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Title: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 06, 2015, 10:51:42 PM
Well today has probably been one of the best days of my life.
Today I collected my Cerberus. Yes I've done it. I've finally brought her.
I had to do a lot of homework on the car before I purchased it and nearly pulled out twice due to lack of knowledge.
My fault on that.  
Firstly I thought the car was a ringer but how wrong I was. There's a fake Lamborghini plate in the engine bay which I thought was the chassis number. It's not but it's one from a real Lambo.
I finally found the real chassis number hidden right back under the windscreen on the scuttle panel and it matches the V5. Thankyou to the persons who told me where to find it.
The engine number is also correct but it's a real pain to see it.
At the moment it's registered as a Orange MR2.  But I will one day register it correctly once the work is all done.
There's quite a few bugs that require attention but will get sorted during its rebuild. Things like: passenger window not working. Engine cover release cable snapped. Small things but lots of them.
I do love the interior. It's had a lot of money spent on it to get it upholstered to such a high standard. But it does need a good clean.
I haven't done a lot of miles in it yet but boy it's fast. No way is it a standard MR2. And that noise. Dam it's loud when I give it some welly.
There's no silencers on it. It goes straight from the turbo to the twin exit pipes.  :o
It's not a v12 but sounds more like a modified skyline or supra.
If you redline it standing still it pops and bangs throwing flames out the back.  :o
As you work your way up through the grave box she whistles chuffs and hisses at you like a angry dog
I never thought such a small engine can give so much power and noise.
I wonder what engine mods it has had. What would you need do to a MR2 Turbo to make it so extreme?
I have driven a standard MR2 turbo but Cerberus is something else. It would eat a standard one for breakfast lunch and dinner. LOL
It will bite you if you push it. I gave her a blast in 2nd gear and the rear end started to snake on a wet road  ;D.
Must have some serious torque to spin those road roller tires.
My only way to describe driving her is like walking a pit bull terrier. Looks friendly,cute band beautiful but it's got lot of bite and anger LOL.
so in between the rain showers today I managed to take some photos of her for you chaps.
I can't wait to get started on the rebuild.
I've blanked out the number plate as its a private plate that the seller wants to keep.
I'm going to put a private plate on it. With a few numbers on it and it will end with BYE  :o something like 666BYE.
perfect for such a vehicle as its a Cerberus hell hound.
I love the way when you flick a switch the huge rear air vents come up and flick another switch and the little rear spoiler right at the back pops up.
It's got a flashy stereo unit fitted but I haven't even switched it on yet. The exhaust sounds are music enough.
The imitation break discs front and back are massive and made from steel. They look the part and you can't tell if there real or not.
I love the rear tires. There as wide as a garden roller. I could use it to roll a few cricket pitches. LOL
I don't think there's anything I don't like about the car yet.  


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 06, 2015, 11:08:02 PM
Here's the interior. It's had a lot of work done inside. The dash is covered in suede leather with orange stitching.  The seats are in matching leather with the large centre arm rest. The headlining is suede leather as well. The seat belts are in the correct places. I guess the inside is quite old now so it needs a good clean.
The clocks are in orange with Lamborghini written on them. It's got a polished chrome gear knob and gate.
The steering wheel is a quick release Sparco wheel which is a great immobiliser. It's not going far without a steering wheel.

I'm going to bed now to have sweat dreams about it.

I will post my progress on this thread once I'm started. With loads of piccies.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on May 07, 2015, 07:23:30 AM
Looking good AP,
Thanks for the photos, all the lines look great on it, all the gaps look right, so it is probably just the interior to tidy up.
Do you plan to change anything out on it?
Looks like a good example of a Lamborghini kit car.

Cheers
Alex360  :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: ferrari360jd on May 07, 2015, 08:23:38 AM
Well done mate ,to be honest I thought you were just a dreamer  like so many after seeing your posts on the DNA site then on extreme,  but you proved me and others wrong ,enjoy your new toy she looks fab ,hope to see you and your new pride and joy at one of the shows ,jd.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on May 07, 2015, 08:24:42 AM
Glad everything has worked out for you.
If she was mine I would be smiling like a Cheshire Cat  ;D
She looks a beaut
Mick

P.S Love the colour  :P


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 07, 2015, 09:26:45 AM
Thankyou for your comments.
I must admit it was a difficult decision deciding between a DNA 5CUDO and this one. I picked this beast mostly because I myself feel that this MR2 has the edge on the cougar. It's a lot more powerful and it makes a hell of a lot more noise.
The selling factor for me was during my first test drive. We drove down the long Heathrow tunnel. Windows down and the owner told me to floor it.  The next few seconds was the deciding factor.
The way it pulled as the turbo spooled up and the noise it made me shout out
((((WOW I've got to get myself one of these)))) it was so loud other drivers were winding windows down to hear the beast roar.
I was so gob smacked that drive still makes me smile everytime I think about it now. I knew this car was the one.
But now I still can't beleave that I own it. It still hasn't sunk in yet. I own a Lamborghini Murcielago. My second faveroute car of all time. Ok I know it's a replica but to me it's my Lambo.
So on the way home driving back from London where did I go? Heathrow tunnel. To do it again LOL. It was the second time I drove her and it still blew me away.  :o

My plans for her are quite simple. I plan to keep the interior as it is because the quality of the workmanship is very nice. It just needs a good clean.
There's various bits and bobs that need repairing on the bodywork. A couple of small cracks. Stone chips marks etc. looks like a friend from chips away will be a regular visitor as I work around the car.  
The engine needs a good service. I'm defiantly going to get the cam belt changed etc etc.
Most of my attention will be on the electrics. It needs attention on the electrical system. I'm going to give it a partial rewire. A walk in the park for me as I'm a electrical engineer by trade.
I hope the weather will by dry this weekend as I'm eager to get cracking on her. Along with a trip to Halfords in it. Via the high street. LOL.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: ChristiaanN on May 07, 2015, 08:10:15 PM
Well done - looks awesome.

That 3SGTE engine is a favourite on the South African drag strips, you can inexpensively get it to 400Hp


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Ire on May 07, 2015, 11:28:33 PM
Congratulations Bro. Enjoy your new treasure


Title: Mirrors removal.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 08, 2015, 07:42:15 PM
The mirrors are bonded to the doors on Cerberus does anybody know how to remove them?
They don't even fold in as there all in one. But they are electric adjusting.
I need to take them off to fit Cerberus in my single garage. It's going be tight with half an inch each side to spare.
Cerberus has a very fat arse  :o LOL


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on May 08, 2015, 09:46:21 PM
Enjoy buddy ;)

Have fun ...


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on May 08, 2015, 10:41:00 PM
Very nice fella. Glad you got all the numbers sorted.  I'm guessing but the mirrors are either bonded directly on to the doors or have nuts on the inside like I've done mine.  I'm assuming your based down south getting it from Heathrow.

Very interested in your mods.. I'm mapping my bat wings and spoiler to the speedo pulse signal so they will activate on there own. Doing this via an arduino, happy to share details if you want.

Will be watching and keep the photos coming.

Steve


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 10, 2015, 09:36:00 AM
I need advice please as I have had alittle troubles with Cerberus.
This afternoon I decided to take Cerberus out for a nice Saturday afternoon drive.
The sun was out so some poseing was required. I drove through Windsor, Maidenhead, cookham, Bourne end, Marlow and to finish off Henley. A nice big 40 mile round trip.
The car performed totally faultless.
On the way home I decided to join the M4 for a quick get home.
As I was coming down the slip road I decided to drop down a gear and floored it.
I took the revs right up to the red line.
Suddenly there was a real loud pop and I lost power.
The car was still driving smoothly but it was like my turbo had fallen off.
It now drives like a gutless 2 litre without the turbo. The engine sounds sweet. It's still very smooth. No smoke. And it starts and ticks over as normal. But there's no boost. None what so ever. No hissing nothing. It's like the turbo isn't there.
I have removed the inter cooler pipes to check for a burst pipe. There all ok.
I've checked the inter cooler itself for a leak. That's fine as well.
Checked the actuator pipes and there ok.
I've felt the turbo intake to make sure the turbo spins freely. It's fine.
Now I'm scratching my head on this one.
Any ideas???

I think it's terminal.
Oil light won't go out this morning.v :'( :'( :'( :'(

Looks live I've blown it up. Oh well
I've been reading about a Woodsport V6 conversion.  
Might get rid of the 2 litre junk. I had a feeling that the turbo would be a pain. I've never like turbos because of this.
Looks like Woodsport are trying a V12. Now that really interests me.   :o

http://www.woodsport.org/joomla/


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: tony.essex on May 10, 2015, 05:13:30 PM
 Hi
 Just been reading your post sorry to here about your engine. But what I would think about is you have a finished car unlike me. haven't even cut the mr2 up yet still sorting engine and box out. im using an audi rs6 engine and a 01e gearbox.
when it comes to the bmw V12 this will need the firewall modified. i have worked on the 5.0 m70 and 5.3 M73 these 2 engines look very similar but have quite a few subtle differences. the M70 299 bhp as standard will push out 350+ with parallel designs ECU. as this engine is basically 2 M25 engines put together. I wont go into to much detail as time wont allow.

Audi V10 same again will need firewall mods and you will need the engine loom and ecu to run it. After market stand alone units cant control the high pressure pumps and you need a ICU injector control unit. (Next paragraph will explain)

Audi V8 Now there are quite a few  ill list a few the ABH through to BBK they all utilise low pressure fuel injection. Aftermarket ECUs will work fine.  The 01X box bolts up to these and for the power they run should be fine.  The ABH produced 299 on 98 octane fuel and 260 on 95 when new.  I got a RS4 FSI B7 BNS build code built it up got BMW S65 throttle bodies on it and the only management system company willing to stand behind there product was LIFE racing price 6.5K and i tried as far afield as australia. Now im going to be running a RS6 BCY  im going to be running it on standard turbo`s which are only good for 550BHP but this will be fine. I can always go back up again later if i choose this is where the 01E gearbox comes in. It looks very much like the 01X from the outside. But inside the 01x runs 16mm gearsets and the 01E runs 25mm. So the 01X is fine up to the BBK engine. Like i said im going with the RS6 engine which happens to be different to all other audi V8s.The block is cast by Mahle Powertrain formely Cosworth. It runs a larger torque converter so bellhousing is larger and bolt pattern is differet to other v8s. Im in the process of making the adapter now.
I looked at the V10/V8 conversion thread. In the first picture there`s an engine situated in the engine bay. This to me has just been mocked up for the sake of a photo i dont see any mounts, pumbing, electrics, gear linkage.  The bolt holding the right hand part off the cross member  has a good inch hanging in fresh air.

 Toyota V6  Not had much to do with these but looking at other forums they fit easily and pauls engine mount fits with no welding needed.
Depending on which variant of engines seems to be quite a few. 300 BHP easily achieved and then upwards. supercharged. turbo`d, nitriuos

There are so many more options out there but do you really want to be cutting your car about. Even seen an audi v8 with an F40 GM box fitted transversley in an sw20 in america.
 
But at the end of the day its your car your decision.  Just pointing out a few things.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 10, 2015, 06:59:31 PM
Hi Tony.
Thankyou for your comment.
Yes your right about the modifications.
I defently don't want to touch anything behind the seats to include the firewall.
All the back of the interior is covered in leather and it's got a tiny little window.
It's been really nicely done and would be a shame to change any of it. So I'm leaving well alone.
From what I have read today for others either a rebuilt 2.0 turbo engine or a V6 is the way forward.
The V6 would sound awesome with straight through pipes and with the pipes being so short. It would wake the dead.
But a rebuilt modified turbo engine would also wake the dead.
When I come to the decision either will be a good choice at the end of the day.
What's most important is when people hear you coming the effect must leave the impression that they have just seen and heard a Lambo go past.
I can't let the side down. LOL.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: larryslust on May 10, 2015, 08:01:31 PM
apd is yours a sw20 turbo?if it is sounds like a turbo pipes come adrift.if it is a twin entry turbo theres no need to do engine transplants,i worked on a turbo running 360 bhp.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 13, 2015, 06:02:34 PM
Well I have had time today to strip down the engine to find out what's going on.
I've found the fault .  :o
On the MR2 owners club forum I had a few replies to this problem and one of the mentioned the that shaft between the compressed and exhaust turbines in the turbo had snapped.
This gave me the idea that I need to strip it down.
So after a few hours taking the car apart I was amazed by my findings.
The exhaust turbine has completely gone. It's been blown apart. Oblitrated completely.
There just isn't any turbine left in there.
You can see a flat area where the turbine joined to the shaft and that rotates as you spin the compressor wheel.
I did find abit of turbine in the exhaust. The rest must be on the motorway when it went bang.
I'm amazed that this can happen with such force but when you consider the speeds that the turbine spin at.
Time to buy a new turbo.
I've attached a few photos of my findings


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 13, 2015, 06:08:15 PM
Before I started to strip down the turbo I decided to start stripping out the floor of the interior.
I'm glad I did because under the mats it was a swimming pool.
The sound deadening was saturated with water. Uuurrrccckkk.
The passenger seat was well fitted. It was held in place by one bolt. LOL :o
I'm going to refit new sound deadening and wash the carpets and mats.  
Piccies so far.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on May 13, 2015, 07:00:17 PM
So, do you think that the car had been sitting for a long time, allowing moisture to deteriorate the turbine rotor?
The first decent run, and bang?
Very impressed that you stripped out the interior and found these probs, it indicates that there is leakage on some seals, and you have caught it before your feet went through the floor  ;D
Sounds like a serious check over, and decent service is required, were you planning to take it off the road for a bit anyway whilst you were doing the upgrades?

Cheers
Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 13, 2015, 07:25:07 PM
Well it's off the road now. Now turbo as its in bits. No seats etc. so it's not going anywhere for a while.
I know where the leaks are. The door seals. Or lack of them more like. If you run the hose down them the water pours in  :o. Time for some new rubbers.
I'm going for a full service to include a cam belt. Lots of cleaning up to do. I'm going through the whole car. If there's anything I'm not happy with I'm going to change it.
What I need is a reliable car. If I want to drive it to Brighton and not worry about a break down.
The Previous owner ran out of money hence why it's wet and broken. I'm going to change that.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on May 13, 2015, 07:36:47 PM
Glad you found your engine problem
Bet that was a relief it was only the turbo, phew
Hope to see this car at some shows in the future

Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dangerrous on May 13, 2015, 08:52:29 PM
Here's an old thread that you might find interesting reading, this was a lovely Murci build, but in the end Yates detailed everything he felt was wrong with the car.... after he sold it. One thing that really irritated him were the door seals.

This should give you an idea of what to look for in your car

http://extremeoc.co.uk/index.php?topic=1998.msg15460#msg15460

You just need to follow the trail left by Yates
D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 13, 2015, 09:31:58 PM
The one thing about any kit car is everybody does there car up to sell it. It sort of drives me crazy.
Why would you spend all your time and money for somebody else to enjoy.
You never make your money back so why do it.
I myself have loved Lamborghinis since birth. Posters of them on my bedroom walls right through my life.
But now I own one.  Yea ok it's a replica. Who cares. It's still my Lamborghini.
I will never sell it ever. The only time it gets sold is if I'm 6ft under.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on May 13, 2015, 10:50:33 PM
re door seals, my cars with JD at the moment and he's found door seals from a bmw fit great. I'm over on Friday so will get some more info then for you.  He might post and let you know himself beforehand.

Have you found a replacement turbo?, I used to have a celica gt4 many moons a go that I accidentally dropped a small screwdriver into the turbo when I was changing the air filter.. didnt really notice any difference until the turbo had eaten all the plastic handle... then boom, no more turbo. I got it reconditioned at a place in Preston I think.

Steve


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on May 14, 2015, 07:34:48 AM
The one thing about any kit car is everybody does there car up to sell it. It sort of drives me crazy.
Why would you spend all your time and money for somebody else to enjoy.
You never make your money back so why do it.
I myself have loved Lamborghinis since birth. Posters of them on my bedroom walls right through my life.
But now I own one.  Yea ok it's a replica. Who cares. It's still my Lamborghini.
I will never sell it ever. The only time it gets sold is if I'm 6ft under.



I agree completely, it is mad that people end up selling them for less than it cost in materials in the first place, I have seen several 360's for sale, completed, for the same money that I have spent on my part completed one!!
After all the work I have put in, it is part of my life spent on it, and something I will be proud of when completed, no plan to sell.......EVER  :)

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: ferrari360jd on May 14, 2015, 08:22:16 AM
Hi Ap pleased you found the problem with the turbo, looks like you are going to make a good job of sorting the probs on Cerberus ,as for the door seals I found that BMW 5 series front door seals fit great on Steve's Lambo hope this helps ,like you I can't understand why people sell what should be a life's  dream, I hav already refused silly money for my ferrari, but I luv ferraris  I have done since I was a little boy, and have no plans to sell mine , cheers jd.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Lamboswede on May 14, 2015, 09:29:38 PM
great car you have there.
i wonder if you would like to post some pics on how your exhaust system looks like. how its built and how the extreme bracket is mounted?
cheers Daniel


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: peggyontherun on May 14, 2015, 10:00:50 PM
Make sure you find the rest that broke off as it can go into your engine you would be better off dropping the engine out and do the complete overhaul had to do it on my Lambo its a pig of a job and if you do make sure you replace the coolant lines that run above the fuel tank as they eventually leak the pipes from hell they call them as you have to drop the fuel tank. New clutch and flywheel new timing belt new water pump and piping new plugs new plug leads etc

(http://i57.tinypic.com/wsla1l.jpg)

(http://i58.tinypic.com/rvm3ns.jpg)

I Add a Xspower manifold for more power and Xspower down pipe removed my cat as my car is exempt from emission here in Ireland
(http://i58.tinypic.com/sqrszq.jpg)








Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 17, 2015, 12:01:56 AM
I managed to get alittle work done on Cerberus today and the Sun was out.
I'm in the process of ripping out all the old wiring that has been fitted by its previous owners.
Returning it back to standard MR2 spec as much as possible.
I've really opened a can of worms by doing this strip down but it's urgently required.
Now through out my electrical career I've seen some bad wiring but I think the wiring in Cerberus is the worse I have ever seen.
It's amazing the car works at all and has not caught fire. Talk about twist and tape wires. No solider or heat shrink.
There's years of stereo changes, old alarms, under car lights. Etc etc.  every previous owner had there own ideas and its all aload of junk and it needs to go.
I'm not sure what's under the front bonnet in photo 2.. That white thing sticking up looks like a washer bottle. Hopefully you can enlighten me.
I have no idea why anybody would screw a fuse panel to a washer bottle.
Hopefully I can work out what's what and get it all sorted out. I've got my work cut out for sure.
A few piccies of the wiring mess that lurks under the covers.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 17, 2015, 12:16:07 AM
I managed to take some compression tests on Cerberus today.
I don't know what the actual targets are for a MR2 Turbo.
Hopefully you can tell me.
My compression results were.
Cylinder 1= 140psi. 2= 145psi 3= 140psi 4= 145psi.
Are these tests to spec?
My compression tester is very old. I've had it since the late 70s but it does still work well.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 19, 2015, 08:01:27 PM
I've taken my dash apart and I have found some real serious problems but I will update later.
I've taken the dials apart and would like to know where I will be able to find replacement
plasma Lamborghini dials to fit the MR2?


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 22, 2015, 06:18:08 PM
Well it's about time I updated you with some more of Cerberus progress.
I've had a few free days this week so I have managed to make some progress.
The first bit of good news is that the Turbo has finally come off and has been sent away for reconditioning.
I needed help getting it off so I got a friend who happens to be a Truck fitter so to him getting this Hoover sized turbo was child's play. Half an hour later. Bang and the job is done.
I myself have un earthed some more worms with the cars electrics during the week. As I removed the instrument cluster from the dash board I found the biggest bodge up you would ever see. No wonder why nothing worked.
Why oh why would you cut off the multi plugs to solder a few directly to the cluster to get a few items to work. And just leave the rest cut with bare ends.
How this car survived without spontaneously combusting is just a miracle by its self.
The old cluster was a complete Wright off. And was only heading for the bin.
So I needed to find a suitable replacement with some of the loom and plugs supplied. After emailing every breakers on eBay one came back.
He had a MR2 TRD REV1 Turbo instrument cluster and was happy to give me the 3 plugs and a length of loom with it. Perfect.  I paid a substantial amount for it but within 2 days it was at my front door.
At this time I'm not worried about KMH on the speedo.
Then I found a bigger problem. The REV1 has a mechanical speedo. In the dash is a mechanical speedo coupling. But on the gear box is a electronic sensor. Another bodge. For some reason somebody cut the mechanical speedo and fitted a electronic sensor to the gearbox. This would explain what that telephone cable was doing down the back of the dash. It was connected to the sensor on the gearbox and bodge wired to the instrument cluster.
Getting a replacement mechanical drive back on the gearbox is going to be a task.  
More to follow on this.
Anyway With this terrible wiring I decided to go the whole hog and pull the dash board out. Mainly to check the rest of the loom. Which actually seems to be left untouched. Phew. Something origional.
So it's quite bare inside now.  :o but I need to get the car back to basic MR2 as much as possable before I add any trimmings and gadgets.
I managed to have a few hours spare to solder and heat shrink the instrument cluster plugs back on to the origional loom. 38 wires in total.  I feel like a BT engineer. LOL



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 22, 2015, 06:21:03 PM
Please excuse my tasty socks and slippers LOL.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 22, 2015, 06:34:57 PM
I decided that I need to start sorting out the wiring in the doors.
As usual. A complete mess by being wired by a orangutan.
It was so bad I had to completely remove the door. Cut every wire and clear the lot.  
There should only 8 wires in the door. Not 25 and a bundle of mess.
A two man job getting the door off. It weighs a tonne. I never expected it to be so heavy.
Once all the wiring was removed the door was put back on. Talk about a job and a half.
Trying to get it to line up and close again took ages and a lot of swearing.
I plan to rewire the doors completely. Nice and neatly as it should be done.
I will get to do the other door later but the window motor is dead and even with a direct 12 volt supply nothing moves. Only the wires get hot which indicates a nackerd motor or a stuck window.
More later.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 22, 2015, 06:52:57 PM
A difficult task now which some of you will find offensive and needs to be x rated LOL. but is required.
One of the biggest problems with Cerberus is the door mirrors.
They look nice but are useless. Firstly they don't fold in. Secondly they are bonded to the door directly meaning if some idiot person not give way and bashed the mirror etc the mirror wouldn't give meaning that the whole door would be destroyed. If the mirror got smashed off. It wouldn't be just a replacement mirror but the whole door and side of the car would get smashed.
Another problem is because they don't fold in. The car won't go in the garage. There to wide.
So they have to come off.
The only way to take them off is to cut them off.
Yes I'm going to electric hacksaw the mirrors off my Lamborghini.   :o
I did feel like I was cutting the horns off the bull :o I was supprised how heavy the mirrors are. There like bricks on the side of the door.
Now there off. I plan to replace them with some replica ones that fold in or maybe completely fit a different style all together.
I wouldn't buy real Lambo replacements there £1000 second hand :o
So watch this space.

I will update with more progress as it comes.
TTFN.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on May 23, 2015, 09:13:40 AM
SACRE BLEU!!
A mans gotta do .....etc

Best of luck buddy, because of the shape, it would be quite hard to get a folding version, unless it pivots on the corner nearest the glass with a semi circular track cut in opposite the pivot. You may be able to convert your existing ones to this with some work and a big helping of luck lol

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: ferrari360jd on May 23, 2015, 11:57:23 AM
Hi ap, Steve ( Aka  cdrscull ) made his mirrors fold in  I'm sure he we let you no how he did it ,jd


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 23, 2015, 06:47:43 PM
Just a quick update on this weekends progress.
I have finally finished pulling out all the old wiring that doesn't belong to the car.
Anything not MR2 has been pulled out. All that's left now is the origional cars wiring.  
I can at least now start rewiring the extras with fresh new power supplies and new wiring.
Being a electrical engineer by trade the rest is now child's play. (I hope) :-\
I have never had and seen such bad wiring. The whole lot was a complete bodge. Joins on joins. Cables twisted together and taped. No solder. Loads of bare ends ready to short out. It's a miracle that there wasn't a fire.
Photo below of another pile of wires pulled out of the car. All this cable is extras that all the previous owners have added since the conversion. if it's not MR2 its in this pile.
That's it for this week. I'm having a few days away from the car. Gotta spend some time with the wife now. I'd rather play with the car tho. It doesn't answer me back. LOL :o


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 30, 2015, 10:37:16 PM
Here we go with this weeks progress with the rebuild of Cerberus.
I managed to get some jobs done with juggling work and the heavy rain.
I have finally got around to removing the headlights to yet again find another nightmare.
After a lot of swearing I finally cut the light units out as they were bodge bonded to the body using bath sealer.
The wiring behind them was again wired by a orangutan.  Usual twisted wires onto the back of the bulbs held in place with tape.
It gets worse as there is no adjustment in the lights as they have been fibreglassed in the housings. So it looks like I will need to source replacements.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 30, 2015, 10:48:24 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 30, 2015, 10:57:08 PM
One good thing is that my new turbo arrived.  :o it's amazing that the turbo in the photo is the same one that came out in its nackered state. It looks brand new.  :o
My truck fitter friend will pop over mid week to refit it and hopefully Cerberus will breath life again.
Now that I've sorted out the ignition switch as it needed re wiring it's ready to fire up.
I managed to repair the passenger side window motor. A broken motor brush was the fault so I made up some new ones using the carbon from a old Hoover motor.
I have been told that the motor is actually a real Lamborghini part costing hundreds so if this is true I'm glad I managed to repair it.
Have you ever tried to refit the motor by connecting up the cables around the pulley wheel. After lots of swearing and cursing I got it back together. Hurray the Window now goes up and down.  ;D


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Post by: APDevelopments on May 30, 2015, 10:58:54 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on May 30, 2015, 11:00:54 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on May 30, 2015, 11:06:36 PM
To finish off with this weeks progress I will tell you about my speedo.
As my MR2 is a 1990 REV 1 car it has a mechanical speedo drive.
Now I have no idea why you would buy a later speedo head. Change the sensor to the wired version and then bodge solder it durectly to the back of the dash.
It took a lot of work to resource a new gearbox mechanical drive unit and speedo cable. It as also hard to find a nice speedo head as well.
My new speedo head is a TRD mechanical version with 300kmh showing on it  :o
I quite like the 300 kmh on it. I might leave it alone or I could change the face to mph but as it's supposed to be a Italian replica kmh looks more realistic.
I managed to get the replacement speedo drive from Toyota direct as a new part. Clever device which why it costs so much from a main dealer.
I'm glad that the Murcie has so much room around the engine because on the actual MR2 you need to remove the engine mounting to fit it.
It was very easy to remove the old one and refit the new one.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 30, 2015, 11:17:39 PM
That's about it for this week.
I've got to fit the new speedo cable during the week and get the turbo fitted so I will update next week.
TTFN.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Paul79 on May 31, 2015, 08:02:57 AM
loving the progress APD. Keep the updates and photos flowing!
Paul


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on May 31, 2015, 09:00:16 AM
Great work AP

You will soon have him ship shape and back on the road  8)

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 02, 2015, 05:50:48 PM
As the weather has been so rubbish so far this week so far I have done a small amount of work to the headlight units.
Unfortunately the headlights are completely nackerd. They have got wet and the optics inside are all corroded. Plus the idiot that fibre glassed then into the housings finished them off.
So they are heading towards the skip.
So does anybody know what the projector lights come from or where the best place is to get them from?
Real Lambo ones will set you back £2500 for the pair. But they are fully assembled and sealed.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: tony.essex on June 03, 2015, 05:22:14 PM
Hi I`ve been looking for lights don't know if the sizes are correct but RX8`s are £100 or less. For complete light units and ballasts but the cheaper ones are not bi xenon. going to have to find a set and check sizes.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 04, 2015, 09:46:44 PM
Time for another update.
I've had a couple of days off this week so I had some time to work on Cerberus.
I decided to completely strip down the headlights back to there basic shell.
On one of the lights it was fairly easy as I was just removing rusty nuts and bolts. But the one where the lights had the projector units bonded in I had to revert to some surgery.
Careful cutting with a buzz saw soon had the light units out.
Now there back to the basics they are not to bad. I will need rub them down ready for a fresh coat of paint and new light units.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 04, 2015, 09:48:23 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 04, 2015, 10:05:31 PM
I decided to fit my new speedo cable.
I have no idea why one of the owners cut the mechanical cable and bodge wire a electric speedo.
Maybe because the engine has been moved back 12 inches or so the old on didn't fit.
As you have read. I fitted the new mechanical speedo drive ready for the cable.
Time to try out my new ramps.
I brought those special car ramps where they are very low and when the car is on them you wind them up to your desired height. Perfect for a low car like mine.
As Cerberus is a non runner I needed to give it a little tow up on to the ramps. As the ramps are nice and low it didn't take much effort to pull it up.
I used my air impact wrench to wind them. Just a the front spoiler touched the ground the height was perfect for me to crawl underneath.
I fed the cable from the dash area under the outside the car. Past the fuel tank. The cable was a perfect length to reach the gearbox.
Easy job with a good result.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 04, 2015, 10:14:19 PM
I had alittle time to finish ripping out the old interior.
I've decided that I am going to completely renew the interior to my own taste.
I'm glad I did because the rear window fell out as it was held in place by the carpet glue.
Now looks bare and ready for my new interior.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 04, 2015, 10:29:54 PM
To finish off this weekends progress my fitter friend came over to fit my new turbo.
After an hour it was all back and ready to run.
The Murcielago has such a big back end its easer to climb in the back to work on it.  
Notice in this world of technology a old broom is the perfect answer to holding up the rear engine hatch.
Maybe I should remove the engine and replace it with a pair of handlebars. Somebody could hide in there and run along inside pushing the car along.  Flintstones. LOL
I brought a new de cat down pipe as the welding on the old exhaust was another bodge. Looks good fitted to the new turbo.  :o
Now the cars back together it's time for a start. A few turn overs and it fired up. Rrrrooooorrrrreeeee. For 10 seconds until I let go of the key.
It needs more electrical work as when you let go of the key the engine cuts out. The other problem is that because of this electrical problem the starter motor is engaged all the time.
If I revd it the starter motor being engaged to the flywheel will over spin it's self to destruction.
Another wiring fault that needs attention.
Running a MR2 with only a de cat pipe makes a lot of noise. It's not a nice sound. Sounds like a old tractor. Or a teenagers corsa with a shitty exhaust fitted.  :o LOL. PECO BIG BORE. LOL.

That's it for this week as I'm back on shift tomorrow so any further work will have to wait till next week.
My next job is to rebuild the new exhaust. I plan to join the rear twin back pipes straight to the de cat pipe. Not sure how it will sound but only time will tell.

I will up date next week.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 04, 2015, 10:35:11 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on June 05, 2015, 07:53:53 AM
Hi AP,
Great work buddy, you are really putting your own stamp on it now, and at least when you finish and are driving it about, you'll "know" the motor and its limits

Cheers
Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 08, 2015, 06:36:37 PM
Well here we go with more work to Cerberus. After a busy weekend at work I now have a few free days to spend getting some more work done.
My goal for this week is to have Cerberus ticking over on the drive. Rumbling away ready to roar. Which means it's time to build a new exhaust :o.
This is one part of the car I have been looking forward to re designing. As the parts for the exhaust should arrive by mid week I need to get things ready for the build.

It was time to dig out my old welding equipment. I haven't used it for 3 years so it took some digging out.
I'm not to bad at welding but I'm not that good either. I like ARC and gas welding. As I don't have access to gas and oxygen I have to settle for a electric carbon arc flame. For heavy welding you can't beat a arc weld for strength. But for exhaust I like to have the liquid metal flowing into the joint. So gas welding is best for exhausts.
I tried mig years ago but never got on with it. So for this project I will stick with what I know.

Ok once the gear was all set up there is a small job that requires alittle weld.
On my drivers door for some reason it lifts up to high. The hinge has been hitting the top of the wing for some time and it has caused the fibre glass to crack.
Before I can repair the big crack I need to stop the door going up so high and hitting the wing.
I've looked into the best method to stop this and I decided to make the adjustment on the gas strut.
When the gas strut hits the end you can see that it's wedged against the top of the wing.
I need to make he strut alittle shorter. To do this I will need to be quick as welding the strut will cause the oil in the strut to boil and cause the seals to melt.
So I'm going to weld at the tip. As far away from the pressurised cylinder as possible.
I'm going to cut half a inch off the end of the strut and re join the threaded tip. To do this I will braze it rather than weld. Brazing it will require a lower heat and will flow quicker before the heat travels up into the cylinder.
Firstly I cut off half a inch from the rod. I then clean up with a file and line up ready to braze.
I managed to get it brazed and in a bucket of cold water before the heat reached the cylinder. So I didn't destroy the pressurised cylinder.
A quick paint and I put some heat shrink sleeving over the weld to cover my top quality brazing 8)
Once the strut was fitted it worked out perfectly. The hinge now clears the wing and it sits correct with the passenger door. The passenger side doesn't hit the wing so it must have been fitted better to the drivers side.

Sorted. I will update more later this week with hopefully my first YouTube video of Cerberus running :o



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 08, 2015, 06:44:07 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: ferrari360jd on June 09, 2015, 08:23:35 AM
Great job ap, you are defo going to end up with a really nice car once you sort out the problems ,jd


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 14, 2015, 07:54:33 PM
Not much to update this weekend as I have been busy with work.
I did manage to have a little time to start re working the head lights.
Now there back to there basic shells they need some careful rubbing down and filling where all the pits and holes are.
I'm trying to make the curves around the indicator perfect and will need a lot of work to get right. I'm sure I will get there in the end.

I think it's time to get rid of the broom engine lid stay.
I actually climbed inside the engine bay and got the wife to close the lid so I could measure the correct distances for some suitable gas struts.
Now I know what it feels like to be a immigrant hiding underneath a artic truck. It's not a nice place to be.
My wife thought It was funny to leave me in there for a while :-[ with the turbo pressed against my chest. I'm glad it was cold.
It's amazing as this is the first car I have ever owned where I can actually hide in the engine compartment. I bet it's not so big with the real V12 in there  :o
Once I got the measurements I weighed the engine cover with one of those fishing hanging weighing scales.
Once I had everything a quick phone call to SGS engineering. A good gas strut supplier. The new struts were on there way.
Once fitted the engine lid is now weightless and stays up by itself. Perfect.

I have some spare time during the week and my fitter friend is coming to fit a new cambelt and water pump.  A job that's required urgently as I don't know if it's ever been changed.
I'm still working on the new exhaust but will update once I have it completed.





Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 14, 2015, 08:00:52 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on June 14, 2015, 08:20:02 PM
Very nice work fella.  Just a heads up, I've seen a few engine covers warp because of the gas struts.. When the lid gets warm from the engine the struts push the sides up. I decided not to put them on mine because of this.

Lots of work going in to this build, loving it.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 16, 2015, 08:29:31 PM
Time for a update.
Thankyou to CdRsKuLL for the heads up.
As I don't want a bent engine cover I have taken immediate action.
There's a small design fault with the location of the gas struts on the car. The gas struts are connected 3/4 of the way down the cover and push hard constantly at this point. It relies on the cover only for strength hence why you get a bent cover.
What's required is a solid metal frame for the struts to push against rather than the GRP cover.
On my cover I have welded some extra steel to the frame on the GRP cover. A small length of steel box section cut to length to fit in between the mountings to make it all one solid piece.
I used my ARC welder to weld into place. I had to be careful not to get the fixings to hot as they would blister the paintwork. So some pulse welding was required with regular rests allowing it to cool.
Whilst the cover was removed I decided to get rid of the chicken wire over the vents. I have no idea why this was fitted. Maybe one the previous owners had problems with trees and had leaves going into the engine bay. It looked horrible and made it impossible to look out of the rear view mirror. On the real Murcie they are open so I followed suit. All that's required is a paint of VHT paint and it's back on.
Hopefully now there will be no bent engine cover ::)

Today it was cambelt time. And what a time it was. It took most of the day to remove the crank shaft pully. Flipping thing. Some idiot lock tighted the main bolt and pully. Unfortunately the pully suffered some damage during the removal process. It actually took a massive 1 inch drive HGV impact wrench to loosen off the bolt. There was a risk that the bolt could have snapped off but amazingly enough it gave up and came loose.
Now I need a new pully. So it's stripped down and ready to be fitted with a new cam belt and water pump. My Fitter Friend is coming back on Friday to carry on with the job.
Note the gazebo. This is a life saver as my drive way is south facing and is a real sun trap. All that's needed is the BBQ and beers  :o
I will post more later this week as I hope to finish off my exhaust  :o


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 16, 2015, 08:36:13 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 18, 2015, 06:43:15 PM
Another update.
I have been busy building my new exhaust system and I have finally completed the first section.
As the car didn't have a CAT fitted I decided to carry on without one. But the lack of any silencers has high lighted the biggest problems with replicas. There sound.
When I first brought this car it had no silencers on it at all. It was straight out of the turbo to the tail pipes. This did cause a few problems. The first problem was that when it was ticking over it sounded more like a tractor than a Lambo. But when you put your foot down it did make a hell of a noise.
Another problem is that because of the lack of back pressure it could of helped the turbo to blow up. Not that it did but have been advised that it could be one of the causes.
Now that I have actually heard the real thing in the flesh it will be very hard to get a 2 litre Toyota engine to sound the same. But I have given it a go.
Most boy racers tend to think that the bigger the bore the better. Actually in super cars this is not the case. When you look at the pipe work on the real Lambo there's a lot of pipes but they have a much smaller diameter than I would have expected.
The bottom photo shows a real Murcielago exhaust system.
After talking to a few custom exhaust manufactures. I picked up a few ideas for mine.
After purchasing all sorts of pipes and silencers and even a actual mr2 exhaust.
I tried various pipes and silencers and most of the tests made the car sound like a diesel with a big hole in the exhaust. It sounds crap :o LOL
Even the MR2 exhaust sounded abit naff to because the bore is far to big. Sorry to anybody who has one of these exhausts on there MR2. But yes it does sound Naff so there :P
The sort of sound that you would get from a Chavey Corsa with out the exhaust as he squeals away from the lights making a lot of noise but not actually going anywhere because the cars actually got as much power as a fart in a tornado LOL
This is not the sound I want from my Lambo.
So after a lot of swearing and trial and errors I came up with this odd looking contraption.
I have put a small bore silencer where to cat used to be and this is going to be the only silencer in the system.
I have kept the flexi pipe in the system as I understand that if this is not fitted the exhaust will break the turbo off the engine.
I have taken a lot of time getting this right and my unusual way of testing the exhaust for any leaks in my welding.
My method is to pressurise the exhaust by blocking up the ends. Hence the wood with rubber gaskets and submerge it in water to find the leaks. There was a few leaks so it took a few times to get it air tight.
For the welding I have ARC welded the main parts to get the strength in the exhaust and have brazed over the top to get the exhaust sealed. It's not pretty but it's got to do the job.
Once completed a quick coat of VHT black paint to tidy it all up.
The wife wasn't impressed about having a exhaust in the bath tub but there is no other way.
With this contraption the MR2 actually sounds like a Haybusta bike.  :o on tickover and when you rev it.  :o
Now as this is the first section of the exhaust I must not change to exhaust note any more because with this it's perfect.
This is actually my secrete. I have gone towards the bike exhaust design rather than a cars exhaust system.
My mechanic friend is coming back tomorrow to carry on with the tedious task of changing the timing belt so hopefully over the weekend I hope to get the exhaust fitted.
I plan to make my first video of the engine running and demonstrate the motorbike sound :o
Now all I need to do is complete the second half.  :o


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on June 18, 2015, 08:16:47 PM
wow, fantastic job..  I too have thought I needed to do something with my exhaust as it is a little loud. Mine runs straight out like yours did. I will be very interested in the sound you are now getting out of it...   Where in the UK are you? I do trvel around with my job so wouldn't mind popping by and hearing it for real sometime.

keep up the good work,

Steve


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 20, 2015, 11:48:27 PM
Time for this weekends update.
Firstly CdRsKuLL the car is in Windsor Berkshire SL4 5. If I'm not working then I'm working on the car so you are welcome to visit anytime between 11am - 4pm.
My fitter friend didn't make if over on Friday as he got lumbered with overtime so hopefully he's coming Monday to fit the cambelt and water pump.
Unfortunately this weekend I've caught a stinking cold and I feel like sh**  :'(
So I've only done a few small jobs.
I've decided to keep my original twin exhaust pipes as they look great and are very close to the original Lambo ones.
There's no restrictions or silencers on the rear section so hopefully it won't effect the exhaust note created by my contraption exhaust that I've built.  
The rear chrome tail pipes are in a bit of a state. There really pitted and discoloured so some serious elbo grease is required.
I cheated and I used my Dremel polishing head. With the use of autosole metal polish and a high speed polishing head it soon started to shine. I polished the inside edge and the whole length of the chrome can.
This polishing took ages. 3 hours of polishing one inch at a time. Brining one of the pipes up to maximum shine.
Eventually I brought the exhaust up to a mirror finish. There going to look great on the back of the Lambo  :(
You can compare the difference between the one I've polished and the other pipe that requires polishing.
I've only done the one pipe today so I will polish the second pipe next week and give the steel section a paint with some VHT black.
I also managed to give the headlight indicator panel another rub down and a second coat of primer. Only 3 more coats to go to get that perfect coverage.
I decided to remove the rear exhaust coweling from the car as it's got a few cracks that needs repairing. Best time to do it as the exhaust is off. Lots of filling and sanding to be done.
More updates next week once I'm feeling better.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 21, 2015, 12:06:22 AM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on June 21, 2015, 11:15:51 AM
Your doing a great job " well done and keep it up , be good to see it on the road when it's all done :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 25, 2015, 07:55:04 PM
Time for a update.
Unfortunately for me I have been suffering from this stinking cold. I have been feeling like total crap so I havent done much to the car itself.
So what have I done?  
I think I have completed the most boring job ever. 20 hours of filling and rubbing down the headlight surrounds.
This is one part that gets seen a lot as they are at the front of the car. But most people skimp on the finish of the inside of there headlights leaving them rough and scabby. If you study a real Murcielago the headlights are perfect.
So my headlights will be also perfect.
You can see that they had rubbish plastic card stuck over the top. This is because who ever finished them couldn't be bothered to do a good job. It looked naff and wasn't even cut correct.
The problem is that when I pulled the plastic off half the fibreglass came away with it as well. The real lights were in a right state.
So lots of filling and sanding required.
It took several layers of filler to get them perfect. 22 hours worth to be exact. Every floor, bump, crack etc is now smooth. I'm not worried about the edges as that part isn't seen but the main parts you do see are now perfect.
I gave them a few coats of primer to show up the last missed floors. Rubbed them back again and sprayed some more.
I think I'm finally there.

