Lots of metalwork

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Lots of metalwork

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Postby abowie » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:59 am

I don't usually post resto stuff here but the sheer scale of panel replacement on my 3.8 coupe is staggering and needs to be shared. You simply cannot easily find and buy a reasonable, complete tatty driver for restoration any more. This car was described on XKEDATA (not by me) as "unrestorable".

The saddest thing is that the body, after dipping, was really pretty straight, but just incredibly badly rusted. The car was probably quite presentable prior to its tenure in "storage".

When we are finished I'm going to lay out all the scrap panels and photograph them. It'll be quite impressive.

In the first picture nothing that you can see in front of the wheel well is original. The bulkhead, front scuttle, A pillars and the roof were all that was salvageable.

In the second picture you can see the boot floor, rear guards and the number plate area. All of this is going too. Here fortunately all of the structural section for mounting the IRS is in good condition.

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Andrew.
881824, 1E21538. 889457..oops
http://www.projectetype.com/index.php/the-blog.html
Adelaide, Australia

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Re: Lots of metalwork

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Postby phil.dobson@mac.com » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:06 am

brilliant!
Having been through this a few times with XK's and my etype I frequently remind myself that to buy an older car such as these and be confident of its condition is very very difficult. Add to that if buying a restored car knowing the quality of the parts fitted including the machining and internal components of the engine and transmission is a nightmare!

You pay your money you take.......etc etc

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Postby 265bhp » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:28 pm

Looking forward to this one....subscribed...!.. :P
1963 3.8 FHC in slow restoration mode

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Re: Lots of metalwork

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Postby abowie » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:41 pm

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Postby rswaffie » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:51 pm

Hi,
Very impressed with your dedication to the cause! I'm sure it will be splendid when done. Another example of the iconic marque destined to be back on the road - fantastic.
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Richard

S1 3.8 FHC Opalescent Golden Sand 889504
Undergoing a comprehensive restoration in my small, but carpeted garage :wrench: :hammer: :fingerscrossed:

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Postby abowie » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:29 pm

These days this is what's out there to buy. The days of buying a "scruffy driver" are long gone.
Andrew.
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