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November Update

Well after being quiet for a while since we updated the site so here is where we are up to at the moment.  Pictures of the cars will follow soon.

Car 1 –

The last update showed the van sides and roof bolted in place.  Since then we have fixed the inner sills and seat box in place, offered up the floor panels for a fit.

We have also replaced the carb that was originally on the car as when it ran there was a terrible misfire, we now put this down to an assumption the rotor arm moved one direction where it actually went the other so the ignition was only right on 2 cylinders.

With the running sorted we have actually had a short drive around and the engine seems to run very nicely indeed.  Hopefully will add a video to show this soon.

The bonnet has now been rubbed down and ready to paint, with the wings to follow.

Car 2 –

Not much has happened for now with the car still gently running it in driving most days.  We ventured on a 2 hour drive out to Betws-Y-Coed to watch the Cambrian rally in the middle of October, on the way home the car cut out with a diesel leak, eventually we got it home.

On the Sunday after the cause turned out to be the Fuel lift pump, as we revved the engine a mist was seen coming out the bulkhead side.  This was replaced and has run fine since.

We also fitted a pair of Wipac 100w 8″ spot lamps on the front for helping with night time driving on the dark lanes in the area,

That was until today, where got in it this morning and it wouldn’t turn over. Not sure what the issue is at present but will be looking in to it.

Car 4 –

Well progress on this car has moved on a bit now.  Body panels have been repaired painted and refitted, the rear electrics have been fitted.  A set of standard lamps had been fitted but as the owner turned 21 our birthday present to him was a set of wipac LED lamps for front and back.  The issue this has now caused is the need to change from a 2 pin flasher relay to a 4 pin set up.

The hope is to have the car rebuilt and in for MOT by the end of November.

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Car 1 : Update on rebuild

Well here is a long awaited update on the progress of car 1.

In the last update the tub had been painted and the cappings put on, wiring loom threaded in to chassis, brakes completed, steering.

Since this the seatbox has been painted green, bits on it have been detailed in black such as the latches for the seat tops.  The rear body work sections have also been painted green and bolted on to the black roof.  This is now sat on the tub in place ready to be bolted down when we are ready.

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Plans for this week include getting the inner sills bolted back in place, the seatbox bolted in and the rubbing down and painting of the wings and bonnet.  they will all be fitted once we have the engine wired up and running correctly.

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We have actually started the engine in the last couple of weeks but it just revved so after a bit of diagnosis we think there is an issue with the webber carb that is fitted, it will be replaced in the next 2 weeks with a zenith copy so we shouldn’t have any more issues there.

 

 

Car 1: Even more progress

So today has been a very productive day,
We painted all the tub cappings, put them back on the tub and riveted them in with nearly 180 rivets. We then fitted the tub to the chassis and bolted into place. Before this, we fed the new wiring loom through the chassis, once the tub was fitted we then fed the loom into the tub.

All the brake lines are fitted apart from the master cylinder and the splitter.

All the steering components are fitted together

Next on the agenda is to sort out the seat box and front flooring and get that fitted into place.

Then we will have the fun with the wiring and try to get the engine running…

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Car 1 : Bumper Bank Holiday Update

Well its been a few weeks since the last updates on the blog and boy have things moved on recently!

With the long bank holiday weekend ahead progress started on Thursday evening, the removal of the tub rear cross member, this has been replaced with a stainless steel and riveted in place.  Also fitted are 3 x britpart tub floor supports and new rear quater pannels from the same material as the tub for car 2.

Then it was time for primer and top coat, as bright as the bulkhead looked the tub shows it off even more but it still looks good.

A second coat will be added then black cappings rivetted back on.

Also the repair for the battery box has been put back in to the seat box.  this will be bolted on to the tub soon.

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Car 1 : Progressing

Well this update is a couple of weeks over due, namely getting round to writing it but the recent progress has been :

Shocks fitted, after trying to fit the shocks with the poly bushes we found them to be a very tight fit so we ended up making a tool that allowed the pin to be put in while the bush was compressed with a clamp.  this worked a treat and in no time all 4 shocks were in place.

Rear Check Straps, once the shocks were in place we fitted the new straps and bolted up tightly.

Brake Lines, we have fitted a set of standard length braided brake hoses originally planned for car 2, but they were too short. Next step for brake lines will be running the full lengths of copper pipe and completing the brake system.

Front Grill, the front grill section has been painted green, it will have 1 more coat then can be refitted to the chassis along with a new radiator that has been purchased, the original was beyond repair.

