F550GTS IGOL replica

New project IGOL 550GTS

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New project IGOL 550GTS

New project IGOL 550GTS

New project IGOL 550GTS

New project IGOL 550GTS

Donor car 2003 Jaguar XK8 4.2 V8,  Gearbox six speed auto with steptronic manual.

300bhp standard,

New project IGOL 550GTS

New project IGOL 550GTS

New project IGOL 550GTS

New project IGOL 550GTS

New project IGOL 550GTS

Later 4.2 V8 giving more BHP with uprated  Mercedes six speed gear box.

New project IGOL 550GTS

Ivory Leather recaro sets with full electric function heated and memory setting.

New project IGOL 550GTS

Built in telephone, cruise control, multi fuctional steering wheel, Radio cassett stacking CD system,

Sports mode setting button, onboard computor with digital display,

New project IGOL 550GTS

New project IGOL 550GTS

Large boot with built in CD stacking system.

New project IGOL 550GTS

Uprating brakes to Drilled and groved vented XKR discs and uprated pads.

New project 550GTS IGOL

MOT 26th Sept stripped all parts off not needed and  put on Ebay.

New project 550GTS IGOL

Wed 30th Sept 2015 started work front end first this time.

Fitting bumper and extending bonnet.

Need to improve how bonnet open's, looking at electric rams to lift with remote control.

 

New project 550GTS IGOL Oct

Start of October all car striped of parts I do not need, put parts on ebay to sell.

Front bumper sat on floor to measure up

New project 550GTS IGOL

I have decided to do front section first, bonnet ,wings, bumper, headlamps and bonnet opening.

The bonnet opening is something I need to look at in some detail, the Redbull bonnet opening is a bit fiddly. 

New project 550GTS IGOL Oct

I treated myself to a 2 post ramp.

I had it fitted by the company that sold it to me great value at £1300.00 delivered and fitted

It makes the build so much easier being able to lift up the car in seconds and have it a the right hight to work on.

New project 550GTS IGOL Oct

Made the sills first fitted and welded in place easy job with lift no more crawling about on floor

F550GTS IGOL project Oct

Replaces  the back exhaust box's with a set of performance  end sections with brackets and  rubbers hangers.

Then removed middle section exhaust boxes and replced  with stainless steel pipe.

The differance in the exhaust note is huge sounds a lot better.

F550GTS IGOL project Oct

New project 550GTS IGOL Oct

Extended the bonnet with a steel bonnet of a Porsche, made the middle air intake with steel and welded in place this should stop and problems with flxing later on.

I have changed the front wings  completely for the IGOL replica making it wider at the front. all the way down.

550GTS IGOL Replica

Wings fitted and welded in place with larger air scoops in side than Redbull.

First skim of filler, I left filler till last before but thought I would do a bit at a time this time.

550GTS IGOL project Oct

Passenger side done as well front bumper has been fitted and then unfastened to allow me to do front wings.

550GTS IGOL project Oct

Bumper in place a bit more done on wing and bumper filling and rubbing down, headlamp supports fitted welded in, used 18gauge steel and welded in Jag headlamp aperture.

550GTS IGOL project Nov

This is one of the idea's I thought of to open the bonnet but after measuring and trying lots of different ways I decided on this.

I bought two 12v actuators ( electric rams) and made box sections for them to sit in to give them stability, the bonnet is very heavy.

The electric rams have a 300lbs max load and I decided to buy 100mm ram lenght.

I also bought a remote operating relay and key pad and I am pleased to tell you they work a treat.

550GTS IGOL project Nov

This is bonnet from back with rams at top of lift, back of bonnet stays in same place.

550GTS IGOL project Nov

Bonnet in open position I used Jag bonnet  gas rams as fitted as standard.

Bonnet is lifted with help of gas rams after rams have lifted.

550GTS IGOL project Nov

You can see electric rams at front supporting bonnet.

Just the press of a button and it lifts up or down.

550GTS IGOL project Nov

Bonnet from front open.

Very pleased with finished bonnet  opening operation.

550GTS IGOL project Nov

Cut section out of bonnet for louvres. I had  them made to order.

In picture  just sat in place on bonnet.

