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Build Threads / Re: DNA Automotive Latest Model - 356 Speedster
« on: February 25, 2019, 12:38:41 PM »
I saw it at the NEC....looked totally factory....I like the humps too ;)

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2fifty Chat / Re: Z3 , Stalks changed to vintage
« on: February 13, 2019, 07:11:01 PM »
You got the stalks if you bought the entire interior package. Unmodified means no change to length and indicators remain on the left,

Steering wheel is a; Nardi Classic 390mm (5061.39.3000) which requires a special boss and adapter plate to fit.

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2fifty Chat / Re: Z3 , Stalks changed to vintage
« on: February 12, 2019, 02:33:14 PM »
I fitted mine, un-modified and as supplied by DNA....they are quite long but when the bigger steering wheel is fitted they are fine...the original had two stalks by the way.


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Build Threads / Re: Sir Percivals 2Fifty Cal build thread
« on: February 02, 2019, 04:56:55 PM »
My bonnet has always had a minor problem, I think it may have been a little bit warped when it was pulled out of the mould, as it never sat down correctly on the bump stops...about 4mm out.

It was driving me mad because whatever adjustments I made the back end, near the screen, would "flutter" when driving along....really annoying.

So I finally had enough and decided to fit quick snap type bonnet pins either side. It was a bit sweat inducing, positioning them and drilling the bonnet, but managed to fit them in the same holes that were used by the bump stops.

It has worked out a treat, no flutter and much better bonnet fit, with just two small buttons to press before releasing the bonnet main catch (or after...it makes no difference) Super.


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Meets and Events / Re: Doncaster 2019
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:50:00 PM »
I know exactly what you mean about the weather. We went out, top down, on one of those 30 degree days, got stuck at road works for 30 minutes in full sun....forearms, because of holding the wheel, burnt to a crisp....not pleasant.

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2fifty Chat / Re: Stainless headlight bezels
« on: January 18, 2019, 02:49:05 PM »
Great stuff....I am still interested.

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2fifty Chat / Re: Buying the right Z3.
« on: November 30, 2018, 08:21:38 PM »
These look really great.....but I wouldn't have a clue how to work out which ones would fit.

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2fifty Chat / Re: Buying the right Z3.
« on: November 30, 2018, 04:32:29 PM »
Hi Graham 2, I agree with most of what the other guys are advised. I went for a 1999 2.8 with ac ,I had the vehicle painted in a blue which is close to the original BMW colour. Check the vehicle service history for a guide to it's general condition.I was lucky enough to find a local car with only a few prior owners and I knocked down the price because of a few small dents and scratch's. I have replaced the lower front arms, fitted adjustable front struts, and adjustable rear springs along with new discs and callipers. I had the vehicle checked out by a BMW specialist and serviced before I started the build but I think I should have replaced the clutch as well.The main difference with my build is I have fitted knock on wire wheels,a bit expensive but I think worth it. I have also fitted steel bumpers again not cheap but they finish the vehicle off. Progress has been a bit slow on my build mainly because I keep driving it! But it's off the road now to do the interior and the electrics which I have been putting off. If you want a chat or to poke around my car I live on the edge of the New Forest near Southampton.

Mechman, out of interest, what wheels did you fit....genuine Borranis?

Just that when I was at a show a bloke who knew a lot about cars mentioned that the only thing he would change on mine would be the bolt on wires for genuine knock ons....but what a price   :o

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2fifty Chat / Re: Stainless headlight bezels
« on: November 27, 2018, 06:40:14 PM »
I would be interested....they might be better than the ones I have...would have to check em out

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2fifty Chat / Re: Buying the right Z3.
« on: November 25, 2018, 03:37:40 PM »
The wiring ;D but it turned out easy, I had a sparky do it ;D ;D

The wiring....quite a game....because I did it myself.

(touch wires together....if they don't spark or blow a fuse, join em up)

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2fifty Chat / Re: Buying the right Z3.
« on: November 24, 2018, 07:10:08 PM »
Blimey....really cracking on now.

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2fifty Chat / Re: Buying the right Z3.
« on: November 24, 2018, 03:47:03 PM »
The later 3.0 cars are painted black under the bonnet so can be painted any colour.
Go for aircon if possible.
Try and find one that has the polished alloy windscreen surround, looks much better than the DNA version.
Don't bother with 4 pots. I have a 2.2 and a 2.8 and struggle to notice any difference in performance. Would suggest a 2.8/3.0
as first choice.
Run the car for at least a month and put it through an MOT before starting to chop it up.

Agree...MOT before dismantling is essential....as is driving it about a bit and having a diagnostic dump....picking up snags before you have a lovely paint job makes perfect sense. There are a few things that, although not impossible, get very difficult to change post body-swop....like some of the relays...easy peasey job when in Z3 guise, bit of a PITA when the new body is on.

I didn't know that the 3L were black under the bonnet either! Although prices for them are on the up...rapidly becoming a classic in their own right...getting out of the sensible range of donor vehicle price for most of us.

A good donor is the key to a good finished vehicle...

As to the windscreen surround, there are two schools of thought, here is my opinion;

There is no doubt that the BMW chrome surround looks very good, however on the real 250 the front angle of the side windows was chromed and therefore opened with the door. The chrome stripping down the A pillar is supposed to replicate, as near as it can, the separation of windscreen surround chrome and door surround chrome. (and at the same time making the A pillar appear thinner than it actually is) Although of course it is just an illusion when the doors are shut. Done properly and carefully and getting the angles right, it looks really good with the chrome strips....you do tend to get a sweat on doing it though!


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2fifty Chat / Re: Buying the right Z3.
« on: November 23, 2018, 07:37:19 PM »
Hi Graham 2

Mine has A/C as I thought it would be useful....but when I was building it the A/C gubins got in the way a bit, and, now I have driven it quite a lot I am not sure I would bother with it if I built another...it rarely gets used.

Without it mounting a radio in front of the gearstick becomes much easier as there is more room.

I would also recommend a clutch change before you start stripping the donor, however many miles it has done, just as a precaution (mine cost £325 all in)

I wish I had chosen a donor that was a similar colour to my final choice, just to get a match ish under the bonnet. Don't worry about the interior colour too much as just about all of it gets binned.

Get a straight 6....don't bother with the 1.9....then you get performance close to the original.

Hope all goes well.

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Build Threads / Re: Sir Percivals 2Fifty Cal build thread
« on: November 12, 2018, 02:29:11 PM »
Oh and without having to empty the boot to get to the battery of course  ;)

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Build Threads / Re: Sir Percivals 2Fifty Cal build thread
« on: November 12, 2018, 02:28:00 PM »
I don’t know the layout of the Z3, so excuse me if I’m talking a lot of round things, but I suppose this can apply to many other cars as well.

In the old days the starter solenoid was separate to the starter motor, these days the solenoid and the starter are one item.  If you have a flat battery and can get at the main feed from the battery to the starter sol you can charge the battery that way.  An alternative is to remove the main output lead from the alternator and charge through that, but that will depend on the car’s electrical system. ( starter feed is safer)

Yep, I agree with all this, but on the Z3 this design is specifically to allow both battery charging from under the bonnet, and jump starting...so quite handy....with no need to grub about on the floor with the spanners....nice and simple.

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