Your probably wondering what's going on with the cambelt. Not a lot is the answer. My fitter friend got to the point where the new cambelt goes back and guess what?  Wrong parts. It's very difficult trying to get the correct parts for a Jap import car. So we are going to try again later on next week.

Hopefully I can get rid of this stinking cold. More to come.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on June 25, 2015, 11:05:52 PM
Looking really good :-)

brings back memorys... lots of hard work gone into them......

(http://extremeoc.co.uk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=359.0;attach=1368;image)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on June 27, 2015, 08:28:59 PM
They look great AP, have you done kits  or bodywork before?

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 27, 2015, 11:40:05 PM
Time for a update.
Thankyou Alex360. I'm quite good building models so I have had lots of practice with fibreglass and filler. When I build my big model boats I use fibreglass and filler to make them perfect.
My secrete with filler is lots of coats and hours of sanding.  Don't try to complete the job with 2 fills. You still get imperfections so you need to repeate until perfect.  
These lights have taken around 5 repeate fills.
Take the same when painting. Lots of coats.
I've given the lights a few coats of satin black ready for the finishing off once I've got all the new fittings and brackets made up. More on that later.
So I have spent another full morning polishing the second exhaust trim on my exhaust system.
Loads of autosole and a little cheat using a dremal polishing head. Brings the trims up like new.
Time to mask the chrome off and give them a few coats of VHT paint to tidy them up.
When I removed the exhaust surround it needed alittle tidy up so I've given it a rub down and I have tried a unusual paint finish.
I brought a tin of Plasti Dip. This is that spray on rubber coating. The Americans have gone mad with the stuff. Spraying whole cars with it.
It's a interesting finish with it's black matt rubber coating. I've never seen it before and I do like it.
The Americans say it's a good alternative to vinyl wrapping. Time will tell.
I left the Plasti Dip go hard over night and then fitted the exhaust surround back on the car.
Now the exhaust rear section is finished I fitted it up to the car as well.
It will need fine adjustment once it's joined to the rest of the exhaust next week.
The exhaust looks great with the bright chrome and matt black surround.  :o
My fitter friend is coming back on Thursday to finish off the cambelt so hopefully I will finally get the dam thing running.  :o


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: ferrari360jd on June 28, 2015, 10:38:49 AM
Looking good AP, the hard work is paying off ,the exhausts look fab the chrome must be good quality as well to hav lasted , jd


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 03, 2015, 06:52:36 PM
Time for another update.
The beginning of the week was taken up with work so I didn't get anything done.
My friend planned to come over to finish off the cambelt but as the weather went nuts we decided to put it off.
if I had got the car out it would have probably melted in the sun. We all like nice sunny weather but 37 degrees.  :o shit that was hot.
Fortunately it has cooled down alittle so I managed to get some stuff done.
My first job was to rub down and paint the big steel headlight brackets. They were quite rusty so a wire brush on the angle grinder makes easy work cleaning them up.
A coat of black hammerite sorts them out nicely. You don't actually see the brackets so finish isn't important. As long as there protected.
My second job was to paint the underside of the engine cover. Because I removed all that nasty chicken wire it left it partially stripped. Plus the extra reinforcements for the gas struts. A coat of brush on black VHT paint tidys it all up nicely. Please excuse the tasty pink towel. It's amazing what you find in your mums old cupboard. As its so tasty it's rendered as a handy cloth.  ;D
I have started to clean up the back of the engine bay. It looks alittle scruffy around where the little rear window goes. Got to give it some protection before I start building the imitation v12 engine cover  :o
To finish off I have started to clean up the headlight glass covers. When I removed them I thought they were plastic but as it turns out they are made of glass. I'm glad about this one because I thought I would need to get some new ones made up. A razor sharp scraper and some nail varnish remover cleans the glass up good. I've got to remove all that old black sealer that the previous owner used to glue them on.
I hope to start fitting the headlights tomorrow so more later.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 07, 2015, 10:15:45 PM
Time for a mid week update as I'm back to work tomorrow  :-[
I've managed to get some more work done on the headlights.
Its time to mount the headlights on to the car. I re fitted the big mounting brackets on to the chassis.
To refit the headlights I have rebuilt the stilts system which is a great idea to get the lights into the correct position with lots of slight adjustments. It's a combination of washers nuts and long bolts to clamp the lights into position. It works well.
Once lined up I had a difficult task to challenge. I needed to make the light part of the car. You can't just leave it open with the glass sealed on top as all the crap from the road will end up in the housing
When I removed the lights they were not sealed and were full of stones from the road.
To make the seal I required something that you could fit and then seal.
You could try using fibre glass matting but it makes such a mess and getting it to stay put is impossible.
So I had a solution.
This must the best idea ever when it comes to fibre glassing. I got hold of some sticky back carpet. The stuff you use to cover disco speakers etc.
As this carpet is already glued one side it's great for this job. The glue on the carpet is seriously sticky. It sticks like sh**.
So I cut and shape it down the sides and around the headlight.
Once every thing looks sealed its time to paste it with fibre glass resin. I resin it 4 inches at a time and scrub the resin into the carpet until it soaks through using a tooth brush. I only do 4 inches as it sets really quickly.
Once the housing it completely sealed I leave it a few hours to completely cure.
This carpet sets like concrete when soaked in resin. And is really strong. It's a great alternative to glass matting.
To finish off the sealing process I paste tiger seal over the carpet. Tiger seal is that black sealer used for bonding trims and windscreens on to cars. It's good stuff but it's like spreading tar.
Once it's completely sealed. The final finish is quite rough but very strong. I plan to stick new carpet over the edges inside under the glass. It will hide everything and look very neat under the glass.
That's the right side done. Now I need to do it all again on the other side.
I got half way through but ran out of time so the carpet is fitted ready for painting with resin over the weekend.
More to follow during the weekend.


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Post by: APDevelopments on July 07, 2015, 10:19:44 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on July 11, 2015, 11:10:34 PM
Time for a update.
My first job for this week was to finish off sealing the other headlight. As I fitted the sticky back carpet earlier all I needed to do was to paste the fibre glass resin into the carpet. Once that was completed and gone off I then pasted tiger seal over the resin covered carpet. Exactly the same as the other side.
That's both headlights now fitted to the body and will be totally sealed when I fit the indicator plate and glass later.
My next task is to repair the windscreen scuttle panel. It's in quite a state and is almost broken on the edges.
I have repaired the edges using the sticky back carpet and pasting fibre glass resin on to it on the under side of the panel.
As mentioned before this carpet is the one used to cover loud speaker cabinets. It's easy to work with, trim and shape. If you then scrub fibre glass resin into it. It sets like concrete. It's a great alternative to fibreglass matting.
Now the corners are repaired. I sand and shape the scuttle panel back to its original shape. There's a few extra pits and holes that require filling. So I fill and sand until smooth.
Time to give it a few coats of grey primer.
It's amazing how it looks perfect but once you prime it shows up all the blemishes and pits that require more filling.
I will leave it for a day so the primer can go hard before I do more filling and sanding again.
More next week.





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Post by: APDevelopments on July 11, 2015, 11:24:29 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on July 11, 2015, 11:27:53 PM
Now it's time for what you have been waiting for. My first video.   :o :o
My friend has finally completed the cambelt and water pump change and the car is now running.
It runs very smooth which is good news since the last time it ran was back in April when I blew the turbo.
My home made contraption exhaust sounds awesome. I gave it a little Rev to check.  
When it's ticking over it sounds more like a big motorcycle rather than a shitty old tractor without a exhaust.
It's difficult to tell how loud it will be until I actually drive it but it's certenly loud.
Please excuse any video mistakes. I'm new to recording and uploading videos on YouTube. This is my first ever.

Enjoy.

http://youtu.be/b459pkfGM_E


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Post by: ChristiaanN on July 12, 2015, 06:55:16 AM
Sounds awesome


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Post by: Alex360 on July 12, 2015, 07:23:47 AM
Sounds meaty, well done!

Cheers

Alex360


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Post by: Mickey_London on July 12, 2015, 09:26:25 AM
Great sound Matey  :P
Mick


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Post by: 4u2nv on July 12, 2015, 10:37:03 AM
Well done :) all the hard hard work really starting to pay off :)


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Post by: APDevelopments on July 13, 2015, 07:39:24 PM
Thank you for all your comments. I must admit that I'm impressed with the sound of my exhaust system. It's much better than I expected it to be. When it's ticking over its rumbling there like a animal. More videos will follow soon.
Anyway.
So this week I have a few spare days and as the weather is crap I have to concentrate on things done in the garage.
It's time to ask. Mirror Mirror on the wall who owns the baddest extreme kit car of them all?  :o
Nobody answered so I will have to ask again when more work is done :P
anyway as I'm talking about mirrors it's finally time for door mirrors.
As you might remember I had to cut off the existing door mirrors as they were bonded and solid on the doors. If they got clipped on the road, the impact would destroy the whole door. Plus they stick out so much you can't fit the car in the garage.  No good for winter storage.
I've done a lot of research on door mirrors and I've brought a few to offer up to the car to see how they look. Every one just looked crap. Really made the car look cheap. Even the carbon fibre F1 mirrors looked naff.  :-\
So there is only just one mirror that will look correct on this car and that's a Murcielago mirror. There is no substitute.
After several phone calls and looking around on the internet I was in a slumb because real Lamborghini mirrors are stupidly over priced. I'm talking over £1000 each  :o
Then one evening searching around on the Internet I found this chap making and selling Lamborghini replica parts.
He must have a good collection on moulds for all the parts he sells.
After a quick email he replied with a more sensible price for a pair of fibreglass replica mirror housings. I jumped at the chance and within a week I had them ready to go.
There not bad but require quite a bit of work before they go near any car.
I have decided to keep things simple. I am going to have manual adjusting mirrors with manual push in operation. My reason for this to keep the electrics in the doors simple plus I will need to remove the mirrors to get in the garage. Atleast they will retract if somebody clips them hopefully saving the door.
The mirrors come in two parts. Mirror housing and door mount.
My first job is find the correct pivot point and get the mounting bolt fitted. I found the centres by using a compass.
Once lined up I drilled the mounting holes. Once the bolts are fitted the mirrors swing perfectly in there centres.
My next job will be to glue in the bolts so there permently fixed in place.
That's it for today. I will post more tomorrow with more work on the mirrors.


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Post by: APDevelopments on July 14, 2015, 08:46:14 PM
Ok time for today's update.
One good thing with being on nights is that you get all afternoon to yourself. With the wife at work your free to play toys.
This afternoon I have done more work on the mirrors.
I started with bonding in the bolt that holds the big mirror arm in place. Time for the sticky back carpet again.
Once the carpet is stuck over the bolt head I plaster it with fibreglass resin. I did the same thing with the second mirror.
Once cured that bolt isn't going anywhere. Perfect.
I have also fixed some large diameter washers where the holes are. The fibre glass won't last long if your removing the mirrors on a regular basis. It wouldn't be long until the holes start to get bigger and bigger with wear, So some metal reinforcement is required.
I glue the washers into place using resin again.  
My next job is to start on the edges of the mirror faces. The biggest problem with these mirrors is that the face is just bare. No nice edges so I need to make them.
Firstly I need a guide to make a nice rounded edge. A visit to my model shop to buy some shaped balsa wood.
I cut the balsa wood to fit the mirrors and resin the strips into place. I do love working with resin because it sets in 10 mins so you don't have wait around all day waiting for the glue to dry.
Because you can't bend the wood all the way around I can only fix the wood to the flat parts of the mirror edge.
Once all the wood is all fitted and glued into place the next job is to fill the corners and sculpt into shape.
Loads and loads of filler for this job. I feel like I'm working for a prosthetics company. Making and shaping hands and feet. ???
I use my dremel to cut most of the surplus filler and then Finely shape the edges using miniature files.
As this is the first fill you can shape the corners as rough. If your not happy you can file away and refill later.
I offered up the mirror glass to see how it looks so far. Not bad. I'm planning to use the mirror glass from the old mirrors that I cut off.
I'm out of time for today as I've now got to get ready for work.  :-\
I will post more tomorrow.


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Post by: APDevelopments on July 14, 2015, 08:48:08 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on July 15, 2015, 07:37:18 PM
Not much exciting stuff done this afternoon. A repeat of yesterday's filling and sanding on the mirrors a second time around.
I did just have enough time to start my second filling session before work.
I've started to finish off the outside edges.
The mirrors are starting to look good. I'm looking forward to getting them fitted to the car.
I will post more progress Friday.




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Post by: Alex360 on July 16, 2015, 08:17:55 AM
Great work on the mirror housings buddy, I would never have thought of using the balsa wood as a trim, but comes out looking professional. I learn something new every day lol  :D

Cheers

Alex360


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Post by: APDevelopments on July 18, 2015, 10:28:47 PM
Time for a update.
If you remember I re fitted some new gas struts to the engine cover and one of you told me about how the struts distort the engine cover.
I did a smile modification by welding in some extra steel box section.
This week I have noticed that the edges on the engine cover have started to raise. I think that when the fibreglass gets warm from the sun it goes soft and because the gas struts are always pressing against the cover. It will start to bend.
I have now removed the gas struts completely.
So I needed a alternative. 2 options. A simple bonnet stay like on every front engined car or a possible slider.
I looked on eBay and found one that will do the job.
These sliders have no spring and simply lock when there extended to a certain point. To lower you simply press a button on the side and enables it to slide close again.
I brought the biggest one available.
One arrived mid week I have now fitted it to the car. I have used the original gas strut locations and fitted the top mounting to my welded box section.
I fitted it to the engine cover by bolting the bottom and drilling 2 new holes in my steel box section.
I then tap a thread into the box section. By taping a thread into the box section there is no need for any bolts so it fixes straight to the engine cover.
Once fitted I drop the engine cover and just before it gets to the lock the slider hits the bottom.
Damm! I have to lower the mounting so it can close.  
Once I've re drilled the holes I try again.  This time it closes perfectly but the cover locks up far to low.
Some modification is required so it can extend alittle further.
A easy mod by drilling a extra hole nearer the end of the slider. It now locks out near the end.
One re fitted the cover closes perfectly and when it's open the slider locks out just at the right height.
So I fill the 2 wrong holes and paint over.
Perfect. A engine stay with no spring. So no bending to worry about.  ;)

So it's back to the mirrors. I have now. Completed the second fill and is ready for the final fill.
There's only a few minor holes and blemishes to cover so not much filler is required.
Time to give them a final sand and shape.
Now the mirrors are ready for a coat of primer I've started to look at the mirror glass mountings.
My idea is alittle quriky but it's going to work. As I have opted for manual operation of the mirror glass I needed something that would enable the glass to stay central but be able to be adjusted by pressing against the corner of the mirror to position it where you want it.
After a bit of thinking I finally found a suitable mount. I'm going to use car interior centre rear view mirrors. I have brought 2 simple universal non dipping self adhesive interior mirrors. I plan to fix the interior mirrors inside my door mirrors to use the pivot ball joint as adjustment.
The ball joints are plastic but are quite stiff to adjust. Ideal for a manual door mirror.
Once the interior mirrors are stuck and bonded into place I plan to stick the final Lamborghini mirror glass over the interior mirror.
So my first job is to build a mount. Because of the angle of the interior mirror I need to make a small wedge so the interior mirror sits level ready for the Lamborghini mirror glass.
Alittle bit of wood cut into shape is the answer for this mounting.
Once I've cut the wedges I offer up the interior mirror inside the big housing. I finally offer up the Lamborghini mirror glass over the top.
Perfect. So all I need to do is glue and bond the mirror mountings to the wood wedges.

That's all I've got time for this week. I will glue and bond the wedges and mirrors next week.





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Post by: CdRsKuLL on July 18, 2015, 10:59:46 PM
Get work fella, I like the sliding hinge idea.. might have to pinch that ;-) At the moment I've got no rear lid support so it's a broom handle.  Love the work you have done on your mirrors, every day people don't see the amount of time and effort that goes into these builds. Every credit.


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Post by: APDevelopments on July 24, 2015, 09:44:45 PM
Time for the first part of this weeks update.
I have managed to get some good work done this week. By being on day shifts this week I tend to spend most evenings in the garage working on the car.
I started carrying on with the mirrors. I needed to bond the small sloped mirror mounts inside the housings. I simply stuck some small squares of carpet onto the base of the mirror housings. I then soaked it in resin and pushed the little wood wedges on top and held until set.
Once the resin was set these fixings are going no where. They are solid and will make a great mount.
It's time to give them a good few coats of grey primer. Once sprayed I leave them over night ready for sanding the next day.
It's amazing how the primer shows up every floor and pit in the fibreglass surface. Loads of repair and attention needed.
The next day I give the mirror mounts a really good rub down and then apply some filler to cover all the bits that require attention.
Yet again more sanding. 2 hours worth to be exact. Finally I'm happy with the finish and they are ready for their second coat of primer.
More to follow on these later.

Ok dashboard time.
Thank you for your comments on covering the dashboard. There is problems with every option so I have found out.
Flocking. The dash needs to be almost floorless and perfectly smooth to have the dash flocked. Even the smallest mark will show through.
Leather. I would have opted for this option but having your dash covered professionally is seriously expensive. Most of the quotes I got were in the £1200 Region. One was £2000. This is for the dash only.  :o
The other problem is covering the MR2 dash is a very difficult task due to all the curves and shapes. It's impossible to cover the dash without some floor in the joins somewhere.
2 years ago I covered a friends dashboard with my faveroute black self adhesive carpet. The dash was quite small being from a Ultima GTR but has lasted well over the past 2 years and my friends still happy with it.
So I thought I should give my dash a try. I'm not sure how it will come out.
Firstly I pull off the old felt which is really naff and because the glue seems have dried out it almost falls off.
I thought I should try a few squares of the carpet on some of the curves of the dash to see how it shapes.
Good results so far and seems to shape nicely.
My first job was to fill the air vent gaps with some expanding foam. These old vent holes are not needed on the Lambo as there's a second part to the dash which reaches down to the windscreen.
I fill the big vent with the foam and then leave over night to go hard.
The next day the foam has fully expanded and gone hard. I cut off the excess foam using a long Stanley knife level with the hole in the dash.
Once cut the foam is now perfectly level with the rest of the dash and it's ready for covering.
I lay the carpet over the dash with its backing still in place and cut to the correct shapes.
Time to start sticking the carpet down. You need to remove small parts of the backing at a time. If the carpet sticks to its self it's finished and you will need to start again.
I carefully smooth out the carpet over the dash, keeping it taught, smoothing out the creases and kinks as you go.
Very similar to vinyl wrapping.
The job gets harder when you get to the bigger curves of the dash and it takes a lot of stretching and shaping by pushing very hard into the curves. If you get a crease you need to pull it back alittle and try again.
4 hours later and here's the result. It takes ages to get a perfect cover so it looks like the carpet has been sucked into the dash.
I have managed to cover the whole dash without a single join. Not one  :o the carpet looks like it has been sucked onto the dash. Not a single crease, kink or line anywhere.  Awesome.
Where I filled the old vents. The carpet has covered the gaps perfectly.   :o
The last few photos show the finished result. It may not be to everybody's taste but I like it. I can't wait to see it in the car.
The secrete is the carpet. It's self adhesive and it sticks like shit. It's very flexible and forgiving when stretching it into the corners and shapes. I love the stuff. I've used the stuff loads of times on various applications.
That's it for this update. More tomorrow.





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Post by: 4u2nv on July 24, 2015, 10:06:28 PM
What pix ???


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Post by: APDevelopments on July 24, 2015, 10:08:47 PM
Give me a chance. I'm uploading them.

Here's some more


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Post by: 4u2nv on July 25, 2015, 12:17:11 AM
Ok if ya spending 30k + on a car , and please this is just my thoughts at the end of the day it's what you like ,

But that looks crap , and cheap , I'd slow down save if it cost £1,200 for a pro job then that's what I'd do , I think this will let all your great work down , don't get me wrong you have done a good job of fitting it , but that belongs in a 80s car with a dice not a super car ... How you going to demist the screen ???



Sorry I'm sure it's just me ,but  I'd want peps to comment on my posts both good and not so :)

Chris


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Post by: 4u2nv on July 25, 2015, 12:23:49 AM
I see where your going with it but I don't like the pile in the 2nd from last pic , maybe it's just the pic , can you not use a suede ???

I don't know ,,


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Post by: Alex360 on July 25, 2015, 09:13:53 AM
Hey AP,

Maybe just lay it in position, see how it looks?

Cheers

Alex360


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Post by: APDevelopments on July 25, 2015, 11:39:50 PM
Time for the second instalment of this weeks update
Thank you for all your comments they have been noted. Maybe I should go for like what's in the first photo LOL.

Ok so why have I gone for carpet. There is actually a reason.
The theme that I am going for with my replica is to build a Lemans race car replica. Everything right down to the last detail.
theres loads of Ferrari and Lamborghini replicas out there but how many of them actually look like they have competed in Lemans.
I want to build something that extra special. Apart from the Sparce interior that lemans race cars have there's also the adverts etc on the bodywork.
when you see the car on the road you could think. Look at that rich twat in that Lambo. Or what on gods earth is a racing car doing here. That's awesome.
My friend with his Ultima GTR had the same idea. It was green but he had in vinyl wrapped with all the names and sponsors all over it. It looks crazy and where ever it's parked it draws a crowd.
I plan the same for mine.
For my interior I plan to fit a roll cage. Fibre glass backed racing seats. 4 point harnesses and a carpeted dash. LOL.
I've never seen a race car covered with leather.
I did opt for the flocked dash but because the way the dash is finished flocking will look really rough.
The mr2 dash is only one part of the outfit. There's another 15 inches worth of panel with the demisters fitted going down to the windscreen.
It might not be to everybody's taste but I know what I would like. Trust me it will look out of this world when it's finished.
Hope that has cleared that up. Here's some photos of the inside of a Lemans Lamborghini.

Ok so on with the up date.

More work is required on the mirrors. Alittle more filler and more sanding on those blemishes to get them almost perfect.
Once rubbed down its time to give them a second coat of primer.  Once primed I leave them to dry.
Now it's time to give one of the mountings a few coats of black plasti dip to try out. I like this plasti dip stuff. It sprays on really thick making these mirrors look perfect. It's very slow at drying so they need to be left for a good 24 hours.
It's getting close to the point where it's time to finally fit the mirrors to the car  :o so I need to grind back the old mirror mounts flat ready for the new ones.
That's it for this week. More to follow.


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Post by: APDevelopments on July 25, 2015, 11:41:19 PM
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Post by: 4u2nv on July 26, 2015, 09:46:32 AM
Haha ok then I'll watch this space ' yes like the cage 1 , and 2nd pic looks amazin , not to to keen on 1st pic tho , lol lol


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Post by: peggyontherun on July 26, 2015, 11:23:07 AM
Don't listen to all of the negative comments if we all liked the same stuff the kit car world would be boring I got abuse from Ashley old extreme owner about my Lambo saying that I would never finish it well its finished the negative comment only drove me on harder let the haters keep on hating

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Post by: Mickey_London on July 27, 2015, 12:41:56 PM
I too thought that the carpeted dash looked crap but now you have explained what you intend for the interior I think that it will work well
I think we all asume that these cars should look like expensive supercars with all singing all dancing leather interiors
But actually the race car concept is a nice touch and will get the crowds and attention this car deserves
Well done with what you are achieving, we all know what time and work we have to put into these cars

Mick


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Post by: 4u2nv on July 28, 2015, 06:13:25 PM
Yep what Mick said ;)


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Post by: APDevelopments on July 29, 2015, 10:09:12 PM
Time for this weeks first update.
I have finally finished the mirrors and they are ready for the finishing coat of black plastidip.
I have been filling and sanding for days and I'm glad that there finally finished.
I'm not fitting the glass yet just in case there's a few modifications needed when there fitted to the car.
I've given the mirrors 4 good coats of plastidip giving them a professional finish.
Once the mirrors are painted I need to leave them for a good 48 hours to go hard.

In the meantime I have finally got around to re fitting the little back window. After cleaning up the glass from the old sealer and glue I mask it up ready for fitting.
I fit the window in 3 parts.  Firstly I spread some black tiger seal glue stuff around the edges of the glass. I then carefully slot the glass into its mounting. I Leave it overnight to set because if I was to start sealing it in around the edges the glass would simply fall in.
The next day the sealer has set and its holding the glass enough to seal all around the glass on the outside and I smooth it using a sealer spreader. I then remove the masking before it sets giving a nice neat straight line.
I leave it again over night to set and then repeat the process on the inside of the window.  
Now the glass is sealed and set perfectly. The job turned out to be very tidy and you can barely see the glass.
The wood you can see will be covered in black carpet when I upholstery the inside.

Ok back to the mirrors. Now there all plasti dipped it's time to fit them to the car.
I have already angle ground the fibreglass on the door to key it up ready for the glue.
I mask the edges where I don't want the sealer to go. Now the next bit is very tricky. After spreading tiger seal all around the inside of the mirror mounting it needs something alittle extra to hold it in place while the sealer sets.  
I have some of that black glue stuff that comes on a roll and is only used in the windscreen trade. It sticks like sh** and is perfect for this application.
So on the mirror mount I stick 3 balls of sticky windscreen fix like bluetack and spread alot of tiger seal every where else.
I then push the mount onto the car. Wiggling it to make sure the tiger seal squashes out getting a good bond.
The sticky windscreen stuff never sets and holds the mount in its location I then spread the surplus sealer down the gaps to make tidy.
I leave the mount over night and repeat the process on the passenger side.
It takes time to get both sides in the same place as each other so when you stand behind the car both mirrors are level and correct.
Once every thing has set hard those mirror mounts are welded in place. I slot the outer mirrors into there places and they look totally awesome. I'm surprised how far they stick out. But now I can see that no other mirror will work on this car. There massive.  :o

To finish off this update I decided pressure wash all the carpet pieces. I scrub washing powder into the mats and carpet and then pressure wash clean. Now they just need to be left hanging up to dry.

Yesterday my seats finally arrived. I chose a fibreglass backed pair of racing seats with a leather finish. You can't see them yet as my desicsion is classified information   :o you will see them when it's time to fit them.
I brought the seats from demon tweeks and they were sent by the courier parcel force.
The seats didn't even get out of the box. Those muppets at parcel force decided to ram a forklift blade right through the centre of the box and through the seats.
A £1000 worth of seats and there totally buggered and smashed to scrap. I was not happy and rejected the parcel. Fortunately demon tweeks will replace them as soon as there back in stock. Quality couriers.

That's it for this update. More at the end of the week.
 


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Post by: 4u2nv on July 29, 2015, 11:36:47 PM
Great work buddy ;)


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Post by: CdRsKuLL on July 30, 2015, 12:24:38 AM
oww.. whats in the box?


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Post by: Alex360 on July 30, 2015, 07:26:19 AM
oww.. whats in the box?

The ruined seats


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Post by: CdRsKuLL on July 30, 2015, 07:33:30 AM
... That will teach me to read the post first! 


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Post by: ferrari360jd on July 30, 2015, 08:23:03 AM
Looking good mate ,great job on the mirrors and window ,jd


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Post by: APDevelopments on August 01, 2015, 11:02:19 PM
Time for the second instalment of this weeks update.
It was time to fit the racing harness mounts on to the firewall.
After talking to a fitter at QV London (Ferrari garage) about the correct position for the harness. I was told that the upper mounts must be fixed behind the seats either at 45 degrees or horizontal to the back of the seat.
As there's not much room between the rear frame and back of the seat the mounts need to be just behind the holes of the seat.
I measured up the correct distance for the mounts to be behind the head rest. As it turned out there is a vertical bar in the correct place for one of the mounts but I needed to weld in some box section for the second mount.
I cut the box section and welded into position and then welded the threaded mounts into position.
I then repeated the process on the passenger side.
The plan is to fit the new plywood panel over the mounts with just a couple of holes to bolt the harness to.
I did find out that the expanding foam used to build this car is extremely flammable. One spark from the welder and you get instant flames. It wouldn't take much for this car to burn into a pile of ash. So the welds had to be quick and a small bit at a time. This is to avoid the steel frame getting to hot and ending up with a big bonfire.
Now everything is welded into place I would hope that the frame is strong enough to stop me going through the windscreen if anything was to go wrong. Hopefully I will never ever find out.
I removed the old original seatbelts as they are really naff and won't do much if something actually went wrong.
As the original frame had some surface rust I decided to give it a coating of protectant paint. You won't see any of it as it will be behind the wood panel. But it's nice to know that it's been painted.
Once It's all painted the result looks great. 4 harness points ready to go. The other 2 lower mounts are the original seat belt bolts down the sides of the seats.

As I have started to fit the new interior I needed to start fitting in the new power supplies in the doors.
I've used 7 core trailer cable to power the following. 2 wires for the window. 2 wires for the central locking. 2 wires for the door speakers if required. I'm not decided on that yet and a spare wire for a door light maybe.
As there was a trailer cable in the drivers door shut I decided to join onto it. The cable is perfectly mounted in the fibreglass. I soldered and heat shrunk the connections. As this is the main hinge on the door the cable needs some extra protection so I used a heavy duty rubber tube to sleeve the cable in the hinge area.
Perfect. Now I repeat it all again for the passenger side door.
When I'm ready I can sit in the car and connect up the electrics in the doors.

That's it for this weeks update.
I've taken a couple of weeks off work next week as holiday and I plan to crack on with the car everyday. So lots of updates. I'm not going away this year as I have a bigger toy that needs my atttention. I would love to get the car back on the road for September.  :o


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 01, 2015, 11:15:01 PM
More pics.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 02, 2015, 05:15:28 PM
Again well done AP :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on August 02, 2015, 07:28:51 PM
Top notch work Matey  ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 03, 2015, 07:53:11 PM
So here we go with the first update on my first day of holiday. With the wife at work I have the whole house to myself. I only managed to get half of what I wanted to do today due to the fact that I laid in my pit till 10am.
Terrible I know but hey I'm off work for 2 weeks.
Back to the update.
My first job was to fit the high level brake light.  I have no idea why the previous owner painted over it with black paint. I removed it a while ago and cleaned it up. All the wires were there ready so it was a simple solder job and it pops into its slot nicely. There's no screws so some of the good old black goo was required to fix it into place.
Now it's working correctly and looks correct. Every Murcielago has one as far as I know.

I have started to prepare the second part of the dash board. I had to cut this panel out using the vibrating saw as it was wedged into position and the only way to normally remove it is to remove the windscreen.
I have repaired where I needed to cut it so it's back to one piece. I have also started to fill where the old demister vents were using self adhesive carpet and fibreglass resin.
I plan to refit 4 new vents in the panel and it will need to be cut into 2 parts so I can fit the panel back into its place.
The windscreen is staying put because they are very hard to get hold of and they cost over 1k a pop.
That's it today. My next instalment will be tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 04, 2015, 09:47:56 PM
Time for part 2 of this weeks update.
Today I spent my time fitting up the new bulkhead.
I kept the old plywood bulkhead for this moment as they are great templates. I am using 12mm plywood for my bulkhead. A trip to the hardware shop to buy 2 pre cut sheets to my measurements is a good start.
I then simply lay the old plywood shapes over the top and draw around the edges.
I cut out the shapes using a jigsaw.
I have found that there is just enough room for a pair of speakers in the corners of the bulkhead which was a surprise.
I didn't plan to have them but as there is space then why not fit them. They will need to be small ones so I have chosen a 4 inch size speaker.
After cutting out the shapes I then cut the round holes for the speakers.
It took a few times to get the perfect fit. Offering the shaped plywood in the car and then trimming to fit.
I marked the holes where the harness fixings are and drill the holes.
It's time to put the rear speaker runs in as when the bulkhead is fitted feeding the cable won't be easy
To fix the bulkhead in permently I use some black goo. I apply the goo where the steel frame touches the wood and then use the harness fixings to hold it in place while the glue sets. 
To finish off I seal around the edges to get a nice tight seal.
Perfect. When the glue sets overnight this bulkhead will be fixed solid.
Because of the amount of gap between the wood and firewall I plan to inject some expanding foam in the space to make everything solid and to give some sound insulation.
More to follow tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 04, 2015, 10:24:47 PM
Great work buddy :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: ferrari360jd on August 05, 2015, 08:27:19 AM
Looking good ap ,nice job .jd


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 05, 2015, 11:25:50 PM
Today's jobs were simple. I needed to finish off insulating the new bulkhead. Now that the tiger seal has dried it should withstand the pressure of the expanding foam. I did make a wedge pole to help holding the centre of the bulkhead. The wedge pole is pressed between the metal on the dash and the bulkhead. There's no way the bulkhead will pop whilst expanding.  
I drilled a few holes around the bulkhead and then injected the expanding foam into it. I used 1 tin per side.
The holes will be filled once everything has dried.
The day was short lived as it started to rain so the Lambo was covered up quickly.

As I couldn't do anything outside I decided to paint the scuttle panel. I have used Plasticote to paint the panel.
I find that this rubber stuff is great for coating parts of the car and it looks great. It's easy to get a professional finish from a spray can.
I used 2 tins of plastidip to cover the scuttle. I applied 5 coats so I built up a good thick covering.
That's it for today. Hopefully tomorrow the weather will be dry so I can get back to the car.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 06, 2015, 09:54:51 PM
Well done AP more good work :) I'll have ta pop round for a brew and check ya motor out sometime if ya up for that :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 06, 2015, 10:04:00 PM
Yes anytime. Bring yours so I can get ideas.LOL  :o

Today my first job was to trim back all of the expanding foam that was injected into the bulkhead yesterday.
As this stuff expands and sets if applies quite a lot of pressure against the panel to be fixed. Fortunately because I wedged the middle of the bulkhead it didn't pop out so it's now set solid.
It's amazing how much the foam expands. It has oozed out every gap that needs filling.
It's easily trimmed back with a long Stanley knife. Once it's all trimmed it looks all nice and neat. .

My next job is to box in the old subwoofer places. There is 2 places that sit behind the seats that used to have 2 little subwoofers mounted when it used to be a mr2.
As I'm not really into loud car stereos there won't be any need for any more subs so the area is redundant. I could make a little pair of cupboards but because I plan to have fixed back all in one racing seats which will be bolted to the floor you won't get access.
I have decided to box them in.
There a funny shape so I made a extra square top and mounted it on top of the old speaker mounts. A few hours later using my old saw table they were boxed in.
To finish off I have again injected the boxes with expanding foam to fill all the old speaker holes. In the end it will all be carpeted over.
I have also added some more expanding foam up on the corners of the bulkhead. This is to seal the bulkhead all around. Once the foam is set tomorrow I will again cut it all back to make it all nice and tidy.
That's it for today. More tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 06, 2015, 10:06:06 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 06, 2015, 10:07:13 PM
More photos.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 06, 2015, 10:19:37 PM
Super I will :) however I don't think you would get any ideas from mine at the mo lol :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on August 07, 2015, 06:52:47 AM
Those seats don't look too comfortable  ;)

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 07, 2015, 11:07:02 PM
The seats as mentioned are designed for any return trip from Calais. I can fit a couple of migrants in the back.  :-X
Maybe not LOL

Anyways everything is going to plan. The expanding foam that I injected into the unused sub boxes have filled the area nicely. It's also filled the edges of the bulkhead near the window.
I spend the next couple of hours cutting and shaping the foam to make some nice edges and shapes.
I use a long blade Stanley knife to shape the foam.
The bulkhead is almost finished and is ready for carpeting along with the roof and areas that need covering.
To finish off I apply alittle filler in the holes that I drilled to inject the foam.

I'm quite chuffed with my finished bulkhead. It looks rather neat. I should confess that it's not my first. I have built a few camper conversions on a few of my vans that I owned some years ago.  Every one I do they get better so this one should be close to perfection.  :P

My next job is to fill all those holes in the floor. I think through the years with all its previous owners the car has had a few different seats fitted. Hence all the holes. I don't know why they have been left. Having a floor like a sive is not a great idea on any car.
I stick some duct tape to the underside of the car to stop the filler falling through the holes. I fill the holes with some body filler. Once the filler has set I simply remove the duct tape leaving a nicely filled hole without long stalagmites of filler under the car.
I then repeat the same on the passenger side.

My last job today was to sort out the surface rust on the inside of the floor pan. Fortunatly its only surface rust as the floor was found to be soaked when I removed the old sound insulation. I give it a good coat of hammerite krust rust treatment. I'm not sure what this chemical does to the rust but it does work.
I plan to give the whole floor a coat of paint last thing tomorrow so it's all nice and new and ready for the new insulation and carpets next week.  

More tomorrow.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 07, 2015, 11:07:47 PM
More pics.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on August 08, 2015, 08:19:53 PM
I look forward to updates on this build
Top craftsmanship Matey

Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 08, 2015, 10:10:18 PM
Thank you for your replies. I keep the updates coming.
I didn't get much done today as I had to go to a friends BBQ so I literally had 1 hour spare. As I'm having a non Lambo day tomorrow being Sunday and all I decided to paint the floor.
Now everything is filled and sealed it was time to paint the floor with some sealing floor paint. This stuff paints over anything and sticks like poo. Once cured it goes rock hard and is water tight so there's no rust to worry about.
It makes everything nice and new. You can be very generous with the stuff so I simply tipped half a tin in the middle and brushed it in.
I repeated it again on the passenger side. It will take a good 2 days to fully harden so I can leave it now till Monday.
That's it for this week. The inside is finally ready for applying the sound proofing and carpets.  So this is next weeks task.
More next week as its my second week off work. So I will update daily again.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 11, 2015, 06:40:32 PM
Amazing! here we go with page 10. 10 pages of updates. Have I done that much.  :o
So here we go with the first of this weeks updates.
I was gutted yesterday as all it did here was rain pretty much all day so I didn't even bother taking the cover off the car. So I did a few odd jobs around the house instead.  :-[ ((( boring )))
Today the weather was much better so I cracked on with starting to carpet the interior.
My plan with my interior is to cover the area completely in black carpet and then double cover the large flat areas in black leather with orange stitching. More on that later.
So I started the tedious task of covering the windscreen pillars with the black carpet.  As its self adhesive and it sticks like sh** it's very easy to apply. You do have to be careful not to let the carpet fold and stick against itself as its ruined if it does and you will have to start again.
It molds and shapes well to the curves of the interior. You have to use a nice long Stanley knife to trim the carpet. You need a large stock of blades as well because after a few cuts the blade looses its sharpness and ends up pulling the carpet.
Once the windscreen pillars are covered I start on the roof. To cover the roof I started from the centre and worked outwards. Sticking and pulling the carpet as I go. The carpet again molds nicely to the shapes of the roof.  
I trim around the tops of the doors and windows making a perfect fit.
I then move on to the bulkhead. I use the same method as the roof by starting from the middle of the bulkhead and working outwards. Again I trim around the windows doubling the layers in a few places to get a smooth edge especially on the little back window.
And there you go. Windscreen pillars, roof and bulkhead all nicely covered and trimmed.
That's it for today. Tomorrow I plan to carry on carpeting the sides of the interior and start fixing to soundproofing to the floor.
More tomorrow.

