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TMF104F Stiletto 2nd place at IMP50 Perth!

Post by bdann0875 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:09 am

I have owned this Stiletto since 2001. In 2002 I had the car restored and the plan was to use the car occasionally throughout the year as I was using my trusty but rusty Californian as my daily hack...In 2005 the Californian's tin worm got too bad so had to reluctantly scrap her. :cry:
This meant the Stiletto had to be used as the daily hack, all year round in snow , rain, whatever mother nature threw at her! The consequence of this was the return of the tin worm, so late last year I decided to restore her for a second time, but as I now have my wife's old 1998 Punto to use, I can hopefully keep her in good order for longer!
Here are some photos just before stripdown in October 2012.

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Not looking too bad.

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Some rot in the arch and bottom of windscreen.

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More rot getting into the engine cover.

More photos soon.
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Re: TMF104F Stiletto restoration

Post by ImpManiac » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:20 am

Lovely Stiletto! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Those rusty patches should be straightforward to repair.

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Post by 617sqn » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:57 pm

Come on then : Get on with it ! :D

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Post by 67cali » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:13 pm

I wouldn't class that as a restoration, just a few bits of maintenance. It is indeed a very nice looking car and you are right to fix it now before it gets far worse.
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Post by GeoffFarthing » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:03 pm

The car looks better than many fully restored in many pages of Readers Cars. How much work do you anticipate ??
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Post by paulchin » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:31 pm

I agree - this looks a lovely car to start with!

Is it just my eyes, or is this running a single Solex? If so, what happened to the Strombergs?
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Post by bdann0875 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:39 am

Thanks for the comments. I think my car is a fine case of don't always believe what you see on the surface. :o
I am replacing all four arches and both sills and inner sills, because there appears to be rot under the paint which isnt that clear in these photos. I will post more photos in the next few days and you will see how bad she has gone in only 10 years since she was first restored...I'd like to hope the rot has got into the panels due to being used in rough weather and having to be outside all the time instead of the previous restorers not doing a good job as it cost enough back in 2002!

Regarding the solex, that is because the engine is from my scrapped Californian. The engine I had in the Stiletto was burning more oil than petrol so that is laying in the shed waiting to have the guides and rings done. It's a lovely engine, only 875 but lightened, ballanced, tuftrided, R17,wills rings and webber 28/36 but I can't afford to get the engine done just yet due to this restoration.
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Post by basil imp » Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:10 pm

I remember this car. You were in the same b&b when we went to Bangor national :)
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Post by ImpManiac » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:25 pm

One thing at a time, eh? :wink: Engines are easy to swap.

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Post by bdann0875 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:12 am

The stripdown begins!
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This is my luxury garage/workshop!!

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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:23 pm

That gazebo fits nicely around the car. :D Good work on the stripdown!

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Post by bdann0875 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:13 am

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Some pitting under the vynil roof.

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Some grot in the A pillar.
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Post by 617sqn » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:50 pm

Eeeeeeek ! :x

Good grief : Now I see why you wanted to give it a make over. Not a great advert for a vinyl roof IMHO :?

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Post by bdann0875 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:03 pm

Yeah, some of the rot was by not having that wonderful thing called "hindsight"... Basically, when I had the car sprayed last time, the guy said it wouldn't need lacquer on the roof, only the base coat, as it would be covered with vynil. I didnt think about the lacquer would also protect the roof from moisture/sweating under the vynil! :oops:
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Post by bdann0875 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:18 pm

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The tape was only to stop the water getting in!

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One area welded up.

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Rot in the same place on the oposite side!
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Post by super66 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:46 pm

Nice work! For a minute i thought the work on the skuttle was just a bit of paint stripping, not a cleaned up weld, very clean! I hope by the time i get to welding up the skuttle on my car, my skill can be close to what yours is! Good luck with the rest of the project.
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Post by bdann0875 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:34 am

Unfortunately I can not take the credit for the welding, that's being done at the bodyshop that's respraying the car.
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Post by bdann0875 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:13 am

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Cant believe the rot had got that bad after only 10 years! :cry:

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Post by jetmech » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:35 am

The sills are a bit of a shocker, just goes to show what can lurk beneath the surface. Still it looks as if you going to do a first class job and will certainly have a great car when the work is complete.

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Post by super66 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:54 am

wow, Yea those sills are shot, I wasn't expecting that at the start! Seems like some good solid work is going into the car and progressing quickly!
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Post by ImpManiac » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:51 am

Yikes! :shock: Some of those previous repairs leave a lot to be desired. Well, a lot of filler, anyway. :roll:

Still, it seems you have matters well in hand. :D

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Post by bdann0875 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:52 pm

Progress update:
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Slowly but surely the car is taking shape.
Can't wait to start putting the trim etc back on in a week or so!
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Post by ImpManiac » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:54 pm

Looks a lot more solid. :)

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Post by Gaffer » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:16 pm

moving along so quickly. Well done. It will be back on the road in no time at the rate you are going.
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Post by bdann0875 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:20 pm

Shell in primer, top coat to follow.

