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#166 Marco1972

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 10:25 PM


Stunning car
Enjoyed reading this and great to hear about what sounds like a fantastic career

Best of luck with it

Mark

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 09:44 PM

Stunning car
Enjoyed reading this and great to hear about what sounds like a fantastic career

Best of luck with it

Mark

Thanks for the comments! as you say have had a great career in the motor trade,

and never been out of work and hardly missed a day in 51yrs.



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 10:22 PM

As usual thanks for the comments and views, and to Cooperworlds Coachbuilt

Registar Steve Burkinshaw for his comments as Mcr members will know!

 

I got the Heritage Certificate for the Clubman that the Contessa was built from

this week, and it confirms what I was already quite sure of! the build date was

mid 1976, and first registered 07/01/1978 then it spent almost 2yrs with the 

Coachbuilders.

 

We spent (the lady of the house and me) a fair bit of time last week making the

Head cloth for the car including the part for the folding roof! then about a day and

a half to fit, got to say would rather do bodywork,

 

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I used spare bits of head cloth to cover speaker and air vent grilles as Oyler had

done originally,

 

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and refitted the rear shelf cover the rear part of seat is just temporally fitted! needs

to come out again!

 

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then refitted the front and rear screens, this was todays job along with refitting  the

sunroof! now my old hands and bl**dy shoulders are killing me!

 

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my good lady made these from what was left of the head cloth material,

at £55. a metre to expensive to scrap it.

 

Next up is the rest of the trimming and carpets.

 

More to follow thanks for looking



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 08:23 AM

Damn this looks great!

 

If you have to pick a magazine to be on the front cover of, can you make it MiniWorld please as I have a subscription ;)



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 10:04 AM

You've described the making and fitting of the headcloth in one sentence. I know how long these things take to make and the time and effort required to get them to fit correctly. Hats off to you Frank. :highfive:



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 12:39 PM

Looking great. Congratulations.

You should be proud that you have done a complete rebuild in a far shorter time than the original coach builders as well. I doubt that they were one chap in his garage.

But seriously this is a staggeringly good looking restoration.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 10:23 PM

Thanks for the comments guys! yes it would be nice to see this in MiniWorld as a 

preference, and as if said before a picture shoot at Shibden Hall in Halifax is the

ultimate aim ! as Oylers original Brochure was done there.

 

It is hard to put into words the time and effort the head cloth and the trimming in

general took ! plus the amount of materials that were needed, 

 

I visited the elderly gentleman that had owned the Contessa for a long time to get

some info from him re the coach lines that were on it originally and some other details,

really helpful having him locally.

 

So on with the story the last few weeks have been taken up with the interior trims,

 

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N/S door and rear quarter trims fitted and wood captions refitted, did spend a bit of

time making stainless strengthening plates inside to give the heavy arm rests some

support, the door plates also being secured by the pull handle screws,

 

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same with the O/S, with quite a lot of the original carpets being rotted away and removed

from the car and binned a few years ago I had to remake some of them to what I thought

they would be!

 

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one of the rear carpet sections under construction they are bound round the edge with

vinyl, very time consuming job to do, but then bespoke interiors  are what Coachbuilt

cars are all about.

 

Thanks for looking more to follow.

Frank  (The Count ) 






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