Restoration starts again....!

Restoration starts again....!

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glenrobbo

9,911 posts

78 months

Sunday 18th October 2015
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That's a very neat solution Tel, I like it a lot! thumbup

Do you have any dimensions / drawings of your handiwork to share?

Do you fancy doing a batch of those angle brackets?

And where did you source the struts?

magpies

3,616 posts

110 months

Sunday 18th October 2015
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That is probably the simplest and easiest 'wide open' solution I've seen = certainly better than mine thumbup

The only ? is whether the original slotted section is strong enough for the extra torque being applied - easy enough to keep an eye on though. smile

tel595

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667 posts

100 months

Sunday 18th October 2015
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glenrobbo said:
That's a very neat solution Tel, I like it a lot! thumbup

Do you have any dimensions / drawings of your handiwork to share?

Do you fancy doing a batch of those angle brackets?

And where did you source the struts?
Can't take all the credit Glen, I simply used a bit of everyone else's ideas off this forum.. Mike (Philpot) helped me source the struts and gave me the correct lengths and pressure, they work a treat. The brackets I simply used what I had to hand, I'd already bought the rose joints to replace the original hinges but decided they could be used with the mods. The original bonnet plates, I ground off the small tube, re-drilled and welded a 12mm bolt through. These are then re-positioned back on the bonnet woodwork which is then drilled and bolted in place with a couple of 10mm bolts. For the main brackets I simply found a few bits of 1/4" bar I had in the unit and took my welder to it. I used a piece of 1/2" steel water pipe and welded a M12 nut on the end to mount the rose joint, this can give front-back adjustment but it won't be easy as it will need to be disconnected from the bonnet pivot to adjust, but once it's done it's done. The job is also made a lot easier as I have the use of the ramp which helps so much with access. I didn't have to take the bonnet off the car at all..

There's no problem making a few up for people but I would imagine the angle of the front hinge mounts vary car to car. That said, I'm sure there'd be enough 'play' in the bolt mounts to get the extension rod in the correct place.. I was also very lucky in that the plywood inner panels on my bonnet are in really good shape, as they'd need to be re-drilled quite close to the original holes, (not easy and I had to use a right angled drill attachment). I'll do a fag packet sketch of the dimensions when I'm next working on the car - tomorrow hopefully.. biggrin




Edited by tel595 on Sunday 18th October 11:32

tel595

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667 posts

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Sunday 18th October 2015
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magpies said:
That is probably the simplest and easiest 'wide open' solution I've seen = certainly better than mine thumbup

The only ? is whether the original slotted section is strong enough for the extra torque being applied - easy enough to keep an eye on though. smile
I did think that too Mike. There's a bit of distance from the original box section (which is paper thin) to the end pivot now. I've tried to keep the bracket as strong as possible around the chassis mount, and I did a load test by hanging me off the end of the it while the car was in the air on the ramp - didn't move (surprisingly - I know)... It's all bolted up tight and there's no real flex noticed to be fair. We'll see what vibration and heavy loads will do in the future I guess... wink

tel595

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667 posts

100 months

Sunday 25th October 2015
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Been a busy boy this weekend.. Finished a few more jobs, most time consuming being the filling in of the inner front splash guards. Thought this would be a good idea as the bonnet is now hinged in a different location. Also finished off the battery relocation to the boot, fitted a new boot strut and polished the ally bracket. Fitted the relocated fuel filler in the boot and connected back to the fuel tank (Philpot rip-off I know). What else? Put new rubber o-rings on the door mirrors (big job)..laugh






















Edited by tel595 on Monday 26th October 02:02


Edited by tel595 on Monday 26th October 02:03

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tel595

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667 posts

100 months

Wednesday 28th October 2015
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So... To make it easier to get to the bonnet release cable, I've removed the dash. Pretty easy really as only one screw into the upper bulkhead was in but that had to be drilled out! I can now remove and refurbish all the instruments too. I love finding all the hand written dates and notes underneath the panels.
I've removed the cable and think I can re-use the outer sleeve and just replace the 1.5mm inner. I've ordered a length of cable with a pear nipple one end and a new solder-on nipple for the other, I'm sure it'll be an interesting task..






v8s4me

5,971 posts

147 months

Wednesday 28th October 2015
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I can't find the photo at the moment but I think G Gill did mine in October 1991.

