Sunday, 18 July 2010

DHC report nr. 105 and last; She’s ready!

As I have to draw the line somewhere, today I finished the restoration of the DHC. The last thing I did was a final polish of the paint work. The remaining items are “service” related. From now on she’ll be used as she was meant to. So to end the series of DHC reports I did a little photo shoot this evening ...







Looking back over the past 18 months a few things spring to mind;

Almost as soon as I started my initial plan (upgrading the body and interior only) was abandoned. This was caused by the fact that I had more time to spend because paint preparations and painting started later and took much longer than planned. As a result of which I started coating and upgrading parts to keep busy, with known result ...

Then there was this very long and very cold winter, which didn’t help progress on the project. As the shed, where the car was being assembled, isn’t heated I lost quite a lot of time because certain jobs (like fitting the wiring looms) took much longer, while other important jobs (fitting carpets) had to be postponed.

Another plan that had to be abandoned was the use of the 15” Revolution alloys. To accommodate them in preparation for the 2007 edition of Club Triumph’s 10CR, I had adapted the right hand rear arch, but I forgot to till the guy who did the body repairs. So he straightened the seam very expertly. As I only noticed this when the car returned from the paint shop, there was not much to do other then find an alternative. Which I found in the shape of the original 13” wheels. But as I couldn’t decide what to use, I refurbished two sets of wheels. A set of banded original steels with street legal Yokohama racing tyres for a blast through the country...


and a set of original alloys with original spec Continental tyres for long distance touring and shows :-) ...


The choice for the car’s colour also saw a few different options. When I removed the leather seats from ‘t Kreng in 1998, I put them in the attic with the idea to use them in the DHC somewhere in the not to near future. And of course the car would be painted Sapphire blue, as it looked quite lovely. But by the time I had to decide on the colour, I had seen a few DHC’s in Cavalry Blue (which is almost the same shade as Sapphire Blue), and I found it didn’t look quite right on a DHC, they really need a bright colour.
I have actually been thinking of a bright green TR7 for almost as long as I have owned a TR7, but I wanted an original period Leyland colour. So when I stumbled upon an old post on the CT forum, by the late Ally Hickman, the choice for Triton Green wasn’t that difficult.

And finally, the project is dedicated to the memory of a friend’s wife, who died the day I started on the restoration ...

1 comment:

Un descendant du Poéte d'Arenella said...

Hello,
very strong pics which prove that TR7 is the great TR car.
best regards from France