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A Highland Z3 1.9 roadster

Discussion in 'Progress Threads' started by Pls, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. Pls

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    EH Z3 120. Well, that's the registration, since 2007. I don't know if it belonged to Liz Hurley or if it's ever been up to 120mph, but when the letters were spaced like that some years ago, apparently the Ministry of Transport declined to pass the car in their test, and new plates had to be made up.

    Having spent over thirty years doing up a series of cars including a Lanchester, a bare chassis restoration of an Alvis TA14 drophead, a TA14 saloon, a TD21 3 litre, a Morris Minor convertible and many other lesser cars, I had thought that my days of open top motoring were over fifteen years ago when I got my first of two Volvo estates! But then this opportunity came up, and encouraged by Sara, I jumped at it.

    Anyway, the car has a recorded mileage of just 141K, although it covered 100K in the first six years and only 40K in the last fifteen, according to the service and MOT history up to last year. Finally, last year, with no MOT, it was purchased cheaply as a source of spares for my cousins other Z3 1.9 which he has been slowly restoring. However, it became clear that there was plenty of life left in this car, so he devoted some time and effort to it and I'm buying it from him, to help finance the other one. It passed its MOT test a few weeks ago.

    Last week it was out in heavy rain overnight, and no water came in, so that bodes well. It's just had new outer sills, and the inner ones have been cleaned up and protected, like most of the underneath. A complete replacement exhaust system helped get the emissions down enough to get through the test, but that's an aspect that will need more work. And there's a great deal to do over the next year or two, with lots of cosmetic work along with much preventative maintenance and replacement of ageing and worn parts, bushes and so on. On the car, that is. But if it saves the car from being scrapped, it'll be worth it.

    I took it out for a forty mile spin yesterday with the hood down, and it behaved very well. In fact, of course, it was exhilarating. So I'm looking forward to Z3 ownership, and the information on this forum has been very helpful already.
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    Paul

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  2. Craig Machin

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    Hi and :welcome: from Stoke on Trent.
    You’re in the right place for advice and assistance on this forum.
    The Zed is looking good
     
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    Welcome from Mansfield. Sounds like you know your stuff, your knowledge could come in handy for others.
     
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  4. Pls

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    Thanks. Well I used to know stuff, like balancing twin SU carburettors on a 1962 3 litre Alvis, changing friction linings on the Daimler fluid flywheel and preselector gearbox of a 1949 Lanchester, or squeezing an Austin Healey Sprite 1275 engine into a rag top 1953 Morris Minor, or adjusting the rod brakes on a 1949 Alvis. But the most complicated bits were choosing the right jets in a Zenith carb or getting the windings right when renovating a dynamo. Most of which isn't much help here!
    I haven't worked on anything with sensors and all this computer malarky, although I did have a car that had an ignition advance/retard lever on the steering wheel. So I think that the passage of information will probably be rather more one way, in the opposite direction. However, I do have metric sockets and spanners as well as the Whitworth, BSF and AF ones.
    However I should be ok with most of the mechanical and bodywork stuff, and the car is brilliant! Good thick metal!
    I'm intending to get a wind deflector, and probably a spare wheel, with its plastic tray, both if which are missing.
    First off though, it definitely needs a belt.
    Cheers
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    Hello from Glasgow. Looks a great little z. M44 with cable throttle will put a smile on your face. We are doing a run to Skye in late September. Check out the events page. Can't be too many of these up your way. Welcome to the site.
     
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    Thanks. Yes, I spotted the Skye run thread and have put my name down for it. I haven't been to Skye since they put the bridge in, so it'll be nice to return there. I used to get the car ferries from Lochmaddy to Uig and then Kyleakin to Kyle when I lived in the Outer Hebrides many moons ago. I'm looking forward to it.

    Lots of fettling to be done, but I'm borrowing the lift to make it easier to get the polisher on it!

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    Cheers
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    Out for a picnic supper in the Z3 this evening, in a layby by Loch Droma at the summit of the A835 at just under 1000 feet, before the road drops down towards Ullapool.
    Some nice long straight stretches on the way back, with no other traffic, giving the opportunity to let the car stretch its legs.
    It behaved impeccably, with no untoward shakes, rattles, judders or groans due to age, unlike its driver!
    And it goes round corners as if on rails.
    Cheers
    Paul
     
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    Wow what a great backdrop for a photo, welcome from London
     
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    Thanks. Yes, it's a great area to have a Z. We're very lucky, and at last we had a sunny evening to have the hood down!
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    After some discussion, I've decided to invest in a) some OEM hoops, and b) a space saver spare wheel. The former, because we've grown accustomed to the reassurance of driving a Volvo, and anyway they look good, and the latter because much of the Highlands lacks any mobile phone signal to summon assistance.

    The hoops and the wheel arrived today., Probably as a result of me managing to drop one end of the large box with the hoops in, one of the plastic screw fixing lugs was broken off one of the top trim bits. Nae bother, I drilled the lug with two 1.5mm holes, pushed in 1.6mm hardened brass rod pins and Araldited the lug back in place.

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    Job done. That should hold.

    The car had come with no spare wheel or plastic tray, but I took the metal cradle and wire brushed it with the drill, then Hammerited it.

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    All ready to fit when I can sort out the fitting nuts and bolts in my cousins shed tomorrow.

    Meanwhile, I've started to clean up under the bonnet a bit.

