We finally start putting pieces back on the car !!
|First front damper is in place|
|Rusty rear view mirror|
|Cleaned up rear mirror mount|
|Shackle for securing spare wheel|
|Access hole in floor panel|
|View from underneath|
|Painted door hinges|
|Heat shield behind muffler|
|Hole at base of boot bracket|
|Upper rubber radiator mount|
|Lower rubber radiator mount|
|Chassis plate still legible !|
|Fuel tank in place in the boot|
|Std heart shped combustion chamber|
|Revised shaping to remove hot spot|
Before the head could be cleaned overnight, the valves and studs all had to be removed - And this cause a bit of a problem. A couple of valves had rusted and seized in the original steel valve guides, and the guides had cracked in the process. So Paul was looking for the new head parts - Which conicidentally arrived today and so I was able to take them up to him. The new valve guides are bronze rather than steel, and this will eradicate any future tendency for problems there. We have all the head parts except the exhaust valves that are currently out of stock - We hope to hear shortly when these will be available - Hopefully soon.
|Lower suspension arms in place|
|Damper & bump stop in place|
Two days later :- Ashton flew up for a couple of days to check on progress and do some work on the car, and as usual it was good not only to have him up here so he could see the car first hand, but also so he could do some work to help me out. However, just before he came up, we had some more bad
|Crack in #3|
|Crack in #4|
|Crack in valve seat of #1|
insert hardened seats, there is a good chance that the visible cracks will not run that deep, and everything should be OK. We won't know until it is done. The same holds true with the crack on the side of #3 - Hopefully it should disappear when that section is reamed out. In the mean time we will give Paul the similar (but not identical) Austin Gypsy head that came off the car, and if the cracks do persist further into the metal, he will drill into the old head to find out how close the water galleries are, and therefore where it can be reamed out further, or whatever is decided once we know what is there. But basically we have told Paul that we will sacrifice the Gypsy head if it helps to prove that the new head is OK. Paul think the head will be OK, but he says we certainly don't want to let it over heat, as this is what has obviously caused these cracks.
And finally on the head, we have decided to order a new alloy head from the UK despite it not being available until perhaps February, so that if anything further does go wrong with this head, we will at least have a good (new) one on the ground ready to put on the engine.
|Ashton gets a seat fitting|
Once the seat positions were settled, next job was to paint the underside of the chassis with POR15 anticorrosion paint. Gidget's new Coronet Cream paint was basically just the upper internal panels, so the POR 15 was to try to protect the underneath of the chassis in the future. However, one thing with POR15 is that if you get it on yourself and do not get it off immediately, then it won't come off for several days, until your skin comes off ! So 10 minutes after we lie on our backs and crawl
|Working on front suspension|
|Fitting a front wheel|
|Fitting front hub|
|The tyres fill the wheel arches !|
|John's delightful 1925 Rolls Royce|
|Tap before cleaning up|
|Tap after cleaning|
Next week we shall continue to fit the parts back on the car, moving to the rear axle and brakes.
Rest of the pics are here : - https://photos.app.goo.gl/VaG42NmgN6yznUIj2