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by Ian46
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Thanks for the suggestion Philip.

After trying several cleaning products, a diluted multi-surface cleaner applied with a soft nail brush appears to be working well if a little slowly. I am trying the process out on the cardboard panel below the rear screen first.

So far so good.
by Ian46
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

. Having decided to 'dip and strip' the car I now have to get everything off the shell for that process to happen. Both doors are now fully dismantled and off the car ready. All their relevant parts are now' bagged and tagged' and a shopping list compiled mainly for rubber items and clips. Today I f...
by Ian46
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Convertible with a tonneau - minor matters jan/feb 21
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Convertible with a tonneau - minor matters jan/feb 21

. I've not received my Minor Matters yet so haven't seen the article in question, but I do have a 1952 MM Convertible which I am going to restore and it has a tonneau cover! It looks to be an original item (but I don't think it was a factory option) and is well made but has shrunk somewhat over time...
by Ian46
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Series MM Register
Topic: MM External Water Pump Query
Replies: 0
Views: 46

MM External Water Pump Query

. I don't know if anyone saw the 'brand new' MM external water pump on Ebay recently? Unfortunately I missed the end of the bidding process and it eventually sold for just under £200-00! It jogged my memory in that I was sure I had parts of an external pump somewhere in the garage, so I've had a goo...
by Ian46
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

. First time back in the garage today after Christmas and finally managed to dismantle and remove the passenger door lock. I don't think I have ever attempted this process before and I just couldn't see how to remove the locking lever. In the end I made a simple 'hook' tool which enabled me to pull ...
by Ian46
Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Thanks Stevey on both accounts.
by Ian46
Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

. As part of the total shell strip down, I have to take out the early Series II 'rigid board' headlining. You will see from the photos that it is in remarkable condition and initially I wasn't going to remove it but deciding to go the shell 'dip and strip' route, means that I am now going to have to...
by Ian46
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

I’m confused now!

Do you mean the two screw heads to the upper hinge that can be seen when the door is open?
by Ian46
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

. As Stevey hasn't come back to us with confirmation of the year change, I thought I would take a photo of my dismantled door top frame showing a measurement of approximately 10 inches from the lower corner upto the vertical line of the hinge point. I'm guessing the later quarter-light hinge points ...
by Ian46
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Thanks Many Minors, I will have a good look tomorrow. In answer to your question, I don't have any spray equipment at home so I am having the initial primer coat applied by the stripping company as part of the deal. I don't expect the leaded seams above the rear wings to survive the stripping proces...
by Ian46
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

I've spent an interesting morning stripping down the passenger door frame, or trying to. Both quarter-lights on the car are pretty rusty and are junk. The aim now is to save the both the quarter-light glass panels as they have the original Triplex coding on them. I've done that on the passenger side...
by Ian46
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Engine Paint Colour
Replies: 36
Views: 2245

Re: Engine Paint Colour

Looking at Jowett Javelin's engine photos I think we are pretty 'close' but I have chosen a gloss finish over matt which makes a visual difference. JJ - your car appears to be from late '54 to '56? If that is the case then blue engines make an appearance more than once across the Series II production.
by Ian46
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

. Today I have been mostly cutting out the rear side window glass. I have previously reported that the rubber items on the car have all turned to 'stone' over the years and these window rubbers were no exception. Using a Stanley knife and cutting from the outside of the car I pushed the glass and wh...
by Ian46
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

. Much happier now I've finally settled on a plan of attack for the rest of this restoration. I am opting to go for a chemical dip and strip the bodyshell and external panels and have provisionally arranged the process for mid January 2021. This gives me time to restore the last few mechanical items...
by Ian46
Sun Nov 15, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Thanks for the comment Jowett J. I believe I have the correct shade of 'blue' after some investigation. I can't wait for the rally field comments - 'You've painted the engine the wrong colour'. There are very few of these 'blue' engines about and no-one, so far, can say how many were produced or when.
by Ian46
Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NOVEMBER/DECEMBER Minor Matters ??
Replies: 31
Views: 1153

Re: NOVEMBER/DECEMBER Minor Matters ??

Mine arrived at 13.30hrs today.
by Ian46
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Engine Paint Colour
Replies: 36
Views: 2245

Re: Engine Paint Colour

I have put my now fully restored 'Blue' 803cc engine back in the engine bay for 'safe' storage over the winter months. :D
by Ian46
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mystery Stencil
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: Mystery Stencil

There is good evidence that there were stencil marks all over the cars when they left the factory but these have since been lost through use, dirt and grime accumulations over the years. Petrol Tanks are denoted 'ARA' plus a two or three part number depending on the year and model. The 'red' petrol ...
by Ian46
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

I believe (for me) this project has now reached a turning point in its execution. Having finished restoring all of the original mechanical and electrical items I could (apart from the rear axle still attached to the shell) I am now in the position where these are all literally wrapped up and ready t...
by Ian46
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration
Replies: 223
Views: 15327

Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Well, I don't know if the car is lucky or not but the underside looks like it hasn't received any body colour (apart from some over spray) or underseal or old oil or waxoyl in it's 67 years of existence so I will be spraying the underside in the 'brown' paint as I think it is an important feature to...