56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

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56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby oilypaws » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:17 am

Look what I just bought!! (collecting tomorrow, all going well). It's a 56 split screen coupe with the 800 cc engine, which has sat in a garage under a house since the late 70s. The seller had inherited it from the original owner, it was only driven on weekends, and she was sure the mileage is the indicated 39,000 (i.e. it hasn't been around the clock).
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As you can see, there is surface rust on the paint, but no holes! Underneath it is one of the best I've seen - no rot in the sills or floor. It doesn't run (no spark, I predict it will take 10 minutes to fix that) and the brakes don't work, of course. However, the interior is fantastic - completely original, nice tidy carpets, and the red vinyl has no tears and is nice and supple. It has a sticker on the window saying the next oil change is due at 42,000 miles, and it looks about a year old - except the date on it is 1976. It has all the legal stickers of the time - WOF, registration, and a "carless day" sticker saying it wasn't to be driven on Thursdays (petrol saving measure from the late 70s). It has all the tools, a pump, and all the original manuals and ownership papers.

I'm hoping it can be put back on the road with minimal work - it would be a shame to pull it all apart for repainting, and it doesn't need any structural repairs.

QUESTION: Any recommendations for how to tidy up and protect the existing finish (lets call it "patina")? E.g. rub with some kind of wax or oil?

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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby myoldjalopy » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:46 am

How exciting! Its always good to find a 'time-warp' example of an unmolested 'forgotten' car :D
That surface rust is going to be the biggest problem. Its gone beyond 'patina' and I would say a stripdown and respray would be the way to go....good luck though, be great when you get her to fire up!

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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby palacebear » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:05 am

oilypaws wrote: QUESTION: Any recommendations for how to tidy up and protect the existing finish (lets call it "patina")? E.g. rub with some kind of wax or oil?
If you want to keep the surface rust and the 'rat look', I'd just give it a thorough wipe down with an oily rag, or maybe rub in some (A LOT) of petroleum jelly. Alternatively, a bit of prep to get rid of the flaky stuff, then some clear lacquer.

P.S. seats are probably leather not vinyl. Best find out and get some hide food on them if they are leather :)
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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby kevin s » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:07 pm

If you are not planning to use it too much in the rain just regularly wax or oil it, there are also etch laquers out there but as with all paints over rust it will eventually begin to lift.

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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby irmscher » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:36 am

Looks very solid great find :)

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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby mowogg » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:53 pm

I do hope you not paint it.

For my tastes many minors are over restored and loose their original charm with very shiney paintwork etc.

I was looking around 58he car park at recent Goodwood Revival - It was noticeable the unrestored cars of all makes were attracting attention

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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby Redmoggy » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:39 am

Hot soapy water followed by a cutting compound and then lots of wax. The compound will reduce the visible rust by removing any staining from the paint. The wax will help prolong the finish.

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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby moggy1960 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:41 pm

That beautiful old girl needs to be kept as is and go no where near a paint shop. It's a piece of history and far more interesting to see this being used as is then some of this over restored stuff. It wants a wipe down with an oily rag. Or cleaned and dried and lacquered as is. I wish I could have done mine like this but she was way too far gone.

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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby stag36587 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:39 pm

That is a fabulous and rare find, well done! All the very best with it. And I love that external sun visor - never seen one like that before.
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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby les » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:27 pm

I'd certainly pay attention to the area of rust on the roof, it looks to have taken hold more than elsewhere, maybe something constantly dripping on it. Last thing you want is a hole in the roof panel. Nice find though!


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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby irmscher » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:43 am

Anyone know the maker of the sun visor??

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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby sid » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:44 am

so..has it been painted or not?

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Re: 56 Split-Screen Coupe BARN FIND!

Postby irmscher » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:18 pm

Are you restoring the car ??


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