80 dig out

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Offline stephen grima

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80 dig out
- Nov 03, 2021 - 06:18
Hello all. This is An early series 1 80 inch. Solid bones but cut up body( made to look like a lightweight).Thinkering if to restore to original specs or leave as is. Any views about it?

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Offline VRO Moderator

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Re: 80 dig out
Reply #1 - Nov 03, 2021 - 08:05
Obviously itís a personal choice and I am sure you will get a full range of views here. For me it would depend a bit on how much work is needed underneath. If it needs a complete strip down to repair chassis and bulkhead then I would be tempted to return bodywork to original but if itís a rolling restoration I would be tempted to leave the bodywork as is given itís part of its history. What year is it and do you know its history. Interesting project either way

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Offline Stephen M

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Re: 80 dig out
Reply #2 - Nov 03, 2021 - 14:08
My take on it is that itís not a vehicle that has for example historical significance, and thus one where you would inherit an obligation of custodianshipÖ. So you are therefore really free to do as you wish; follow your enthusiasm:-)

I would be taking the bodywork back to a standard shape - but just as itís my preference.

Offline Tony B

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Re: 80 dig out
Reply #3 - Nov 03, 2021 - 14:37
A further vote for replacement panels.

Offline Monkeypin

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Re: 80 dig out
Reply #4 - Nov 03, 2021 - 19:21
If it was mine I could probably live with the back wings but would have to replace the front ones.

Offline nickuk

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Re: 80 dig out
Reply #5 - Nov 03, 2021 - 19:25
What do YOU want to use it for?

Would be fun to use as is - actually looks nice and straight and that things have been altered competently.

Equally if has good bones could be returned to near original spec.

Either way enjoy it.



Offline B.S.F.

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Re: 80 dig out
Reply #6 - Nov 03, 2021 - 23:12
What you should do is decide now what is "part of it's history" or  "adds character ", which seems to be the standard explanation / excuse when people don't want to do a particular job, run out of funds or enthusiasm  half way through the restoration.


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