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Chassis #213 - A long project


Now that I finally placed the refurbished body onthe new chassis, I realized that I don't have a restoration thread on #213 on our own P&W forum. Turns out Istarted documenting my efforts on VintageMotoring.net, andnever thought to cross post.

Here is an early link to help tie in purchase story (introduction).

http://peerless-gt.activeboard.com/t22447700/new-owner-of-213/

Some early photos

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welc ... WLCbgentur

Anda link the actual restoration progress as I slog through the refurbishments. Wow there is a lot to finish!

http://www.vintagemotoring.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1542

Dean



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Seems like a good time for a quick update. After a three year pause due to moving and life, I finally got a change to make a little progress on the Peerless before paint. The goal is for get all the doors, windows and bumpers attached and working before I remove everything again for paint. Some of these parts have never been attached or seen the light of day, but after a few solid weeks I now have two working doors and two working windows. They feel solid and aren't sagging, yet...

Next up I need to fit the new rear vent windows to the new B pillars.



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-- Edited by Dean on Friday 2nd of October 2020 05:45:26 AM

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Started back on the Peerless after a long delay with moving and house projects... I left off (five years ago) thinking the body work was almost complete, but after an inspection by a local paint expert, I still had days (weeks) of blocking to go. I am closer now. Final epoxy primer is next, then a seal coat... While I wait for the weather to improve, I and started to focus on the little things that have lingered too long.

The window sweeps were in terrible shape. They look so easy to make, but no one local with skills wanted to try. So after a few days of work I managed to make a jig, two pieces and a lot of scrap. I may remake them just to iron out a few inconsistencies, but could use them after trimming them to the door openings.

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Great to see you back at it after so long!

I'm guessing its pretty hot where you are but IF there's moisture in the air in the last 5 years I would think about getting the shell baked/hot/in the sun for long periods before you go applying coats/sealers as you may encounter micro blistering at a later date?

Window channels look good, Hopefully Erik will be along soon as I think he was having a go too!



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Hope to spray a final sanding primer later this week. It is taking a took a long time to get the body panels close to straight and the gaps reasonable for a light color. I know that black hides the gaps and white hides the imperfections... Too bad you can't have it both ways.



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great work on the crest line along the Fender, this is so easily lost when sanding and previous owners doing the same. Light colour (sorry I cant use all american influences!) is always best for GRP and hot climateswink



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Ohhhh. Painted it this weekend. Light orange peel to flatten and then I can clean up my shop



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Excellent, more pictures please!!



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Looking good in white, Dean. Well done.

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Painting is a real skill and a test of patience. I color sanded the orange peel away with 600, then worked my way up to 3000 before breaking out the machine with rubbing compound. It looks stunning, right until I put a little polish on and I can see some of the 600 grit scratches. The LED lights in my shop are not helping me accept it as is. It could be better. I have several cars that are worse and the Warwick barely has any paint on it, but this is newly restored and everyone's expectations are way too high to allow for paint imperfections.

I can either go back to 600 and work my way back up the paper, or block with the 600 again and shoot another coat or two of color. I don't think I have enough paint on the car to withstand another round of sanding so I have convinced myself to paying more attention to the temperature and atomization and activator and reshoot it before I take down my paint booth.

Here are a few photos. It is kind of looking like a car.

PS - In addition to painting advise, I don't know how to make my pictures rotate the correct way for our forum...sorry



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oooah no, not another bloody white carbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin

That looks Fabulous from here Dean but I totally get what you mean; those imperfections will just wave at you every time you walk in the workshop

Having said that mine picks up more everytime I take it out but I do treat it hard so one day...who knows, I knock it back and flash it over againwink



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Nigel, It is not white but creamier than white. Closer to OEW. I figured it will complement the blue racing stripes and circles nicely:).

I fully sanded it and reshot is in two much better coats. I color sanded it to 3000 and just started applying polish. I am very happy with the way it is coming out. I should be in a position to push it outside for a few photos in a day or so.

Dean



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Looking good Dean, even sideways.



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I slipped in the engine and transmission without bouncing it on the fresh paint.

It is a slow process but I am getting excited about driving it.

Dean



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Are you sure it will get enough fuel?biggrin

Looks excellent Dean, great attention to detail as always.

I am intrigued by the Smiths heater box set-up. What is the story behind it?



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and you managed to source a pair of those twin choke S.U.'s, you'll have to let me know how you get on with them



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Gary S wrote:

Are you sure it will get enough fuel?biggrin

Looks excellent Dean, great attention to detail as always.

I am intrigued by the Smiths heater box set-up. What is the story behind it?


The oversized heater box is hiding the AC evaporator/heater and scroll fan. The compressor is under the generator. I need AC in California, but I didnt want to look at it. Best I could do:).

I might add a few more SUs. In theory it shouldnt be worse than a pair of webers, but there is no choke capability and no balance tube across the ports. I have room to fabricate a balance tube. If it all goes sideways I have a set of original TR3 carbs and manifold but these look so fast.



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Wow. That's a fine looking engine bay Dean. It will be interesting to hear how the DU6's run, if developed more in period they could have been a real rival to Weber.

Lovely to see a pair on a Peerless.



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I see Classic Carbs have pair for sale.

A mere 5000.00 (plus VAT) to you, gov.



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Dean wrote:

The oversized heater box is hiding the AC evaporator/heater and scroll fan. The compressor is under the generator. I need AC in California, but I didnt want to look at it. Best I could do:).

did you look into that electric air con system I sent you a thread on, would it have worked out smaller?

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AC is evaluated and holding. Ill have to wait for the engine to be running to charge the system. I reviewed the electric AC units, but I think this is what will be needed in the California sun.

Started putting a few dash pieces together. So exciting to get the parts out of the storage box and into a proper orientation.

Dean

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just a heads up, I swapped oil and temp on my dashboard as I find your hand/steering wheel obscures the view ......and you are always looking at it!



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That's a great idea now that I have the oil line and ether tubes routed and connected. Why do all the good ideas come in after the deadline?

Here is shot of the hinge panel with the BGM hinges. If you recall my were so messed up I had to head off the reservation for ideas.

Also, somehow several of my interior parts are painted with "328". Chassis number 213 with an interior from 328 given they only made 325???

Headliner is done! Killed a whole cow hide covering the dash, headliner trimmers and rear panels. Hope to get started on seat foam shaping and carpeting next week.

Dean (why are my photos sideways. I saved them again and rotated them and still they are sideways...sorry)

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I wouldn't worry about the number on the back of the panels. Mine were all over the place too. That trim panel you're holding looks to have been numbered by the same guy that did mine with the same hairy stick.

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yea they must have had a hairy stick in a pot as I've seen a lot like that!

Beautifully executed work as per usual Dean, very nice ....and sorry about the gauge heads upconfuse



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Seats are ready to install and those pesky door sills are finally aligned and screwed down.



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Dean, thats a high bar youre setting. Looks superb!

Any more pics of the sill covers?



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Gary, On page six of the below web site you can see how we fabricated the sills. I dont know if I can repeat the acid bath solution as it was a bit of trial and error to keep it etching but not burning away the masking.

www.vintagemotoring.net/forum/viewtopic.php

Cheers,

Dean

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