Four weeks ago, she was sent for blasting, looking rather rusty and worthless, but things have changed
The rot in the right rear of the body was bad, so this way, she can be flipped over and worked in easily and we have no excuse to fix it properly. The decision to remove the body was Chris at the sandblasting shop, he wanted to do it right and got manual help to lift it is when I was there.
After several hours of careful blasting on the “bedframe” the results after priming were excellent. The engine didn’t need to come out, as there was plenty of room to get access and why remove a working unit, as I didn’t plan to strip it down anyway.
The roof upholstery specialist came to review the old roof and decide how best we can make a new sliding roof to march what was probably there 60 years ago. Not an easy task, as all the fittings were missing.
Part 12 Early Oct
The project has stalled, due to divert funds to family holidays and the ever-escalating costs of repairs compared to budget/quotations. The sand and media blasting cost an extra €150, the headlight dent removal was €300 and other bits always cost twice the estimated prices. The most important advancement was getting the body and chassis blasted and collected on a trailer to Headford. A truly terrible 45-mile journey for my Nissan Pulsar, with the straps coming lose 5 times, queues of traffic and worry if it fell off and killed someone.
Outside the blasting farm, where some gun shooters (deer) helped load the body back on the chassis before the 10 bolts held it in place.
Now the real work begins, trying to remember where all the parts go !