Restoration process


Overview period - week 42, 2018.

1. Progress of the project.

Car arrived for restoration complete, though it was not in driveable condition.

Visual inspection of the components suggested us avoid efforts to start engine.

Fuel lines were filled with such inadequate substance.

Visually all chromed elements had damages caused by corrosion.

Rust spots had been cleaned from the body simply by sand paper.

Obvious presence of the water in the fuelling system.

Paintwork was damaged on each and any panel.

Protective coating on the bottom of the chassis and in the wheel wells was separated from surface it should protect.

All rubber components suffered from ageing.

Heater unit was destroyed by hungry corrosion.

Rusty radiator required repair.

Corrosion turned components of the braking system made of aluminium into harsh powder.

Outside shell of the air filter seemed still usable, though all internals were destroyed by corrosion – we went to conclusion that this car for some time had been like a submarine.

There is no place for such cracked tyres on the road-going vehicles.

Floor pans in the front part had penetrating holes.

Rear section of the cab floor was also in sorry state.

Panels under the luggage compartment suffered from corrosion as well.

All rubber components of the front axle were damaged due to ageing and wear.

All rubber components of the steering gear required replacing.

All rubber components of the rear axle were damaged due to ageing and wear.

All mounts of the engine and transmission were deteriorated.

Remains of the braking fluid oozed through the cracked rubber bodies of the brake hoses.

There was a leakage of the cooling liquid through the bottom sump of the radiator.

One of exhaust manifolds was missing broken ear.

Leather cladding of the seats was deteriorated.

Headliner was separated from the surface it should cover.

Top panel of the dashboard was cracked.

One more evidence of the previous “underwater life” – all trimming components of the interior made of plywood were separated into unattached layers.

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