Ps. Sorry about the over exposed pics. I had to brighten all the photos so you could see the carpet. It's quite black the carpet making it difficult to see with it being bright outside the car.  8)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 11, 2015, 06:41:57 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 11, 2015, 07:07:31 PM
Good work like that for the roof and back board :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 11, 2015, 08:06:34 PM
Just been looking though your build and do you not like the style of the back board before ?  :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on August 11, 2015, 08:25:39 PM
Looking good Matey  ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 12, 2015, 06:55:46 PM
Here we go with another update.
Firstly the answer to your question is yes the previous style was nice.  It had diamond stitching on what was supposed to be suede but was more like a cheap cloth. When I removed it, it turned to be all Mankey and wet. It also stunk like somebody wiped there rear end on it.  :o The previous owner smoked in it so all the interior was ruined.
I'm putting in what I think is suitable for the car. But seeing how the results go before I decide on the finished style.
Anyway.
Today was not a good day. I never thought the 2 shapes that fit the sides of the dash board would be so difficult to cover. Because of the strange angles and shapes I managed to cock it up twice and had to rip it all off and start again. It took 2 attempts each side to get right and it took me all day to finish it.  
If there was a swear money box around it would have been filled to be brim.  :-X
That's it for today. I'm not sure have much I'm going to get done for the rest of this week as the weather forecast is rubbish.
We will see what happens.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 13, 2015, 06:27:22 PM
Time for today's update.
Well the weather man was correct. The weather was utter shite so I could only do some indoor stuff.
I decided to try something out. I was looking for a suitable finish for the inside of my headlights. Black paint is just boring and looks alittle naff under the glass. Whilst looking at some real super cars I noticed one car had a very cool finish under its headlight glass. It was a koenigsegg and under the glass of its headlights the surrounds had been flocked. No cheap black paint on that thing and the finish under the glass looks rather neat.
So I thought I would try mine. Now I could send some of my parts off to be flocked but I thought I should try myself first. I don't know if this decision was good or bad so I will let you know. If it looks naff then I will simply sand it off.
I brought one of those flocking kits on eBay. You get a bottle of black glue, a puffer bottle and a bag of fibres.
So hear we go.
My first job was to mask off the indicator lens and then de greased the headlight indicator housings with mentholated spirits to make sure there clean.
Following the instructions on the flocking kit I then apply the flocking glue. Strange stuff this glue being water based.
Once I have applied the glue I placed the housing in a big box. I used a big box as a flocking booth to stop the stuff going everywhere.
Time to apply the fibres. It's quite easy. Just puff the bottle full of fibres all over the housing. I keep applying until everything looks completely covered.
This stuff goes everywhere so a mask is a must. You don't really want to be breathing this stuff in.
Once it's completely covered I simply lift the housing to somewhere safe to be left over night.
I then repeate the process on the second indicator housing.
It's a strange finish and have no idea what it will be like until tomorrow so fingers crossed.  
I was tempted to paint the wife's chin with the glue and apply some fibres but I would need a quick setting glue  :P maybe superglue so it's permanent. There's a lot of other body areas that could also be treated but I can't mention that here.  8)
That's all I got done today. Hopefully it will be dry tomorrow so I can finish off my carpeting.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 13, 2015, 06:30:13 PM
More pics.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 13, 2015, 06:49:51 PM
Lol ,,,,, I'm not sure if your mental or a genius !!! But looking forward to seeing the results :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on August 13, 2015, 08:39:57 PM
Same here matey, with much interest.
I assume it'll be flock and run when you do wifey's chin lol

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 14, 2015, 07:47:54 PM
Time for today's update.  
Most total genius people have some sort of mental problems. Myself as I'm a complete nutter I must be genius. Not! LOL  :P
Again the weather was utter shite again so indoors stuff could only be done.
I'm starting to feel like a kid wanting to play outside but has to stay in with his crayons because it's raining  :-\
Anyways I'm sure your eagerly awaiting the results for the flocking of the indicator housings.
Once I brushed off the excess fibres the results were soon reviled.
Total failure. I think those do it yourself flocking kits should be renamed total flopping kit.
Even tho the fibres had stuck it was really thin. You could see the brush marks of the glue. It looks total naff.
I could have got better coverage sticking my balls to the housings :o
Oh well. This proves that you can't flock yourself. This is why the company's charge £100 quid for something small. It needs to be done professionally.
So I had to remove all the flocking and glue. To do this there is only one chemical that will do the job. Acetone. Nail varnish remover but in industrial grade. To use this chemical you need 3 things. Very thick rubber gloves. A mask and goggles. This stuff stinks and you will be floating away if you don't wear a mask. If you use simple rubber gloves like kitchen washing up gloves the acetone will dissolve the gloves to your hands. :o
I pour the acetone over the housings trying to avoid the lens area because I don't want to melt the lens.
I simply brush the acetone in and the flocking and glue simply falls off. It also removes the black paint and primer.
Once it's clean I put aside to dry in the fresh air.
Now the housings were dry everything was quite rough so sanding was required. I spent roughly 1 hour per housing sanding everything back to nice and smooth.
I will be re priming them but this time I'm going to settle for a good rubber plastidip coating giving the best finish under that glass.
More on that tomorrow.
At last my leather sun visor covers arrived. The original sunvisors on the MR2 are a felt finish and have Japanise writing all over them. Something needs to be done as you would never have a lambo with Japanise sunvisors.
I found this company that makes leather parts to order. I ordered a pair of orange stitched leather sunvisor covers for mine.
There a really good fit you simply slip the sunvisor into the leather cover like a glove. You fix the ends with the Velcro that stitched to the cover.
Perfect. They will look great against the black carpet headlining. They smell good to :o leather fetish  :P LOL
That's it for today. The weather forecast is good for the weekend so I hope to get back inside the car. Fingers crossed.
More tomorrow.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 14, 2015, 07:49:05 PM
More photos.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 14, 2015, 07:50:12 PM
More photos.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 15, 2015, 11:20:16 PM
Here we go with the last of my holiday updates.
It's good to wake up to a sunny morning which means I can crack on with the interior of the car.  :P
My first job today was to get some primer on the indicator housings. A trip to Halfrauds to buy a tin of there etching primer. This seems the only primer that sticks well to fibreglass.
I masked off the orange lens and then give them a good few coats of the primer.
A bit of a pain in the bum having to paint the housings again. But it's my own fault having the brain storm to flock them.
Now that he weather is dry I crack on with my interior. There's only 2 small panels left to cover but they are a real pain. The small area around and under the little side back windows. I have to really stretch and pull the carpet to fit to the strange shapes around the windows. I fluffed it up once so I had to try again. I eventually managed to finish one side with success.
Now I had to do it all again on the other side.
It took most of the day to finish off these 2 panels but I got there in the end.  So that's the first part of the interior completed.
I'm quite pleased with the results so far.
I'm sort of stuck now as I'm waiting for my replacement seats to arrive. Because I had the last pair made to my spec and requirements and got smashed in transit I have to wait for them to be specially made again.
My seats are still a secrete until they arrive in one piece. But they are seriously tasty.
That's it for today. I'm back to work on Monday  :-[ so it will be the end of the week until I get anything done of the car. So watch this space.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on August 17, 2015, 10:51:10 AM
A nice professional looking job Matey  :P
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 20, 2015, 08:09:43 PM
Time for a update.
As you all know that I had my car broken into on my driveway.
What's most frightening is that Cerberus was also tampered with. The cover had been pulled off and one of the doors were open. Upon closer inspection the only thing that's in the car is the battery so they nicked it.
It was only a crappy old battery so it's not worth a thing.
I was so angry and I wanted to sell it straight away. I also wanted to move house. But we won't go on about that.
I had to take the car away as I know that they will be back with bigger eyes for parts. The wheels on it are worth 5k as there real Murcie ones. Not to mention the rest of the car stripped for parts.  
So I got it moved to my works yard. It's as secure as it gets being security patrolled but it does look abit strange sitting between 2 London underground trains. I can't keep it there long so it's only until I sort things out.  
I'm having talks with a neighbour who dosent use his garage. Well he is 80. He says I can stash it in there at night and when I'm not working in it. Atleast until I get it on the road. All he wants in return is a ride in it when it's up and running.
So I'm bringing it home at the weekend to continue the work.
Anyways during the evenings all this hassle made me see the light.
I've decided that the carpeted dash looks crap. I'm not going for the racing car look as its alittle Chavy in my view.
So I've been redesigning the interior.
I'm still having all in one racing seats and 3 point racing harnesses as they look so cool.
I'm still having my black carpet on the infill areas. But extra on the headlining and back panel I'm having 2 inch orange diamond stitched leather.
Orange diamond stitch leather on the door cards and centre console.
Orange stitch leather on the dash and orange stitch carpets and mats.
Basically a lot of leather.  :o
So I've started with the dash. The company that made the sunvisor leather covers told me that they make mr2 leather dash covers.
I had them make me one up with orange stitching.
As soon as it arrived I was eager to get it fitted.
My first result was removing the carpet. When you pull the carpet off it has a habit of leaving the glue behind. On this occasion it left all the glue on the dash.
This was great. The dash was pre glued and stickey as hell. Perfect for fitting leather.
Upon opening the new leather cover it smelt great. Real new leather smell.  :o
I was amazed how it was cut and stitched to the shape of the dash.
Time to stick it to the dash.
The most important thing is making sure the front dash line is perfect. As you look at this line all the time it needs to be spot on
With the dash pre glued from the carpet it was quite easy to get this line perfect.
After a few attempts I got the position correct so I started to flatten the leather over the dash.
Leather is really difficult to get flat without creases and lines. It's not like carpet. How I managed to get it smoothed all over I have no idea.
There was a few parts of the dash that required some serious glueing because of the curves. So I used eveostick contact adhesive. The really stinky stuff.  
I eventually got everything stuck and smoothed out.
It's not finished yet as I need to cut the holes for the clock and passenger air vent.
It looks good so far.
I've ordered the diamond stitched sheet leather and look forward to fitting it to the back and headlining.
That's it for this update.
More after the weekend.  

 



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 20, 2015, 08:12:09 PM
More photos.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 20, 2015, 08:12:57 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 20, 2015, 08:45:02 PM
Much better ,,


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on August 20, 2015, 09:23:41 PM
That looks excellent!
They don't do it for pug 406 coupes by any chance?

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 21, 2015, 06:29:15 PM
The answer to your question. I have no idea but here's a link to there shop.
There quite helpful and modify bits to suit.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/TOP-GAITERS-BOOTS?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

Time for a quick update.
First thing this morning I got Cerberus brought back home now that I have the neighbours garage to stash it in over night.
I can sleep soundly again. I can easily drive it for the 100 meters it needs to travel from one driveway to another.
I adapt the famous countach sitting on the ledge with the door open position to reverse it.
The first photo is somebody I know reversing his.
You get some strange looks.  
Anyways I thought I should give this quick update because I've just fitted my dashboard back into Cerberus.
I finished off cutting the vent holes in the leather and because the sun was shining I was eager to fit it in.
It looks great. I knew the black carpet would infill next to the leather perfectly.
I popped the centre console in to check that it's a good match and It just happens to match perfectly. :o
It's starting to look like a car again.n :P
I got a phone call today to inform me that my seats have come in from the factory. This time I'm going to drive to the shop to pick them up. I'm not going to risk another forklift hole straight through them.
As soon as I have got them I will take some pics and I can let me seat secrete out.  :o
Tomorrow if the weather is good I might get around to start to fit back in some carpet.
Watch this space.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 22, 2015, 10:43:01 PM
Time for the second instalment of this weekends update.
I wanted to pick up my seats this morning but as its the weekend the wife has other ideas and wants the car to go shopping   :-[ I'd better let her take it as I don't want a nuclear war over the weekend LOL.
I will go collect the seats early next week as I'm on nights so have plenty of time in the afternoons.
So was it hot today or was it me. 32 degrees it said on my temp gauge. I spent all day under my big gazebo which was over the car giving me some shade.
I started with fitting the new sound proofing in the passenger side footwell. The sound proofing I'm using is a water proof polystyrene type sheet stuff. Used a lot as underlay on carpets around the house.
It gives a nice cushion and is easy to work with.
I cut the various pieces to shape and then glue them to the floor using spray adhesive.
Once all the foot well is sound proofed I then start to stick the origional but washed orange stitched carpets back into place. It took alittle while to work out what bits go where. Once sorted out I then use the spray adhesive again to fix all the carpets into place.
It took pretty much the whole day to complete the passenger side but it looks great.
The carpets on the floor match the self adhesive carpet I have used on the infill areas so it looks all complete.
You guys were right about having some leather to break up the carpet especially on the dash.
It's all coming together nicely.
After tea I just have enough time to fix the sound proofing into the drivers footwell before we start to loose the daylight.
The nights are drawing I fast now. It's almost dark around 8pm. Winter is on its way :-[
It's all starting to fall into place now. It won't be long before I take it out for a ride  :o
That's it for this weekend. As I'm on nights this week I can crack on with the rest of the carpeting. Weather permitting.
I will keep the updates coming.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 22, 2015, 10:44:10 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 24, 2015, 06:50:19 PM
Time for a quick update before work.
The weather was total shite today and it didn't stop raining.
So I decided today was the day to collect the seats. There was no way I was going to risk another pair of seats to be destroyed by those crappy carriers.
Anyways 4 hours drive each way to collect them.
Why does demon tweeks have to be so far away?
So what have I got?
I specially ordered a pair of full black leather Recaro racing seats with full carbon fibre backs, orange stitching but without the Recaro head rest logo. This is so the Lamborghini logo can go there instead.
They had to be built to my spec to order at the Recaro factory in Germany.
They look absoulty awesome and are worth every penny in my book but they were a lot of penny's. They will finish off the interior especially with the pair of bright orange 3 point racing harnesses fitted :o
I've got to go to work now so more tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on August 24, 2015, 07:41:42 PM
Beautiful. Did you fit the lambo badges, or someone else.
Again, really nice buddy

Cheers

Alex360



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on August 25, 2015, 07:25:17 AM
Have you tried them in yet? The driving position looks to be too straight up that's all.. Love the matching stitching 


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on August 25, 2015, 10:44:32 AM
Ok I'll admit it
I think I would struggle getting my arse in them  :-[
Haha
Very very nice looking seats though  :P
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: tony.essex on August 25, 2015, 05:06:46 PM
Looks like your getting to the finish. Nice seats very similar to diablo GT seats nothing wrong with that. Take a look at www.eurospares.cu.uk site original 4 point diablo seat belts £106.84+VAT each. part numbers RH 0097005089, LH 0997005090. or just follow drop down menu Lamborghini then diablo gt(1999) then coachwork  and finally 4 point harness.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 25, 2015, 06:40:45 PM
Hi.
The seats are alittle upright but not to bad. They are racing seats after all.
I fitted the Lamborghini badges myself. Because I had the White Recaro badge left off the head rest I had a couple of large size embroided Lamborghini badges made up ready. They have a self adhesive backing so they just stick straight on to the leather. Finishes the seats off perfectly.
There a snug fit even for my little arse. If your a porker then you have no chance getting in them.
I've got my 3 point harness specially made in bright orange by demon tweeks. Had to buy the road legal ones.
There for the racing effect and looks really.
Nearly finished? I wish it was.. Na. There's still lots and lots to do to get it up to my specification.
There's a Woodsport V6 engine transplant on the list but that's planned for next year. I'm planning to dump the crappy 2 litre. If I could I would fit a good old rover v8 with carbs. But I understand that's a no no according to Woodsport.
Unfortunately the weather was so crap today I didn't even get to take it out of the garage.
Hopefully I might get something done tomorrow afternoon.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 25, 2015, 10:07:06 PM
Good luck :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on August 26, 2015, 06:13:33 PM
If your a porker then you have no chance getting in them


Oh well,
You won't be taking me out in it for a spin then lol

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 26, 2015, 08:17:39 PM
Hi.
No offence on the porker comment. But where there is a will there's away. Photo bellow proves this.
Anyways.
I can't beleave the weather. I think we were having some sort of tropical storm. There's rain and rain like we had today. Totally crazy. I got blown out of bed around 1pm. (I am on nights). Massive clap of thunder and to look out of the window and torrential rain which lasted for over 1 hr.
Oh well no Lamborghini today. I'm going back to bed. Yawn.
Maybe something tomorrow as its my last night tonight. For a few weeks.  8)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on August 26, 2015, 11:19:15 PM
Lol, no offence possible, skin like a rhino har har  ;D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 29, 2015, 10:07:50 PM
I was hoping to get some work done to the car this weekend but this afternoon as soon as I took it out of the garage it started to rain so it went straight back in again.
I've somehow come down with another shitty cold so I'm not feeling great either.
I'm going to leave the car this weekend and hope to get a few bits done next week.
Have a good bank holiday.  8)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 02, 2015, 07:10:34 PM
Hurray it's time for a update.
I'm glad that the cold I broke out with didn't come to much and seemed to fizzle out over the weekend. Phew!
So it's pretty much the end of summer now and the weather has gone down the bog with it.
The Bank holiday proved that. Here it rained and didn't stop raining.
Trying to do any sort of car work outside in the autum is totally impossible so I have made provision for this.
After the crap bank holiday I decided to dig out my new tool. My secrete autum busting weapon.
It's a 6 meter x 3 meter marquee and it fits on my drive way perfectly.
No more wondering what the weather is going to be the next day. No more having to stop work because it's starting to rain.
Because it's a good size 6 meters long x 3 meters wide there's plenty of room to work around the Lambo.  ::)
There's also enough height to have the Lambo doors open.
As the first 2 photos show. It attaches to my garage perfectly extending my garage by that extra 6 meters.  :o
It takes about an hour to set up so I plan to leave it assembled on my days off so I can crack on with the work.
So today once I drove Cerberus into the marquee and zipped it up I cracked on with the headlights.
I'm going to coat them with plastidip so I need to get a coat of etching primer on them first.
I give them a good rub down to key them up first.
I mask off the edges and give them a good coat of etching primer. I will leave them over night before rubberising them tomorrow.
Another job I managed to do was to polish the metal rings that fit inside the headlights.
I have no idea why they were covered in old primer and paint. Looks like one of the previous owners decided to paint the headlights without removing them.
Easily removed once plunged into a bath of industrial acetone.
Once cleaned it's time for the autosol polish and the dremel polishing heads.
After about 1 hours worth of polishing. Bling. Now that's how they should look. These will look great under the glass.
That's it for today. I plan to coat the headlights in plastidip tomorrow so more then.  



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 02, 2015, 07:11:59 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: peggyontherun on September 02, 2015, 07:57:14 PM
Great job mate car coming along now  :) :) :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 03, 2015, 07:36:36 PM
Today's update.
Today I wanted to spray the headlight housings with black rubber plastidip.
I love this stuff. Spray on rubber giving a tough smooth coating with a professional finish.
It also hides a multitude of sins being so thick and Covers blemishes and marks.
So once every thing is masked off I give each head light housing 3 thick coats of plastidip.
You can see the small areas I masked off the points where the top indicator housing sits.
I plan to use the black tiger seal to mount the indicator units to the housings but the tiger seal won't stick to plastidip hence why I've masked that area off.
Now that the housings are covered I will leave them a few days to fully dry.
Now I turn my attention to the indicator units. I again give them 3 thick coats of plastidip.
Time to leave them a few days to dry.
I hope to start the final assembly of the lights over the weekend so watch this space.  :o




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on September 04, 2015, 05:01:10 PM
Good old plastidip, you gotta love it!

Nice job mate

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 04, 2015, 07:05:11 PM
Time for a update.
Back in July I ordered a complete set of drive shaft gators as the ones fitted were well and truly nackerd.
One side had completely split and had been spraying grease everywhere.
Because getting hold of these parts is a task in itself I decided to buy both inner and outer gators for both sides.
I ordered the new gators from Toyota direct. It had to be a main dealer part as I could not find any pattern parts that would fit. The biggest problem is that they had to be ordered from Japan direct and would take 6 weeks to arrive.
Well finally this week I had a phone call from Toyota to inform me that the gators were finally in.
I was glad to inform my fitter friend that I finally have the gators and he said he would pop over Friday to make a start.
After a couple of hours the old gators were off and the new ones fitted. I could hear a lot of swearing and cursing while he was playing with my balls  ::) as putting the ball bearings back into the housing was a complete nightmare.
While he was busy messing about with my driveshafts I started to prepare the second dash panel for fitting. This dash panel is going to be covered in leather but requires the windscreen vents cutting and fitting first.
Now the drive shaft is all back and fitted he will continue to do the other side next week. :o
Tomorrow I plan to start assembling the headlights so more then.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 05, 2015, 10:41:01 PM
Well I had planned to start re assembling the headlights but my body says otherwise.
I woke up with a really stiff back. At work last week I remember lifting something heavy and I felt my back pull lower down. I soon dropped what I was carrying thinking me back was going into spasm. I took some nurofen and sat on a hot water bottle that night at home and the pain went off.
This morning I couldn't move (( ouch)) my back went into agony mode and I can barely walk.
I wouldn't mind if I had been doing tricks in the bedroom but all that belony went out of the window once I got married. Shit! Last time I got laid was when Maggie thatcher was in power LOL. :o
Anyways I did manage to do something during the day. I drilled the vent holes in the secone dash board panel.
The panel has 3 vents fitted into it one in the middle and 2 at the sides. For the vent holes I have used water tank adapters. Brass fitting with a good screw thread. I have also started to paint them as well. This panel with eventually be covered in leather to match the rest of the dash.
I had to stop after getting this far because my back is killing me. 
Looks like a sickie is due at work because I'm not working like this. I can't even bend over to lift a toilet seat LOL.
And if I'm not at work I'm doing the car so let's see how things go Monday.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 07, 2015, 09:44:47 PM
Time for a update.
Well as I predicted I'm not going to work at the moment. I rested my back all weekend but even tho it's alittle better. I could easily end up back on the floor again so I'm not taking chances.
Well with nothing to do I felt the urge to do something Lamborghini.  So I decided to cover the second dash part.
Because it's the dashboard I need a thin cushion to go under the leather so my black self adhesive carpet is perfect for this.
I start with covering the large fibreglass panel with carpet. Cut to shape and cut the holes for the vents.
Once everything is all carpeted it's time to stick the leather. I completely cover the carpet with spray glue and the back of the leather. Once it's slightly dried I carefully stick the leather to the carpet. Smoothing it out as I go.
I then glue alittle on the back and fold the leather over pulling it tight. 
The hardest part is the corners as it needs to be flat so that it will sit flush with the MR2 dash.
I then cut the 3 small holes for the demister vents.
To finish off I pop the vents into the holes and screw the nuts on to the back of the vents. I don't make them to tight as there meant to sit on top of the leather.
Sorted. 
Now that this dash part is complete its ready to be fitted to the car. But not today because now my back is killing me again and I need to rest.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Lanlen on September 11, 2015, 01:19:02 AM
looking awesome±! really appreciate your posts. They're definitely helping me out with my build.  :P


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 13, 2015, 12:51:48 AM
Time for this weeks update.
Well firstly my back is much better so I'm back to work and I've managed to do some work on Cerberus.
This week I've concentrated my attention to the drivers side headlight.
My marquee has been working great keeping the weather outside and me nice and dry inside. I do tend to end up with tools and stuff everywhere when I'm working. It's great not having to worry if it's going to rain or not.
Anways.
My first job is to extend all the origional MR2 wiring so it reaches the new headlights asI removed all the old naff wiring right back to the origional MR2 wiring it needs extending. There's only a few circuits. Sidelight. Dipped beam. Main beam and right indicator.
I've spent ages trying to design a method of adjusting the height of the dipped beam. I feel it's important to be able to fine adjust the height easily on the dipped beam headlight especially during its MOT.
I worked out a very simple method to adjust the height. I have attached a small strip of steel to the projector headlight and it has a screw thread tapped into it. The height is adjusted by a long screw with a knob on the end that you can turn under the headlight. A big spring keeps it all nice and tight.
The spring is actually taken from a model shock absorber from a big radio controlled car.
The projector is mounted by 2 small screws each side of the light unit and it can pivot on this mounting.
The main beam projector is simply screwed straight to the housing and has no adjustment.
Once the 2 projectors are mounted I fix the polished metal rings to the housings. These are held in place with 4 self tapping screws.
The next job is to glue the indicator housing to the main housing. For this I use the good old tiger seal sealer glue.
The indicator is left over night to set.
My next task is to connect it all up
I like to keep things really tidy with all my wiring so I seem to spend ages getting it all perfect.
After a couple of days it's all working. The 2 indicators flash. (Front and side) The side light dipped beam and main beam all now work as it should.
The new headlights look great assembled.
Before I fit the glass I need to seal the headlight housing so it's watertight and crap won't enter the headlight under the glass. I haven't worked out the best way to do this yet.  I also need to make a new wheel arch liner.
Then I will have to do it all again for the passenger side.  :o
So watch this space.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 13, 2015, 12:54:40 AM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on September 13, 2015, 08:41:26 AM
Hi fella,

Not sure if it will help. I used some 16mm x 100mm plastic test tubes for my side lights. This enables you to seal round the tube but then insert the bulb. I swapped to white ultra bright LED's for this to keep the heat down.

They are only cheap off ebay - here's a link http://r.ebay.com/5z2A9u

Looking good :-) I should get mine back soon for the final push.

Steve


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on September 13, 2015, 04:48:29 PM
Great work on your lights mate, especially good job on the adjusters.
Have you got an estimated completion date?

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 15, 2015, 09:57:35 PM
Time for another update.
Firstly Alex360. I don't have a completeion date planned. I think I will be happy to get the car moted with a full pass before the last mot expires in April. I will be over the moon if I get it ready by then. I plan to do a few shows next year. Like stoneleigh etc so my clock is ticking.
I was planning to put the car away for the winter but I actually need to carry working on the car through the winter.
There is no way I'm working on the car in the freezing cold. So I need a solution.
I'm having close conversations with the wife to get permission to fit a portable garage on the driveway.  My poor 6meter x 3meter marquee won't stand the winter weather as its only meant for light use. Once the wind gets up it struggles to stay together. According to my research a temporary garage will be perfect for staying up all winter.
I plan to light and heat the inside so it will be perfect to work in during the bad weather and those long boring nights.
The wife as sort of agreed as long as I get a few jobs done around the house. Talk about blackmail.  :o
Anyway back to the update.
Today my mechanic friend turned up to take a look at the possible incorrect timing and to finish off fitting the new drive shaft gators
After checking the timing it turns out that both of the cam shafts are 1 tooth out. So he removes the tensioner and puts the cam shafts in the correct position. Because it's so tight in there it's really difficult to see down the side of the engine. So I will let him off from the small mistake of putting it back 1 tooth out.
He checked it several times to make sure and then I was told to give it a start. It started perfectly and amazingly enough it now revs really quickly like a motorbike. Vroom.  Vroom.   :o
I'm quite chuffed and I feel like a dog with 2 dicks now that the timing is correct and the car sounds so awesome. My contraption exhaust has come into its own. I will make a video again so you can all hear Cerberus come to life.   :o
The next job was to remove the drivers side driveshaft and replace the gators. This one is really nackerd and has completely split.
Once rebuilt it looks all nice and new so it gets fitted back onto the car.
Sorted.
That's it for today. I have had to take the marquee down because of the high winds expected over the next few days.
Once the bad weather forecast has passed I will put my marquee back up and crack on with the other headlight so watch this space.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on September 15, 2015, 10:01:41 PM
And your car looks good to Alex ;) lol


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 19, 2015, 10:28:07 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Now that the high winds have gone I've put my marque back up to carry on working on the car.
I have finally finished the wiring at the font end of the car.
The first 2 photos show you before and after I've been working in it.
It was quite a task sorting out that mess but now it's all sorted it looks all nice and tidy.
I just need to give it a paint to tidy it up alittle more. As this is the only boot space on the car I might put some carpet in there as well.
I have finally finished re assembling the front left headlight. I built the divers side last week so this one was a lot easier. It was built exactly the same as last week so there's no need to repeat myself.
Now the headlights have been assembled it's time to completely seal them off from the road. I need to build 2 new inner wheel arches as there is nothing there at the moment so all the crap from the road will end up in the headlights.
This is my next task. I plan to build 2 new inner wheel arches and completely fill the front area under the lights with expanding foam. This will seal off the lights and give the whole area extra strength.
Once finished all there will be is 2 access holes to change the bulbs if required.
So watch this space.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 24, 2015, 06:45:07 PM
Time for another update.
This week I have managed to complete a couple of tasks.
My first task was to cut out the extra rear panel for the interior. I plan to cover this panel with orange diamond stitch cushioned leather and fit it over the carpeted back panel to create a hi end finish.
I kept the origional panel for this part as I could get a idea of the shape to cut out. After a few times offering it up inside the car and giving it a trim I finally have the shape.
My next task will be to cover it in lovely leather    :o
Whilst I was busy cutting the shape out my fitter friend popped over to start on re conditioning the brakes.
The brakes are not to bad but the rubber seals have split so the whole calipers require a rebuild. He started with the passenger side rear wheel.
Once everything was rebuilt and reconditioned the caliper and new pads were re fitted to the car.
Earlier on I gave the imitation calipers and discs a refurb by polishing the discs and giving the calipers and wheels a good clean.
To finish off a new set of wheel nuts replace the old rusty ones.
Tada. That's one wheel done. It looks great :o. You would never know that there fake and the real discs sit just behind.
That's it for now. We will carry on with the brakes next week.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 24, 2015, 06:46:27 PM
More photos.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on September 24, 2015, 06:55:22 PM
Great work there fella. Will you be coming to Stoneleigh in her when she's done?


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on September 24, 2015, 07:11:30 PM
Top notch work, as always  :D
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 01, 2015, 12:15:32 AM
Time for another update.
To start with your question. Yes I do plan to take Cerberus to a few shows next year to include stoneleigh. I missed this year as Cerberus was no where near ready.
I haven't got much done to Cerberus in the past few days because I have been busy assembling my new 6 meter x 3 meter temporary garage.
I had long negotiations with the wife about this one and it took some convincing to get permission.
Finally the woman from delmonte said yes.  LOL
I wanted to replace my gazebo with something much more stronger that could withstand the winter weather.
My poor old gazebo would not stand much wind or rain as its only a light weight thingy and had tried to blow away on a few occasions.
My new garage is a proper piece of kit with heavy thick steel tubes for the frame and a strong cover that gets ratchet strapped down to the frame.
Took me 2 days to assemble. it looks great and it's now Cerberus new home for the winter months.
I can carry on working on the car for the rest of the year without having to worry about the weather or the long dark nights. I have fitted some strip lights inside.
Anyways. Today my fitter friend turned up to carry on with rebuilding the brakes. The rear one was again in quite a state so it needed some work to get it working again.
One all back the imitation calliper and disc was re fitted.
That's the back end of the car all reconditioned now.  From a fully serviced engine to rebuilt drive shafts and brakes.
He had enough time to start the front brakes. Again it was all stripped down. Cleaned up and had new rubbers fitted. Finished off with new brake pads and a good bleed
Again to finish off he refitted the matin calliper and disc.
Once every thing is back it was time to call it a day.
It's starting to look like a proper lambo with those huge calipers and discs.   :o
Only one wheel left now for next week so watch this space.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 01, 2015, 09:10:55 PM
Lets give it a try from my works pc.

Yep it works. Here's the photos for this weeks update.
For some reason there a lot smaller but I have no idea why I can't upload photos from my iPad anymore.  :-[



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 01, 2015, 09:12:51 PM
last one


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on October 01, 2015, 09:22:45 PM
Looking good, I've added JPEG now so let me know if it works.

Love the fake discs.. I still need to play with the ones I have yet.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 01, 2015, 09:23:35 PM
Let's try

Yep it's working again now.
So was it your website or my iPad? 

Well I suppose I should go and do some work.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on October 01, 2015, 09:33:07 PM
Looking at your past images they all end in .jpg but your new one ends in .jpeg so it has changed.. No worries as its all sorted now so on with the build :-) couldn't have a build with no pictures now could we :-).


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 05, 2015, 07:39:37 PM
Time for a big update.
Today was a interesting day as it was time to get my new windscreen fitted.
Going back the main reason for the new windscreen is because of the cracks on one side of the glass.
My insurance with Adrian Flux have given me £1000 worth of glass cover with my policy so it was time to use this.
I went through the standard channels to get a new windscreen but as it turned out a lambo windscreen direct from Lamborghini would cost £6500.  :o WTF. YES £6500 for a piece of glass. Ok yea maybe not.
Looking on eBay there was 2 people that had some windscreens. There was one for £700 and one for £400.
Both were up in the Midlands. The chap who had the £700 one wasn't interested in any sort of shipping so it wasn't a good deal.
There was another one for £400 and you chaps recommended him as a good supplier. He was up in Leeds so I knew it was going to be a 4 hour drive each way :-[
I grabbed it at that price and needed to sort out transport. I wasn't going to fit it in the back of my little car.
My father has a much bigger car so it was a case of (((((dad can I borrow your car))))).
Whilst emailing the windscreen guy he offered to get it delivered to a glass supplier in Park Royal west London for £25.  I grabbed the chance as its only a half hours drive.  8).
Once it was at Park Royal I nicked me dads car to collect it. Sorted.
Whilst we had such a sunny week last week I managed to get my temporary garage all up and ready. It took me 3 days to complete the job. Frame then cover then lighting. It's screwed down to the drive way so it won't blow away like my gazebo did one night  :-\
It's a Clarke garage from machine mart measuring 6 meters x 3 meters.
I have also fitted 3 x 1.5 meter strip lights down the middle of the tent. As its white inside there's enough light for any job in the future.
This will be Cerberus new cave for the winter. He will live inside until the spring next year and I can keep working inside through the winter.
Back to my windscreen. It sat in the spare bedroom whilst I found a glass complany that would do the job.
Can you beleave that I phoned loads of glass company's and as soon as I said Lamborghini they didn't want to know. Especially with a mobile fit.
Fortunately a visit to National windscreens Slough sorted somebody who was happy to fit it. So it was booked for today.
I'm glad I had my tent (garage) ready as it was raining but nice and dry inside.
11am and the guy turned up.  It was a little shock to have a member from the Sons of anarchy series standing there with his tattoos and long beard. but hay ho. LOL.
Actually this guy is the dogs janglies when it comes to windscreens and was a top bloke. He really took his time and great care of my Lambo.
So his first job was to cut out the old windscreen. He used some special tools to cut around the screen. He then put some number plates on the dash to protect it from the razor wire used to cut the bottom of the screen.
It didn't take long for him to have the old windscreen out.
Now the screen was out he offered to pop back to his depot to pick up a new screen surround rubber. The old one was nackerd so I grabbed the chance so off he went.
This was a good chance to fit the rest of the dashboard as this needed to be done when the glass was out.
This panel is the rest of the dash and fits on top of the MR2 dash to convert it for a Lambo. I have covered it in leather to match the rest of the dash.  
I connected up the heater vent pipes and popped the panel into place. It took a little fitting to get it tight and perfect but tada. All in and fitted.
Whilst I was waiting for the fitter to come back I cleaned up the area where the glass sits making sure the channel is clean and smooth.
Once this was done the fitter returned.
Time to fit the new windscreen.
He painted some black stuff around the windscreen channel to make sure it's suitable to bond the windscreen.
Whilst he was waiting for the black sealer paint to dry he fitted the windscreen surround. He cut the corners at a 45 degree to perfection.
Now the sealer paint was dry he used a electric sealing gun to apply the windscreen glue. I bet he could ice a cake perfectly as the applied sealer was so perfectly straight. Not like how I would apply it. Everywhere LOL.
He then fits the windscreen and squashes it into place. Sorted.
Tada all done. New windscreen fitted.
I'm really glad I had a top fitter fit my windscreen. A credit to National windscreens. Somebody who took great care with my car.
That's it for now. So now the dash is all fitted it's time to crack on with the rest of the interior so watch this space.
Now for the photos. Lots of photos.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 05, 2015, 07:43:54 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 05, 2015, 07:45:35 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on October 05, 2015, 07:46:37 PM
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Post by: CdRsKuLL on October 06, 2015, 08:41:54 PM
Looks like he made a really top job of it :-) hope mine comes out as nice. Did you ask him what mirror would fit on that bracket?  Still got to source one yet.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 06, 2015, 08:58:01 PM
Funny enough yes he did. He told me what car mirror fits exactly to the Lambo windscreen.
It's a push on then twist fit. Volkswagen Golf. Around P Reg 1996.
Should look like this.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on October 06, 2015, 09:26:15 PM
Brill, great find. I'll order one and keep my fingers crossed.


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Post by: APDevelopments on October 09, 2015, 08:02:48 PM
Time for a little update.
As the sun was shining. My fitter friend turned up to finish off the brakes on the last front wheel. He also had enough time to give the brakes a good bleed from every wheel.
Finally everything is finished mechanically wise. There is nothing left to do. We've Fully reconditioned all the brakes, and driveshafts, changed the cambelt, drive belt and water pump. Fully serviced it and a new turbo to top it all. A good full summers worth of mechanical work  :o
He will come back in the spring to go around every nut and bolt to make sure we haven't left something loose before it hits the road.
As the winter is almost upon us. I drove the Lambo back into its cave for the last time this year.
So what's next? Well I'm going to start with rebuilding the front wheel arches. As there's nothing there I have to scratch build them. They will seal off the back of the headlights to stop all the muck from the road going into them.
Then I need to finish off the wiring and the interior. Finally it will then be time for the biggest job of all. I will have to sand the whole body down, repair every crack, blemish ready for the amazing vinyl wrap in the spring. I'm planning to go for a very wild paint job. (Vinyl wrap). I'm planning to go for a satin black finish but with a bright orange line high lighting every line on the car. Tron style. Like in the last photo. Awesome.  :o
Anyway that's a long way off back to the wheel arches. So watch this space.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on October 09, 2015, 08:40:16 PM
That is going to be sooooooo cool, are you getting new wheels to match the picture?

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on October 09, 2015, 09:02:49 PM
Pukka :) can't wait to see it :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Paul79 on October 09, 2015, 10:45:14 PM
Loving your work ADP. Well done. Very much enjoying your updates with all the photos. Reminds me of my build on the DNA forum. Keep up the good work.
Paul


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on October 10, 2015, 09:31:51 PM
That bottom picture is the nuts  :P


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Lanlen on October 11, 2015, 02:48:14 AM
Not sure if you mentioned but may i ask how much the guy charged to fit your screen? I need mine doing soon! :)

Cheers!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 13, 2015, 07:24:53 PM
National windscreen fitted mine. Ben is the fitter. He travels the country taking care of the high end cars like ourselves  :o
They charged me £180 all in to include the new rubber surround.
Very happy with the finished job.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 14, 2015, 06:15:28 PM
Time for a mid week update.
It's time to start sorting out the back of the headlights and inner front wheel arches.
My first task is to box in the sides and bottom of the headlights. This needs to be done because once the headlight glass is bonded into place there's no easy way of removal to clean inside. So it needs to be sealed from behind.
This is one of the biggest problems with these headlights. As there is so many gaps around the back one trip up the road and the inside will be filled with crap.
So here we go. I have used very thin plywood for this job because it's quite flexible and you can cut it with a Stanley knife.
It was quite time consuming cutting a correct shape to fit up the sides of the headlight. Cut abit off try again and again and again. In the end I ended up with 2 strange shaped pieces of plywood.
Then I made the bottom to fit the 2 sides.
Once everything was cut to shape it was time to bond on the 2 sides. Time for the good old tiger seal.
I apply the tiger seal down one end of the plywood and then push it up into the headlight. I repeat for both sides of the headlight and leave it overnight.
The next day the 2 ply wood sides have dried hard and have stuck like shit. There not going anywhere.
I fix 2 small lengths of timber to the bottom of the sides so I have something to screw the bottom to I then screw the bottom to both the sides. I also fix a screw into the bottom of the headlight to make sure everything is solid.
There's a few gaps in the headlight where it needs blocking before the expanding foam goes in. I use duct tape to block the holes and gaps.
Now everything is fixed into place it's time to apply the expanding foam to seal and make everything nice and solid.
I inject expanding foam into every gap possable that needs blocking. This will also add strength to the headlight mounting onto the body work.
Sorted. I now need to leave it for a good day so everything expands and goes hard.
I will then trim the excess away and then work on the rear of the cover.
So watch this space.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 14, 2015, 06:17:21 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on October 14, 2015, 06:30:59 PM
Oh I forgot to mention. Did you know. Since April when I brought Cerberus I have spent a total of just over £9000 :o this year so far :-[
I brought Cerberus for 20k so I'm up to £29000 now. No wonder I feel broke LOL
I've paid my fitter friend just over £1700 for his labour. Just over £6000 on parts and the rest on tools, my gazebos and temporary garages etc. To make the job as easy as possable.
Yep I decided to tally up all those receipts. I have kept every single receipt right down to a packet of screws.
If anybody out there thinks building a kit car is a cheap replica. There wrong very wrong. And will be shot on sight for saying so lol.  
Photos below of my receipt piles.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on October 14, 2015, 10:20:42 PM
Noooo never every tally up how much its cost you.. :-) I have a complete mental block on what I've spent and how much things have cost me. As far as the wife thinks its cost me a 'tenner' that's my standard answer to her and always will be. But saying that I bet you're not far behind me!

