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Postby tickman » Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:46 pm

Background info first.
As most people seem to do I keep an eye out on what is for sale.
Obviously this is usually window shopping especially as most of the cars that come up are not local.
I had looked at a green two door recently which sold for nearly £700 and is now back on ebay for over £1200 which was an absolute pile of scrap in my opinion.
After speaking to 2fry and Stevie at the show in Bridge of Allen I realised that maybe what I expected to get for my money was a little ambitious but I would keep looking.
About three weeks ago I noticed a two door for sale not too far away which was listed badly. It was a 1957 so I asked for more pictures which when arrived looked promising so I arranged to view it.
These were the pictures I had to go on!
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Best view of the car on the advert

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Front

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Engine bay


When I got there It looked not too bad. It has been off the road since 1981 when it failed its MOT needing welding and was bought from a work college, it had been with the seller since 1981 and a couple of house moves including retirement. He kept doing little bits to it, welding, rewire, new wings, engine rebuild but never finished and back on the road.

His wife had passed away at Christmas and he seemed to realise he was never going to get the momentum to finish it so put it up for sale.

I agreed to buy it but he didn't want to pull it from ebay as "that would not be the done thing!"
I put my bid in and won but was going on holiday the following week so would not be able to collect until after this and was told that would not be a problem.

After spending a full week moving things into some newly acquired storage I had just about enough space to bring it home.

On Thursday I had arranged a trailer after getting some silly quotes for delivery so went to collect that, after checking I had the correct lights I had to rewire the socket at the roadside as I had no indicators but then all was good.
We arrived at the end of the road, which was about half a mile of single farm track, and decided I was not reversing down it! I couldn't turn at the house as there was no room so we walked from there.

When we got there I did the paperwork and we loaded up boxes of spares and drove down the track to the waiting trailer :D
Once strapped down and we were ready off we went on the slow trip home.
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Followed all the way home


Then:
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Tucked up in bed


Unfortunately Ben will have to wait a little as I have a two bedroom house to get renovated first but that should be only a few weeks work.

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Re: Ben.

Postby ruairidh » Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:28 pm

Well done on your purchase doesn't look to bad or are there things lurking :?:
What are your plans :?:
Keep us posted. ;)
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Re: Ben.

Postby Plin » Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:02 pm

So has poor Gwen been pushed outside now?!

Hope you don't find too many nasty surprises and indeed that the house renovation goes smoothly so you can soon get to work on Ben!
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Re: Ben.

Postby tickman » Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:25 pm

ruairidh wrote:Well done on your purchase doesn't look to bad or are there things lurking :?:
What are your plans :?:
Keep us posted. ;)

It is really rather good, loads of money has been spent on it and loads of work done over time as well. Far in excess of what I paid has been spent on it!
Plans are go over the brakes and get it insured and taxed then find out what really needs done to it through use.
It will always be the guinnea pig for any work or modifications but that is a couple of years off really.

Plin wrote:So has poor Gwen been pushed outside now?!

Hope you don't find too many nasty surprises and indeed that the house renovation goes smoothly so you can soon get to work on Ben!

No Gwen has not been pushed outside, that is where she always lives!
I also hope both of those things too.

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Re: Ben.

Postby MickEssex » Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:31 pm

Well done John. :D
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Re: Ben.

Postby woodywoodchipper » Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:33 pm

good one,
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Re: Ben.

Postby plastic orange » Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:34 am

Nice one.

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Re: Ben.

Postby morrisfixer » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:40 am

Nice one john. Looking forward to following your progress :)

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Re: Ben.

Postby tickman » Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:46 pm

morrisfixer wrote:Looking forward to following your progress :) Stevie

Don't hold your breath for progress as it will be 'leisurely' :?
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Re: Ben.

Postby woodywoodchipper » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:34 pm

tickman wrote:
morrisfixer wrote:Looking forward to following your progress :) Stevie

Don't hold your breath for progress as it will be 'leisurely' :?



I've got several of them projects, :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Ben.

Postby tickman » Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:46 pm

woodywoodchipper wrote:
tickman wrote:
morrisfixer wrote:Looking forward to following your progress :) Stevie

Don't hold your breath for progress as it will be 'leisurely' :?



I've got several of them projects, :lol: :lol: :lol:

So have I, some bigger than others :oops:
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Re: Ben.

Postby tickman » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:53 pm

Shock horror, I did some work on Ben today!
Sorry no pictures but it was too warm to be messing about!

First off, jack up and rear wheel off to check out the rear brakes.
The brakes are a bit poor, (non existent when needed) so needed looked at.

From the receipts I have I know the full brake system is basically new so I need to find out why they are rubbish.
Wheels off and back right drum came off easily, the back left was a different matter though. It would not move so careful use of a hammer and large screwdriver got the drum off.

After messing about the back right was wrong, the top shoe was the wrong way round and was causing the this side to not work properly, changing the top shoe round sorted that out.
The other side is still not right as it is binding so far, another look will help especially with a bit more room that side.

Ben was running not quite right with a rough idle and needing lots of revs to keep going.
There was a distributor cap with side entry and the wire just screwed in to the cap and the spark plug caps. The main problem was one of the plug caps was loose no matter what I did. I looked out my spares, :D rather handy having another car to check against and spares in the garage for it.
New distributor cap, leads and tried again but it would not start so I checked again and the order was wrong on the distributor even though I had changed like for like :?
A quick check of the manual and I moved the leads around and tried again. Started no problem :D

Running very rich so I got my new to me colortune out and put it in and set up the carb with a fair bit of messing about!
Eventually fairly sorted apart from a leak from the front of the engine! It is water and I assume from the water pump with the limited view I had with the back of the car raised.

That is about it for today.

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Re: Ben.

Postby woodywoodchipper » Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:02 pm

I thought this was a leisurly project, looks like your rushing, slow down :lol: :lol:
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Re: Ben.

Postby tickman » Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:08 pm

woodywoodchipper wrote:I thought this was a leisurly project, looks like your rushing, slow down :lol: :lol:

Well he has been here for 10 days and today is the first day I have looked at it so I still believe I am a slacker
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Re: Ben.

Postby tickman » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:27 am

First of the questions asked about the trafficator holes Here.

Just trying to get all the help I can and keep a record of it.

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