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Old 08-10-2018, 08:00 PM   #41
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Is it possible the mysterious rubber on ashtrays was added to stop rattles or squeaks?
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Could be?

The ashtray covers sort of 'hover' in the air; they do not make contact with the surround. So they should not squeak. But they might squeak at the hinge in some way I guess.

I guess the only way to see would be to drive the car with the foam removed. If they do squeak it will drive me mad!
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:05 PM   #43
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No wonder Halfords made a profit last year, they must have sold stacks of rattle cans to paint the rear and there is less hair on a 70's pornstar too

Nice project although it looks like your going to have to spend a few pennies on the rear, i'm guessing with the bodyside mouldings it will be easy to spray the lower half of the car, then both rear quarters and the rear bumper ?

Nice project though, i keep looking at the older Jags for something to smoke about in, the Daimlers are quite rare though.
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Oh this thread is heaven!!!

What a beast of a car - brand new it must have been incredible. I can't wait to see what you do with the bodywork - anything has to be better than the rattle can job. I can't imagine the mind of the person who sat with that beautiful wounded Daimler in front of them and thought they could make it better with a rattle can.

The interior is gorgeous, I can only imagine how soft that leather is. It's held up pretty well considering.

Subscribed in an instant. Whenever you can find the time to work on the car and then write about it for us whilst juggling a young family. I will be right here ready to read it!
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Well a bit of a rubbish update... I'm struggling to find any time.....

On the Friday just gone, Lindsey said "I'm at mothers, pop in for a cuppa if you like". So instead I popped home, swapped the X358 for the Daimler, and had a fun drive over to Lindsey's mothers house.

While there, Lindsey's younger brother had a look at the Daimler. He used to do car body repairs, and has sprayed a few cars, including his last. He was in a nasty car accident in his early 20's and is partially disabled. He has slight brain damage; although it mainly affects his short term memory. But he loves cars and still works on them all the time; you can't keep a car enthusiast from their passion!! Anyway I had intended to take the Daimler to a wall known bodyshop, but now Lindsey's brother is determined he wants to repair it for me.... it will probably take him longer, but I'm in no hurry. In some ways it will be quite nice to know he'll enjoy the restoration I suppose. I'll still pay him for it, as its only fair, and he has a lovely big workshop for it to live in while he does the work.

We had a nice evening at Lindsey's mums, and I get roped into fitting their new shower the next day.... then we leave after having a family takeaway.

Lindsey gets home first and parks up, then as I am reversing in, I see her walking down the side of the Daimler - I wonder what is wrong? I power down the window and ask, and the response I get is "let me have a go!"...

I get out, and Lindsey gets in. She disappears down the road in the Daimler, and I get to hear that glorious V8 from outside the car. I go inside the house, with little baby Aston and wait.... and wait.... and wait..... and wait....

I really was starting to worry after a while as she'd been gone so long.... or at least it felt like it!! She came home with a giant grin on her face. "That is seriously fast!" she says. I think its best I do not know what she did with the poor Daimler on Friday evening, but it appears unscathed...

So bang goes my Saturday, now I'm fitting a shower for her mum. I assumed I'd get little time on the Daimler. So then I just hoped a might get a bit of time on Sunday... but would you believe it, a trip to the doctor reveals 13 week old Aston has two teeth coming through, and has chicken pox. So we spent most of Saturday and Sunday keeping him calm, as he seems in a lot of pain.

I did get a few minutes to myself on Sunday though - when Aston was asleep! I only had a 20 minutes, so my attention turned to the interior, which will need a leather repair kit and a plan for new lambswool mats. Imagine my pleasure at reading the engine plate and finding out the trim colour is "NED" - that's magnolia, the same as my X358!!!... as luck would have it I already have a scuffmaster kit for that.

So as I got no serious time on the car; no detailing those wheels yet, no deep cleaning the engine bay... sob.... I took to simpler things; I took a look at the colour of the carpet for some mats. The trim code is for Sable (code AEK), as confirmed on the seatbelt tag:





So these were the mats for my old Daimler V8 years ago... this is EXACTLY what I need again:



I am assuming it will take forever to source genuine Daimler lambswool mats, but I shall keep my eye out. In the mean time, I plan on making my own temporary ones.....

A few years back, I purchased genuine sheepskins for my last Mercedes S class, which worked pretty well. But they are not cheap at around £40 per sheepskin, it would take 4 sheepskins to do all four mats in the Daimler. The grey ones in my Merc looked OK, although I did think the pile of a bare sheepskin was a bit deep (I think it was over 1 inch deep).





So... moving forwards. I have no intention to pay out around £160 on four sheepskins, when what I really want are genuine Daimler mats. So I need something cheaper to cut up. I found these on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Soft-Shee...53.m1438.l2649

They are fake sheepskin rugs. I cannot find a good colour match for my sable carpet anywhere, so I plan on trying the brown out. Might work as a nice alternative while I source some genuine mats.

Yes I know this update is lame.... but I simply did not get any time on the car.... again....
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