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Post by IanC » Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:44 am

TBH, the British racing brown one with butchered door panels, missing spare wheel and support plate, nonfunctional rear wiper suggest it's not really been looked after, so maybe £1500 is nearer the mark. Just sayin'!


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Post by rebel alliance » Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:18 am

Well it has an mot and the doors don't seem to have dropped, dash not bad ,new rad fan..auto so the engines had an easy life ,wheels are ok you would want to paint it anyway
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Post by TrevorG » Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:18 am

Lots of great advice here guys for potential buyers wanting to know general costs. I can add my two pennies worth.....
I purchased my 6a five plus years ago, heart ruling head as it was my original car! Looked good, but with suspected big end failure. Small bubbling on paintwork.
So far, the mechanical bits, including engine rebuild, have cost me over £6,000. I have also purchased about £1,000 of extra garage equipment needed. The stripping and refurb of the interior and electrics, probably £400, but all was basically good and I cut my own carpets and sourced lots of good second hand bits. I am at present rubbing down the bodywork prior to respray. Another £200 of rubbing down sheets and lechler epoxy.
Left to spend? Probably another £1,000 for tyres, top coat paint and maybe a re-cored radiator. Then? On the road and who knows what will shake down?
I have done all the work myself, only the rebore and crank grind going to an engineering company that allowed me to use their equipment.
So.....about £7,600 plus purchase price (a massive £375!).
Would I do it again....an absolute YES, it's been a huge learning curve, the forum guys have been great, and I now know every bolt, fibreglass cranny, weird reliant thingy, rat poo place and over/under engineered piece of a late 6a.
And, I've written this when (as anyone who has done it knows!) I am bored to hell with rubbing down layers of paint.



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Post by Coupe Racing » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:20 am

Have you had to get rid of rat pooo ?
Was it a bad smell
How did you get rid of the pong ?

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Post by TrevorG » Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:42 am

Steve.....it was like Christmas snow....dry and crisp and even!
Scraping, shovelling, gloves!, and then loads of fabric cleaner done four times. Carpets were just ripped out. Amazed at where the rats and mice got to!



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Post by Coupe Racing » Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:09 pm

My GTE seems to have lost all of its bagged insulation from the inside of the rear quarters and placed as a nest in the foot wells.
I've removed it whilst wearing gloves and placed poison in the car before I start any kind of clean up


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Post by philhoward » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:07 pm

Speedy555 (David Speed on Facebook) has just collected a very honest looking, ready for restoration car?


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Post by veganight » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:32 pm

Thanks Phil, Appreciate the help.
I have already purchased a far from honest example ready to be literally ‘gutted’ and start from scratch.
There are very few salvageable parts remaining I fear but have to start somewhere with bolts snapping centre, right and left!
Don’t get me started on the exhaust manifolds!
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Post by philhoward » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:34 pm

Good luck - keep us posted with progress.


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Post by rjudcsx » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:13 pm

Evening James , nice to see that you have made your dream come true . I remember when SULLY came , I went out at night to look at her as the reality of having one again had not quite sunk in [ yes , under this hard psychopathic facade lies a soft romantic child :lol: ] Resist the urge to get stuck in at once , now that it is with you take your time and appraise . I broke the areas of my car down into individual lists then looked at connected tasks , saved me a lot of time and helped me with the costing/ sourcing area . Most important , enjoy . Regards Richard .



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Post by adamwilkes » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:17 pm

Nice bright colour, but it clashes with the garage doors :o


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Post by veganight » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:30 pm

Evening all, sorry it’s been a while.
Segments of work reopening meaning 70+ hour weeks 8)
She is up on 4 stands.
Exhausts removed manifold back.
Manifold bolts like twigs so have left on.
Alternator bracket bolt sheared.
50% of body bolts out, grinder.
Seatbelt bolts inaccessible due to rust
1 calliper successfully off this evening all rusted on.
Roof hinge sheared, Rust.
All ancillaries removes from engine bay.
Rocker covers freed up
Plenum freed up
Engine mounts freed up
Gearbox mount freed up
Next step to look at removing engine or body off?
Any tips or tricks at this stage greatly appreciated.
Will try and get some pics up over the weekend.
In the bath writing this



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Post by adamwilkes » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:38 pm

Seatbelt mounts removal for me were a complete pain - grinder was the only option, plus beating out the remains of the welded-in captive nut in the chassis underneath (which had the rusted remains of the bolt still inside). A lot of manifold studs are removed and replaced with stainless cap-head bolts I understand (mine are) for ease of access, relatively. Best done on the nearside with the engine out though (previous owner failed on the rear-most manifold bolt - does not exist) :shock:


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Post by veganight » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:43 pm

Thanks Adam,
Forgot to mention the fuel tank and point of removal, makes me nervous when I have the grinder out. Apologies again I am on my phone so not had a proper look for a step by step tear down.
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Post by DARK STAR » Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:12 pm

This looks like being an interesting project ...
Mods, worth transferring ?


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