Project 2CV: Memories

I can’t do much with Project 2CV at the moment – Monday is the next time anything will happen. I thought I’d give a bit more background to what I’ve got up to with this car. We’ve had far too many adventures to list here, but this is some of what we’ve done together.

Let’s start in 2004. I was working for NFU Mutual at the time, being paid far too much money for what amounted to little more than admin. Welcome to the expensive world of IT. My daily commute took me from the delightful village of Byfield, Northants to Stratford-upon-Avon, and NFU Mutual’s large office building. The job paid well enough for us to buy a new front door. But how to transport it?

2CV door through roof

Elly hard at work, transporting a door back in 2004.

It must be said, this commute route was an absolute joy. I barely saw any traffic, and could cover the 25 miles to work in just over 30 minutes on a good day. That’s an average speed of 45mph. In a 2CV with 29bhp! I was hurtling through some very pretty scenery, with plenty of bends to contend with, and arriving at work very happy indeed. To put that into perspective, I’d previously been living in Birmingham, commuting from one side to the other and taking 45 minutes to travel just 12 miles. The scenery was definitely not as good either.

There were other adventures too, such as driving to France, Belgium and Scotland in 2005. That was my first overseas foray in the 2CV, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also the first time I’d taken a 2CV to Scotland for at least seven years. The reason for Scotland was the thoroughly epic (and muddy) World Meeting of 2CV Friends in Kelso, Scottish borders. An exhausting but thrilling few days, though at one point, the need for dryness and warmth was so strong that we went and stayed in a B&B for the night…

Elly lends scale to the Glastonbury dance tent - 2CV World Meeting 2005.

Elly lends scale to the Glastonbury dance tent – 2CV World Meeting 2005.

A few years later, after the second part of the restoration, Elly the 2CV got to drive right around the perimeter of Scotland as part of the Eight Ball Rally – well, all around the mainland GB in fact. By now, I was working as a writer for Classic Car Weekly, and living in Cambridgeshire. Turns out 2CVs are absolutely ideal for the bumpy roads of The Fens. I was still enjoying my commute.

Pretty far north in 2008

Pretty far north in 2008

2010 was the big adventure though, and I’ve talked about it before because it still excites me to look back at it. Taking the 2CV to Switzerland remains one of my most favourite adventures. It was certainly a lot more comfortable and enjoyable than taking an H van to Sweden in 2007 – the most annoying aspect of which was not taking Elly to Sweden and Norway when I had the opportunity.

Saas Fee 2CV

Elly rests in the most scenic multi-storey car park in the world. Saas-Fee in Switzerland.

After we moved to Wales in 2010, circumstances dictated an end to such adventures and Elly’s annual mileage dropped to 3000, or even lower. It had been typically 5000-10,000 a year. I think the amount of time she then spent parked up, not being used has only made the rot issue worse. I work from home, so can go several days without driving a car at all. Then, when I do go for a drive, I generally have a choice of shambolic vehicles to pick. The mileage did start going up a bit after we sold our Mini, as the 2CV became the default choice of vehicle for Rachel – she doesn’t like fancy gadgets like power steering and electric windows. The 2CV is perfect. Leaving the 2CV sitting around in the soggy Welsh climate really wasn’t doing it any favours though.

Not that we haven’t had fun since moving here! After all, there are greenlanes to explore…

Elly takes to the greelanes of Wales in 2011.

Elly takes to the greenlanes of Wales in 2011 – on this very day five years ago in fact.

In fact, you can watch a video of that adventure below. We’ve certainly had some fun together over the years. I’m looking forward to many more.

Project 2CV: Non-2CV stuff!

Today, the 2CV project took a big leap forward, which was nothing to do with the 2CV.

Yes, I’ve finally got the trailer sorted! What follows is a lengthy form of therapy.

Huzzah! 2CV can now be transported.

Huzzah! 2CV body can now be transported.

The trailer has been out of action since before Christmas, as one of the wheels had rotted so badly that air was leaking from it. Not much of an issue really. I mean, it’s not hard to find another pair of wheels is it?