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The car wouldn't be progressing this quick if I was doing the welding! :lol:
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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:13 pm

That looks to be coming along very nicely. :D

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Post by Dom » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:49 pm

Great work :D keep the photos coming! :D

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Post by super66 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:06 pm

My god, really not hanging around, I hope you can rebuild it as quick as the body shop have welded sprayed the shell :)

Seeing projects like this really make me want to push on with mine. So thanks for sharing.
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Post by bdann0875 » Mon May 13, 2013 12:03 pm

Thanks for the comments.
Time for an update!
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Welding and spraying finally finished!

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Now it's back to my outdoor garage!!

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Looking to start the refit.
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Post by ImpManiac » Mon May 13, 2013 12:31 pm

It must be really gratifying to reach this stage with a restoration. 8) It looks like a lovely paint job! :mrgreen:

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Post by bdann0875 » Fri May 24, 2013 10:43 am

I don't know if I was expecting too much from the workshop that did the welding and respray, but IMHO they should have atleast covered the suspension with paper or cloth to stop the shultz underseal going over the shocks and springs! :o
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I was going to be removing the suspension components anyway, but I still think a bit more thought could have gone into covering certain components prior to spraying.

I have put new brake cylinders all round and new brake hoses. I wasn't intending changing the brake pipes, but sod's law, once I tried to undo the pipe unions, they twisted the pipe each end. Not a major problem as I have a brake flaring kit to make new pipes up,but it was something else I wasn't expecting to do!
The spring around the front brake hose aparently is to stop chaffing.It's took 50 years of the Imp's life for brake hose manufacturers to think this is an issue. :?
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If only there were some let up in this bl***y rain, I would have had the car finished by now!
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Post by ImpManiac » Fri May 24, 2013 5:28 pm

bdann0875 wrote:If only there were some let up in this bl***y rain, I would have had the car finished by now!
What? You mean between out wet season and our even wetter season? :? :cry:

Sadly, not many folk put the kind of care and attention into things like paint jobs as we would do if we did the job ourselves. :!: It seems as though you have fallen victim to this. The only thing you could have done would have been to mask those parts up yourself. Still, as long as you are pleased with the job in most respects, all they've done is given you some more work to do - and a few more parts to find. :wink:

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Post by bdann0875 » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:59 am

Now we have had a few dry days, I have been able to get some more hours in on the refit.

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New fuel line and heater pipes in.

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How NOT to fit a laminated screen! :oops:

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I know laminated screens are to be treated with care, but I tried one push too many.
Luckily I had a spare toughened screen complete with rubber and stainless trim in my loft as a temporary measure because nowhere has any coupe laminated screens at the mo. Aparently Triplex and Pilkington get all their glass made in China now so I have an 8-12 week wait for a new one. :o

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I had new stair carpet fitted a few months ago and the fitters left some underlay behind so thought I would put it to good use in the Stiletto!

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Waste not want not eh?

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Post by impmann » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:16 pm

I feel your pain with the screen... my best mate had a brand new, top tint, Laminated screen. He'd moved house with it (twice if memory serves) and had always been treated with extreme care. It had cost a small fortune and had been imported from Australia. So I was entrusted to fit it...

As you say, one push too many and it was fit for the bin. He was pretty laid back about it - far more so than me! Laminated screens are so much more fragile to fit in my experience!
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Post by bdann0875 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:02 pm

Here are the final photos of my Stiletto rebuild. :D
There have been problems along the way,and at times I've felt like giving up, as I'm sure many of you have too? :wink:

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I covered over the original blown vinyl. Results were quite good and certainly look better than the cracked/missing sections underneath.

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It's soo good to be able to drive the car again,and to fill up with petrol and have interesting conversations with people that would otherwise not say anything when in a eurobox modern. :lol:

Looking forward to taking the car to Perth in a few weeks for IMP50 yay!!

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Post by bornagain-imp » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:01 pm

Very nice 8) :mrgreen: Matching colour in the wheels looks really good :D

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Post by The Nun » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:04 pm

Glad to see you put the chrome strips back on the sill top edge, a lot of folk dont bother, or dont know they were supposed to be any on the 301 series Stiletto :wink:
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Post by The Nun » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:07 pm

bdann0875 wrote:,and to fill up with petrol and have interesting conversations with people that would otherwise not say anything when in a eurobox modern. :lol:
Well not all euro boxes, people still come and chat to me when I drive my JCW MINI, usually young ladies who say I wish I could afford one like that :wink:
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Post by pubcrawler » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:07 pm

Excellent resto work, a credit to you. Well done 8) .
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Post by impmann » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:34 pm

Very nice. 8) The best colour on a Stiletto IMHO.
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