the braking 'feel' isn't as nice as a left hand drive car.

Well spotted on the rubber seal - they will be fitted when the protection panels are fitted.
 
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