Hello again mate,
Thanks - there are plenty of shots to get through! It wasn't in too bad a condition bodywise - well apart from missing front wings. The only real work was to repair someone cut a hole on the side of the panel where a badge was, I had to replace the rear wheelarches and do a bit of work to the floorpan. The worst job was getting rid of the underseal. I ended up putting a few tyres down and rolling the car onto its side. Yeah I have 2 cars - the other car I'll get on the road and aim to sell it around July. I've also just rescued a series 2 spider shell, which I know is solid and far too good to be cut up. The owner decided to break it and sell it off piecemeal due to financial problems.
lol, I wouldn't say famous, but yeah I was one of the guys with no dress sense! My car was also on the stand. Funny - there were a few bored wives there over the weekend - I was very luicky in that I got a free long weekend pass! ;o) Looking forward to this year's one already!
The Dedra was a great car - same floorpan as the 'grale iirc. A mate of mine had a couple of them - lots of fun to drive - real street sleepers - bit like the Thema. Guy Croft is a great bloke and very knowledgeable. I wouldn't say no to his help, but 1. I can't afford to spend that much on my engines, and 2 - I actually love putting the things together meself!!
Have a look round the Lancisti site - it's a great site and very much along the same lines as this, although not as many members. Lots of
very knowledgeable and friendly folks on there too.
will defo check in on the lancisti site
as for the guy croft thing, i agree with you on both counts
just i was stuck for the tool to set the shim tappets and was going to order a tool. i rang a few places without much luck, then by mistake really i found out he is based in lincoln, only around 30 miles form me which i never knew despite knowing of his reputation.
anyway he didn't have a tool to sell me but after a chat with him and me being local he said "bring the head along, you can use my tools, i will guide you through it"
you don't turn those offers down
spent around 3 hours in his workshop with the man himself ( he works alone as he says he just doesn't trust anyone else) showing me what to do. his workshop is cleaner than most hospitals so i was worried about making a mess
he seemed quite pleased with my "driveway" rebuild apart from one valve that i had had trouble lapping in. he whipped the valve out, ground it down on his lathe, then refitted it with a quick grind complete with cam housings all in about 20mins
after all that and supplying new cam-seals (typical of me, i had left mine at home
) he still only charged me around £100 which i was very happy with, if only for the great story i have retold many times
he even made me a good cup of tea when we had a chat about his days working for british aerospace, then building formula one engines for brian hart
. a true legend and a decent fella, may take my sud over to him when i get it done
see what he thinks, and if he remembers my dedra, doubt it as he will have worked on hundreds of engines since.
still a nice story though. for those who haven't heard of him (
) look here
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