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Hello chaps ,

New project .

i saw this down the scrappy ..



And decided to build a touring car .Very quiet , reasonably fast , and cumfy wumfy inside ..

Unfortunately it was so rusty the o/s centre pillar and the two doors had fallen off , and i spent many days tramping around trying to find them , to no avail,,,and that's where i got a bit stuck.

I did have eye out , in case something came up on the bay , after doing lots of paint images of what i thought would look good .

Lo and beholdski, last week a stripped, but what looked more complete and much less rusty that the scrappy one ,surfaced......

6TH of august at 8:41 and 13 seconds PM ... i won the car .

i just plonked my total budget in , 25 mins before the end , and sat there with a bass drum heart beat watching the time turn red at 5 mins , and the bids coming , in ,......

one bidder bid at 14 seconds and 9 seconds trying to find my top number , but then the clock counted down to ZERO ,,,and the sexy little thing was mine ,,well not so little since they are 5 metres long.

Tomorrow morning it arrives , from deepest south uk , and i am jolly excited .

It will either be a lot of work , or a little bit less work .

PLANS :

my idea is to accentuate its lovely deco lower body , and try to reduce the roof line , maybe a chop , maybe just all blacked out , not sure..... i have no chop experience at all , but hey , that didn't stop with my last project so pppffft , we shall see.

i did some renders of possible looks ...

stock , and 4 variations of roof line..



my fave at the mo ..



i estimate that at a 1.5" lower roof .

Engine wise , the plan was to use my spare 3.2 aj16 engine ,maybe turbo maybe supercharged ,with either one of my two jag autos or another transit manual ..however...

This car comes with a complete stock looking engine , so it maybe, if it's ok , i would use the original 3.4 litre HEMI...... 6 cylinder......... YES i did say HEMI in capitals cos i mean , what's not to like .... it puts out 150 bhp at 4400 , with two dinky little carbs , so that may like a bit of supercharging,,

n'est pas !?

Funnily enough i do have a eaton m90 off a db7 , that may be repairable with a bit of milling and teflon stripping ....

it is a 4 speed manual , with a 4:1 rear diff , so a bit low geared at around 20mph/1000 , the transit box would make that 27mph/1000 , or maybe there is a higher diff out there somewhere.

interior , well again i shall see what turns up , but if its all poorly then a whole interior from a xj jag at the scrappy would work too .

Colours : i am ,at the moment , imagining black roof , and black brightwork ,and then oyster gold or brandywine bonnet and lower half ,disc wheels .

Stance , a bit lower , level sill , and as quiet as i can make it , it will run on lpg again , but a simple venturi system ,which i have the parts and tank for .

so roll on tomorrow , and i will put up some pictures , i spent then day in the heat chopping up a big pile of wood and two 12ft x 4 ft trunks to make a space of the car to be parked in while i check it out .

thanks for reading ,

regards
robert
 

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burgundy for me mate. mmmm.... luxorod.
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Woop woop here we go again!

By the time you get around to the roof chop, you will have been driving around in Medusa with the hood up unable to see traffic lights from less than 300 yds.

Unless of course you have a fiendishly clever answer to that problem..

After that a 1.5" chop to the Armstrong will still feel like you're driving around in a greenhouse, how about measuring a headlight wiper arm and chopping till it just fits?
 

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Very nice Robert,
If anyone can pull it off I'm sure it's you.

I'll just park this here…



You only have to look at Hopper coach builds for all the inspiration you'll ever need.

Chaley
 

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lovely cars, oddly theres a guy who used to run a fleet of those as wedding cars on lpg all black over a beigey colour just has the one now as hes in his eighties (well was last year as only see him at shows) at one show I frequent there was a contingent of 7 from the owners club with quite a few variations bodywork wise on the same theme dif boots doors normal and suicides and some Wilson preselects.
 

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Here is a thread that should keep us all viewing. Temptress sounds like a great title.
When it lands, post up the picture of you behind the wheel ( flat cap and fighter ace moustache this time or something more regal? Chauffeur outfit perhaps??)
Looking forward to the build Robert.
 

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Yes, the 1.5" chop and possibly one of those Rolls Royce fighter plane engines, you know the one I mean.
 

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Exciting that someone is prepared to build one of these. Went to buy and had a test drive of a 346 with pre-selector gearbox some 50 year ago ( I eventually bought an 8 year old two owner mark 9 Jag) - my overriding impression back then was of a really classy vehicle but our of its depth for the market intended. I vividly remember the non-powered steering and the endless turning of the wheel to get around corners. Pre-select gearbox with fluid flywheel was good (early version of torque converter) and could pull away in any gear.
Its a very sophisticated vehicle which needs careful modification. Your plan to lower the roof a little is great. It also need lowering on the springs a equal amount to balance it up. Make full use of OEM wheeltrims on modern rubber (presumably the wheels are 16" diameter) perhaps introduce some chrome trim along the body (where there are already body lines) to separate the two tone colour scheme it really needs (black and burgundy, black and blue, any solid two tone combination.
IMHO this car misses out stylewise like so many 50's and 60's Brit cars by not having a two door version - it really needs to be a two door pillarless coupe - all that stainless/chrome window trim with matching chrome trim lines down its sides and open window frames...........engine should remain initially with AS engine (didn't Humber use this later in the Snipe and Imperial? - sorry don't like the thought of a Jag engine or even worse Transit - neither sophisticated enough for this. A big heavy car needs a big torquey engine - so a crate big block Chevy and auto transmission would be ideal - or perhaps LS3 with power adder?
 

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[Leslie Phillips]

Hello.

I say.

Ding Dong.


[/Leslie Phillips]

burgundy for me mate.
+ 1 :cool:

…I have no chop experience at all…
Robert - I think I can speak for most of your regular followers and say that if you said you were planning to build FAB1 with no experience of four wheels turning at the front, we would just tune in to watch you make it happen. ;)



Good luck, Paul. :)
 

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THank you Everyone ! what an encouraging response .:)

i have cleared a space ..



put down a tarp and sheets of wood for a temporary base ,till it goes in the garage ..



and just sitting here waiting to see if the chap can reverse down the rive in a transit beaver tail.

ETA 12:30 !!

woof.

regards
robert
 

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Yee-hah!!
I remember you telling me about the one in the breakers, great to see it becoming a reality!

I reckon

2" chop at front
About 6" chop at back
2 door stretch.
2-3" lowered suspension


As per above comments, we know we're gonna enjoy this!
 

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Very nice Robert,
If anyone can pull it off I'm sure it's you.

I'll just park this here…



You only have to look at Hooper coach builds for all the inspiration you'll ever need.

Chaley
that looks remarkably like a concul capri roof.
neil.
 
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