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I decided to rebuild my '48 Anglia into a old skool hotrod. The build will be as traditional as possible,using materials and parts as they were available in the '60s.
At first the old sidevalve engine goes out,in goes a 1200cc Kent engine from a cortina mk1.......perhaps later (when my not so friendly bankmanager is more friendly)i'll put in a twincam with dual weber carb's.
A friend had an engine for free,complete and in running condition(he said),i picked it up and looked at it for some time,than i decided to overhaul and make it look better before i put it in the car.



it is a dirty rusty lump but hey.........it's for free:smoke:
I started with the gearbox,no pic's of the sorrow state i've got it but now it look like this.........







The internal of the gearbox is cleaned,everything is in good nick so the housing is sandblasted and painted and ready to install.
Next is the engine itself.
Other plans are:
losing the rubber roof insert and make a steel roof.
Wider wheels,rear 17" front 15"
Make a one piece bonnet including the radiator grille and side panels,put hinges at the bottom of the grill and make it to open to the front of the car like a flip front but leave the fenders in place.
Other ideas will pop up during the build.
René
 

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good luck to you , keep the pics coming i am sure it will be a very interesting thread :tup:
 

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Sounds interesting, what are you doing with the brakes & suspension?
The front suspension is already converted to upright shocks using a '50s kit from woodhead and VW gasfilled shocks.
The rear will be converted in the future,i am still thinking how to do this.
The brakes i leave standard cable operated drumbrakes for now,i am not planning to race with this car,i use it as a daily driver and with the speed the traffic is moving in the area i live in you don't need brakes,just put your foot out of the door on the tarmac will do..........
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Yesterday i stripped the engineblock to the bare bones,everything looked in a good shape.
To be sure in the future the crank will get new bearings,pistons are o.k.but will have new(i don't know the name in english... rings?)and the cillinderhead is now at a specialist for new valves suitable for unleaded fuel.
Also the startermotor is at a specialist to get refurbished.
i hope to get all the parts back next week so i can put it together and put it in the car.
And i have a question........i want to make a roof steel infill,is there a link for a"how to make a steel roof"or something like that?
I thought i read something about a roof of a mini but i am not sure.
I am a total novice in rod building,not a technical idiot and a professional welder but this kind of tricks i've never done before so please...........be gentle with me.
Pic's will follow as soon as there is something to see.
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The engineparts are all there exept for the head,this will arrive on monday so next week the engine will come together.
I bought today a set of centerlines,255x15 rear and 215x15 front tyres,they don't fit ofcourse but i will make a spacer to make it fit


Looking good i think..........
 

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In order to make the fenders wide enough for the wheels i have to add about 80mm steel strip to the fenders.
At the rear fenders this is not a problem,the strip will be added to the side where the fender touch the body.
The front fenders i'll don't know where to place the strip?
Shoul'd i put it where the fender hits the sidepanels or do i cut the fender at the highest point(the crown?)and weld the strip in the middle of the fender?How is this usally done?
The engine is almost done,coming weekend i start getting the old sidevalve out and put the new engine in.
I have permission to do this at my workspace at my dayjob in a timeframe of 4 days...........
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I really want to say don't use them Champ 500's on the Anglia. In my opinion they will look shite.

Sorry.
 

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I really want to say don't use them Champ 500's on the Anglia. In my opinion they will look shite.

Sorry.
I have to agree with Guy. There is nothing old school about those wheels and tires, likewise banding front and rear fenders to suit.

Your car though, your call.
 

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Not sure if you've done much metalwork before so please feel free to tell me to shutup :D

But, I would imagine banding the wings won't be as easy as it appears. The rears especially are an awkward mix of curves to get right, especially if you want to keep the overall shape & profile of the wings (I'm hoping you do!)

As Al said though, it's your car...do as you please!
 

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I am happy with all kinds of comments,positive or negative.
About using the wheels,i will certainly use them because i like those wheel very much.
Banding the wings should'nt be so hard for me,in another life i use to build choppers(bikes)on wich i handbuild the gastanks and panels myself.
I only want to know how it is mostly done,where to cut the wings in order to save the overall shape of the wings.
Ofcourse i can use a lot of filler(bondo)but i like don't using bondo.......i rather use lead.
According to the wheels you are absolutely right,they are not old skool........perhaps i have to give the thread another name like:Old skool hotrod using new skool stuff.
At first i was planning to make the original steel rims wider,but when i found these wheels i was sold.......chanche of plans.
overhauling the new engine takes a little bit longer as planned,perhaps tomorrow afternoon it will be ready.
Oh,no sweat,tomorrow i start to remove the front of the car and peel the old engine out.
I am thinking of boxing the frame,the new engine is not so powerful but you never know what the future will bring,i like those twincam 2 litres a lot..........i keep dreaming.
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Rene, as I said it's your car so you fit the wheels you want (but I'd either band the standards or get some wide five VW beetle ones)...!!!

There is/was a diagram somewhere on the interweb showing where to cut a Pop front wing to widen it, but I can't find it, but it is something like an inch or so in from the inside edge at the back of the wing, straight up towards the headlamp mount, then across and down, look for the flattest line you can to save on double compound curves...

HTH??


Oh, and boxing the chassis whilst you can is never a bad thing, they used to flex with the standard motor...!!!
 

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Yesterday(saturday)i started the build,removed the bonnet,wings,grill,radiator and the engine from the car.
Then i removed the interior and the floor,cut a big hole in the bulkhead and tryed to fit the engine in.
After about 20 times trying the engine was almost in place,i made the new engine mounts from scratch and after a lot of measuring i welded the mounts in place so the front of the engine was fixed in position,after this i started to fabricate the mounting of the gearbox,cut out the old beams and made some new.
As for now i am still busy to sort this out but it is looking good.
I intended to use te stock rear axle but now i think of another axle because of the stupid propshaft the stock axle has,it would be nearly impossible to make a proper propshaft to fit the new engine.
I still have another 2 days left i can use the garage,after these 2 days the job must be done.
Later on i will post some pics,the camera is in the garage for now otherwise i forget to make the shots.
Enyone who has an idea about the rear axle please respond,myself i'll be thinking about a 105e axle but i don't know if this is an easy fit or not?
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Thanks blackpop fore the respons,now i got to find a 105 axle what will not be easy in Holland......
I am not so keen on buying on the internet,i want to see and feel it first before i pay good money........
O well,time is on my side,i am not in a hurry to get this project done.
I want to make a air-cleaner from the old vacuumtank from the wipers,i am gonna make a K&N filter inside and a little scoop on top of it........think it looks good and not everyday seen.
Next thing is to get the engine running and make a pedalbox.
René
 
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