The Gay Classic Car Group has set its members a massive challenge as they plan to work on not one car at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery, but eight cars, all very different!
The stand in Hall 5 will be turned into a workshop as the likes of a 1998 Mini Cooper and 1965 Humber Imperial receive some much needed TLC whilst others cars such as the rare 1979 Datsun 120a F11 Coupe undergo a full recommissioning.
Bodywork will be the main job on the 1971 Lotus Europa as all the existing paint needs to be stripped off by hand from the fibre glass shell before Gel coat can be applied which will help prevent the paintwork cracking when it is resprayed.
For the 1951 MG Y Series Saloon, it is all about the brakes which need a full overhaul. Hydraulic parts that were new 20 years ago now also need replacing, along with a full change of lubricants in the engine, gearbox and differential, and attention to all the greasing points.
A new front wing will be added to the 1980 Austin Allegro 1.3L showing how easy it is to bolt on and bolt off replacement panels. The carb will also be taken off, cleaned and rebuilt live at the show along with replacing and repairing several wiring gremlins.
All power to the 1991 Rover 416 GTI, a very early and rare example of the GTI version of the Rover R8. Hidden at the back of a barn for many years until the present owner saved it from the crusher and having been off the road for years, it is safe to say everything needs doing to it.
Whilst the car has had a minor clean, the plan at the NEC is to replace the Head Gasket which will mean removing the top half of the engine. Once this has been done, a full recommission will also be done, including a full brake overhaul. This will be followed by work on the exterior and interior. This will all hopefully be all put back together and the car driven on to the trailer to take it home.
Who says looks aren’t everything? The club will be doing a complete interior overhaul on a 1968 Triumph Herald 13/60 Convertible. Having undergone a full restoration some years ago, the interior lets it down along with cosmetic trim. The plan is to remove all the interiors, and then set about refitting a newly refurbished Walnut Dash, which will involve swapping over all the instrument panel and dials, as well as sorting out a few wiring gremlins.
No mean feat in just three days! Go and give them a hand in Hall 5, stand 5-835.