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Restoration of Dutch Peerless Phase2


Hi everyone,

Three weeks ago Iwas able to buy a Peerless Phase2 which came up for sale in NL, just one hour drive from were I live.

The car is largely complete and original, but needs quite a bit of work to get on the road again.

The engine was out of the car and totally in bits, but complete.

Probably seized from standing still for some 35 years.

Chassis is in a remarkably good condition, the body is a bit battered.

It still has all of the specific Peerless parts.

Interior is almost complete but all foam of the seats has gone and the dashboard and dials are in great condition.

My plan is to overhaul the engine and put it back in.

Then I need to find the missing bits, heater unit, quarter door window, and some other small bits.

After that I want to make the car 100% safe and working again.

I'd like to keep this one as original a possible.

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do you know what original means biggrin.... yea yea I know, good coming from me!

I think Gary had some quarter lights (as they are called over here) a bit ago?



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Hmm, i do have a spare V6 lying around.wink

No, this one will have to do without a V6, fuel injection, 5 speed box, steering rack, telescopic rear shocks, etc

I'm going to give it a good clean, replace the suspension rubbers and brake hoses.

Replace the rotten fuel tanks and recondition the fuel pumps.

Sort out all electrics, get the engine up and running and check the drive line.

The grp floors and boot are missing quite some chunks.

There will be no sandblasting or painting.

It would be nice to have all of this finished this year.hmm

Basically it will be some kind of a rat rod. 



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I've been accused of the Rat Rod thing, let's keep this civilised please.

What's the body number, and does it have a Wincanton body plate inside the left hand door?

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Ohboy, did I say "rat rod"?

Off course I meant Patina

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Not any more. Sold it a couple of years back. If we can get a good template, Pilkington can make them for us.



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Last weekend i switched my cars, so the Phase 2 is now at home.
I'd like to have the car registered this year.

I'm waiting for the cylinderhead and crankshaft that are at the engine shop for new valves and seats, and grinding and balancing.

While waiting i have removed the alternative fuel tank and started to repair a rather large hole in the boot section.
Don't know what went wrong there, maybe some debris got kicked up and smashed it?

I'm going to make a mould of the floor piece that is still intact and then rotate that mold over the hole and repair it with fresh grp.

Unfortunately i am missing the "bulge" that bolts to the front of the floor section, near the diff.

If there is anyone out there who can make me a couple of pictures of what it looks like?

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looks like a mini tank to me? and I love the exhaust bracket at the backbiggrin

 

If you cant get a copy I would try fitting a spare wheel (of the size you are intending to run), check for clearances when taking out and putting in (get someone to do that whist you watch from underneath) and then

if alls good size wise put some tin foil on the tyre or packing out to get the right shape first, then tin foil and glass it up to get the shape you need. remember the De Dion tube does throw itself about in that area too!

 



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Progress.

I couldn't proceed with the rear of the car so I started on the front.
The front cross member was gone and badly repaired so I removed it and  welded a new one back in.

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The nose of the car was completely loose on the chassis and had quite some accident damage that was also badly repaired.
So I hacked out all of the repairs and put the chassis on stands.
I put it level and checked the straightness/flatness of it, which was surprisingly good.

Then I started measuring and re-aligning the nose, and made some "scaffolding" to hold everything together.

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I cut out the remains of the inner wing chassis supports because they where crap, and made new ones.

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Saturday I repaired the centre of the front, and it is now already very strong.

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excellent work there Erik, I demand a couple of hundred words and few pics for the next (immanent) Traction report.......make it so



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Hopefully, next month i'll be lifting off the body to replace two chassis members .

I simply cannot replace these with the body on.

I think i know the answer but, is it possible/wise to leave the front and rear glass in while taking it off?

With four people, and then place it on the wooden support rig i'm going to make.

The body is in good, strong condition.



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Best of luck removing the body Erik.  If you do remove the glass, could you shoot a couple photos for me of the fitting of the rear screen And the profile of the rubber seal?  I've found previous posts about the front screen and side window seals, but haven't found anything on the rear.  Your projects are looking fantastic.  



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Erik, I'd be really doubtful about taking the body off with the front and rear screens in. Admittedly, my old body had some damage that would have reduced the structural integrity but even so, when it came off the frame it flexed so easily I would have imagined the screens would have just popped out if I had left them in. Personally, I wouldn't risk it.

Greg, IIRC, the rubber for both the front and rear screen rubbers on my car were the same. Woolies part no. R398-C (or R398-358 if you prefer a chrome infill rubber).

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There is a fundamental difference between your car Mike and Erik's. Yours is Ph1 and Erik's is Ph2. Phase 1 was an outer molded shell with some 58 panels "glassed in" over and around the chassis and a healthy dose of pop rivets to boot!

Phase 2 is an all in one (ish) body and should lift from the chassis and be more ridged.

 

IMHO people....

IF the original glass could be sacrificial I would leave it in situ. the amount of grip the rubber seal gives to the glass area would keep the shell in good shape and hopefully in a position that would help it stay intact and go back without to much trauma....saying this (and here comes the get out clause) I have never lifted a true factory Phase 2biggrin

 

as per usual I can t put my hand on it but there is an image/outline drawing of the time of the Phase 1 body components doh



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Ah, I forgot that Erik's car was a P2. I guess that the 1 piece shell would make a big difference. Should have put in the proviso that my opinion was based on my own P1 experience.

Apologies, Erik.

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No problem Mike.

It's simply like this, i don't yet know what i fear more.

Breaking a window taking off the body or breaking a window taking them out of the body and putting them back in.

Putting them back in with fresh rubber, is that ok to do?



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Putting screens in (even putting back the old one) is a 2 man job.  A suction cup glass holder and chrome strip insertion tools are essential.

Don't use adhesive and lubricate the rubber with washing up liquid.  

When you first put it in, there are gaps at the lower front corners.  Ignore these, and push the screen around until the glass sits central in the rubber.

The gaps in the corners will disappear when you insert the chrome strip.

Easy peasy by Peerless standards.

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Erik, easiest thing to do is just take a box cutter to the old rubbers and remove the screens that way. Replace with new rubber as described by Frank.

Mike

 

P.S. As Frank says, lubricate with washing up liquid but first, give the new rubber a good soak in hot soapy water to get it a bit easier to work.



-- Edited by mikerf on Tuesday 19th of May 2020 10:33:02 AM

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