When you dig deep, you find some amazing things !
|A Coronet Cream 100/4, as Gidget was originally|
|New 72 spoke wheel & Yoko tyre|
|New vs Old|
|Just enough clearance !|
|Metal heat shield material|
|Foam backed heat shield material|
heat shield material that we will use around the exhaust in an effort to stop me frying in the navigator seat - The exhaust will be located about 3 inches from my left hip !! Also found some reflecta-sleeve - a heat resistant sleeve we can fit over fuel lines and wiring in the engine bay in order to prevent any kind of vaporisation or melt down.
|Fuel tank straps & number plate mount|
|Adjuster on end of fuel tank strap|
|Front dampers all cleaned up|
plate light. All this was pretty sad and rusty, and the bolts were all wrong, and the wiring was a disaster, so once the mount had been de-rusted (both wire wheel wise and chemically), it got treated to undercoat and black top coat, and is now all bright and shiny, with the number plate light tested and working, and ready to be refitted in due course.
I had already removed and cleaned up the rear dampers, so this week I went down to CCC and removed the front ones - This time a little more complicated. Having removed the trunnion pin bolt, I then went to take out the 4 bolts that hold down the damper - Kind of important bolts because the arms of the damper actually
|Self tappers holding dampers on|
|All dampers ready for refurb|
|The mess of the leaking front damper|
|Perished trunnion bushing|
When I took the dampers off, I notice lots of perished rubber bushings and missing nuts and bolts - All will need to be replaced, so more parts orders were made from AH Spares in the UK.
|White Healey 3000 sitting outside|
|Two Astons in the workshop|
|One of the most elegant cars in the world ?|
|To be cut out for the exhaust|
|Slot behind seat for spare wheel|
|My birthday present !|
|Aston Martin with offroad tyres|
|Original & yellowed sidescreens|
|Metal frames undercoated|
And I have also found a local Classic Car glass place here that can get a modern (safety glass) windscreen for us and fit it, in order to replace the old (original ?) windscreen which would probably shatter into a million places if it met a stone in the Gobi ! We will also be applying 4 layer tear-offs to the windscreen as extra stone protection - I have used these on both my previous Arctic trips, and it works really well on dirt roads when stones are thrown up by passing cars.
|Exhaust coming together|
So progress continues to be made, and we still expect to have the car out of CCC by the end of September.
Lots more pics here :- https://goo.gl/photos/vsNTpXraAe4ChFGF7
|The original Gidget|
|CC car with windscreen lowered|