from Old English White to green moss and rust

with the supports freed up, time for a wire brush and a bit of krust before a coat of paint or two.
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size difference between front and rear.
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and they fit into the bumper attachments without a problem, that's a first.
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the rear original wing and the blade are scrap. lesson learnt about restoring a panel that is inexpensively available off the shelf, still, the practice was valuable.
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well I never. I knew the British Army used them post war, but that has to be as late as the 1950's, when did the Centurion enter general service with the RAC.
I knew the Army had Morris Tarvellers as liaison cars before the black escort estates then the dreaded Metro.

that Army Beetle looks quite smart with the door handles and wiper arms picked out in black.
 
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LARD

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well I never. I knew the British Army used them post war, but that has to be as late as the 1950's, when did the Centurion enter general service with the RAC.
I knew the Army had Morris Tarvellers as liaison cars before the black escort estates then the dreaded Metro.
According to Wiki - The tank entered service in December 1946 with the 5th Royal Tank Regiment.

I'm not sure where the Filthy Fifth were based though. (they did finish WW2 in Germany)
 

Mark_Addy

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with the supports freed up, time for a wire brush and a bit of krust before a coat of paint or two.
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size difference between front and rear.
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and they fit into the bumper attachments without a problem, that's a first.
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the rear original wing and the blade are scrap. lesson learnt about restoring a panel that is inexpensively available off the shelf, still, the practice was valuable.
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I reckon that bumper blade would be worth something to someone going for the ...errr... patinated look... :)
 

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Today was a sunny and windy day, perfect for using a compressor to blow out the dust from the workshop. Moving the shell forward out the doors into the sunshine, gave me a fresh perspective, that new pattern wing on the right and the original 72 wing on the left are at odds, beyond a simple fix, it's not just the bumper slots, the light mounting holes look at odds too, when I measured the main cable hole one was 32 cm up and the other 37cm up from the trailing edge of the wing. So I'm gonna have to face it, I'm going to have to bite the bullet and buy a matching pattern wing for the left side.
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"The back end looked kinda funny too
But we put it together and when we got through
Well, that's when we noticed that we only had one tail-fin"
 
First trial/ test fit of the Pattern wing, even though I'm expecting to apply some adjustment to it to get it to fit (Do Bears shit in the woods) it's not looking too bad, I can see it will fit already, and the holes for the lights match the right side the main holes both being 31 cm up from the trailing edge of the wing.
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the bolt holes are all in the wrong places, but I expected that, I'll be making adjustments and doing trial fits throught this week with the objective of getting it fitted by the weekend.
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fitting up using the tail end as the start point, get that nice and even, then every other bolt hole will follow on from that datum point. the first marker is where the apex bolt hole will be drilled.
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drilled out before being trial fitted, you can see the amount of deviation from the pattern wing factory hole.
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bolted up, and just checking that the datum point is still level, and it couldn't be better, that will tighten up fine.
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Bolted up and coated in acid etch primer, you can see the holes are in line now. So the lights will mount on evenly. Ok, next step, trial fit of the doors.
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The doors have caught a fair amount of dust over the months they've been stored on the worktop in the corner of the workshop. Bowl of water and some car wash, get rid of all the dirt that's built up.
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the trim needs to come off so I can key in the door for some paint. This is done carefully and slowly with a blade to prevent it crimping.
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placed to one side with a label so they go back on where they came off.
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Ok, the time has come for a trial fit of the doors, there's been a lot of disturbance to the area around the door fit, replaced the bottoms of the A and B pillars, the sills have been replaced.
This odd shaped piece is the hinge screw plate, without it you can't secure the hinges into the A pillar. first screw in the cut screw to free up the threads so I can get a smooth action when I fit up the door.
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the screw plate is loose and is held in by metal tags, so I've tied it off so if I drop it....it won't disappear into the a pillar box section
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the hinges for a 1200 are brutal things, thick steel that can jam up if not maintained.
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Resting the weight of the door on a trolley jack, I pumped it up level with the hinge housings and got the first machine screw in. bingo, perfect fit, when the door has it's thick rubber seals this will be weather tight. Pleased with that, I'm a Happy Bunny.
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The door handle comes out with two screws and the leading edge has a hook that simply slides out.
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not sure if I'll replace this, as it's so simple to take off I may replace it later on when I do a gradual upgrade after the MOT, when the car is a rolling restoration. The whole assembly placed into a sandwich bag and placed safely to one side.
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the door panel sanded back and given a coat of acid etch primer to see how smooth it comes out.
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the inside of the door still has the latch fitted.
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unscrew that to clean up the paintwork around it, but I replaced the screws to protect the threads in the plate.
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before that goes back on I'm going to use paint remover and polish it up.
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then next door to go on, when the new machine screws arrive.
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fitting up the left door today, got it trial fitted.
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I was expecting a struggle, and I wasn't wrong, fitting the machine screws from the hinge side while holding the hinge plate at the correct index so they line up the holes, two man job, by myself.
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but it's all got to come off again for adjustments to the angle of the bottom of the door. Ive to cut and press then reweld in the revised curve.
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I've got to sort this passenger door I'm taking Wilmer Flintstone out on a date,
"Yabba Dabba Doo".
In this shot you can compare the two door inside surfaces and see how different they are
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