For a long time I had suspicions the car had been resprayed . Prior to starting taking the engine bay apart the guys at HTDevelopments also suspected the car had been repaired before as they noticed some of the seam sealer wasn't applied very nicely .
Some panels turned out to be replaced, and the passenger chassis leg shows signs of being pulled back . I was told the work was done to a good standard bare the seam sealer application .
The car will be measured on a jig prior to reassembly to make sure everything is straight .
I am not sure yet how much the total cost will be as this is still ongoing .
I phoned a few reputable restoration places at the start to get an idea of what to expect pricewise . The answer I was always given is that it varies a lot from one project to another and that you don't know what you are dealing with until the car is being pulled apart .
On average I was told £12/13k for proper floor and engine bay restoration, this is including powder coating and zinc plating everything . Also I just dropped the car as it was, all the dissembling and putting the car back together by the shop .
Obviously with mine having a rotten bulkhead and previous hidden crash damages plus a full respray I am expecting a lot more . I won't be surprised if I end up spending around £20+k .
Very impressive catalogue of images, I'd love to get this done to mine but it sounds like it'll require quite a bit of saving for a proper job like yours. Fair play though, nice to see these cars being looked after for a change
The guys at HTDevelopments started sorting the C-pillar and rear arches . More crash repairs were discovered so the passenger rear quarter panel was taken off the car to see what was behind . And of course, more rust was found...
The driver quarter panel will be next as there are big chances the seams will be in the same state .