Driving a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 from Peking to Paris in the June 2019 ERA Rally.

Monday, 3 July 2017

0011 So it's a British motor car....

I know I should have known that things would not be all that they seemed.....

When we left off last week, Mark and his team had systematically stripped the car's back end, including removing the rear skin to correct the results of a rear-end shunt; well, this is how it was looking at the start of the week...



Rear end back in one piece (sort of)
New boot floor and rear valence....













....and suspension covers
Pretty good progress I think you will agree...however....

Mark has continued the same diligent approach that he started at the back of the car, and is now working his way along the drivers side, starting at the B pillar...
More rusty panels removed to expose....fresh air!
...and once under the floor, more problems resulting from the previously mentioned side impact and subsequent misalignment of panels...

 ...has resulted in some fairly major surgery
So this afternoon I was on the phone to the ever-helpful Greg Kilmartin to get a pair of replacement B pillars, and a pair of replacement outer sills while I was there.
While the team are in there, we have also agreed to some further strengthening of the damper mounting points, since received wisdom is that these can shake themselves loose pretty fast. So Grade 8 bolts and nuts, and some further reinforcing of the plates should help slow the impact of the Gobi Desert tracks a little....I hope.




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