Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

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Post by Mor61e » Mon 17 Aug, 2015 11:22

And then much wax-oiling, polishing, fitting up, lining up and cleaning later... it's finished :)

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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Brian H » Mon 17 Aug, 2015 11:38

That looks superb :thumb: you must be really pleased.

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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Mor61e » Mon 17 Aug, 2015 11:53

Brian H wrote:That looks superb :thumb: you must be really pleased.
Thanks Brian, I'm chuffed with how it turned out. I forgot just how much work it was to do though :lol:
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Brian H » Mon 17 Aug, 2015 13:20

Did you do this yourself?

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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Mor61e » Mon 17 Aug, 2015 13:33

Brian H wrote:Did you do this yourself?
Apart from laying the paint on, which was done by my good friend Craig, yes it was all me :wink:
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by akirk » Mon 17 Aug, 2015 20:01

can I drop mine off this winter?! :D
that is a fantastic job - lovely to see it being done to such a level of detail - a real keeper...

reminds me that I need to repaint mine at some point...

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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Mor61e » Tue 18 Aug, 2015 06:07

akirk wrote:can I drop mine off this winter?! :D
that is a fantastic job - lovely to see it being done to such a level of detail - a real keeper...

reminds me that I need to repaint mine at some point...

Alasdair
Haha if I had the time I would :P

Thanks, it is definitely a keeper now 8-)
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Badman gee » Tue 18 Aug, 2015 08:10

Very nice, good effort
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by therealdb1 » Tue 18 Aug, 2015 20:14

Whereabouts is your mate Craig based?
I have a rear quarter panel off the car that I need respraying and his handy work looks the business.

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Post by markhinton » Sat 03 Oct, 2015 11:21

Amazing, looks perfect! Would love to have this done to mine, to clean up a few areas which always stick out for me - although I think the cost of the respray would outweigh the initial purchase price, however.

Top work - look forward to one day seeing it in person!
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Post by Mor61e » Sun 04 Oct, 2015 11:15

therealdb1 wrote:Whereabouts is your mate Craig based?
I have a rear quarter panel off the car that I need respraying and his handy work looks the business.
He is in Hitchin but doesn't tend to do many private jobs, I can ask if you like :thumb:
Badman gee wrote:Very nice, good effort
Cheers!
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Post by Mor61e » Sun 04 Oct, 2015 11:19

markhinton wrote:Amazing, looks perfect! Would love to have this done to mine, to clean up a few areas which always stick out for me - although I think the cost of the respray would outweigh the initial purchase price, however.

Top work - look forward to one day seeing it in person!
Thanks Mark

It can be an expensive job for sure but if you're planning to keep the car for a some time then I'd say it's worth it 8-)
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Mor61e » Thu 31 Dec, 2015 00:46

Time for a quick speaker upgrade!

I like the look of the standard radio so always put off upgrading, but after 2 years with it I thought I'd try my old Alpine headunit in to see what a difference it made.
As it turned out... a big one :lol:

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So with the system already sounding 10x better I went for some new speakers to try and improve it some more:

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I decided to avoid messing with any of the original wiring/plugs so ran my own, starting from the ISO adapter, to the crossovers, and from those to the tweeters and footwell speakers.

Old speaker:

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Crossover, one for each side:

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Wiring for the tweeters through a handy hole in the multiplug:

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Old vs new:

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The new tweeter was too big to fit the stock mount so I mounted it in the grille instead. Also re-spraying the grilles as they were slightly rusty:

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New footwell 'woofers':

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And finished:

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Sounds great :D
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Mor61e » Thu 31 Dec, 2015 00:53

Also bought this front underguard which has been missing since I've had the car. I've been keeping an eye on the price of these from the dealer for a while because if I remember rightly they were around £60-70 last year which was more than I was willing to pay. Checked again yesterday and they're now £25 so if anyone is after one, now would be a good time to buy :)

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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by 5harp3y » Mon 04 Jan, 2016 14:04

Love the look of this zed!

What splitter are you running?

EDIT just read its a megane one

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Post by Mor61e » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 12:35

5harp3y wrote:Love the look of this zed!

What splitter are you running?

