M12 GTO 3R
The Noble M12 is considered by many to be one of the best handling track cars you can buy. It certainly combines breath taking performance with iconic looks that makes it a very exciting car. This one however had fallen from grace somewhat in as much as it had some running issues and also suffered cosmetically from standing outside being exposed to the elements for some period of time. The headlight covers had become opaque and cracked and needed replacing. The rear spoiler is bolted directly through the rear clam with no real stiffening or support and had caused the fibreglass to craze quite badly. Some of the paintwork was also damaged and was in need of repainting. Also the owner wanted to change the colour of the wheels and refurbish them along with some re-trimming inside the cabin. I started the project by servicing the engine and curing the rough running and fuelling issues so that the engine performed correctly. It turned out to be a couple of sensors that made for an easy fix. New plugs and filters were also installed and some racing oil. The following pictures take the vehicle from slightly tired and grubby to a pristine gorgeous car to be proud of once more.
The windscreen wiper mechanism had a few issues with the ball joints in so much as they kept on popping out when the wipers were in use. I decided to make a n completely new assembly from stainless bar and rose joints. This will not only be much more robust but will also look as you can see
The original spoiler was badly damaged having grounded out and so a new unit was sourced. This new one was flat and allows a much greater ground clearance than before, so hopefully the problem won’t occur again. The passenger seat had a hole in the fabric, so the black areas on the outer part of the seat were replaced with new alcantera, which is a synthetic suede material. Looks as good as new now.
The rear clam shell has two alloy spoiler mounts which are bolted through moulding with little support underneath save a washer. The net result is cracks and fractures from the vibration and down force exerted from the spoiler. The front and rear clams were repainted having had the damaged repaired before spraying. The left shot shows a large stainless plate bonded onto the clam with Sikoflex to spread the load and allow the bolts something to tighten up against. On the right, the bracket furnished with new stainless fasteners.
The front discs were refurbished and the rusty old retaining bolts replaced with special grade stainless units. On the right, a view of the interior.