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I have also become a total sucker for the Singer thing, so Mrs Wrench (graphic designer, or so she claims...) is designing me an Orange rev-counter cover, which will also feature my 'brand' logo for Rocket-Wrench, which she has been working on for a long time... It must be brilliant as I have yet to see her final version...

But here is the Singer one for inspiration:



I also have the floor plates that have been powder coated black, and a beautiful balsa wood gear knob to replace the billiard ball one I stupidly installed last year...
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Thats is still several weeks away, so will post the progress as they are doing it. Today I am going into London to see an audio specialist about the Retrosound head units.






Hopefully I will find one that is a worthy successor to the Becker unit I already have, but with Bluetooth, DAB and iPod connectivity.
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Nice, please keep us informed...
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This is the rev counter design Lady Wrench has been working on. As I am also an aspiring private pilot, I thought I would give it an aviation theme.... Seems more techno-practical than the boastful "11" on the Singer dial....

Thoughts?

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But 18 months later, my mind has been changed, and for what I hope some of you will agree are good reasons. Firstly I don't intend to sell the car, so therefore have decided to make it exactly as I like. This may effect value, but I just can't drive around in a car that I am not 100% happy with, but console myself with 'well at least its worth £xxxxx these days'....

So, Plan C is to make a one-off having taken much inspiration from these pages, Magnus Walker and Singer.

Many people have opined these are fads that will pass - so be it. But, my plan is to make a more Englishman's 911, a Gentleman's Sports Car if you will. So the first thing to go will be the colour.... Shock-horror, but Ice Green Metallic is perfect for Hawaii or California, but less so for leafy Cambridgeshire, so I have decided on Oak Green Metallic the will turn out like this:


That's my car! Great color choice!
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That's my car! Great color choice!
Thanks Uncle, and apologies for not stating the picture credit from my last thread. It was this picture that made me look at it as an option and I'm delighted that I shook off the emotional 'originality' guilt and decided to do the car my way....
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Thanks Uncle, and apologies for not stating the picture credit from my last thread. It was this picture that made me look at it as an option and I'm delighted that I shook off the emotional 'originality' guilt and decided to do the car my way....
Glad you like her! It's such a cool color that you almost never see. Over my cork interior it's simply perfect.
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This is the rev counter design Lady Wrench has been working on. As I am also an aspiring private pilot, I thought I would give it an aviation theme.... Seems more techno-practical that the boastful "11" on the Singer dial....

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Love this project. Would Mrs. Wrench consider the word "Scoundrel" on the Tach, where the Singer logo is located? Some kind of script would be nice.
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But 18 months later, my mind has been changed,

...This may effect value, but I just can't drive around in a car that I am not 100% happy with, but console myself with 'well at least its worth £xxxxx these days'....

So, Plan C is to make a one-off having taken much inspiration from these pages, Magnus Walker and Singer.

Many people have opined these are fads that will pass - so be it.
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Love this project. Would Mrs. Wrench consider the word "Scoundrel" on the Tach, where the Singer logo is located? Some kind of script would be nice.
Lady Wrench has been working on the 'RocketWrench' logo at a very leisurely pace for over a year now... I can't wait for the grand unveiling.... The idea is for the RW logo to be in the middle of the tach like you suggested, and for the word 'Scoundrel' to be small and dignified somewhere on the rear...

I am open to other suggestions though....

Also, if anyone can suggest how I coerce Mrs Wrench into getting on with it, I'd welcome that too....
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Dinner out couldn't hurt, instead of buying parts.

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Well... So far she has had a holiday to Amsterdam, another to Wales, then Israel. I bought her/us a puppy and she is helpfully looking at a new house... I don't think I have been negligent in boyfriend duties, but she did offer over a year ago and so far - no logo...
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In that case, dump her. That's another alternative.

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In that case, dump her. That's another alternative.

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I couldn't do that, she's the best! Just a bit slow sometimes... She also helped me strip the car for painting and labelled all the parts....

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Regarding head unit choice: I have one of the Retrosound units. While it looks mostly correct in the dash, sound and features could be better for the price. Lately I have been looking at the Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT (but have not tried on in person yet).
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On that tach. if you haven't already considered it, you might consider re-clocking the numbers to put max the rev's near 12:00 position which is racer style. Of course you'd have to move the inner parts also or maybe just the needle, no idea if that's easy or gauge specialist time.. All that might be a bit unwanted. The orange is very nice.
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You could sell it to the Wheeler Dealer guys then buy it back after they are finished like 914 guy did

On the radio. Do some checking around. I had one similar to the one you propose and over beeeers one night compared notes with three other guys. We all had similar failures to the units. They would work but volume control went out. So sometimes it would go up, sometimes not at all, then sometimes would go down when your turned it up. Only occured when you operated the dial but still 3 or 4 times is not a coincidence.
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Regarding head unit choice: I have one of the Retrosound units. While it looks mostly correct in the dash, sound and features could be better for the price. Lately I have been looking at the Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT (but have not tried on in person yet).
I also like the specs of the Blaupunkt, but its all about the look... Ill most likely be running the retrosound through an amp, so hopefully that will improve the sound, but Im not an expert on sound systems.

Do you know of any others that are high quality, but not quite so bright and flashy?
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