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Title: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on January 30, 2011, 03:39:51 PM
Its time I started on my improvements which I have been planning for a few years and gathering various items for the process. I have no idea how long this is going to take as I get very little spare time however, today I managed to get an hour to do some investigative work in the garage before I start butchering my pride-n-joy.

Ist job is to fit a genuine F355 rear grill. At first I thought I would have to cut this down as it is wider than the Extreme engine cover. But on investigation, the genuine car has the rear grill fixed to the top of the rear light grill/Panel unlike the Extreme where this black area is part of the rear engine cover so I wll not have to trim the OEM part put re-work the engine cover and rear end of the car slightly. I discovered today that the tailgate has split between the inner and outer skins so I've got to fix that in anycase.

The next job is to fit the replica interior. I've had an Extreme replica interior for a few years gathering dust in the garage while I sourced gauges etc.

I have a feeling my car will miss out on the 2011 season this time.

HeyHo.


Title: Re: AIG155 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: heresjonny on January 30, 2011, 04:07:58 PM
Nice... get the pics up when you make progress.... I'm especially interested in the rear grill... I think my interior will have to wait until next winter....lol  ;D


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on November 05, 2012, 04:32:53 PM
Well work has commenced (eventually).

Starting with a cambelt change. Engine out for that one! and the clutch as now not working as has been sat for 12 months in the garage gone nowhere this year.

Then its sort out the front wheels rubbing on full lock and investigate the possibility of hanging the rear exhaust box in the boot section.

If the guys are brave enough, then its the Extreme 355 interior and OEM gauges that I have had sat around for donkeys.

Rich



Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: smash on November 06, 2012, 12:46:27 PM
Engine out for cam belt change - blimey!

Are there any pics of a finished Extreme replica interior anywhere?

Good luck with recomissioning - I've got nowhere so far!


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on November 06, 2012, 02:47:16 PM
Hi,

I've never seen any. I've only ever seen 1 extreme 355 (the only MR2 replica I've seen too) with a replica interior and that was his own made from scratch and looks fab. Nick 355 on this site. he also used OEM gauges (clever sod).

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on November 14, 2012, 08:41:07 PM
Well, engines back in after a full service and a new cambelt and also a new clutch fitted while everything was out even if it was just the master cylinder. It all runs sweet now.

Work has started on the front wheel clearance issue on full lock. Knocking the inner bulkhead area back is not an option as it will harm the integrity of the car in an accident, I was also told that it could weaken the inner arch area so much that a bad pothole could end up with collapsed suspension?

So, the inner arch bulkhead area is being cut out and moved backward and then welded up. The seam between the inner wing and bulkhead had been knocked back, this has been reinstated, again (I am told) because of potential structural rigidity issues in a collision.

The Interior kit and OEM gauges have been delivered to the workshop and the OEM rear grill which will be fixed in the correct area above the rear light panel and the rear deck lid cut back to accommodate.

I will take some pics when there is something worth while to look at.

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: nick355 on November 19, 2012, 10:00:58 PM
Fitting the OEM rear grill worth doing. Are you going to fix the grill to thebootlid. or the rear light panel ?

I ask because I found it works out neater by fixing it to a non moving panel.


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on November 20, 2012, 10:19:58 AM
Fitting the OEM rear grill worth doing. Are you going to fix the grill to thebootlid. or the rear light panel ?

I ask because I found it works out neater by fixing it to a non moving panel.

Hi Nick,

The grill will be fitted to the light panel. It needs a slight mod as its a couple of inches wider than the opening so will be bent at right angles at each end I guess which will give extra fixing points. The boot lid will be reworked to accommodate the grill when closed by chopping out the black area with the badge on.

Cheers

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on December 15, 2012, 04:31:46 PM
Not much progress upon my last visit to the workshop as the guys are busy and mine is just fitted in as and when they are quiet. Took a few shots where they have started to clean away the underseal in readiness for cutting out the inner arch area on one side. The dash has to come out before any restructuring and welding up is done.



Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on February 06, 2014, 05:42:51 PM
Hey Rich any progress on your pride and joy, we need some pics lol cheers jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on February 06, 2014, 08:33:19 PM
Hi,

There is progess but I've been unable to take any pics. The car has now moved from the workshop seen in the pics to their bodyshop and I don't get down there. Its had the roof painted as the paint started crazing and there was a small crack where the roof joint is on the offside at the top edge of the rear quarter window. The crack has been ground back a fair way and re-bonded and filled.