O. BTW, I received my golf mirror yesterday, not tried it yet but its now in my box of bits ready.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on October 16, 2015, 08:31:37 PM
you sure that fitter is your fitter mate ???? lol


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on October 16, 2015, 08:39:31 PM
Haha Steve I'm the same I've brought a Rs4 lump and the wife hasn't got a clue she just thinks it's the pug lump been re painted ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 18, 2015, 12:59:20 AM
Time for this weeks update.
In regards to my fitter mate. Well he is a mobile mechanic running a business so all the work cost a lot less than if a garage did it all.
I couldn't have done that work so I paid for his expertise and now the mechanics are finished atleast all the work has been done correctly.
So on with the update.
I'm still working on the drivers side wheel arch. Now that the headlight has been boxed in and expanded foamed I gave all the surplus foam a good cutting back.
Once trimmed I started to build the next level.
I re fitted the big metal headlight bracket but this time upside down. I wanted to use this bracket as the main mounting for strengh and support.
Once refitted I cut out new base from the thin plywood. I pushed into place and used a few screws making it all solid.
I cut a few extra bits of ply to fill as many gaps as possable and then used some self adhesive carpet to finalise the sealing.
Now everything is in place it's time to fill it with expanding foam. I filled the whole gap with the foam and did this in 2 parts to get a even spread.
This stuff expands so much it looks like some sort of alien growing out of the car. It has even dripped down looking more like a egg from the film aliens.
I will leave it now for a few days to cure and go rock hard ready for trimming.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 18, 2015, 01:00:47 AM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on October 18, 2015, 03:30:44 PM
Well done good job :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 22, 2015, 08:16:16 PM
Time for another weekly update.
This week I have been continuing the construction of the back of the drivers side headlight.
As mentioned before this is very important to keep the inside of the headlights clean and clear.
Now the expanding foam has had a couple of days to go off and I haven't looked at the car since and was met by something quite unusual.
I did go a little crazy with the expanding foam trying to get and good seal. It expanded so much I ended up with a huge alien creature coming up from the ground.
Remember the film Species where they were doing tests in the lab and the alien worm grew at a frightening rate. 
Well if the produces from the films would have been proud of my creation.  :o
Time to cut the foam back and into shape. I needed to trim the foam back enough for the wheel to clear at full lock but keeping the strength for the bumper and light.
Finally after a few hours trimming everything was trimmed back everything was nice and neat and tidy.
The next task is to panel this part of the wheel arch out making everything rock hard and stone proof. The poor old foam wouldn't last long with the shite coming off a tyre at speed so some reinforcing is required.
I have used a sheet of ply wood for this job. This bit seemed to take ages. Cutting and trimming the wood into shape to get a perfect fit in the wheel arch.
I finally ended up with a very strange shaped piece of wood. Once this fitted up perfectly I cut 2 large round holes.
These holes are the access holes to get the the bulbs when they require changing. The holes will be covered with 2 larger discs and stuck into place giving a water tight seal.
The small little hole is a access hole to the headlight height adjuster and will be used during the cars next MOT. This will also be sealed off once everything is lined up.
Just before the final fit I give the wood a quick paint of fibreglass resin to seal the wood and make it waterproof.
To fix the panel in place I use a few screws along the bottom and a whole tube of tiger seal to make this panel totally water tight.
Lovely stuff this is spreading it on like tar.  :P
Time to leave a good 24 hours to go off.
My next task is to seal the front boot part of the car this side under this wheel arch as the person who built it made a big hole in the side. Once this is done I will paint the whole inner wheel arch to finish.
Then I have to do it all again on the other side  :-\



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 22, 2015, 08:20:31 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on October 24, 2015, 11:16:31 PM
Update time again.
This weekends job was to finish off the wheelarch.
As you can see from the first photo the size of the hole that needs covering.
Now that the headlight backing is finished its necessary to seal this hole for ever.
Because of the weird shape of this area it's time for my secrete weapon. Loudspeaker carpet covered in fibreglass resin.
I stick the carpet over the hole making it look like a nicely made patch. I then paint it thickly with fibreglass resin from both sides making it a solid panel.
Once it's cured and rock solid I inject some expanding foam inside the boot making sure everything is sealed and covered forever.
To finish off the patch I plaster it with tiger seal to make it 100% water tight.
I will now leave it a few days to cure and dry completely.
All that's left on this wheelarch is to make the round discs to cover the access holes and fit them, then coat the whole wheel arch with black stone chip paint.
More next week.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on October 28, 2015, 09:28:13 AM
Great work Matey  :)
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on October 28, 2015, 07:01:43 PM
Yep what he said :)

Looking good mate


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on October 28, 2015, 07:10:11 PM
When do you plan on getting it all done ? Have you a time scale or just suck it and see ?? .


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 31, 2015, 11:02:00 PM
Time for this weeks update.
I would really like to get the car on the road for next late spring. May hopefully.
That's if I don't burn it first.
I really haven't been feeling it lately with the car because that headlight seemed to take forever and now I need to do it all again on the other side.
Because I have been busy at work I haven't spent much time on the car this week and I didn't feel like it as well.
When I did get around to spending a few hours on it I managed to cut back all the expanding foam that I used to fill the big hole in the side of the trunk.
I shaped the foam along the front and then painted it with tiger seal to make it all waterproof.
To finish off I masked off the wheel parts and then gave it all a good coat of stone chip.
It now looks all nice and new under there. All that's left that side is to make the round access hole blanks and it's done.
Hopefully I hope to get some motivation to start the other side.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Lanlen on November 01, 2015, 06:15:36 AM
Keep up the good work buddy! It'll definitely be worth it when it's done! ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on November 01, 2015, 08:45:40 AM
Get a poster printed of the tron finish and hang it up by your lambo, it always worked for me :)
Don't forget, you have a LAMBORGHINI in your garage!!!

How sweet is that?


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on November 01, 2015, 10:49:57 AM
Yep like Alex said , your doing great work just keep going and picture your final goal , don't know if you look or read other people build that ain't Lamborghini , but your lucky !! Your pretty much there, so head up and stop moaning ???????? lol .

You'll get there mate.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 09, 2015, 10:28:53 PM
I'm back and it's time for a update.
It's been a few weeks since I have got to do some more work on the Lambo.
I felt I needed a break from it as you can over do it so I concentrated on work and got a lot of overtime in.
Now I'm burnt out with work I'm glad to get back to playing around with it again.
Whilst I was busy with work I started to miss playing with the Lambo so now I have a few days off shift now so I can get back to it.
So it's time to crack on with the passenger side headlight backing and inner wheel arch.
This side is worse than the drivers side. In this wheel arch there is nothing there to build on so I have to start from scratch.
There is also a big hole in the side of the boot area so this will also need sealing.
So my first job is to modify the big headlight bracket as this is the main mounting.
Because I mount the bracket upside down it needs a little trimming. If you don't trim it the wheel wheel rub against it at full lock.
Once trimmed I mount a strip of wood so I can mount the flat plywood.
I then mount the bracket on the car.
My next job is to fit a flat piece of plywood for the base of the wheel arch. I use some cardboard to make a template so I can get the correct shape. Then transfer it to the plywood for cutting.
Once the plywood is cut to shape I fix it to the bracket using a few screws and some tiger seal.
To finish off the edges I use some sticky carpet to stop the expanding foam going mad.
As you can see this is quite a big area to fill completely with foam so it's going to take a few attempts. Letting it go hard before I add more.
I use 3 tins of expanding foam injecting it in the correct areas to start the sealing and filling process.
Once this has gone off I will trim and then add some more. I plan to fill the whole area with foam making everything solid.



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Post by: APDevelopments on November 09, 2015, 10:30:39 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on November 10, 2015, 06:20:25 PM
Today's update.
Talk about expanding foam. After injecting it under the wheel arch yesterday this stuff has grown like a alien again.
Down the side of the headlight I have a huge egg taken from the film Aliens.
When I cut the egg off there's a hole in the middle where the expanding foam as made a huge bubble.
I'm not sure why this happens.
The foam has not set in the middle and as soon as it hits the air it starts to expand again.
The same has happened under the wheel arch. We have a huge ballon but when I cut a hole in the middle there's a huge open space and it's all sticky and gooey.
After some trimming to get the correct shape I inject some more foam around the edges to fill the parts that the fist lot missed.
I wedge some plywood between the chassis and radiator to stop the foam going into the rad which could actually block it.
I inject some more foam in the hole down the side of the headlight to fill it correctly.
Under the wheel arch where I cut a small square hole I will leave it open to the air over night to let the inside set before filling up with foam again.
More tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on November 10, 2015, 11:16:05 PM
wow.. that stuff does grow!! never played with the foam myself yet.. might need to do when I'm doing my interior for shaping.  Nice job again fella. keep it up, there can't be much of the car you haven't redone yet :-)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 11, 2015, 06:54:43 PM
It's another update time.
There's not much I haven't covered? Are you kidding I haven't even started yet  :o
This is just tinkering. I'm looking forward to really getting cracking on the car, especially over the Christmas period. The wife's going away visiting family abroad so it's just me and the dog. I plan to have my Christmas dinner in the car  :P. With no work for 2 weeks as well it's all systems go.
So what are my plans?
Get these headlights and frigging wheel arches finished as they seem to be taking forever.
Finish off the front boot area and complete the rest of the front of the car. Like fitting the head light glass etc.
Get working on the rear wheel arches, rear lights, tidying up the engine bay and build the replica v12 engine cover.
There's lots of electrics to do with the engine flaps and spoiler to connect up.
Whilst I'm continuing with the interior. Fitting leather everywhere I'm sending all 4 wheels off for refurbishment.
Then I have to sand the whole body down and repair all the floors and cracks in the body ready for the vinyl wrap.
Once all that is done hopefully it will be Spring outside and I can start using and driving the car.
So back to today.
Now that the foam has fully cured I finish off cutting back the foam under the bonnet. Getting the shape as close as I can to the other side so it looks even.
I do the same under the wheel arch. Cut it all back to shape.
Now everything is cut back to shape it's time to make the plywood backing.
As this piece is such a unique shape I use cardboard to make the template. Using various pieces and sticking it with tape to get a nice fit.
Once it's all ready and to shape I apply the cardboard to the plywood by drawing around it then cutting it using a jigsaw.
Once cut out I offer it up to the car and after a few extra trims with the saw it fits perfectly.
I will put this panel aside for later.
Back to making a wheel arch. For some reason this side has nothing on the top. It's simply a bare wing so some foam is required. To hold the foam up there until it goes off I stick some of my self adhesive carpet up with a 1 inch gap between the carpet and the wing.
I then inject the foam into the gap. I also fill the bubbles that were made on earlier foam sessions.
It's not long until the carpet starts to bulge down with the expanding foam so I wedge some plywood up there and hold it in place with a couple lengths of wood to keep it in place. It's amazing how much pressure this foam creates as it expands. .
I will now leave it over night to cure.
More tomorrow.


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Post by: APDevelopments on November 11, 2015, 06:55:21 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 12, 2015, 06:47:36 PM
Today's update.
Something different for today.
Earlier on in the week I noticed that a local prestige car dealer had a real bright orange Murcielago for sale.
As the dealer is so local to me I had to blag a viewing appointment.
This car is a 2007 Murcielago with only a few miles on the clock but it's up for only £200.000  :o :o
Yes 200 thousand. A bargain at this price.
I wanted to view the real thing so I could get ideas for mine.
Yes it's a lovely car but I paid particular interest in things like the boot, door shuts, interior and engine bay. The way it has been finished etc.
Lovely finish everywhere and that v12 engine  :o.  
I even got the salesman to give it a quick start up :o :o. Now that's what I call a engine sound. Wondering how to get a mr2 turbo to sound like this  :-\
Now after seeing this I know I have got my work cut out to bring mine up to this standard.  :-\ but this has now set the bench mark.
There was a car next to the Lambo in the showroom and it happens to be a Koenigsegg. Only up for 1.5 million pounds.  
Yes you read correct 1.5 million. Difficult to swallow that amount. I had the cheek to ask if I could sit in it. And the reply was yes of course.  :o the way that door opens. Talk about engineering.
Sitting in it felt amazing. All that leather and chrome. But it's a complete twat mobile. If I drove that car I would feel a right plonker in it. People would look at me thinking what a twat he spent 1.5 million on that Swedish crap.
It might be faster than a Bugatti but hay ho. It's not a Lamborghini.  
Back to the 200k Lambo.
Much nicer that the Koenigsegg in my book. Everybody knows a Lambo but who's heard of a Koenigsegg.
To finish off I sat in the Lambo again.
I like the way the sales man at the end asked me ( would I like to buy it)???   :-[ err not right now but I'd think about it and let him know.
I managed to take a few photos of the Lambo for you all.  ;D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 12, 2015, 06:48:55 PM
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Last 2 are general photos of a Koenigsegg from the Internet.
It would have been pushing it to take photos of it as well as the Lambo.  :-\


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 12, 2015, 06:52:19 PM
After all that it was back to reality.
My baby.
I didn't get much time today after my visit but I did find out that the expanding foam has gone mad.
Some how it has found its way into the door shut via the hinge.  :( didn't really want it in there. Oh well the doors got to come off anyway. 
Looks like I've got a lot of trimming to do to cut back all that foam so more tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on November 12, 2015, 06:59:50 PM
At least it showed where the hole was, something else to rectify matey.

Cheers

Alex360


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Post by: 4u2nv on November 12, 2015, 10:58:19 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 14, 2015, 09:40:57 PM
Time for another update.
Oh look we are now at page 17. 17 pages of my waffling on about what I am doing. Hope I haven't bored you all to death?
Anyway.
Well I'm still working on that wheel arch and the back of the headlight.
It has taken a hell alot of foam to fill this empty space. But it's now all filled and solid.
My first job is to trim all the foam back and cut it all to shape. I remove all the carpet that was making the top wheel arch mold. It has made a great shaped curved wheel arch.
Now that all the foam has been trimmed back its time to fit the rear panel.
Before I can fit it I need to cut a few holes to allow access to the rear of the headlight.
Once I have worked out the correct place to cut the holes I cut the holes using a hole saw drill attachment.
Now that the panel is all cut to shape with hole the next job is to paint it in resin. I use resin as its a good way to seal the wood and make it waterproof.
Once painted I leave it over night to dry.
It's finally time to fit the panel. I offer the panel up and temporarily screw it into place to work out where the adjuster hole needs to be and then cut the final hole.
Now is a good time to re assemble the adjuster. It's quite a fiddly job to re assemble trying to compress that big spring but after abit of persuasion it was soon back together.
It's now time to permently fit the back panel. I run some tiger seal along the bottom the panel before I screw it back into place.
Perfect.
I had better check the wheel clearance before I completely seal the panel into place. So I refit the front wheel and turn it lock to lock. There's about 2 inchs clearence from the wheel at full lock.
Now that everything's ready and checked my next job is to cover that hole in the chassis.  Fortunately it's a lot smaller to the drivers side.
I use my carpet to cover the hole and also seal around the whole panel using the carpet.
Because the resin melts the glue that's on the carpet I use some extra spray on glue to make sure it's stuck forever.
I fix carpet all around the wood panel and cover that hole in he chassis.
Sorted.
That's it for this week.
The next task will be to paint all the carpet with resin making a solid seal ready for painting.
I won't be able to do any work on the car this next week as I have got 7 days of solid work and overtime  :-[
So I have put it to bed for a week. Got to get some extra cash for Christmas  ???
More in a weeks time.


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Post by: APDevelopments on November 14, 2015, 09:42:26 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on November 28, 2015, 07:55:29 PM
Well it's been a few weeks and I have finally got around to doing a little more to Cerberus.
2 weeks of overtime flat out. And what have I got out of it. A stinking cold.  >:(
Anyways back to Cerbs.
I'm still working on the headlight backings. My first job is to resin in the self adhesive carpet to permently mount the plywood backing.
It took about 6 coats of resin until the carpet soaked it all in.
Once it's all plastered I turn my attention to the front boot area.
I inject a good load of expanding foam into the other corner where the hole used to be. The same as the other side.
I leave the resin and foam over night.
The next day I'm greeted by another alien in the boot. The foam has gone haywire again.
I take my trusty kitchen knife to it and perform some shaping Heston Blumenthal would be proud of.
As always it's not completely set in the middle so it will require a second fill.
My next job is a very messy one. I spread tiger seal over all the resined carpet and expanding foam to make sure everything is water tight.  The only way to do this is simply by hand and spread it everywhere.
It takes 2 tubes of tiger seal to completely cover everything.
I also inject some more expanding foam in the hole in the boot.
I leave it all overnight to cure.
The next day the expanding foam is ready for its final trimming.
The tiger seal has gone hard making everything rubber solid.
It's now time to custom build the top cover.
As this area is a sort of a boot it all looks little unsightly having a big radiator on show.
As its such a strange shape I make a template out of cardboard first. I start with the left side then the right and to finish off the middle around the lock. To hold it all in place I duct tape it all together.
I then transfer it to some thin plywood by drawing around my template.
I use a jigsaw to cut out the shape.
We finally have a top panel. It will require some minor trimming to get a perfect fit. I will then seal the wood with resin and then prime it ready for painting.
As I'm off work next week I'm going to crack on with it so more next week.
  



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Post by: APDevelopments on November 28, 2015, 08:01:04 PM
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Post by: 4u2nv on November 29, 2015, 10:33:39 AM
Well done :)

Can you still access the wires etc etc if you ever needed 2 ?

Good work tho coming together :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go
Post by: APDevelopments on December 02, 2015, 06:44:52 PM
Time for this weeks mid week update.
Firstly the answer to your question. Yes all the connections are easily accessible through the back of the new headlight backs. As I've rewired the headlights, indicators and soldered all the joints there is no need to access the wires any more so they are all tidily cable tied back and hidden in the foam for the next light year  8)
On with the update.
Now that I have made a template out of ply I hit abit of a snag. I can't shut the boot down. It's to tight.
The ply has turned out to be a little thick for the job. Even tho it's thin ply it's still to thick.  :-[
So I go back to the drawing board and decide to remake the cover out of floppy 4mm MDF. I did look into using fibreglass sheet but it's still to think and difficult to get hold of for me.
Even tho MDF is about as water proof as a sponge I'm not to worried as I will be completely painting it in fibre glass resin to seal it.
Once I have cut out the shape again I test to see if it closes. Yes! It closes down perfectly. I add the rubber seal and test again. It still closes perfectly.
Time to make the fixings. As the bottom of the panel slips under the lip of the bumper it only requires a bolt each side. I drill and tap a new thread in the metal frame. This will make easy access without flapping about with nuts and bolts. For the top fixings I use 4'big self tapping screws along the top.
Perfect. And it still closes perfectly.  
I won't resin it yet as I want to mount my new screen washer bottle under the cover and will require a extra filling hole somewhere. As soon as the bottle arrives I will fit it up then resin the panel.
It's only a small boot and I would like to keep it as water tight as possable so having a washer bottle in there will be a little dumb.
Time to put all that aside and start something new.
Cracks!!!
Unfortunately over the years the body of Cerberus has developed a few cracks here and there so they require repairing and repairing correctly.
So I remove the front bonnet to reveil crack number 1.
Under the scuttle panel below the windscreen there is a long crack running along the right hand side top of the wing.
A little scraping with a screw driver reveils how bad it is.  It's bad enough.
These cracks require something abit stronger than simple fibreglass so I plan to use a new product which is really expensive.  Plastifix. It's got really good reviews and will set like concrete according to various users.
I guess it's like a epoxy resin. But better. They use this stuff to repair sun seeker boats so a few cracks on Cerberus should be easy.
So following the guide I need to cut a lot of the crack away using my Dremel. Getting right into the flesh of the fibreglass.
So after about an hour of grinding away I have the crack ready to repair.  
I'm going to apply the plastifix after work tomorrow so I will let you know how it goes :-\
That's it for now. More later this week.



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Post by: APDevelopments on December 02, 2015, 06:46:13 PM
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Post by: 4u2nv on December 02, 2015, 08:08:42 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on December 03, 2015, 06:40:52 PM
Quick update.
Oh! I get these faces mind up  :-\ :o never mind.
As soon as I got back from work I was eager to give the new plastifix a go.
So here we go.
I watched a few poo tube videos on how to use it last night and it looks easy.
This was the best one:

http://youtu.be/j4RECGjEOnE

So I cracked in with it.
It's very easy. You have a fluid in a bottle with a needle in one hand and a small cup of white power in the other.
You simply let a few drops of the liquid drop into the powder, then touch the needle in the power and you pull out a little clump of resin. As you apply it in the crack you let the liquid flow a little and the clump runs into the crack.
This stuff really stinks and it wasn't long before I was floating around my marquee  8). I had to sit a small fan where I was working to blow the stink away. It soon passed and was back on the ground lol.
It's quite time consuming applying this stuff but the finish is very smooth. It drys quickly as well. Touch dry within a few mins.
I think this has to be the best epoxy I have ever worked with. It's really nice to work with and without hardly any mess. Unlike araldite where it gets everywhere and stays sticky for ever.
As there is a big hole to fill I decided to plaster some normal epoxy in there to seal it rather than waist the plastifix.
I will add the plastifix on top of the araldite to finish tomorrow.
Now on with the other side.
Again I attack the crack with my Dremel to cut a groove ready for the plastifix.
That's it for today. I will fill the other side after work tomorrow and update then.



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Post by: APDevelopments on December 03, 2015, 06:41:50 PM
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Post by: CdRsKuLL on December 03, 2015, 07:46:10 PM
looks like your cracking on with it :-) (pun intended)

Have you got a screen wash bottle? I haven't at the moment, thinking of putting one at the front but can't even find the wiring plug for the original one at the moment...

Steve


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Post by: APDevelopments on December 04, 2015, 07:36:15 PM
Another update.
Yes my windscreen bottle arrived yesterday. It's only a little universal one from fleebay.
I plan to mount it somewhere in front of the radiator to keep water away from the boot. I will fit it later next week.
As soon as I got home from work I got on with applying the plastifix to the left side cracks.
The crack on the left is so bad it required a little more strength so I have to fit a nut and bolt. To avoid a shitty nut sticking up I use a counter sink head bolt and mount it below the surface so it can be filled.
As before this stuff is great. So easy to work with. It wasnt long until I was floating around so I had to grab the fan again to blow the fumes away.  8)
Once applied I leave it to go hard.
Now that the 2 big cracks have been repaired I turn my attention to a few fixings around the edges of the boot.
When you open the boot on a real Murcielago even the boot looks perfect. Everytime I opened the boot on mine apart from the rad there's a few things that I hate. Down the sides of my boot shuts I have 2 great big repair washers with a bolt sticking up from them.
I also have 2 smaller bolts and washers down at the bottom. This looks really crap and gives the impression that the car has been poorly built.
It's not rocket sience to tidy this up.
I remove the 4 bolts and replace them with a counter sink head bolt. I cut the counter sink into the body so the head of the bolt sits just below the surface.
Once everythings tightened up I cover the heads with plastifix. Now there covered I will sand and fill to make invisible forever. Because I have covered the heads with epoxy there is no way these will split and pull through.
Perfect.
It's time to start filling and sanding over all the epoxy repairs to prepare for painting.
More tomorrow.




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Post by: APDevelopments on December 05, 2015, 06:58:14 PM
Last update for this week.
As I am not at work this weekend I want to finish off the sides of the boot so I crack on with it.
I'm glad my temporary garage is able to withstand strong winds because it's blowing gales out there.
The tent is rustling and shaking side to side as its getting hammered with these gales we are having. Fortunately I was sensible and bolted the frame to my drive way concrete floor so it's not going anywhere.
Inside my garage it's nice, dry and warm with my heater running 8)
So I get on with the sides of the boot.
My first job today is to sand the tops of the plastifix down to just below the surface level so I can fill it with filler.
I use my Dremel to file the tops away.
Once everything is ready I plaster my 4 bolt heads and repaired cracks with body filler.
I apply the P38 filler quite thickly around the repair areas. As soon as it has gone off I start sanding.
It's quite a task sanding down these groves because you can't get a big sander down there.
So I take of the excess with a Dremel drum sander.
The finishing and fine sanding has to be done by hand here. It takes me ages to rub all this down by hand.
Pretty much all day rubbing and sanding away.
My persistence is rewarded as the whole area is now all nice and smooth.
Once it's all painted it will look great.
Now that the boot shut is all sanded and ready for painting it's time to repair another crack.
I have a small crack on the top of the left hand headlight opening. This needs repairing before the crack travels north.
So I carry out the same procedure as before.
I cut out the crack using the Dremel getting right in to the flesh of the wing.
I apply the plastifix by running it into the cut out crack area.
Sorted.  8)
I will leave this go hard over Sunday and rub it down on Monday.
As I'm not back to work until Tuesday I will carry on with it then.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on December 05, 2015, 07:00:16 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on December 05, 2015, 08:12:01 PM
I'm liking that plastifix stuff, very useful to know mate  :D

Cheers

Alex360


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Post by: APDevelopments on December 07, 2015, 06:41:24 PM
Time for this weeks first update.
As I was off work today I managed to get a few bits done.
My first job is to make the headlight back covers. As I'm getting around to the point where I paint under the wheel arches it's the correct time to make these.
I have 3 big round holes each side to cover and to cover these I will make 3 bigger round discs out of plywood.
I use a hole cutter attached to my electric drill. Talking of drills this one is abit of a relic. Belonged to my grand father and I remember him using it when I was about 10 years old. He's long gone but his drill is still going strong. They don't make them like this any more. Solid metal case origional Black and Decker from the 70s.
The plywood is quite thin so it's easy to cut out the discs. Once there cut out I sand the edges to make smooth.
I offer them up to the back of the headlights to check that there the correct size. Perfect.
When you use the hole cutter it drills a small hole in the middle to guide the cutter and keeps it in the centre. Unfortunately for me these holes are not required so I fill them with plastifix. I put a little tape on the back to stop the plastifix running through the hole.
I will leave them until later.
I have decided that the finish on my headlights is not good enough by a long shot. If you look at the photo of the real murcie you can see the perfect finish underneath the glass. Mine look a little shit so they require a lot more work.
Let's see how this plastidip peels off.
I'm surprised how easy it is to pull it off. It doesn't actually stick that well and isn't long before I have pulled most of it off. I don't bite my nails so it's easy peeling for me. There still a little small bits to peel off later.
To finish off today I wanted to turn my attention to the repaired crack at the top of the headlight.
My first job is to re cut the shape of the corner. I use my Dremel with a small sanding drum and I carefully recut the corner. The next bit is to rub the top of the corner down so its time to dig out my new Electric DA. (Orbital sander).
These sanders make easy work of body work sanding but are to aggressive for finishing sanding. Within seconds I have sanded the plastifix down so I attack the other scabby bits on the wing.
Theres a few messy bits around the edges of the wheel arch but are tidied up quickly using the da.
The next jobs will be to apply some filler to the sanded areas to make the levels correct again.
I'm back to work tomorrow  :-[ so I won't get any more done till the end of the week.
More to follow then.




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Post by: APDevelopments on December 07, 2015, 06:43:08 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on December 12, 2015, 06:08:42 PM
Time for this weeks update.
As I have been busy this week with work, today was the first chance I have had to do some more work to Cerberus.
I'm still repairing the passenger side wing so I start with applying some p38 filler to the areas where I have repaired the cracks.
As the da sander is to aggressive for sanding filler I dig out my new fine detail sander. 
This is my second one as my origional one blew up from over use when I was repairing the headlights back in the summer.
Once the vacuum is connected up to the sander I start sanding away.
As soon as the excess filler is sanded away I resort to hand sanding using different grades of foam sanding blocks.
I spent the next 4 hours rubbing and sanding away getting the finish nearly to perfection.
I say nearly as I'm not a professional at this game but my results are not a bad effort.
To finish off i sand the headlight base again getting that almost nearly to perfection.
Once everything is sanded I wipe clean with a mentholated spirits wet rag.
I would say that this wing is almost ready for some primer. 
I'm around and about next week so I might get a few bits done.
More then.





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Post by: APDevelopments on December 14, 2015, 09:55:37 PM
Update time.
As I was off work today I managed to do some more work to Cerberus.
It's time to remove the passenger door and start on the door shut.
4 bolts and a gas strut removed the door simply lifts off. It's a heavy bugger. So I put in the garage for a later date as the door also requires a refurb.
My first job is to cut away all that expanding foam that decided to squeeze through from the wheel arch.
Once the foam is cut away it's time to start sanding. It's quite rough in this area so it needs some tlc.
A couple of hours sanding away it gets all nice and smooth but as I sand all the crap away a few cracks appear that will need repairing.
As before I cut a groove in the crack using my Dremel and then apply the plastifix.
I will leave it over night and then sand smooth tomorrow.
All thats needed is alittle filler in a few areas then it's ready for priming.
More tomorrow.


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Post by: APDevelopments on December 14, 2015, 09:56:35 PM
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Post by: Mickey_London on December 14, 2015, 10:02:02 PM
Great work  :)
Mick


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Post by: APDevelopments on December 16, 2015, 06:43:59 PM
Time for a mid week update.
Due to work commitments I haven't got as much done as I hoped.
Anyways on with the show so to speak.
I'm still working on the wing and door shut.
Now that I have sanded back the plastifix I apply some p38 filler to finish the repairs off. Once it's gone off I start sanding again.
Another 2 hours of rubbing away and we are pretty much done.  It's all nice and smooth. Ok its not a million percent perfect but it's not bad. My next task will be to apply some fibreglass primer. I will get to that later.
I did get to paint my headlight blanking plates and the big radiator cover.
I use fibre glass resin as its the best water proofer you can get. It soaks into the MDF board making it solid and watertight. I will give it a rub down to make smooth once it's gone off.
More to follow.


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Post by: APDevelopments on December 18, 2015, 07:21:23 PM
Time for a update.
As I only worked early mornings this week I managed to get a few things done.
I'm still working on the left wing and wheel arch.
Now that all the cracks are repaired, filled and the door shut is all filled and sanded it's time to prep the rest of the left front side of the car.
To start with I use my mini sander with a 240 grit paper to cut all the gloss paint back.
I sand everything back taking off any high and flakey bits of paint.
Once I have rough sanded it all back it's time for the tedious task of wet sanding the whole area.
I start with a p320 grit wet and dry paper and I use a special sanding block that holds the paper in place.
I use water with a very little drop of fairy liquid to keep things lubricated.
I put the soapy water in a spray bottle so I can keep spraying the area to keep things wet.
Once I have rubbed the whole area back I do the whole process again but with p400 and to finish off again with p600 paper.
After a good 4 hours of wet sanding its finally done.
We are now ready for priming.
To finish off today I managed to paint the other side of my headlight backings and radiator cover with resin.
I will leave them go off over night.
That's it for today.
I finally plan to prime the front left side of the car tomorrow so more then.



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Post by: APDevelopments on December 18, 2015, 07:22:52 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on December 19, 2015, 11:51:22 PM
Time for this weeks final update.
Today's task is to spray the left wing and door shut with some fibreglass etching primer.
I've used Halfrauds grey plastic primer as it has a etching agent in it so it bonds well to fibreglass. If I used normal primer it would just scrape off.
So to start off I over looked something that also needed some attention.
The imitation brake caliper. It's quite scruffy and has some damage that requires repair.
I cut out the cracks using my Dremel cutter and repaired them using the plastifix as before.
It goes off quickly so I can give the caliper a sand ready for priming.
Now that we are ready it's time to mask everything off.
It took me nearly two hours to get everything covered.
So here we go time to paint.
I put the spray cans in a bucket of warm water to get the paint to optimum temperature. I don't know if doing this makes a difference but it's worth a try.
To get my garage ready for spraying I use a fan near buy venting outwards to help extract some of the overspray and fumes. I also wet the floor around the area to stop any unwanted dust.
I put on one of those white paper suits to stop me giving off any dust. I look a complete twat and more like somebody dealing with a Ebola victim.
My next job is to degrease the whole area to be painted. I use mentholated spirits for this as its the best degreaser I can get. Once it's all degreased I finish off wiping the whole area with a tak rag whilst blowing it with a air line.
This will make sure there is not any dust or bits on the surfaces.
Here we go. Once I have given all the paint cans a good shake I start spraying.
I spray the whole area with a mist coat keeping it to a very light haze. Because I don't know what sort of paint the original paint work is, by putting a few very light coats on first lessons the chances of a paint reaction.
The origional orange colour takes quite a lot of primer to get it covered but after 3 mist coats and 3 thick coats later it's pretty much covered.
I also spray some primer under the wheelarch to make sure the stone chip paint used later will stick the the tiger seal sealer.
To finish off I give the imitation brake caliper a couple of coats as well.
I ended up using a total of 7 tins of primer to get everything covered. :o
I will now leave everything to go hard for a couple of days.
When I come back to it on Monday I will give it all a very light sand with wet and dry to make it all smooth.
Then I will do the whole area again but this time using a high build primer to cover any imperfections.
So more to follow.


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Post by: APDevelopments on December 19, 2015, 11:52:55 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on December 19, 2015, 11:54:18 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on December 19, 2015, 11:56:02 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on December 24, 2015, 06:21:01 PM
Time for a update.
Now that I have primed some of Cerberus I found out one big problem.
Trying to paint such a big area using spray cans is totally impractical.
Firstly the product in aerosols is so crap and thin it's like spraying piss. The primer has no thickness to it.
After the 7th can of primer and I had barely got any coverage of the front wing.
So I needed help.  :-[
I popped in to a body shop nearest to me to find out what's best to do. The chap there was so helpful he even popped over on his way home to take a look and give me some tips.
I was told that I really am pissing in the wind trying to use spray cans and I needed to invest in some proper body work products.
My nearest suitable supplier would be the car paint co in high Wycombe and he gave me a list of what I needed.
It was interesting visit to the shop and I brought a good collection of paint stuff.
So it was time to follow the direction of the paint sprayer and get cracking.
My first job was to rub down the grey halfords plastic primer to take the top surface off to get it ready for the octoral
PA 65 plastic etch primer. This stuff you use straight from the tin.
I was recommended to brush alittle of this etch primer on the old halfords primer to make sure there was no reaction. Fortunately there wasn't so it was all systems go.
I follow the same steps as before where I wet the whole garage floor with water to stop dust rising. I then degrease and tak cloth the whole painted area ready.
Time to dig out my new gravity feed spray gun.  :o I give the gun a quick flush through with thinners before I put some etch primer in it.
I set up my gun on a old piece of wood to get the correct spray I require. Then head for the car.
I give the car a final tak cloth and blow with the gun and Finally lightly spray the whole area with the PA65 primer.
It's quite thin so it's easy to get good coverage.
Only one coat of this stuff is required. I leave it for a couple of hours to cure.
2 hours later it's time for the second phase.
A few coats of MIPA 2 pack filler primer is required. It's quite easy to use. You mix it with Octoral H13 harder to a ratio of 4 to 1. That's 4 parts paint to 1 part hardner.
So I mix up 400mls of primer to 100mls of hardner and give it a good stir. Then fill my gun with it.
This stuff stinks and will seriously damage your health of inhaled when sprayed so I brought a proper body shop mask.
I suit up in my white paper suit and head to the tent.
As before I set up my paint gun on the old piece of wood but was told I will require the widest pattern. Set to around 30psi with the maximum flow of paint.
One final tak cloth again and I spray the whole area.
This stuff goes on really thick and covers everything in primer including me.  8)
I give it 20 mins and then apply a second coat.
During the last coat I hit abit of a snag. My compressor started smoking.
My poor old trusty 7cfm little compressor got alittle hot. It has been running almost constantly for the past hour.
Not good for a oil free compressor. So the last tank of air took nearly 10 mins to pump up :-[.
I just finished spraying the last bit and my compressor gives up completely in a big cloud of smoke :(
Oh well I will have to buy a new compressor in the new year.
Time to clear up for the night.
I wash out my spray gun with fresh thinners and leave the car overnight to dry.
The next day I check the primer and it has gone off a treat. It's pretty much covered every thing.
It's quite a rough finish and feels like I have painted it with a house roller but this is normal so I have been told.
Time to spray the guide coat over the primer. This is a simple mist coat of black paint to show up all the floors, high and low spots during the sanding.
I use a simple aerosol black paint and mist over the whole primer.
30 minuites later it's all gone off so I remove all the masking.
I will now leave the car a few days to make sure everything has fully dried before I start sanding.
Hours and hours of sanding to follow but after Christmas.
I'm taking a few days out away from Cerberus as its Christmas.  
One final thought.
Whilst looking at Cerberus sitting here with one half of the car in grey and black and the other in bright orange I have seen this somewhere before.
So for now I will rename Cerberus to
TWO FACE!
Have a great Christmas.  ;)



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Post by: APDevelopments on December 24, 2015, 06:28:18 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on December 24, 2015, 06:29:25 PM
Guide coat.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on December 24, 2015, 06:30:18 PM
Final thought.
Merry Christmas.


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Post by: Alex360 on December 29, 2015, 08:31:45 PM
Like it!!


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Post by: Mickey_London on December 29, 2015, 10:24:43 PM
The primer and guide coat makes the car look menacing.
I like it  ;)
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 02, 2016, 11:40:55 PM
Time for my first update for 2016.
Firstly happy new year to all that read this thread.
I hope everybody has had a nice Christmas and a good new year.
My plans changed alittle as the wife decided not to travel so I ended lumbered looking after her  ;D
Because she was around all week lumbering me with everything else but the Lambo I didn't get one single thing done on the car.
So what did I do all week? I have eaten and drunk to much for sure.
First 2 photos are of my Christmas dinner followed by me pud.
I'm not a turkey fan so a huge lump of beef was my faveroute and for pud a nice Christmas pudding with trifle.  :o
To top it off a couple of pints of cider to wash it all down. HIC!
Photo 3 is the result of a big Christmas dinner. Fat Bas*** get in my belly. LOL
Now the new year is upon us I now have to diet as I'm alittle over weight LOL.  :)
I have done a few things ready for doing the body work of the Lambo.
During the week I brought a new compressor as my old little one died during the last primer coat.
This compressor is a real beastie :o
It's pretty much the biggest you can get to run from a single phase supply.
I chose a belt drive one as they are much quieter than a direct drive model.
This one has a twin cylinder pump with a 90 litre tank giving up to 14cfm.
Ok it's not a pro model but will suit my air requirements perfectly.
My second little project was to build a washing station.
I have decided to build my own spray gun washing station.
It's basically a second hand stainless steel sink mounted on a bench It will have thinners pumped around to do my washing. I plan to keep it outside as the fumes whilst cleaning will stink out the house.
More on that later.
So making the table as I'm not a chippy I have kept it simple with 4 legs and a few sides.
I started by getting all the bits of wood pre cut at my local hardware shop to my measurements.
Then I simply assembled it with glue and screws.
Perfect.
My sink fits on top perfectly.
I will add a lower shelf, some splash back sides and a coat of paint later this week so more then.
Hopefully I will also get back on with the car as well.



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Post by: APDevelopments on January 02, 2016, 11:42:36 PM
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Post by: Mickey_London on January 03, 2016, 10:45:20 AM
Could you write a little review on the compressor please.
I could do with one to run a few little air tools and paint the odd panel
Thanks
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: tony.essex on January 03, 2016, 04:52:43 PM
Compressor wise  for a little over £200 that's what I paid different name same though. I think it real good value. first thing you will notice is how much quitter than a direct drive it is Apart from that its kept up with all the air tools I`ve used apart from the little sandblaster. But its not far off holds its own by the time the pressure is down to 70psi. Well pleased with mine.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 07, 2016, 10:14:36 PM
Time for a update.
Firstly let's mention my new compressor.
Ok I brought mine from fleebay from this firm. Link below.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151375892762?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

It arrived during the Christmas week in a big crate on a pallet.
Upon opening it the compressor requires alittle assembly. The wheels, handle and filling the pump with oil that is supplied. You need to fit a normal 13 amp plug.
One word of warning, even tho it's 13amp rated the big motor does require 20amps surge to start the thing.
So if your plugged in on a 16amp radial circuit it will throw out the trip. So you need a 32amp ring main to run it.
It pumps up that big tank in a few minutes. Noise wise it's much quieter than a direct drive model.
You can keep a normal conversation with somebody next to it whilst it's running. So you don't need to shout.
It's rated around 14 cfm so to test you can hold my blow gun on constantly and the compressor will start, pump up and stop with the gun on full.
So it will run most tools with ease.
Hope this review is suitable  ::)

Ok so on with the update.
I managed to get some more work done on my gun washing table.
I have added a extra splash back and sides to keep my gun washing in the sink.
Now that my table is complete its time to give my new compressor a try.
I filled my spray gun with a water based floor paint in slate gray and thinned it 4 paint to 1 water for spraying.
With the Lambo well covered up I sprayed it in my tent which is becoming a fully functioning body shop.
I used 3 spray gun fills of paint to get it covered.
My compressor kept up with the spraying with ease. Stopping and starting during the spraying.
I have place the compressor in the house under my stairs. Cleared out all the wife's crap. Wired in its own power supply direct from my consumer unit (I am a qualified electrician) you will need one to do it for you. Anyway it runs in there almost silently.
Perfect.
Something has come up tho. Over spray!  >:(
Whilst I was spraying the grey paint I ended up working in a cloud of paint. So what was I missing? A extractor. Doh!
All spray booths have a massive extraction and filter system. I do not so this is something I need.
So the first thing I did when I got back to work was to have a rummage in our junk railway storage yard.
As we have been renovating all our ventlation systems we have a skip full of large centrifugal blowers. Most of them are huge and require 3 phase but there is a few smaller ones that only need single phase. 2 out of the 3 were buggered but this one is still in good working order. A quick chat to my boss and a pint of beer and it's mine.
This big blower is perfect for my spray booth ventlation system.
So to stop the blower sucking up all the spray and dust you do require a filter. So I brought a decent size filter on fleebay.
So now I have the blower and filter I need to make a box to mount it all in so more on that later.