As you have all that out why not remove the heater and make sure that it all works as it should? You'll kick yourself if you find there is a problem after you put it all back together.

phillpot

13,772 posts

111 months

Wednesday 28th October 2015
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v8s4me said:
As you have all that out why not remove the heater and make sure that it all works as it should?
Wise words.

there is a flap that moves sending hot air to screen or interior, problem is it's a cr*p fit so when set to interior air still gets around it to take the path of least resistance... out of the screen vents.


And a spot of oil on the fan motor bearings!




Fuel filler looks neat, but no spill tray? Be very careful when filling.

Forgot, you're rather partial to the smell and taste of petrol wink

tel595

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667 posts

100 months

Wednesday 28th October 2015
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It's not the best picture of the fuel filler Mike, but there is a 15mm lip all round the top edge of the fixing plate. I've sealed the plate to the body using sugru rubber. Hopefully I won't have too many petrol smells next year..!

phillpot

13,772 posts

111 months

Wednesday 28th October 2015
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tel595 said:
there is a 15mm lip all round the top edge of the fixing plate.
My bad (trendy terminology), can see it now but initially looked like edge turned down wink

tel595

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667 posts

100 months

Friday 30th October 2015
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As you have all that out why not remove the heater and make sure that it all works as it should? You'll kick yourself if you find there is a problem after you put it all back together.
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The heater will be out at the weekend Joe, full health check and lubrication will be administered...

tel595

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667 posts

100 months

Thursday 12th November 2015
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Getting close to being re-trimmed now, so all the detail stuff being done at the moment, you know, the stuff that takes ages and looks like you've done nothing..!!!!
Took all the instruments apart to try and make them look decent, the dash was in a terrible state as the car had been left outside prior to me buying it. Quite happy with the results but I think I'll leave the dash to the trimmer. Was going to tackle it but running out of time.
Bonnet cable repaired and working (b..stard job), but I need to re-align the bonnet slightly. Just got seat frames to reassemble after I've painted them (Chimaera seats) and replace the rubber sheet flaps on the doors and we're there.. bounce












phillpot

13,772 posts

111 months

Thursday 12th November 2015
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tel595 said:
Like the "crackle effect" how did you achieve that?

tel595

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100 months

Thursday 12th November 2015
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phillpot said:
Like the "crackle effect" how did you achieve that?
It's a new 2-part resin, very difficult to achieve good results. It just needs flatting and polishing now...!

glenrobbo

9,911 posts

78 months

Thursday 12th November 2015
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biggrin Must have taken a lot of hard work to get that authentic patinated look Tel!

London Carriagecraft can't get even close to that quality of finish. wink

tel595

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667 posts

100 months

Tuesday 17th November 2015
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Attention to detail is everything, even refurbished the seat frames.. The seats are much lighter now but bloody uncomfortable!
Trimmers on Monday... clap




tel595

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100 months

Wednesday 18th November 2015
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Decided to have speakers in the rear and a decent amp to drive them.. Boxed the rear of the speakers in the boot for protection. Nearly there. biggrin






glenrobbo

9,911 posts

78 months

Wednesday 18th November 2015
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Hi Terry,
Yep, nearly there now! thumbup

Before you get it trimmed, don't forget to add some of your own graffiti for future generations to admire! smile

tel595

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667 posts

100 months

Friday 27th November 2015
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Finally got the S to the trimmers last Monday, but it wasn't without any drama (there's always something with me).. I spent all of last Saturday finishing off and checking I'd done everything ok, was walking out the door of my unit and thought, "I'll just check the bonnet release again'"and........ the nipple came off the end of the cable!!!!!! Aaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!
So, out with the sockets, into the foot wells upside down, and out with the catches. I soldered the nipple back onto the cable but was too knackered to refit the catches and thought I'd get in early Monday morning and do it.. After 6 hours on Monday I finally got the bonnet releasing but it's still not 100%. I tried everything and the bonnet just wouldn't release correctly. I now think the bonnet that's on the car has been damaged/repaired in the past and it's just a bd one! I will beat it though..
Anyway, we loaded it up onto the trailer, threw all the bits and pieces into the back of the van and zoomed over to Milton Keynes. Unloaded and left the car with Dave to work his magic.
On the way back, I stopped off at Baldock to collect a car I've agreed to help restore as my next project. Quite an interesting little car, a 1962 Rochdale Olympic phase one. It's been in the garage, unmoved since the early'70's.! I'll probably post up its restoration progress on the Classic Fibreglass forum.. Enjoy the pics.. biggrin
















tel595

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667 posts

100 months

Sunday 7th February 2016
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Got the old gal back again.. Now to fit my lovely leather trimmed goodies, the quality of the work is exceptional so a lot of clean hands and care required. Oh, and I need a windscreen..!!