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    Cheers

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    Hi, welcome from Mansfield :thumbsup:

    Looks like a good Zed you’ve got there and a sensible option to get the spare wheel reinstated.
     
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    Thanks Jjim. The wheel carrier and the fan belt are fitted. I love the BMW belt tensioner/idler - five minute job!
    Cheers
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    Its coming along already Paul.
    You'll soon have all these jobs ticked off the list.
    I'll need to also get cracked on with some stuff as I'm planning to bring the Dakar to the Scottish run .
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    Thanks Stevo. A few more jobs are ticked off. The windscreen wiper was making a loud 'clack' at the right hand end of travel, and I thought I may have to replace the linkage. However, listening from outside the car, it seemed to come from the wiper blade attachment, which looked angled a bit differently to the left hand one. So I put a plumber's wrench on it and twisted the arm a bit and hey presto, it's perfect!

    I also spent some time with some T-Cut to reduce the various swirls and scratches in the paintwork, and then some Autoglym resin polish.

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    It's coming up quite nicely. That's in Cromarty this morning. We then went and had a picnic at Portmahomac,

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    And on up to Dornoch to the beach. On the way back, we came on the high road, stopping for a brew up at Struie Hill overlooking the Dornoch Firth looking towards Bonar Bridge.

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    So, the jobs list now includes getting the passenger seat to move up and down, installing the hoops and wind deflector, and getting some boot lid gas struts.

    Cheers

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    Great stuff Paul its coming on.
    Quite common on a lot of zeds that the wiper linkage starts to wear and one of the wiper arms hits the edges of the bonnet.
     
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    Busy day today, as I fitted the hoops (thanks Sean) and the wind deflector (thanks Lee). Yesterday, the car looked like this,

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    At Cromarty as the Sea Cloud 2 motored out of the Sutors and into the Moray Forth, not under sail unfortunately. Very reminiscent of the ships taking Highlanders to the New World sailing from Cromarty during the Clearances of the nineteenth century.

    The passenger seat was stuck in the up position, so I took it and the drivers seat out to fit the hoops. Having unbolted them, and then disconnected the battery, the seat wiring was disconnected. With the seats out, access was much easier.

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    The threaded bar at the top had been jammed at the end of its travel, and was freed off by undoing the bolt holding the forked end of the aluminium body top left, and winding it down the thread before reattaching it. The motor and the drive into the right angled gear box worked fine, but no drive came out of it, so perhaps the threads on the worm gear inside had been stripped. Something for replacement one day. In the meantime, with the seat set lower, the passenger will be at a more comfortable level.

    So, following the comprehensive BMW instructions downloaded from http://mz3.net/retrofitting-bmw-roll-hoops.html, the necessary parts were removed, and the chunky 'console' fabrications that hold the inner hoop legs were bolted in to pre-existing nuts fixed to the body.

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    Then the hoops were inserted and the new storage compartment was fitted and the hoop fixing bolts torqued up. The remaining trim bits were fitted, and the job was nearly done.

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    Somewhere I read that retrofitting the hoops was down as a 5 hour job by BMW, and Ray and I took 6, including an hour lunch break, so we were quite pleased.

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    This evening Sara and I went out for a run to Rosemarkie to see what difference the clear acrylic wind deflector made.

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    And it makes a big difference, with less of a draught on the side of the neck, and less buffeting, so that's a result too.

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    It's fairly inconspicuous, and doesn't spoil the look of the hoops too much. And this design from Lee doesn't preclude the use of the storage compartment either - it limits how much the lid can be opened, but it allows a Galaxy tablet, CDs and so on to be put in and taken out easily.

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    So, a successful days' effort all round.

    Cheers

    Paul
     
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    Those hoops look quality ;)
     
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  18. Pls

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    Obviously came from a quality supplier!
    Since looking at the last but one photo, I've been out to the garage and clicked down into place the bit of top trim round the left hand inner hoop leg! Photos are very helpful sometimes!
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    All the way from Riga, Latvia, a pair of Magneti Marelli gas struts arrived for my boot lid, just five days after ordering them from Ebay seller 'Parts2131'.
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    And they were £26.39 free p&p for the pair, which seemed quite a good price for MM parts.

    Anyway, the lid now rises and lowers in a most controlled and elegant fashion, probably like it did when new!

    So, another job ticked off. Another thing I love about this car is that it happens to come with an auxiliary iPod/iPhone cable in the glovebox for the Sony, which is perfect as I still use my daughter's old hand-me-down iPhone 4S. And the sound system seems quite adequate at normal speeds with the hood down.

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    Today a run down to Daviot, not far from Culloden, and the church where the Rev Alistair MacLean, father of the novelist of the same name, was minister. The wind deflector makes a significant difference at A-road speeds.

    Cheers

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    After cleaning and proofing the hood courtesy of Autoglym, it was time for more effort on the bodywork and engine bay,

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    Using Ray's workshop let me get all round the car, unlike in my own little garage.

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    It's getting there slowly. The wheels, which Ray stripped, primed and sprayed, came out rather well, and I'm now going to keep them, rather than replace them with the pepperpot originals.

    One major cockpit enhancement has been the fitting of an OEM cigarette lighter. I didn't need the service manual to figure out how to fit it!

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    It won't get used for its intended purpose, but the gaping hole left by its absence offended me! And it was only £4! I shall have to keep an eye out for a better gear knob too.

    More rooting out of rusty bits next week.

    Cheers

    Paul