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Having completed the engine rebuild in March 2003 I felt that I had earned a break. The sensible method of relaxing seemed to be to drive the car; enjoy the fruits of my labour, get the engine bedded in and sort out any teething troubles. Of the latter there were few I am pleased to report. Over the following six months I covered about 3,000 trouble-free miles. The engine was carefully run-in with a sequence of ever lengthening trips. I covered 100 miles at a maximum speed of 30mph in top gear (utterly frustrating), followed by the next 100 miles at 40mph and then 800 miles not exceeding 50mph. At the distance marks of 100, 200, 500 and 1000 miles the oil and filter were changed, the cylinder heads re-torqued and the tappets adjusted. Thereafter, the speed was occasionally extended up to 60 and then 70mph for very short periods as well as starting to use full throttle on occasions and also driving with the engine under load on inclines. The water temperature stays steady between 85 and 90C irrespective of speed, traffic queues and ambient air temperature.
In October 2003 the car went in to RR&B Garages, owned by Ian Pinder, to undergo its transformation from lurid pink into a more dignified colour scheme. From the start of the process it was agreed that I would act as the project manager, dealing with all third party contractors, and Ian would control the bodywork, paintwork and (most importantly) the standards. My unreserved thanks go to Ian and his team for their superb conduct of the whole operation - the results speak for themselves.
A brief summary of the tasks to be undertaked by third parties will give an idea of how complex a simple restoration really is: -
This short synopsis eventually covered a geographical range from America to Macclesfied. The over-riding requirement in any operation of this nature is to ensure that: -
Other than that - it's dead easy!
|Date||Job||Click for pictures|
|October 2003||As we were - The Pink One in all its glory|
|November 2003||Wood trim and upholstery removed|
|Doors, bonnet and boot removed; paintwork stripped|
|December 2003||Inspection of ash framework and metal paneling|
|January 2004||Refurbishment of door furniture|
|January- March 2004||Clocks and gauges overhauled|
|February 2004||Adjusting and stabilising the ash frame of the body|
|March 2004||Replacing the wire-rolled wing edges|
|Setting the door alignments|
|April 2004||Priming the bodywork|
|May 2004||Painting the chassis|
|April - May||Building a new boot lid|
|May 2004||Final paintwork preparation|
|May - June 2004||Final paint top-coats|
|June 2004||Exterior side views of the finished cars|
|Exterior rear views|
|Interior front trim|
|Interior rear trim|
|RREC National Rally, 2004 - Boughton Hall, Northamptonshire|
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