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.
The car stayed dormant in my garage for the rest of 2016, but at the start of this year we made a big list of parts to order, and made a start. The first task was to take the body off, so just the chassis and bulkhead could be taken to my uncle’s house, where the rest of the restoration work would take place. This happened mid January.
The body came off with ease and was left in the garage until the chassis work was completed:
I first heard about the Mongol Rally when a team who were entering the 2016 rally posted on one of the forums I regularly browse, they were preparing a 1960 Singer Gazelle for the rally. This then led me on to youtube, watching various team’s past antics to get a sense of what was involved.