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Old 22-08-2010   #16
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Re: 500F Rebuild

Not any reportable progress from me, I have ordered my first lot of parts but that's about all. I go into my workshop an I have parts all over the place. Some I can't bear to put back on the car because of the state they are in, some that have to be refurbished. I continue to continue.

If anything I was going to note that I was going into withdrawl after not having my car around (after 24 years of ownership).

Having just had a look at the last post for the Project Bambino rebuild, I am feeling even worse.

These cars look so good after we put some effort into them, Chris has done such a good job as have so many other members of this site.


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Re: 500F Rebuild

Quote Originally Posted by tjmra View Post
If anything I was going to note that I was going into withdrawl after not having my car around (after 24 years of ownership).

Having just had a look at the last post for the Project Bambino rebuild, I am feeling even worse.
Joe,

I visited your car on Friday. There is a bit to be done, but probably not quite as much as mine - it will come up beautifully.

It's a nice looking car and a later model than mine as it has the rectangular badge on the front.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - these cars are well worth restoring.

You'll get it back sooner than you know and then the real fun begins.

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Went and saw the car today mainly because I had to deliver some repair panels and other bits.

Car has been blasted all over to expose the remaining rust areas and then given a coat of primer to keep the surface rust at bay while the repairs are done.

Front panel has been cut away and some of the dents have already disappeared from around the rest of the car. Not much more rust exposed than I already knew about so that is a good thing.

Went through all the other areas that needed attention with the panel beater. Holes for aerials, mirrors a radio etc that have to be filled. I need to provide some additional repair panels as well.

Inside shot of the car shows a jumble of parts that that were also blasted, engine cooling covers, suspension arms, brake backing plates etc. These all have to end up black.

Whilst the car has been away I have been cleaning up some of the smaller 'black' parts that I did not send away with the car. Will prime these and paint them at home.

I have also included a shot of the speedo. Age has taken its toll and the plastic has become rough and discoloured. Thought I would try and clean it up so I used some old paint cutting compound on a piece of paper towell. You can see the results for yourself. Still need to do more work on the area I have started already but I think I am on a winner as far as results are concerned.


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Visited the car again to see how things were progressing.

Looking so much better now with the front panel back on. Purple is a guide coat that will come off as the repairing stops and the finishing starts. Still no real idea on how long it will take from here but that is OK.

I have included a before and after on the steering box. A good clean, a strip and new seals on reassembly sees it feeling nice and smooth. Wife saw me scrubbing it and asked why, if no one one was ever going to see it, did it have to be cleaned to within an inch of its life. What could I say?

Went hunting in the back shed for all the bits that I accumulated in 1986. Another steering box, kinkpins, springs interior bits and lo and behold, a complete wiring loom. Now I had been thinking that I would have to source a new one as the one that has been in the car was repaired by me 24 years ago and is now really showing he signs of age. The one I found is in really good condition. Have already scubbed it clean and identified a few small repairs that need to be done. Will rebind it as well so it should be fine.

Pulled the steering column switchgear apart to do small repair. Had to make a pair of small brass rivets to put it all back together. Switch arms have a bit of a design fault (in my opinion). There is a metal rod running down most of the length. Weak point is where the rod ends and guess where the arms tend to break. Rods rust out as well and the arms also get cracks around them. For mine, I just filled the cracks with epoxy, sanded them back and then polished out the scratches. Can still see the seam of epoxy but I don't really want to paint them.

At some stage I am going to think of paint colour. Red with black inside is what I have always thought it should be but I have three votes for ivory with red interior. Not even sure if I have the final say. Does anyone have a white or ivory paint / red interior car out there that can post some photos (inside and out) for me?

Will try and visit the car next week if there has been any progress.

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Re: 500F Rebuild

Joe,

Some time ago you asked about the holes in the roof where the sunroof attaches. I had a similar pair of large outside holes which I had filled. With the retrimmed sunroof fitted properly, the final appearance is very nice. I've posted a photo.

As for colour, my vote is for red with a black interior. If you are after front seats, I now have a spare pair retrimmed in high quality black vinyl with red piping that I'm willing to part with.

My car was originally ivory with red trim - I've attached a photo. If you have red trim, would you also have red carpets/mats. The nice thing about a black interior is that you can match the trim colour and carpet colour without it looking too overpowering.

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Slowly slowly. Visited the car last week, not much change.

Have been tinkering around the edges over the last few weeks but today I got a bit of time so I gathered all the 'black' bits that I have been cleaning and hit them with the wire brush again. Went on a hunt and found some more that needed cleaning and stripped them back as well. (Those of you who have crawled around underneath the car may recognise that the horn has been pulled apart as well. Just could not help myself.)

Fired up the compressor and shot a coat of etch on the lot. Came out better than I expected (only used the gun twice now). Will shoot a coat of black on next week if I can get the time. Have no idea on what I am doing here but I willl be better than it was before I think.

Still have to do the front seat frames but that will be done as a task in itself. Most of the other tinware (inside the car, around the engine and suspension) is with the panelbeater.

