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Old 20-10-2014, 10:52 PM   #1
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56k Icon One of a kind multimillion pound lamborghini full wet sand

***PART 1***

I must start with a warning, i suggest you grab a brew, maybe some food, and put your tablet or computer on charge. This thread is the biggest i have ever put together and i would wager WILL ever put together. So big intact its going to be 2 or 3 parts so please allow me to get it finished before passing comment . I have done my best to reduce the image amount as far as i can, and although i don't want to overload people if i cut it down too far it simply won't tell the whole story, which would be a travesty

The car in question is the infamous muira jota (pronounced "yota") The link below explains the history of the original car, and goes some way to explain the lengths the owner went to to rebuild it
http://www.lambocars.com/miura/miura_jota.html

In short, in 1970 the chief test driver for lamborghini Bob Walace wanted to build a pure bread race car. Although Ferruccio wasn't against it, he had no interest in it, so gave Bob a car and the equipment needed to modify and create what they desired. Bob and his co workers built the jota around their normal day jobs with the company. Nothing was left untouched, weight was reduced, power was upped to 440bhp, EVERYTHING was changed.
In 1972 the car was sold, and shortly afterwards a mechanic who took his then girlfriend out for a drive completely destroyed it past any reparable levels. The car was no more

Some years later, Piet decided he wanted to recreate it. Not have a bodykit made but truly recreate it. He spent time with as many of the original workers, got whatever records of the build he could, bought a beat up muira and shipped it across the world in various stages, the engine went to bob wallace himself in texas to be built the way it was, coach built body, one off exhausts, the works. Bob Wallace has been recorded suggesting it may even be BETTER than the original!

Then comes my part. My good friend dan at Abbellitore cleanse and shield asked if i could give him a week to a week and a halfs work on the car. Something we had talked about in length for some time. Anyone who knows me, knows i like working on classics. Its never straight forward, its never easy, it NEVER goes to plan, and i love it

Ive done my best to document it in a way that will make sense. At times it was all over the place so i wrote it in a way to make it flow better, and for the most part the images tell the story well. There are many pictures so please take the time to enjoy them, this is a holy grail car, a genuine one of a kind and a thing to behold

Day 1 followed an evening of planning and organising, these went out of the window before we even stepped into the garage The car was in pieces, as the whole car is made from aluminium, and the front and rear clams are hand rolled 1mm ali, they lift off in one as a posed to being hinged





So i wiped the body down and gave it a quick clay cloth whilst we made arrangements to add the clams. A test spot was done on the side scoops. This is single stage paint so responded well to heavy foam and quality compounds
Defects before




And after some tweaking





Happy with that, it was time to start at the top and work down. Because this was made with the same methods as the original there are a LOT of rivets on it. If you can think outside the box, you will still struggle with cars like this. You have to be free from restraints and be able to not do as others have done, but do as is required, be it making your own tools or adapting tools you have. Working around these rivets is risky, they are painted over and healthy, but any flex and rattle could separate them, and high speed rotary could easily take off too much paint. My solution



Picking up many beads, on the edge, with a cushioned wool pad on the rotex 90. Once i cut the rivets and the outsides in, dan took care of the centre with his rupes




Leaving




And now with the bonnet on i went on to correct that




Revealing some pretty wicked defects below



As the paint was so healthy, and we had the luxury of knowing and speaking with the painter, i sanded them out



Leaving






And that was day 1 over. We had some food and a couple of drinks and i went back to my hotel. That night i spent awake thinking how much better the sanded ares looked on the bonnet. In person it was so obvious. So when dan picked me up the next day i started to ask his opinion on sanding the whole car, even the already corrected bits. Thankfully i didn't even finish my well rehearsed speech before dan stopped me and said he had spent the night with the same thoughts. So we went back to the jota and started over









This was then further sanded with finer papers






And then brought back with various machines, compounds and pads.
















This was basically done over the whole car in as regimented fashion as possible, trying to be as efficient as we could. We also removed the rear light clusters to clean behind them and polish the paint both IN and around them better






Front light screens were removed for access, and these were subject to multistage correction also, it made a huge difference to the overall
















The screens were also corrected



Before



50/50

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Old 20-10-2014, 11:38 PM   #2
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Part 2

Did i mention rivets yet? Well i think a full day of man hours went into cleaning them out, in, on and under the car. The lower ones looked so




And were cleaned with a variety of apc and brushes, and a steamer that had apc in it also










The lowers were then polished whilst the car was in the air






We then attended to the trim. And this is one of the areas we were quite critical, and took some time to consider the options. We could quite easily have polished the ali to a mirror finish, but this would have been a crime. The story of the craftsmanship is LITERALLY ingrained in the trim with measurements and markers. These had to stay, and just get deep cleaned






The measurements in question



A side view too



Now onto the wheels. I am trying to put in perspective the sheer size in the next two images. Thats a standard 4 draw cabinet for reference. Tyres are so big they use racing slicks and cut their own tread




Its amazing how light these were. Full magnesium really pays off. They were cleaned with various soft brushes, cleaners and solvents to get them as good as can be. They were not perfect but as wheels maketh the car we still spent good time on them












Then coated with artdeshine wheel coat x2 and artdeshine tyre coat x2





Whilst the car was in the air we also removed and corrected the lower light screens, a small detail but well worth it, if only for safety!




Side screens were also stripped down as far as we could to correct those. Perspex type screens mark so badly and really make driving conditions poor imo. This took some time but again, the difference is staggering when in front of you
Before





After





And completed



Again, before and after




All the light inners were coated with artderaven before assembly



And then the car paint was finally finished with fine pads and polishes














Very happy with the finish. If you sense at all that we were proud with the job, well, we were. This was a big deal for me personally
Time for some magic. The one and only octagon kit. Holy grail car, holy grail protection





Raven first. This really adds a deep look to the red





I actually taped off an area to show its capabilities. This is the morning after, so fully cured (tape for reference)



And the rest of the car




Next step was keegan. This is where the gloss comes in. If you note the black rear louvres as reference, both areas have taken on a new wetness









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Old 20-10-2014, 11:46 PM   #3
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Once the whole car was coated, the trilogy on the paint, and multiple coats to wheels and windows, we were able to get the wheels on and get it outside to get her the attention she deserves. Please enjoy the pictures

































A chance to muse now. For me, being a small cog in this beautiful machine was an honour. One i will always be grateful for. I cant maintain the car, but hope to see her again at some stage. Even if its at a show, seeing people get so much from simply looking at a car is amazing. Piet has done a public service imo, it should be a tax relief lol. He put his heart, soul, and a whole heap of money into producing something previously lost when he could easily have just bought something off the shelf. His route was a long one but i hope ultimately worth it

Huge thanks to dan at Abellittore for putting this together, piet himself for trusting us to do right by here, and not least to roger constable at the car works for his dedication to keeping and maintaining the car and giving her whatever is required. The original wag
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An absolute epic thread by none other than a master. Truly amazing Matt👍
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All i can say is wow....that is the best detailing job I have ever seen....amazing guys
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Erm yeah!
I think you just won detailing world!
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Unbelievable. I think few guys can be placed in the category of "master detailer" but Matt certainly can. Simply amazing work
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Fantastic work as ever, Matt.

Your diligence and enthusiasm are always inspiring. At the risk of sounding corny, you really do put the detail into detailing.

PS You know that you are in a proper car workshop when there is a Group B RS200 casually tucked away at the back in the corner....

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Awesome work. This is a thread everyone will come back to for years to come.
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Fabulous....you have every right to be proud because that's as good as it gets.

I suspect that for most of us, this is the standard to which we aspire.
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