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Restoration of 26/0086 unit 3067

PostPost by: vstibbard » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:25 am

Rod, its looking good, I'm envious of your Borne plate, mine was lost I suspect when the car had engine bay fire in 60's when raced, as it ran without air box.. the holes are visible in back of old firewall... all attempts to confirm the number so far have failed..

I'm hoping to have my S1 and 26r back on road for the 50th....

Look forward to seeing you out there

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PostPost by: rodlittle » Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:27 pm

A great day for me.
After 20 or so years inactive the engine ran again for the first time today.
First run.jpg and

Started very easily and everything seems to work OK oil pressure good rev counter works no dire leaks, yet,!!
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PostPost by: RotoFlexible » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:09 am

Sweet! :D
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PostPost by: RedS4 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:06 am

I am so impressed! Well done - i love reading threads like this :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: rodlittle » Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:12 pm

Heres another milestone, the body going back on
Body on1.jpg and

All the parts together
Body on2.jpg and

Chassis out of the way
Body on3.jpg and

Up she goes off the trestles where shes been for the last year
Body on4.jpg and

Body on5.jpg and

Chassis moved underneath
Body on6.jpg and

And down comes the body to fit
Body on7.jpg and

Body on8.jpg and

Slings away and hey presto we have a car
Body on9.jpg and

Well almost
Body on10.jpg and
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PostPost by: jk952 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:09 pm

Rod,
Congratulations, impressive work, thanks for sharing. That lift looks like a slick way of doing the job, (at least a lot nicer than numerous axle stands and a service jack :) )

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:23 pm

Excellent thread Rod! Thanks for taking the time to photograph the build stages and for posting here.

Have you decided to make your own loom?
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PostPost by: rodlittle » Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:16 pm

Hi Pete
Loom is already made and installed :D
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PostPost by: rodlittle » Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:16 pm

Next job:: Dashboard.
The original is beyond repair and anyway has a great chunk hacked out for a radio
original dash.jpg and

I cant find any teak veneered ply to make one so Ive ordered one from http://www.classical-dash.co.uk
Theres still one snag though, the trim strip that goes round the edges is unobtainable and mine is broken into little pieces.
After a lot of thought I decided I could make what I need from this piece of ally tile trim from B&Q, its polished and clear anodised so should look much the same as the original plastic chrome trim
Homelux.jpg and

All I need to do is cut it down and use the small edge.
Homeluxinvice.jpg and
Homeluxcutdown.jpg and

File the edge smooth and form it round the bends in the dash
Homeluxforming.jpg and
Homeluxformed.jpg and

This is what it looks like on the old dash
Homeluxfinalfit.jpg and

Hope it fits as well on the new one, pic to follow when the new one is delivered.
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PostPost by: florawills » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:23 am

That's really excellent Rod...well done. :)
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PostPost by: rodlittle » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:47 pm

Well heres the pictures of the new dash with the edging fitted, Held in place by brass gimp pins around the edge
Its all worked out fine
Newdash3.jpg and

Newdash2.jpg and

Newdash.jpg and


And here it is with a few instruments fitted.
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PostPost by: gino1 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:18 pm

Nice job Rod with great attention to detail.
I'm starting my S2 resto now and wish I were already at the stage you are.
looking forward to seeing more pics..

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PostPost by: RedS4 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:01 am

I love the black bezels. :)
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PostPost by: rodlittle » Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:44 pm

Next job collect all the control cables which pass through the dash, only one or two problems, 1 the choke knob is wrong and 2 I only have one bonnet lock cable and handle.
The choke knob was easy to get but bonnet lock handles are unobtainable, I bought some replicas from Matty but they are nothing like the originals see pic
Bonnetlock 1.jpg and

As you can see, no engraving
Bonnetlock 2.jpg and

and they're the wrong shape and size.
Only way I could see out of this was to make my own from the one pattern I had, Made a mould with silicone rubber
mould1.jpg and

mould2.jpg and

and Im very pleased with the results
Bonnetlock 4.jpg and

Bonnetlock 5.jpg and

The one on the top is my pattern, at least I can use the cable assy from the Matty ones.
Now at last I can put my new dashboard in.
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:11 pm

rodlittle wrote: Only way I could see out of this was to make my own


Great stuff Rod! What material was used? Pigmented casting resin?

Now where's my hat ? So I can take it off to you!

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