Oh, I forgot to mention Bruce, next time you visit New Zealand you are more than welcome to come and check out the restoration progress in person. I have a business in Auckland but the car is in Whangarei in Northland together with my MK2 saloon.
great to hear from you.
Yes the progress is coming on apace now, I had a big set back last year as my father died so things came to a standstill for a while as I didn't really have my heart in it for a couple of months.
I must update my photos again to give you a better idea of where I am up to.
Basically one side is finished so far as the metalwork goes, both front wings have been removed and the cowl supports and door hinges done, several parts of the firewall have been replaced. I was toying with idea of converting it the RH drive but have decided to leave it as LH drive, the logic being that, if I decide to sell it at anytime in the future, then the USA would be the obvious market for it. I'm not planning on selling it by the way!
Have replaced both door skins, repaired the rear wings, replaced the floors, repaired the boor lid. All the bare metal has been coated with POR15 paint and primered. I think about another 3 months will see the metal work finished.
I really appreciate your offer of help regarding obtaining parts for me in the US as things are very difficult to get here in New Zealand. I made need to take you up on that before we are done.
I have decided to paint the car in a maroon colour with beige interior. As the car is not matching numbers I don't really think it critical to retain the original colours which don't really appeal to me anyway. The intruments you had reconditioned are all back in the restored instrument panel. I am going to get a new walnut instrument panel facia.
If you have any details of previous owners or the cars history I would be very interested Bruce.
Anyway, good to hear from you, will keep you posted on the progress.