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Postby plastic orange » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:06 pm

Here's the pics of the uplift from the Smiths near Alford. They had the car for around 22 years, and only realised the history of the car when they put it on Ebay. As far as I am aware, it only saw the road illegally when taken for test drives, and was never used as it was intended. The owner (Doug) bought it in Inverness with a Rover V8 loosely fitted. He then fitted a 302 which he purchased from London, and got the car running and ready for MOT. However, he never actually took that final step, and the car was driven into his garage and left.
Fast forward a few house moves and the car recently lost it's inside storage,hence it's sale. I bought it in the ebay auction, and having known about the car from it's first build by Dunc Wood and George Watt, was eager to get it home. Big thanks go to Bob Falconer ( http://www.bobfalconer.co.uk ) for his transport and words of encouragement :wink:
Here's the pics and some narrative of where I am with it now.

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Uplift
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Useful towing vehicle - a Ha**ey I think

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Angie saying goodbye

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Home

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Interior was rather damp, and the smell was pretty ripe. I ripped out the sound deadening on the floor, and remants of mice/rats.
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Dead something or other

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Floor cleaned up - just surface rust - no holes

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Engine is seized (solid) so I will be pouring diesel down the bores to see if they will free off. I lifted the rocker covers and 3 rockers were displaced off the valve :?

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Diff etc seems ok (E type), and other than the spring mounts (too high) seems pretty well fitted
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Boot area is very clean - boot lid is almost mint

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View from Muj


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View of Muj

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I couldn't put on any weight as the space between the wheel and seat is very tight :lol:
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Postby plastic orange » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:55 pm

A few things I've noticed about the car with my look about today - the paintwork is not the original Honda Candy Red, but from a distance it's close.
The underside is still in good order, but plenty surface rust to clean off. Original bonnet with all the mouldings will have to go - it's damaged and I never liked that anyway. My son says he wants it, so his one will be getting sold when I get it fixed :)
I'd forgotten it had electric windows, and hadn't realised the westminster front end (de clipped) was connected to a minor rack - steering is super heavy.
The previous owner had never inflated the tyres in 20 years - fronts were 5 psi, rears 10.
The furry headlining is full of spiders :o
The wings are steel with the addition of self made fibreglass mouldings to form the extensions - I thought they were all glass.
Door gaps are still perfect - panels are all good (apart from bonnet). Don't know why the headlights have strange spot lights grafted in place of the originals.
I think I'll be taking the engine out to find out why it's seized, and as there was a core plug lying under it, I'll have to look for it's home :(
I'll post on progress - (other stuff may have to wait)

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Postby RobMoore » Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:29 pm

Good luck with it PO, I'm sure you can and will make it beautiful :)
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Postby mogmad56 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:44 pm

You've got those long winter nights sorted then :lol:  must say it has menacing stance to it  :twisted:  would like look at it one day :wink:
I have a splity bonnet if it's of any use to you.
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Postby jonathon H » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:44 pm

Good slice of nostalgia there Pete, are you restoring or resurecting :D
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Postby MinorMagic » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:46 pm

Love the ash trays in the doors. Good luck with the resto, It is one very special car. Looking forward to seeing it once you have done your bit

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Postby plastic orange » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:03 pm

jonathon H wrote:Good slice of nostalgia there Pete, are you restoring or resurecting :D


Initial thought was to restore, but I think it would be better updated - replace the rear lights, front sidelights, the bonnet, and re hash the interior. I'd want to keep the basic colour scheme though to make it recognisable.

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Postby minormadman » Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:53 am

Well done Pete.

A good ol' peice of Scottish motoring history there.
I do love the overall shape-as I remembered some similars from that era.

Look forwards to following you through.

I loved the pics of both "creations" nose to nose though the windscreens.
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Postby plastic orange » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:57 am

cecil wrote:Love the ash trays in the doors. Good luck with the resto, It is one very special car. Looking forward to seeing it once you have done your bit

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These door 'boxes' contain the electric windows - but what switch out the the switch collection do I use? :D

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Postby minormadman » Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:17 am

Youre right Pete-15 switches (and counting)

Don't think they had that many switches on the bridge of the "Enterprise"-beam me up Scotty !
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Postby plastic orange » Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:30 am

Obviously never heard of 'less is more' in the 70's :D

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Postby mrbenn » Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:57 pm

Very nice Pete. Saw this on eBay and hoped it would go to a good home :D
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Postby tickman » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:38 am

plastic orange wrote:I think I'll be taking the engine out and fitting the LS1

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There you go Pete, fixed it for you :D
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Postby Morrisand944Man » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:25 am

plastic orange wrote:
jonathon H wrote:Good slice of nostalgia there Pete, are you restoring or resurecting :D


Initial thought was to restore, but I think it would be better updated - replace the rear lights, front sidelights, the bonnet, and re hash the interior. I'd want to keep the basic colour scheme though to make it recognisable.

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Good plan! Those front wings and the interior look hideous! Make it look as good as your blue car.

BTW, do you have a plan to retain the historic status?
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Postby plastic orange » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:58 pm

I don't mind the wings - but I don't like the indictor/sidelight unit.
I visited the local DVLA office today and spoke to a really helpful guy. We're exploring getting it's correct number, so I'm drafting a letter to help with the process. He agrees that it was built in the early 70's as a custom car, so hopefully current standards won't apply - I have magazine articles/photos to substantiate the claim - which I showed him.

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