Back to the Lambo
I have had some time to start sanding down the filler primer.
I started of using my new big flat sander with 240 grit sand paper.
Once I had sanded everything nice and flat I finished off by hand.
Because it's fibreglass there is lots of highs and lows but eventually I've got it nice and flat.
The filler primer has really come into its own around the door shuts. It's covered every floor.
My next step is to finish off my sanding around the headlight before I wet sand it with wet and dry.
So more to follow.






 


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 07, 2016, 10:17:37 PM
More photos.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on January 08, 2016, 08:02:51 PM
What colour are you going for now? I presume you are going to have a go at painting rather than wrapping since you have bought all the gear.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on January 08, 2016, 08:28:59 PM
Can't wait to see how this turns out ' Don't forget to bake it after top coat !! :)

Well done tho


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 08, 2016, 08:52:24 PM
Just a quick update.
Ok unfortunately I have to admit defeat with the priming of the wing on the Lambo.
I have now spent 2 days sanding away trying to get it how I want. And I can't. I've lost that battle.
Yes ok my body work would be fine for a normal small repair on a car but to attempt preparing the whole car to lamborghini standards is way above my head. My priming, sanding and painting just won't be good enough for a Lamborghini. It's not a shitty Nissan micra so it can't be treated like one.
So what now?
I have decided to completely change track. To get the car exactly to how I want it requires some serious skill and workmanship. Not to mention money.
So this afternoon I had a meeting with the chap at my local bodyshop who took the time and effort to offer all the advice earlier.
Again this time I have taken his advice and he's now got a whole car to prep and respray. :o
I've been advised against the vinyl wrap as it won't be good enough for my standards.
Yep. I've finally booked it in at a proper bodyshop. :o as they have got bentlys and Porsches at the moment I'm sure they can cope with my crappy old replica.
So what are they going to do?
They want it for 1 month to completely repair all the cracks, blemishes and basically redo everything. To finish it off with a full body respray.  :o
I have been advised to go for a solid colour rather than pearlescent or metallic so that in the future when more cracks appear. Which they will because it's fibreglass. It will be easy to repair, colour match and respray the area.
There is some bad news tho. I have to undo some of my previous work so make way for the respray. To be honest I'm not happy with the interior so it's coming out. I've got to remove all the fixtures and fittings to make repair and paint easier.
So it's going back to a rolling shell with a engine. I've got 4 weeks to get her ready and then shes off.
I won't mention the cost  :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :'( :'( :'( :'( It's not going to be a cheap experience but you do get what you pay for and the car deserves a proper Lambo finish.  
Whilst the car is away I will still have lots to do ready for the spring. When the car comes back Spring will be amongst us making putting Cerberus back together more pleasurable.
So to finish off. The final goal. Firstly colour. It's going to be Fiat funky orange. It's Italian and it's a solid orange. With gloss black around the windows and back.
So now it's time to go back so more later.
A few pictures below of my goal.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on January 08, 2016, 09:05:31 PM
Nice :) and to be honest glad you have made that choice as I believe it's the right 1 :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on January 08, 2016, 09:43:06 PM
I too think you have made the right choice. Infact it's the same choice I made. I have tried myself at bodywork and I'm more than crap at it, it's a mysterious art that I just can't seem to crack. Great colour as well, I was torn between white and orange and over the years of my build have changed more time than I can remember.

4 weeks for a total strip down.. better get a move on :-) don't forget it would be great to see you at Stoneleigh if you can make it.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 09, 2016, 11:11:57 PM
Time for another update.
Now that I have decided to get all my body work properly I have started with getting the car ready for its rebuild.
I might as well start off with the door as its removed at the moment.
First job is to remove the plasti dip from the mirror mounts. It easy to remove just simply peel it off.
Once it's all removed my next job is to cut back all the tiger seal that I used when I bonded the mounts to the door.
This will be replaced with filler making the mounts part of the door.
I found out that the special plastic primer I brought from the body shop supply place attacks the tiger seal.
It seem to soften it a lot bringing it back to a partly set sealer. So I brush some on to the tiger seal and leave it for a few minutes to react with the tiger seal.
The Stanley knife simply glides through the tiger seal making it very easy to cut away.
Now that the mirror mount is back to basic my next task is to remove the window. This turned out to be very easy. Just loosen off the small nut on the window mechanism glass clamp and lift the glass out. This will make it a lot easier for the body shop to work on the door not having the glass to worry about.
As the glass it out I give it a good clean and polish then wrap it in a old pillow case to keep it safe under my bed until it's ready when the cars back.

One final thing. The window trims on the doors. Inner and outer trims that run along the bottom of the glass. Mine are abit naff and could do with replacing. Does anybody know what car these are from or do you buy it as a length and cut to size?
It's shown on the last photo. Any tips on this would be great.

I will be doing a lot more stripping next week so more then.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on January 10, 2016, 12:39:27 AM
If that outer bottom window seal was done the same as the build DVD then from memory they are from the 406 coupe.. Same as they use for the 360/430 donor.  Maybe someone building one of them can confirm?

Steve


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 13, 2016, 11:49:01 PM
Time for a update.
Firstly I need to thank CdRsKuLL for the copy of the build dvd.
I never knew that the build was that intensive. Especially with extending the wheelbase. It's actually buit like a tank on the back end of the car with all that box section and plated steel. Amazing.  :o
I do like they way the chap in the video says. (Fairly straight forward) as he's cutting and welding up all that steel.
I'm glad I brought mine completed as I could never carry out all that work to such a high standard.
If anybody tells me that it's a crap replica I will simply punch them on the nose for that insult. LOL
They really don't have a clue.
Anyway back to mine..
I have managed to get a few jobs done.
As my passenger side door is still removed I needed to do a couple of repairs before I refit it.
I filled the top of the mirror mounting so that it now looks like it actually part of the door.
For some reason the outer skin had started to come away around the hinge area so I have re fixed it using epoxy resin and some filler over the top.
As there's a few old holes from where the old wiring used to enter the door I have also filled them.
Finally there was a small crack along by the window pillar. So I have repaired it with Plastifix epoxy.
Now that all the bits have been repaired I can refit the door.
The body shop will finalise all my repairs making it perfect.  
I plan to finish off under the wheel arch and door sill next so more then.
 


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on January 14, 2016, 06:21:16 PM
This is going to look stunning the amount of work you are putting into this. Have you reinforced that door join inside near the hinge?  If you havent whilst you have your door stripped down then stick some p40 in. Without they seem to have a tendency to crack along that edge due to the amount of weight they have to hold. If I get chance I'll grab a photo on mine so you will know where I mean. The only good thing about mine taking so long to build is I've seen others and seen where the weak spots have appeared over time.

I also think the doors are the hardest part of the kit to do.  So many angles need to meet and then you have the door ram pushing it all out of place.. Just when you think you have sussed it.. Them pesky door rubber seals change the shape again.. Lol. ..

It's looking good fella, keep it up!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on January 15, 2016, 05:50:05 PM
Well done buddy :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on January 15, 2016, 05:51:55 PM
Nice work AP, looking forward to meeting you at Stoneleigh:)

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 15, 2016, 10:49:53 PM
Time for a quick update.
Stoneleigh for me at the moment really is 50 -50 if I will make it. It's going to be tight.
The car goes off 1st week of March until April to have its body reconditioned and resprayed.
When I get it back it will be all systems go with putting everything back together.
Then it goes off to have the upholstery done professionally.
After that who knows where we will be with the car.
So I'm not going to guarantee it.
Then finally next winter it will go off to wood sport to have its v6 engine fitted.
Anyway on with the update.
Today I have a small job to do. Time to fit one of the new steps.
I brought these back in the summer. There replica steps with the word Murcielago written on them.
My first job is to remove the old step which was a simple strip of fake carbon fibre. A quick scrape with a paint scraper and it's off.
I offer up the new step and it requires some trimming.
After a lot of trimming and shaping I finally got it to fit perfectly.
Time to stick it into place. I use the good old tiger seal again.
Once ready I carefully fit the step into place.
The biggest problem was that every time I adjust it the step moves so I had to drill a few holes and screw in some screws to hold it whilst the tiger seal drys. I will remove and fill the screw holes later.
They look much better that the old carbon fibre strip.
Whilst I have the tiger seal out I fit the head light backing discs into place.  I will leave these stuck until it comes back from the body shop and I re assemble the headlights.
I plan to completely under seal the wheelarch tomorrow so more then.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 15, 2016, 10:50:52 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 16, 2016, 05:16:32 PM
Time for the final update for this week.
I wanted to finish off a couple of jobs today.
Firstly as its so dam cold outside my little fan heater is struggling to keep the tent warm so I brought a new electric space heater. This is as big as you can get from a normal 13amp plug. I did look at gas ones but there to hot for my needs and you end up with a condensation problem so electric is best.
The first job was to mount the brake line and abs lead correctly as its all abit of a bodge.
Till now it was held in place as in the first photo with a cable tie. The brake hose won't fit correctly as its abit short.
This is a definite MOT fail so it requires some modification.
I could make some new brackets from scratch but as the hole shape is a lot of work I cheated by buying a couple of brackets on fleebay.
These are actually meant for a vintage VW beetle but will suit my requirements perfectly.
I cut the clamp part of the bracket off as its not required. I then Clamp it to the shock bracket on the car and weld it in place.
Once everything is nice and strong I then weld the abs lead bracket into place.
I turn the steering wheel lock to lock to check everything's fine.
Now the brake hose and abs lead is held in place as it should.
Sorted.
My next job is to completely paint under the wheel arch with stone chip paint.
I mask everything off and the give the under wheel arch a good couple of coats.
It's messy stuff and tends to go everywhere including all over me.
I will leave it like that now until next week to go nice and hard.
Finally that this wheel arch finally completed.  8) hurray!
Now I need to do exactly the same to the drivers side so more next week.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 16, 2016, 05:18:00 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 18, 2016, 08:02:09 PM
Just time for a quickie :o.
As I'm on nights this week I've got all afternoon to spend of the car. ;D
I've got lots to do before it goes off to the body shop so I'd better get cracking.
This afternoon I started by removing all the masking as all the stone chip has gone hard.
I re fitted the abs lead and brake pipe to there new locations.
One last job for this side and that's to remove the screws that held the new step in place while the tiger seal cures.
Now that the screws are removed I give them a quick fill and rub down smooth.
Now that this corner is ready it's time to fit the wheel.
I'm not going to send the car to the bodyshop with the big Lamborghini wheels fitted as this is a perfect time to send the wheels off for a refurb.
So I have brought 4 mr2 space saver wheels from a breaker on fleebay.
These steelies look the dogs janglies on the car and might keep them on there for good.  ;D
Err maybe not.
There perfect for the abuse they will get in the body shop. Covered in paint and filler.
Time to move the car over to start on the drivers side.
Whilst it was out I gave the cover a wash as it was covered in dust.
So here we go stripping down and finishing off the drivers side front.
More to follow. 

 


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 19, 2016, 07:24:40 PM
Update time.
Can you beleave that we are now on page 21. You poor souls have put up with that much of my crap ;D
Well it's going to keep coming. I'm supprised you all haven't decomposed into skeletons and died reading this much of my bull sh**!  :-* LOL
Remember that movie Airplane where he's jabbering on and the person he's taking to either kills himself or dies.

Anyway this afternoon I had a few hours to get cracking with the car.
My first job was to remove the drivers door. Lambo doors are very easy to remove. 4 bolts when the door is closed through the little hatch in the wing and it off. I'm going to start prepping the door over the weekend.
Time to remove the headlights again. 6 screws and they lift out easily.
I needed to remove the rubber plastidip from the headlight surrounds. Normally you can get your nail under it and peel away. For some reason it wouldn't come off. It's stuck like glue. Might have something to do with a different primer I used on this headlight before they were fitted.
Drastic measures were required so I poured acitone on it and brushed it in.  Ahh! It wasn't long until it was peeling away. Problem is that it removed everything else as well making it look a right mess. Oh well nothing a good sand and paint won't fix.
My last job for today was free the corner of the front wing.
Ever since I have owned the car this corner has stuck out. Looks abit crap as it sticks out by a good 1cm or so.
The previous owners answer was shove sealer in it.  :-\
When I had the chap from the body shop visit he told me what I needed to do. So it was time to put that plan into action.
Firstly I needed to cut away all the sealer that was holding it in place.
I then needed to use my vibrating saw to cut deeper to free the corner completely.
I have been advised to warm the corner with a hair drier the shove some epoxy in there to stick it. I might need to unfortunately counter sink a screw through the corner to get a solid fixing whilst the epoxy cures.  Because the screw is countersunk all I need is to fill over the top. Sorted.
More tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 21, 2016, 10:17:47 PM
Time for another update.
My first job for today is to give the headlight surround a good sand.
The next job is to fix the front corner of the drivers wing by pulling and gluing it into place.
I start by drilling a hole in the wing so that I can fix a screw to pull the corner into place.
As you tighten the screw it pulls the corner to where it's supposed to be.
To remove the tension in the wing I heat the corner up using my space heater. By warming it I have been told that it will ease the pressure on the screw.
It does work as I loosened the screw to check and the corner almost stays put.
Time to glue it into place. I use 2 part epoxy to glue the corner into place.
I will leave it for a few days to cure.
My next job is to repair the big cracks in the wing where the door hinge used to hit.
I started by drilling small holes at the top of the cracks. Apparently doing this will stop the cracks getting bigger.
Once drilled I then cut deep into the cracks by using my Dremel to get them ready for repair.
Once cut I apply some epoxy plastifix to repair the cracks.
My next job is to sand the plastifix down and give the area a good fill.
More to follow tomorrow.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 21, 2016, 10:18:33 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 22, 2016, 06:50:18 PM
Just enough time for a quickie before work  :o
As I'm so knackered I didn't feel like doing much. Nights start to kill you after the fourth one in a row.
Tonight's no5 and is fortunately my last for a few weeks.
This afternoon I started with removing the screw that has held the Newley positioned wing corner in place.
The epoxy has now set and this corner is staying put.
Because epoxy resin can sometimes be brittle I decided to lay some fibreglass over the top of the epoxy.
I've used my sticky carpet trick again. So I cut some carpet to shape down the edge of the headlight housing and stuck it into place. I then completely smothered it in fibreglass resin.
I then apply some resin soaked carpet to the underside of the wing where those big cracks are. Hopefully it will give it some reinforcement.
I leave it for a few hours to go off.
I give the cracks a good rub down to key everything up ready for the filler.
I then apply some filler to the headlight surround, hole and cracks.
I will leave it like that now until tomorrow so more then.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 25, 2016, 09:37:29 AM
Time for a update.
Now that my night shifts have finished I have most of the week to carry on with the car. Hurray ;D
I did get a few jobs done over the weekend but I was pretty much knackered so some rest was required.
My first task was to sand down all that filler on the wing front corner and over the door hinge. I'm not to worried about the final finish as the body shop will take care of that.
Once sanded I decided to fit the step to the drivers side sill. I've done it exactly the same as the passenger side.
It takes a while measuring and cutting the sill to fit where the old one used to be. After about an hour of cutting then measuring and cutting some more I finally got it to fit.
Once loosely fitted I then bond the step to the car using tiger seal. I use a few screws to hold the step into place while the tiger seal dries. I will leave it now for the rest of the weekend to dry.
I decided to start preparing the door for its filling.
I start by peeling the plastidip off the door mirror mount. The rubber comes away quite easily.
Once clean I then cut the old sealer away from the top of the mount and get it ready for filling.
That's it for now. More to follow.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 25, 2016, 09:38:49 AM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 28, 2016, 10:53:54 PM
Time for a update.
This week has been messed up as the wife broke out with a stinking cold on Monday so I ended up nursing her whilst she was off sick.
Now that she's better I've come down with it and I feel like ahit :-[
During the days I was off I did get to do a few jobs to the car.
Now that the new step has been stuck into place I needed to fill and sand the holes where the fixing screws were.
Whilst I was fixing the step I noticed a couple of small cracks in the side skirt so I cut out the cracks as before and repaired them using plastifix epoxy.
My next task is to carry on prepping the door.
First job is to remove the glass and give it a good clean.
There's a few cracks that require repairing and the door skin has actually come away in a couple of places.
I cut out the cracks and filled them with normal epoxy for strength. I then restuck the door skin back solid.
Once fully cured I go over the origional epoxy with some plastifix epoxy for extra strength.
I then leave it over night to fully dry.
The next day I apply a lot of filler the mirror mount and repairs ready to sand to get it the same as the passenger door.
That's it for now. More to follow as I get rid of this cold.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 28, 2016, 10:55:29 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on January 29, 2016, 06:59:36 AM
Well done AP,
When you first posted the pics of this car, it looked fine, it's scary how many little cracks and bodges were hidden in it.
This is a warning to all replica buyers everywhere, to check these replicas over with a fine tooth comb before buying.
When do you think you will have her ready to send to the paint shop matey??

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on January 29, 2016, 06:13:33 PM
Ap
Would you of still brought her if you knew what was involved and the true state of the car ... :)

Great work btw
Chris


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 30, 2016, 05:32:34 PM
Time for this weeks last update.

Answers to your questions.

The car is booked to go in to the bodyshop Monday 29th February. Everything is booked and they should have it between 4 to 6 weeks to get it completed.

Would I have brought it if I knew what I knew now?
Err. NO! I should have run a mile.
when I was looking for a decent kit car I wanted one to tinker with and enjoy. Not rebuild the flipping thing :-\
I viewed a few different cars.
The other car I was close to buying was a DNA Scudo. Ferrari F430 scuderia based on the v6 ford cougar.
The body work, electrics were almost perfect. I even put a £700 deposit on it. But the deal was that if the owner put a brand new mot on it and it passes without to many advisories I'd buy it.
But it failed its mot with rather a long serious list. So I walked away. Telling the owner to give the deposit to charity.
It was the same deal with Cerberus. But this time Some how it passed the mot. How it ever passed I have no idea. The mot was as hooki as a £9 pound note. Must have been to pass in such a state.
I also nearly brought a mirage countach   :o :o completely finished but it was a lot more money then so the wife said no :'( even tho that I have spent shit loads more buying and rebuilding Cerberus to date.  
But I decided on Cerberus. Silly man I am :o I had no idea what I was letting myself in for.
But you can't go back so I'm in the shit now for the long term.
Of course if there's anybody that would like to buy Cerberus as it is for £25k before the respray I would bite your arm off.   :D
To be truthful I'm beat to shit with it. Both mentally and financially. I wouldn't mind seeing it go. Not to mention the wife's thoughts about it :-X
When it goes off to the body shop I'm going to have a month off away from it. Maybe I might feel different when it returns and will be keen to start putting it all back together. But we will see.
Dream car or not owning this thing is nothing short of a nightmare.

Anyway enough about my rambling.
Now that I'm starting to shift that cold that my lovely wife gave me I managed to do a few jobs to the car.
I spent another whole day sanding and filling the door again. Trying to get all the nastys nice and smooth.
God I hate sanding. It's sooo boring. Wearing the filler away getting covered in dust. But.
I think I have finally got it right. Ok it's not perfect but it's good enough for the body shop to take over.
Just a few extra bits to sand on the car around the door shut to finish.
And now it's time to refit the door hurray!
Yes the drivers door is finally done. I think this door was the worse part of the whole car as it was in such a state.
4 bolts and a gas strut and the door is fitted back in place.
Again it's quite easy to line up using the access hole under the wheelarch to tighten the bolts.
That's it for this week. My next job is to finish off under that wheelarch and weld the brake hose bracket in to place.
So more next week.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on January 30, 2016, 07:38:15 PM
Well done AP.
It's always good to get a rant off your chest :)
On the positive side (I'm all about being positive lol), at the end of this nightmare, you will have a lovely example that you will know back to front and inside out, giving you motoring peace of mind, and a relaxing drive knowing she ain't gonna surprise you with another problem.
Just getting over the man flu myself, and managed to spend 10 minutes looking at my car in the garage today............well, maybe get the energy to do a little bit more tomorrow;)

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on January 30, 2016, 07:53:26 PM
Yeah well done mate , chin up and it will be worth it in the end , :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on January 30, 2016, 10:38:23 PM
I cant remember how many times I've wanted to set fire to mine, but I keep saying it will be all worth it in the end! .. I think we have all been there fella as well as the grief from the misses. My wife never EVER went in my DNA360.. she hated it with a passion. I doubt she will go in my Murcie either.

All your repairs are looking good and you only have 4 weeks of pain left before she comes back all painted and ready for that final push.

It wont be long until you're sat in at at a set of lights and a kids in the next car are giving the thumb's up at you :-)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 03, 2016, 08:14:02 PM
Time for this weeks mid week update.
Jee that cold I had was soooo depressing. A few other people that have had it also said they felt so depressed.
Now it's gone it's time to carry on with the car. I've only 3 weeks left until respray time.
I've got to finish under the drivers side wheel arch this week and get the whole front done.
I started by welding the brake line brackets into place. Exactly the same as the other side. It seems so much easier when doing it a second time.
Once welded I give it a quick coat of paint.
My next task is to finish off building up the bottom of the wing. I think it looks really naff just having the front bumper just hanging down without any support so I have done exactly the same as the other side.
I make a temporary mold using cardboard and duct tape to get the rough shape of what I want.
I then inject the whole thing with expanding foam to get a good fill.  I leave it over night to expand and harden.
The next day I'm greeted with a lot of expanded foam everywhere so alot of trimming is required.
After a few hours of trimming and shaping I have finally got the shape I want.
I then resin soak some carpet and stick it to the foam that faces the wheel. This will make the foam rock hard and stop stones and crap penetrating the foam.
I will leave that to go off over night.
My next task will be to paste tiger seal over the foam to make it water tight and then stone chip / under seal the whole thing so more to follow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 05, 2016, 07:48:56 PM
Time for another update.
Well today has been a turning point for me as the 2 front wheel arches and headlight backs are finally finished.
Hurray  ;D
I can't beleave that I started under the wheel arches in October last year.
It's taken me this long to get them to how they should be.
Totally water and dirt tight.
So the last finishing touches earlier in the week were to cover the newly shaped foam with tiger seal to make it water proof. Lovely job this is. The only way is to squeeze the tiger seal on to your hand and plaster it on.
A pair of marigold gloves is recommended for this.
I also fitted the round disc head light backs that I made earlier with alittle sealer around the edges.
Once applied everywhere I leave it overnight to dry.
Whilst I'm waiting for the tiger seal to go off I decided to pick the plastidip off my new door mirrors. They have been in the cupboard since the summer. They will be painted professionally by the body shop.
The next day once the tiger seal has dried my next job is to under seal the whole wheel arch. So I mask everything off ready.
I spray the under seal everywhere including over myself.  :D
I then leave it over night to dry.
Today I was greeted with a nice dry wheel arch so I remove all the masking.
I think it looks all rather neat under there now and looks how it should.
Just the finishing touch and add the very tasty steelie wheel to look the bollocks.  :o
Now we're motoring  8)
Time to drop the car back on to the floor.
It's amazing how you forget how low this car is when it's on the floor.
Time to finally turn it around. Now that the front is ready I have to turn my attention to the back and get it ready for painting.
I give the car a little run to get the engine warm whilst turning it around.
As the back of the car is in much better condition there's only a few jobs to do to bring it up to spec.
So more to follow


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 05, 2016, 07:52:07 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 05, 2016, 08:03:46 PM
Just a quick look back to remind myself what it was like under there to what it is now.
With all the holes now covered.
I'm quite pleased with my results.  ;D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 06, 2016, 04:54:56 PM
Time for this weeks final update.
Now that the car is reversed in its time to start getting the rear of the car ready for the body shop.
I start by removing the grills and the rear lights.
Then the wheel and fake brake caliper.
I also remove the old kenlowe fans that were fitted in odd places. They should be mounted behind the grills for realistic effect like the real one.  
They will be refitted in the correct locations when the car comes back.
All the rear steel work could do with a coat of black paint as there alittle rusty so some black hammerite is in order.
Now that the back is all stripped down. I will give it all a fresh coat of paint.
So more next week.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 10, 2016, 07:59:19 PM
Time for this weeks mid week update.
This week I have turned my attention to the passenger side lower air scoop.
Sometime in its life if has taken a bash. Probally on a kerb or similar.
The bottom of the scoop has completely broken away and there's a lot of cracks on the painted surface.
So it's time to rebuild it.
I start off by cutting all the cracks away. Cutting deep into the fibreglass ready for the epoxy.
Once all the cracks have been cut I fill them with plastifix.
As there's a lot of them it takes me ages to fill them with the little plastifix needle.
Once filled I leave them over night.
The next day I give all the filled cracks a good sand down with my da. (Orbital sander).
My next job is to make a lip underneath so there's something for the filler to fix against.
For this I use traditional fibreglass and resin.
Once it's gone off I give it a sand to get the lip nice and level.
I then plaster the whole area with filler.
I will leave it over night to go off before I give it a good sand down.
Time is ticking away as the car goes in for its respray in just over 2 weeks so there's still loads to do.
So more to follow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 10, 2016, 08:00:24 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 12, 2016, 06:56:18 PM
Just another quickie.  :o
Now that all the filler around the air vent has gone hard I spend a good afternoon rubbing it down to get it all nice and smooth. As before I'm not to worried about the final finish as the body shop need to do some work for there money.  ;D
My next job is to tiger seal all along the bottom edge of the side skirt where it joins the under panel. From front wheel arch to the back wheel arch.
Whist having the tiger seal at hand I also bond on the little air vent that goes in the wheel arch. Whilst it was removed it was a good time to clear out all the road muck and stones that had collected up over the years. There was a lot in there. 2 Hoover bag fulls to be exact.
I leave it all over night to go off.
Today's job is to finish off this wheel arch finally.
To start I needed to weld a new brake hose bracket into position. Exactly the same as the front. Till now it was only cable tied around the strut and this is a fail for any MOT.
Once welded in to position I give it a coat of black paint.
Now that the brake pipe is all fixed I give everything a good coat of under seal. 
I use a mini decorating roller for this and I paint all along the underneath if the sill. Right from the front to the back.
I then paint the whole inside of the wheel arch.
To finish off I give the outer side of the wheel arch and around the back a coat of under seal to make the old expanding foam waterproof.
Perfect.
I will now leave it over night to dry.
That's this side of the car totally complete and ready for the body shop.
I will fit the nice steelie wheel tomorrow and start on the drivers side. So more then.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 12, 2016, 06:57:42 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on February 12, 2016, 09:02:47 PM
Nice job AP,

Handy little tip there for me, where you have used the grill, I will copy that idea if you don't mind!!

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 13, 2016, 05:53:51 PM
Last update for this week.
The grill does tidy it all up around the wheel arch. I wouldn't recommend blocking it off completely as the air rushing in through the scoop will generate quite abit of pressure on that panel as the air has no where to go. It could blow the wheel arch out if you go fast enough. There was a crappy mesh grill there before so these normal house grills tidy it all up nicely.
As the weather was so shite today I only fitted my nice steelie and dropped the car on the floor.
These wheels really look the bollocks. On the back we have a 12 inch overhang.  :(
I wonder what the car would handle like with these bicycle wheels fitted.
Just check out the difference between the steelie on one side and the huge 335 on the other.
I reckon with that much over hang and a good gust of wind you might achieve lift off.  ;D
Lots of things happening next week.
Unfortunately the windscreen has to come out :-\ yep. Body shop and upholster orders. I hope it comes out in one piece. But yes there is still a risk of crrraaacckkk. 
That's being done Tuesday. I can then turn it around and finish off the drivers side wheel arch.
More to follow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on February 14, 2016, 03:19:12 PM
cracking on now with it :-)  I do like your vent idea for the rear arch.. might pinch that idea myself...


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 17, 2016, 10:37:12 PM
Time for this weeks mid week update.
The first job this week was to get the windscreen removed.
I positioned the car in the middle of the tent ready so the windscreen guy can walk around the car.
I knew this was going to be a job and a half because removing a bonded windscreen is not a easy task. Especially without damaging it. Plus it's even worse when it's fitted into a kit car due to the differences in clearances around it.
Unfortunately the windscreen fitter Ben who fitted it has moved to Northampton so he's no longer available.
Instead they sent 2 chaps who were lumbered with the task.
After 1 hour later of cutting with the wire etc they were almost done all the way around.
There was one corner where it was alittle extra tight.
Suddenly there was a loud pop and a great freaking crack appeared.
One word. Bollocks!!!!!!!!  >:(
There goes the windscreen.
As the windscreen had gone there's not much point trying to save it anymore so it's now they rip around the edges with the wire.
The screen decides to crack everywhere.
Then it's out.
Oh well it was worth a try.
Fortunately the seller on eBay where I got it from has one Murcielago screen left so I immediately buy it before I loose it.
The screen won't be refitted until everything's done and the cars ready for the road. Late summer I hope.
Now the screens out I finish off striping out the interior. It's much easier to remove everything when the windscreen removed
I turn the car around ready to finally finish off the last wheel arch.
There's a huge crack that runs from the top of the door shut, along the side of the roof back to the engine bay.
This is where the roof joins the side panel.
I'm not sure if this gap should be filled or sealed with flexable sealer but it This side it had been filled.
My first job is to cut the crack out and open it up ready for the epoxy.
Once it's opened up I fill with epoxy resin.
I will leave it over night to go hard.
Once the epoxy has gone hard I will fill it over the top. Hopefully this wil l stop it cracking in the future.
More to follow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 17, 2016, 10:38:27 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 20, 2016, 10:56:11 PM
Time for this weeks final update.
Now that I have epoxy glued the large crack along the roof line the crack required some extra attention down into the engine bay.
This is actually the main join where the roof joins the rear wing and had been filled with normal filler.
So over the years it has completely come apart.
Once I cut all the old filler away I re fibreglassed the join with some proper fibreglass and resin. 
I then filled the epoxy line with normal car filler then sanded it all down smooth.
Hopefully it won't crack again.
Next is to weld the last of the break hose brackets to the strut. As before the hose was held in place by a cable tie. Not good for MOTs.
Once welded I give the bracket a coat of paint.
Another job is to scrape all the old filler off where the under sill meets the bottom of the air duct from the front to the back and re seal it with tiger seal.
Very messy task spreading it on by hand. Rubber gloves is recommended.
Everything is exactly the same as the other side of the car.
To finish off I tiger seal the new air vent into place over the old air vent hole.
I will leave everything now until Monday to go hard and then paint everything with under seal.
I'm counting the days now as its one week Monday when the car goes in for its respray.   :o
Everything is almost ready so more next week.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 24, 2016, 10:25:51 PM
Time for this weeks mid week update.
Just a few jobs left now to get the car ready for its respray.
Now that I have welded the break hose bracket into place I had to order in a extra hose clip as it was missing this side. I replaced the new clips on the hose and it's now in its proper position.
It's time to paint everything now with under seal stone chip black paint.
I paint the whole under side from the front to the back. Around the wheel arch and around the back of the wheel arch.
I leave it to dry over night.
My next job is to paint all the steel work around the back of the car.
It all looks alittle messy with the bars covered in overspray.
For this I use a small tin of hammerite satin black paint and I use a mini roller rather than a brush.
I leave it overnight again to dry.
To finish off I refit the steelie space saver to make the car look the bollocks.  :o
Now that it's all done I turn it around ready to fit the bonnet back on.
The car is now finally ready for the body shop.
It's been a hard slog to get everything done ready in time but I've finally done it.
Hurray!!!! ;D
The recovery truck arrives first thing Monday morning to take the car away. I'm going along for the ride to make sure everything gets to the body shop.
I will post photos on Monday so more to follow.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 24, 2016, 10:26:52 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 29, 2016, 04:21:34 PM
Today is to be a big day for Cerberus.
she's finally off to the bodyshop for her respray.
I'm so glad that the weather was nice and sunny. I didn't really want to transport her in the pissing rain.
It's got no glass in it so keeping the rain out would have been difficult.
But fortunately it couldn't have not been better.
The body shops recovery guy turned up at 11am as booked.
The truck was abit of a shit box but atleast it was a proper slide bed on a 10 tonne truck.
I had visions of pikey joe turning up in a crap mk2 transit beaver tail and having to tell the bloke to ***f  :-[
As Cerberus drives it was not to much of a problem getting her loaded.
The recovery guy knew what he was doing.
Because she's so low we needed a few extra planks of wood to make the run up alittle longer.
Just check out those steelies.  :o :o looks the bollocks with them on. LOL. Amazing overhang.
Maybe we could start a new Japanese trend. Extreme overhang.   :-\
Anyway.
Once loaded I went along for the ride in the truck to make sure everything went according to plan.
The body shop is only 30 mins drive away so it didn't take long.  
As soon as we got there Cerberus was unloaded as easily as she went on.
The body shop guy then spent most of a whole hour going around the car explaining and sorting out what I would like.  ;D
So now it's up to them so carry on the good work for a while. They said it should take between 4 to 6 weeks to get everything done.
I'm aloud to pop in once a week to check on the update and see how's it going. Take photos etc for you lot ;)
I have a few smaller things to do during its time away.
For some reason I feel empty now that Cerberus has left for a while. Alittle lost really. Not much to do on my days off
except play with my crayons.   :-[
More updates to follow.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on March 03, 2016, 08:13:20 PM
Time for alittle update.
I popped into the body shop today to see if they have started on Cerberus.
Unfortunately not.  :-\
It's sitting in the corner covered up at the moment.
I'm told that there's a few jobs they need to clear before they start on mine.
Anyways we did discuss the colour.
Now that they have got the car and have done some research on the Lamborghini orange.
The closest colour to the actual Lambo Orange is actually Ford RS metallic orange  :o
According to the body shop a lot of lamborghinis  are actually painted in this colour.
I'm told that the metallic will look much better than the solid orange and can be easily blended in if there's a repair to do at later dates.
The ford RS orange can come in a 2 part metallic or a 3 part pearlescent finish.
I'm advised to go for the 2 part metallic.  :o
That's it so far.
Hopefully I will have something to report next week.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on March 17, 2016, 06:13:51 PM
Time for a update.
It's now been 3 weeks since Cerberus left me for her respray.
I visited the body shop today and they have finally started on the car.
I'm not sure why it took them so long to get around to it but they have finally started.
I was getting worried if they were ever going to start it. I had visions of having to pull it out of there untouched once a month had passed. I was going to leave it till after Easter and go from there. But fortunately it's started.
Myself has just been very busy at work. Getting in as much as a can done before Easter.
When I saw the car today I had actually forgot what it looked like and how awesome it looks just sitting there.
I did take a few quick photos. They are working on the roof at the moment. Apparently it's the worst panel of the lot for dips and bumps so they have got there work cut out.
I'm going to pop in again next week so hopefully I will have more photos then.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on March 22, 2016, 10:49:36 PM
Time for a little update.
I popped into the body shop today to check on Cerberus progress.
Well they are getting on with it.
There still working on the roof as this is the worse part of the car.
They have started on the bonnet and engine cover.
I think the photos show its progress better.
I will be popping in again after Easter so more then.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on March 22, 2016, 11:08:46 PM
Just think about what she is going to look like with that nice professional paint job  :P
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on April 01, 2016, 06:28:05 PM
Time for a update.
I managed to get time this week to pop in to the body shop to check on Cerberus progress.
They are busy cracking on with it.
The roof is finished and it's now a perfect shape without any dips or dents in it. It was terrible before but now it feels like a Lambo roof for real.
They have started on the door shuts getting them nice and smooth and have started rubbing the rest of the car down getting everything ready.
One thing for sure. I'm glad I removed all the interior because the amount of dust that's inside it now. There's a lot in there.
Everything's going to plan so far.
I'm looking forward to getting it home and starting the assembly work putting the car back together again.
My garage tent is still up but has been empty for ages now.  :-\
I will have it back for a month and then it's off to Browns trimming down in Margate to have all the interior done  :o
More to follow.






Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on April 02, 2016, 09:01:47 PM
Soon be back home all shiney shiney  :P
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on April 08, 2016, 10:39:12 PM
Time for a update.
I managed to visit the body shop today to see how it's progress is going.
They have been busy doing a lot of block sanding and filling.
I'm told that there not far off giving the whole car its first coat of filler primer.  :o
We have hit alittle snag tho. The colour.
Apparently the ford RS metallic Orange is seriously expensive. Something like £1k for just the base coat  :(
So we went through the colour charts to see if we could get a close match to the real Lambo Orange.
Nothing comes close as the real Lambo Orange as its so bright.  so there is only one solution. A custom mix. They can match the colour by making a custom mix but as long as they keep the formula on record any repairs at a later date can be matched.
Let's see how it goes. More to follow.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on April 15, 2016, 11:19:36 PM
Time for a quick update.
I popped into the body shop to check of Cerberus progress.
There now working on the other side of the car.
It's nearly ready for a good complete coat of filler primer so I'm told.   :o
We have been busy trying to sort out the correct orange for the car.
If you study all the other oranges they are just not quite Lamborghini orange.
So I've decided to take the plunge and to invest in the correct colour for the car.
Real Lamborghini metallic orange.  
When you compare all the other oranges nothing is quite as striking as the real deal.
I'm sure it will pay off in the end.
More next week.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on April 16, 2016, 07:26:07 AM
So you bit the bullett then. It will be one of your best decisions mate. Better to stretch a few extra quid now, than wish you had after.

:)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on April 25, 2016, 07:07:20 PM
Any updates Matey  ;)
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on April 25, 2016, 08:06:16 PM
Err yea.
Sorry I sort of forgot.
I went to the bodyshop on Friday and there nearly to the point where there going to spray the whole car in filler primer.
It's been a lot of work to get everything as it should but it's getting there.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on April 26, 2016, 09:33:48 PM
Not long now then until she is all nice and shiney  :P
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 11, 2016, 08:18:58 PM
Time for a quick update.
I managed to pop into the body shop to see how's it going.
Well it's good news. It's done. It's finally all filled and sanded down ready for its coat of filler primer.
I must admit they have done a smashing job. Every corner, edge and line is perfect.
They are masking everything off now before it goes into the spray booth for a prime.
Hopefully for my next update it will be white all over  :o


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 19, 2016, 06:59:16 PM
Time for a update.
I managed to pop into the body shop today to check on the cars progress.
At last. It's finally been primed. It's now white with a black misting all over it.
I'm told that it's ready to be block sanded all over now and then if there's areas that might need a second coat.
Once that's done they will spray the car white ready for the final orange  :o
It's coming along slowly. Very slowly as I took the car there back in Febuary.
I was hoping to have the car on the road by August but that's now looking very unlikely as we are nearly in June.
I have made one decision tho. Once I get it back from the upholstery work she's going off to Woodsport for a v6 transplant :o
I want to dump that crappy 4 cylinder turbo.
I'm not intrested in performance because it's a replica. Go over 60mph and it might start to fall apart anyway ;D
But according to Paul at Woodsport a v6 will sound as close as I will get.
I think this will put the icing on the cake and would like to think that next year when everything's complete cerberus will be one of the best extreme Murcielago replicas in the country. So I'm not rushing it.
I will add. I say One of the best. Because I'm sure there is better out there but I know there's a lot worse ;)



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 26, 2016, 08:35:57 PM
Time for a quick update.
I managed to get time to pop into the bodyshop today to check on the cars progress.
Not a lot since last week but they have started the tedious task of block sanding down the whole car to get everything perfect.
Earlier on in the week I spent half an hour on the phone to Paul at Woodsport.
I have taken the plunge and booked her in for a v6 transplant. I've joined Paul's long waiting list which is actually December before work can start.
I'm glad in a way so it gives me more time to get the car ready for him.
Apparently according to Paul the Toyota camery v6 is finished and there is no more engines available so he is now fitting the Lexus v6 engine instead. He says it's a better machine anyway and will make Cerberus totally unique  :o
Tons to do till then tho.
I've also booked the wheels in for a refurb and those will be done in 2 weeks time. I should get those back looking brand new  :o.
Second from last photos is of the colour of silver I'm going for and the last photo is what it should look like all done and dusted   :o
More next week


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 02, 2016, 07:17:45 PM
Time for a update on what's been happening.
I haven't had time yet this week to pop to the bodyshop to check on Cerberus progress.
I'm going tomorrow (Friday) :D
I have had a small problem that I needed to sort out.
The body shop had that old slide bed recovery truck as shown in the earlier photos. Unfortunately it has blown up and has been scrapped. The body shop isn't replacing it as they didn't have much work for the truck and was to costly to fix.  :(
The body shop has decided to contract all the recovery work out to a 24hr local recovery company in the future.
Forwarding the extra costs to the customer. :( umm. I thought.
The body shop charged me £60 to collect Cerberus and was going to charge me £60 to return her.
This recovery company wanted to charge me £300 plus vat to drop Cerberus back to me.
 >:(. Not impressed.  
It does get worse.
I did a deal with the body shop and the truck driver that I was going to hire the truck and driver to take Cerberus down to the upholstery place in Margate when it's ready later on in the summer.
This was going to cost me £300 all in.
This recovery company want £700 plus vat each way to Margate.  :-[
Yes it still gets worse.
What about Woodsport at the end of the year.  That's Newcastle?
Yep over £1000 each way.  :'(
Stuff this.
We are talking nearly £4K worth of transport alone. That's nearly the price of my Woodsport V6.

