When we left off, the car had been hauled off to spend some time with Mark and the team at The Classic Car Clinic;
|Arrival at The Classic Car Clinic (that's us on the left!)|
1) Front floor panels, rear upright panel, boot floor and bracing, to be replaced using new parts supplied by AH Spares
2) Fabricate cut out for side exhaust. Keep hinge backing plate and tack back in, so we can re attach lower door hinge.
3) Weld battery cable earth mount onto RH side (instead of current LH side) so as to shorten earth cable.
4) Remove rear axle and replace with five stud when delivered.
5) Weld in gusset at front of gearbox X member and anywhere else necessary.
6) Reinforce all rear suspension pick up points - "Wrap them", Paul Grogan said
7) Reinforce front valence where it attaches to front arms of chassis.
So Mark started as all good car restorers do, by removing more of the car :)
In this case, the four-stud axle which we are replacing with the later five stud:
|Four stud axle removed...|
|and five-stud arrives...sans brake drums|
Next arrival was the AH Spares steel (rather than cast-iron) manifold, which is designed to allow for either the usual exit along the floor or, in our case, a side exiting exhaust; we've chosen to replace the cast-iron manifold with a steel one so that, should the worst happen on the rally, the manifold can be welded.
|One half of the new steel exhaust system|
|Hmm, I'm pretty sure that bog isn't original...|
|Uh oh, that's not looking any better...|
|Lucky we have a new pair of sills ready to go in :)|
So now the car looks a bit reduced:
|Stripped back and ready for a bit of love (boot still needs stripping)|
So the car is now ready for the suspension points to be reinforced, and then most of the new panels to go in once the exhaust panel has been cut and finished.....
Hopefully Giles'll be back from his trip around the Bungle Bungles in time for the next post......