Hi, I have been lurking here for a while and its time I started getting to working on my cars. Maybe posting here will help me get on with it. My wife and I were looking for a project after my son was born. She wants to learn to paint cars and I need to get better at welding so we bought this car.
Suffice to say our son was a lot more work than we thought but this year should have more free time to work on the crabs. We went for a road trip through the Rockies last autumn to get another crab that looking in amazing condition, unfortunately the pics were several years old and it had been smashed into a few times, had some sort of animal living in it and had an unknown amount of electrical upgrades. We got it anyhow for the parts if need be.
I've never really done any project like this before so a lot of my stalling on these has been not knowing where to start or go. The plan so far is to get them running with the minimum amount of major work then move onto cosmetics later. The white one will be the main focus for now as it at least has fire without smoke. The electrical "upgrades" to the blue one mean the starter starts smoking when I put a battery in. Thanks Salcomine
Good to hear from you and thanks for the photos. Be warned children and crabs take up far more time than you ever thought! Some days are good, others frustrating!
My advice is to make sure the car is safe to drive to keep you all in good health! Carefully examine the body - spend a bit (or lot) of time here looking at the restorations. Chris' welding pages will show you what to check.
Once you are satisfied the structure is sound examine the suspension mountings and joints. Note the tie rod warning in the technical section. Then it is a case of working through the braking system, clutch and electrics.
Rather than write a book here, make a start and come back with pics and problems and we'll try and help you sort them out.
good looking cars from pictures, the green car has some interesting mods, late model car with twin carbs possibly 1.5 inch HD4 from MG Magnette MK4 or HD6 1.75 from Jaguar 3.4 or 3.8 MK11 brass damper tops giving some clue and also float bowl lids. if you have any numbers I can probably tell what cars where issued with these carbs. they both look restorable and to think they are in Canada means they have had a lot of storage. I would like to think I could help even with the great distance, you can always ask. do not scrap either. all the best cptkennykidna.