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PostPost by: jono » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:11 am

Well, I bought this car blind around 6-7 years ago now as a total basket case (during a weak moment of inebriation at a party).

It arrived in the form of a totally bare shell covered in cracks and 18 layers of paint, a Spyder chassis, an engine in bits and 18 large plastic crates full of un-sorted rusty and oily parts.

After 5 years of toil I eventually drove her out of the garage yesterday.

I only have the rear screen to fit, the seatbelts, door cards and rear seast and side panels and then it's off to the MOT centre.

The car truly was a prime candidate for an Ebay 'part out' job if ever there was one and I feel rather proud to have saved another of these under rated cars! And fair play to the PO for letting me buy it rather than doubling his money splitting her up on Ebay.

Now I can't wait to get her on the road properly...just in time for Winter :(

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PostPost by: ken ob » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:45 am

Well done. The car looks superb in that shade of blue.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:55 am

Beautiful result

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PostPost by: TeeJay » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:56 am

Congratulations Jon, the car looks great, you must be well chuffed with yourself. :D

As I have been following your progress on your complete "nuts & bolts" restoration I know the difficulties and the costs of your endeavours.

It really is a labour of love, because as you have stated both you and the PO could have cashed in by selling the parts on EBay.

Again, congratulations on saving another +2
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PostPost by: Old English White » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:23 am

Well done Jon,
Your car is (allready) great.
No question of money or time now, just keep going to enjoy the ride!
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PostPost by: Johnfm » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:47 am

Nice one.

I just bought my first +2 yesterday - a bit of work to do!!
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PostPost by: tcsoar » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:27 pm

Well done Jon, it looks absolutely stunning, thats the colour mine was originally and wanted to keep it but other half wasn't so keen :roll: and I ended up going for a darker metallic blue.

I finished mine this time last year and it went for its second MOT last Friday and it passed. To celebrate I took it away for the weekend (wife too) and had some very pleasent times drivng around the Essex coutryside :D .

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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:58 pm

Well done, she looks beautiful!

Time to enjoy her now...
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PostPost by: archigator » Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:33 pm

Beautiful! It put a smile on my face, on an otherwise stressful Monday.

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PostPost by: innesw » Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:14 pm

Looks perfect!
Congratulations Jono, hope your proud!

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PostPost by: elangtv2000 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:23 pm

Well done! Beautiful color, and great to keep another from the parts bin.
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PostPost by: Elanman99 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:19 pm


I did a double take when I say your pictures as the registration number jumped out at me!

I owned the car for a couple of years in the early 80s and it has been resprayed even before I got it, looks superb now and you've done a brilliant job.

I have PM'd you (I think)

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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:27 pm

Well done Jon!

Super effort and an inspiration to others.

Safe driving!

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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:20 am

Congrats, Jon. Great model of perserverance; it must have been trying over those years. But now you've got a result, a reward for all those nights (and bank drafts).

Hope you finish soon and get through MOT first time. :)

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:49 am

Salut Jon

Beautiful car and looks like you did great work.

Post us some interior and engine bay photos when you have a mo'.


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