How does one type making the sound blowing with your tounge stuck out.  
The problem is. Cerberus is far to big, heavy and low for any beaver tailed transit. It requires proper transport on a proper recovery truck. And this costs money.
Yes there are people out there who would be happy to transport it on the back of there Landrover and trailer.  Loads of adverts on eBay etc. But if they get stopped by VOSA (transport police) and they are not on a tachograph and operating without a operatiors license they will seize the truck, trailer and Cerberus along with it.
I also have nightmares watching Cerberus being driven off on the back of a trailer and that's the last time I will ever see it :-\  it disappears off the face of the planet. Like those planes  :-X


So my solution. I'm going to transport Cerberus myself.   :o
After having a nice chat with a police officer friend over a cup of tea. I'm told.
If I own the towing vehicle, trailer and Cerberus I can take it anywhere because it's my own stuff.  8)
As long as everything is legal, insured, taxed. And within spec. I will be fine.

Ok so homework.
Cerberus is a dam big car. She's also very heavy. She's got a very big arse. She's also very low.
she should weigh around the 1.5 to 1.8 tonne fully completed with a v6 in there according to my homework.
A good quality car transporter trailer weights just a shade under 1 tonne. Normally between 8-900kg.
So if my calculations are correct I need a vehicle that can tow 2.8 tonne minimum. That's trailer and Cerberus together.

The trailer part is easy. There's a good trailer company local to me and they have 2 trailers they can hire to me that can easily handle Cerberus. Nice and cheap at £60 per day. So all I need is the tractor to tow it.m

Now this needs to be done as cheaply as possable. I own a shitty smart car so that's not going to tow anything.
I don't want a van. To big being able to tow that weight and insurance is expensive being a commercial vehicle.
4x4.  Yea. A 4x4. Ok so I immediately think Land Rover Range Rover etc. Not on my budget. You won't get bugger all
Cheap. They are seriously expensive for anything half diecent. Most have enterprise mileage on them. 150k plus.
To be honest. Knowing what I know about cars with that mileage. There shagged.
Ok so what about Japanese 4x4s. Trucks etc. Same thing.  Mega mileages, totally abused etc and parts are not exactly what we call cheap to repair.

I think I will put my head in a bucket of sand.  :(

Whilst I had my head in that bucket of sand I thought. What will pull 2.8 tonne and not cost a lot.  
There was only one according to work colleagues.
A Vauxhall Fontera.  :o
I was told that there cheap as chips, will pull 2.8 tonne, cost sod all to maintain and there's loads to choose from.
After some looking into it they were actually right. Parts everywhere on eBay and there's lots for sale on eBay and the autotrader.
So on my next days off I was to look at a few for sale local to me.
After some serious research into them I understand that the last of the run are the ones to go for. Preferably with the 2.4 turbo Diesel engine. Avoid the 2.2 petrol there gutless so I'm told. I also need the big 5 door estate. Not the little 3 door one. They can only handle 2 tonne.

After selecting the only 3 within a 50 mile radius from my home. Off we set me and a relative.

My first view was a 2003 silver diesel Olympus with just under 100k on the clock.
Only a few word to describe that one. What a pile of shit! It was rusty, rattley and smoked.
The second one was worse. It had more advisories on its mot they couldn't all be fitted on the certificate.
Every warning light was up on the dash. Seats were torn. Etc. Yep another pile of junk.

Then on to number 3. A quick walked around a tatty looking sad old tractor with love lost in it eyes.
I was looking at a dark metallic blue frontera in a sorry looking state.
I opened the door and noticed the state it was in. It's like a skip inside. Mud, dirt, dog hair and it stinks.
But then I noticed the full black leather seats, then the automatic transmission. The chap started it up and gave it alittle Rev. Hang on I said. That's no diesel. That's also no 4 cylinder either. That's a V6.
Actually it's a 3.2 v6 so I was told. Quite rare now.
No wonder he can't sell it as advertised as a diesel.
Ok so what's the mot like. Just been done. Clean with 1 advisory. Slight corrosion on rear brake pipes is all.
So I took it out for a small test drive.  V6 V6 V6.  8). It's a V6 and it drove like one.
It drove like a worn old slipper.
Any history?  I asks. None I'm afraid.
Is asks take £800 for her.
Done! Ok on the Iphone for some temporary 24 hr insurance to take her home. Paid my cash and home we went.
I took some photos before we left.
Poor old sorry looking frontera.
This old girl drives beautifully. It's smooth quiet with lovely soft seats. But it's also a shit hole inside but it's mine.
Since I own a smart car driving this thing is like driving a tank. So I have named her Sherman.  
Yes she's a really big car and will also do really shitty gas mileage. But who cares. It's a V6 V6 V6  8) and I've just brought a V6 for £800.   8)

The next day (today) I managed to look more deeply into old Sherman.
She's going to need a very thorough service. I mean everything.
Cambelt, drive belt, all oils and filters, brakes, everything.  
Because I'm so fussy it's got to be perfect.
I'm not going to drag Cerberus around the country without a top notch service?
Last thing I need is to be stuck on the hard shoulder with Cerberus on the back with smoke and oil pouring out of Sherman  :-\
A quick phone call to my fitter friend. (The one that did all that work on Cerberus)! He's up for the work. 8) and will start in a couple of weeks. 8)

Until then I've got my work to do. Poor old Sherman is like a shit house inside. How anybody can keep a car in this state I have no idea.
There is only one solution. Time to completely gutt the inside, pressure wash everything. Allow to dry and refit.

So here we go time to restore Sherman to her former glory  :o

After a good afternoons stripping wearing a radio active suit. LOL. Only kidding everything's coming out to be washed to a inch of its life.
I'm amazed how easily everything comes apart. Unlike any Toyota I might add  ;D

Loads of photos below of Sherman and the stripping process.
Sorry for such a long thread. But it's good reading about my troubles  ;)
The wife has always said I would make a good writer.  Yea right not with my spelling and bull shit. LOL  :P

More to follow about Cerberus and Sherman









Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on June 02, 2016, 07:46:02 PM
After reading that all I can think of is.....
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GnbH2XvCN7c (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GnbH2XvCN7c)

Hope you get lucky Matey
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 02, 2016, 08:45:40 PM
More photos of Sherman


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 02, 2016, 08:47:07 PM
Even more photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 02, 2016, 08:47:49 PM
Time to strip


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 03, 2016, 03:03:17 PM
Just a small quick update today.
I managed to pop to the bodyshop.
Cerberus is on its second coat of filler primer.
The first one was not quite enough to get the low areas nice and flat when they block sanded it so it has had a second coat.
This second coat is much better now that they are block sanding this coat of primer.
The problem is with fibre glass body's is that when you look down them you can see the ripples in the light.
Some cars are worse than others.
I'm told this ones not to bad but needed the second coat to get perfect.
It's taking its time but if everything to to plan they reckon end of June to mid July at the latest for a completeion date.   8)

Tomorrow I'm cracking on cleaning up Sherman so more then.






Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on June 03, 2016, 07:20:24 PM
Will you be doing any of the shows if she is ready for next year  :P :P :P

Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 05, 2016, 11:48:54 AM
Hi Mickey.
You bet I will. Once Cerberus is finished I will be the proud owner of one of the best murcielagos replicas in the country.  8)
You won't get me out of it so I will be taking it to almost every show possible.
After all I've spent approx £40k buying and building it.   8)

But for now I've got to get cracking on with being able to transport Cerberus around to get all the specialist work done. So its back to Sherman.

After removing the final parts from the interior to include the headlining it was time to wash, scrub and sterilise everything in sight.
I started off with the boot carpet. I give it a quick Hoover to remove some of the loose dirt. I then attack it with my pressure washer Pattio cleaner.  This thing removes almost anything that's under it without all the dirt spraying everywhere.
Once the mud and muck is removed I then apply some strong detergent to remove the deeper ground in dirt.
I give it a good scrub with a stiff brush and then rinse all the dirt away.
I have to do this 3 times to get the boot carpet clean.
For the headlining I take things much more carefully as it's quite fragile. So only 1 wash does the job.
The main carpet was the worst.  It's totally disgusting. I had to wash it 5 times to scrub out 16 years of muck.
Finally I got it clean and the carpets and headlining look like new again.
I then wash the seats and pressure wash the metal parts down the sides and runners as they are really crappy.
I'm glad there leather as there much easier to clean than cloth seats.
Finally I wash every panel trim and bit that has been removed from the interior.
My back garden looks like a frontera scrap yard.  8) but atleast its all clean.
I will now leave everything for a few days to dry right through.
I know this cleaning is abit extreme but this is the only way to get the car really clean.

Whilst everything is drying I have a few jobs to do. Clean the dash and replace all the dash bulbs whilst it's all loose.
More to follow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 05, 2016, 11:50:10 AM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 05, 2016, 11:50:58 AM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 07, 2016, 08:19:36 PM
Time for a quick update on Sherman's cleaning progress.
I'm back on shift tomorrow so I thought I should get cracking with the clean up.
Its been really handy having the hot sunny days as its not long until all the carpets and trims are bone dry.
Before I fit the cleaned carpet I give the metal surface a good dry scrub and Hoover.
It's amazing how much crud you accumlate underneath a cars carpets.  Look at what's in my Dyson. That's what was under my carpet.
One small detail that most people forget is to wash the seatbelts.  As the trims are removed it's a simple 2 bolts and there out. I give them a good wash and leave them in the sun to dry.
Now everything's clean I put the washed and dried carpet back in. As its been sitting in the garden the carpet has picked up some stuff so a good deep pile scrub and Hoover is required to get it looking like new again.
Now that's a clean carpet. It's so clean you can eat your dinner off it.  
Once the carpet is fitted I refit the washed and dried headlining. I then refit all the headlining washed trims back.
I did start refitting the side trims back but a thunder storm decided to stop play. So I locked Sherman up,and called it a day.
I've been buying lots of bits on eBay for Sherman to bring everything up to my standard. Which is a 2001 top to the range frontera. So everything must be there as if it's just out of the showroom.
I do have a visit to the body shop at the end of the week to check on Cerberus so more then.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 11, 2016, 11:33:12 PM
Time for a update.
I did pop to the body shop this week but they haven't done anything to it since last week so there's not much point in taking any photos.
Shit! They have had it for 3 months. They said 6 weeks not 4 months. I'm starting to get worried if they will ever finish it.
Anyway I'm still working on Sherman.
The inside is now almost done. Everything's back in its place nice and clean. Talk about serious cleaning.
It's now so clean you can eat your dinner off it.
To finish it off I have brought a nice set of origional genuine Vauxhall mats. How I found them I don't know. There rocking horse shit apparently.
Some of my other eBay purchases have also arrived.
I brought one of those rubber bull bars as i think it seems to finish off the frontera. There supposed to be pedestrian friendly. It's going to hurt if your hit by a frontera with or without one of these. Time to find somebody so I can test it.  LOL
My boss or the wife.
I will fit it later.
I have also brought a pair of rear headrests for the back seats as they were missing. Good old eBay.
I managed to find a suitable load liner to keep my crap covered in the boot. This was also missing.
Whilst I was looking at frontera stuff I came across a spare wheel cover the same colour as mine so I brought it.
After giving it a good wash I fit it. Perfect.
Because I have washed the interior to a inch of its life the old leather seats need alittle tlc. So I brought a tub of that black leather reconditioner.
You simply apply the cream with a sponge. Work it into the cracks. Leave to dry then wipe off with a dry cloth.
It's done a lovely job. Really brought the seats back to how there supposed to be.
I'm still waiting for my origional stereo and boot liner to come.
Perfect.
Time to start some of the servicing. I started off with the drivers side front. The origional break pads were 80% worn so there due for replacement.
The discs are not to bad so it's just the pads this time around.
One thing that was certern. The shocks are completely nackerd so I have replaced it.
I was amazed how easy it was to change the pads and front shock absorber.
That's this wheel done. 
That's it for this week. Hopefully my fitter friend will start the on the cambelt Wednesday I've still got 3 more wheel to do so more then.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 11, 2016, 11:34:35 PM
More photos.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on June 12, 2016, 07:14:01 PM
Pffff didnt you get pissed off at the body shop for the job to take so long??


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on June 15, 2016, 08:33:46 PM
Don't know you didn't just hire a truck like Alex and every 1 else has ? It's not that heavy it's just a mr2 !!! It would be fine ,,, no ???


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 16, 2016, 08:04:34 PM
Time for a update.
Firstly to your comments.
Yes I have been starting to moan about the amount of time it has been taking to respray Cerberus.
But it has been a shit load of work.
Apparently it has taken 3 coats of filler primer to get everything smooth and perfect.

I wish I could have hired a suitable vehicle to transport Cerberus. But because of the size weight and very low ride height of the car a transit totally impractical and useless. You need a slide bed lorry. This will cost lots and lots.
Down here there is no vehicle like this available to hire.
I can hire a race transporter trailer for £60 per day. So Sherman will pull it.
I've done my homework on this for sure.

Anyway on with the update.
Firstly I have been finishing off Sherman my Frontera.
My fitter friend has fully serviced it to include a new cambelt.
I've just got to wash it and it's ready to roll.

I took Cerberus wheels in for there refurb. According to the company doing the refurb they are in quite a bad state and because they are actually real Murcielago wheels they are split rims. Meaning that the refurb will be more expensive.
I'm going for bright silver finish.
Last year on eBay I came across a pair of part worn rear Pirelli p zero rear tyres for the Lambo. As my ones are almost slicks I grabbed them. They are with the wheels ready to be fitted.
In the photo you can just see the very nice Audi R8 they had in. I did have a good scope around it.

I went to the body shop today and hurray. She's ready for painting. All the primer work has been done and everything's now perfectly smooth and flat.
As I said earlier it's taken 3 coats of filler primer to get the body work perfect. Originally the body work finish was really crap but now it's almost actual Lamborghini quality.
She's all masked up ready to go into the oven for painting.
They have told me that they plan to actually paint Cerberus on Saturday.
They are actually going to do it. I won't hold my breath on that due to how slow they are but we will have to wait and see.
More to come.  


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 16, 2016, 08:05:33 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on June 17, 2016, 08:52:10 AM
Like you say AP, they may be slow, but if their work is that good, it surely was worth waiting for!!

Bet you can't wait til Saturday, I know how I felt at this stage :)

Post some pics immediately please!!!

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 25, 2016, 06:33:28 PM
Time for a quick update.
I did visit the body shop on Thursday but as I guessed. No more has been done. It was supposed to be painted last Saturday but it was still sitting in the corner in grey primer.
It's starting to drive me mad.
Anyway in between work and the rain last week I have finished Sherman.
It's all cleaned serviced with all the extras added.
I've been using it this week running around. Going to work and stuff. I have managed to achieve a whooping 16 MPG  ;D
What's weird is that I'm quite proud of burning 16mpg. Yes!!!!  Really big car with really shitty gas mileage.  ;D
and I don't give a dam. LOL.  It's a V6.  ;D ;D ;D
I also love driving it. PETROL HEAD! No diesel shit here.
Now it's all clean here's a few final photos below.
I will update on Cerberius once somethings been done with it.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 25, 2016, 06:34:36 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 28, 2016, 07:03:25 PM
Time for a quick news flash.
I got a phone call from the body shop today to tell me that Cerberus has finally been painted.
The chap texted me a quick photo as it was coming out of the oven.
 :o :o :o :o
Well it's finally orange. Real Lamborghini orange.
 :o :o :o :o
I'm going there on Friday so more photos then.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on June 28, 2016, 07:14:20 PM
Now that is not going to missed when she is on the road.
Very bright and very nice  8)
Can't wait for more pics
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on June 28, 2016, 09:05:39 PM
So it hasn't been polished up with compound yet?
Looks very shiny as is....

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Sparx01 on June 28, 2016, 11:16:26 PM
Very Nice,

in my opinion this is defo the best colour for this car

Tone


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on June 29, 2016, 01:49:18 AM
Ooowww man... That colour is insane! Cant wait till its friday!!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: ferrari360jd on June 29, 2016, 08:38:53 AM
Looking good buddy  :) not too long now and you will be able to enjoy her ,jd


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 01, 2016, 06:25:53 PM
Time for a update.
I have finally managed to get to the body shop this afternoon to take some more photos of the final respray for you lot.
I will give the body shop credit. Even tho it has taken a long time to get it painted it's well worth it.
The finish is incredible. We are talking serious quality here. Not everyday car quality but what you would expect from any super car costing £200k plus.
As they paint Porsches, Aston martins and rolls royces I knew it would be good.
There's still a lot of polishing to do.
As I was there the loose parts like the doors are in the oven being primed ready for the same amazing orange finish.
I also had a phone call from the alloy wheel refurb place. The wheels are ready for collection next week.
According to what they said. The wheels are proper real Lamborghini split rims and they have the Lamborghini stamp inside. They have split them, refurbed end them by what ever they do and fitted my new tyres.
They did find a crack in one of the fronts which had to be repaired.
They have said that they are now worth well over £10k for the set of 4  :o
Not sure why a set of wheels like this are on a replica?  Who knows but I'm not moaning. Because one was cracked it's quite possible they came off a written off original murcielago.
I will upload photos as soon as I get them.
It's getting exciting with everything falling into place. I can wait to get Cerberus back to assemble her.
More next week.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on July 02, 2016, 11:40:19 AM
Wooooooooo that looks soooooooooooooooo insane mate!!!! I love that colour!!!!! Simply stunning!!!! Im jumping in my seat man!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Ukbaggio on July 02, 2016, 08:55:50 PM
Looking Good Love The Orange That's My Color  :P


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 08, 2016, 08:27:26 PM
Time for another update.
I did manage to visit the body shop today and they are still busy painting and polishing bits.
They haven't done much to the car except for fitting the bonnet.
They have painted the other loose panels like the doors etc.
Now everything's orange they now need to paint the gloss black areas on the car.
They have told me that it's hopefully going to be ready by the end of the month.  :o
I'm busy getting ready at home. Getting parts ready to refit back on to Cerberus.
I've also got to put up a new marquee. As this summer weather is total shite. It's to unreliable to carry out a days work without rain.
On Thursday I picked up the refurbished alloy wheels.
All I can say is WOW!!!!!!  :o They look fantastic and brand new.
I can't wait to see them on the freshly painted car   8)
One thing I am doing research on and that fitting some air suspension to the front of the car.
Now that it's painted it will be a shame to scrape the nose on a speed bump so it needs to be raised when required.
The real murcie has this so mine will as well.
More next week.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 08, 2016, 08:28:16 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on July 09, 2016, 07:39:16 PM
Nice 1 buddy looking great


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on July 09, 2016, 10:03:50 PM
Worth the wait when the quality of their work is like that
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on July 10, 2016, 08:26:18 PM
Must be one of the most exiting stages of your build mate!! Looks top
Noch!!!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 16, 2016, 11:02:05 PM
Time for a update.
Firstly the body shop is busy putting finishing touches on Cerberus.
At it turned out, they were not happy with the finish on the doors so they are doing them again.
They are also painting the engine cover.
I'm hoping that it won't be long now till she comes home.
In the meantime I am making preparations at home by getting ready for it.
Because our summer weather is total shite I'm not taking chances with getting rained on whilst I am busy assembling.
I have brought a 6 x 3meter heavy duty marquee from machine mart.
It's a lot lighter than the temporary garage I had up over the winter but because it's white and has removeable sides and ends it will be much cooler if the summer sun does finally come out.
More next week


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 26, 2016, 11:02:04 PM
Time for a update.
I popped into the body shop today to check how it's going with the body work on Cerberus.
I arrived at a good time as they were in the process of spraying a lot of the extra parts in gloss black.
Mirrors, brake callipers etc and the black lines around the doors.
I was alowed into the oven to take a quick few snaps as they haven't started spraying.
I'm informed that we are now in the last knockings with the bodywork and should expect to take the car away within the next few weeks.
I'm all ready now for her to come back home and can't wait to get building and re assembling.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on July 27, 2016, 12:07:09 AM
Mate your project is off the charts! Love the attention for the bodywork mate!! Well worth the wait!!

Keep it up mate!!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 03, 2016, 07:39:43 PM
Time for a update.
I managed to pop to the body shop today and have been told that Cerberus is ready to come home next week  
Hurray. Finally.   :o :o :o :o 8)
All the paint work is completed.
They were just finishing the last bits of gloss black in the oven as I was there.
The doors and Bonet are back on so just the engine cover and air flaps to fit.
It looks like a lambo again.
I'm all ready for her to come home to. Marquee is up. Everything is cleaned and ready to go back on the car.
I've booked the trailer from the hire company and Sherman my frontera is all ready to tow it.
Next Wednesday 10th is the day booked.
I hope it's a dry day as we will have to postpone if its raining.
There's no glass in the car so rain won't do it any good so fingers crossed.
I can't wait.  I'm like a dog with 2 dicks. LOL.
Loads of photos to follow then.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on August 03, 2016, 07:51:19 PM
woot, not long now bud!! looking forward to the rebuild.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on August 03, 2016, 07:56:37 PM
Fingers crossed for you that you get the weather on your side
Look forward to the updates and piccie
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 03, 2016, 11:32:38 PM
Well done mate ????


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 05, 2016, 06:43:47 PM
Shit!     SHIT!           :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[     :'( :'( :'( :'(  SSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHIIIIIIITTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And that's putting mildly.

I had a phone call first thing this morning from the body shop and they said they have had a problem with the lambo.
Basically as they were reversing it out of the oven, one of the muppet employees forgot about the drivers door sticking up in the air,
The door sticks up higher than the oven door.
Crunch

I rushed over to check out the damage.

Fortunately there has not been to much damage.
Just a small crack and some paint scraping.
Its not coming home now on Wednesday.
 :'( :'(

Now they have to fix it.

The video below expresses my feelings

https://youtu.be/Ow0a06gsiF4







Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 05, 2016, 06:45:41 PM
Photos of damage


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on August 05, 2016, 06:59:41 PM
That could of been a lot worse
I'm sure they will sort it in no time
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 05, 2016, 09:38:09 PM
As Mickky said :)

Ps
Bollox ????????????????


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on August 09, 2016, 10:29:29 AM
I know all about leaving doors up!!  easy done.  Hopefully she will be with you all pristine again very soon.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 07, 2016, 08:58:20 PM
Time for a update.  Finally.
I hope you all have had a nice summer holiday.
Now that everybody's going back to work it's time to check up on the lambos progress.
So I popped into the body shop today.
Well she's finally ready. They have repaired the door and everything has now been painted.
She's coming home on Monday 12th next week. I have booked the trailer and my frontera is ready to pull it.
As soon as the cars back I need to put the temporary garage up again as the British weather is due to turn crap at any time.
Time to start rebuilding.
More to follow next week.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on September 09, 2016, 12:13:43 AM
Nice :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on September 10, 2016, 05:18:04 PM
Simply stunning  :P
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 12, 2016, 07:17:27 PM
Well here we go finally.
Today's task was to collect the lambo from the body shop and bring her home.
My first job was to collect the trailer.
I hired the biggest trailer they have got. This ones a Woodford 2.8 tonne with a 16x6.6 bed.
It tilts and has extra long ramps perfect for our ultra low race cars.
Once everything was hitched up. Off we went to collect Cerberus.
As you would expect. My frontera Sherman drove like the trailer didn't exist. I'm glad I've got the big 3.2 v6.
Once we arrived at the body shop Cerberus was all ready for me to collect so I took a few photos.
I backed the truck and trailer into its position and got the trailer ready to load.
Easy peasy so I thought.
Now if I was loading a normal car on to this trailer you would simply drive it on and strap it down.
But with Cerberus this was not the case.
As the car was halfway up the ramps it turned out that Cerberus is over 6ft6" wide :(.
The rear air vents that stick out at the sides will catch the lights on the trailer.
Shit!  >:(
Well there no bigger trailer available so there was only one solution. Take the lights off the trailer.
So we stripped the trailer down.
Once the lights were removed I managed to get the car further on the trailer. But it was not on far enough.
My next problem was that the air vents wouldn't clear the trailers wheel arches.
Oh well let's take them off as well.
Once the arches were removed Cerberus fitted perfectly.
As the Toyota mr2 is a rear engined car all the weight is at the back so we had to position the car further forward.
It ended up slightly more further forward to what I would had liked due to the trailer tyres rubbing the lambos air vents so we had to position it right between the wheels.
We refitted the lights but had to leave the arches off as they were just in the way.
Fortunately we didn't have to far to travel and it was all B roads so there wasn't a problem.
If I had to go on the motorway then it would have been a nick. Vosa and the police would love it.
Once Cerberus was strapped down we set off on our way.
No problems towing it back. Nice and steady.
Once we got home we simply removed the lights again and drove Cerberus off.
My next job was to put the trailer back together before returning it to the hire place.
Now that the car is back home I can put my grey garage thingy tent back up ready for the bad weather.
I will have to look into a alternative trailer for the trip to Margate when I get the leather done as this trailer not suitable for this lambo.
But that's November. Until then it's all system go with putting her back together.
So plenty of updates to follow.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 12, 2016, 07:19:08 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on September 12, 2016, 10:12:47 PM
Goosebumps all over the ball sack mate!!! What a stunning car! Can wait to see your progress!!

Cheers!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on September 13, 2016, 01:27:55 PM
Way too much info dman !!!!!  ;D

But yes, stunning
Paint job looks faultless. Not long now before you're driving her round

A little envious  :P :P :P
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 13, 2016, 06:33:29 PM
Time for today's update.
As I'm off shift till Friday the sun is shining and it's flipping hot.
Only one job to do and take advantage of the last few days of hot weather.
Cerberus is absolutely filthy. The inside is covered in filler dust. It's everywhere.  In the front, inside the cab and all over the engine.
As it's been living inside a body shop for 6 months it's got 6 months of dust and grime.
So it's time to wash the whole car inside and out. You would never normally use a hose inside a car but for this job there is no other way to do it. A good sponge and wash down.
I wash out everything. I even give the outside a wash down.
As you wash you can see how much of a good job the body shop has done.
Time to leave it in the sun now to dry out. I had to use my wet and dry vac to suck the water from the battery tray and other ponds that have appeared around the car.
Now it's clean and shiny  8)
More tomorrow.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on September 14, 2016, 11:07:43 AM
Jaw dropping mate!!! Be carefull with the wiring mate... You dont want corrosion ...

How are the panels doing in the sun?? Did they heat up the car in the paint booth?


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 14, 2016, 06:43:08 PM
Today's update.
Today was boring stuff. I started putting the temporary garage up again. Not the easiest job in 30 degrees heat. It was rather hot.
Now the frame is up I need to secure it down to the floor. All the bolts are still in the drive ready from the last time I had it up.
I will then pull the cover over the top.
Sorted ;)

Fortunately the body shop has had plenty of experence with fibreglass cars so they bake them at a much lower temperature than a normal car.
If you bake them to hot the panels distort and split.
So the car is still perfect.   ;)



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: String on September 14, 2016, 10:00:28 PM
Hi,
With the car looking that good - could I make a suggestion and you consider a bit of masking and matte black to dress the inner door panel more to original as you will find the window rubber's etc will be far less obvious and provides a point where the door panel trim blends .
 :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on September 16, 2016, 12:08:11 AM
Good call buddy .


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 16, 2016, 09:17:00 AM
Another update.
Yes I do agree with adding some black to the insides of the doors etc.
If I was to do this I would have the small areas done in vinyl wrap rather than paint. This would be done after all the upholstery has been finished.
I'm done with painting. Plus the vinyl wrap will be textured so would give a trim apperence.
I don't know how much is to be covered in leather so this would be one of the very last things to do.
Even tho it was 30 degrees heat I managed to finish putting the temporary garage up.
I'm glad I did because we had one hell of a thunder storm last night.
Cerberus is now protected from what ever the weather throws at us.
I'm back at work now so I won't get much done till mid next week so more then.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 18, 2016, 11:29:40 PM
In between work shifts I have had a little time to get a few things ready.
My fitter friend is coming on Thursday to refit the fake brake calipers, wheel spacers, wheels and exhaust system.
So I needed to finish off the calipers.
On the original lambo the black calipers have the lambo logo on them so mine will as well. :o
Only a few days to go at work and then I'm free to start rebuilding.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 21, 2016, 07:35:49 PM
Time for a update.
Now that work is done for this week I have some time to start assembling.
I needed to get the car ready for Thursday as my fitter friend is coming over to refit the exhaust, wheels and brakes etc.
My first job is to jack up the back and paint the rear sub frame.
Since the respray it's now covered in undercoat and orange overspray and will look crap so it needs a coat of paint.
Earlier on in the year I killed my old trolley jack so it was time to treat myself to a new one.
A visit to my nearest garage tool supplier was just the ticket. They had a 3 tonne high lift jack for £89.95.
Nice and heavy duty so it should last.
Once the back of the lambo was up in the air I gave the rear subframe a coat of black paint.
The crap exhaust pipe is coming off but did its job in the body shop.
My next job is to refit the exhaust coweling. It's been painted in gloss black ready by the body shop.
4 bolts and its back in place.
Sorted. The cars now ready for the proper exhaust.
More to follow and loads of photos of the refurbed wheels fitted :o





Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on September 21, 2016, 11:39:59 PM
What model exhaust are you fitting? The single or the double?


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 22, 2016, 09:40:39 PM
Well here's is what you all have been waiting for. Some real photos of Cerberus with her new wheels fitted.
Firstly dmam1409 if you flick back to page 5 of my thread you can read all about the exhaust construction there.
Today I had my fitter friend come and put some proper parts back.
Today's task was to refit the exhaust, brakes, calipers and new refurbed wheels.
We started off with the exhaust. Quite a simple job but getting everything straight was a task by itself.
Once the exhaust was back I couldn't wait to start her up.  
Blurb. Blurb.   Purrr.    8). At last a proper exhaust again.  Running any engine without much of a exhaust sounds utter crap. Unless it's a v8. 8)  But unfortunately a 4 cylinder sounds like some sort of chav wagon.
Now it purs like a mr2 should.
It looks like murcielago exhaust but Unfortunately it doesn't sound like one so this will be a job for Woodsport next year when they fit a Lexus V6 in there.   :o
Now the exhaust is fitted it's time to fit the imitation calipers and discs.
Everything went back as it should and as soon as the rear wheel was fitted it totally transformed the car.
It's amazing how crap those space saver wheels are but they have done there job.
The newly painted and logoed calipers and discs look bloody brilliant behind the new wheels. The new p zero tyres finish the job perfectly.
After every wheel the car was being totally transformed.
I did pick the correct colour for the wheels. They really look fantastic with the orange.
I still have to finish off the wheel centres but I haven't found some silver logos for them yet.
When I look at it now. It's nothing like the original wreck I brought. It looks like something else.
 8) 8) 8) 8)
There's still lots more to do so loads of updates to follow.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 22, 2016, 09:42:08 PM
More photos  8)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on September 23, 2016, 01:17:40 AM
Oooow she looks amazing mate !!! This must be the best part of the build for you!!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 24, 2016, 06:52:29 PM
Time for the last update for this week. I'm back to work tomorrow so I won't get any thing done till the middle of next week :(
It's nice to finally start seeing results from all our hard work. Putting the time and effort in is really starting to pay off.
Today's task is to refit the rear of the car back. Grills and lights but before they go back there is one very important job to do.
On the real murcielago behind the rear wheels is where the radiators sit. If you look closely through the rear grills you can see the cooling fans.
Some people light them up like in the 1st photo. Buy that's gay in my book. It's a Lamborghini not a chav wagon.
If you were following behind you would see the fans turning in the wind.
Of course it's a mr2 and our radiator fans are in the front under the bonnet so we need a couple of fans in the back to create the correct look.
They don't need to be wired up as they won't actually cool anything. They will just soak your battery till it's dead.
A couple of cheap 14" electric fans from fleebay are perfect for this job.
I mount them on the rear frame by drilling and tapping the bolts in the lambo frame. It's important to get both in exactly the same position.
Once mounted I refit the grills and rear lights.
The fans are difficult to see in the photos but they are easily seen making the rear look realistic.
They will simply turn in the wind as you drive along. No need to power them up.
Perfect.
Now the rear of the car is starting to look like a proper murcielago  :o
That's it for this week. My next job is to start wiring up the bat wings and stuff so more then.  ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on September 24, 2016, 06:54:40 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 01, 2016, 06:42:51 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Firstly, I haven't heard from many of you for ages, are you all still reading and enjoying his thread?
I don't want to carry of posting if nobody is enjoying it :-\

Anyway this week I have been doing very boring and simple stuff.
Now that the rear of the car is back together the rear electrics needed finishing off.
The rear spoiler and bat wings (air vents) needed to be connected up. Since I removed all the old bodge electrics I needed to fit new power supplies from the dash area of the car.
The rear spoiler is a simple up and down and will be switched from the dash.
The same for the bat wings and again will be switched from the dash.
They do sod all but they are just for show so they need to work correctly.
I don't know what it is with car electrics, it takes ages to fit new power supplies and get everything tidy. Days in fact.
You can rip it all out within minutes.
Now both wings and spoiler pop up and down with style  8)
To finish off it was time to refit the petrol cap. The latch is still operated by a small leaver in the cabin.
Sorted ;)
Next week I am working my way forward so the doors are next. They require the glasss putting in and the electrics connecting back up. So more then.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on October 01, 2016, 08:03:12 PM
The close up pics of your paintwork look faultless
Do you have any vids of the spoiler and bat wings working  :P

PS Keep posting, I'm sure it's just not me reading  ;D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on October 01, 2016, 10:14:27 PM
Every fart you put on here in inhale as if it was my own mate!!!! Keep going!!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 08, 2016, 06:48:49 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Thanks for that: dman1409. Something I've never understood is why we like the smell of our own farts.
If you guff in the bed we always waft the covers to sample it.  ;D but if the wife chuffs its time to exit the room. ;D
Anyway swiftly moving on.
This week I have been rewiring the drivers door. I put the new runs in last year ready. I have a single 6 core cable fed into the door from the drivers footwell.
I then refit the glass into the door. 2 bolts and the windows in.
It was a simple task to connect up the electric window motor, door lock plunger and the 2 speaker connections.
Once all the wiring was connected up I refitted the old leather door card.
These are going to be re covered when the upholstery gets done so there ready.
Once the door is complete I turn my attention to the drivers side headlight.
My first job is to remove the headlight blocking discs under the arches. These are stuck on with a little tiger seal. A long Stanley knife and there off.
As I have done all the wiring ready it's a simple task of refitting the headlight units into there correct positions.
Now that there in place my next task is to refit the chrome rings and custom fit the new plastic lenses.
More next week  ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on October 12, 2016, 11:09:24 PM
Whahahahaaha yeah man like u say!

Ps: update inhaled again! Ur doing great man!! Love to see your build in the flesh sometime!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 14, 2016, 07:59:36 PM
Time for a update.
Firstly I hope all of you will get a chance to view Cerberus once she's finished. There's a few shows on the cards for next year. Especially stoneleigh. 8)
Anyway.
This week I have been rebuilding the drivers side headlight.
Now that I have re fitted the projector headlights the next task was to fit the chrome rings.
I polished these up earlier on in the year so they were ready to fit.
Once the rings were fitted I fixed the top indicator panel into place using good old tiger seal. I then left over night.
Now that the light is complete it's time to check out the glass cover.
I did buy some of those plastic covers earlier on this year but they required a lot of trimming to get to fit.
I've decided not to use them because they are so easily scratched and are very fragile.
They don't fit very well either.
Instead I took the original glass fixings to a glass factory that could cut me out some new ones from proper windscreen laminate. The original ones were badly scratched and had cracks in them so I needed new ones.
The factory has recut them to as close as possible to the originals.
I fit one of them temporarily to check the fitment.
They are fairly close.
My plan is to tiger seal them into place and once everything's done I want to get a vinyl wrapper to finish off the headlights to cover the edges so they look like factory fitment. Similar to the last photo.
I finish off by refitting the little grill in the front.
To finish off this update I dug the dash out of the loft and popped it into the car. It's ready to come back out at the upholstery company.
That's it for now.
More to follow next week.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on October 14, 2016, 08:16:51 PM
Making great progress fella.. and yes, it would be good to finally meet you and Cerb.. It would be great to have two Lambos at Stoneleigh!

In fact..it's because you've start on yours again, it's spurred me on a little to do mine.. so thanks :-)

Steve


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 15, 2016, 03:54:03 PM
Just a quickie.
Glad to see that I'm inspiring you all with my build.
The sun was shining this afternoon so I took some latest photos for you all.
 8)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 22, 2016, 07:18:38 PM
Time for this weeks update.
After much deciding on what to do with the engine in Cerberus I have finally decided to commit to a Woodsport v6 conversion.
I've chatted to Paul about it and he is now booking for next March.
This is perfect for my timing as Cerberus should be back from having the upholstery done mid February.
So his deposit is on the way.
Paul says he is going to go all out mental with the conversion and try to make it one of the best sounding conversions he has done  8)
He sent me a YouTube link of a lambo he did a few years ago. Kind of gives me a idea what to expect.
He also sent me a link of what a v6 mr2 sounds like on the road.   :o
The links is at the bottom of my waffling.  ;D
Cerberus deserves to sound like the super car it is.
I'm not interested in speed or power as it will probably fall apart if you go above 60 ;D especially with those huge wheel spacers on.  
It is a plastic pig after all.
But it needs to sound right and to do this Paul has confirmed that you need more than 4 cylinders to do it.
So a v6 it is.
Anyway back to putting Cerberus together.
So I have been busy wiring up the passenger door. Exactly the same as the drivers door.
I have put the glass back in. Fitted the new window trims. Soldered up all the wires and refitted the door panel ready for the upholstery.
I then refitted the lower grill.
I have also re assembled the passenger side headlights. Exactly the same as the other side.
Once re assembled they needed lining up.
My home made adjusters worked perfectly with bringing the lights into line.
Once everything's complete I will refit the new headlight glasses that I have had made.
I still have a lot to do and the weeks are ticking away. Only 9 weeks till Christmas  :-\ (HUMBUG)
Cerberus goes to have the upholstery done 1st week of January and she needs to be ready.
More to follow next week.


https://youtu.be/8s728GcbD_Q

https://youtu.be/aBbC9rf5YSQ


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 22, 2016, 07:20:01 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on October 24, 2016, 11:00:29 PM
Yeaahh fresh farts!!

Been catching up on your thread! Good to see you are taking the extra effort to improve the head lights!! The eyes of the car are super important.. On many builds you see them pourly done...
Really impressed how good your doors look also! Nice upholstery!

If i may ask why do you go for a v6 setup rather then smacking in a v8?!

Keep it up mate!



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on October 29, 2016, 07:25:00 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Firstly engines. Yes I would love to have a v8 in there. I've always loved the old Rover V8 especially going back to the old crappy solex twin carbs. It was crap, unreliable and didn't give much power for its size but it sounded fantastic. Especially with straight through pipes. You couldn't beat it. Even today it still sounds out of this world.
But unfortunately Cerberus is actually a Toyota MR2 and the engine is facing the wrong way. Across the car rather than down the length of the car. So space is limited.
If Cerberus was built on a space frame like a lot of kit cars then they sky's the limit. But I'm limited to a MR2 and my budget.
Theres really only one company who specialises in MR2s these days and that woodsport.
Paul at Woodsport has squeezed in a v8 and even a v12 into a mr2 but not without its problems.
The v6 conversion is very successful and popular. Any bugs have been sorted out over the years plus the conversion is in my budget.

