WHAT THEY LEARNED…

Practical Classics (UK) - - RESTO HEROES -

1 Our big­gest fail ‘The adap­tor plate for the Tremec ‘box fouled the clutch re­lease arm,’ says Si­mon. ‘We had to get the slave cylin­der on, then get some clear­ance on the re­lease arm, but it was still drag­ging and we thought the clutch was stick­ing so we split the bell­hous­ing from the gear­box. Then we had a eureka mo­ment when we dis­cov­ered the pushrod was touch­ing the pedal!’ 2 The first suc­cess ‘Prob­a­bly re­build­ing the rear axle my­self, be­fore I got ill,’ says Andy. ‘I went through two Black and Decker Work­mates, which crum­bled un­der the weight of the axle assem­bly – it took two peo­ple to lift it or turn it, so it was much safer us­ing an en­gine hoist.’ 3 The best bodge We tried re­peat­edly to get any of the team to ad­mit to a bodge, but it’s like ask­ing them to say hello in Mar­tian it’s not re­ally a word in their lan­guage. A com­bined work­ing life of more than 100 years of en­gi­neer­ing for a Ja­panese car­maker has ironed out their will­ing­ness to bodge any­thing at all, if it was ever there. 4 Proud­est mo­ment Maybe not proud, but hum­ble – that’s the mo­ment Andy Small re­mem­bers above all the oth­ers. ‘It was when Steve came round with the ini­tial of­fer of help,’ he says. ‘That kind of thing is bound to make you feel hum­ble, to have such great friends.’

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