BE­HIND THE GARAGE DOOR

We take a peek at a hand­ful of your on­go­ing clas­sic car restora­tion projects

New Zealand Classic Car - - CONTENTS -

Sandy find

Many of you will re­mem­ber Si­mon Crisp’s con­cours-award-win­ning E-type Jaguar and Daim­ler SP250, which we fea­tured in 2016.

Si­mon has just re­turned home from work­ing in Dubai and has brought with him an­other project that he res­cued from a sandy grave. He plans to fully re­build this MGA Twin Cam road­ster him­self, with help from body-re­pair spe­cial­ists and trim­mers in New Zealand.

Si­mon ba­si­cally found a pile of aban­doned parts at the back of a dusty ware­house in Dubai. He man­aged to iden­tify the parts as be­long­ing to an MGA Twin Cam road­ster chas­sis, num­ber YD3/2479 (stamped onto the chas­sis frame), and he has ob­tained the of­fi­cial Her­itage Cer­tifi­cate from the Bri­tish Mo­tor In­dus­try Her­itage Trust.

The car was built in Septem­ber 1959, and was ap­par­ently com­pletely dis­man­tled by per­sons un­known many years ago, quite pos­si­bly more than 20. The orig­i­nal body is all steel and com­plete with the cor­rect body num­ber, but is miss­ing the orig­i­nal al­loy bon­net and bootlid pan­els. It is in good over­all con­di­tion be­cause of be­ing in the desert for so long, al­though Si­mon sus­pects it is par­tially cov­ered with a layer of bog, so this will need to be re­moved by soda or me­dia blast­ing to ex­pose the in­evitable rust un­der­neath. He is ac­tively on the look­out for the best body and paint shop to un­der­take the task.

Si­mon would ide­ally like to sep­a­rate the body of the MGA from the chas­sis, and mount it on a suit­able ro­tis­serie frame so that the chas­sis can be sep­a­rately blasted, re­stored as needed, and epoxy painted. He will then build up the chas­sis sep­a­rately at home be­fore re­unit­ing it with the fully re­stored and painted body. This is how he re­built both the E-type and the Dart, and he plans to pre­pare the MGA to a sim­i­lar stan­dard.

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