HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

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HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

Postby lord13 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:15 am

Hi all, I've had a very difficult month, I wont go into details, but to say it's been hard is an understatement, and is still ongoing unfortunately, but between one thing and the other I managed to secure a new project ( thank you for all your help Fred), and here she is, as delivered.

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I've only really managed a quick inspection, but overall she's pretty good, requiring, (as far as I can see at the moment), minimal welding.

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nice to see this area is good
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Heater box and stuff missing . . .
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Most of the interior is in serviceable condition. . .

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Odd front panel, with two round holes rather than the usual square recess, or vent as in after market GT front valences . . .
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and drum brakes. . . with servo? not an option if i recall, though correct me if i'm wrong . . .
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Oh and various bits and bobs missing, trim mainly, which I believe Mr Bottomley relieved the old girl of before i got it, I knew he'd done this I'm not moaning :) Although I could've done with the SL trim around the rear lights and the GT vent trim as they are like hen's teeth grrrr :mrgreen:

Anyway, engine turns smoothly by hand and seems to have some compression so that's good news, I've stripped out the interior now ready for some repairs and tidying up, I also have been given a contact, (again, thankyou Fred), that could be a very good source of spares, although I now have to find a flat for my son (due to the aforementioned difficulties) so I may have to pass on those for a while . . . we will see.

Well, that's where we are for the moment, if I get a chance today I will get out there and inspect the underside, suspension and brakes. updates will follow.
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Re: HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

Postby Kraken » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:07 am

She looks very good. I'm very jealous of those inner wings!!

Reversing light is in a different place from mine though, mine are both below the bumper.
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Re: HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

Postby lord13 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:40 am

Ah yes, so they are. Mine look to be the correct type as per the 'optional extra' stuff you could get at the time, like yours, just in a different place. . . I don't like them where they are but I doubt i'll move them.
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Re: HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

Postby pbottomley » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:55 pm

Oh and various bits and bobs missing, trim mainly, which I believe Mr Bottomley relieved the old girl of before i got it, I knew he'd done this I'm not moaning :) Although I could've done with the SL trim around the rear lights and the GT vent trim as they are like hen's teeth grrrr :mrgreen:


Those were long gone before i got my grubby mitts on it ;)
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Re: HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

Postby rizzo » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:11 pm

Looks like you've got the bargain of the year there, glad it stayed in house so to speak. :D
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Re: HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

Postby lord13 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:06 am

pbottomley wrote:
Those were long gone before i got my grubby mitts on it ;)



Ahh ok Mr B. I stand corrected :)

Went under it yesterday and found an important piece missing . . .
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any one got a spare?

Also I had alook at the front brakes, stripped them down and inspected them, pretty good condition really, not totally clogged up. I will probably replace the cylinders anyway just to be on the safe side but for now i just cleaned them up, smeared a bit of copper grease in the relevant areas and gave them a quick lick of paint.
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Re: HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

Postby VivaPete » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:00 pm

Great to see a rare 4-door in good condition Monza Red. A rare bonnet too. Look forward to the progress pics.
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Re: HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

Postby Colin » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:52 pm

It looks pretty solid. It's going to be a nice car. Well done for saving it lord13. :respekt:
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Re: HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

Postby lord13 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:58 am

Thanks for the encouraging comments :)

Bit of work done . . .

Boot lid was in a terrible state
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Inside was bad too, cut out the major rot...
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Repaired the outer edge, not greatly pretty welding, I will tidy it up somewhat, but this boot lid is never going to be rot free, so this is a quick repair that will suffice for when/if i get replacement.
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I've also secured a propshaft for the project and today I will be heading to stoneliegh restoration show to find some bargains hopefully.
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Re: HB SL 4 door RNJ 835G

Postby lord13 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:26 am

Well, it's been a while, but I have been busy ish...
The front door cards of this lovely beast were shot, twisted, water damaged, split etc so I thought to myself, I can't do any worse than try to repair these as they are totally gone anreplacements are so difficult (impossible) to find. So I embarked upon stripping them down . . .
Here is one before I started...bit of a mess as you can see...
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all the vinyl is off
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carving off the hardboard..hell of a job, best tool for it? a bread knife! anything sharper or more flexible seemed to dig in to the foam and deflect the cut down through it.
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even so it was a difficult job..,
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A template was made...
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secured to two sheets of hardboard and cut round . . .
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and I have two cards . . .
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Secured to the actual card with glue..
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One card needed extra foam...it was in a right state...
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And new vinyl was secured with glue and upholstery staples..
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A few lumps and bumps unfortunately, I may take the vinyl off and do it again, depends if I can level it out a bit more...but 10 times better than they were dontcha think?
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