They are only now tackling the front inner arches as the workshop got too busy. They are fitting it in around oher jobs. I'll try to get down there next month wih the camera. Its in High Wycombe and I'm in Huddersfield but I travel there each month on business. Hopefully, when it leaves the bodyshop it will be heading right back to the workshop for them to carry on with the other bits providing they have the time. They're doing it all as a favour so I'm not pressing for timescales.


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on July 04, 2014, 02:10:24 PM
Well...............its been a while and I still have no pics as yet but the front wheels now clear the inner arches. Next Job, the Extreme 355 dash and OEM gauges.


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on July 04, 2014, 05:02:16 PM
Wow rich, nice to see you are getting there  you must get some pics off them to show us when you do the dash cheers jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on July 05, 2014, 10:35:18 AM
Can't believe I started this topic in 2011 :o


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: CdRsKuLL on July 21, 2014, 12:11:44 AM
lol 2011, that's nothing :-) mine was 2008. Although, by the time you have finished tarting it up it will be time to start again. hehe.

Love the pics, keep em coming.

Steve


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on September 24, 2014, 06:05:41 PM
Hi Folks,

Been down to the car and taken a few pics of current progress. Can't take any pics of the front inner arch modifications as the wheels are straight and the steering wheel has been removed so can't get a shot.

The metalwork housing the stereo/hvac unit will have to be relocated as its currently stopping the dash going forward to the windscreen. The doorcards aren't exactly contoured to the door inners and they've slightly warped during their years in storage so there will be plenty of fettling ahead.

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on September 25, 2014, 09:47:01 AM
Wow looks great Rich what a difference ,great to see some progress well worth the wait ,cheers jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on October 20, 2015, 08:03:56 PM
Hi Folks,

Small update. The guys are tracing all the wires. Little difficult as they have no wiring diagram for my Japanese import N/A, just a UK and part of a US diagram but they are getting there. They have made some modifications to the metalwork behind the dash to allow the top part of the dash to sit up to the windscreen. They have also figured out most of the Ferrari gauge wiring. The gearstick has to be cut and re-welded in a different position too. Slow progress but the guys are not phased. Progress is progress.

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on October 21, 2015, 08:11:49 AM
Wow like I said last time it looks amazing what a transformation from the mr2 dash and door cards, I hope it gets done for next summer would be great to see it at some shows , jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: 4u2nv on October 23, 2015, 09:08:19 PM
Dito that ;)


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on December 05, 2015, 02:31:15 PM
Hi Folks,

Another small update, we have a working rev counter, guys struggling with speedo at the moment but we'll get there.

Rich



Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: CdRsKuLL on December 05, 2015, 03:30:49 PM
Looking good fella :-)  I've got a wiring manual I can upload for you if it will help?  Not sure if it covers the NA import but it's helped me loads identify how I'm going wire everything up :-)


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on December 05, 2015, 03:41:17 PM
Hey Rich good news on getting the Rev counter working ,it will look fab with the Oem clocks in , I recently got a 355 off Steve which iv now sold to a friend and we hav just fitted an Oem dash into that the clocks are our next job ,and then the air vents ,we are hopeing we can maybe get the vents 3 d printed ,jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: CdRsKuLL on December 05, 2015, 03:57:08 PM
Rich, from all my reading there are two types of speedo's.  You can either have a cable running from the gearbox into the back of the original dash clocks or a electrical pulse from the gear box.  If it's the cable version then the clocks themselves generate a speed pulse from the cable, this is then fed back to the ECU, mines this type. If it's the pulse type you should be able to pick this up from the wires behind the clocks.  If you do have the cable version you can swap out the sensor in the gear box to an electrical pulse version. Might need to write a microprocessor to convert the pulse to the correct type for your clocks. I might be able to assist in this. I'm using the pulse at the back of my clocks to control my bat wings / spolier on my murci.

Let me know if I can help ;-)


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on December 05, 2015, 04:57:55 PM
Thanks guys, mine is electric rather than mechanical, I have contacted Nick355 who has oem gauges working in his but it is a Turbo, he will try to find his documentation for me, if he can find it then hopefully we'll be there, he did need to convert the signal for the 355 gauges.

Cheers

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: 4u2nv on December 05, 2015, 05:44:17 PM
Looks like your getting there and I'm sure all this head f**k will all be worth it in the end :)


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on June 04, 2016, 08:50:57 PM
Hi Folks,

No pictures yet but there has been some progress.

We now have a working speedo, the guys are now waiting on some plumbing for the oil pressure gauge.

The wiring has been in their words a "total nightmare" but the end is in sight. Soooo glad I did not attempt this myself.