Turns out, it’s really bloody hard! The trailer’s origins lie in some long defunct company called Cardesk Ltd, which seems a bit improbable, but there you go. Wherever it was conceived, it was built in China. For some reason, it was built with the American market in mind. So, the tow hitch is the wrong size (it used to rattle around a fair bit) and the wheels are IMPOSSIBLE to find in the UK. They just do not exist.

I know, because I spent bloody hours searching for the sodding things. Confirming the size took long enough, thanks to the fact that 4×4″ PCD is very similar to 4x100mm PCD. The design of the trailer meant the wheels had to be 4J width, with zero offset. That’s very annoying, as skinny 12″ wheels are not in short supply. They’re fitted to Minis, and Peroduas. Oh, and the centre hole required is a funny size too. FFS.

Eventually, I gave in to the fact that Ebay was trying to steer me to America to buy American sized wheels. I ordered a pair. The order entered some sort of “Really? You want us to ship to the UK? Er, we’d better try and work out how to do it then” state, which mainly seemed to result in no action at all. Other people warned me that customs would chuck a load of duty on the top of the already-quite-scary postage. Sod it. Order cancelled, back to square one.

XM makes a great tow vehicle.

XM makes a great tow vehicle.

Then, after yet more searching, I found a company in Cornwall that claimed to have wheels that would fit! I carefully double-checked the width, the offset, the centre hole, the PCD. Yes, this looked good. They were ordered, and they arrived the next day with no custom charges. Ace!

Until I trial-fitted one on the trailer. Well, I didn’t really. The one measurement I’d overlooked was the stud hole size. It was too small by about 2mm. AAAAAAARGH!

At this point, I took my lovely, shiny new wheels to a garage and asked them to drill the stud holes out. This doesn’t go down as ideal, but I was fast running out of options. They then fitted the old tyres. This was a stupid thing to do, as one of them is quite perished – probably because it kept going flat. Do I have a spare? No, I do not. Guess I’ll have to find some new tyres – at least they’re a sensible size!

Anyway, I feel better for a good rant. The next plan is to get the 2CV’s body off the chassis (it’s ready to lift off), strap it onto the trailer, and then head off for The North, hopefully on Monday. It won’t be the first time that the 2CV has been spread over different counties! Stay tuned for more as it happens. Or not very long after. Probably. Twitter is probably the best way to follow what I’m up to in something approaching realtime – hunt for @dollywobbler and #Project2CV.

By the way, after a major invoice got paid, I’ve been able to shove a chunk of cash into the project kitty, while donations have still been coming in too! We’re now over the £1700 mark, though I suspect this project will be munching more than that yet. An expensive business! Thanks for your help.

Project 2CV: Stripped!

Tinkering time has been of a premium of late. After a successful Tuesday, I only managed a couple of hours of tinkering on Friday. However, I managed to crack on quite significantly today. Real progress!

Friday saw me strip out the seatbelts, seats and seat runners. Quite a horrifying experience, as the seat runners pretty much pulled out of the floor…

2CV corrosion

Eek! The seat runner bolts down here.

It’s hard to comprehend how bad things have got, though I was reminded that the 2CV had an advisory of ‘body corroded all over’ back in 2011…

A lot of areas were no surprise at all. Well, I say that. I knew they were bad, but even the bad areas held a few shocks. After removing the rubber strip above the windscreen that seals the hood, I found this.

Yikes! Paint pretty much just flaked off under finger pressure.

Yikes! Paint pretty much just flaked off under finger pressure.

Ok. This was getting a bit scary. Fortunately, Alan Rogers, who will be welding it up, seems pretty much undaunted so far.

On to today, and the main thing to do was continue stripping the bodyshell while it’s at a convenient height. So, off with the dashboard, out with the wiring loom and then to small matters such as the rear wings, exhaust and brake lines. Soon enough, I had a very stripped 2CV.

2cv body

Stripped! And ready for lift off.

