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Sunbeam 2000 build

Discussion in 'Modified Alpine' started by belmateo, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    Are you still using the Honda engine? If so, I think you need a new name for this - "Sunbeam 2000" doesn't quite convey the Sunbeam/Honda/Mercedes heritage!
     
  2. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    Jim,
    You are right and I agree with you, the label I put on this thread is not the name I will be using for this car. It will be revealed when the car is titled as a special construction vehicle in California.
    Guy
     
  3. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    Something to look forward to!
     
  4. Ken Ellis

    Ken Ellis Donation Time

    From back to front, in order of assembly:
    Sunbeam SL2Kâ„¢... obviously. ;)
     
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  5. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    Good guess!
    but that is not it, sorry
     
  6. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    I have been busy cutting out the holes for the tail lights and working on the rain gutter for the new trunk lid that will need to be made.
    Unfortunetly found a leaking roof cylinder, better now then later I guess. Checked online and the range was from $55 - $469 to either get mine rebuilt compared to buying a new one. It turns out the the brains at Mercedes-Benz used horrible quality seals for the rams. I found some seals to rebuild all the units for $13 delivered on (cough cough) ebay. I will try to rebuild them myself as needed. Still need to buy a large battery cable to bring power to the newly located fuse box in the trunk (left rear well) so I can power the top and finish up the wiring. Will try to get some pics this week posted.
    Cheers
     
  7. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    Past few days have been up and down. It turns out the fuel door interfered with the wheel house just enough. Quarter panels off again to address that issue, then I was able to focus on the quarter window alignment in relation to the rear window seal and rain gutter for the trunk as they all work together. Ready to attach the quarter panels permanently. Got the back up light assemblies and mounted them below the bumper, waiting on the rest of my led lights to assemble the tail light housings. I am thinking of putting the two red lights above the amber light. Any thoughts you guys have on that would be appreciated.
     
  8. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    Here are the tail light panels compared to the stock Alpine. Also included some pictures of both wells for the Hydraulic lifts, fuse panel, and pump. I was also able to get the new hot battery lead routed from the battery (Front Passenger side) to rear fuse panel (Rear Drivers side).Now the fun begins with the wiring. Back up lights work great! I also got some driving lights for the front, can't wait to start making the grill surround along with the grill.
     

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  9. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    I found a new set of headlight assemblies on Ebay, received them on Saturday and got them installed. Going with Bosch H4 lights with blue bulb. Almost have the wiring figured out to convert from HID to Halogen. Also got an offer from another forum I am on from Rob who makes headlight wiring kits to make your lights burn brighter and safer to make me up a kit if I need it.
    Top of the grill surround is almost done! 1/4" Stainless bar about 3/4" wide now has the arc in it for the area in front of the hood. Once the shape is completed it will get the attachments welded on and polished before assembly.
    Door glass people are taking measurements from my template for accuracy, should have them before Thanksgiving.
     

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  10. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    A bit more progress today, started on the final for the trunk lid. It will need to be longer then the donor car as this trunk is longer. I cut the frame from the skin and roughed in the front part of the lid. After that I removed the third brake light so I could weld and modify it to fit the Sunbeam skin.
    Pics attached
     

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  11. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    Five picture limit, here is the last pic of the trunk rear portion.
     

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  12. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    I like your bumper arrangement!

    Keep it coming;)
     
  13. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    Thanks Dan,
    I think it will work out quite well as the bumper attachment is already sorted out in my head. Will put up more pics as things progress.
     
  14. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    Been working on getting the trunk sorted out to frame and put on a new skin. My new seals finally arrived for the hydraulics on the top. Took thirteen days to get here and the Ebay seller is blaming the Post Office LOL.
    Most of the body wiring is now done, will focus on the top wiring soon. Pretty soon it will be time to finish the body work to get it ready for paint. WooooHoooooo!
     
  15. Ratical

    Ratical Gold Level Sponsor

    Making good progress. Will be unique.
     
  16. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    Did some light work yesterday (pun intended) on the rear mounting plates. I cut them from one piece of stainless with a cut off wheel. Stainless is tough on tools! Started to make them look better by sanding down to get rid of the blemishes by attaching them to a solid flat jig. Last pic is after about three hours of hand sanding. Enjoy
     

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  17. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    I got the bezels finish sanded and polished, here are a couple of pics without and with the lights.
     

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  18. Alpine66

    Alpine66 SAOCA Vice President Donation Time

    Wow, a lot of work
     
  19. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    LOL
    Yes it does take time, but well worth it in the end. It is better than chrome as it will not rust and shines just as nice.
     
  20. belmateo

    belmateo Bronze Level Sponsor

    Been spending this week organizing my work space and building the new trunk lid from scratch. It is nearly done and the taillights are coming along very nicely, should be able to put them all together and attach to the car. Front turn signals will be much easier. New bumpers ordered and should be here before Christmas.
     

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