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Have been holding out on you all. There has been progress that I have not reported on so I will put up a couple of posts in quick succession to bring it all up to speed.

Have continued to sort through the parts I have at home, stripping and cleaning what I can and finishing by painting or polishing. I am purchasing parts that I need as I go. I have painted all the black parts that I did not send to the panelbeater (see my previous post). Not a perfect job so I will have to rub back some parts and do them again. Lot of polishing of bright parts, takes a bit of effort but the parts come up well.

Engine has gone off for a health check. I know there is an oil leak somewhere and one of the plug threads is a little suspect. Have not heard back about what needs to be done yet.

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Visited the car again. Still in primer and guide coat but there has been a fair amount of work done on the body although it does not show at all.

Have been speaking to the upholsterer. Not quite sure how the inside will come togehter, I dont wan't to move the car around from place to place. Will just have to see how things pan out.

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Now we are getting somewhere. Panelbeater sent me some photo's of the car being painted.

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Visited the car again this morning, first time I have seen it with a coat of paint. Originally I wanted a red car with black interior, I know this combination works so well (look at Bambino's thread in this forum and you can see what I mean) After agonizing for months, I decided to go for a light colour. I did not want white or cream so Ivory was the logical choice.

I was more than a little apprehensive, the initial photos I saw made the car look white. I know the panelbeater (David) knew what I wanted as we discussed it on several occasion so I had to reserve judgment until I had a look. In the flesh it looks so good, not only the colour but the finish as well.

David wanted to put the windows in so I spent last night cleaning them all up. Took them with me today so they can go in at his leisure.

Car will stay there for the moment so that the upholsterer can have a look at what has to be done. Interior is going to be red.

That brings me up to date for now.

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Joe,
I've seen your 500 and it looks great.
IMHO, it would look really good with red upholstery.
Please keep the photos coming - my car has had another engine stripdown as I had a bigend knock from a pair of ill-fitting conrods. They were sent back in exchange for a pair that fit perfectly. Hopefully now I can finally finish the job I started what seems like an age ago.
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Time for a confession, I have been holding out on you all. After waiting for such a long time, I got my car back at the end of last month and have not posted any details on what I have been up to.
Car came home on the same tilt tray it went away on. Not a Race Car or Lowered so it must be Prestige. (my story and I am sticking to it)


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I purchased new tailights and rubber seals. Lights are OK but the rubber seals are terrible for more than one reason. My old seals did not fit the new lights but I now found myself having to make them fit. Only solution I could think of was to stretch them onto the lights and hold then in place with a zillion clamps and then drop them in hot water. Worked a dream.


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Not a huge amount of progress in putting the car back together. Always a matter of finding a balance between what I have to do and what I want to do………… Started with the wiring loom (that I had previously cleaned) and went from there. Biggest problem is that the paint has made the fit of things like the dash lights and switches etc very tight. I can’t just force the components through otherwise the paint will chip, so I have to gently sand all the openings . I know I am going to have earth problems when I try the electrics but I will address that when I get to it.

One of the last photos shows some of the rear suspension parts that are ready to go in. Note I am upgrading my rear springs to ‘go faster’ units. Farirly simple operation, get your old springs, strip the black paint off them and then paint them red. (I scare myself sometimes.)


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General problems to date.
Whilst I have cleaned my gearbox and put in new axle seals, I now discover there is a leak between the main flywheel housing and the main part of the gearbox (I think). Manual says that there is no gasket here between the two. Not sure how this works, I can’t see a metal to metal joint working at all so I will have to have another look.

Have been dissapointed in some parts.

As noted already, some rubbers are rough and this includes some of the bushings.

New screen rubber looks fine but the inside lip no longer hides the two exit points for the wiring that runs from the rear vision mirror to the under bonnet area. (This is really being picky as there is another way around this I think.)

I ordered a couple of frames for the Qtr vent windows. Slightly the wrong shape, the pivot pins are at the wrong angle. When you try and adjust them they break because they are riveted in place, but not very well. Anyone out there have a good LHS original that I can purchase?

The last one is an observation rather than a probelm. I am lucky enough to have parts from three cars that in some cases lets me pick the best component to clean up and reuse. I have three sets of rear whell hubs and have discovered that there are two types that are slightly different. In the scheme of things, I think the bearing and seats are the same but the oil seals are different sizes (by a couple of mm). Of the three sets I have, I have 3 hubs of one type and three of the other. I know I have at least one set of D suspension arms, so this will go towards explaining the difference, but how I got a 3 - 3 split I don’t know.

Finally, on the subject of these rear hubs, does anyone know where you can get the spacer that goes between the rubber coupling and the castellated nut? Place I would normally go does not have them listed.

Enough for now, I will try and do some suspension work next week and post as I go from now on.

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Congratulations on the progress so far - I'd seen the car on the odd ocassion when I had visited David and it certainly looked very nice. The ivory white colour with red upholstery looked great and I'm sure that you are very happy with it.

I have also had some difficulty with the quality of remanufactured/reproduction parts and haven't quite resolved some of them, particularly the 1/4 windows. The new ones just don't fit properly - as you say, the angles are incorrect, especially for the pivot pins.

