Since my last update inside the wheel arches have been resprayed in primula yellow and the headlights have been cleaned up. They're not perfect but I imagine the condition isn't that different to when they were new.
I could have repainted them and made them perfect like I could have done with a few things but I think that would have sanitised the cars history.
This refresh i've done is more about preservation than restoration. The underseal needed removing to ensure that rot wasn't spreading unnoticed and i've only replaced parts where its absolutely necessary.
The quality of the original parts is also often better than what can be bought now. For instance the ball joint dust covers are the original mowog items. 38 year old rubber thats as good as new while ive just replaced the track rod ends on my mpi that have lasted two years before the rubbers perished.
The city did need a new cv joint cover as the n/s one had split. Luckily a nos British Leyland one appeared on ebay. 45 years old and factory fresh.
I stripped all front suspension components, repainted and assembled with new grease.
I preserved the original paint where I could on the front subframe as only the towers needed paint. The frame was then rebuilt and refitted.
I had intended to repaint the engine but it cleaned up quite nicely except the head which was just rust. Unfortunately the shade of yellow wasn't quite right. Maybe it will change with some heat. The engine was ready to be refitted.
Then ancillaries were refitted.
The radiator needs refurbishment as it weeps in a couple of places but I'll do that once moted.
Just the fluids to fill now and a couple of wheel cylinders that need new seals and its ready to mot.