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20th time lucky? My dull old car history


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#151 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 08:17 PM

I'm going back to get it tomorrow! It's a trailer job sadly due to knackered tyres and suspect brakes. Very exciting though!
1923 Palladium Sports Model
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Morris Minor 1000
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1966 Humber Sceptre 'Grey Haggie'
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 04:49 PM

The Palladium was taken away by my body man on Tuesday and today I popled over to have a look and discuss a plan.

Ben Brown is a young chap who is skilled in traditional coachbuilding. He could easily build a Vintage car body from scratch, and has done many times. He works in a great converted barn on a farm in the middle of nowhere filled with interesting old bits and bobs. I should have taken some pictures really but it totally forgot. Anyway, it's in safe hands with Ben and his number two János, the Hungarian mechanical wizard. The plan is to strip the body off, paint the frame and repair all the aluminium panel work, then re-fit it and prepare for paint. The rear wings need making from scratch, and both fronts need big repairs. Ben was totally unfazed and reckons it's an easy month's work to get it all together and prepped for paint, but for budget reasons this month or so will be spread over maybe six months of time. Hopefully work will start next week so well start to see some actual progress being made. Exciting!

Edit to add: I was at VSCC Prescott last weekend and on one of the literature dealer's stands I looked and down and spotted on the table a mint handbook for the 12hp Palladium. He wanted £20 for it and during the feverish rush to open my wallet he says 'good luck finding the car to go with it!' Ha! He'd only had it in stock two days and thought he'd be carting it round til he died, waiting for the right person to see it. Wjat are the chances, eh?
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1923 Palladium Sports Model
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Morris Minor 1000
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1966 Humber Sceptre 'Grey Haggie'
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:37 PM

I’d missed all this - the Palladium looks gorgeous. I love the raked windscreen and the proportions. A proper cad’s car.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:11 PM

I am a proper cad, as you well know. Let's just remind us of how ita supposed to look, eh?
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Finding a set of beaded-edge wheels is a priority as it looks wank on the diddy well-based wheels. The BEs make it all look much more spindly and sporty, and like a proper Vintage car. So many old cars look wrong these days due to details like that. In the overhead view you can just about make out the spot-buffed finish on the upper part of the body (that's the correct term for engine-turned, btw. Like a Bugatti dashboard or what have you). It'll be gloss black on the bottom, with black wings. It's gonna be snazzy as fuck.
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1923 Palladium Sports Model
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Morris Minor 1000
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1966 Humber Sceptre 'Grey Haggie'
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD




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