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#76 spraybeater

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 11:30 AM

On a bit of a break from this at the moment and kind of missing it so thought 

a bit of an update would help! I did a bit of digging about on the history of

the Contessa after getting some details back from DVLA, called at the 

address of first owner unfortunately he passed away a few years ago so

drew a blank with that, have others to try when I get some time , did however

get the rear seat back from the upholsterer did a real job on it and is getting

some other work from me on it ,started stripping of some of under bonnet

ancillaries ready for engine removal, and cleaned up tops of inner wings,

 

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 they are in very good condition under the Cadulac have decided that the tops will be

finished in the body colour and not recoated with Cadulac type material with the

lower part redone with under wax type material decision on what to use under

consideration, gave it all a coat of epoxy primmer for the moment,

 

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then started cleaning up rear parcel shelf it was in pretty good condition despite 

having had the speaker holes cut out there was some surface rust round them,

 

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once I got the wax treatment removed from behind the fuel tank area it showed

up the work that was done to strengthen the rear seams when it was de seamed,

 

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 the rest of the boot floor cleaned up small bit of surface rust in corner of

battery box will be further checked from underside once the rear subframe is

removed , the rear of the spare wheel housing had what appears to be a pool

of the black ecoat material which is bl**dy hard seem to remember seeing something

like it back in the day , with the boot floor being in exalt condition for a forty year old

gave it a couple of coats of epoxy primer for now will be all redone when it comes

to the refinishing phase. All for now  thanks for looking and comments.



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 08:40 PM

Some nice details on this car :) 

 

Not only did Contessa fit a 1275GT dashboard, they also fitted a under bonnet light - never seen that on a Wood & Pickett.

 

The sound insulation under the bonnet has a nice finish.

 

The rare details show just how original the car is = original Lucas battery connector, and rubber seals that match the interior, very rare.

 

Whats the thing in the corner of the battery box ?  

 

 

A pleasure to follow the progress on this rare car. 

 

Jens Christian


Edited by JC T ONE, 09 May 2017 - 08:49 PM.


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:07 PM

Some nice details on this car :) 

 

Not only did Contessa fit a 1275GT dashboard, they also fitted a under bonnet light - never seen that on a Wood & Pickett.

 

The sound insulation under the bonnet has a nice finish.

 

The rare details show just how original the car is = original Lucas battery connector, and rubber seals that match the interior, very rare.

 

Whats the thing in the corner of the battery box ?  

 

 

A pleasure to follow the progress on this rare car. 

 

Jens Christian

Thanks for the comments nice to see that at least some share my views on this,

at the moment I am away from it, as for the thing in corner! investigating it seems

as though some sort of Battery securing device as to it bolted to side and along

underneath the Battery and although have seen the original type Battery connector

slaged of by some my experience back in the day was if you kept them clean and

smeared in vaseline they didn't give a lot of trouble.

The door seals coloured in the same as interior having some difficulty in sourcing

replacement but I will give it my best shot.



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:15 PM

 

Some nice details on this car :) 

 

Not only did Contessa fit a 1275GT dashboard, they also fitted a under bonnet light - never seen that on a Wood & Pickett.

 

The sound insulation under the bonnet has a nice finish.

 

The rare details show just how original the car is = original Lucas battery connector, and rubber seals that match the interior, very rare.

 

Whats the thing in the corner of the battery box ?  

 

 

A pleasure to follow the progress on this rare car. 

 

Jens Christian

Thanks for the comments nice to see that at least some share my views on this,

at the moment I am away from it, as for the thing in corner! investigating it seems

as though some sort of Battery securing device as to it bolted to side and along

underneath the Battery and although have seen the original type Battery connector

slaged of by some my experience back in the day was if you kept them clean and

smeared in vaseline they didn't give a lot of trouble.

The door seals coloured in the same as interior having some difficulty in sourcing

replacement but I will give it my best shot.

 

Hi, I'm not sure what colour door seals your looking for but Woolies do seals with a coloured edge if thats what they should be like?

 

http://www.woolies-t...side-seals.aspx

 

Hope this is of help.



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:37 PM

Cant believe how well preserved it is - a little gem :mrcool:



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 05:55 AM

Nice to see you cracking on again, this thing is such a nice bit of history, surely has to be a keeper when done. Some to look after and show off. Like the comment above I cant believe how well preserved this car is.



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 11:02 PM

Great to get back working on this, after a 5 wk break in Cyprus and a visit

to MCR day at Beaulieu, made a 2 day trip down to New Forest stayed in

Lyndhurst! rounded of our holiday nicely.

Thanks for all the comments!, I feel quite privileged to have found and bought

this car, and the fact that its well preserved! 

 

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First job was to temporary fit front bumper and grille, and fabricate a couple of 

spot lamp brackets, have decided for the time being not to fit the Wolsley 2200 

front grille that was previously fitted as the chrome work is badly pitted, and

would probably be hard to source another one, also found it difficult to get

spot lamp brackets it seem that most drill the bumper! but  want to be able

to put it back to original,

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cleaned up the hubs a bit before stripping them of for cleaning and painting the

ball joints ect although showing no play will be stripped and checked at the same

time,

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engine and gearbox although needing a good clean and paint not showing any 

oil leaks apart from the usual gear shaft slightly,

 

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rear subframe removed! and given a clean up ready for stripping, used a cold 

water pressure cleaner, would have liked to done it with a steam cleaner but

that meant taking it of site,

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subframe is in great condition for original!

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condition of brake pipes under the Cadulac treatment is amazing for 40years old,

most parts that will be needed for rebuild are brake cylinders, handbrake cables 

and quadrants Happy Days.

 

More to follow thanks for looking.



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Posted 17 June 2017 - 06:20 AM

Good to see you back on the rebuild. I can't believe how good the condition is, It shows the quality of the Cadulac treatment. When I first started off in the industry I was aware of Cadulac but like a lot of people at the time was very cynical regarding the claims made for it. Its certainly worked on yours.






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