|Every shelf and horizontal surface now occupied - can only get better|
I've finally decided on the Coach Trimmer or should I say after I was 'interviewed' he considered me a suitable client. John Richardson of Shildon comes very highly recommended by several friends and acquaintances. He previously worked for David Royle at Barnard Castle, a restoration company with a huge reputation, and used by London's Rolls and Bentley specialists. Alas Royles went out of business a few years back mainly I understand through some rather large unpaid bills. Anyway, John decided to set up on his own but restricts his activities to one job at a time and works by himself. On my first visit, he was busy making a pair of new but old looking seats for a fabulous Delahay race car which almost filled his workshop. Certainly no doubts about his trimming credentials then.
My car is booked in for the full works, upholstery, door cappings, carpets, hood, side screens and tonneau and will be away for two to three weeks in March next year, but in the meantime I can send John a few parts to be getting on with.
Having finally decided on Old Red and Biscuit, my amateur effort of trimming the dash in red leather back in spring 2011 now needs to be re-done in biscuit with red edging.
|All to be re-done in biscuit with old red edging|
|New central arm rest, now with storage and ICE controller|
|Pure Highway 300i controller will sit nicely|
in arm rest storage and also control iPod.
Just need to find one!
|Four way fuse box now lives in RF95 Voltage Controller|
|Side View - looks like it's always been there and will disappear|
entirely once the cover is in place.
|Beautifully made rear spring gaiters by Wefco|
|Fit on original springs is perfect.|
My recent visit to the Classic Car Show at the NEC started very well. The entrance to the exhibition was dominated by a beautiful 120 Roadster on a pedestal, who's first owner was Clark Gable. This car has been restored at very considerable cost by JD Classics and went on win best in class at this years Pebble Beach Concours. With such a prestigious win, I would expect it to be technically correct in every tiny detail, meriting around thirty photographs for future reference.
|One off special colour by the factory - became known as |
Gable Gray. Note rear wing piping in body colour.
|Clark Gables 67003 - Value £3.4 Million? - Unlikely but who knows|
The stream that runs thirty meters from my front door has a normal level of around three meters below my damp proof course. Up to the 27th of November it had rained almost continually for four days and I must say I was starting to become a little concerned when I could see the level rising by the hour until it was almost over the top. This is in spite of a very expensive flood relief scheme built in 1979. A little research revealed that we are still in a 'zone 3' area which effectively means we can expect to be flooded once every one hundred years or so. With thirty odd years gone, the odds are shortening! Fortunately the rain stopped a and within a few hours it was back to normal.
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