After what feels like an eternity of body work, painting and other time consuming (but important) jobs, we’re finally putting the car back together. The turning point came when we dropped the engine in.
The first stage of work on the body was to repair the windscreen frame, this had suffered badly on the drivers side and had been “repaired” with masking tape and painted over!
Before Christmas we started work on the roof, this continued on New Years Eve as planned…
There is some difficulty in rebuilding a gearbox produced 50 years ago, particularly one that is completely worn out. Most parts are no longer available, and those that are may be poor quality reproductions.
One big job we have known about since day one is the roof, we bought the car with the C pillars chopped off at half their height and some questionable replacement C pillars included.
A bit of a change for the blog, as this post isn’t about our car or trip. On October 18th 1958, a team from Standard-Triumph departed Cape Town. Their intention was to drive two pre-production Heralds (then known under the code-name “Zobo”) to Tangier.
The original engine did run, but after more thorough inspection it was deemed to be beyond economic repair. Unfortunately, the only replacement engines readily available were later 1296cc ones.
After moving the car, the dismantling continued with the remainder of the body, engine, suspension and running gear being removed.