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Intro and Sprint restoration advice

PostPost by: mjp78 » Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:48 am

Thanks all for the welcome and the information, both on here and PM. It's been amazing and really helpful.

Attached a few pics for those that asked.....
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PostPost by: persiflage » Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:07 pm

Welcome Martin,
Have you made made a definite decision not to do any work yourself?

What you have under that fibreglass skin, is in all honesty a pretty simple old style mechanical car with quirks and character :wink:
Bodywork apart, the ability to strip and rebuild the car is a great way to learn if you intend to keep and use, especially if the car is still 99% complete.
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:48 pm

That's a very early cam cover on the car Martin, one of the first of the big valve covers. As your car is a '71, it makes sense that it's also a very early Sprint, or S4/Sprint. If you haven't already done so, send the chassis details to Tim Wilkes and he'll let you know where it sits in the scheme of things.

Even more interesting!

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PostPost by: mjp78 » Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:22 pm

Would love to do some of the work myself. Not 100% ruled it out yet. But apart from not wanting to learn on this car (my skills and experience are pretty basic), time and practicalities of space end up making it a bit tough.

Thanks Mark,

Yes checked with Tim already, never noticed the cam cover until reading his site; its an early factory Sprint. But as you can see there's plenty of S4/parts bin bits; bonnet, steering column/ignition, silver wheels (not sure if left factory in silver or were painted later - I quite like them anyway), steering wheel (not really sure where that's from, looks a bit S4 standard but then the boss is different), wing badges are the championship ones on both sides. I'm sure we'll find some more as we go!
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