NEW ZEALAND CLAS­SIC CAR BE­HIND THE GARAGE DOOR Sur­gi­cal Spir­its

Once again we went out and about to take our monthly peek at read­ers’ on­go­ing clas­sic-car restora­tion projects

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Tawa-based clas­sic-car restora­tion and re­pair spe­cial­ist, The Surgery, has been rather busy lately. Two of the many projects cur­rently un­der­way within its ex­ten­sive work­shop in­clude this E-type Jaguar and Fiat Bam­bina.

The E-type has just been painted in its orig­i­nal red colour scheme af­ter be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of ex­ten­sive body­work — in­clud­ing the fit­ment of new sills, door skins and rear valance, while sec­tions of the floor were also re­placed. The big cat’s orig­i­nal 4.2-litre six-cylin­der XK en­gine and man­ual gear­box will be re­in­stalled, along with a new black leather in­te­rior.

The Fiat Bam­bina is a rare, early sui­cide­door model. This cute lit­tle sa­loon’s body has just been acid dipped, and though it had looked in re­spectable con­di­tion prior to treat­ment, the Fiat’s pan­els turned out to re­quire rather more se­ri­ous sur­gi­cal work than orig­i­nally an­tic­i­pated.

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