Hello - new member with a new project

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Offline sweets

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Hello - new member with a new project
- Apr 07, 2021 - 21:31
Hi
My name is Dave and I have just acquired an 86" Series 1 that was exported in kit form in November 1953, and re-imported to the UK from Australia in 2016
As far as I can tell it has not had any substantial work done on it once it was back here.
The engine is present and correct, it is not seized but not running either.
The gearbox is present, but loose in the back.
It is currently a hardtop, but a photo at the time of import shows it as a pick-up with cab. I propose to keep it a hard top with soft as an option when seasons allow.
Although I appreciate there is plenty to do, I took on this project as the chassis has no deep rust to speak of, and I hope it will strip and re-build well.
I am not the most experienced mechanic, and will probably look for advice on who to use for any more specialist gearbox and engine work.
Most of the rest I pan to do myself, woith help from mates who work in the same yard.
I have done a few projects with them, and their skills with mechanics, welding, fabrication and paint are some of the reasons why I have taken this challenge on.

I am not aiming for a concourse restoration, so I will most likely convert it to an alternator, add heaters and a few other practical things, with the aim of making a long-lasting but fully operating vehicle, rather than one for showing.

Please be patient with my newbiness, I am bound to say a few stupid things.
All the best
Dave

ps - when not considering this project I make free-standing furniture from local hardwoods, as my job, and have a few other interests including watches, a bunch of outdoor stuff, bikes, and my family. Not in that order.

Offline Dpaz

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Re: Hello - new member with a new project
Reply #1 - Apr 07, 2021 - 22:11
Hi Dave, Welcome. First off join the club and get full use of the forum. Take your time and like it says in gambling adverts 'When it stops being fun, Stop!'  Don't be afraid to ask the 'silly' question, we've all been there. Send pictures, please.

Offline scimart

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Re: Hello - new member with a new project
Reply #2 - Apr 07, 2021 - 23:36
Is it registered with the DVLA?  If not, it's important to get in touch with the registration officer before starting work as DVLA are getting rather sticky unless they are presented with a complete and original vehicle.  There may be further complications with CKD vehicles...
1955 86" NGY 990 (ex-MoS)

Offline msm80

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Re: Hello - new member with a new project
Reply #3 - Apr 08, 2021 - 08:13
Welcome to the fold Dave.
Sounds like an interesting project as an early 86”. Sound advice given already, take your time between your interests. You sound to be a pretty resourceful chap and there are plenty here that’ll be pleased to advise where they can. Good luck.
Malcolm
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Offline sweets

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Re: Hello - new member with a new project
Reply #4 - Apr 08, 2021 - 10:29
Thanks for the welcome gents. It is not currently DVLA registered, but I am in touch with the original importer, who has agreed to include it with some other requests he is currently preparing. I have joined the club here, and although I have not found my way all through it yet, first impresions are of a very useful resource.
D

Offline scimart

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Re: Hello - new member with a new project
Reply #5 - Apr 08, 2021 - 11:44
This is an amazing resource with a real depth of knowledge that we mere mortals can tap into and I've found it incredibly informative.  I would reiterate my advice to contact the club registrations officer (Mick Burns, MilkMan?) even if the importer is getting involved.  It's becoming a very complex subject if you don't want to end up going down the Q plate route...or worse.
1955 86" NGY 990 (ex-MoS)

Offline sweets

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Re: Hello - new member with a new project
Reply #6 - Apr 12, 2021 - 17:53
Thank you for the replies gents. I have now got my LRSOC membership pack and have made contact with Mick Burn.
What a helpful bloke he is, I hope to make some progress on the registration front before I start stripping much at all.
My first copy of Legend also looks great.
Dave

Offline sweets

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Re: Hello - new member with a new project
Reply #7 - Apr 15, 2021 - 21:43
Here it is in its un-improved state.

Well, a little bit improved, as I have wire brushed large porions of the chassis looking for the serial number (which I eventually found on the top of the main chassis rail on the near side between the radiator and the grille)


Offline TAC

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Re: Hello - new member with a new project
Reply #8 - Yesterday at 21:21
Looks like the original paint. I would not re paint the body.  Keep the original patina.


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