Tag Archives: restoration

Leather party…

No worries, this post is absolutely safe for work… just wanted to give it an attractive title…in other words, the Primrosean seats are back! Freshly arrived from an expert for leather restoration, who carefully filled cracks and holes while keeping the repairs visible. Some damages got fixed and the rear bench was newly padded following a mouse attack many moons ago. But rather than blabbering I let the photos speak for themselves…  Continue reading

Winter Projects…

The Primrosean winter projects remain on schedule…It took the expert many hours (and countless kilos of dry ice pellets…) to remove the  waxoil and gunk of the past decades under the 20/25, finally revealing the naked truth. In the meantime, the Saloon body was stripped of seats and door cards as well. A few parcels from the UK arrived so that this is now the perfect time for some  work on the Siddeley… Continue reading

Brave or just foolish? Restoration of a Riley…

What to do when suddenly someone offers you a Riley for free? In this case a RME 1 1/2 Litre, which had been laid up since 1967 and only seems to be suitable for spares? In fact a textbook example of what is called a “basket case“?
Michael from Scotland had the answer when this happened to him in 2011: He started a full restoration in his garage. And all that on a small budget – so far less than a grand. Not counting the countless hours of course…

Those who are looking for inspiration are kindly invited to follow Michael’s detailed restoration report in the Practical Classics forum. He is rightfully asking himself if this project is only brave or just crazy. I, for my part, can only take my hat off to people like Michael!

 

Cor-RO-ssion…

Oh, disturb it not! A line from a German poem written by Emanuel Geibel. Maybe I should have taken it to heart? But I was young, stupid and inexperienced – and the Ro80 showed some blemishes that I wanted to fix. It began with a few rust spots on the front wings. Luckily these turned out to be harmless as the corrosion was only superficial. However, at close examination, a few unwelcome issues came to light. Nothing for the faint-hearted…

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