Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

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#1 Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Richardhealey » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:25 pm

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself properly. I've been lurking on the forum for a few months now. Got a little family, so having restored this ten years ago:

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And having had lots of help on the forum ( Stuart (Series 1 stu), Steve (MgcJag) as well as the invaluable Angus Moss...I met a really nice guy Eddie from the forum and bought this from him a couple of weeks back:
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She's a very nice ex California Series 2, 2+2 ( I need the rear seats!) and I am now embarking on a full rebuild. So far I've carefully stripped out almost all of the interior and now moving toward the dash and under the bonnet....

Planning to convert to RHD, manual and other sensible but sympathetic upgrades along the way.

Thanks to lots of advice, I've armed myself with countless storage boxes, zip locks, marker pens and new SD card for my camera...

What a great forum and very glad to be part of it. I'm sure to be asking lots of daft questions from you all, but hopefully along the way I can share some of my insights too.

So, roll on the rebuild :-)

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#2 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by mgcjag » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:33 pm

Hi Rich...welcom to the forum....great that you have stoped lurking....all the best.. Steve
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#3 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Gfhug » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:14 pm

Welcome Rich, looks like you've already started the correct way with the help you've received.
Take twice as many photos as you think you'll need, there's always that one shot or angle you wish you had taken. The forum has been invaluable to many of us and no-one will criticise you for what might seem like silly questions. We've all done it and learned.

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#4 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Series1 Stu » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:45 pm

Welcome, Rich.

Here's to long cold nights crawling about under the car with flaky rust in your eyes and dirty grease under your fingernails.

:drinkingcheers:
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#5 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Richardhealey » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:51 pm

:drinkingcheers: indeed :-)
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#6 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by cactusman » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:50 am

As you take bits off and bag or box them....label them with what they are and where they go...If you have pics of the bit before removal then print and pop in the bag or cross ref the part to a picture. Good luck :bigrin:
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#7 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by mark10337 » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:56 am

and use the parts catalogue / SNG online / other sources etc., to add the part number to the label where you can. An old laptop that you don't mind getting grubby is good to have nearby. As you take the parts off - instead of just pulling it off and bagging, take a little time to look at how it works, this will help you get the right photos and understand it all better. I'm thinking of things like throttle linkages, suspension etc.

Takes a bit longer when stripping down, but will give you a better understanding of what needs to be done to re-condition parts before putting them back on. Test for play and wear etc as you go.
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#8 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Polse7317 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:40 pm

Welcome on board Rich it's only the first 10 years of restoration which are difficult......
Good luck :salute:
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#9 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Richardhealey » Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:28 pm

Ha ha!
Thanks for the support and inspiration guys!

Seems like it might take me that long to get the exhaust manifolds off!!!

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#10 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Series1 Stu » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:26 pm

Rich,

Before you start a job make an estimate of how many hours it is likely to take you. Then double it and that is the actual time it will take, in days. :wow:
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#11 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Polse7317 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:56 am

I agree :roll:
Yves, happy XKE 63 fhc , w113 280sl owner
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#12 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Jeremy » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:35 pm

and don't keep a running total of how much you're spending. It does so spoil the fun
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#13 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by nottsman » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:24 pm

I recommend keeping two accounts of spend going.......one for the wife and the real one :lol:
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#14 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Richardhealey » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:17 pm

Ha ha, yes guys - over the years I have learnt there is no such thing as a '10 minute job'. They just don't exist!

And um, no, expenditure is being strictly confidential!
I don't think I even really want to know! :oops:
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#15 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Simon P » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:23 pm

As a wise man one said, "I often wake up in a cold sweat worrying that one day my wife might sell my possessions for what I told her I paid for them....."

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#16 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Richardhealey » Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:52 pm

Finally!
Some really pleasing progress with the body that I got to have a look at today for the first time since the car went off to the body and paint man in the summer....

They are cracking on well now and dedicating 1 guy to it, so hopefully it will be finished in the spring... :bouncyyellow:

Delighted to meet the guy who is doing the work and him telling me that he's really enjoying it too!


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I have to admit to getting some goose bumps when I saw the bonnet :oops:
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#17 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by mgcjag » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:10 pm

Hi Rich....looking great...a nice boost for Xmas....Steve
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#18 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Series1 Stu » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:07 pm

Looking good, Rich.

I wish I could make similar progress with mine.

:drinkingcheers:
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#19 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by Richardhealey » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:00 pm

Thanks Gents. Had no idea it would take this long...
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#20 Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Post by mgcjag » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:18 pm

Its not finished yet.. :bigrin: :bigrin:
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