Author: The Happy Bristoleer

408A

Drawing close now

You’ll be glad to hear that work on the 410 has continued to progress apace and its return, I hope, is imminent. The paint is now all done and it should just be having underseal, final bits and bobs and a new MoT this week. I shall update you the moment it’s finally back and ready for action. In the meantime I thought I’d share this little gem with you. I’ve mentioned before what rare and obscure books can be found in charity shops, and here’s another example. It’s a series of three children’s books simply called Cars, found in...

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Filling in

Well, what with all the excitement of taking the 411 to pieces, it’s been a little while since I mentioned how the 410 repairs are coming along. As you will have noticed in the photo of the 411, it has no wings. That’s because they were the first things removed, before I started my removal of everything else, and they are now permanently attached to the 410. The photo of the 410 here is it as it was a week ago, and shows the application of body filler in progress. Since my last report, Andrew‘s top man Steve (who has...

More 411 parts

Here’s a few more parts not listed earlier. Bootlid – excellent condition, with Bristol nameplate. I also have the lock. Bonnet – excellent condition. I also have the hinges. Doors – good condition, a few minor car-park type dings. Currently complete with frames, glass and electric window mechanisms (but not switches), but will be sold without glass if that will fit my 410. (Obviously all the above panels will need properly repainting.) Interior courtesy lights – I have one base and two lenses Heater blower Metal header tank for coolant – cap missing Brake fluid reservoirs Brake pedal Starter motor...

411 Parts available

Here is a list of most of the parts for sale from my dismantled 411. It is also posted on the BOC Forum website. Complete stainless steel exhaust – quality system in good condition. Torqueflite gearbox and torque converter – unknown condition, but the car had an MoT and was running well before it was left standing. Probably just needs a service. Windscreen – usable, but has a little whitening of the lamination around some edges. There is also a stonechip on the passenger side but this is small enough that it shouldn’t be a problem for the MoT. Front...

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Snails, mice, spiders

Well, I’ve just spent an interesting couple of days stripping as much as possible off the 411. There’s still more to come and some useful stuff is being saved. Andrew Mitchell has already taken the front bodywork off, and the car’s now at Spencer Lane-Jones‘s workshop as he’s been tasked with making sure the 383 engine runs OK and then swapping it into another 411 with a broken engine. While they’re doing that, I thought I’d take advantage of the car being undercover for a few days to strip as much as possible off while it’s in the warm and...

411 Parts for Sale

I shall shortly begin the process of dismantling a 411 for parts.  It is a 1972 411s2 that has been standing for several years, and although it was a runner when parked it is now beyond economic rescue.  I shall probably be advertising parts for sale in the Newsletter or on Ebay in due course, but if anyone has any specific requests please let me know.

Dance a Jig?

Well, more progress this time.  The 410 is down at Andrew Mitchell‘s workshop, where he and his team have been making good headway with the repairs.  The damaged panels have been removed, which has had a huge effect on the appearance.  It straight away makes it look a million times better, as it now looks like a car under restoration instead of the sorry loser of a fight with an HGV.  They’ve also had it on the jig and made sure it’s all straight, and in the new year they should be in a position to start the big job...

Progress!

Well, sorry it’s taken so long, but at last there is some progress on the 410. Work has finally started – hooray! There is a certain critical point, early on in the work, that needs to be OK before I can say that everything is certain to lead to a happy conclusion, but if everything goes according to plan we should be back on the road sometime in the new year. Once everything is finally sorted and going smoothly, I’ll fill in the story so far and keep you updated as to what’s involved in repairing a fairly bent 410....

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Elegant Conkers

It was the BOC Concours d’Elegance this weekend. Since I am obviously sans Bristol currently, Andrew Blow kindly offered me a lift down to Blaise Castle, the venue for the concours in Bristol. I jumped at the chance as I knew he was taking one of the cars he currently has for sale – the Beaufort. Believed (though unconfirmed by the factory) to be the only one built, it is effectively a fully convertible Beaufighter. Heading off on a grey morning to Bristol, roof down, it was apparent what a wonderful car it is. Effortless power means relaxed cruising along...

Looking up

Well, things are progressing. I’ve had a chance to have a better look over the car, and it really isn’t as badly damaged as I’d feared. A couple of new panels and we’d be good to go. (Sort of at least – that’s quite a simplification, but basically true). I’m still in discussions with the insurers, but I’m fairly hopeful we’ll come to an agreement soon. I’ll update again when everything is settled.