Windscreen frame came apart eventually - you have to be really careful with things like this - start being force full and you will sprain the frame making it a absolute pig of a job to reassemble correctly - I will have to make new steel joining corners up and order some countersunk machine screws for the reassembly - the windscreen glass is badly scratched on both sides so I shall also be replacing that
Centre grille for the bonnet is a one piece assembly with exception of the retaining brackets
They should be retained by copper rivets but some clot had replaced a few of them with pop rivets - these got drilled out and replaced has per factory original
Next was to strip the doors of the chrome quarter glass frame - but I might has well just strip the complete door shells
You only get a snap shot of the pics that I take for reference & refitting - otherwise I would be continuously uploading pics
Bottom upstand on the inner of the door frame is shot which is why it's been badly bodged over with a piece of alloy sheet - Note the stamped number on the inner door frame '700' this is the body panel set number - all panels on the car carry the same unique number to the car providing the panels are original to the car of course
Once I had the door stripped I could disassemble the quarter glass frame
Again I will have to make up new right angled brackets in order to reassemble the frames once they come back from chroming
All the screws had to be drilled out of the frames in order to part what was left of the brackets from what requires rechroming
Offside door is in a worse state than the nearside but both will require new upstand sections to the inner frames along with the bottom return section of the alloy door skin
Next to sort were the rear quarter bumpers - they both required new studs and non original holes welding up & dressing back
Likewise with the front bumper
Then to sort the overriders out these are fitted both back & front
New fasting studs requiring welding in - its pointless relying on the 65 year old studs & threads of the original fittings - cut them off and replace with new
Trial fitted to ensure the correct fit (there is a small rubber bead that goes between the overrider & bumper)
New stud welded in
One of the overriders had been pushed in slightly and this required sorting
Cut through the welds carefully on the bracket to allow access to the back face
Then tapped the shape back into place
Dressed any high spots back with a course then a fine file
Finished the dressing back with 80's production paper on a block
Then rewelded the bracket back insitu complete with the new stud
Next were the front overriders - one the of the originals was missing and the other beyond repair - they are unavailable has a Jowett part - However MG T type are all but identical and are available - but they require fettling to make the correct fit against the front bumper
Some careful reworking with the flap wheel later
Again their is a rubber bead that fits between the overrider & bumper
One of the new overriders had a few dents / marks in it so these I dressed out by hand
All sorted - now you can always get all of this work done by your chromer but get ready because its highly labour intensive and you can readily double / triple the price of your rechroming with preparation work of this nature - has with every trade some companies are good and some are quick and cheap - I would strongly advise you to avoid the latter type - you will not save any money in the slightest has you will end up having it all redone - there are also a few out there that talk in telephone numbers when quoting - so do your homework - buts is not a cheap process regardless
Next was to sort the fuel tank - its all original & solid - I emptied what was left of the stale fuel out of it
Just a minor push on one of the end flanges
Which I straightened up
Checked that the drain plug could be removed & refitted - and the tank is now in the back of my Range Rover ready for transfer over to one of my fellow Jowett Car Club members at the clubs AGM tomorrow in Leicester - Paul will then drop it off for internal cleaning / testing & repair if required at a company in Yorkshire that the club uses
Had to quote to pull all this over to page 2 for those who click last page for updates.
Chris, I know that you work in a different place in the universe from many of us.
But when I look at this last entry of yours, my jaw does not even drop anymore (it’s held firmly in place with extra duct ape)
I am again so thankful there are people like you out there, who save the past, bit by excruciating bit for those of us who value it.
Thank you again for lessons, sharing and actually caring, on here.
We all owe you a virtual beer.