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My ongoing ss1 restoration

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:04 pm
by tomdoc1962
Hi everyone, hopefully you will bear with me while I bring you up to speed on my red ss1 1600 reg number C106 YTC.
I purchased the car in Aug 2009 for £400 with 1 year tax and mot from a man in Bristol. Had a blast driving it home to central Scotland and also for the rest of the following year until the mot was due. I knew it needed a few repairs done before the mot so I sorned it and started, what I thought would be a winter project and have it back on the road for summer 2011. well it's now 2017 and YTC is still not anywhere near ready for the road.

Here is the reasons why.
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As you can see the chassis was rotten with rust and was touch and go to as to the best option ie scrap or cut, weld and fabricate new chassis parts. I decided to to the decent thing and repair it.
Taking advice from some members experience on your forums, I decided to document the strip down with both video camera and digital camera, I took loads of photo's and filmed each episode of the strip down, unfortunately while checking the film footage I accidently taped over most of the start of the project and to rub salt into the wounds I lost most of my photo's when my card became corrupted. I hope that I can get some advice and help, if needed.
I am at the stage of putting the engine and gearbox back into the car, having done brakes brake pipes and suspension. I now need your help in putting all the brackets for the rad hoses and the rest of the gubbins back onto the engine before fitting as I have no photo's of the engine with everything attached, so if someone could please post a few photo's of how the engine looks with everything attached.
I will post some photo's of YTC as it looks just now in the next few days.

Here are a couple of photo's of YTC just after I bought it.
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tata for now, Tommy

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Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:57 pm
by scimjim
Well done on repairing that - I would have stuck a galv chassis under it :-)

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Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:47 pm
by tomdoc1962
hi,in hindsight Jim i would have, if i could get one, done that. But then I wouldn't have had all the fun during the winter in a freezing garage trying to bring YTC's chassis back to life :roll:
I have taken a couple of photo's today, to let you see how YTC is looking. I finished working on the engine and put most of the brackets,wires back on. Next I will join engine and gearbox together and refit into chassis, then do up the exhaust and put the tub back on. Hopefully I will get this done during this week coming.

here is a couple of photo's
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I would be grateful if someone could tell me what this is and where it goes. I think it has something to do with the gearbox.
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Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:19 pm
by nickkeyser
Goes under the top two bellhousing to engine bolts - I had to ask Phil A what it was for, and it apparently supports the battery cable with a clip where it goes from the battery to start motor.

My ongoing ss1 restoration

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:51 pm
by Mikelima48
Looks like a great job. Please keep us updated on your progress.

My ongoing ss1 restoration

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:41 am
by philhoward
nickkeyser wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:19 pm
Goes under the top two bellhousing to engine bolts - I had to ask Phil A what it was for, and it apparently supports the battery cable with a clip where it goes from the battery to start motor.
Yep - that’s the fella.

My ongoing ss1 restoration

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:18 pm
by tomdoc1962
Hi, many thanks to nick and Phil for their help with the bracket, never would have guessed that's where it went.
Have now installed gearbox, engine, propshaft and exhaust system. Now refilling gearbox and diff with oil. Next job is refitting the tub.
Couple of photos with engine installed
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Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:29 pm
by tomdoc1962
Hi, update on restoration, sorry it's taken me a while to update, after Christmas/new year was over it was time to decorate the house and help organise daughters wedding. I also didn't really introduce myself to everyone.
So first my introduction.
My name is tommy Docherty live in largs on the west coast of Scotland and 56 years young. Always been interested in classic cars and mechanics, but never had a garage to keep a project until I moved to largs. I would consider myself as a hobby dryer and use the internet for advice and help. I am retired through ill health, 30 years as paramedic with Scottish ambulance service and retired due to chronic back pain and severe mental health problems due to stress. I find that the restoration work helps greatly with on going depression and other medical problems, working as a positive treatment.
My daughter just married last week and then, along with family, had a great three day road trip through the west coast of Scotland using only a and b roads. Great weather, roads, views and company.
Now for update on the car.
At the point of writing this, I have managed to do some work on the car
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If anyone has a wiper indicator assembly spare please if you could get in touch l would greatly appreciate it. I think it's the early one I need. Thanks to Philip Andrew for his help and assistance to identify the proper assembly.
Hopefully I will get the car ready for summer, and with the help and assistance from everyone in the club, I will achieve this.

My ongoing ss1 restoration

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:43 pm
by scimjim
Funnily enough I was looking at your car’s cousin C105YTC just yesterday - owned by mikeh on here. Consecutive registrations but over 200 apart on chassis numbers :D

My ongoing ss1 restoration

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:43 pm
by philhoward
Great progress, Tommy!

My ongoing ss1 restoration

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:09 pm
by mikeh
It is definitely a small world regarding cars.
Mine looked like yours did before you started.
having seen how bad your chassis is i'm going to give mine a good look over before I start repairing it !!
It had galvanised replacement sills put on it but I don't know what the rest is like as I haven't really got underneath it.
Having seen the state of a chassis in a similar condition i'm a bit worried about it now.!!!
I will report back tomorrow on my findings.
I have a spare indicator set up but cannot test it on a car and don't know if it's the early or late one.

Mike

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Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:11 pm
by Mikeincoleshill
Hi Tommy, this is looking great. You must get it finished to use this summer. I took early retirement two years ago and brought my SS1 to use on the good days. I have never regretted it. Great little car.
I also have a 5a which I am collecting parts for to sort out probably later this year.
Mike, I am from Coleshill just down the road from you. My car also has galvanized sills and a steel chassis. Just finished with the Waxoil and everything seems o.k. Hope things are o.k. on yours too.
There is a classic car meet on the first Sunday in the month at Middleton hall just down the road. I try to go for every meet as it covers quite an area and loads of cars. Last month there were three Scimitars, a 6a and two SS1's would be great to see a couple of SS1's from time to time.
Anyway lets keep these great little cars running!
Mike

My ongoing ss1 restoration

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:10 pm
by tomdoc1962
Hi, thanks for the great comments regarding my restoration. Mikeh, hopefully your chassis is fine, my sills was covered in cataloy and honestly I don't know how it passed the mot prior to purchase. I have posted pictures of my indicator assembly and hopefully your spare is similar. Please let me know if it's correct one.
Mike definitely hope to have it on the road by summer. Did use the car after purchase and was a blast, that's the reason I decided to put in the long hours to return it to the road, even though I will never recover the costs but the fun is priceless.

Here are some photos of the assembly and the small parts that fell out when I unscrewed the metal plate. Hopefully I have found all the pieces,
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Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:25 pm
by Roger Pennington
A "handy hint" if you're dismantling a multi-switch like that, with lots of little springs, balls and contacts, is to do it inside a large clear plastic bag - that way you can see what you're doing, but small parts can't spring off into the far corners of the room! :D

My ongoing ss1 restoration

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:57 pm
by tomdoc1962
Hi, sometimes I spend time thinking things out first, but mostly I just loose patience and when tired and things aren't going well I usually just go for it, even though that small voice inside your head tells you to leave well alone :shock: :shock:
If anyone can help me on the reconstruction of my indicator assembly and tell me if all the internal parts has been recovered I would be very grateful.
Many thanks in advance, Tommy