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Old 11-11-2020, 12:01 PM
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I had some space open up in my garage and I could use some shape information/measurements in the door area so I decided it was time to assemble the complete Miura station buck. As a reminder, this station buck is composed of 4 modules and Iíd only assembled 2 of those modules to-date.

Main body module:





Rear clip module:





I havenít mounted the rear opening hammer form yet. It will take some work to figure out how best to do that so Iíll wait until itís needed to do it.

Complete station buck:





Thereís a bit of conflict between the legs on main body module and rocker panel module. The rocker panel module is sitting about 2 or 3 inches aft of where it should be until I do some cutting on stations to remove the conflict. My gut feeling is that Iíll most likely use these modules separately anyway so I decided not to break out the saw just yet.

It took about a day and a half to assemble the station buck. It took this time because all the joining slots needed to have the ends squared out, CNC router bits only make rounded corners. Stations in curved body areas needed to have edges round off with router. The station center defines body skin height and station edges in curved areas were above body outline, in other words too high.

My impression now that the entire buck is assembled is that the carís overall length and width will be bigger than I was expecting. Thatís not a bad thing; itís just that I hadnít yet formed a visual in my head for the actual size of a 105% Muira. Looking at a 3D model rendition on a computer screen doesnít really give you a feel for the actual size of the car.

I had been looking at an original Muira SV last week, knew mine would be larger and now that I have a visual, itís clear how much larger. I did take overall length and width measurements from the station buck and they are spot on for what they should be. I guess this really shows yet another value from having a full station buck prior to shaping up the body panels. I will now have a more realistic visual in my head as to what the actual panel size should be.
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Old 11-12-2020, 04:28 AM
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I looks great Joel.
Hope it doesn't get tossed in the end as maybe a gallery or motor museum might be interested in displaying it.
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Old 11-14-2020, 11:23 AM
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I looks great Joel.
Hope it doesn't get tossed in the end as maybe a gallery or motor museum might be interested in displaying it.
Thanks Marcus. It would be great to find a good use for it when I'm done. I'd love to pass it along to someone else who was building a Miura but I doubt there's many people crazy enough to try that
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Last year at this time I recreated an early Alfa Romeo TZ racecar for a customer that was oversized in scale to the original. New chassis, bodywork, glass, etc -- nothing from an original would fit given the size differences. Interesting was the fact that the modern wheels, driveline, etc we put within it -- none of it would have fit within the original. Not even the owner! When we delivered it (still needing paint / upholstery), it still seemed a small car and per original. When an original TZ was parked next to it, one knew something was different but picking up the the size differential wasn't as obvious as one expected.

I can't imagine trying to wedge your engine / gearbox, modern wheels and yourself (height) into an original Miura from long ago. They are pretty small vehicles to be honest. Thankfully you have a buck structure that is paying big dividends for yourself in helping create the inner structure elements but upcoming the final coachwork itself. I could envision sections of the buck structure being stained and modified for an office display or mounted on a large wall in a shop/garage perhaps one day.
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