Part 17 :: End Jan 18
Note: This rebuild has personally and emotionally cost me a fortune to date , so please understand the objective is to restore it to be enjoyed – this is a car that was pulled from being scrapped, to get her running and looking OK but not absolutely perfect.
Just a few before and after shots to remind me how poor she was. A few hours with my furniture restorer, James and she was back to brand new condition….
These are the new bonnet panel stop bars, fitted to the front chassis, copied from the old oxidised and very rotten parts, probably cost €800 – €1,000 to re-make but making an amazing front end to the car.
The angle grinder is a vicious tool, cut quite deep but I waited till I finished the wing grinding till I pulled off the glove to inspect “my damage”. Starting to heal well after 4 weeks.
The woodwork in the rear passenger driver wheel arch was really poor, woodwork, wet rot and neglect
Part 18 Feb 18
Some Old V New (OVN) pics
The Rolls Royce Enthusiast Club kindly loan out specialist tools to members for the many repairs that are needed to keep these cars on the road, only charging postage. For the front and brakes, there were up to 7 specialist tools needed to service them, 6 were kindly supplied by RREC, weighing in at 15 Kgs.
It took several hours to strip them down, finding a few wee problems along the way:
- One Return spring missing
- Another spring broken
- A further spring not anything like strong enough, looked like something from a ball point pen
- Four nuts missing out of 12, on the rear hub
- Main linings down to rivits in places
- Split pins missing from all 12 nuts on the rear brake locking plate
Luckily, I found a lovely guy, William in Bellewstown to re-line the lot for €240 on next day service! – See the supplier details for his contact info.
Part 19 :: 2018
With the kind help (blackmailed into thinking it would only take an hour or so) from Martin Ryan, recently appointed Secretary of the Shrule and District Vintage Club (www.shrulevintage.ie), we started to work on temporarily re-fitting the 5 foot long front wings, modifying mounting brackets etc to minimise the damage when finally re-fitted for good.
The exhaust was hand made by the previous owners and rather badly, so I had to cut various bits of pipe to make a system that would loop over the rear axle, without removing the fuel tank every time, which wasn’t so easy but judge for yourself…
Made by Tripart Exhausts, Galway from a few old scrap bits lying in a pile in their workshop, to get the pipe shaped over the rear axle, for €50 cash (€200 from RR parts supplier). The previous owner didn’t bother with this, “tut tut”.
Before and after Nickel plating the wheel hub nuts (€297.57 and 6 weeks to plate !)
Part 20 : March 2018
Whilst about to fly to Rwanda, I had the chance to see my daughter Joanna in London and visit a couple of RR owners and the ex-owner of my car who had it for 6 years between 2009 and 2016.
The previous owner -2 John and Lady Vivien heard the car was stored in a neighbour’s barn for 29 years, the roof had collapsed, and he paid the minister £2,200 for the car, complete with vegetation, mould and mice droppings. Son Dan was the one with the idea, that luckily didn’t materialise, so Dan sold it after losing a huge amount of money on a car crash. John then sold it partly done up, to David for £11,500! Grrr
His plan was to turn it into a rat rod, by chopping the roof 12 “, fitting big wheels and a 5.7 litre RR engine