Thanks Kev ...... it's a real bonus when you're anticipating problems and don't get them. Makes the task so much more enjoyable too
The work you've done requires real grit and determination whereas this car is a relative breeze by comparison. I've completed more than a dozen "ground up" restorations over the past 20 odd years and some of the early stuff was simillar to the workload you put into the Sud. As I get older (45 yrs) I realise that spending hours every night lying on the garage floor welding cars isn't as easy as it used to be
I restored 3 Fulvia Coupes in succession but one, a 1600HF needed virtually everything replaced .... floor pans, 4 wings, inner and outer sills, boot floor, back panel and valence, front panel, front lower valence, bonnet, boot lid, both doors, rear chassis legs, etc. Basically everything bar the sub structure and the roof was replaced or rebuilt. It took 3 years to complete and it then won the Royal Scottish Automobile Club National Concours in 1995. Won it again in 2000 with a 1966 Fiat 850 Spider that I restored too. Not interested in concourse stuff any more as it's too much hassle and you can't really drive the cars if you want to keep them in "concourse" condition. A pointless excercise really
Should be able to get the Sprint into A1 condition without too much effort thanks to the good overall condition that I bought it in. I'm planning to keep it and pass it onto my son when he's old enough and wise enough to appreciate it so my focus is on getting it right and preserving it to last at least another 20 years.
This will definately be the last restoration that I undertake .......... until the next one anyway !