Zel's Motoring Adventures...Lada, Citroen, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 15/06 Invacar Weatherproofing...
Hi all, new to the forum. Thought you might be interested in what I've got myself into
I'd been after my first classic car for a while. If it's big and made in the 70s I'm interested. Looked at few things like P6s, Zodiacs, Victors, SD1s and various other things. Problem was I didn't want to spend a boatload of money on something that looked alright but underneath was actually a total heap. The solution was to buy a complete heap in the first place and spend the money fixing it.
So in January I went ahead and bought this from a colleague at work who was moving away and needed to get shot of it.
It's a part finished restoration (I prefer not started) and it needs a whole load of help if it's going to stand any chance of using a road again.
It's right up my street. Granada Coupes are quite odd and certainly stand out from the norm.
It still has the original engine, box, interior and most trim.
It came with loads of panels I need to repair it (mostly original Ford stock).
It came with so many spares I could probably build a few Granadas and still have stuff left over.
It was cheap.
Most of the front end has been cut off.
Most of the body structure is quite rotten.
It's going to take me ages.
I work at a restoration company and my boss kindly allows me to keep the car there. So I've got access to all the gear I need to restore it. I've been busy on the car for a while now so will post more pics over the coming days.
Yes, one of those. You've seen the car before, and I've already used up my best jokes (so I'll repeat them).
An epic journey, including:
- THREE COUNTIES
- THAT LONDON
- SHANKS' PONY
- And possibly a pastry-encased but disappointing meal
Been a busy 6 months on my old Range Rover that I own 50/50 with Fathathastag
Bit of background first..
We bought it March 2015 just as genuine early Range Rovers were starting to get noticed. Alas not early enough that we could have got it for a couple of hundred quid.
The car had been owned for decades by a Land Rover enthusiast and this particular car retained a lot of features unique to pre 1973 Range Rovers. Sadly he died a few years back and the car was left outside the front of his house.
I spotted it on eBay and arranged with the owners widow to view. There were no bids and my offer was good enough to take the auction off.
The engine had been part way through a top end strip down when work stopped, I had no idea even if the car would move. But rented a trailer and relocated it from Watford to North Devon where fathathastag has a barn suitable for storage.
The project is on the right, we towed it into the field and pushed it into the barn
In May 2015 I got to do an assessment of the car. body wise most outer panels were ok, the inner wings looked ok, it clearly needed some work but was unsure how much at this point. main objective was to see if the engine was a runner.
Found that the gearbox and axles were original to the car, but the engine was from an earlyish SD1
while the seat covers are not original some of the plastic kitkat seat coverings are underneath, the rear seat especially
The head has some nasty corrosion very near the fire ring seal,
When I refitted the head one of the bolts tore the thread out. bastard but not entirely uncommon with the alloy blocked RV8