Hello everyone, (so sorry, but bear with me)
Was looking for a “introduce yourself” section but couldn’t see one, so here goes, it’s a little long winded.
I’ve been a long term spitfire owner (ongoing restoration) and a CT member, and was a boy during the professionals era, loved seeing them thrash around in the sprint, then one day a few years ago I started reading someone’s resto threads (my small homage to him with my forum name, never met him, but love his work) and got me back into Wanting a dolly.
Roll on to now, after having a unexpected divorce thrown on me, house move, re married (I will never learn haha) I lost my old forum details, changed mail etc etc so that why the new name.
Anyway enough of all the bla bla before you fall asleep!
Sprints seem to be asking a high price now, so I started looking for an 1850. With the help of my Dutch friend I have just bought a really tidy 1850, with lots of spares.
The chap was breaking and collecting dollies mainly for nearly 30 years, (they said at one point he was breaking nine sprints)I went to see the 1850 but was amazed at. How much stuff was there. Sadly he passed away and now the family want to sell the house, so they said it’s all or nothing. I made my offer, they accepted and now I’m here.
I will be going through it all to itemise it as best I can but basically there is on initial looking
Front wings used, front panels, front nose top edge, some other panels.
Doors used but perfect condition
Bonnets, boots, 9 front and rear screens,1/4 lights complete with rubbers, axles, gearboxes, engines, wheels, sub frames, propshaft, steering racks, door glasses (more than 40 off)
Fuel tanks, dash boards both LHD and RHD, gauges, under dash panels, dash foam padding, front spoilers, badges, starter motors, alternators, carburettors, light lenses, steering columns, tunnel covers,
Interior trim, exterior trim (more than you can shake a stick at)
The list gorges on, its mind boggling. Most is used from scrapped vehicles, but there are some N.O.S. Parts too.
So my idea is to sell it on, but I only brought it home yesterday, and I have been rearranging things to fit it all in.
I’m sorry to be blunt but this has to be said.
I have a full time job and am trying to turn my hobby into a job with my best friend (restoring old cars) and I have a family so please bear that in mind and be patient with me. I don’t want hundreds of mails asking for this and that. Once I have a more definitive list I will post again.
I was thinking about stonleigh but I have to weigh up the cost to get there, I live in Belgium now so that adds to the expense of getting across. I need a big van!
You are more than welcome to come over to buy stuff, the kettle is always on for a nice cup of PG tips.
Or even if a few of you want things, get a list together and a van and come over.
Anyway once again so sorry for the length of this thread, I’m embarrassed. But nice to meet you (for those that don’t know me)
Shaun (my back hurts and I ache from moving all those parts)