Car 2 : Half Term Progress

 

Well after a few quiet weeks busy with work and other jobs I had a week off so decided to make plenty of progress with the car.

This week we have re fitted the glass in the back of the car, bolted the body work down, wings bolted in place, checker plate riveted back to the wings.

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In the process of putting the off side rear wing in place we noticed a small drip of power steering fluid, so we tightened the pipe a bit more and a couple of minutes later the fluid was pouring out.

After a small amount of investigation we noticed a split in the metal hose, so a trip to the parts supplier resulted in the purchase of NTC8861 which is a hose from a 4 bolt power steering box instead of the 3 i have fitted.  Initially the new hose wouldn’t fit but after a small adaptation with a grinder the pipe fitted and refilled with no issues.

The photo below shows the new pipe fitted.

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After putting time in over the week we feel we have made some big progress and hopefully carry on with the refitting of the doors and bonnet so will look even better then.

Sunday progress

Well we rebuilt and returned the doors to the car today and it really looks like its getting there.

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We also fitted the bonnet back on

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Next up we are going to loosen everything up a bit and correct alignment, the tub is slightly wonky so the doors look out of line so we will correct this and hopefully realign right

Car 2 : Door Repairs

Well after a couple of weeks work we have finished doing the metal repairs to the doors.

Where needed the doors have had the rusty frame cut out and replaced with home made sections.

The N/S door was in need of a lot of work we replaced almost half the frame.

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The O/S door only required the bottom replacing

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The Rear door was a little rusty plus also bent from a small collision a couple of years ago with a metal bollard.  The rear door also had its main skin replaced as it was in too bad a state and not too expensive to buy.

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The front doors could do with new skins in time but the best price that we can find at the moment is £114 each, so it may be a plan in the future to make some ourselves.

Soon we will be prepping the doors for painting then can be taken to the car after being built up again.

Car 2 : Roof

When painting the car there was discussions over what colour to paint the roof, should we go white like the original scheme or should we body colour similar to the more modern cars.

To add a bit of contrast to all the blue we decided to paint it original white also known as Ivory White.  So a trip to Car Paint UK with the name and the LRC code and they mixed up 2 liters for us.   This was primed and sprayed over a weekend then put wrapped up as we weren’t finished just yet.

To add a unique look to the car we decided that the strengthening bars on the top could be painted the same blue as the body work.  So we masked up the bits in between and got busy with the brush.

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After leaving to dry for the night we came back and weren’t 100% happy with the finish, so out with the wet and dry and then mixed up a small amount of blue to spray.

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The spray was giving a much nicer finish so after a number of coats again left to dry over night.  When we came back to it the finish was much more uniform and smoother than the brush.

The next job was removing all the masking and see how it looked in the end.  We weren’t disappointed by how it looked.

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There was a bit of running off the bars but as its the roof we weren’t that bothered, if we decide in the future to neaten it can be reverse masked and either sprayed white again or just touched in with a brush.

Then all that was left was to take the roof from the workshop to the build and store in the safest place possible.

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With a couple of bolts holding it in place it now won’t fall off and shouldn’t get scratched up there.

Car 1 : Progress and Parts

As a bit of a birthday present to the owner of car 1 lots of parts have now been ordered for the car which should allow for a big jump in the progress.

As of writing, the rear hub bearings have been replaced and fitted back to the car, new UJ’s have been fitted to the rear prop, the hand brake drum has been skimmed ready for refitting. and brake overhaul kits are standing by ready to be fitted.

The pile of purchased goods also contains:

  • 4 x Shock Absorber
  • Bearing kits for both axles
  • Brake drums for both axles
  • Brake overhaul kits including cylinders, springs and shoes
  • Alternator
  • Brake pedal assembly
  • Full exhaust system & mounts
  • Floor supports for the tub
  • Diff pinion oil seals
  • Speedo cable
  • Braided brake hoses
  • Tank to lift pump fuel pipe
  • wiring loom has been ordered from autosparks.co.uk

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Other progress made recently includes painting of the windscreens surround, we have gone for black on this to try and tone down the green a bit.  and just to check we popped the other bits of the body on to see the shape of things to come.

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We have also made up 2 repairs for the rear 1/4 panels of the tub, the bottoms of them have corroded so we have made up some repairs based on the templates for car 2.

So busy times ahead working on the car hopefully will have it further along in no time.