Decided I didn't have enough on my plate with one restoration on the go so I decided to take the plunge with this last week...
It's had two owners, one of whom never drove it so it's had the one lady owner from new with 46k miles on it which I reckon could be genuine. It's still on its original (perished) cross plies! It was bought from nearby from a garage in Crosby, Liverpool. I wonder if these adverts for the selling dealer caught her eye?
Condition wise, the floors, sills, boot floor, doors, all rock solid. Never been welded, nor do they need it. The rear wheelarch on the drivers side is a bit frilly and the wing bottoms have rusted through. The LH inner wing behind the strut turret requires some fresh tin and the extremities of the scuttle.
It was a non runner due to an ignition fault but I've found that it's the wire from the coil to the fuse box, severed at the bulkhead. So, up on the ramp this week, new fuel line and the engine block flushed and the rad refitted, hopefully, we'll have a runner this week! Few more pics:
Not done a great deal with this, it was pushed into a corner of the lock up and left alone. I did manage to get it running, unbelievably it started first turn of the key after 16 years of inactivity...
The reason for the lack of progress is the work I'm doing on another big project, not likely to be finished before 2018. The bodyshell of that one goes away for blasting, welding and painting soon so last week I took pity on the old girl just sitting in the corner.
I decided to push her out of her resting place and have a good look over it to see what it'll take to get it roadworthy again. I reckon £800 will get it on the road again, I'll do a full resto if it needs it after I've finished the other car. The biggest challenge is the wing and scuttle repairs. I refuse to bodge it up so both front wings and the front doors will be coming off to get at the scuttle, A-pillars and inner wing areas and add any fresh metal required along the way. Got a nice NOS wing for £15 off Ebay...
I had reconnected the old fuel system but the car was continually stalling due to all the crud in the line from the tank. Blowing through with an airline had no effect so with some old brake pipe I made a new fuel line. It now runs longer but eventually still stalls. More investigation needed.
So, I've done a list, I'll update you as I work through it.
Well, exactly 2 years ago I bought this little Triumph and nothing has been done to it. Mainly because of the greedy curse word on the far end of this line hoovering up lots of time and pllllllenty of money.
The body of the Sunbeam is out of the way now having some major work done so after completing the major winter servicing work on the Jag, I’m pretty much twiddling my fingers.
So, on Sunday after ordering a RH wing for it (sadly not as cheap as the LH one I bought), I decided it was time to crack on with this and get to work bringing it back to life. With The Boss (Other Half) restricting financial outlay due to house hunting activities, I had to be cute to get this proposal passed by the board. I said that I have most of the stuff required to complete it and it just needed a few ‘consumables’. I don’t thing a wing and a new Mig are classed as consumables normally, but for her benefit that is exactly what they’ll be classed as.
On Monday I got to work stripping down. Everything has come apart reasonably well up to now with no bad surprises. I was dreading what the front panel which makes up the Grille opening and headlight apertures would look like but it’s just minor surface rust.
Hopefully I’ll have the passenger wing off by next week, I’ll keep you posted on what I find under there...
Please do. I learnt to drive in one of these more than 30 years ago, so this is very nostalgic. It handled beautifully on the winding roads. It had a chronic fuel starvation problem when it was warm & had you had to know where to find each gear. Keep up the good work.
Lots of boring adult stuff has been getting in the way of this in the last 6 months. I want to have it roadworthy for Summer so I’m going to be spending as much time as I can at my Man Cave over the Winter to hopefully achieve this.
I’d decided to start at the LHF sill edge. I cleaned up the rust back to bare metal to be pretty much left with this.
Cutting this out left me with this before I began to fabricate the repair sections to go into here. At this point I decided to cut out the bottom of the wheelarch, sill and jacking point, deciding to make these from scratch.
As I said in my last post, the remainder of the sill was in superb condition. After spraying rust converter into the sill to take care of the surface rust, I etch primed over the top before sealing the area up.
The inner splash panel was probably saveable, requiring a repair at the bottom, but it was covered in surface rust. By the time it would’ve took to repair and get rid of the surface clag, I decided to fabricate a new one from scratch and slap it on.
This area now looks a hell of a lot better...
With this bit complete it’s now onto by far the worst area of the car, the inner wing strengthener and scuttle area.
I was worried about the rot around the scuttle so I decided to remove the dash last week to see how bad it was. Thankfully it was rock solid in there.
I took the dash home for two reasons. Firstly and most importantly to annoy the Missus and secondly to strip it down and clean it up.
The chrome and dials have come up a treat but the wood is in worse condition than I thought. Thankfully my cousin has refinished a few Classic Car dashboards so these pieces will be getting dropped off with him next week.
Hopefully another update next week after getting stuck into the inner wing.
For the fuel starvation, try running a line to a jerry-can in the passenger footwell. I had occasional problems - with a jerry can eventually traced it to crud in the tank blocking the fuel pickup pipe. Maybe check your inside your tank and add a gauze filter if there's not already one there?
I’m sorry I should’ve said, I sorted out the fuel starvation issue about 18 months ago by using another gasket on the fuel pump. Runs great now! I took it for a little trundle around the yard when it was sorted.
Sadly the boss has had me working on our new abode leaving very little time to sort this little beauty out. I have done a bit when I could snatch time from the jaws of household DIY.
We are now onto the top area of the LH inner wing and scuttle area. First piece to come off was the wing strengthening section. Sadly it’s rotten. Although you can’t see it here it will be a swine to make, a very complex pressing.
With wisps of smoke exiting my ears due to an overheated brain I decided to leave the fabrication of the strengthener for a bit and move on. The poor design of the inner wing and scuttle drain had built in a remarkably good water trap that had rotted out not only the scuttle but the strengthener and the inner wing itself.
After marking up where the rot ended and the decent metal started, a repair section was fabricated and the rot was evicted from the wing.
After that it was stiched in, cleaned up and etch primed.
I was still on a break from the strengthener (still am) so therefore it was onto the scuttle area. As you can see, it looks like Ze Germans have had a bloody good go at it. Not much left of it for reference sadly. So, the angle grinder was deployed and I opened up the right hand wing to see if that side was any better.
Thankfully it was, although not much. All this will eventually come out as a bit of pokey pokey finger fun revealed just what state it was in,but for now I could copy the shapes and flip them for the left hand side.
After this it was time to dig out all the rot from the scuttle. I was digging for a while...
The top of the A post was rotten and also there was rot in the A pillar which had to go.
So, after bracing the little blighter and taking some brave pills I made a repair section and began chopping.
Once out I slotted the repair section in and adjusted the fit, all good!
The new scuttle piece is now a flat piece of metal curved down towards the extremities. Water will hopefully collect at the edges where I will be drilling drain holes so the water will drain out into the Wheelarch as opposed to into the strengthener box section. In theory of course. It’ll all probably end up in the glovebox or on my shoes. I believe Triumph modified the design a few months after my car was built.
The new sections have been dry fitted ready for welding together. I’m pleased I’m at this point now. I’d been avoiding tackling the A post/pillar rot like you avoid picking the s**t kid for your footy team.
Hopefully another update soon. Until then, it’s back to painting bloody fences...