Sometimes we have car that takes a little bit of time to work out what the actual root cause of a problem is and then sort it out. Sometimes we replace the part(s), we can fabricate a bespoke part or we make a modification to fit what is required. Most of the bigger car problems are sorted out with a quick chat or a second opinion over a mug of tea and a biscuit. It’s rare we have a full on team meeting around the engine bay of a car. This pic was a snap shot of the guys having a look for the best way to fix a problem, as there wasn’t even a mug of tea in sight I knew it wasn’t that bad. It turned out to be the best way to make a new part fit and look good. They say two heads are better than one, or a problem shared is a problem halved. In this case it turns out that four heads are better than one.
This week we are pleased to see the return of our Classic Racer back from the dippers and the difference is quite obvious. Nothing is left apart from the good bare metal and the solid welding. This gives us a perfect head start to any work that needs to be done such as replacement welding, replacements panels, start of the under coating or what ever we decide to do first. There have been a few modifications made to this car previously and these will have to be removed and replaced with the correct stock parts again for the series of racing this will be entered back in to. It’s not very often we get a clean canvas to start work on, but it’s worth it. It’s a quick way to get back to the bare metal but the cost has to be considered, or you can do it all by hand the hard way like the ’66 Coupe we also have on the go too.
The fenders and other panels were dipped and in this pic you can see the guys doing a dummy fit of the fender to see what work will be required as a rough guide for time estimates and work load allocation.