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Finally Started My Uk TME Underbody Restoration.

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After viewing several impressive restoration projects on the MLR recently Ive finally plucked up the courage to start mine !

The plan being a complete underbody restoration, down to bare metal, rustbullet, paint (red, black and white) various parts to be blasted and powder coated, new bolts, bushes and other new bits as needed !!

Managed to bag myself a Bradbury 4 post lift from my mechanic friend who was upgrading to scissor lifts. Should make the whole job easier ! Had to buy and fit an inverter to convert to 3phase but with a lot of help from Sean a fellow Red Mak owner this was soon sorted !

Progress is going to be steady due to work and family commitments , and the fact I want it damn near perfect !

I will post the updates as and when they happen , a few photos below show this afternoons progress. A few parts removed and half a tank of super unleaded drained !

To be honest I was really worried about what may lay beneath - considering its a uk car ! Yes there are areas of surface rust underneath the underseal but the floor pan and sills look pretty decent considering . Hopefully will be getting down to some serious underseal and rust removal soon :smthumbup

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Did they paint it or is that how you sent it to them?
Did they paint it or is that how you sent it to them?
They painted it for me ... this is how it was when I sent it ...



This is how it came back ...



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Beautiful work.

I am gonna be installing an AYC relocation kit to mount mine in the boot
I just finished reading this build. All Credit to you sir.
Seeing all these resto builds in the UK, makes me realize how far behind we are in Australia.
In my opinion Tommi Makinens are so under valued here in oz.
Pretty much at the 4 year anniversary of the project now .... it's taking much longer than first anticipated, but really happy with what's been done so far .

Anyway time for a update ...

One of the hold ups has been making up the fuel tank pipes , these pipes are actually part of the fuel tank assembly and can't be bought separately.... wish I'd known that when I cut them off

Flaring tool sourced , some very patient pipe bending and job done .



Tank just prior to fitting .... will get some underside photos later on in the project.



With garage space tight in my friends workshop it was time to move the car back home.



Once home I've had a bit of weekend time to start refitting the the interior, either fitting throughly cleaned or refurbished parts.









New handbrake cables and grommets fitted before the carpet goes in.



Doors all cleaned up and new door films fitted .



Door cards back on.





Cleaned up and sprayed the seat rails.



Taking shape now with seats going in.



Got all new consoles and lots of new interior parts to fit when the passenger seat fitted , harder to fit once seats in but don't want to risk scratching anything with the seat rails whilst wrestling with the seats !

Got a steering wheel upgrade happening too ! Massive thanks to a fellow member for sourcing this for me



Had a couple of trips to drop off and pick up engine components to Dave Cee , what a job this man does ... amazing!

Some of the components he's already done for me.



Just one before and after ... enough to show how good he is ...



Hopefully further updates soon !!

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Top man is Dave :)
100% agree. Dave is the very best:smthumbup
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Love the PPF on the front end! :lol:

Nice work mate, taking shape now so keep going!
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Pretty much at the 4 year anniversary of the project now .... it's taking much longer than first anticipated, but really happy with what's been done so far .

Anyway time for a update ...

One of the hold ups has been making up the fuel tank pipes , these pipes are actually part of the fuel tank assembly and can't be bought separately.... wish I'd known that when I cut them off

Flaring tool sourced , some very patient pipe bending and job done .



Tank just prior to fitting .... will get some underside photos later on in the project.



With garage space tight in my friends workshop it was time to move the car back home.



Once home I've had a bit of weekend time to start refitting the the interior, either fitting throughly cleaned or refurbished parts.









New handbrake cables and grommets fitted before the carpet goes in.



Doors all cleaned up and new door films fitted .



Door cards back on.





Cleaned up and sprayed the seat rails.



Taking shape now with seats going in.



Got all new consoles and lots of new interior parts to fit when the passenger seat fitted , harder to fit once seats in but don't want to risk scratching anything with the seat rails whilst wrestling with the seats !

Got a steering wheel upgrade happening too ! Massive thanks to a fellow member for sourcing this for me



Had a couple of trips to drop off and pick up engine components to Dave Cee , what a job this man does ... amazing!

Some of the components he's already done for me.



Just one before and after ... enough to show how good he is ...



Hopefully further updates soon !!

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bloody hell work looks Superb...is he based in oxford

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bloody hell work looks Superb...is he based in oxford

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Yes he's based just south of Oxford , his work is amazing , a true perfectionist !

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Carried on with the interior today ... lots of nice new bits to fit !! Wasn't a lot wrong with the existing consoles and trims but a few scratches let them down a bit .

Various new parts ...



Haven't fitted the steering wheel yet ... that will be last thing done .. to avoid dirty hands

Sent the seat nuts and bolts off to Dave Cee for plating properly , photo for comparison... the one on the right is new straight out of the packet ... full of scratches ... Dave's is rather better I think



Go nicely with the refurbed satin black seat rails...



Both seats and parts all fitted ...





Couldn't resist a trial fitting of the carbon fibre scuff plates purchased from carbon goodies a few years ago .. perfect fit !





Interior got a nice freshen up with the breeze today ... stank of polish and cleaning products



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Lovely Chris

The scratches and marks are from the barrel plating process on the OE stuff
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Worth all the hard work, looks amazing :coolsm:
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Looking superb mate!
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Small bit of progress made over the past couple of weekends ...

Dropped the front subframe off so I could fit the front anti roll bar and drop links ...





ABS sensors and brake hoses fitted ...



New rear splash guards fitted ...





Lots of new bits arrived ready for the Easter weekend... hopefully !

Door seals , window trims , roof gutter trims , scuff plates , new rear wiper arm and engine splash guards ...



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Lovely day for a bit of tinkering , few parts replaced ... made a big difference !!

Removed and replaced the door/window trims ...



New on rear against old one still on front ...



Very tired looking door rubbers ...



Nice new ones ...



Roof gutter trims replaced with new ...



Cheeky little mirror shot ...



Coming on nicely !

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