Well its been quite a while again since my last update. Apologies for that - its been a very busy end of and start of year!
Anyway, whilst I've been away with work - the car has been to Keith at XJ Restorations to finally have the rust removed from the old girl.
The rust was never too awful on first appearance, but it had always bothered me and nearly put me off the car in the first place - so I was genuinely interested to see what was under the surface.
The job list wasn't too extensive - it was to remove the wings and repair if possible, repair the 4 sill ends, tidy the wheel arches, drivers door dents, sunroof, a small scabby bit on the boot lip and refurb the alloys.
With this work, I guess I could have gone down the full respray route - but I love the originality of this car think it would be a shame to loose the good original paint. Its only original once!
I'm sure some of you will have seen Keith's pic which he posts on his Facebook page, but here are some of my favourites.
Anyway, under the N/S wing was: -
The O/S wing: -
Nice new steel: -
The O/S wing was salvageable and just needed a small repair where it meets the sill: -
The N/S wing was beyond all hope - so a new decent wing was sourced and repaired:-
The Sill repairs: -
Tidy wheel arches: -
New paint: -
And finally at home all in one piece: -
A close-up of what was originally the worst part of the car: -
Nice to have that taken care of finally!
So there it is. The cosmetics are now mostly done.
The plan is to have the car moped and polished soon in order to bring the 25 year old paint up to the standard of the new.
Oh, and I'm still waiting for my new heated windscreen from Pilkingtons.
The move of their classic car glass department to Finland seems to have been a total disaster!
Still, I'm hopeful to have the correct glass installed for summer! We shall see.