The red springs will look good - I too have fitted red rear coils and with a little lowering, I'm also sure, just like yourself, that the car will go much faster ......

As to the Prestige annotation, I'm sure you are correct, but don't beat yourself up about it too much. These cars were mass produced in vast numbers and were never intended to be a high quality item, not in the same context as say a hand built RR, for example. Some parts never fitted well from Day 1, though the panel fit was probably better than many contemporary British cars. I had a friend of mine who owned a TR6 with different length doors - the drivers side door was about 4mm longer than the other. He thought that the cars were deliberately designed that way until he measured another one at a club meet only to discover that the difference persisted but was reversed Overall the build quality plus the Lucas electrics had him busy for years ....

I'll have a look through my parts bin for those spacers, but I think the only pair I had are currently on my car.

Finally, the gearbox bellhousing to maincase join can be oil-proofed with a liberal coating of Loctite prior to reassembly. I did this to mine and voila, no more leak.

Keep the photos coming,
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little bit of progress today. I got both my rear suspension arms in and have tidied up most of the cables / lines / hoses that pass through the rear firewall.

Spent a lot of time on the cables etc making sure that I had all the runs correct. Had to do a little work on the main brake line. If I left it as it was I had to force it to fit into the 'T' piece at the back and this meant the line was under tension all the time. I wanted to relieve this so the line was in and out a couple of times as I changed the radius of the last bend. Is all good now.

For the brake lines I still need to screw the 'T' piece to the body and put some tubing around the aluminium lines where they clip to the body. Fuel lines needs a clamp and the starter / speedo transit hole needs a rubber grommet (that I don't have) All simple stuff.

For the arms I still need to check that the springs are seated correctly and then tighten up all the bolts. I think I will only be able to get this done correctly when the car has some weight on the springs so this may need to be rechecked when the motor is back in.

The shockies are new. (I thought that after at least 25 years service the original Boge units would be a bit tired!). The bushes that came with them were of two different types, 4 match the originals, 4 don't. The 4 that don't are thicker, the sides are more of a wedge shape not rounded and the top and bottom surfaces are concave not flat. Not sure if I will replace these.

I have not got the bolts that hold the brake backplates onto the arms so I can't continue with the rear brakes till next weekend. The reason I don't have the bolts is that I sent a lot of fiddly bits away to be plated a little while ago. Was told it would be a week, but it actually took two. Is probably a good thing, it means I am not rushing.

Tomorrow I will tidy up what I did today and then have a look under the front bonnet and perhaps put the fuel tank in. Might try and tackle the front spring as well, I suspect that will be a little bit of a challenge in itself.

Did get an opportunity to speak to my mechanic duriing the week. He said he was pleasantly surprised. He has pulled the little powehouse down and says that a bore hone, new rings, new timing chain/gear and bearing shells should get me running. Head needs some work as there are some stripped bolt holes there as well. There was a little more but I don't think I am looking at anything major to get it running again.

Only a few photo's, I will try and post more tomorrow if I make any meaningfull progress.

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Big week to move forward, but not without a few difficulties.

During the week in the evenings I have been working on the rear hubs, getting the bearings done and putting the rear brakes together. (More on brakes in a sec) As always, a bit of backwards and forwards making sure that things were fitting ok. Got the rear hubs 'finished' to a point where I have fitted a pair of old wheels and lowered the car back onto them. Managed to get the tank in as well although this may have to come out again as the chassis number has so much paint on it that you can't see it. Will have to sand that area back a little and that will be easier without the tank in I suspect.

This weekend I promised myself that if I got the front spring fitted on Saturday without damaging myself or the car that I would class that as a win. For whatever reason I though this was going to be a real pain. Not sure how long it took but I basically got the spring in and made a start on the rest of the front end on Sat as well so I was happy with that.

Today I continued on the front end and got the steering box and tie rods in, connected the brake master up and got most of the front hubs done. Could not help myself, so I put the front bar on as well.

I have to go back over everything noted here and torque everything down correctly and do a little more work on the brake shoes and drums. New shoes and drums lead to a very tight fit. Even with the shoe adjusters adjusted to pull the shoes in, I have had to remove a little material to get the drums on. Rears stilll bind a lot one of the fronts is OK and I have not worked on the other front drum to get it on yet. Have to tidy and clip down some of the wiring as well.

From when I last drove the car (10 years I think), I remember the brakes being a bit diabolical. I think the drums were out of round, the pedal used the pulse and the car would shudder and weave around under brakes. (This was accompanied by a general front end looseness that would make the car rattle at anything over 50mph!) I am not expecting a miracle but I hope to have something a little better now.

I am getting to the point where I have less of the car in boxes or on the benches and more of the car on the car (if that makes sense). Is a good feeling to recover my bench space.

Not sure what comes next, I think I will do tidy, take stock and decide from there. I have not scratched, destroyed or damaged anything yet so I will continue to take it slowly.

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Dark area on the shoe is where
the drum is rubbing.

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Have to tidy the wiring.


Regards

Joe
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