57 Saloon, rotten!

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Thu May 11, 2017 9:36 pm

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Two cans of this have gone into the front rails, under the rear seat and all four doors so far, rear chassis and boxing to do later.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Thu May 11, 2017 9:40 pm

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I've had a lap of the village sat on a beer crate!


Torsion bar on drivers side to adjust, gearbox and engine oils to change and interior to fit then I can start looking at the paint work and the rear bumper.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby les » Thu May 11, 2017 9:50 pm

It's been a while since I did this but I think you will find there are 4 rubber strips that fit into recessed channels in the floor pan, (running north to south) then when you screw the gearbox cover in place this should give you the correct height to clear the cap. If you have reproduction floor panels they won't be recessed though. This info applies to the van/ pickup but probably the saloon as well. How much does the cap stick out?


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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Fri May 12, 2017 7:59 am

Morning.

Yes quite a bit, probably be lost in the underlay easily enough though, it's a genuine master cylinder too, I could pack the cover up a but I suppose but it might be worse. I'll see if I can scoop the inside of the bung a bit.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby greendefender123 » Fri May 12, 2017 8:37 am

That's coming together nicely. I used the same foam as you for the tunnel tho fitted it to the car. Should be easier to remove in the future anyway. Bet it was nice going for a run knowing your all solid now.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Fri May 12, 2017 11:36 am

I've used the foam for the door bottom inner seals too, not concourse but better than those stupid metal strips and clips!

I need to raise the drivers side and do the tie bar nuts and split pins but it did feel good, the brakes and clutch pedal have never felt so good and there was no clunks from the new rear end or anything.

I'm going to have an mot test and half an hour extra on the ramp just to check all the bolts etc after a few hundred miles as I've pretty much had every bolt off it now!

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby jaekl » Fri May 12, 2017 1:39 pm

It's good to see you still have the original gearbox floor cover. They are a bit different in the front area. They modified it a little later to give your left foot a little more room since you RHD people are driving on the narrower floor side cause by the offset in the remote shifter.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Fri May 12, 2017 4:57 pm

It's 60 years old in November too!

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby firedrake1942 » Fri May 12, 2017 5:06 pm

Are you having a party ? Mine is 60 on the 6th of June. Cake and drinkies I think, perhaps some oil for Neddy (The car)

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Fri May 12, 2017 9:02 pm

That's not a bad idea! It will be my 40th a few weeks after it's 60th too :D

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Fri May 12, 2017 9:06 pm

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Seat on the right cleaned with creme cleaner, left just a nice amount of patina for my tastes.

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Need to fit this lot, note the new canvas bag for spares and tools to finish off the carpeted boot, fancy eh?!

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby firedrake1942 » Fri May 12, 2017 9:20 pm

Pete those seats look vinyl and probably from a post 1963 model.

They do seem to go well with the car tho.

Originally they would have been one of two shapes - mine albeit in red are the rounded back, a hangover from the series 2 - and in leather with white piping with leatherette door cards / wheel arch trims / seat backs
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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Fri May 12, 2017 9:48 pm

Oh yeah they are long gone, they were in it when I bought it but I fitted these soon after I bought it and re did the diaphragms, I paid a whole £62 for the entire interior! Not period correct but much better than the rotten ones it came with.

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Fri May 12, 2017 9:52 pm

They were round back, I've still got some of the trim pieces between the doors etc but I'm wrapping them in bottle green pvc to match my carpets so it will be a mix of sage and bottle green similar to how it was but the other way around as it was dark green seats and light green carpets, it's very green! :D

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sat May 13, 2017 5:36 pm

Ok it's not period correct but it's tidy enough :)

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Waiting on the dark green vinyl to cover the kidney pieces etc

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sat May 13, 2017 5:38 pm

After all this work the biggest difference has been cleaning the seats and fitting new bonnet anti rattle rubber pieces all round, new number plate bolts have solved all the rattles I've lived with for years!

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby firedrake1942 » Sat May 13, 2017 9:05 pm

Non original but looks excellent !Well done

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sun May 14, 2017 12:50 am

Thanks! :D

Been out in it tonight, just got in, it was like a pair of comfy slippers after two years or more of not being on the road, it's used some water and the fuel gauge didn't register the fuel I've put in but I'm thinking the water just hadn't circulated after taking the hose off to fit the engine mounts, it needs draining and filing with antifreeze anyway, fuel tank just needs an earth I think.

Time to start the body work then :-?

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby myoldjalopy » Sun May 14, 2017 10:35 am

What a lovely, unspoilt dashboard you have! :D

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Re: 57 Saloon, rotten!

Postby SageGreenPete » Sun May 14, 2017 4:08 pm

It's a lovely view ahead isn't it, I like it at night with the clock illuminated :)


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