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#1 Jared Mk3

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Posted 11 July 2015 - 07:37 PM

Seeing as I have my own project on the forum, I thought it would be nice to add my dad's one. His car is a South African built 1275GT that was found in 2011 or so after having sat in a barn/garage for 15 years prior to our acquirement. It is one of 935 GT cars that were made here in South Africa. It's a really special car though in that it wears a different paint scheme when compared to any of the other cars made here. These cars were only available in BRG, Killarney blue and Aloe red. The one we found was Protea white in colour. Having looked all over the car, we've come to the conclusion that it hasn't been resprayed - an interesting find was the PW lettering on the rear seat back inside the car. The car has an ox blood colour basket weave interior. Whether this colour was available on these cars or not, I wouldn't know. 

 

Probably the luckiest find with this car was the engine, which turned out to be a 1275 Cooper S item, along with its crank. We have yet to inspect the rods and pistons (the block was split from the 'box, but head still attached). The head is a 12G940 item, so not 'S', but it has had some work done to it in the past. The 'box appears to be a GT item, except for the addition of Hardy Spicer joints.

 

I could go on with mundane info, so we'll get straight to pictures :

 

The car as found :

 

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And back home with us :

 

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She shall be treated to a full rebuild, whilst saving some of the important and original bits, like the interior. We're going to try and do as much as we can on our own. This way we save money and also get it done exactly how we want it.

 

The updates on this one will be few and far between for the time being, but progress shall commence soon.



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Posted 11 July 2015 - 07:44 PM

Awesome news mate! Look forward to seeing this restoration as it happens.



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Posted 11 July 2015 - 07:47 PM

Awesome news mate! Look forward to seeing this restoration as it happens.

 

I'm keen to get a start on her. Pains me to see the car parked up waiting.



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Posted 12 July 2015 - 07:18 AM

Would you be able to get some detail pics of the brake pipe routing to/from the servo?

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 07:27 AM

Would you be able to get some detail pics of the brake pipe routing to/from the servo?


I'll try to today. :)

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 01:55 PM



Would you be able to get some detail pics of the brake pipe routing to/from the servo?

 

As requested, I got some pictures for you. I hope they're ok and you can see what you need to see :

 

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 01:59 PM

And, after a slow process of stripping the engine bay :

 

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The nuts and bolts are still a little rusty, so penetrating fluid is being used all over. Hoping to have the front area fully stripped soon.



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Posted 12 July 2015 - 09:20 PM

Would you be able to get some detail pics of the brake pipe routing to/from the servo?

 
As requested, I got some pictures for you. I hope they're ok and you can see what you need to see :

Perfect - thanks!

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 10:32 PM

doesn't look all to bad to be honest will be a nice car when done hope you have lots of fun with this



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Posted 13 July 2015 - 07:43 AM

 

 

Would you be able to get some detail pics of the brake pipe routing to/from the servo?

 
As requested, I got some pictures for you. I hope they're ok and you can see what you need to see :

Perfect - thanks!

 

 

No problem  =]

 

 

doesn't look all to bad to be honest will be a nice car when done hope you have lots of fun with this

 

A very solid car indeed, no rust at all. I'm having fun already.



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Posted 13 July 2015 - 04:46 PM

No real progress today, just a few smaller bits like the calipers, solid brake lines, coil and solinoid among a few other things. Can't get the master cylinders out because the points are stick to the pedal arm - oh joy. Engine bay nearly free of all parts.



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:20 PM

Slow going at the moment still, these pesky nuts and bolts and screws aren't budging. I did manage to get the dash area out today, just to get both pads out now. Oh boy, I can't wait for that . . .

 

The interior looks like this :

 

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I found some interesting things while going through the car, most notably the insurance disc from 1982 :

 

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And, a Suzuki key, a small file, two can tab pulls and two keys for a lock of some kind :

 

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These were all hiding behind the dash pieces, with the tab pulls being stuck in the hesian lining of the firewall.

 

This is the carpeting in the car - whether it's correct or not, I don't know yet :

 

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And lastly, all parts are being bagged and labelled :

 

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:40 PM

That loom looks in excellent condition considering the age of the car! Nice find with the old insurance disc. Was that the last time the car was on the road?



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:50 PM

That loom looks in excellent condition considering the age of the car! Nice find with the old insurance disc. Was that the last time the car was on the road?

 

The loom is in stunning condition. I think the car was last on the road in the '90s.



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 09:13 PM

I had a little bit of a look at the car tonight and decided to take the door card off, simply because I can. Well, I was blown away. No water damage, all clips still attached, even the dust shield tape is still there.

 

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