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    looking good, what do you use to cut your metal as the line are very straight

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    Quote Originally Posted by islandman View Post
    looking good, what do you use to cut your metal as the line are very straight
    Sorry that I haven't replied back to this till now. I haven't been monitoring this thread for replies.

    But to answer your question.
    Old school tools

    Hack saw and a variety of files.

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    Sprayed a similar silver that should follow the lines nicely, and being higher up its easier to see
    And I listen
    Color doesn't quite match. I'll see if I can find a closer match

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    I pulled out my plastic welder the other day only to find I was out of polypropylene filler rod which is what the casing of the AC/heater unit is made out of.
    I needed to change the angle of the top air vent so it would be at a more straight line to the vents in the dash.
    So I placed an order for some filler rods and they came in a couple of days ago with some stainless steel wire mesh material for reinforcement.

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    After
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    Now the top air vent of the AC unit has almost a straight shot to the air vents in the dash.


    I'm taking a break from the HVAC system and starting to finish the foot operated parking brake that I started a long time ago.
    I have most of the materials so another reason to finish it.
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    I still think its pretty neat that you can actually weld plastic, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Really nice to see this unit repurposed for the Nova / Sterling, and the controls now look like they belong with the Silver finish.

    Having said that with all the changes bringing the dash and the console bang up to date it does kinda make that Bugpack shifter knob look like its doesn't belong in the cabin anymore. I'm not sure if you agree or what options there are, but to me it just doesn't go with the modern OEM finish you have managed to achieve on the other parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Color doesn't quite match. I'll see if I can find a closer match

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    When I had my bonnet redone the paint shop took my wing mirrors and used some analyser (spectrophotometer) to determine the right paint colour needed for a match, then mixed it up. They could probably do the same if you took one of the other silver trim parts to use their analyser on, not sure what it would cost though as opposed to finding a close rattle can match.

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    Love the first pic, its coming together - great work!

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    its looking very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islandman View Post
    Having said that with all the changes bringing the dash and the console bang up to date it does kinda make that Bugpack shifter knob look like its doesn't belong in the cabin anymore. I'm not sure if you agree or what options there are, but to me it just doesn't go with the modern OEM finish you have managed to achieve on the other parts
    Haven't given it any thoughts. Been busy with other things to even look at it.

    But since you did bring it up I did a search for aftermarket shift levers and they all look the same. The bug was never considered a high end sports car so I guess nobody ever thought about making a fancy shift lever.

    Next time I go to the yards here I'll look around to see if I can find something that goes with the new interior and will work as a replacement lever.

    Your not going to let me sneak anything past you are you??

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    Your not going to let me sneak anything past you are you??

    That is what friends are for

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    Quote Originally Posted by islandman View Post
    That is what friends are for
    Way off at a tangent, but that reminds me of a line from the Waterboys’ song ‘Saints and Angels’ which says .... ‘the ship that ever goes to sea ... Friendship!’

    Alistair

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    Most after market knobs are universal and secured by three small grub screws under a collar like my Simoni one, a huge selection from sculls and golf/snooker balls to super sport types and many have vinyl inserts that cam be changed for some of your own trim material. . and for about only $25 upwards too.

    Great progress on the HVAC unit, would love to fit one just like it but no coolant.
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