got stuck back into prepping the Blue Bitch for paint… Rubbed right back and then 2k hi-fill primer. Spending this weekend doing final wet rub to primer… Going down to 800 think it should be right… Also going to get the Grey Ghost ready for colour too … Although it will be a while before i get to it….
Its been a long time coming but im starting to get stuck back into the restoration as time and money permits..
This weekend ive been restoring the dashboard and Plastics of the car including the centre console. Still a bit to go on the dashpad but it should look a treat once finished.
Its been a while since I have updated the site as there’s been a lot going on over the past year.
B2 car was towed away without warning by the council, as it was parked unregistered on the road (although it had a permit). I was extremely annoyed by this and unfortunately didn’t have the $ they wanted to charge me to reclaim it so i believe it was sold off. NOT IMPRESSED as it was ready to go…
The other cars are currently in storage in a paddock near Horsham (all covered) as we have moved to Ballarat and we are still trying to find a suitable workshop or garage to allow us to work on them and store them.
spent today prepping B2 for Roadworthy.
On inspection i found a fair few small and potentially troublesome spots of bubble rust and a few scratches in the paint down to the metal so we have removed and treated the rust, filled sanded and primed all these small spots today.
new mirrors were fitted and we are finishing up installing the stereo and tidying up the interior, giving it a good clean.
Next weekend weather permitting will look to finish off the paint work on her and get her a roadworthy and registered the following week.
heres some pics of todays work:
Connor and I started getting B2 ready to go on the road today.
1st step is a good wash then a cut and polish which will take a few days to complete
A good scrub of the interior is next on the list for tomorrow
Installing some Sony and Pioneer speakers into the car from Horsham Auto Wreckers along with a Kenwood CD head unit with detachable face.
A new Battery has gone in ready as well
Have a small issue with the Ignition system … it wont start 🙁
I think its a problem with the starter solenoid and a few wacks with a universal screwdriver did not help it along either so may have to get an electrician out to look at it.
all thats left to do now is:
– remove the windscreen and clean out the edge rust
– rub out two small bubble rust spots on the bonnet
– refit the wipers and a new windscreen
– roadworthy and rego
so hopefully will have it on the road to do a few runs during the School Holidays….(money and Weather dependent)
then back onto the Blue Bitch now that the weathers getting better…
Ok so B2 hasnt been started for years.,.,. just sitting in a paddock
so i thought id look over everything and see if i could get her started
Checked the radiator and it was full of coolant and no discolouring
Checked the oil and while old and thick no sign of water in it or sludge
checked the plugs, fairly clean, checked in thru the oil filler cap and traces of oil so looked good
so i took of the air filter cover, hooked up a battery, cold cranked it a couple of times, then dropped some fuel in and kicked her over… and VROOM away she went… purring away almost immediately, after a bit of smoke and crap flew out the exhaust…
runs well, clutch responded and changed thru the gears well… took it for a quick short spin up the block and back and it ran really well…
so now onto cleaning her up to get her on the road…
I started cleaning out B1 and B2 this morning to get an idea of what i ended up with…
I now have 3 jacks and wheel braces, all original parts (last week i was trying to buy one….)
I found B1 has a working Factory Original Radio and Cassette Deck – 1979 state of the art!
I ended up with 3 good useable front guards although the red one has a bit of a hole in the lower panel but is certainly repairable.
I also ended up with a spare radiator in excellent condition, a complete steering column including light and wiper stalks and other odds and ends…
so we picked up B1 and B2 this weekend…
took a lot of effort and a fair amount of travelling to get them home. B1 came home late Saturday night, after we loaded it up in the pouring rain
she’s a bit of a mess but here’s some more pics
B1 has the revolutionary new green grass side protection system…
the engine bay was nice and clean however…
B2 came home today, and was a lot easier to load, after replacing 2 wheels that were flat, and again in the pouring rain. She’s in a lot better nic than B1 on the surface, but i think once we have a good look over her there will be a lot of hidden issues…
here’s some pics
so after a long hard weekend i have a second project car and a parts car and a whole lot of extra parts as well… now i hoped and prayed that B1 had a great dash pad…. it had carpety felt stuck down over it… and when i peeled the edges back it looked good…
so i peeled back some more…
its stuffed 🙁
so while i may be able to possibly reskin this one… i think the search remains…