550GTS IGOL project Nov

Louvre sat in place from a different angle.

550GTS IGOL project Nov

Louvres welded in place and started to fill and finish.

550 GTS IGOL replica

Bonnet now starting to look the part still to finish prep, bit more filling and rubbing down.

550GTS IGOL replica Nov

Starting on rear section, making rear light panels first three sections.

IGOL 550GTS project Nov

Tacked in place to measure and make sure lights fit and sit in right place.

550 GTS IGOL replica Nov

From back of unit long way to go to finish.

550 GTS IGOL replica Nov

Can now fit lights in unit to measure and alter to make them look right, before I finish and weld.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Dec

Panels made and fitted in place.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Dec

Every panel is lose fitted and held in place with self tapping screws, to allow me to line up

correctly.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Dec

Making and fitting  return edges on rear wing panels to boot.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Dec

The boot has had the rear frame reskinned on the back and a reshaped to the correct size at the top edgein steel, spot welded first to get in right position then seam welded.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Dec

Back and top of boot done now return edge on both sides of boot.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Dec

Boot return edges done.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Dec

2mm  steel plate welded under top skin of boot to give extra strength to support large rear wing (spoiler).

F550 GTS IGOL replica Dec

Decided to fit rear wing quarter panel with air duct vent as on the original car.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Dec

Rear panel tack welded in place at front, seam welded at back and started to fill.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Dec

Passenger side quarter panel welded in place.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Drivers side front sill end plate fitted, now done all four.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Petrol cap opening made in rear panel and old petrol flap and opening mech

refitted with alterations .

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Fitted rear light units and made return panels to finish inside off.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Inside boot rear light pod returns welded sealed and painted.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Now starting to fill area which need attention.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

All back section welded in place now filling panels were required.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

New wheels and tyres wheels 20inch by 10inch back, tyres 20x 35 x 335.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

New replica wheels with tyres speed rated 180mph .

Ebay bargain new delivered £890.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Front wheels 20 inch x 9inch

Tyres 20 x 35 x 225 speed rated 180mph, with extra load rating.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

I have had a few comments about Red Bull replica exhaust tips looking to small so decided to fit bigger ones to IGOL car.

Purchased some stainless steel exhaust tips 41/2 inch outlet tips and welded reducers on back to fit then to XK8 exhaust.

They are a lot bigger than I thought when I purched them.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Exhuast trim's from another angle.

They look the part.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

I have had to move exhaust hanger back 14 inch to support pipe.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Opened bumper outlet by about 3inch, had had to open up more on  outside because exhaust tip's were catching the bodywork.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Lot of work but I think its worked out well.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Colin has decided to put some of these tips on his car.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

All done will take tips of now to get bodywork ready for paint, then weld on when

painted.

 

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Rear bumper fitted and fixed in place.

Rear wing and boot section skimmed with filler  now nearly finished

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Profile gauge used to make sure wing are same.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Jan

Need hub extension's now to fit wheels and finish rear wings.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Feb

Rear wing fitted but not fixed, making sure I have got it in the right place.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Feb

From back starting to look right, exhaust's done and wing looking good

F550 GTS IGOL replica Feb

Made rear defuser and temp fitted.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Feb

Rear defuser from side made defuser of 15mm thick plastic rather than Red Bull 5mm and added a extra fin.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Feb

Wheels fitted to check how they look in arches.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Feb

Wheels fill arches OK rear wheel 20 x 10 inch tyers 335x35x20.

 

F550 GTS IGOL replica Feb

Front of car with wheels fitted and looking good. I will need to alter front headlamp units, not happy with openings.

F550 GTS IGOL replica Feb

I have changed headlamp unit at back to allow me to square headlamp opening up.

Now for other side.

F550 GTS IGOL replica April

Car in paint shop if  all goes well will get back in two weeks

F550 GTS IGOL replica April

Car painted waiting to be picked up and taken home.

F550 GTS IGOL replica April

F550 GTS IGOL replica

F550 GTS IGOL replica

F550 GTS IGOL replica

F550 GTS IGOL replica

F550 GTS IGOL replica

F550 GTS IGOL replica

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