Exige Cup 260 - Restoration and Updates

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MrP80
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lotuslee wrote: Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:14 pm Here are the test results that Chris at PA sent me.

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Hmmmm maybe I should log before change then do again after the change as I haven't swapped out yet... Would only be road rather than track
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MrP80
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Obviously I've neglected this thread and the car - I haven't really done anything for months to be honest.

I'll be finishing things up, then moving on, times have changed for me so id rather see it being used in a good home not sitting there not being used - so shout if anyone is after a mint MY10 Cup260

Tried out the wheels, love the look but may never see the road on this car:
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Anyway, final bits - the panel above the diffuser was Ok, but needed a refresh, it had some marks under the number plate so couldn't go with a smaller plate. Plus you always know its there, its the final bit of not quite right being sorted so feels good knowing the rest is purely for the sake of it rather than it bothers me

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so a quick rub back and prime
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Then laid down some paint and let it dry before refitting
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Rest of the weekend will be to clean up exhaust, fit diffuser as the carbon diffuser needs a few holes adjusting and the previous owner (or the fitting garage) never did. Then remove some bits from the interior that are no longer needed cameras etc, before a proper rear clam polish
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Rob999
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What’s next? Emira?

Top job though 👍
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MrP80
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Rob999 wrote: Fri Jul 09, 2021 1:30 pm What’s next? Emira?

Top job though 👍
Thank you 👍

Emira deposit was put down a few months back, but I am still not sure. Too practical for 2nd car, not practical enough for the main car - so will likely wait till they turn the wick up.

As some know that I've spoken to its a strange one, but personal events have overtaken things and I just need to change a few things, and the cars kind of become symbolic of that change (I'm sure that makes no sense) - a real shame as I hankered after a cup for years and set about getting it perfect but times change. I may still change me mind when I go out for some photos, who knows!
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Nice job! 8-)
Was the rear panel easy enough to come off? I need to do mine. Done the diffuser already.

Hope personal things are ok :thumbup:
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MrP80
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I know it changed by year, mine you remove 6 bolts from the boot floor (under accusump), then the bolts that you can see. It’s then wedged in with the heatsheild, so you then have to drop the exhaust as the heatsheild is held in by the exhaust hangers.
So all in all it’s a bit of a hassle, but I think pre 08 cars are easier as I don’t remember the hassle on my other s2s!
Once heatsheild can be pulled down 5cm it’s a doddle
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Sounds similar to the process on my 06. Fairly self explanatory when you start taking bits off.

Explaining to the missus why her clothes pegs are all satin black is not so easy

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Fonzey wrote: Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:01 am Sounds similar to the process on my 06. Fairly self explanatory when you start taking bits off.

Explaining to the missus why her clothes pegs are all satin black is not so easy
Your pic has perfectly shown me the difference, on the 08 on model the threads are captive to the panel, on the pre 08 they are nuts that you bolt into.

It means on the 06 you undo the bolts, then slide out, on the O8 you remove the nuts, then have to drop the whole panel down so the threads can be cleared, and as a result the heatshield and exhaust, I knew my old one was quicker!

Pre 08:
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Post 08:
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Yes that makes sense, I do recall having to be quite aggressive on the fibre-like heatshielding that sits above the nimbus heatshielding to pull it out, and my exhaust was already off anyway.
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Boring update... When the car was stripped down over the winter it was clear that the heatshield had seen better days and picked up corrosion, they all seem to do this if they were driven in the wet in the early days. Mankiness:

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General advice as it was covering stuff it just looked ugly but as you never see it, just ignore it. Taking that in mind I decided to replace the whole thing

I got some new nimbus and constructed a new version, with donor side parts from another car so it looked better, made sure the Spitfire toelink ends were properly covered, I'm sure they'd be fine but wanted to be sure

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I also added some double layer on the bolts as these always seem to rip through
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And here is the brace bar between the Spitfire Toelinks, which was a lovely milled piece by Ollie at Phoenix

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2bular exhaust back on, and you can see the stainless diffuser brackets which should not dissolve like the OEM ones, will carbon wrap these to they are less obvious against the diffuser

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