Thursday, 15 September 2011


Interesting series of photos occupying around five months in time.  Progress has slowed somewhat lately as my business partner Andy, disappeared in August to ride his motor bike from Alaska to Argentina.   Consequently, my previous 3 day week is now back to 5 and will continue so until he returns in January next year.  This was factored in at the outset so should not alter my June 16th 2013 completion date.
May 2011

July 2011

August 2011

September 2011
Empty floor space but full shelves

Chassis after media blasting and etch priming as delivered to Auto Bodycraft
and in unbelievable condition with only one very small area of corrosion on
the top of the rear most nearside box section.  Will be cut out and new metal let in.
Silver tongued Alex has convinced me that the chassis should be finished to
the same standard as the body.  I suppose it would be a shame not to.

 I guess I'm so used to producing plans and schedules (didn't get the "Fat Controller" nickname for nothing) that it seemed natural to create one for the 120 restoration.  Confusing I know but GRE (see boxes below left) is my usual work appendage.  Christenend George Robert but generally known as Bob except in Newcastle where George was the norm.  My wife Angie calls me Rob usually and Robert when I'm in trouble, my Grandchildren call me Bobsy and my dad always called me Jim - no idea why.

GREPre StartAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJun
Other outside Contract
KPI / Target date
Establish missing parts and start searches
Establish Body work requirements & source parts
Split body, remove, blast, etch prime, repair doors
All Body Parts to Alex
Chassis  -  Strip  - Sand Blast - Etch Prime - Repair
Rear Springs to Brost Forge for re-set & Temper
Bare Chassis to Alex
Alex - Build body on chassis, align, brace, repair and start prep
Strip Engine and establish exact requirements
Rear Axle refurb  - Eric Batelle
Cyliner Head to Dan with Engine parts list required
Engine Rebuild - Ongoing - Allow 6 Months
All remaining Chrome to STD Bristol
Front & Rear suspension build up.
Steering Box build
All other chassis bits re-cond.
Swap chassis with wood frame and return to W-shop
Alex - Continue Prep on Wood Frame
Gearbox - Decision, re-con or order 5 speed
Engine & Head Complete / reassembled
Chassis - Paint in POR15
Build up Chassis, Engine, Transmission, Suspension, Steering, 
Engineer new Cooling System
Engine Run up 
Engineer new Braking system
Wire Weel Conversion & Rear Shock Mod
Rolling Chassis Test Drive 
Built up Chassis back to Alex
Alex-  Fit body to chasis, mask up and Paint
Alex - Finish - All back to Bobs W'shop
Make up interior trim panels / re-con other interior parts
Decide on seats / trimmer / contract out upholstry - TBA
Decide electrical mods and Install new wiring loom
All other electrical bits / Dash board / Instruments
ICE / Speakers /Phone / IPOD as req.
Fit up - Lights, Chrome, Handles, Catches etc
Sort Tools / Spares / Jack etc
Initial Shakedown run / MOT