Thought that I should start a project thread for my Russet 1300.
As you all may remember we found it like this -
Russett brown 1980 Dolomite 1300, 40,000 miles; immaculate before it's elderley lost concentration for a moment.
Firstly the engine had to come out -
You may remember that I collected this car in the west country & attempted to drive it back to Kendal only to blow the big ends at Lancaster.
The failure was due to lack of oil. I thought this was down to a crank case seal but no... it was down to me
I forget the first rule of driving an old car for a long distance ..... CHECK THE OIL REGULARLY!!!!!
Seals & gaskets were all fine so I guess that it just burned off. When I drained the oil I collected enough to fill a cereal bowl.
Empty engine bay -
Everything about this car looks no more than a couple of years old, I sometimes have to blink -
So now I need to strip the engine and see what damage my stupidity has done.
Regarding the crash damage I got a couple of Russet doors from BlueDollySE -
One of OEL's good points (there were not many) was that it had a good pair of front wings. In fact when I got them off they had "parts bin picking stickers" on the back dated 1992. This one is going on PYD -
On Wednesday PYD will be picked up & carted off to Graham (The MIG). Graham is going to fit the wing, carry out a couple of other repairs and hang the doors.
Then the whole lot is going to be repainted in a loveley shade of Russett Brown.
Although PYD is a solid little car it's suffered a bit from "misjudgements" during its life. The nose has suffered quite badly from parking mishaps -
So as well as the offside wing, doors & rear arch I am having the nose repainted too. I'm hoping that with Russett being a solid colour & PYD paint showing no signs of fading I'll get a good match.
Prior to going off to the body shop I stripped off the bumbers, all of the fittings on the front & the trim & doors on the offside. Got to keep the job as low cost as possible.
Next submission I'll strip the engine & then some shots from the body shop.