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13 hours ago, landroversforever said:

That finish is fantastic! Epsom green?

It is.  I can’t tell from the photos, but I did ask them to match the original Epsom from panel areas like the door jambs or fuel filler cap cover.  It has a slightly more yellow hue, not the blue tinge of the Epsom on Defenders and P38s.  Strange that they changed the colour a bit, but I prefer what this car had.  In the end, it’s all going to match and it isn’t vastly different.  
 

It does seem a shame to cover up that interior, but it’s going to have a lot of Dynamat before the carpets go down, especially the rear side curtains and over those rear wheel arches that transmit the road spray noise so much in the wet!  The inside of the roof and doors will get the same, and I suspect they’ll add some to the centre of the bonnet under the new black felt pad.

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36 minutes ago, Anderzander said:

Wow - it looks beautiful! 

Yes, I’m really pleased.  I watch Church House Classics on YouTube and he is currently working on a soft dash, repairing the bulkhead and front arches that have been done on mine.  The budgets are very different, as are the results that those restrictions impose, which makes me more comfortable with the costs I’m racking up so far.
 

I have been dealing with them a fair bit today as the boss’s wife and administrator left her phone on one of our aircraft one the way through DXB at the weekend, so I spent a few hours resolving that with lost property and and dealing with FedEx to ship it straight back to them.  The news is that yes, they did colour match the paint to the fuel flap and yes, they did remember the Britannica Restorations clutch fork pivot bush kit. 🙂

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I don't do paintwork but that's rather lovely.

Always bugs me when they re-spray the outside of a car and leave the inside in some manky primer or un-matched colour, yes it will usually be covered up but while you've got paint in the gun you may as well do everything.

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46 minutes ago, FridgeFreezer said:

I don't do paintwork but that's rather lovely.

Always bugs me when they re-spray the outside of a car and leave the inside in some manky primer or un-matched colour, yes it will usually be covered up but while you've got paint in the gun you may as well do everything.

That is exactly what LR did - the engine bay and boot floor were painted, as were the sills and pillars, but the bulk of the cabin floor, the sides of the boot and the entire exterior of the boot sides and front wheel arches were left in the thin yellowish-grey primer.  The same on the soft dash being repaired in those Church House videos.  No wonder they rust so easily.

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1 hour ago, Snagger said:

That is exactly what LR did

TBF every manufacturer does it, since it shaves a load of time off the production process and a few quid's worth of paint too - but I never get why folks restoring a car won't bother with the extra few squirts of paint to bring the interior up nicely & give it that extra protection.

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31 minutes ago, FridgeFreezer said:

TBF every manufacturer does it, since it shaves a load of time off the production process and a few quid's worth of paint too - but I never get why folks restoring a car won't bother with the extra few squirts of paint to bring the interior up nicely & give it that extra protection.

Whilst I do agree…. The paint, and time for painting the inside is fairly minuscule. But, the prep time is most of the time of the outside or you’re not adding any protection. 

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And to save ThreePointFive asking “more”…

 

I have had to ask them to make my car their lowest priority for their workshop until new year as my son needs help buying his first car, we have his Sandhurst graduation to go to and a ten day trip to Japan, so cash flow is a bit tight.  That means few more updates until January, but they do anticipate joining the engine and transmission in the next couple of weeks and I would assuming dropping them in if just to make more space in the shop.

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11 minutes ago, Snagger said:

cash flow is a bit tight

I'm sorry @Snagger I had a right good chuckle at that, I could never afford to have a car restored to that standard by a restoration company especially a good one

If your cash flow is tight after that I would be destitute......

Great work by the way I cannot wait to see it finished

Regards Stephen

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It has gone several fold over the original estimates for the body works, but once I saw it stripped, it made sense to have it all done properly at once rather than leave the chassis and mechanical work to later, which would risk me damaging the immaculate body.  It isn’t helping my sleep, though!  That said, I have never bought a new car in the UK, many of which cost more than this.  It does make my 109 rebuild budget look very thrifty, even with all of its specification creep!

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1 hour ago, Snagger said:

That said, I have never bought a new car in the UK, many of which cost more than this.

That's a very good point - if I had the money I'd probably sooner throw it at a true classic that will hold value & last forever than on a depreciating appliance.

As it is I throw what I can muster at old bangers that make me smile :lol: my RRC won't be this shiny but I'm hoping it will be this solid where it counts.

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9 minutes ago, FridgeFreezer said:

That's a very good point - if I had the money I'd probably sooner throw it at a true classic that will hold value & last forever than on a depreciating appliance.

God isn’t that the truth !!

Snagger it looks fantastic - and you will be enjoying the quality long after the price is forgotten. 

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41 minutes ago, Anderzander said:

God isn’t that the truth !!

Snagger it looks fantastic - and you will be enjoying the quality long after the price is forgotten. 

I hope so, and I hope my kids get to enjoy the RR and 109 after I am finished with them.  My son loves the 109 and said he regards it as an elder sibling, so he’ll get that and my daughter will likely get this.  In the mean, he’s about to get a Peugeot 308.  Most youngsters’ first cars bear no resemblance these days to the old bangers most of us had to coax back to road worthiness.  That is no bad thing for their safety, but it does mean that they miss out learning how to fix them and on the bond that can be formed with cars.

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