She was running on lowering springs with OEM shocks and was sitting too high for me. New coilovers have now been fitted and she is as low as she will go, just waiting on some braided brake hoses to finish off.

Has anyone had any issues regarding setting up the steering Geometery? The guys are asking if I have any details re the setup (which of course I don't).

The guys reckon there is now only 20-30 hours left to complete the fitting of the dash and doorcards before everything is removed and sent off to the trimmer.

As soon as I can get to the workshop I'll take some shots.

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on June 04, 2016, 11:57:12 PM
Great news rich ,looking forward to the pics, jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: Lee355 on June 05, 2016, 01:41:10 PM
Great news rich can't wait to see it all done not long now I haven't done my speedo yet it's my job this week mine was cable so I need to fit a transducer to the box nd run wiring in also I bought them little boxes for the fuel & speedo the fuel one works a treat I hope the speedo one does too the temp guage I just bought an oem sensor nd that works a treat too ????


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on June 07, 2016, 02:16:13 PM
The guys sent me a couple of pics of the new front and rear shiny bits  :P



Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on June 07, 2016, 08:17:15 PM
Very nice mate must be getting close now to getting her back ,jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on June 07, 2016, 10:59:58 PM
Yes I hope so JD,  have to say I am getting a little excited at the prospect. The kids have been nagging for ages. Looking forward to taking her to shows again, its been a while and for every time she has been before she was the only Extreme presence apart from Extreme themselves who were indoors. It will be different next time. Cheers Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on June 09, 2016, 08:48:28 AM
Looking forward to seeing her Rich, we will hav to hav a meet up when you get her back I'm sure Lee will hav a ride over with me  cheers jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on June 10, 2016, 09:43:56 AM
That would be great. Should be getting MOT this week then off to trimmers when we figure out where to put the hvac unit. Off to the workshop tomorrow so will update with pics.
Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on June 11, 2016, 06:06:55 PM
Visited the workshop today. The decision has been made about the HVAC unit. This will sit in the hole for the stereo, It looked surprisingly OK. The stereo will sit in a cradle off the bottom of the dash on the passenger side.

Everything is loosely fitted, all the major wiring is done and grafted onto the F355 wiring loom I got with the gauges.

One of my front fog lights has dropped out and vanished, anyone know the best place to source replacements?

The pic of the engine is of a Subaru part with an additional sender unit to get the oil pressure gauge working.

Here's the pics


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: 4u2nv on June 11, 2016, 06:13:40 PM
Beverly very nice :)


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on June 11, 2016, 06:21:13 PM
Coming together nicely bud ,can't wait to see her ,jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: Alex360 on June 11, 2016, 08:51:44 PM
Very nice job, bet you are proud of her


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: Lee355 on June 12, 2016, 01:31:29 PM
That looks the dogs danglers mate can't wait to see it buddy????


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on September 30, 2016, 10:25:08 AM
Hi All,

Small update, no pics though unfortunately.

Wiring..........Done
MOT tomorrow morning then off to the trimmers.
Hopefully she'll be back by the end of the year and ready for some shows in 2017.

Cheers

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: Mickey_London on September 30, 2016, 10:39:09 AM
Another nice example for the shows  ;)
Mick


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on September 30, 2016, 12:29:59 PM
That's great news rich ,I bet you can't wait to get her back now  :) looking forward to seeing it at the shows ,jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on September 30, 2016, 07:10:48 PM
Too  right JD. Its been a very long journey but the end is in sight.

Cheers

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: dman1409 on October 01, 2016, 12:18:33 AM
Cant wait to see her done!! Love your build!


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: 4u2nv on October 07, 2016, 10:19:32 PM
Nice 1 buddy


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: CdRsKuLL on October 12, 2016, 03:14:54 PM
Did it pass the MOT¿

Have you got a finish date from the trimmers?

Looking forward to seeing it on the road!


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: nick355 on October 15, 2016, 10:18:52 AM
Excellent work, that's going to look amazing, bet you can't wait !


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on October 15, 2016, 11:36:39 AM
Hi Steve, not sure. I got the info by email and they have been on hols since. He did say that it will pass the MOT but with a bunch of advisories one being...loose dash. But its just to get it to the trim shop.The trim shop will be trimmania in Wokingham. Now furiously saving as I am sure it wont be a cheap trim.

Hi Nick  thanks, I am looking forward to getting it back, its so close now after 3 years and thanks for your help. The signal converters did the job. Have you made any further decision on yours?

