Due to my putting in a silly bid on the bay may I now present "Elsie":-
Also a open K&N filter
Later we intend to change this to a proper enclosed cold air feed induction. There is also this crack in the front bumper
She also has a boot popper fitted
She was listed and probably HGF and was losing water so not drivable so she had to be recovered as it was a 135 mile trip to her new home from Birmingham. She has current MOT but is sorned.
Her problems were water loss and a quite badly ripped drivers seat, broken silver centre vent, no stereo at all it had all be taken out speakers as well and badly corroded wheels. Also the gear change was awfully sloppy ........................... worst I have come across. The O/S/R caliper is rather seized and hand brake very poor. Attempts to free it have been not very successful so a reconditioned caliper has been bought.
My not being a favourite of dark interiors thought about using the Luxury Parchment from the Tahiti Blue project. First an examination of Elsie was done. Pink coolant staining was visible on one hose by the temp sensors and even running long enough to move off the beaver tail onto the drive showed dripping.
So the engine bay was pressure washed which showed another small issue the coolant temp gauge wire to the sender was damaged ............... hmmmmm. This has not been repaired using bullet connectors rather that a bit of tape. On running her up the suspected hose showed not leak.
Turns out it was the drivers side bottom corner of the rad, in fact the whole bottom rail of the rad is so rotten it was nearly detached.. leak found! As Elsies body and rear subframe was in good condition needing no welding unlike the Blue VVC it was decided to swap the interior over and other bits to Elsie and use the Blue one as a donor for both Blue 33 and Elsie.
And so it began:-
The nearly new alloy radiator in the Blue VVC was removed and swapped into Ellsie.
This revealed that Elsie has almost new SS under pipes
nice find and she also has SS braided brake hoses front and rear.
Door cards first
The stripping out the rest of the interior some items were discovered like this Ice Alert box
and a Motorola tracker unit ........ long defunct
We noticed this
Passenger air bag no less. Slightly complicated the dash swap as did the broken nacelle for the speedo etc.
It's now glued in place. The black air bag matches the black instrument housing rather well. Sort of balances it out.
Lifting the carpets we found quite a bit of water. Elsie suffers water ingress
which has got to be sorted out. Some previously has used about a tube of silicone to little effect. A TF snorkel has been purchased and will be fitted carefully with body sealant and so it continues. The interior swap over is not quite as straight forwards as some would have us believe. For instance the plugs for the Mk1 switches are different to the Mk2 and the switches of the Mk1 do not fit the Mk2 console very well.