Ha - The average age of a Jowett owner is probably 75 - I'm heading to my late 50's and am considered a younger generation member by the Jowett Car Club!
Like wise early 50's, Its a sad fact that most of the Ginetta's that come on the market these days are from bereavement/estate sales. Owners also have a tendency to keep hold of them for many years. I'm pretty sure if I went hunting for a project I could find at least a dozen with ease.
For me it's just a hobby, I have a full time job to pay the bills, and the Ginetta works I do is only for friends at a mates rate that provides compensation for the time I am not working on my own cars. That remuneration always goes straight back into the project coffers. I also work on a strict basis that I only do what I want to do.
On #13 and #100, the side window is a different shape to the rally car and KBW 998L.Are the bodyshells with the larger side windows a plus 2 version?
During the production run there were some changes to the bodies and the chassis on the G15, these have been given MK1,2,3,4,5 identifiers - After the 100th or so car, covers Mk1 and 2 versions, was produced the shape of the rear window was changed. It gave more visibility and most agree that it improved the over-all aesthetic. Some of the early cars had the bodyshell modified to the large window form. #13 had a front corner bump at some stage and the repair that we carried out used a later nose with pod indicators - The owner prefers these over the earlier flat or even earlier recessed type indicators. The only part that appears not to have changed through production was the engine cover.
what ho Neddie - nice to have you aboard - Whatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhat!
Well that's annoying - just did a load of work only to have it lost - don't you just hate it when that happens - the one time when you want the board to do that - We have found blah blah would you like to restore it fecking doesn't and really can't be arsed to re-write it all.
That was a test to see just how light I could make one as the "usual" lightweight glassfibre ones weigh about 450g and the steel bumpers are 1400g
I laid the test panel up with Gel / 225g CSM / 288g satin weave to produce a decorative panel that would be stuck on with PU.
As warm up to the bigger project ahead I figured I would make a couple more but beef them up a little by going Gel/288/225/288 Mould polishing time - this had not been touched since I made it a couple of years ago and had just sat about unprotected.
1200 - 1500 - 2000 - G3 - super resin polish.
During the day today as I am working from home I will get about 6 coats of wax on the mould during tea breaks.
The useful thing about taking and making the moulds from a bumper off earlier car is that the early cars had longer bumpers that were full length and they bet in the middle and were finished with a little chrome joiner. Later cars had shorter bumpers that finished against an extended moulding.
See below a later nose that we fitted to #13 - note the pod indicator lamps. - above in the bumper shot of #100 you will see a flat recess for a different indicator type.
The good thing being that the longer early G15 bumpers are the same as the G21 and they can be cut shorter for the later G15's so one size fits all - with a bit of trimming - I have bumpers to make for two early cars two later cars and a G21 - Golden. Plus with the availability of Chrome wrap you can have super lightweight non rusting very shiny replacements.
If only you were closer - does make me laugh when I see that response when people have cars for sale and a "potentially" interested parties pipe up. I am off to see this other G15 project next week - the car is closer to Brussels than I am to it - LOL - Then again KBW was nearer to Paris than I was to it. Daft, but it intersts me putting a circle on a "flat" map of the world? - (nah.. can't be ) - just to see how many other countries are closer to the cars I buy than me.
Still trying to figure out why I have bought so much resin. I have an engine cover mould to make which should not be more than 6kg of resin and the part - no more than 5kg of resin so thats 2 and bit blue containers - so even if I bought three there is way more than enough left over for the roof repair job and half a dozen bumper halfs - so that leaves 10kg unaccounted for....better think up another project for it - perhaps a door or bonnet or a front end repair mould just to complete my own set.
A rear bumper mould would be good - I have a very good Riley Elf bumper sitting around here doing nothing - yep that's a candidate.
These are really nice looking cars, yet the mismatch between the front and rear bumpers always weirds me out. I could easily picture something more like the early Elan, a little pointed, with slightly squarer corners to fit around the headlights better.
I guess I am just used to seeing the cars as they are, that looks wrong to me as it's not a lotus it's a Ginetta. I like the quirky odd aspects of the design and the asymmetry of them its what appeals to me. All the howling flaws in the design that allow people like me a free hand to see where they can be improved is very much part of the attraction (same with the current Litton and G27)
They were also dirt cheap which appealed even more. - I do like the little Coventry Climax script on that one though.
Now I am not a great fan of the boxy front under the bumper but that was due to a hurry up early in the design to move the rad from the back to the front. Early cars like mine probably came out of a mould with a curved lower front valence which they hacked a hole out of, and then bolted a box to because the rad box is removable - That does give me an option of making a less boxy one should the mood take me.
Owners do smooth them and paint them body colour but I think they look as naff as they do with Super S stupid looking front end spoiler things.
Having a bit of a clear out of the shed to try and make room for doing the glass works - Did not bother to try today as the temp did not fall below 27 and working with GF in these sorts of temps is just no fun, - I like to have plenty of working time - and even with min catalyst 15 minutes is not enough working time no matter how small the part, it is possible but I like to take my time.
Just how many stock Imp cams and carriers do I actually need !
And how many CD125's - Pretty sure I have a pair of CD150's on a modified manifold somewhere and another sport set!
Standard cam carrier, Sport cam carrier and an "R" carrier - For some reason both fitted with stock cams! - But found a pair of sport cams in a bag elsewhere!
I suspect this is a box of late model imp valves and double springs ( non sport sizes, will have to measure) - I also found another box marked Imp sport valves that I had back cut so there must be load of springs etc. sitting about for that somewhere. Around the side of the house there is also a late oil drain type MK2 engine that I should pull the head off and have a look at.
Opened up one of the 6 dizzies and found a Optical trigger - cool better find the amp for that - should be one around somewhere. Also found 2 non vac units which I will have a peak into.
I should really bin a lot of this crap.
I sorted out the best one of the three spare steering racks I had for KBW as we found the rack was a bit rough when we removed it from the car on Wednesday, I also dug out some good disc back plates for it as well - I don't bother re-fitting them myself - and also found a replacement lower wishbone as on one of KBW's the Trunnion mounting hole had worn oval.