Cheers

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: nick355 on October 15, 2016, 12:03:59 PM
Hi Steve, not sure. I got the info by email and they have been on hols since. He did say that it will pass the MOT but with a bunch of advisories one being...loose dash. But its just to get it to the trim shop.The trim shop will be trimmania in Wokingham. Now furiously saving as I am sure it wont be a cheap trim.

Hi Nick  thanks, I am looking forward to getting it back, its so close now after 3 years and thanks for your help. The signal converters did the job. Have you made any further decision on yours?

Cheers

Rich

Rich, glad the converters did the trick. I hardly ever use mine, but when I do I just think there's no way I can sell this ! So going to keep it for the moment. :)


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on October 15, 2016, 02:17:55 PM

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Rich, glad the converters did the trick. I hardly ever use mine, but when I do I just think there's no way I can sell this ! So going to keep it for the moment. :)
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Glad to hear it. Would you consider doing a show next year? Thats my plan now there is a good chance of a decent turnout. I hardly used mine too, but to be honest I didn't get it to go posing round the streets on a weekend, it was the odd country blast but mainly shows. I guess when it comes back it will be used a bit more to take the kids out, the 8 year old talks about it all the time.


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: nick355 on October 15, 2016, 04:01:16 PM


Rich, glad the converters did the trick. I hardly ever use mine, but when I do I just think there's no way I can sell this ! So going to keep it for the moment. :)
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Glad to hear it. Would you consider doing a show next year? Thats my plan now there is a good chance of a decent turnout. I hardly used mine too, but to be honest I didn't get it to go posing round the streets on a weekend, it was the odd country blast but mainly shows. I guess when it comes back it will be used a bit more to take the kids out, the 8 year old talks about it all the time.

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Hey rich, that sounds like a good idea. ????????   Yes I can imagine it makes it quite an event for the kids.


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on June 07, 2017, 08:01:09 PM
Hi all,

I have a bit of an update on progress, or lack of.

Things have not gone exactly to plan so time has dragged on.

Following having the front inner bulkhead adjusted I asked for coilovers to be fitted. When the car was MOT'd the coilovers being fitted meant that the wheels were now hitting the bulkhead again so both have had to be re-done which has now been completed.

The trimmers decided they didn't want to tackle the interior as it was and no other trimmer was interested. So, the guys are having to fabricate mounts for the dash and the doorcards, this included adjustments to the dash support bar so the binnacle would fit better. The interior kit from Extreme is pretty poor in fit to say the least. They are now getting on well but its a time consuming job. When done, the trimmers have agreed to remove and trim the stuff (thankfully).

Looks like I may miss another season :(

A few pics.

Cheers

Rich



Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: ferrari360jd on June 08, 2017, 08:26:47 AM
Nice to see some progress Rich , it's looking good  :) jd


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on August 21, 2017, 07:53:03 PM
Hi Folks,

Small update. Door cards coming along. These need to get sorted before the dash can be aligned. Some brackets had to be fabricated to fix the OEM door grab handles. The wiring has been re-routed inside the door and window switches have been sourced.

Just spent an absolute fortune on the OEM door openers to finish off the grab handles, hope the wife doesn't see the cost of those  :o, just got to get them dipped or similar as they are suffering from the Ferrari Sticky surface.

A few pics.

Cheers
Rich.


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on May 25, 2018, 08:48:14 PM
Hi Folks,

Here’s an update, you can see why she wasn’t at Stoneleigh but is looking like she could be there next year.
The door cards are done had all the mods done to allow them to fit.
The centre console has basically been totally remodelled and profiled (only approx. 10% of the original left) so it fits, the gear linkage has had considerable reworking to allow it to use the gate.
The console is now in a position to be fixed in (had no fixings at all)
The dash now has fixings (as before it had none) and will just require some tweaking when the rest fits.
The radio is going where the airbag would be with a hinged lid. The HVAC control is going where the head unit would normally sit.
Heater duct mounts and the pipes to connect all have to be made from scratch but progressing.

Cheers

Rich


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: Mickey_London on May 25, 2018, 09:13:40 PM
Hi Rich
Great to see updates, we were talking about your car at Stoneleigh this year, and I have kept an eye for updates
That centre console looks great, will all the switches be working switches
Keep the pics coming
Mick


Title: Re: AIG1355 Tarting Up Diary
Post by: AIG1355 on May 25, 2018, 09:29:06 PM
Hi Mick, cheers, its all looking a better fit than I thought possible when it first started out. The guys have done so much work to sort the console out, if you look back at earlier shots of it, its unrecognisable.  There will only be one working button as far as I can recall. I hope I never have a need to use it....the hazard lights. :P


Rich