Starting restoration - at last!

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Starting restoration - at last!

#1 Post by Mike Stevens » Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:09 pm

Those of you that know me will probably remember me promising for some time to start the restoration of my Mk2 PI. Well, I've finally started.

Having restored a number of cars in the past with them firmly supported but staying 'flat', this time I Wanted to use a 'spit' to make those position welding jobs easier. I have finally now got the body on the 'spit' but it was one of the most worrying and stressful things I've ever done! The shell is supported by the front and rear bumper mounts and has now been in that position for at least 3 hours without it all falling off. It is supported on 4 off M8 bolts (2 each front and back) which I suppose is OK and what was recommended. I shall be very careful not to get underneath it for some time until I think it's OK!

Some pictures -
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As you can see, some work to do but thanks to Lloyd's efforts I should have all the outer panels I need. Inner ones I can make myself. I hope.

Wish me luck!
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Re: Starting restoration - at last!

#2 Post by wild bill » Thu Oct 28, 2021 8:22 pm

Well done Mike, the starting is the hard part!! I have stalled on the old bike just now, but I won't go to it unless I'm "hungry". Better that than doing the job, only to rip it apart and start again.
Once your confidence grows in the spit, you'll be spinning it round like a top, definitely the way to go.When I last rebuilt the minivan, 2000-2009!, I ended up welding any " underneath bits from insider lot easier and kinder on the skin. Good luck with the car,I will follow with interest and offer any encouragement you desire!!
Take care,
Bill.
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Re: Starting restoration - at last!

#3 Post by Mike Stevens » Fri Oct 29, 2021 3:39 pm

Thanks Bill, good to hear from you.

I'm a bit more confident in it now. This morning I pushed it over so I could remove the LH doors. That made it balance a bit better! I've done some preliminary digging in the offside sill, maybe not as bad as I thought but still needs sorting. I think I need to get a 1mm blade in the angle grinder and see what's inside that sill. The middle bit seems still to be there from what I can see so far!

I'm sure we've all had the welding sparks in out hair in the past - not nice!

Stay safe!....

Cheers,
Mike.
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1971 2.5PI Saloon Sapphire blue
1973 2.5PI Saloon rust some Honeysuckle
1973 Stag French blue
(1949 LandRover was blue should be light green!)

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