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TOPIC: Special Series 1300 Restoration

Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 7 months ago #36110

But not so lucky with the n/s/r. Strange...


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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 7 months ago #36111

There really is no end to the bodges on this lovely old car. What a horrible way to treat an X1-9. As if all the bodged rust repairs weren't enough to deal with, there is accident damage too! Whacked back into 'shape' with a joiners hammer and buried in filler. Closer scrutiny revealed that the filler extends about 20cm to the left of this. They didn't even bother to get it down to bare metal before layering the bodge on... :angry:


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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 7 months ago #36112

Front o/s headlamp well. What a mess!






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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 7 months ago #36113

Front n/s headlamp well much the same...




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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 7 months ago #36114

The piece formerly known as a front spoiler...

This is probably the most worrying bit for me... To replace the wings will mean welding to the little panels at either side of the grille aperture... those little panels are rotten...

Replacing two adjacent panels isn't something I've ever done before... :ohmy:

AND those little panels... I can only find VERY expensive ones on Henk's site as Eurosport don't seem to do these. :(



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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 7 months ago #36115

And finally, for tonight at least, a big pile of crap :P


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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 7 months ago #36116

Actually... a final final thought for tonight... Just to give you all something to ponder!
This car is currently M.O.T. tested. With no advisories. Food for thought...

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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 7 months ago #36117

Thanks for the update and pictures Andrew.

Looks like you're going to be busy with the welder for a while.

Are both front wings shot, or just the OS?

Regarding the MOT, if it was all covered with paint and they tester wasn't too vigilant at poking around the bodywork then I guess it will have passed. Doesn't inspire confidence though does it?

Good luck with this project.

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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 7 months ago #36119

Hi Andy,
Both front wings are the same unfortunately. I've briefly considered glassfibre wings but I know I'd regret it in years to come. I do intend to keep the car so I would rather just do the job once. I do enjoy it, restoration, but I don't enjoy redoing a restoration.
As a time-served spray painter I enjoy that aspect of it, but as a very recently self-taught welder it is seriously daunting looking at it!

Yes, there was LOTS of underseal on it... I'm not blaming the tester. He's a good guy, local to me and very fussy regarding brakes and structure. He was obviously fooled though... I'm glad he was however, as it's all the little drives around the cumbrian lakes last summer that have made me determined to restore it. And where would I find another 1300 for not much money that was any better...? Better the devil you know. She will live again!

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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 6 months ago #36128

Great thread! I need the enthusiasm to get on and sort out my rear valence. There are a couple of used wings on ebay at the moment.

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Who needs 4th gear anyway...
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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 6 months ago #36129

Cheers Jeremy. I wish I only had a rear valence to sort out... lol.

I've seen the wings on ebay, thanks. Pricey... new ones from Holland aren't much more than that...

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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 6 months ago #36151

Engine stripdown begins...






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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 6 months ago #36152

What was lurking in the sump... yuk. Thick and gooey... it would never have flushed out...






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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 6 months ago #36153

In fairly good shape though, with only evidence of slight scoring on number 2. Will replace all anyway obviously. Crank will be thoroughly checked by local engine rebuilder.




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Special Series 1300 Restoration 1 year 6 months ago #36154

Stripped and ready for cleaning. As per my other post I'd like to paint the block in the correct original colour, which I believe to be light grey but if anyone wants to confirm that I would appreciate it.






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