In Classics Monthly July Issue 217
Boyhood dreams made real this month, with the wonderful tale of the man who bought a £200 Esprit (a genuine barn find) and then restored it because he’s “a sucker for a basket case”. A first time classic owner and restorer roped in all the family to bring their beloved roadster back to perfect health as a running restoration.
Bought for £300 and then imported from Australia, we have the great story of how a rare Land Crab UTE became the best in the UK. Plus, the incredible efforts of one man to restore the Electron Minor his parents honeymooned in five decades previously, having re-traced it again. We show the benefits and method of fitting an OE rear lamp panel to a classic saloon. Plus, repairs to rare fibreglass panels.
Project Traveller has needed its fair share of welding before the new wood can be fitted. This month it’s the turn of rear spring hangers and a rear inner wheel arch to be made good again! Triumph Stag Rescue sees the magnificent V8 engine refitted, along with the new four-speed gearbox conversion and other items. Our group test pitches Citroen's legendary DS ID19 Luxe against another front-wheel drive rival, the equally charismatic NSU Ro80.
Our 20-page staff diaries section is as ever packed with hands-on advice featuring classics owned by the team. Topics include Land Rover steering box removal, Morris Minor repairs and MoT, TR7 electrics, Hillman Hunter farewell, Austin A40 wing spraying using an aerosol can and more. Cars include Morris Minors, Peugeot 205, Austin A40, Davrian Mk8, Jaguar XJ6, RMB Gentry, MGB GT, Midget, Triumph TR6, Triumph Spitfire Mk3, Land Rover, Triumph TR7 Sprint, Peerless GT, Volvo 480, VW Cal-look Beetle and more.