Just a peek!

Whilst I’m not ready to start work on it, nevertheless, it’s been calling since I got it home and just needed a little tinker to help the thought process.

We’d got a few days off so I managed to get a pass out for a play!
So with plugs and points in hand, along with a big can of plus gas (proper wd40) and some tools off we went for a look see!
Some of my initial thoughts/concerns:

  • Is the engine seized solid?
    • This may affect the project path entirely
  • Did the last tinkerer in 1985 try and get it working with a 12V battery ?
    • Some¬†were 6V electrics, so hitting it with 12V could take out all the instruments
      • Where is the battery?
  • What to do about the rusty surfaces?
    • At the moment the wings and roof seem solid and the rust is heavy, but surface, so how to best preserve, if at all until the time is right

Other than that I just wanted to get to know it a bit better and start thinking how this this might progress.

To get close to it and start to acknowledge and log some of the details that were difficult outside and may be crucial to obtaining any parts or what have you.

Below is a whole bunch of snaps I took, that really start to show the scale of the job!

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Its got a steel sunroof from new

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Some strange mould on the seats

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This is the heavy surface rust that may need a stopgap treatment

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Headlining got mould, rear window is cool though

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Another sunroof, handle is seized

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Similar mould on door cards, perhaps I should get it analysed?

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Fantastic Deco detail on handles

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Drivers door cards not great

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Dummy glove box on drivers side

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Drivers side running board shot

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Pulled the front bench seat out looking for the battery

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Cool period washer accessory

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Detail in front seat, well made but sad now

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The battery was found under the seat 12V “modern” type

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Front grill not too bad at all

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O)dd Swiss motoring badge on grille

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Front seat leather started out well

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Jack and a bit of water pump found

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Original gigar light appears unused!

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The voltage reg. GOOD NEWS. Its 12V

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Spark plug fiddling

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Carb with bizarre jubilee clip around it?

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Now I don’t this is original!!

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Plugs out, spot the bodge