LEE’S MILE­STONES

Practical Classics (UK) - - RESTO HERO -

1 My favourite tool

‘The one I al­ways turn to is a lit­tle hand-held grinder or pol­isher made by Blue Point. It runs off com­pressed air and has var­i­ous dif­fer­ent heads that you can at­tach. It al­ways seems to be ideal for restor­ing me­tal parts; it’ll clean up just about any­thing re­ally quickly and it’s just so handy to have around!’

2 My best bodge

‘I guess the clas­sic one would be a typ­i­cal tale from YTS days… re­pair­ing a bro­ken ex­haust with a split baked bean tin and some wire. That hap­pened, even if it was just a quick lash-up to get us through till pay day when I could af­ford a new sec­tion of pipe.’

3 My big­gest fail

‘I was do­ing the tim­ing belt on a Subaru Im­preza STI – and I missed a sleeve out of the tim­ing belt ten­sioner. I reckon it was miss­ing al­ready… the ten­sioner moved, the tim­ing went out and I had to do the en­gine again.’

4 My proud­est mo­ment

‘This project has sort of es­ca­lated from help­ing Sean put a Nova to­gether to build­ing a re­ally, re­ally good one to fac­tory spec. Then it started win­ning prizes, now it’s in a mag­a­zine. But the mo­ment that re­ally blew us away was win­ning the Chair­man’s Cup at the big VBOA show. There were about 2500 cars there and never, for one mo­ment, did we ex­pect to win.’

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