EDIT just read its a megane one
Thank you :cheers
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Daz3 » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 12:54

Just read your thread great work been done there and I do like them 5 series wheels 8-)
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Post by Mor61e » Wed 06 Jan, 2016 15:00

Daz3 wrote:Just read your thread great work been done there and I do like them 5 series wheels 8-)
Thanks Daz

Just started reading your thread :)
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Post by Daz3 » Wed 06 Jan, 2016 17:58

Yeah it's still under progress I've had it running and hoping to take it out sometime this year to see how it goes. Hopefully without a bang :D
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Mor61e » Mon 01 Feb, 2016 17:58

Bought another set of kidney grilles with a plan to have the surrounds painted to match the wheels. Ended up fitting them as they were after the car was resprayed just because they were in better condition than my old set. I finally got them painted recently and only when comparing the 2 sets did I notice that one set has chrome inserts and the others are black, didn't even realise there were different ones :?

Anyway, fitted them and went for a nice drive out for some pictures 8-)

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New grey/black:

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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Daz3 » Mon 01 Feb, 2016 18:54

Brilliant photos, car looks great love the third one down!
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Post by Mor61e » Mon 01 Feb, 2016 23:38

Daz3 wrote:Brilliant photos, car looks great love the third one down!
Thank you :)
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Post by Brian H » Tue 02 Feb, 2016 07:40

Daz3 wrote:Brilliant photos, car looks great love the third one down!
100% agree, love the stance but not sure I could get away with mine being that low. What wheels are those, type, sizes, offsets etc?

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Post by Mor61e » Tue 02 Feb, 2016 12:18

Brian H wrote:
Daz3 wrote:Brilliant photos, car looks great love the third one down!
100% agree, love the stance but not sure I could get away with mine being that low. What wheels are those, type, sizes, offsets etc?
Wheels are E39 Style 32s, 8x17 ET20 and 9x17 ET26

Thanks :cheers
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Post by g8jka » Tue 02 Feb, 2016 21:23

Definitely up there with my favourite zeds on the forum, looks stunning :thumb:
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Mor61e » Wed 03 Feb, 2016 12:04

g8jka wrote:Definitely up there with my favourite zeds on the forum, looks stunning :thumb:
A compliment indeed! Thanks very much
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Post by markhinton » Sat 06 Feb, 2016 18:20

Looks lovely! Do the kidney grilles come apart on the Z3? I have the same as you, chrome on chrome, and want to have the centre slats in black. Was thinking about taking them apart and spraying them, rather than picking up another set.

Car sits well on the style 32's - I'm having mine refurbed soon and this is tempting me with anthracite, but then our cars would be almost idential - so I'll stick with silver! :lol:
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Mor61e » Tue 09 Feb, 2016 19:52

markhinton wrote:Looks lovely! Do the kidney grilles come apart on the Z3? I have the same as you, chrome on chrome, and want to have the centre slats in black. Was thinking about taking them apart and spraying them, rather than picking up another set.

Car sits well on the style 32's - I'm having mine refurbed soon and this is tempting me with anthracite, but then our cars would be almost idential - so I'll stick with silver! :lol:
Thanks Mark :)

Yeh they come apart very easily once they're off the bonnet. Maybe see if someone will swap with you?

Grey or silver, either will look good, the wheels themselves are nice enough!
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Vanne » Fri 12 Aug, 2016 01:58

Car really looks great mate, I love your wheels, I realy do, but confused the hell out of me..

Your saying the front is an et20 offset wheel??
I have a set of style 32 also e39, but 18 inch et20, and they stick out a good 2cm out of the front guard.

Can you do me a favour and have a look what your front wheel part number is, its written on the center of the wheel, just around where you bolt it up to the hub.

Id really appreciate it.

So much awesome on this car, hat off. Very nicely done.

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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by markhinton » Mon 15 Aug, 2016 11:45

Vanne wrote:Your saying the front is an et20 offset wheel??
I have a set of style 32 also e39, but 18 inch et20, and they stick out a good 2cm out of the front guard.
I have the same wheels (17x8 fronts, ET20) with 225/45/17 tyres, and had to induce a small amount of negative camber to the front for them to fit flush. I believe Mor61e has a narrower tyre than I do on the front, so he should have more clearance.
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Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Post by Vanne » Tue 16 Aug, 2016 03:54

how did you do the negative camber? washers or with flipped z3m top hats?

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