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Post by turbster » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:44 am

After finally accepting my days of major projects are over for the time being; my quest to find a much less ambitious Scimitar project came to nothing in the summer, and I'd given up hope of something suitable turning up..

Then I was having a look on here and this turned up..

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It took me around the time it took to press the PM button to decide I wanted it and luckily I was first in the queue!

So a drive down to Surrey was planned for yesterday, and I now have the car sat in my garage..

Usual trailer shot :lol:

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Having looked through the paper work I'm even more impressed, the to do list I had in my head before seeing the car got shorter and shorter as I waded through the pile of receipts :D

All in all the car is even better than described by Roy, and his honest description of the paint work was spot on.

It was nice to sit in a road spec car, and I was really surprised how excited I was just driving it onto the trailer :lol: My intention is to carry on improving the car and return it back to it's original look minus the vinyl roof..

I need to get it insured so I can have a go in it now!!


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Post by DavePoole » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:00 am

Congratulations, It's a lovely car with a great history!!

All the best

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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:16 am

You decided agianst the trip on the train to collect it then!

2nd for loosing the vinyl roof and going back to original.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:24 am

Well done Paul, it's a great car. :D I agree about the vinyl roof.


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Post by Rev Light » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:11 pm

I am okay with the roof. If it were me I would not be in any hurry to change it.

Only when it came time for a re-spray would I consider removal.

Lovely car though.

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Post by turbster » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:12 pm

DavePoole wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:00 am
Congratulations, It's a lovely car with a great history!!

All the best

Dave :D
Cheers Dave, I'll be pestering you for some copies of the pictures you have in the archives :wink:


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Post by turbster » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:14 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:24 am
Well done Paul, it's a great car. :D I agree about the vinyl roof.
Cheers Roger.. :D


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Post by turbster » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:15 pm

Rev Light wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:11 pm
I am okay with the roof. If it were me I would not be in any hurry to change it.

Only when it came time for a re-spray would I consider removal.

Lovely car though.


Steve
It will only be removed when it gets painted Steve..


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Post by turbster » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:21 pm

BigBobPilot wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:16 am
You decided agianst the trip on the train to collect it then!

2nd for loosing the vinyl roof and going back to original.
Every option be it plane/train or a combination of the two took way longer than just nicking my Dads Disco (because I have nothing with a tow bar at the moment), and fetching it with the trailer... So that's what I did..


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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:29 pm

Yeah, it does make sense when you have a trailer...


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Post by Joe. » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:14 pm

Looks very smart, I love reading about cars that have had an interesting past. Looking forward to hering more! :D



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Post by turbster » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:52 am

I've had chance to have a good look around the car and it's actually better than I expected! The car's had a body off chassis restoration done maybe 20+ years ago and it still looks good with most of the paint still intact around the rear of the chassis and axle. The car has all the stainless bits (tank, exhausts, headers, water pipes) and the engine was fully rebuilt with some nice upgrades a few years ago. All the bushes are excellent and mostly recent, the dampers are Gaz fixed seat adjustables. The front suspension looks good and needs nothing other than a quick clean and some paint here and there. Under the bonnet is very tidy with an uprated fan, electric fuel pump, Bosch dizzy, 38 DGMS carb, K&N filter element and no rot whatsoever in the front metal work and support cross member.

The interior is very presentable with chrome ringed dials and a Moto-Lita wheel and needs no immediate attention really.

So it does just need a general tidy up here and there and painting and that's not as bad as I first thought.

I'm very happy with the car and it's now taxed, insured and ready to go when I get it off the trailer where it's sat since Sunday :lol:



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Post by Mikeincoleshill » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:19 pm

Well done! What a great looking car.



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Post by Mr Bridger » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:29 pm

It looks fantastic, especially in silver.
I'm another one who'd vote for loosing the vinyl roof and returning it to standard.


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Post by turbster » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:57 pm

Mikeincoleshill wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:19 pm
Well done! What a great looking car.
Mr Bridger wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:29 pm
It looks fantastic, especially in silver.
I'm another one who'd vote for loosing the vinyl roof and returning it to standard.
Cheers, and there is no voting necessary the vinyl is going! :lol:


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