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Virtually just around the corner, M60 J23

I'll PM you my contact details, maybe we can hook up pver the weekend, I'm thinking Sunday...


I'm close to Manchester and I'm getting to a critical stage of hanging all of the panels in their final resting places.

It's not that I'm afraid of commitments, but... It'd be nice to cast an eye over someone else's work of art before I do anything that would be difficult to reverse?

Anyone close by that I could pop around to chat things over with or that might want to come over here and take a look at my set up alongside yours?

I look forward to hearing from you :-)


2fifty Chat / Re: Harrington side screen trim
« on: November 26, 2019, 07:45:03 PM »
Thanks for your responses,

I spoke to Harrison pointing out the issues with the trim that they supplied. They told me that they have sold these to other DNA builders and they have been fitted without any issues. I haven't broached the issue of returning them yet because I'd like to hear from anyone that has sucessfully mounted a set (or bought a set and given up...).

On the plus side I've contacted my local BMW dealer and they can get me a set of the official BMW bits for around £110, all in which isn't bad.

So, I'm still hunting for anyone that has sucesfully used the Harrington bits???

Build Threads / Re: Russell's 2fifty build
« on: November 21, 2019, 02:41:08 PM »
Thanks again for this, it's a lot clearer picture.

I've built a bracket this afternoon, can you tell me if the motor mounting holes are M6 tapped or M6 clear to take a nut and bolt?

I've built the side bar from 5mm mild steel and the cross bar / curved section from 3mm stainless. I've also added an additional fixing at the other end of the curved section to the engine bay bulkhead. Hopefully that wil do the trick.

Build Threads / Making progress but struggling with missing metalwork
« on: November 21, 2019, 10:01:34 AM »
I'm back from a couple of weeks of winter sunshine and am cracking on with the project. Before going away I spent a lot of time on the bodywork. I have access to a large oven and managed to get all of the panels in and brought up to 50 - 60 centrigrade.

This provoked a lot of air bubbles to present themselves which have now been raked out, filled and rubbed down. Apart from the front section, all panels have been blocked with 120 grit paper and prepared with a DA to provide a key. All of this has been done as a  preliminary process, I expect the paint shop to go through all of the above, and more, before committing to paint.

Because my kit came with various bits and pieces missing I'm having to make my own brackets which is proving a challenge in the absence of dimensions so if there is anyone else out there that has a kit lying around and can send me photos and dimensions of the wiper motor bracket, seat belt brackets, fuel filler lowering plate and the bonnet catch plate I'd be very grateful.

In particular I'm struggling with the wiper motor bracket at this time. I suspect that it's a very tight fit under the wing. It looks like it slopes downward to the outside of the car which I expect is to help it to get under the wing. It's also unclear whether the motor mounting holes have been tapped or if there is a nut welded on to the back. I'm thinking here about future maintenance...

2fifty Chat / Harrington side screen trim
« on: November 20, 2019, 09:48:07 AM »
I've just taken delivery of a trim kit from the Harrington group along with the bumper and side vent kit.

I'm not even nearly ready to start using any of this yet but looking at the side screen trim it's not immediately obvious how it attaches to the windscreen pillars and then what happens at the top...

The kit didn't come with a top of the windscreen trim and the side screen trim is straight whereas the pillars are curved so I'm assuming that there's some fiddling to do. I also assume that the trim fits underneath the windscreen and pillar rubber strips.

Has anyone had the pleasure of fitting these and if so have you any guidelines and photo's that you can share please?


2fifty Chat / Re: knock on wire wheels size
« on: November 20, 2019, 09:34:04 AM »
I know that Grassbank has done a lot of work on this. Their site is down at the moment but I have their wheel and hubs help guide which I can email to you if you PM me.

They have a couple of example cars which have nicely dished wheels which allows the spinners to sit inboard of the wheel rims. One is here
and another is here

They supply the wheels, hub adaptors, spinners and lead hammers. They can also supply the wheels in shiny chrome or paint them.

General Sales and Wanted / DNA 2fifty rear light lens covers
« on: November 18, 2019, 09:13:03 PM »

Anyone got a spare set of lenses to replace the pointy out MG lenses or does anyone know where to get them?

The kit that I bought (second hand as an unstarted project) didn't have any accessories so I bought a new set of MG rear lights but, as you all know, they are sub optimal...

Hopefully someone can point me at a set?



General Sales and Wanted / Re: 2fifty metalwork needed please
« on: October 17, 2019, 11:35:41 PM »
Thanks for that. I'll have a chat with them on Monday.

Build Threads / Re: Russell's 2fifty build
« on: October 17, 2019, 09:01:06 AM »
I'm feeling a bit more confident about making progress with the exception of the wiper motor bracket which I'm struggling to source. Anyone got a drawing that I can work from or a spare one hanging around their garage?

I expect that I can source the other items from somewhere or other, I'm thinking here of the internal door handle and window switches. I know that there are dished wire wheels, gear sticks, exhasust systems (and a nice exhaust snap fitting) on some websites so those items should be fine.

While I look at resolving the component supply issue I'm going to crack on with renewing the various suspension / braking related bits.

Yesterday I removed the door hinge shims and fitted the door opening spacers. I also loosly mounted the bonnet catch bracket. I believe that I have a very early version of the kit and so some of the improvements that were built in to later kits still require a bit of work for me. I've had to trim the front edge of the original Z3 bonnet catch, not just to remove the lip but to trim back the overhang which protrudes through the front of the bracket by around 4mm and which would otherwise foul the panel on which the bracket is required to rest. I'll post some images later.

Today will be focussed on trimming the body panels to the marked cut lines and perhaps making a trial fit. More photo's of that if all goes to plan.

General Sales and Wanted / Re: 2fifty metalwork needed please
« on: October 17, 2019, 08:45:43 AM »
Thanks again Sir Percival,
I found this item on CBS
Does anyone know which sweep angle is required as there is a choice of six.

Obviously I want the right angle but maybe not one that is a right angle... :-)


General Sales and Wanted / Re: 2fifty metalwork needed please
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:48:21 PM »
Thanks for the offer Sir Percival but one thing that I do have is the boot lock and the door handles.

I'll get in touch with CBS and see what they can do to help.

Another thing that I've realised that I'm mising is the front radiator grill. Any thoughts on where to get one of these?

Build Threads / Re: Russell's 2fifty build
« on: October 15, 2019, 11:02:49 PM »
Well, I've kinda stalled...

I've got past the removing stuff stage and started on the adding stuff phase only to find that the kit is missing some significant bits and peices of metalwork. I've posted a list of known missing items in the general for sale area,5140.0.html and Firefife has helped me identify a bunch of stuff which must have made it into the more recent kits.

If anyone reading this can help me to find suppliers I would be very grateful.

If not then it's time to start making stuff...

General Sales and Wanted / Re: 2fifty metalwork needed please
« on: October 15, 2019, 10:47:53 PM »
Thanks for all of this. I feel a shopping spree coming on :-(

Do you know of any one that still makes or can supply any of these bits and pieces Hopefully someone will have a bin full of this stuf somewhere?

I'd welcome a private chate / PM from anyone that can help out.


General Sales and Wanted / Re: 2fifty metalwork needed please
« on: October 15, 2019, 05:21:24 PM »
From your photo's I've also identified some things which I didn't spot in the build video and which I don't seem to have, I wonder if you can tell me what they are for?

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