Bodywork BLOG


Monday October 3rd 2016

Out of the garage, and transported to Ledsham by Paul. Seen off by Maddie & the dog, Cleo!

Tuesday October 4th 2016

Below is Southside Classic & Custom on October 4th. They have started work on my car (just visible in the doorway on the left).

Below, master panelbeater Adam starting work!


Wednesday October 5th 2016

A list of additional panels to get from James Paddocks!

Friday October 7th 2016

Some pictures of progress so far from Steve.

Monday October 10th 2016

Some more photos from Steve "As requested, some more photos of rust removal and new panel fitting, you may notice, in the photo of the top of the door, we are fitting a filler piece to reduce the size of the gap between the top of the door and the scuttle closure gap". Update 28/10/16: The team at Southside were not satisfied with the integrity of the driver's door (there was movement where there shouldn't be), so they are reskinning it!

Cavities are injected with DINITROL® to protect from further rust!

Wednesday October 12th 2016

Further picture taken during my visit. Adam starts work on the nearside/LH. Inner sills welded on, and painted with weld-through primer.

The completed offside/RH. The door gaps achieved are probably as good as, if not better than when the car was new!

Friday October 14th 2016

Another update from Steve. The nearside/LH sill & rear inner wheelarch.







The new floor piece welded in (including the body/chassis mount).

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Another update. Steve says "We would highly recommend that you purchase a new door skin for the near side as its pretty botched up on the inside lip. You will also see in some of the pictures where we have had to make plates up due to excessive rust in that area"







Below, strange holes around the tailgate handle hole!


Below, the new Heritage LH doorskin.

Friday 28th October 2016

Visited Southside, spoke to Steve and Justin. The car is progressing well, as already fitted LH door skin (received on the 26th). Panel gaps very good, also. However, much of the door had to have new metal put in where rust had taken hold on the bottom. Concern was expressed on movement in the RH door (previously completed) and they recommended that the RH door skin also be replaced. This would make the repair last more than a couple of years, and make it easier to respray. Work on the rear floor & wheel arches has been completed. I queried why the LH rear body to chassis mount part of the floor hadn't been replaced, and Steve said it was sound. I'll have to accept this, as they seem to be replacing metal in all sorts of places which I thought had been sound, including some strange holes by the handle hole of the tailgate. I will get James Paddock to deliver a RH door skin next week. I also need to check whether the spare door in the shed is serviceable - unfortunately it is a LH door! More picture are on the way from Steve.

Sunday 30th October 2016

Photos of the work done on the passenger (LH) door (fitted with new Heritage doorskin, see above).




Tuesday 8th November 2016

Quick update : SC&C only received RH door skin last Thursday (although dispatched on the Monday before), so won't be tackling this job until later this week.

Sunday 20th November 2016

Further update from Steve: "Car goes to paint at the end of this week coming. As you can see from these photos, there were the same issues with the drivers door as the passengers door, but these issues have been overcome as is the norm @SCC"

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

My first visit for a month where I took the pictures below. Welding finished, car to be 'prepped' for spraying soon. They will remove the bonnet and do the body tub as an entity, while at the same time working on the bonnet, as this apparently needs 3 days work. Then bonnet will then be painted separately. Next pictures from Steve will be of car in Primer. He estimates it should be finished in 4 weeks, so hopefully I will get the car back by Christmas!

Tuesday 6th December 2016

Email from Steve : "still in paint shop at mo".

Friday 9th December 2016

The picture below, posted on Facebook, of my Triumph in the paint shop. The bonnet has been removed, and is being worked on elsewhere. The tailgate has also been removed.

Friday 17th December 2016

Comments from Steve : "Another photographic update for you. We have found quarter of an inch of filler/fiberglass on the near side wing at the top seam of the bonnet. its where the dip was in the upper seam joint. its a bit of an unexpected pain to be honest, but we shall overcome. Up to now, the car has been flattened twice, guide coated, barr coated and flattened again, today it has had more flatting and paint applied, will send you some photos as and when"









Monday 9th January 2017

WhatsApps from Steve: "We are still trying to get your bonnet straight, it's been a right mess, but it should be in primer this week" and "Oh boy, are we having fun with this bonnet!!"


Wednesday 11th January 2017

Quick visit to SCC, further picture of bonnet in progress, should be finished tomorrow or Friday. The rest of the car is at the paint shop. When it is joined by the bonnet, the whole car will then be sprayed together.

Monday 16th January 2017

WhatsApps from Steve:"Getting there!!" and "Couple of small wobbles to repair, then should be off to paint asap (after we've flatted the new guide coat that's just been applied) have to wait in primer drying properly before we touch it though".



Tuesday January 17th 2017

Image from Steve : "Justin looking happy - 5 days to get it straight!".

Wednesday January 25th 2017

WhatsApp from Steve : "Justin at painters fitting bonnet and valance and spraying some more rust preventer (DINITROL®). Will keep you informed of progress!".

Friday January 27th 2017

WhatsApp from Steve : "Car painted but there are a few bits I'm not happy with so it's going back to the paint shop to address these issues"

Thursday February 2nd 2017

WhatsApp from Steve : "2nd time lucky!"


Monday February 7th 2017

WhatsApp from Steve : "It's looking well now!! There are a couple of bits underneath (no one will ever see) but we know they are there and not finished properly, so we will sort these out as well"

Thursday February 9th 2017

Pictured on Facebook:

Friday February 10th 2017

WhatsApps from Steve: "We still have to underseal castle rail area and refit driver's window and rear quarter windows". and "Getting there, Patrick!" with picture below.

Wednesday February 15th 2017

Paul and Steve bring the car 'home'!