The Big Restoration Project Part I - The beginning
The project started in 2001 when I realized that the car
could not pass the legal requirements for car inspection. Several holes
in the floor panels had come since last inspection. I could do a cheep
and fast reparation but on the other side I have always felt the need
and had the passion to build a car. All of it. During the years before I
had done work on engine, interior and changed many parts. But never any
work on the body of separated the body from the frame.
Together with an other Triumph club member I hired a
workshop about 35 kilometer from where I lived. Even though I thought I
might do a fast job I quickly ended up stripping the complete car.
Everything was bagged and numbered. I still would have liked some more
photos for documentation of how put the parts back on again. An even
though I took many pictures and I have many books on Triumph - I should
have taken more pictures. I is hard to remember after three years how to
was really fast dismantling the car. The body, bolts and many part went
off to grid blasting at
Jyderup Sandblęseri. Before this all bolts was measured detailed in
size and numbered with page number and item number from the workshop
manual to make sure, that when I got all the bolt back (in one box) then
I could but them in small plastic bags for each location.
The body was very poor when it returned. A lot of panels
had to replaced. Sills, floors, rear wing, doors, boot bottom and rear
panel and many other items. I had to learn to weld and the boot was the
training project. I learned that the welding is very fast and not that
difficult. But taking out panels without damaging the other parts was a
hard job. It took more than a day just to take out the floor panel in
one side. After a few month with sleepless night and the thought that
the project might stop here, I found out that my girlfriends cousin was
is a professional welder. He spend 130 hours finishing the job. I was
very impressed that everything fitted because this was his first Triumph
and the first car with no roof. He made several panels himself around
the wind screen fittings and at the A post.