Well this page is about the completion of the 'Original' Plan but it's not the full story...
So what is original and what has been actually replaced?
All the chrome you can see in the images below was on the car when I bought it apart from 2 interior handle escutcheon plates (badly corroded), 1 window winder handle (broken so replaced), offside front door handle as the lock was seized and the boot handle which was again seized.
All the exterior rubbers on the doors, windscreen, boot etc. have been renewed in an effort to keep water out of the car (well one can live in hope)
Most fasteners, where practible, were replaced with Stainless Steel to avoid corrosion.
The interior was re trimmed (apart from the roof lining which looks to be the original). All the original 'French' carpets were replaced with a layer of soundproofing (with additional soundproofing applied to the bulkhead and under bonnet where non existed before) and modern 'rot resistant' custom carpets plus the boot was given a rubberised liner coating.
Apart from that, the body, doors, wings, bonnet, wheel rims and boot were simply repaired where required and repainted to try and keep as much originality as possible..
The Restored Exterior
The Restored Interior
Other Unforeseen Restoration works....
A quick check shows we had covered some 1,650 miles in the car since April, at the end of the 'regular' rally season 2013.
Those 1,650 miles have been covered without much incident, apart from 'loosing' a fair bit of oil which appears to be from the front crankshaft seal on the engine so this winter the engine and gearbox are coming out to investigate the 'leak'.
In September 2014 after the The Engine Overhaul we actually drove the car to the 80th Anniversary Rally at La Ferte Vidame in France and covered a total of 1,153 miles on the trip. You can watch a video of the event: - Click Here -
All went well apart from the 6 volt starter motor deciding it had had enough so we ended up changing it for a 12 volt one in the rally field!
Apart from that the car went well.
Further Restoration Works, (aren't there always?): Further Work Carried Out >>
Last Update: 1st February 2017.