Rolls-Royce Phantom III - bodywork: strip interior


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PIII wood trim

All of the woodwork removed.  The following pictures highlight some of the problems that required rectification.

The interior wood sections are all solid walnut with a veneered facing in ebony-macassa.  They did not worry about rain forests in the 1930s.

PIII dash board Carpets out and the dashboard awaiting removal - to reveal the delights shown in the next shot.
PIII wiring

A viper's nest of second-rate wiring.  The cables were all 'safe' in as much as they were PVC insulated.  As close inspection of the photograph will reveal - everything is wired up in either red, black or, occasionally, green.  The wires appeared to be from some industrial application, being of far too high a load capacity and having only 6 or 8 thick copper strands.

Whilst the body was gutted it was decided, not surprisingly, to undertake a complete re-wire of both cabin and chassis.  Modern cotton-braided (but PVC insulated) cabling was used: the modern equivalent of the original specifications being chosen.  New Ross-Courtney cable terminals were installed where appropriate.  The opportunity was also taken to run the wires for all of the auxiliary electrical equipment through the metal conduit where possible.

PIII dash rail A close-up of the top rail above the dashboard.  The horizontal marks either side of the indicator switch hole are where the varnish had cracked and lifted.
PIII f/n/s veneer damage The front near side window surround - front bottom corner.  Water ingress, over the years, had caused the veneer to lift.  This was an unfortunate happening, being only on the two front doors, because it meant that all of the veneer throughout the car had to be stripped of to enable a proper colour match.
PIII coctail cabinet This is the cocktail cabinet that sits between the two occasional seats in the rear compartment.  The upper section is hinged at its lower edge and then slides on rails into the recess.  At some point there had obviously been some type of fitting attached to the lid - possibly a pipe or cigar rack?  The doors had been messed with; the veneer stood proud of the base wood, which gave the appearance of a poor DIY job.
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