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JPSH120

United Kingdom
1035 Posts

Posted - 08 Nov 2012 :  15:26:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Thomas, you have done some fairly serious surgery on your fastback, did you have to weld any reinforcements to the shell before you started chopping out the rot??

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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 07 Nov 2012 :  20:08:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's been a while but I finally found some time to upload and post some pictures on the progress of my fastback!

Somewhere during the summer my engine was reconditioned and I got to paint it a nice blue!


a few days later I decided I'd start taking the carbs apart so the bodies could be cleaned and the carbs reconditioned.. they looked rather good until I wanted to take them of the inlet manifold.. The base of the carb was basically held together by the gasket.. We suspect this was the reason why the engine was refurbished and after this didn't help the car was put aside...


Also during the holidays, my dad started sorting all my nuts (mostly the bolts) and taking notes on wether everything was there.. then we looked for the same for my granddad as he's still restoring the Humber Sceptre MKIII Auto. We're going to have the bolts Nickel plated.. (if anyone needs the notes on what we all need for the restoration of our loved ones! I will also buy some SS bolts for some of the parts..


In the mean while I was also doing some bodywork.
Cleaned some of the chassis rails on tried the red oxide paint..


Found a rather big hole in my floor...


but made some repair pieces so my dad could weld them in! ;)


On top of that we finally made some real big progress on the RH front corner.
Still needs finishing..
Half a new headlight circle, the wingtip and some smaller angled pieces


Well now you're all back up to date.. ;) hope next update doesn't take so long to put on here.

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 27 Jun 2012 :  22:47:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lets hope we can both get our rapiers on the road by next summer? If not, at least the following.. So I can come to England in her and meet up with some like-minded enthousiasts!!
You, Martin (UMU.. ) and anybody else willing to meet up, maybe we could do a tour somehow...
Well, my plans are big, hopefully we can arrange something...

We'll sure let you know if we need something!
Thanks again Glen!
Thomas

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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bigt80

United Kingdom
927 Posts

Posted - 27 Jun 2012 :  21:56:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Thomas, Good to hear from you and that work has once again commenced. Who will finish their resto first - you I think. . Glad the Rev Light was repaired and put to good use and that you are pleased with all the parts. We are happy to help, but yes, I don't know what will happen after 1 Aug, so if there is anything else you need: shout now and I will put it to one side for you!
Look forward to see the pics later. I will try and do same on mine - when I make progress!
I will try and post a few pics of Moffat Show which I went to this weekend. Weather was not too great, so not as big a turn out of cars as normal, but still good considering.
Cheers for now.
Glen
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 27 Jun 2012 :  21:34:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finally got the time, now that my school exams are over, to start working on the cars again!

Got my grand dad's rapier fastback's doors finished last tuesday, fresh paint on the open piece of the door cards etc.. so that the car is ready to be driven again within the next week, she'll probably be out by friday so I'll take pictures of her for sure!

Next thing I still needed to do was,
the fact that I still had to thank Glen Mason (fastback spares secretary, sadly not for much longer, because he's doing a very good job!) for the very good job he did, sourcing all the parts we order from the clubs stock!
B.T.W. Glen, the reversing lamp you thought wasn't that good, cleaned up very nice! The inner piece was partially rusted away, but no worries I'm fabricating a little brace so that it's as good as new! After all it was a secondhand part.

To finish of I hope to get welding on my car by the end of July, and will post pictures as soon as possible!!

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 10 May 2012 :  21:53:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good luck Jan!
I hope it works!

regards Thomas

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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jabe1807

Norway
182 Posts

Posted - 09 May 2012 :  21:13:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi
The cam is to an iron head engine, so I think I will try the std cam and see what happens.
regards Jan
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 09 May 2012 :  18:43:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Jan,
My parents probably won't agree on this, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist,
at least when I'm working on my car...
Too bad you have problems with your engine..
I wish I could help, but I can't I'm afraid,
if it's any advice at all, from what I've heard you can put a standard camshaft in an engine with 2webers but I don't know about the different cylinder head, if it matters or not if it's a std cam or Holbay one.....


'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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jabe1807

Norway
182 Posts

Posted - 09 May 2012 :  16:59:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good job Thomas. Nice to follow your serious restoration.
Regards Jan,Norway
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 09 May 2012 :  16:19:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The plan was and still is to use it as a daily driver..
But, I'll probably have mixed feelings about using it during winter for the first 5 years...
but, will see when we get her finished.

I've made some more progress this weekend and yesterday,
She's really going to be brand new as I almost stripped the chassis, wings and floorpan down to bare metal with a hot air blower.
Next up: cleaning it with a wire brush and then painting it in etching red primer.
Than on with the new teroson, to protect it against rust..

Will post some pictures one of these days

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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janmarine3

South Africa
286 Posts

Posted - 06 May 2012 :  10:43:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
wow...a brand new Sunbeam when you are finished ! ..only one problem though - what are you going to do for at least five years after completion ?
Jan
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 05 May 2012 :  13:04:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks colin, I will!!

Jason: I picked the parts up together with my dad, made sure I got first choice!!! :p

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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JPSH120

United Kingdom
1035 Posts

Posted - 04 May 2012 :  12:11:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes I bet that cost a pretty penny - glad I could get all mine done at work FOC!

Lots of parts shared between you are your Grandad, I hope you get to pick the best ones

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turbinecol

United Kingdom
84 Posts

Posted - 04 May 2012 :  07:59:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Absolutely brilliant photo Thomas. Nothing like having nice clean parts to work with. Enjoy, Colin
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Fastback Thomas

Belgium
423 Posts

Posted - 03 May 2012 :  19:53:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I largely know where everything goes mate!
and luckily it wasn't me who had to paint it...
BUt I did have to clean the real greasy bits
then it was sand-blasted by a friend and then professionally painted
Cost a lot of money, but is worth it in the end!!

Some of it is for my car, some other parts for my grand dad's Sceptre, and the parts furtest are for my dad's triumph MKII 2.5 PI

'68 sunbeam rapier fastback {B341006846 OD/LHO}
I like a car that looks normal but really knocks your socks off!!
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