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gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - February 24 2017 :  4:18:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Putting the body on the new frame for a test fit. Wheelbase and track width are dead on. The tranny height is a little low. Fortunately there is enough engine clearance to raise the motor mounts. It's really coming together nicely.Go to Top of Page
gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - March 28 2017 :  01:09:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[img http://s73.photobucket.com/user/amcagreg/media/17-03-28%20frame.jpg.html]http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i237/amcagreg/17-03-28%20frame.jpg /img][URL=http://s73.photobucket.com/user/amcagreg/media/17-03-28%20frame.jpg.html][/URL]

Making some real progress this week. Finished 38 mm dies so am putting in curved pieces instead lots of diagonal pieces welded in. Located a new steering rack that is dead on. So hopefully no or minimal bump steer.Go to Top of Page

gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - March 30 2017 :  3:23:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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So today we welded in the motor and transmission mounts. Looks like the top of the valve covers is not going to clear the firewall top frame bar. I can't lower the engine any lower then I already have.Go to Top of Page

gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - March 30 2017 :  3:43:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - April 03 2017 :  02:01:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Today we put the body back on to test fit everything again. All suspension components are fitting well with plenty of room in full bump and full droop. Looks like the foot pedals/ brake/ clutch/ master cylinder will all fit well as well. Need to re-do the side bars as they don't follow the body contour. Bad news is that my new steering rack will not work. What a pain.Go to Top of Page

dan2


54 Posts
Posted - April 24 2017 :  09:48:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm trying to post a pic.Having nothing but troubleGo to Top of Page
gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - April 25 2017 :  10:12:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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A few more bars in the front added along with front roll bar. All of the coilovers arrived today. Tomarrow we finish the sides.Go to Top of Page

gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - May 22 2017 :  01:24:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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today we removed the body again. Out came the motor and transmission. Need to add a few more bars for the sides and then the rear shock upper mounts. After that will do the final alignment and TIG weld all off the jointsGo to Top of Page
gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - May 30 2017 :  01:54:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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today we finished installing the IRS. Lots of fitment issues but in the end we got it. The plasma cut pieces definately are a nice touch. It would have been a better photo if the coilover and springs were seen.Go to Top of Page

gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - May 30 2017 :  02:01:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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finished the frame sides. I had to make some changes to the outer bars to accommodate the door latch. It is not a simple latch receiver as original but a motorized unit.Go to Top of Page
gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - June 02 2017 :  12:10:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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big day today. Frame is finished. Next stop the alignment shop then media blast and powder coating.Go to Top of Page
gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - June 02 2017 :  12:12:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - June 05 2017 :  11:17:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Gullwing is back in the garage again. All new frame. Engine will be in soon.Go to Top of Page

gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - June 26 2017 :  12:16:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Getting there step by step. Working through fitment issues. Can't fit valve covers on due to height of ARP studs things like that. Still need to do a lot of fiberglass work on doors.Go to Top of Page

KDanIt

USA
1 Posts
Posted - June 30 2017 :  12:44:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's a lovely car at the end of the last page.How much did you paid for it? Are you selling this car or keeping foryourself?

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gullwing

New Zealand
150 Posts
Posted - July 01 2017 :  1:51:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The cost of building this replica can be quite deceiving. You could probably get a body for less then $10,000 or a frame and body for $18,000 the real cost lies in all the unique "300 SL gullwing" parts.
It doesn't seem like it would be so but there are door hinges, door latches, glass, window gaskets, glass trim rings, window frames, window hinges, latches, grills, bumpers, Mercedes logos, dash trim. If you buy these parts from Mercedes the cost will exceed $100,000. If you source them otherwise about 1/2 that. The Speedster replica attempted to avoid the expense by building a replica without those parts. The results was a Gullwing replica that never looked quite right. They made 23 and had a hart time selling them for $90,000. Mine I will keep.Go to Top of Page
Folke

Sweden
40 Posts
Posted - September 07 2017 :  02:03:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi,
my first appearence at this forum was in April 2010 and since then I've been building on my replica. Finally it's ready. I have a 3 litre, 190 hp, Merc sohc engine, 5-speed gearbox and a Merc 3.07 multilink rear end. You can see the car at www.gullvinge.simplesite.com. Observe the neon sign on the roof!
FolkeGo to Top of Page
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