One final fettle

So, after a holiday hiatus, where my time has been spent trying to line up others to do the serious work on Ruy, I spent this evening cleaning up the obvious signs of rotten metal around the body.

It was an interesting experience, uncovering a large amount of silicon/rubber filler between heater channel and passenger side inner front wing.

I also found some Brucey bonus items on the conveyorbelt/in the gap where the front heater pipe splitters go, as you can see below!


By the time September comes around, I hope to have both the chassis and body with Mid-Norfolk Car Company and the gearbox with a helpful ex-VW mechanic in Wisbech.

Unfortunately, exam season is just around the corner for me, so I doubt I will now meet my early July deadline for completion.

Almost there!

So after a winter hiatus (mainly due to the weather and the need to build a shelter to store car parts in….!), I spent some long overdue time with Ruy today, in preparation for removing the body.

As you can see from the pictures, today was about removing the steering column in order to get rid of one of the final obstacles to removing the body from the chassis.  Unfortunately, the wind was too strong for me to remove the steering column from under the bonnet, so that will wait for another day, however I have removed the steering wheel, indicator and wiper stalks and ignition barrel and steering column outer shroud.

I also started loosening some of the chassis bolts inside the car – just to see!


Final fettle of the year

Today marks the end of 2015 and also the last bit of work I have undertaken on Ruy.

As festive activities also took priority, the work to remove the front wings and bumper took place over a couple of days but wasn’t much more than three hours.

Despite a few bolts that sheared off, the removal of the front wings was pretty pain free.  All the wiring was labelled and bagged to prevent water ingress.

With the wings removed, I have a better view of the front end and the body work issues there seem to be.

The only frustrating element was after hanging the offside front wing up for storage, it fell onto the floor and has dented.  I will consider whether I need new wings as part of the longer restoration but I think my mind may already be made up!

2016 has much more in store for Ruy and I hope to share as much of it with you as I can.

Happy New Year!


Have I taken on too big a job?

So, I had a chat with a good friend and fellow Splitterz member yesterday, who just happens to be building a Porsche 356 replica, so knows what he is talking about when it comes to builds and restorations.

I have a lot more things to think about then “just taking the car apart and putting it back together again”….

Where do I store everything?
How do I catalogue it all?
What about the electrics?
What if I can’t get things off the car?

And more importantly… what if my motivation suffers and I don’t get the work done?

I could have a perfectly serviceable car with just a few bodywork tweaks and a respray – I don’t need to take it all apart and start again…

It all boils down to confidence.  I am not sure I can do this thing!