I haven't done much to the car as I have been working all week.
But I have a interesting week ahead.
I am going to put the basic interior back in to make sure everything fits into place ready for the upholstery.
The complete dash, door cards, centre console and seats. Everything except for the carpet.
I need to get everything working and fitted perfectly.
On Friday this week I'm taking Cerberus to a rolling road tuner. The car hasent been driven since i first brought her, having had all the mechanical work and new turbo done.
So we are going to stick the car on the Dyno rolling road to see that everything is working as it should. It will be interesting to see what the engine and gearbox is doing.
I'm then taking it back to the Ferrari garage to carry out a pre MOT.
Basically a full good MOT but not putting it through.
This is to check that it will pass a MOT. Or to highlight work that needs to be done.
The Ferrari garage has a flat access ramp designed for these super cars with no ground clearance.
Perfect for Cerberus. 8)
Time to dig out my old frontera as it has some towing to do. I'm going to trailer Cerberus to the garages  8)
Loads of photos to follow.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on October 31, 2016, 03:31:01 PM
Sounds good!!! Cant wait to see!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on October 31, 2016, 07:00:46 PM
Hi AP,

nice to see that you are cracking on well buddy

Great job so far!!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 04, 2016, 07:24:57 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Well things didn't turn out how I expected in the end. It was almost a complete disaster but I wasn't going to give up.
During the week I needed to get Cerberus ready for its pre MOT. Basically a very thorough MOT without actually putting it though.
I started off by bonding the passenger side indicator side light. Simple clear tiger seal and a stool to keep the pressure on it over night whilst it dries.
My first job was to finish putting all the interior trims back and to make sure everything fits correctly.
Minus the carpets.
This is one good thing about sticking with the original mr2 dash and console. Every thing fits so perfectly.
Unlike when you do a custom build. It never looks factory fitted however good it is.
The whole dash, centre console and door cards have been refitted.
I have fitted my new steering wheel as well. I spent ages looking for a wheel I liked. I found one on flee bay. I myself prefer a fully covered leather wheel with an air bag look. Looks more substantial and chunky.
I also needed to refit the seats correctly.
Because I'm a big fella the seats can't have any runners on them. The seats need to be mounted really low. This is the only way I get just about 1 inch of headroom inside. If I was to use runners or the original mr2 seats you would need to be a munchkin to drive it.
Both seats are bolted straight to the floor.
It was time to fit up the new race harness seat belts. I have chosen orange 4 point harnesses to match the outside orange. 8) I had the gear panel on the centre console painted in the same colour as the car when it was done.
I like a little orange hear and there inside the car.
Even tho the seats haven't been re trimmed yet with orange diamond stitching they look rather good with the orange harnesses.  8)
I've chosen race harnesses over ordinary seat belts because it gives A more super car feel and look. Well it does in my book  8)
As I had no electric windows it was time to call in some profeshional help with getting them working again.
A friend of mine specialises in auto electrics so he was lumbered with my windows. It's amazing how much cableing is required for just for 2 windows. 4 relays and 2 switches. To be exact.
It wasn't long before my windows were working as they should. 8)
So now the car is ready to hit the rolling road.
My plan was to take Cerberus to a local dyno rolling road to see how the engine was performing.
Then in the afternoon to take the car to my local Ferrari garage for a pre MOT.
So I dug out Sherman my old frontera and got the old tank ready to tow.
I picked up the trailer from the trailer hire place first thing and the chap still guaranteed that this time my lambo would fit on to his trailer.
Once I got back home it wasn't long until I found out that there was no way on this earth Cerberus was going to fit.
Shit! >:(
Basically firstly the nose won't clear the trailer. So I tried with 2 planks of wood. It did then clear the first part but then half way up it wouldn't fit between the wheels of the trailer.
 >:( not impressed. So I had to cancel the rolling road trip.  :(
Now the problems really started. What did it do? Pissed down with rain.
It hasent rained for nearly 1 month and when I need to move Cerberus about it rains. WTF. >:(
I was kinda stuffed as the Ferrari garage is only a quarter a mile down the road but I have no windscreen fitted  :(
Well I wasn't having it. Stuff the weather. Stuff the trailer problem. I got my new windscreen from under my bed. Put some masking tape around it and popped it on to the car. I then used masking tape to stop the rain coming in and keep it in place.
As it's going for a MOT it's quite legal to drive it to its MOT destination and back. So that's exactly what I did. Simply stuck my number plates back on and drove it down the road to the Ferrari garage.
It was absolutely pissing down with rain and I made the right decision to put the windscreen in. It kept the rain out as it should.
Hurray  ;D I was at the Ferrari garage.
I haven't driven her since I first brought her. But it was a nice feeling that she's nearly there on the road again.
So the garage started the MOT test. Once Cerberus was on the ramp there's a few niggles I need to sort out. Firstly my headlights were all over the place. My height adjuster worked a treat bringing the lights to the correct level but they were cross eyed. I haven't made any adjuster to move the lights left or right. So this is the first thing I will need to tackle.
Everything else seemed good except for 1 nackered passenger side lower ball joint, excessive play in the steering rack and crap rear brakes :(.
So I have some mechanical work to do before next year. The ball joint and brakes isn't a worry but I need to buy a new steering rack from somewhere.
What's really good is the car passed the emissions test. This means the engine is good.
I did take a little wander around the garage whilst all this was going on. Umm nice to see a garage full of ferraris.
That's what I call a proper place to work. Lucky people getting to work in there.  8)
Once everything was checked I came away with my small list of things to do.
One thing we did discuss was the crazy wheel spacers the extreme replica uses to get the wheels to fit.
He said that by using these spacers there is some serious stresses going through the wheel bearings.
His solution was to extend the track arms and drive shafts.  :-X yea that's easier said than done.
But these spacers would only be an advisory. There not illegal.
I mentioned deep dish split rims. They would work but there would still be stresses on the wheel bearings.
Don't forget we are dealing with a top notch Ferrari garage here. Not bodge it motors. :D
I'm happy with the spacers for now as I'm not going to be driving thousands of miles in the car.
So away I went from the garage back home.  8) the long way round the houses. 8) I did put my foot down abit and the turbo spooled up nicely with a nice chuff when I changed gear.
So the new turbo is working as it should  ;D
I couldn't beleave as soon as I drove straight back into my car tent it stopped raining. WTF.  >:( it was like god turned of the tap. Maybe he was watching and having a laugh.
Anyway I managed to get half of what I wanted to achieve today.

So what are my plans now with Cerberus?

Well I'm now going to strip out all the interior again.
I'm then going to start the carpeting and sending off various parts to the upholstery company for retrimming.
I'm starting with the seats and then the door cards.
I've decided I'm not going with a Woodsport v6 engine change for now. Because the original engine is good I might as well stick to it. Don't forget I brought a new turbo last year and spent about £1k doing the timing belt and water pump etc etc.
I'm going to redesign the exhaust system with a switch between loud to quiet. To keep my bell end neighbours happy.  :P
I need to re design the headlight adjustment so I can also adjust left to right as well as up and down.
I'm getting the rest of the mechanical work done to include the steering rack.
I want to look into getting some air suspension on the front. The car is a nightmare being so low and could do with being able to raise it when required.
Lots and lots to do.
Of course you can keep up with it here as always.
Oh and loads of photos  ;)






Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 04, 2016, 07:26:36 PM
More photos.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 04, 2016, 07:27:33 PM
Last few


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on November 04, 2016, 08:05:07 PM
I bet you was smiling like a Cheshire Cat driving her to and from the garage
Nice one
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 05, 2016, 10:29:50 PM
Time for a quick update.
Yes it was rather nice to actually drive Cerberus again. I can't wait for it to be 100% done.
I did manage to do some work to the car today.
Today's task was to get the 2 door cards ready to go off for re trimming.
My first job is to refit the new door opener handles.
The original openers are total crap. You can't reach them then the doors closed as they are behind the seat.
Looking at the real murcie they have the handles on the arm rest of the door cards.
So mine will have the same.
After looking at every car handle I couldn't find any suitable. Then I noticed the handles on my sofa. They are a black handle that you pull to make it recline.
After measuring them they would be perfect for this job.
I could have nicked them off my sofa but I think the wife would go nuclear. :(
So I found a new pair on flee bay for £5.
Now that they have arrived it's time to fit them to my door cards.
Originally there is a small hole where the electric door switches used to be so all I need to do is make them bigger to fit the new handles.
My new electric window switches are now fitted where the stereo used to be in the din slot.
I start by cutting a template out of cardboard, I then draw the hole on the leather.
I cut the leather with a Stanley knife and then cut the insides away using a jig saw.
To finish off I used my Dremel to sand it to perfectly fit the handle.
I did exactly the same to the other door card.
They actually fit rather well and will make opening the doors much easier.
The cards are now ready to be sent off for re covering.
That's it for this week. Back to work tomorrow.
I've now got to strip all the interior out again.
So more then.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 05, 2016, 10:31:04 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on November 05, 2016, 10:49:32 PM
Nice 1 bud looking good


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on November 06, 2016, 03:08:50 PM
Hey buddy, regarding the wheel spacers:

I'd definately take the extra mile and lengthen the drive shaft etc... It will make your car soooo much better... Changing bearings evere 5000 km is not something you want... Plus the handling of the car wont be good...

I'd do it now if i was in your position... When the car is all done you might just leave it as is.... You have an insane project mate!!! You will enjoy it more when driving! I hear guys complainig about wheel spacers all the time...

Thanx for the great updates !! She looks the bullocks!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Paul79 on November 06, 2016, 10:03:34 PM
ADP, i must say your progress and build are fantastic. i have been following it from the start very closely. very well done. looking forward to seeing this car in 2017 at Stoneleigh. glad you went with the silver wheels. they look great against the orange.

keep up the very good work

Paulie   ;D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 12, 2016, 07:30:47 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Thankyou for your kind replies. I'm looking forward to taking Cerberus to a few shows next year. But there's so much to do before then.
I've looked into lengthening the arms on my suspension and it would be a total nightmare to get it correct. At the moment everything is perfectly square and true being a factory Toyota chassis. If I modify it for a wider track I run the high risk of messing up the tracking, camber, everything. The car could crab like a early mini which is not good.
So I'm leaving it well alone. As I'm not going to be driving thousands of miles in her I'm advised not to worry.
If a bearing goes then it's easily replaced. The spacers will be fine with the mr2's standard power output but if I was to ramp up the power then I would need to change the wheels to deep dish split rims so that the wheels bolt directly to the discs. Removing the spacers. I could then add as much power as I wanted.

I have made my final decision on the engine. I'm sticking with the 4 cylinder turbo lump. Why?
I have been in touch with Rogue Motorsport in Coventry. I have chatted about my engine options. If I was to bung in a v6. Apparently they have a over heating problem. But I'm limited to its basic power and that's it.
If I stick with the turbo engine i can tune to my hearts content depending on budget.
They have built mr2 turbos chucking out over 700 BHP  8). F in hell. 700 bhp that's more than the real murcie.
Not sure how the extreme chassis modifications and body would cope with that kind of power. It would probably fall apart. ;D
They have recommended around 350 bhp is a nice power  8) this would accelerate Cerberus 0-60 around the 5 second mark.
All this tuning is a lot later on but they sky's the limit.
I've got a lot to do before anything like that gets done.

Anyway.
So the door cards have now gone away for recovering in leather with orange stitching. :o
I have completely stripped the interior again to get it ready for the re upholstering.
I have decided that I'm doing half the upholstering myself and all the leather work is being done by a profeshional.
All the edges and curves are to be covered in fine black carpet. All the big areas are to be covered in black real leather with orange stitching. No vinyl anywhere.  8)
I've decided to do it this way because transporting Cerberus is a nightmare. So she's staying put.
It won't fit in any trailer and to truck it is to expensive. So my upholsterer is coming here.  ;D
I'm keeping the interior MR2 because everything fits so well.
So a few jobs to do to get the interior ready for covering.
My first job is to fit the interior light. I spent ages looking for a suitable interior light and the best is the original MR2 light. It took me a while to find a black one on flee bay.
The mr2 interior light is sunk into the ceiling but it's the correct size for the lambo. Just above the interior rear view mirror is the perfect place.
I make a template out of cardboard to mark out the area to be cut. I then transfer it to the ceiling of the car.
I used my buzz saw to cut out the square. Fortunately I just missed the steel bar that runs along inside the ceiling.
Perfect. 8)
I then run a wire along and down inside ready to power the light.
My next job is to modify the rear storage cupboards.
I made a mistake and built them up to high. This stopped the seats fully reclining. So I have to remove the wood work.
I have now refitted the covers so they are now mounted directly to the origional mr2 metalwork. I have made 2 simple lids so you can now use these little cubby holes for storage.
To get them ready for covering I give them a good coat of black paint so they look tidy.
They won't block the seats now and you have some extra storage.
The standard mr2 had a subwoofer mounted in one of these cubby holes. But I will keep them just for storage.
So now everything is ready for covering.

I have just placed my order on the front air suspension. I have decided to go for a pair of air cups by stance parts.
These cups will fit over my origional coil over struts. They will lift the nose around 4 inches. Ideal for extra clearance.
Then return to normal by a flick of a switch.

There website here:

http://www.stanceparts.com

I did look at full air struts but they are to expensive for what they are.
It's full systems go for the interior next week so more then.  ;)





Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 12, 2016, 07:32:49 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Lee355 on November 13, 2016, 12:58:19 PM
Looking awesome mate the stance suspension looks very interesting just what I've been looking for for my 355 ????


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 20, 2016, 12:14:17 AM
Time for this weeks update.
This week I have started to fit the headlining and in fills ready for the leather panels.
For the headlining and in fills I have used a black fine weave carpet.
It's a lot smoother than normal carpet covering and is quite thin.
My plan is to have the smaller areas like the sides and bits covered in this carpet. The larger flat areas like the headlining recess and the fire wall behind the seats are to be covered in diamond orange stitch leather.
The problem with this carpet is with it being self adhesive, if you let it touch itself back to back it's ruined.
You can't unstick it without ripping the carpet.
It's quite difficult to stretch shap and cut the carpet without having bubbles and creases.
But once it's cut and shaped it looks like it has been vacuumed on.
After 2 attempts on the headlining. 1 attempt on the back panel and 4 attempts on the side panels.
2 cut deeply fingers and a lot of swearing I have managed to get the headlining and rear panels covered.
There's still loads to cover so more next week.



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 20, 2016, 12:15:14 AM
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Post by: Paul79 on November 20, 2016, 08:03:51 AM
great work ADP.. looks really factory


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Post by: Mickey_London on November 20, 2016, 09:26:02 AM
I second that
Where do you buy this carpet from
Thanks
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 26, 2016, 08:09:29 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Firstly. The fine weave carpet came from my upholstery guy. So the source is unknown. It's nice stuff and feels very smooth.
The Stance solutions air cup system has arrived. Looks like a very nicely made system. It's going to be interesting fitting it.
This week I wrote another post about stress. Well this week it still hasent given up.
I think I'm going to scream. :'(
Whilst out in my Frontera, Sherman.  it decided to catch fire. :-[
Driving along as you do I could smell burning. Then loads of white smoke started pouring from the dash board. :'(
WTF.
The car filled up with stinky white smoke. I quickly had to abandon ship. All I could do was get the hell out. Open the bonnet and cut the live wire from the battery as fast as I can.
Being a Electrical engineer a big pair of wire cutters are easily at hand.
Fortunately the burning stopped there. Being so quick to disconnect the battery stopped the car completely burning out.
So Sherman had to be recovered home on the back of a truck. (Fantastic!) :'(
Now that I have managed to take a look at what happend. I sourced the burning to a small grey box under the dash.
According to my auto electrician it's the transponder immobiliser box. This has taken out everything. The immobiliser, ecu and ignition system.
Don't know why it has happend but sometimes it just does. This is something Vauxhall suffer from. Spontaneous combustion.
So now I need to source a new transponder, ecu and ignition switch and key for a 2001 v6 automatic frontera.
Time to email breakers on flee bay.
Anyway. I have done a few things with Cerberus this week.
I have finished off the headlining by covering the windscreen pillars and dashboard sides.
It took me 4 attempts to get this right as the stretching of the carpet is really tight. Those curves on the dash sides are a complete nightmare. Lots of swearing and cursing.
Now there covered they look great.
To finish off I have laid the orange stiched carpets into place to check there locations.
My next job is to stick the sound proofing into place and then fix all the carpet pieces.
So more next week.  8)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 26, 2016, 08:10:32 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on November 27, 2016, 01:43:08 PM
Looking good Matey  ;)
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on December 03, 2016, 06:40:18 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Firstly I'm alittle gutted this week.
The Ecu and transponder burning out has rendered Sherman useless. I haven't been able to source a automatic 3.2 V6 ecu and transponder. There's plenty of manual gearbox ones around so this is what I have had to settle for.
Once everything was swapped over Sherman did start but it's not right. It's running lumpy and pulls like a bag of shit.
So I have cut my losses and got rid.  :-[ somebody at work wanted it to mess about with it.  :-[
So now I'm Sherman less  :-[ knew I should have brought a old Land Rover. Vauxhall shite.
Anyway on with what matters. Cerberus.
This week I have been busy doing a few things. I have refitted the orange stitch carpets.
I have decided to use the original carpets as they fit well and they are orange stitched with leather seams ready.
Last summer I gave them a good wash and scrubbing so there nice and clean ready.
I started by fitting some foam insulation to make a nice cushion between the carpet and the floor.
I cut to shape and then glue into place.
The next job was to fit the carpets into place.
I used spray contact adhesive to fix the carpets into place.
They all fitted great. I will give them a good vacuum once everything's finished.
My next job is to refit the dash. It takes awhile to fit as there abut of a bugger to get in.
Sorted  :D
The seats have come back from the upholsterers.  they look and smell amazing.   :o  :o
They have used a very fine expensive black leather and they are orange stitched with diamond stitching.
You can see from the photos what they were like before and now after   :o
The back panel, door cards and headlining are going to be covered by the same leather with orange diamond stitching. :o
To finish of this week I have been working on the dash clocks.
I have 2 sets of clocks. One in kmh and one in mph. One from a turbo and the other from a NA mr2.
Because I have a mechinical speedo drive I'm limited in what I can have. Toyota changed the speedos on the rev2 (mk2) mr2 to electronic.
I have decided to use the one from the NA. It's a better dash with a battery meter rather than a turbo gauge. A turbo gauge tells you nothing anyway.
For the extra bit of styling I have fitted some chrome rings around the clocks.
I wanted something alittle classy without going for chav style white dials.  ;D
The chrome rings look exactly what I am after.  8) class not chav.  ;D
I have opted for normal lighting rather than a colour as it looks more traditional.
Now that the clocks are in my next job is to crack on assembleing the dash and trimmings so more next week  ;)



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on December 03, 2016, 06:41:35 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: autopro on December 08, 2016, 05:28:22 PM
Absolutely beautiful work you have done, your car is well on it's way to being finished soon  8).  I can't wait to be where you are with your build, hopefully soon.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on December 10, 2016, 07:35:21 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Firstly Thankyou autopro for your comments. Unfortunately it's far from finished. These is so much to do yet before it's finished.
My problem is that I have such a high standard. It's got to be perfect and it will be.
Anyway I've managed to carry on with the interior.
I have now fitted the sun visors and interior light. The sun visors are normal mr2 ones but I managed to find a pair of black ones with a velvet finish. Result. :D
The leather diamond stitch back panel and headlining has finally arrived.  :o
The leather is the same leather as the seats so they look and smell fantastic.
Time to fit it into the car.
The seatbelt mounts and speakers hold the panel in place.
Now its fitted the interior has a lovely leather smell  :o
I have also now fitted the centre console into place.
My next jobs for next week is to fit the leather headlining panel and the seats. :o
So more then.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on December 22, 2016, 06:06:25 PM
Time for a update.
This is my last update for this year as I have been ordered by the wife to put the car to bed for the Christmas period  :-[
To be honest I think I could do with the small break.
It's been full systems go with getting the interior done and I'm happy to say it's nearly there.
All the seats, belts, orange stitch carpets, diamond stitch leather panels, etc etc has now been fitted.
There's just the door cards, dash panel and stereo to fit and it's done inside.
I've even fitted the door seals which was a difficult task. The biggest problem with the door rubbers is because it's a kit car, if the rubbers are to big, firstly the doors won't shut and when you shut the doors the rubbers get pulled off.
But here's alittle secrete tip. If you fit the rubbers to the doors instead of the car like on a factory built car. Everything closes and seals perfectly.  ;)
As the weather was good today I pulled Cerberus out of its cave so I could take some decent photos for you lot.
Even a couple of the good neighbours came over to have a look and wanted there photo taken whilst there sitting in it.
The interior has been a lot of work but I think the result is worth it. It looks a million dollars and smells fantastic.
Now when I sit in Cerberus it actually feels like a Lamborghini. Close the doors down and all I can feel is WOW  8).
Yes I can safely say Cerberus now has finally got the wow factor.
In the new year I'm starting the big mechanical work. I have air suspension to fit, a better exhaust system, new brakes all round and a new steering rack. So lots to do.
In the meantime. Everybody reading this. Have a happy Christmas and a great new year.  ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on December 22, 2016, 06:08:51 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on December 23, 2016, 09:53:08 AM
That interior is looking the Mutts  :P
Well done Matey
Merry Christmas
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: dman1409 on December 26, 2016, 04:20:02 PM
Wooo great updates mate!!!  I'll catch up with them in the coming days!


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Post by: 4u2nv on December 29, 2016, 01:34:58 AM
Nice :)


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Post by: ferrari360jd on December 29, 2016, 09:39:30 AM
Looks fantastic mate well done ????, jd


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 07, 2017, 11:58:16 PM
Time for this years first update.
Firstly happy new year to everybody who is following this thread.
Hope you all had a nice Christmas?
I've been on holiday for 2 weeks so the Lamborghini has been untouched.
Now that I'm back I was quick to get started on my first job.
Time to start fitting the air suspension system.
My first job is to find a suitable place to mount the compressor and air tank.
As the front boot is so small if I fit the tank in there there won't be any room for anything else.
With this car there is a lot of wasted space at the back of the car behind the engine.
With the original mr2 there is a boot right at the back but this gets lost when extreme stretched the chassis.
So this is a perfect place for the compressor.
My first job is to build a suitable table to mount the compressor on.
I welded up a steel frame and joined it to the existing extreme chassis.
I then cut a thick sheet of ply for the table. I painted it all black and left it to dry over night.
The next day I mounted the compressor and tank to the table.
I have fitted a extra pressure gauge to check that the compressor is working correctly.
Once it's all plumbed up and working I will remove the gauge.
Sorted.
My next job is to pipe the air down the front of the car ready for the front air struts.
More to follow next week. ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on January 07, 2017, 11:59:26 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on January 15, 2017, 01:50:29 PM
Time for a quick update.
I'm glad I've got Cerberus in this tent. It's done a great job with keeping things dry and with abit of heat it keeps nice and warm as well. :D
Not much to write home about except I have just had a afternoon doing the wiring for the air compressor and finish off the back end wiring.
Being a Japanese import there is no rear fog light so this needs putting in and hard wiring into the Lambos rear lights.
The compressor has now been wired in ready. The compressor has a switch on the dash and can start pumping up as soon as the engine starts. Once the compressor hits its target pressure it will switch off but will come back on when used to maintain its pressure.
I've also finished off connecting up the bat wings and rear spoiler. So there now connected up and switched from the dash board.
That's about it for this week.
I'm not getting much done now for a couple of weeks as work is very busy so I will only get to do a few bits and pieces.  ;)



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 04, 2017, 05:49:15 PM
I think it's time for a up date.
Sorry it's been nearly a month since my last update.
I have been so busy at work. I have been doing all the overtime available. 15 hour shifts 7 days a week.
All this work is needed as I have some big bills to pay for. Especially with Cerberus.
The upholstery is now almost complete. The door cards finally arrived from the upholsterers.
They look great but unfortunately I have to send one back as for some reason the leather has gone wrinkley on the face.
Still I have fitted them to see how they look.  8)
I have finished fitting the compressor and it now works from a switch on the dash.
My fitter friend managed to find the time to pull the front suspension apart to fit the air cups.
The air cups fit on top of the coil overs enabling the suspension to raise at the touch of a button.
Once everything was removed the air cups fitted perfectly.
Then we had to put it all back together.
The next thing I will need to fit is all the pipe work and fitting to make the air cups work.
I will leave the wheels off for a while as I also have some headlight modifications to fit.
As always I've taken loads of photos.
Enjoy.  8)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 04, 2017, 05:51:05 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on February 18, 2017, 05:41:36 PM
Time for a quick update.
I have not been doing much to Cerberus as it's been so cold outside. It costs so much to fully heat the tent so I left it until it has warmed up alittle.
I managed to get outside yesterday and today as it was mild and sunny. Spring is on the way.
I've been busy finishing off the air suspension.
I have connected up the main airline from the compressor to the front of the car. Not a pleasant task lieing under the car with inches of room. I would have given anything for a full sized vehicle ramp.
Then all I had to do was finalise all the wiring today.
So now I flick a switch on he dash and the compressor starts and can be left to get on with it.
Flick a second switch and the front pops up by 3 inches. Flick the switch off again and the nose drops back to normal ride height. With this air cup system is simply up or down.
This is going to be a life saver with speed bumps etc.
I finished off today by wiring up the interior light.
My next tasks is to fit the washer bottle and horns. Once these are done it windscreen fitting time  8)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Paul79 on March 05, 2017, 08:03:50 PM
Great work ADP - love following your progress... now put another jumper on and get out there in the cold and finish her! lol.... ;D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on March 10, 2017, 06:33:37 PM
Hurray. Time for a update. Finally. ;D
Yes I have finally got around to doing things with Cerberus again.
The weather has been so shit until recently all I did was concentrate on work.
Now that spring is upon us I have actually managed to crack on with the car.
Firstly me brakes. I hate those fake calipers and discs. They are exactly what they are fake. So there going.
I've ordered some serious hardware to replace those nasty fakes.
So here's what we've got coming.
Front: 360mm cross drilled discs with 6 pot calipers. :o
Rear: 328mm cross drilled discs with 4 pot calipers. :o
Plus all hard ware bits etc etc.
These are some serious meat but will look the bollocks behind the wheels.  8)
Plus according to the supplier they will also stop the car rather well.
The downside is they are not exactly cheap. Over £3000.  :-[
Oh well needs must.
Hopefully I will get delivery end of the month.
So what have I been doing?
Well a lot of boring electrical stuff. I've fitted the new horns and the washer bottle. I also finished off the wiring for the air suspension.
I have now turned my attention to the front boot compartment.
It looks total crap. White and rusty inside with green expanding foam on the sides and black and grey around the radiator.
Not exactly what I would call Lamborghini quality.
So my first job was to paint the inside of the boot compartment. I had to mask off everything. Every pipe, plug and unit in sight.
I removed the battery and washer bottle ready.
Once everything was masked it was time to spray it. Because it's so shitty in there I used stone chip paint.
The same stuff you use under your wheel arches.
I used body shop grade from the gun. The stuff from a aerosol is shite.
It really was a mr bean job. Put the pot in the middle and put a firework in it and bang.
I sprayed this black muck everywhere including all over myself.  ;D
I then left it 2 days to dry.
I also painted around the radiator using a roller and brush to tidy it all up.
Once dried I had to do the pain staking task of removing all that masking. Finally it was all black in there.
My next job was to fit some carpet in here.
I used the simple black self adhesive carpet to cover the big areas of the trunk.
Once the battery and washer bottle was reinstalled it now looks nice and snug in there.
Now when you upen the boot all you can see is a shitty radiator and 2 horns so this needs covering.
Earlier last year I made up a panel to cover the radiator so it was now time to use it.
Whilst the upholsterer was working away I had him cover this panel with some black vinyl.
He also fixed alittle padding between the vinyl and panel so that when you shut the boot lid down on to it the vinyl will compress making it a good seal.
Once the panel was fitted the last thing was to fit some finishing rubber trim around the edges.
Ta da  8)
Now it looks like a proper boot. All black inside with carpet with proper trim.
All that's missing now is the shopping  :D
On Monday I am finally having the windscreen fitted.  Hurray.  :o I know I can't believe it myself.
Yes I'm finally now at a point where the new windscreen can go in.
You know what? I might actually have Cerberus on the road for the summer  :o :o
So more next week.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on March 10, 2017, 06:34:49 PM
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Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on March 11, 2017, 07:28:16 PM
Just a quickie.
I managed to finish getting the car ready for the new windscreen on Monday.
Just after Christmas the upholsterer covered the front dash panel in a matching vinyl to match the mr2 dash.
This has to be fitted before the windscreen.
All I needed to do was to connect up the 3 heater hose vents and pop it in.
There are some push gromets along the edge to make the panel fix tight to the mr2 dash.
Finally all that expanding foam is covered.
Perfect.  8)
The panel is a good match to the mr2 dash.
So it's now all systems go with the windscreen on Monday so more then.




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on March 13, 2017, 07:36:09 PM
Hey fella.. how did the windscreen fitting going ? 

Your cars looking fantastic by the way !!  keep the updates coming.

Steve


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on March 18, 2017, 07:43:34 PM
Time for this weeks update.
On Monday I had the windscreen fitted. A couple of chaps came from old school windscreeens.
I chose this company as they have the contract for maranello ferrari so they are experienced enough to handle my old lambo.
They did a fantastic job making the screen fit perfectly.
A little task getting it correct between the doors when they are open.
Now that the screen is fitted I can start fitting the scuttle panel.
The original one is badly busted so I brought a new one off eBay last year.
There is no way this panel will fit in one piece. All the angles are wrong.
Since it's respray there was a lot of repair around this area so everything is differently shaped.
To get the panel to fit I cut the panel into 3. You have the main centre section which is straight and then the 2 curved thin ends.
Once cut I set about sanding and filing the panel parts to profile the car.
Now that everything is shaped the 3 parts fit perfectly.
I plan to fit some rubber edging around the panel to give it a quality finish.
My next job is to paint it. A simple satin black is perfect for this.
More next week.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: mag on March 18, 2017, 09:48:41 PM
wow looks fab. was that a OME screen, How much to have it fitted in the end (if you don't mind me asking?)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on March 25, 2017, 08:01:43 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Firstly the answer to your question. Old school windscreens charged me just under £300 for the fitting of the windscreen. Small potatos considering the amount of skill required to get it to fit perfectly.
The windscreen I brought early last year from a company on eBay. It's a pattern part windscreen as a genuine windscreen will set you back over £3000.
Here's the link of the company who supplied mine.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LAMBORGHINI-MURCIELAGO-CPE-WINDSCREEN-2002-to-2008-/172448128911?fits=Model%3AMurcielago&hash=item2826b59f8f:g:9c8AAOxyRhBS59Wh

They have a branch in west London so they did a branch transfer. I collected it from there.

Anyway this week has been a busy interesting week. Firstly on Wednesday we drove up to Coventry. To rogue motorsport to discuss V6 engine conversions.
After a lot of discussion I have decided that the V6 engine isn't right for Cerberus. Firstly the Toyota camery engine is a pile of shite. Blows head gaskets and over heats.
The second problem is that it's actually gutless. You'd be lucky to see 200bhp on a good day. Don't forget Cerberus is a heavy car so 200 horses is kinda shite.
Yes a Vauxhall 1.2 corsa would actually keep up which is totally shameless for any lambo.
I could go for the bigger 3.5 V6 that is in the lotus evora but it's very expensive for the amount of power gain.
So I'm sticking with the 2ltr Turbo.
Now the mr2 turbo is seriously tuneable.
Getting the power up to around 500bhp is fairly easy for rogue. The biggest one they have ever built is around 700bhp. That's actually more than the real v12 engine.
My target is 500bhp.  This would give the car a 0-60 time of under 5 seconds. Which would completely destroy that corsa trying to race you.
So engine wise watch this space.  :o
On Friday this week the brakes have arrived from HItec motorsport.   ;D
Now this is what I call serious brakes. They are absolutely massive and are going to look mental on the car.
6 pot front callipers and 4 pots on the rear.  8)
The rear discs are alittle smaller than the mental front ones.   ;D
They are actually bigger than those crappy fake discs. They kind of make the original mr2 discs shite.
One thing for sure is that they are required if I go for a 500bhp upgrade  8)
My fitter friend is coming over Thursday to fit them and I can't wait.
Things are now falling into place and I can see its MOT in sight and then on the road  :(

To finish off this week is I have just taken delivery of my new used Range Rover. The shitty Honda Civic has gone.
I got bored really quickly of the Honda. All noise and no go. It was abit of a chav wagon.  :D. The ride was the worse I have ever experienced.
My new Range Rover is a stormer v8 monster. Everything about it is mental. From the performance to the gas mileage and road tax. :D it's a real 2 fingers up to the eco friendlys and the government.
The performance is absolutely breathtaking and I don't know how Range Rover get such a big car to move like it does.
So I want the same kind of performance from my lambo. You won't do that with a V6 conversion.
The media system that's fitted is also mental. It's got the apple in car system with a 10" screen. On this you can do everything. From watching movies, to internet everything and of course the usual satnav etc.
It's also connected to the cars ecu so you can have gauges galore.  ;D
At night it's like sitting in the space shuttle.  8)
As for the sound system which is just as amazing.
I'm as happy with it as a dog with 2 dicks. I love it.  :D
So for this beast we have named it Godzilla!

Loads of photos as usual.
More next week for the brakes fitting.  ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on March 25, 2017, 08:03:18 PM
Me new wheels. :D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on April 01, 2017, 12:11:03 AM
Time for this weeks update.
Yes Thursday was mental brakes fitting time. Fortunately the weather was decent so we could do the job outside the tent.
The first wheel was the hardest as we had to drill the holes for the new studs alittle bigger. This is so the new studs lock in perfectly.
Once you have completed one wheel the rest are easy because you know how everything goes.
For some reason the car still had the original studs fitted and were far to short for the spacers. Only half the wheel nut had thread inside so for years this car ran the risk of the wheel completely coming off.
With the new studs the nuts in the spacers have full thread so they can be torqued up correctly.
So we fitted all 4 brakes. Amazing callipers having 4 bleed nipples.
It took pretty much all day to fit the 4 brakes.
There was only 1 hiccup. The handbrake is pulling in the wrong direction so I still yet have to modify the direction the hand brake cable is mounted. So I will get around to that later on.
Now that all the wheels are back on the brakes look awesome  :o.
Finally real brakes. No more fakes. The front discs are actually bigger than the fakes. Fortunately there was clearance for the monster calipers.
I have to keep the spacers as they change the bolt pattern from mr2 to real lamborghini.
The only floor is that the rear discs are mounted further in due to the spacers but hay ho you can still clearly see them.
I bet they have some serious stopping power.
I can't recommend these brakes enough. They look so much better than any fake and there real. Amazing what you can fit to a shitty Toyota mr2  :o
Loads of photos as usual.
More next week  :)


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Post by: APDevelopments on April 01, 2017, 06:45:23 PM
Just a quickie.
I had alittle time this afternoon to paint the windscreen scuttle panel.
Give it a quick sand with my orbital sander to get it smooth.
I then gave the panels a few coats of plastic primer. I'm not a great lover of Halfords for anything but there plastic primer seems to work quite well with fibreglass.
Once primed I leave it a few hours to go off.
To finish off I give it several coats of satin black.
Perfect.  ;D I will leave them now for a few days to go hard.
My mirror glasses have come back from the glass trimmers so it's time to assemble them.
More next week  ;)



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Post by: mag on April 03, 2017, 06:42:20 AM
Looking good, did you spray the car in the end? looks fantastic well done..


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Post by: Mickey_London on April 04, 2017, 09:43:49 AM
Good work Matey
She is looking the nuts
Keep the pics coming
Mick


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Post by: APDevelopments on April 08, 2017, 11:04:41 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Firstly Mag. Please read my thread fully because halfway back the body shop painting is all there.
Try reading from here. Link below.

http://extremeoc.co.uk/index.php?topic=2779.330

This week I have managed to Bond the windscreen scuttle panel to the car.
For this I used tiger seal to stick it into place. Once I made some wodden chocks to keep the panel pressed down I covered the underneath of the scuttle panel and pressed it into place.
I then used the wood blocks to keep it pressed and left it over night.
The next day the scuttle panel was solid so I now needed to Bond the edges. As the car is curved in this area I decided to Bond it in two separate parts. The centre first then the edges the next day.
Again once everything was covered I kept the corners pressed using a few old books.
I left it again over night.
Now that the panel is fixed and I had loads of tiger seal left I turned my attention to bonding the door mirrors.
As I have chosen to keep the mirrors manually operated I'm using a very simple method to mount the glass.
The mirror glass is simple murcielago replacements but with the top and bottoms sanded down my 5mm to fit my housings.
For the pivoting fixing i am using a simple cheap interior mirror and sticking the real mirror glass over the top.
To get a solid fixing i tiger seal the interior mirror to the housings and leave them over night.
Once bonded I then simply tiger seal the glass to the interior mirror and leaf over night again.
Perfect.
You can adjust the position of the mirror using your fingers and once in place the interior mirror pivot holds everything solid.
To finish off this week I have a new method of keeping Cerberus from the elements.
I have brought a outdoor inflatable car coon. Basically it's a car cover that inflates using a electric blower keeping everything dry and cool.
I have decided to finish with the temporary garage for this year as I'm at a point in the build where I don't need to be under cover. Now that the better weather is upon us.
It's a clever piece of kit. You drive the car on to a rubber mat. Zip up the over cover and switch on. The car coon inflates like a big air ship. I'd imaging if you filled this thing with helium the car would float away. LOL.
It takes about 5 mins for it to fully inflate and the blower then maintains the air pressure so it stays inflated. 24/7.
Perfect.
Next week I have the second mirror to Bond and start working on the custom built handbrake system.  
So more then.


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Post by: urgenc on April 09, 2017, 04:45:36 PM
Looking absolutely beautiful mate, cant wait to see the finished car on the road !


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Post by: mag on April 10, 2017, 06:25:47 AM
OMG,  thats a fab idea, how much was that tent cover?

cars looking really good now, keep up the good work.


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Post by: dangerrous on April 10, 2017, 08:46:44 AM
We've got clients who store their pride and joy in these bubbles, they are also available in clear plastic as internal storage covers.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 06, 2017, 12:51:24 AM
Time for a update.
Sorry it's been a while since my last post.
Me mum had a stroke 2 weeks ago and since then everything has been alittle crazy on the family front.  :'(
Poor old Cerberus had been put on the shelf for a while.  :-\
So this week I managed to get time to do alittle something with the car.
Earlier on a few weeks ago I finished fitting the scuttle panel along the bottom of the windscreen.
So all I needed to do was fit the new wiper arm and wiper.
On Tuesday my fitter friend came over to finish off the rear brakes by fitting the handbrake.
Not a easy task since it's difficult to jack the car up high enough to get access to the middle of the car.
Hurray I have a hand brake again.
Now that the brakes have been finished I booked Cerberus in for another pre MOT to check on the bits I have still missed.
So I needed to get the car ready for it.
I finally have fitted the mirrors. They are completely manual but the final result is great. Once adjusted there is no need to re adjust them. They fold in by simply pushing them in.
I have finally found some wheel centres in silver to fit the lambo wheels. I have chosen the centres with the raging bull in silver.
Because they are a crazy £100 each I have been buying 1 per month.  So far I have brought only 2. But by July I will have a complete set of 4  ;D
Crazy how a round piece of plastic can cost £100 each. Oh well you gotta have them.
Today I took Cerberus for its pre mot. As it's booked in for a MOT I'm aloud to drive it to the test station and back.
The sun was shining so a small ride was in order  8)
On my way to the mot centre  I made a small video for you lot. So you can hear what she sounds and looks like on the road.  8)
It was only a short drive but it was probably the best journey I've done for a few years  :o
Take a look. The video is right at the bottom. Whoops I slipped the clutch abit pulling away.  ;D
First time driving a manual car for a while.  ;)
The pre mot was very strict and yes I have missed a few bits.
My front anti roll bar bushes are shot, passenger side bottom ball joint has play, and there's a small design fault when extreme extended the chassis. The rear anti roll bar is hitting the chassis when going over bumps so this needs looking at.  ???
I managed to use this opportunity to finally align the headlights on the mot light thingy. With my new adjuster that I made. Adjusting the lights worked perfectly.
Now I can finally fit the lenses.
So that's it for now. Loads of photos as always and my little video at the bottom.
More to follow in a few weeks time.  ;)


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Post by: APDevelopments on May 06, 2017, 12:52:34 AM
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Post by: Mickey_London on May 06, 2017, 10:25:41 AM
Top work there Matey
She looks and sounds sweet.
Only a couple of easy jobs and then she will be road legal  ;)
Mick


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Post by: peggyontherun on May 06, 2017, 04:05:40 PM
Looking epic cheers for video  ;D ;D ;D ;D


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Post by: APDevelopments on May 07, 2017, 08:48:25 PM
Hi everybody.
As you all know, Cerberus is coming on well and is well on the way to becoming Road legal again.
When I had my pre mot inspection on Friday I realised that I have missed so much to making her perfect.
Yes she has amazing brakes, wheels, bodywork and interior but other parts are still shit.
Firstly the underneath looks shit. Like the example in the 1st photo. It looks like what it is a 1990 G reg 27 year old mr2.  I want to make her look like new again.
Secondly when you look at the engine bay again it looks like a pile of shit. As you can see in photo no2.
So what I would like to do is completely recon the underneath of the car. This would require a lot of black stone chip paint and new parts. ;D
Secondly when you open the engine bay I would like to see a nice shiny engine with lots of chrome.
To do this I would probably need to drop the engine out to paint the engine bay and strip down the engine to get the parts professionally polished.  ;D
So I have decided to put rushing to get her on the road this summer and concentrate on the attention to detail.
I'm going to buy some specialised tools for this part of the restoration.
I need a proper vehicle lift so I'm going to buy a hydraulic mid lift to get the car up high to work on underneath.
I'm also going to buy a summer tent again to keep things covered during this process.
So for this summer I'm going to concentrate on the finer detail to make her really special.
As always you can keep up to date on here so watch this space. ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 14, 2017, 12:44:55 AM
Time for this weeks update.
I've decided to refurbish the engine, engine bay and the whole underside of the car.
I'm going to remove the engine, a lot on underside components so that I can clean everything up and get loads of top engine components polished.
I'm going to replace every suspension bush and ball joint so it's all new.
Whilst everything underneath is removed I will give the whole car a good coat of underseal.
To do these tasks I have treated myself to a mid lift car ramp to raise the car up by 1.2 meters.
I hate lying under cars. Especially when you have no room to work and for this the lambo is worse than ever.
I need to keep everything dry again so I'm putting up another summer marquee.
I'm not trusting the English weather this summer.
So here we go.
On Thursday the new white marquee turned up from machine mart. Then on Friday my mid lift car ramp arrived on a massive pallet :o
This midlift is the lowest available and according to my measurements it should just fit under the lambo with the air suspension raised.
The midlift is fully hydraulic and is operated my an air compressor.
It's seriously heavy weighing around 300kg so it's alittle difficult to put in position.
Today I assembled the marquee. I have decided to assemble the marquee over the ramp as trying to position it after the tent is built would be a difficult job.
After a few hours the marquee was assembled and the ramp was in position ready.
My measurements were spot on. The lambo drove straight over the ramp with 1 inch to spare. :D
No jacks or wooden planks were needed. Just the raised up air suspension.
Perfect.  ;D
Once in position I line up the supports so they are just touching the sills of the car.
I then connect up my big air compressor and we're ready to go.
You press the pedal on the pump and Chuff. Chuff. Chuff it goes then the car starts to lift.
It's quite slow going up but it certainly works well.
I take the ramp up to full height. It's perfect for sitting under the car to work. Loads of room.
Because the engine is so far back on this car it's totally clear of the ramp. Dropping out the engine should be a breeze.
Now you can see what sort of state the car is underneath. It does need quite some work. But there's no rot. Just surface rust.
It's engine out next week so more updates then. ;)



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Post by: mag on May 15, 2017, 07:00:05 AM
wow, I love that idea.... do you have to bolt it down or is it free standing? does the compressor need to be running when it is up in the air or does it have a lock off?


