Field Trip

BN7 back at East Coast Collision & Restoration

BN7 back at East Coast Collision & Restoration

By prior arrangement, Wednesday night I hauled the BN7 back to East Coast Collision & Restoration in Mount Holly to re-panel the car now that we have the mechanicals roughed in.

At 7:00 p.m.  Jason Marechaux was just finishing up his day, and the camera caught him over by the series 1 E-type that has proven very conclusively that “Paint hides a multitude  of sins”.  We are all praying that the backordered (from England) sheetmetal shows up soon.

We’ve just received the repaired transmission mainshaft, which has been hard chromed and reground to a condition slightly better than new.  That’s the solution to a problem referenced in our January 27 posting, “A Rusty Coil and a New Clutch”.

Morgan in metal waiting for paint

Morgan waiting for paint

Now there are actually two shops at East Coast Collision & Restoration.  There is what we might call the “Bump” shop where tear down, panel work, welding & build up are taking place, and there is the paint shop, the function of which is self-explanatory.

This Plus 4 Morgan will be shedding its cocoon in the next week or two, at which time it will be refinished in what might be aptly described as “Arrest Me Yellow” which is similar in effect to “Arrest Me Red”.  It’s a high visibility color, especially for traffic patrolmen.

1969 Austin Healey Sprite

'69 Sprite in good nick, from Arlington, Vermont

We don’t see a lot of Sprites & Midgets, although we do have quite a nice Old English White car wintering over in the barn.  This one’s in a very nice state of preservation.  I spent 20 minutes underneath it recently looking for the tell-tale signs of the Bodgers and there wern’t any.  In fact the only known fault at this time is directly attributable to the mice and chipmunks that had been using it as a winter shelter.

John starts to build up a TD

John starts to build up a TD

When last seen, we were using this TD chassis as a chinning bar, because the only convenient temporary storage we had for it was by suspending it from the shop ceiling.  It’s the “TD Ondelawn” from last October, and John is commencing the chassis build up.

We had previously prepped the chassis parts and stored them in the green tubs behind John to the left, many of which he has laid out around in in the manner of one of those exploded diagrams in the parts books.  We’re hoping that by this time next week it’s a roller again.

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