1953 (March) Series II Restoration

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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:43 pm

Last few patches of original blue paint left on the engine. Photos taken for the record.
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:50 pm

I'm not sure if people are still watching this thread but posting the process has helped me thus far. I hope it is of some interest?

I am guessing that if I need specific 'originality' questions answering my best bet is to ask them in the MM Register Forum as my car is closest that model?

I confirmed earlier in the thread that I believed battery acid had been spilt in the engine bay, well it looks as though it has also damaged the gearbox cover. This was going to be refitted as it is but on closer inspection the rust (and flakey paint) needs to be eradicated so this panel is off next for blasting.


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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:07 pm

I thought I knew quite a bit about Series II's, but another detail that I am not sure about is the 'brown' steering wheel.

It looks original to this car but I can't remember seeing one that was only a solid brown. I thought most of the cars around this date had mottled brown/sand colour or mottled bluey grey?


The second photo shows the state of the interior I've inherited and I don't know where to start any conservation process. Likewise the door and interior panels are all in very poor condition and faded and need work. Are there good secondhand Maroon interiors around?

Amazingly the solid headlining panels are in fantastic condition by comparison.

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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby jagnut66 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:44 pm

Hi,
Your second picture shows there is a slight 'mottling' to the steering wheel, I have seen them in series 2s before, so my 'twopennethworth' would be to say it is original. They are not common though, so a plus maybe? :P
Worst case scenario would be that it is original to the period..... :roll: :wink:

Coming along nicely, by the way.
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1954 Series 2 on axle stands needing more welding......

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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby stevey » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:47 pm

Please keep posting, it is very interesting. I've seen a few original cars with the brown steering wheel, they are date stamped, so you can check. The date is on the back on the rim near one of the spokes joins the rim. Second hand interiors are few and far between, been looking at 1954 front seat covers for a few years. You would be better to repair and redye.


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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby geoberni » Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:29 pm

stevey wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:47 pm
I've seen a few original cars with the brown steering wheel, they are date stamped, so you can check. The date is on the back on the rim near one of the spokes joins the rim.
Really? Ummm....
Basil has a marbled grey wheel, but someone in the past has spent a great deal of time doing a very good job of wrapping it in black plastic cord with black fabric cord around the spokes.

I've never fancied disturbing it, a) in case I found something underneath I didn't like and b) I know I'd never managed to put it back as well even if I wanted to.

I can't see any markings on the plastic that is showing.... :-?
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby jagnut66 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:41 pm

The date is on the back on the rim near one of the spokes joins the rim.
Did they date stamp the grey marbled ones too?
I've never fancied disturbing it
Curiosity would get the better of me I'm afraid, that would have been stripped off not long after acquisition. But then I'm now happy to apply the resin and fettle........... :lol: :wink:
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby stevey » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:56 pm

Yes both colours were date stamped, I'm trying to get a clear photo


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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby stevey » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:58 pm

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Photo of an mm one I took a few years ago, dated 5th if 4th 49
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:46 pm

Thanks for comments yesterday guys.

Following on from Stevey's post regarding steering wheel date codes I decided to remove mine for cleaning and inspection.

The mottled brown wasn't too evident as the wheel was dirty but I can see it now after a quick clean.

The date code is visible in the close-up, and the numbers look like 6, blank, and I can just make out 53.

My car is a '53 but was built on on 23rd February 1953 so I'm not sure how to interpret that?

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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby Ian46 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:56 pm

I got back my front grille back from the blasters this afternoon and revisited the smaller dents before getting some primer on.

Not really the weather to be painting in but needs must. The radiator support panel, bumper valances, replacement sump will get primed tomorrow.
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby jagnut66 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:04 pm

The mottled brown wasn't too evident as the wheel was dirty but I can see it now after a quick clean
Looking at the close up of your wheel, I think there is some nice 'marbling' in there, that just needs to be brought out. Having done my grey wheels I would do the same to yours: Give it a wipe with some thinners to remove any build up of grime / grease, wash it off with detergent (fairy liquid or similar) in warm water, then use fine wet and dry paper (wet) and give it a good going over, then wash it off again. Then oil it, I used three in one oil on a paper kitchen towel, while its 'wet' you should get an idea of what it will look like. Wipe off any excess with a dry kitchen towel the leave it a while, have a cuppa! :D
If you are not happy or think you bring out more of the marbling, then you can give it another going over with the wet and dry, wash it off again and re-oil it. (Then have another cuppa - it's thirsty work! :wink:)
Finally polish it with 'Autosol' metal polish, until you get the depth of shine you are happy with, I used this in conjunction with a marble polish, see my link below.
It worked for me and it's something to do in between coats of paint on your panels.
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Re: 1953 (March) Series II Restoration

Postby geoberni » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:48 pm

Ian46 wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:46 pm

The date code is visible in the close-up, and the numbers look like 6, blank, and I can just make out 53.

My car is a '53 but was built on on 23rd February 1953 so I'm not sure how to interpret that?
Very common practice even now, to date code for the production week of the year.
Week 6 of 1953 would be Feb 2nd to 8th, so almost the 'just in time' manufacturing that is so popular these days :lol:
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