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Post by: APDevelopments on May 20, 2017, 07:40:30 PM
Time for a update.
Well it's engine removal time. The car is up on the lift ready so it's all systems go. ;D
My fitter friend turned up first thing to get cracking.
We started by removing the rear brakes. We don't want those expensive nice brakes hanging around with the risk of damage.
Once the brakes are removed we start by disconnecting pipes, leads and everything that is attached from the body to the engine.
Whilst he was busy disconnecting everything I marked up the chasssis where the anti roll bar hits the chassis. When everything's out of the way I will be cutting a recess in the chassis to make good clearance for the anti roll bar.
More on this another time.
By lunchtime everything was disconnected and it was time to start loosening and removing the engine mountings.
I have no idea if any of this will go back and work again.  :-\
We dropped the car right down on to some axle stands and removed all the mountings and subframe bolts.
Then simply lifted the car back up again using the lift leaving the whole lot in the floor. Engine, gearbox and subframe.
We put a couple of crappy wheels on to keep everything level.
So up we went. Alittle bit at a time. Pushing and adjusting the engine so it clears the car as it goes up.
Finally we were clear. Car up at full height and the whole lot still sitting on the floor.
The next job was to separate the subframe from the engine and gearbox. A couple of bolts and removing the driveshafts and it easily separated.
What amazed me is how heavy a mr2 turbo engine and gearbox is. I myself has never ever removed an engine from any car so this is a new experience for me.
The engine and gearbox weighs a tonne but I need to move it about so it fitted perfectly on a old sack barrow I had hanging around.
Now with the engine removed you can see how big the engine bay would be in a real murcielago.
It's massive. Plenty of room for that V12 thats in the real one.
The next day I set about cleaning up the engine and gearbox.
It's rather dirty with 20 years of old oil and grease around it.
I start by blocking up all the inlets of the engine. Don't really want to fill it with water.
I then completely soak the whole engine in a good degreaser and brush it in really well everywhere.
Once everything's soaked I wash it all down with the pressure washer.
That's better a squeaky clean engine.
Now all the old oil has gone i can start dismantling the engine. All the top parts of the engine are going off for alloy polishing and chrome plating.  :o
Whilst this is being done I'm going to get a new clutch fitted. Best time to do it whilst the engine is out.
On Friday I have a top experienced welder work college coming over to cut and weld the chassis modification. So the anti roll bar can clear the chassis.
Loads to do with the underchassis reconditioning so more next week. :)



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Post by: CdRsKuLL on May 21, 2017, 08:37:14 AM
Wow.. nice work fella..

To get the rear antiroll bar to clear I just installed longer drop link rods rather than cutting the chassis. I think they were off a mondeo but we are talking 7 years ago so most likely wrong! .. lol

(http://extremeoc.co.uk/build/a5.jpg)

Looking forward to your next post.. Steve


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Post by: Mickey_London on May 21, 2017, 12:28:28 PM
Blinky blimey, you like to keep yourself busy  ;D
Top work though
At least you will know its all been done properly when you've finished
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on May 24, 2017, 07:43:17 PM
Time for a quick update.
Today my fitter friend came over to strip the engine down.
I'm getting all the alloy tops polished to a mirror finish. This will make the engine look like something special.  :o
I'm going to get the big inlet manifold, cam cover and inlet Turbo pipe polished. 8)
I plan to replace that crappy rusty exhaust manifold with a stainless steel piped manifold.  8)
The company going to do the polishing requires all the parts to be stripped down to the bare minimum so a lot of removal is required.
There's allot of fiddly brackets and bolts on the mr2 engine that need removing before you get to the bigger stuff.
After a couple of hours I have a bare topped engine and a couple of boxes of parts.
After examining the cams the engine looks in good condition for its age so no problems there.
That's it for this update.
I have the welding guy coming on Friday to modify the chassis and to tidy up some of the welds as there's a few that require attention.
In the meantime I'm going to degreese the parts ready for polishing.
So more to follow  ;)



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Post by: APDevelopments on May 26, 2017, 09:45:08 PM
Time for a update.
Today was welding day.
A top experienced welder from work came to modify the chassis and check on the welds of the car.
The first job was to modify the chassis so that the antiroll bar can swing clear of the chassis.
Because the mr2 has been lowered so much extreme made a slight mistake with the chassis extension design.
I did look at fitting longer link arms as mentioned by one of you but the roll bar link arm would hit the wishbone so I have no choice but to modify the chassis.
The welding guy cut a large portion out of the chassis and refitted some 3mm steel in its place. Making a cutout so the antiroll bar can swing clear of the chassis.
You can really tell the quality when a real experienced welder does the job. The joints are perfect.
We are talking ship building quality that your life can depend on it.
His preferred method of welding for this kind of work is TIG. He says the metal flows better when the steel is only between 1.5 and 3mm thick.
TIG welding is also the coolest so metal distortion is kept to a minimum.
After a few hours all the modifications were complete.
Whilst expecting the other welds he didn't like the look of some of them along the chassis. He called it pigeon shit welding. So he decided to grind it all back to revel a total nightmare.
I don't know who did the modifications on this car but the welding is not very good. Looks like it was welded by a novice.  Probably tried using one of those shitty gas less migs. There total crap.
Once everything was ground back you can see how bad it is. Holes all along one of the seams.
So he needed to completely weld down one side of the chassis. The other side isn't to bad. Just required a few small repairs.
So he cracked on with it.
A afternoons worth welding and it's all repaired.
All those dodgy welds are now fully repaired. Some were so bad he had to weld some extra plate into position.
Whilst he was busy welding I turned my attention to getting the parts ready for polishing. I'm going to drop them in to the polishers next week and soon as I get the polished parts back I can start getting the engine rebuilt ready to go back in.
Tomorrow I'm going to wash the whole underside of the car and the engine bay so it's all clean ready for painting.
So more then.



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Post by: Alex360 on June 01, 2017, 11:22:37 AM
Hi mate, busy busy!!
Have you thought about grinding off the Toyota legend on the cam cover, or is it going to compromise it?

Cheers

Alex360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 03, 2017, 07:41:34 PM
Time for a update.
Firstly my engine. I want to keep the Toyota logo on the engine as it is a Toyota. It will never be anything else. But this engine is actually a legend according to other sources so why change it.
Of course it's not going back standard form as I'm making a few changes before it goes back into the car.
I'm turning up the power. I couldn't resist  ;D
These engines are good and reliable runnng around 300-350 bhp with the standard internals.
But to run this power there is a few modifications required.
The turbo is a big ct26 which was new a couple of years ago but requires new internals to run bigger boosts so it has been sent away to have this done.
This will make it a hybrid ct26 Turbo so I'm told  :o
The intercooler fitted at the moment is sufficient if it has a high pressure blower fitted but could do with a upgrade at a later date.
The cast exhaust manifold is crap so a high flow polished stainless steel one is required.
My crap exhaust system is no good. I need a 3 inch outlet. At the moment it's half that. So a custom stainless steel one is required to mount up to the murcielago tail pipes..
A special head gasket is required to cope with the extra boost pressure so this is going to be changed.
A better clutch is in order as the standard will simply slip and smoke.
And to finish off a uprated ecu.
Once it's all in and running the car needs a dyno to set it all up.
Sounds like fun. But one thing for sure it will eat a V6 conversion for dinner.  ;D
You gotta have some beans in this car. You don't want chav lad in his 1.2 corsa beating you off the lights. Not that I would bother but. Sometimes it just needs doing.
Anyway amongst buying up loads of parts to fit to my engine I have only had time to start painting.
I have started with the rear subframe. The best paint for shitty cast iron is Hammerite
I have opted for satin black so it's not to shiny.
I have painted the whole rear subframe and a few engine brackets.
Next week I have the whole of the underside of the car to paint so more then.



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Post by: dangerrous on June 04, 2017, 12:37:17 PM
With all the effort you're going to I'm confused as to why you're not having the parts powder coated in matt black (comes out as silk matt when powder coated) The protection is far greater, aerosol paints are soft and don't take that much of a battering.
 All my underside parts have been powdercoated where possible, the rest I sprayed with 2K, minimal cost far greater protection. My subframes and  all suspension components were sandblasted, and either primed when rubber bushes were present or powder coated for £250, I had the sway bars powdered in white. This was a cash price and took a couple of weeks due to the parts being done within big orders of particular colours, the finish is exceptional, looks totally OEM.

My ali parts have been hit with wire brushes on a die grinder,this cleans the cast ali up okay, but doesn't come close to the professional ali polishing companies, I wasn't after the polished effect, just new or clean looking.
D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 10, 2017, 07:44:08 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Firstly. Yes I could completely strip down the suspension and get everything shotblasted and then powder coated.
But to do that I would have to renew every joint and to be honest you have to draw the line somewhere.
I'm more interested in getting the car on the road now as summer is here.
My task this time around was to tidy up the engine bay as it looked like total shite. Along the way I have had to get some extra welding done. The best way to do that is to remove the engine.
Whilst the engine is out you might as well give the engine and gearbox a overhaul. Which I am doing but with a few extra bits with getting all the parts polished.
Maybe next time I will renew all the suspension parts but until then a good scrub to death with a wire brush and a sloping of hammerite will suffice for now.
So this weeks task was to paint the engine bay. Firstly I remove all the old fibreglass sound proofing that was hanging loose and torn on the bulkhead.
Once removed your left with a naff white finish. So all this needs painting. After a good mornings masking everything I was ready to spray.
I used the thick stone chip spray paint for this job. Black paint everywhere including all over me.
I leave everything to dry overnight.
The next day I gave the stone chip a good coat of satin black spray paint to give a better finish. Then again left overnight to dry.
I had a box full of hoses from the engine of the car. They were absolutely minging. What's the best way to clean all the hoses and pipes? Wait for the wife to go to work and shove them in the washing machine.
Tadda. They have come out like new. Sorted. Just don't tell the wife. ;D
Now everything was dry it was time to remove all the masking to reveal a much more tidy bulkhead.
The next job was to paint the back of the engine cover. It was covered with orange overspray and looks crap so once masked off I gave it a good coat of satin black spray paint.
To finish off I hand painted all the steel panels in the engine bay with satin black hammerite and painted the rear wheel arches to match.
Whilst I was sitting under the car painting I had a couple of visitors drop buy to check on my progress. One of the perks living close to the river. A couple of slices of bread and there off.
Anyway now the whole rear of the car completely painted. It looks so much better. All nice and new.
It's almost time to refit the engine.
My fitter friend is supposed to be coming over on wednsday to re assemble the engine. Fit all the polished parts, new Turbo, clutch and everything else ready for fitting and then Thursday hopefully we are going to refit the engine.
So lots of updates to follow.


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Post by: peggyontherun on June 10, 2017, 08:00:19 PM
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Post by: APDevelopments on June 14, 2017, 08:07:54 PM
Time for a update. 
This week I will be updating daily to keep the posts shorter but with loads of photos.
I'm on holiday for a few days so it's time to rebuild the engine and get it fitted.
My fitter friend is supervising the work so let's get cracking.
Time to get all the parts out ready.
We have a nice new hybrid Turbo.  :o Lots of polished aluminium parts  :o stainless steel exhaust manifold  :o a new clutch and other various new parts to complete the build.
The sun was shining and the front of my house is a sun trap so I set up the gazebo for some shade.
First job is to replace the clutch. Once the gearbox was drained and removed we discovered that the original clutch is totally nackered. It was so worn it was amazing that it wasn't slipping. So we fit a new high performance clutch and other parts.
Now the gearbox is back in place we start reassembling the engine.
First part is the new stainless steel exhaust manifold. :o you can clearly see how much better the manifold is and will make much better flow in terms of performance.
Once the manifold is fitted we refit the polished cam cover and inlet manifold.  :o
Its a Kripton factor working out where all the parts go with all the pipes etc but everything goes back into place.
We replace all the gaskets with new ones as we go.
One last part to fit and that's the turbo. It fits the new manifold perfectly.  :o
Now that everything is fitted the engine looks fantastic  8) all the polished chrome and aluminium.  Can't wait to see it in the car.
Every serviceable part has now been replaced. New everything.  8) the cambelt and water pump was replaced a year ago so that has already been done.
So the engine is now ready for fitting.
That's tomorrow's job So more then.  ;)




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Post by: peggyontherun on June 15, 2017, 07:46:30 PM
Looking good Andrew  :) :) :)


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Post by: APDevelopments on June 15, 2017, 08:17:45 PM
Today's update.
todays task was to refit the engine as it was now fully reassembled.
We are fitting the engine in 3 separate parts. 1 main engine and gearbox, 2 subframe and 3 driveshafts.
Doing it this way makes everything much more manageable as the engine is so heavy.
So 1 engine here we go.
First job was to lift the car up nice and high using the vehicle lift.
We place the engine and gearbox on my trolley and wheel it into position.
Then simply lower the ramp and crane the engine up into position.
As we crane it into position we simply refit the bolts on the engine mountings and it's in.
Now that the engine is held in position we simply start refitting everything. Pipes, tubes and leads.
It does take all day to get this far.
So now the engine is in, tomorrow's task is to refit parts 2 the subframe and 3 drive shafts.
Hopefully get the exhaust refitted and turn the key.
So more tomorrow  ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 17, 2017, 10:53:00 PM
Time for this weeks final update.
Well the engine is finally in. Still loads to do tho before we can turn the key.
It took us 1 day to remove everything but has taken us 3 days to get it back in but it's still not ready yet.
But even tho it's not finished yet the engine does look rather fantastic.  8) what a difference compared what it did look like.
We just had enough time on Friday afternoon to refit the rear subframe..
I hit a small snag with the rebuild. We noticed that because I have a very nice stainless steel exhaust manifold the inlet of the turbo is almost touching it.
As it gets really hot there the turbo inlet pipe would simply melt or catch fire.
So I need to make a few modifications. I need to get the turbo inlet away from the exhaust manifold.
For this there is only one soultion. I needed to clock the turbo. Don't know why it's called that but anyway.
Clocking the turbo doesn't have any thing to do with performance it's just simply rotating the whole turbo inlet housing. In my case to rotate it away from the exhaust.
On this turbo it has a extra bolt hole vacant so this can be done so I won't need to modify the actuator mounting.
Quite easy. Remove the huge circlip that keeps the housing in place. Rotate the housing to its new location and refit the circlip. Done. It's now well away from the manifold.
The only downside to this is that all the old intercooler pipe work no longer fits so I will have to buy a collection of 2" pipes and joins so that I can custom make new pipework.
Today I decided to start reassembleing the new 3" exhaust system. The diameter of my old exhaust is not large enough for 300bhp+ so I need to build a new one.
I really want to make the car sound unique especially when ticking over. Quite difficult with it being a 4 cylinder.
If you get it wrong it will sound crap like a shitty old tractor.
I have done loads of research with this and have decided to straight pipe the exhaust out but with a 12" cherry bomb silencer in the system.
I love cherry bomb exhausts. They cut out the crap notes from the exhaust and let the good ones through.
But it is a lot of trial and error so fingers crossed.
I brought a selection of 3" mr2 turbo pipework from eBay a while ago ready but I am going to still use the origional tailpipes as they are perfect murcielago replicas.
We have a stainless steel decat pipe and a flexible joint. Nothing to do with the decat pipe so it's simply fitted.
The flexible pipe is alittle long so I chop a few inches off each end to get it in the correct position.
Once it's trimmed I fit up the cherry bomb.
I'm only tack welding the exhaust parts into place as it will require more professional welding. For this I'm taking the exhaust to work and get my welding buddy to weld it properly.
So I tack weld the cherry bomb and pipes into place.
As I'm getting close to completing the joints my angle grinder starts making some strange noises. Then it starts to smoke.
Oh well only one thing to do. Let's blow it up. So I place it in he middle of the lawn and switch on from a distance.
Barrrrrrrrrrrrrrtttttt bang it goes. With a big cloud of smoke. Time to buy a new one.  ;D
With the lack of a angle grinder I decided to call it a day.  Only a few tack joints to finish.
Next week it's back to work  ::) but I plan to finish off fitting the exhaust. Plumb up the turbo and hopefully start the car.
So more then.  ;)



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 17, 2017, 10:59:31 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 17, 2017, 11:00:29 PM
Last few. Barrrrrrttttt bang goes the grinder  ???


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 24, 2017, 11:23:31 PM
TIme for this weeks update.
This weeks tasks was to carry on refitting the engine, chassis parts and finish building the exhaust system.
On Wednesday my fitter friend came over and refitted a lot more parts.
As it was the hottest day of the year so far I was glad I had the white tent for shade but we still cooked.
He brought the wheel bearing struts back as we decided to renew them whilst everything was off the car.
It was a good time to change them as they have a lot of stress on them due to the huge wheel spacers.
The bearings have to be pressed out using a hydraulic press.
Now that the struts were back in place we fitted back the shocks, brakes and drive shafts.
We will bleed the brakes and clutch at a later date.
Finally everything was back in place but I made a big bo bo.
When I fitted the exhaust and tack welded it up last week the drive shaft was not fitted. My exhaust pipe just happens to go straight through the drive shaft.
Shit!
Oh well looks like I need to re design it.  :'(
My intercooler piping kit arrived during the week so we fitted up the rest of the turbo plumbing.
We have new blue pipe joins and polished aluminium tubes.
The engine bay is now looking fantastic. Much better than the old rough crap engine.
It's not finished yet. Still a few extra blue pipes to change.  :D
Finally I turned my attention to the exhaust.
I need 3 inch tubing. My cherry bomb silencer and the flexible joint. So it was back to the drawing board.
I decided to relocate the flexible joint to the down pipe from the turbo. This makes the whole area below the sump clear for the cherry bomb.
After a lot of swearing, cutting and grinding I had all the curves and bends in place.
The worst part was to make sure it clears the subframe and anti roll bar.
I had to re position the rear twin exhaust hanger to get it perfect.
I tack welded all the joints into position to keep everything in place.
I'm taking the exhaust to work on Monday to get my welding mate to professionally weld the joins.
My welding is like pigeon shit and is no good for exhausts.
I can't wait to start the car for the first time to see what it should sound like with all the modifications.
Hopefully one day next week I will get to turn the key.
Next weeks tasks is to carry on painting the chassis so I can get the car off the ramp soon.
So more next week.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on June 24, 2017, 11:24:59 PM
More photos.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 01, 2017, 11:09:04 PM
Time for this weeks update.
I haven't had much time this week to do much to the car as I have been at work all week.
But today I managed to get a few bits done.
This week I ordered a complete mr2 blue silicone hose kit. As the intercooler hoses have blue couplings it looked alittle odd with cheap old black hoses so I have decided to upgrade the whole lot to match.
The mr2 turbo has a lot of hoses with various sizes and lengths so it's quite a big kit.
Because this mr2 has been streched I needed a few extra custom hose lengths for the radiator and heater hoses.
A long slow job changing hoses. I try to keep the clamps under the hoses to keep it all looking tidy.
I ran out of time to finish all the hoses today but it's certainly getting there. The engine is now looking rather fantastic.
On Friday my welding buddy gave me back my exhaust system. All now perfectly welded. He also put some silver vht paint on the only mild steel part the cherry bomb to give it some protection. The rest of the exhaust is stainless steel so it shouldn't rust.
I will fit the exhaust next week. Can't wait to hear it as it's my own design using 3" pipework with just a cherry bomb to silence it.  :o
Next wednesday my fitter friend is coming back to finish off the other Jobs that require attention.
bleed the brakes, adjust the handbrake and replace the front ball joints.
Hopefully finally get the car off this ramp and back on its wheels.
So more then.  :)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 09, 2017, 11:52:13 PM
Time for this weeks update.
This week I spent the whole week painting, sealing and underselling the whole underside of the car.
Taking a lot of bits off, painting them and refitting them and Simply laying under the car armed with a paintbrush.
Every nook and cranny has been painted.
This has to be probably one of the most boring jobs you can do to a car.
The ramp has paid for itself now. It's much easier to simply sit under the car and paint away.
I think the finished result is worth while tho.
I have put before and after photos so you can see the difference.  8)

This week is going to be interesting.

On Tuesday I am having a mobile tyre fitter over to replace the 2 front tyres and perform a mobile laser steering tracking.
There isn't a garage anywhere around here that has a ramp that's sunk into the ground that performs laser tracking adjustment. You simply can't get the car up on th the ramp. So there's a firm that comes out to do it instead.

On Friday it's finally time to take Cerberus for its first real MOT.
It's time to get her on the road.
I can't see how this time they can find anything else wrong. Everything has been done.
But knowing my luck they will find something so more next week.

The photos below are of the underneath before any work has been done.
Looks like a right pile of shit.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 09, 2017, 11:54:05 PM
From a pile of shit to a fully painted and under sealed chassis.
Much better now. Looks good as new.  8)



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 11, 2017, 10:24:13 PM
Time for a quickie.  :o
Firstly I have finished the painting and undersealing. Hurray.  8)
Probably the worst job ever. I've got the stuff in my pants, in my hair and up every orifice.  :(
But it's finally done.
Today I had my new Pirelli p zero tyres fitted to the front and had the front tracking adjusted.
My reason for replacing the front tyres is because I had a deep cut in one tyre and a bad split on the wall on the other so they needed replacement.
I decided to use a mobile tyre company to do the work. Hasn't times changed. In the van he had a complete mobile tyre shop. Everything. Fortunately the fitter used great care when handling my wheels which is a lot better than most shitty tyre shops.
Once the tyres were fitted he checked the tracking using a laser tracker. The tracking was out quite abit. Especially on the passenger side. Expected really since it's had a new track rod end.
Soon everything was lined up.
He was really spoilt. It was pissing down with rain but he got to work in my nice dry marquee  ;D
In between the rain I decided to give the car alittle drive around my road to get the engine warm.
This is the first time I have driven it with the new exhaust, Turbo and mods.
I gave the car alittle acceleration.
My god the difference.  :o
Firstly the sound. It's awesome. Much louder then the old system. On Tickover the car rumbles away and when the turbo spools up you can really hear it. Then the blast from the turbo takes over. It's very loud   8)
Secondly the acceleration. The car just took off. As the turbo starts working you really notice the surge.
even tho it was only a little drive you immediately know it's no longer a standard MR2.  8)
I can't wait to take it on the open road. ;D
I will soon be putting up videos of the car in action.  8)
It was nice to see the car siting on the road again. You sort of forget how big and beautiful the car actually is.
So it's all systems go for Fridays MOT so fingers crossed.
More then  ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 11, 2017, 10:25:17 PM
Sitting beautiful. Shes getting there  ;D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 14, 2017, 08:09:41 PM
Time for a update.
I haven't heard from you lot for a while. Are you all still reading and following?
Anyway this week has been a big journey as today (Friday) it was mot time.
I started the week with a big list of jobs to get her ready for the mot. Silly little Jobs like making sure everything was torqued up to spec etc etc.
On Wednesday I hit a massive problem. As I was backing the car out of the drive way all I could hear was a loud Russelling sound from inside the car. Like somebody scrunching up a load of wrapping paper.
What the hell was that weard noise. So I drove it out of the drive way again and the noise reappeared.
Upon further investigation I found out what it was.
The bonding on the windscreen was giving way.
Basically because the body tries to twist as you back the car out of the driveway the bonding was being ripped away from the body.
So I could easily push the windscreen away from the body.   :-\
Shit!!!
Time to call the windscreen people out again to find out what's gone wrong.  :-\
They turned up next day and upon investigation it was not the bonding that had failed but the paint that it was bonded to.
Looks like the body shop messed up. The paint was simply not stuck to the body and it has been ripped clean off.
The windscreen needed to be removed.  :-\
Fortunately as it was already half out with the failed paint it was quite easy to remove the rest of the bonding.
There is a risk that the screen could break but I had no choice. The screen had to come out.
Now that the screen was out you can clearly see how that paint had failed.  :-[
Before the windscreen was fitted I had to angle grind everything off around the windscreen area. I ground all the paint away right back to the white fibreglass.
I smoothed everything out using my orbital sander.
The area was ready to be Rebonded.
The windscreen guys painted the newly ground area with a special black primer and left it to dry.
They applied the new bonding to the cleaned and prepared windscreen and then fitted it to the car.
The windscreen was refitted as quickly as it came out.
Sorted.
Apparently the windscreen plays a massive part in a cars structure. You notice this when the bonding is giving way.
I leave the car overnight for the windscreen to dry.
Phew.
Today has been a very big day as it was the cars official mot day.
It's been a long 2.5 years journey but the car is finally ready for its mot.
As it's booked in for a mot it was time to take the car for a ride.  8)
I ended up taking the car for a good 15 mile round trip. Even a few junctions on the motorway.  8)
What a lovely car to drive. I stopped at some traffic lights and I could here. ((((( LOOK LAMBORGHINI))))) as some kids run to have a look. Then a car pulled up next to me and shouted out wow and asked what lambo it is.
Of course this ment giving the car a portion from the lights. Didn't want to let the Lamborghini side down.
Total shock as I give it the beans.  :o :o
Firstly the noise. Man it's loud. This car simply roared away from the lights.
Secondly I lit up the rear tires with a big cloud of smoke.
Finally. The power came in like a train.
By god it's quick  8) easily tuned Impreza performance.  :o
I couldn't change gear fast enough.
Looks like all the modifications paid off. She's not standard anymore.  Easily 300bhp plus.  8)
Brings back memories of my modified cosworth days.
I plan to get a dyno done eventually to see what she's actually giving out.
Anyway
The rest of the journey was peaceful. A nice steady 60 on the motorway. Then somebody hangs out of there window taking photos as they go past.  
That's a first for me.
Yep she's a beauty alright. Kit car or not.  Who cares.  
Eventually we arrive at the ferrrari garage for its mot.
Now this garage being Ferrari have a very high standard. We are not talking about a basic shitty back Street mot.
We are talking ferrari here.
As I have had 2 earlier visits with pre mots. I have been told what to do to get everything done.
Talk about throughout check.
The car has been checked to death but........Finally the car has passes its mot.... with NO ADVISORIES. 
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooo 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Yes!!!  She's finally Road legal. Everything is now up to spec and ready for the road.
I think a beer is needed tonight to celebrate  ;)
It's been a very long journey getting here.
Blood, sweat and tears for real.
she's not finished yet tho. I still have tones of work still left to do.
She may now be Road legal but not perfect yet.
I need to refit the windscreen scuttle panel as I had to pull that off for the windscreen refitting.
I have to finally fit the top lenses over the headlights.
I have new flashy number plates to fit.
Lots of electrics still to do. Fit the new alarm so I can lock the car from the key. Fit a single din pop up screen stereo head unit.
The list still goes on and on.
As always. Weekly updates still to come and I'm going to start a YouTube channel so you can see her in action.
So more then  ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: peggyontherun on July 14, 2017, 08:30:03 PM
Looking good mate  ;D ;D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on July 14, 2017, 10:49:16 PM
Well done Matey
Now enjoy her whenever you get the time
Looks stunning. Love it
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 15, 2017, 05:45:56 PM
Time for this weeks last update.
I was planning to take this weekend off from the car but as it was raining I thought what the hell.
So I have started with the complicated task of fitting the headlight lenses.
My first job was to refit the silver rims on the main headlights. I left them off on the mot as the left and right adjuster screws are just behind them.
Now that everything is lined up I won't need to disturb them again.
The rings simply screw on but I add alittle tiger seal on the corners just to make sure they won't drop off.
Nothing worse than having a chrome ring rolling around inside your headlight with a sealed lens   :-\
Now that the rings are fitted it's time to start fitting the lenses.
A while ago I brought these replica plastic lenses off flee bay. I decided on these instead of the cut glass as they look much more realistic.
It's nice to have slightly raised lenses against the body. Exactly the same as a real one.  ;)
A while ago I cut the lenses down so they sit flush in my lights ready.
To fit these lenses I fit some rubber trim around the cut edge to make the edges perfect.
Now everything's ready I fill the top and side edges of the lights with tigerseal and simply push the lenses down into it.
Once everything's lined up I will now leave it until Monday for the sealer to dry.
So that's the first part of the lenses sealed up. I still have to seal along down the bonet side and front. But I will do that once the tiger seal is dry.
So that's it for this week.
Lots of things to do so more next week.  ;)



Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 22, 2017, 11:38:02 PM
Time for this weeks update.
I have been busy carrying on with fitting the headlight lenses and have refitted the windscreen scuttle panel.
This Is a pretty boring job as it takes a lot of time to get this right. It has taken me days to get the lenses perfectly sealed.
Fitting them into position takes a day as you await the tiger seal to dry. Next day you have to apply the 1st layer of sealer all around the lens then allow to dry.  On the 3rd day I sealed the bottom of the lens. Then to finish off next day to get the finished edges. Very boring and time consuming to get right.
Now that they are fitted the lights look fantastic.  8)
My next job is to refit the windscreen scuttle panel. This took 3 days as the panel is in 3 parts. I cut several wood blocks to wedge the panel against the boot lid so I can apply pressure as the tiger seal dries.
To finish off the lights I needed to make the little panels where on the real lambo the headlamp washers are located.
To do this I made 2 templates out of cardboard so I could trim them for a perfect fit.
Once they were shaped to fit perfectly I transferred the shape to modellers plastic card.
Now that they are a perfect fit I give them a coat of plastic bonding primer and then a good couple of coats of satin black paint.
I leave them over night to dry.
The next day I fit them to the car permently by using tiger seal and leave them overnight.
Now that the lights are all finished the front of the car looks great.  8) very satisfied with the finished job.
Now it looks like a proper lambo.
To finish off this week my new blue plug leads arrived.
As I have got blue hoses everywhere having red leads looks alittle odd. So I have replaced them with blue ones.
Finally the engine bay is finished and it looks fantastic  8)
The last 2 photos show before and after engine rebuild.  Wow what a difference.  8)
The car is coming together finally.
I'm planning to tax the car on the 1st of august so then it's finally on the road.  :o
Yet still loads to do tho.
Next week I am having my auto electrician friend around to fit the cars new alarm system so it can be locked and immobilsed by the key fob.
I am getting a top notch car media system with satnav fitted with a pop up screen  8)
To finish off the electrics I am investing in a Tracker! Every supercar has a tracker so this one will as well.
It would kill me emotionally if she got nicked by some scumbag so I will do everything possabke to protect her.
More next week.  :)






Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on July 22, 2017, 11:39:17 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 12, 2017, 10:58:26 PM
Hi everybody.
Finally time for a update.
Cerberus is now 99% complete. She now has a media system stereo, a top alarm system and a tracker fitted.
I have finally had a dry day to take her out for a nice long drive.
If there's even a sniff of rain in the air. She isn't coming out to play.
I took the car out for a small ride last Sunday afternoon as the weather was good but ran into a few problems.
As I have done so much to the car there was a few small niggles.
She blew the intercooler pipe off twice as the adapter fitted wasn't quite right.
When this happens the car just dies and cuts out.
So I have made a few modifications to now clamp the hose correctly.
There's bound to be a few more bugs along the way as the mileage builds up.
She's a amazing car to go out in. The attention you get is incredible. People runnng along behind to holding here phones hoping to get a photo. People hanging out of there car windows on the motorway taking photos.
You don't need to be a celebrity to get attention. But If you don't want to be noticed than she's not the car for you.
As always I have taken photos of her in her as she stands at the moment.

 


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 12, 2017, 10:59:40 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: CdRsKuLL on August 14, 2017, 12:43:18 PM
Stunning.. looks awesome!   nothing else to say!!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on August 14, 2017, 02:17:04 PM
I second what he said
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 17, 2017, 08:23:00 PM
Time for a update.
Something's cropped up on me Lambo.
During the weekend I did some tunnel blasting.
My mr2 turbo engine hits the rev limiter at 8.5k rpm.
I held 30mph in 1st gear through the tunnel.
The engine was Reving at 6k rpm.
The car sounds fantastic as it's straight piped through and now I'm deaf.
The only thing is that my temperature started to rise to around 3 quarters.
She didn't go into the red but she went above the normal.
Once I dropped the revs and drove normally the temperature returned to normal.
I know there's not a lot of fresh air in the tunnel and I was only doing 30.
This is the first time my temperature rose above the normal.
Looks like me cooling system needs a overhaul.
As I do everything properly I decided to change the thermostat and fitted a new alloy radiator.
Better than the old crappy steel one.
Firstly the thermostat was well past it. Probably the origional. Something I overlooked when the engine was out.
when I removed the old radiator what came out of it resembled what happens the day after you've had a curry.
Even tho the system has been well flushed before when the engine was removed I guess the old rad was so rotten inside.
I gave the cooling system a damm good flushing through again before refitting.
Whilst everything was out I gave the fans a overhaul. As they were abit crappy I gave them a wire brush all over and then gave them a good coat of paint.
Now all the coolant is back in and the system is all bleed. We are back in action.
The fans are clicking on and off as they should.
I will now change the oil and filter again just to make sure everythings perfect. You never know how hot she actually got and could have turned the oil in to nats piss. To be honest the comma oil that's in her is abit shit. So I've brought some quality castrol and will add some slick 50 for good measure.
I swear by me slick 50 in all my cars.
Time will tell if this has sorted it. The weather is good for Saturday so we will have to wait and see.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 17, 2017, 08:23:42 PM
More photos


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 19, 2017, 10:33:48 PM
Just a quick update.
I drove Cerberus around for 3 hours this afternoon. Going around the towns, alittle bit of motorway, traffic and to finish off some tunnel blasting again.
My temperature gauge now sits exactly half way and it never moved.
Perfect. Looks like updating my rad has paid off.
I'm having a neighbour who's a pro photographer do a photo shoot of her on Tuesday. Weather permitting of course.
So I will post the photos here.
 ;)


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on August 22, 2017, 10:35:45 AM
Happy motoring buddy!!


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 25, 2017, 10:14:43 PM
Time for a update.
Well I have now covered nearly 200 miles with Cerberus and I am finally getting back from my trips without having things to fix.
Now that all my hoses are fixed and the new rad is fully operational I'm finally getting there with the bugs.
With any kitcar there will always be something to fix or modify.
Whilst giving Cerberus a wash I got to wiping off around the inside the wheel arches and I pulled out my leather covered in black bits.
Where's that come from. Paint flakes ;D surely my nice under wheel arch painting wasn't pealing off.
Upon closer inspection the paint flakes are actually coming from the coil over spring.
The plastic coating is coming off as the spring is starting to corrode.  :(
I don't want to have to replace these beauty's as my ride height is perfect. So some reconditioning is required.
This seems to be something I've overlooked when I was fitting the air suspension.  :)
Time to strip it down to recondition the spring.
Firstly I remove the strut from the car. I then strip down the unit until the spring is free.
The plastic coating is completely flaking off.  >:(
I attack the spring with a scraper and wire brush to remove all the loose coating.
Once all cleaned up I give the spring a good thick coat of black paint.
I then leave overnight to dry.
The next day I reassemble the strut and then fit back on to the car.
Sorted.  ;D that's one down and 3 more to go. Yep I'm going to do the rest.

On Tuesday I did have the photo shoot done but it kept raining. I think I leathered off the car 3 times that evening  ::) poxy British summer. >:(
It was quite strange driving along a duel carriage way with somebody hanging out of another car holding a massive camera. I got loads of attention. Probably thinking I'm somebody famous and the camera car was the paparazzi.
Amazing experiences driving a lambo.   8)
As soon as I get the photos they will appear here.  ;)





Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: AIG1355 on August 26, 2017, 10:26:21 AM
I do like those brakes !


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 29, 2017, 11:06:09 PM
Hi guys.
Well I finally have the photos that were taken by a professional photographer.
Here they are.
I unfortunately have had to edit them to hide the plate and drop the res so they fit on here.
But me car looks the dogs jangles.  8)




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 29, 2017, 11:07:00 PM
Here's what you've been waiting for  8)




Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on August 29, 2017, 11:10:52 PM
More more more  :o
Ps. Just added the last one outside Windsor castle.  ;D


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Alex360 on August 30, 2017, 08:39:10 AM
Great pics, I like the second and fourth ones the best!!

Al360


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: Mickey_London on August 30, 2017, 09:12:35 AM
Mick picks his jaw back up and wipes away the drool
Absolutely stunning
Well done Matey, hopefully I will get to see this in the flesh one day
Mick


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 355brian on August 30, 2017, 09:34:12 AM
Wow, its the dogs bollx!!  Wonderful work. Love the colour.

Was that a magazine photoshoot? great pics. Possibly the best I've seen of a Lambo rep.


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: 4u2nv on August 31, 2017, 01:09:12 PM
Nice 1 mate , all the hard work paid off .. looks great


Title: Re: Cerberus here we go.
Post by: APDevelopments on November 04, 2017, 11:41:07 PM
Hi everybody.
Sorry it’s been a while since my last post here. I’ve been busy out and about enjoying Cerberus to the full.
I’ve now done just under 700 miles since she passed her mot.
Ok it has not been trouble free but it’s been fun to say the least.
We’ve been up and around London twice. Showing off with people running behind with cameras trying to get a snap.
Given a few young friends and neighbours supprise rides and even went to a small car show to show her off. And to finish off with a pro photo shoot to get some 2018 calendars made.
She’s had all the attention ever needed for this year.
But it’s now that time to put her to bed until next spring.  
The gritter lorries are out spreading all that salt crap everywhere so it’s beddie byes time.
So this week I have been getting Cerberus ready for her 6 month hibernation.
She will live in a car coon inflated bubble inside my garage.
So let’s start getting her ready.
Today it’s bath time. I’m going to completely wash everything. Behind the wheels, fully underneath and every nook and cranny.
The best way to wash behind the wheels is to remove them. So off with the wheels.
Remove all the small stones etc from the treads and then wash throughly. Dry with a clean leather.
With the wheels off I cover the discs so they don’t get wet. We don’t want any surface rust on those.
I also cover the engine as I don’t really want water around the electrics.
Next I was the underneath completely. I scrub everything and everywhere and then rinse off.
I then wash the rest of the body using supagard shampoo and then rinse away clean.
Notice I don’t use a pressure washer. Just a gentle hose. Pressure washes are for removing crap. There’s no crap here just alittle Road dust. They don’t do the paint work any good anyway.
Because she has so many places water can just puddle I blow all the water off using a air line.
I then dry using a synthetic leather.
So that’s bath time done.
Time to give her a hoover. Just to make sure everything’s clean inside.
To finish off I give all the leather some supagard leather treatment.
Now back to the brakes. I give them a good clean using supagard alloy wheel protector. There’s no oil or silicone in this stuff so it’s perfect for cleaning the brakes.
Now back to the wheels.
Before refitting I check the tyre pressures. Torque up the wheel spacers and the pop the wheels back on.
To finish off the wheels I give the tyres a wipe over with some armour all. Makes everything look new without being sticky.
In she goes. It’s a very tight squeeze with barely a inch to spare each side on the lower side air ducts.
I will leave her in like this to dry before going into the car coon.
Only a few things left to do.
Put some fresh petrol in mixed with a fuel stabiliser to stop the petrol going manky.
Jack up all 4wheels so it’s not standing on the tyres for months giving them flat spots.
Inject alittle oil into each cylinder. By removing the spark plugs.
Disconnect the battery and then zip her up in the car coon.
So more next week 8)


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