In 1998 I bought a Triumph Herald 13/60, here you can read about it's restoration and share in a few photo's from it's travels. Please feel free to leave comments to any of the posts, of even email me if you want to.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Strip Tease

In August 2006 I decided to take the Herald off the road, this I hoped would give me the impetus to start the restoration for real. It didn't immediately as by this time my wife and I had decided we were upping sticks and moving to Devon, which we did in December the same year.

The Herald stayed in Surrey for a few months, but soon the garage where it was being stored had to be vacated, so in March 2007 it took the trip to the South West, now the strip down could start...

At this point many people carefully take off every nut & bolt etc., labelling everything as they go......great idea, except I was far too impatient for that, so everything came off as quickly as it could and if small enough would go in to a container or stacked in the corner of the garage if too large.

Everything was going well, almost too well. My first difficulty was trying to remove the bolts that held the body to the chassis, as you can imagine these don't get touched very often, so most were stuck solid and were only removed with the help of an angle grinder.

With the body off the car, removing the engine and suspension was all relatively straight forward. I already had a better chassis, bulkhead and rear tub in storage elsewhere, so all these items would be sold on....this is what you might call a number plate up restoration, reminiscent of the classic Only Fools and Horses scene 'Trigger's Broom'

In this classic scene, Trigger claims that he's had his road sweeper's broom for 20 years. But then he adds that the broom has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles. "How can it be the same bloody broom then?" asks Sid the Café owner. Trigger produces a picture of him and his broom and asks: "what more proof do you need?"

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