Now you've started me off ......
Well with regards to the Daimler I bought the car over a year ago without seeing it after being shown a very accurate video of its condition as it was being stored in Scotland. Included in the deal was for it to be driven down to Kent . The car had a very long journey and had done about 550 miles in that one day. It was handed over to me and I was within 3 miles of being home when it produced a cloud of steam after splitting a water hose. I managed to bind up hose, add hot water and get it home, being glad this had happened to me on a minor road without causing overheating I decided to change most of the hoses.
Then decided to change and flush through brake & gearbox fluid & change other oils: diff & engine oil.
The usual change of: plugs, ht leads, rotor arm & cap improved smoothness.
Change of one light control unit finally extinguished the dreaded 'bulb fail' warning on dash after much 'tinkering'
Removed all door panels and inner wing sections to thourougly protect all internal areas with Wax oil as in my experience these early cars suffer with rust in bottoms of doors, wings, edges of bonnets and bootlid rusting (but then they are over 30 years old!)
Car had several large and shallow dents down its side most of which i managed to gain access to and gently and very slowly work out.
Bonnet and bootlid still have some small areas of rust but I have not carried out the necessary metalwork yet.
I needed another nearside headlamp as silvering had gone, so found a second hand one (colour is not quite same as the R/H)
Stuck back some of the missing veneer using a correct polyrlurethene adhesive as previous owner had kept cafefully kept veneer safe.
Went through the metric wheels and tyres I had from other early cars to gain a reasonable set to fit.
And that's it so far other than some thin metal rails to temperarly support headlining so it's not rubbing on my head while driving, I don't think I have driven a 40 without a sagging headlining yet! I realise this is not such a bad job to do now with the replacements available but there is plently more higher on the list!
1986 3.6L Daimler
1987 3.6L Sovereign