I then set about undoing the bolts that hold the body to the chassis. Apart from one outrigger, where it just fell off and left the body unattached anyway…

I did a test lift at each corner, and it was soon free. It really is just sitting on the chassis now, ready to go. My next problem is finding time to transport the body up to Alan Rogers so he can employ his restoration expertise. I’ve very nearly got the wheels sorted for the trailer, and even greased up the bearings and fitted a new tow hitch. One bearing seems a little grumbly. I hope it’ll be ok…

The restoration fund currently stands at £1206, so thanks to all who’ve donated so far. I’ve had one seatbox repair panel as a donation too. It’s quite remarkable how much you folk seem to care – I even met complete strangers at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show at the NEC yesterday who were following with interest! Remarkable. It sounds like a lot of money, but I know how swiftly restoration can eat into a budget like this. Times will be tough! Progress has been very exciting though – I’m truly grateful.

Here’s another shot from happier times!

There's nothing like a roadtrip!

Oooh la laaa! Elly was in fine fettle back in 2007.

Project 2CV: It begins!

Yes, work has commenced. I managed to find a couple of hours to do some ‘easy’ bits, as I try to get Elly stripped down to the bare shell. Before I could start, the XM was called up for a tip run.

Dead things

Stage One was clear some space for dismantled 2CV. Tip run!

With that done, I could turf the Dyane out of the garage, and insert a certain 2CV.

Let the restoration commence!

Let the restoration commence!

Things began badly when I realised that I’d left most of my tools in the boot of the Dyane, which was now hiding in the garage that has been the 2CV’s home for many months now. Fortunately, you can remove the bonnet, bootlid and rear doors with no tools at all. So I did. Then the XM got another quick run out on a tool mission. With tools, things came apart pretty quickly, bar one incredibly rotten spot. I really don’t remember parking in the sea, but perhaps I did at some point.

This was horrible!

This was horrible! Rotten wing mount.

The nut, which holds the wing in place, was seized. Lots of penetrating oil, a hammer and a ruddy great breaker bar eventually had it turning – albeit it twisted the headlamp bar! No great loss, as it’s clearly too rotten to use again, and I do have a spare…

By now, Elly looked like this.

First stage of panel removal.

First stage of panel removal.

Still quicker than a Dyane! 2CVs do have their advantages. Next to come off were the headlamp bar and front bumper. The same rusty spot proved a problem though, with one of the bolts rounded and seized in place. I had a quick play around with molegrips, penetrating oil and brute force, but nowt was doing. It was angle grinder time!

With the bolt head off, I could remove bumper and headlamp bar. The front doors put up no fight (four 11mm-headed set screws between them0, and nor did the hood (two crosshead screws and two 8mm-headed set screws).

Close of play for today. Good progress.

Close of play for today. Good progress.

I decided to call things a day there, as emails were starting to stack up. Not bad progress for a couple of hours. I still need to disconnect the pedals, the gearlever, the exhaust, fuel tank wiring, brake lines and some other bits I’ve probably forgotten. Ooh, like the speedometer cable. I may strip more of the bodyshell while it’s still in-situ though. I did examine a few crusty areas with a hammer, and it’s confirmed just how big a job this is going to be. The hammer just pushed through in a few places! However, things are moving, so watch this space! Or, watch this 26-second timelapse of today’s progress.

Project 2CV: What’s next?

At the time of writing, the contribution pot for Elly’s restoration stands at £1096. Remarkable. I’ve also had offers of spares and assistance. I hate to turn all hippy, but I really can feel the love.

I’m hoping to get started on the project today. This morning, I’m trying to clear some work out of the way (Classic Car Buyer mostly) so I have time to get started. The plan is to swap the Dyane and 2CV over, as the 2CV is in a friend’s garage at the moment. Because no-one has bought my Honda Prelude (anyone? Please?), I don’t actually have room to store the Dyane on the driveway…

Almost there! Now, where do those wires go again?

Time for Elly to get naked again. (this was in 2003)

Incidentally, the XM has a stay of execution. I’ll need it for towing duties.

Speaking of which, I have FINALLY located the wheels I need to get my trailer roadworthy again. That’s important, because once I have removed Elly’s body from her chassis, I’ll be transporting it up to Citwins for Stage Two to begin.

At this stage, it’s safe to say that a good chunk of your contributions will be spent on panels. The 2CV is blessed with truly excellent parts support, and you can now get pretty much every part of a bodyshell. In fact, you can get entire bodyshells, but that remains out of budget as an option. So, panels and Alan Rogers’ skills are what you lot are buying.

I’ve already had someone offer a stash of zintec panels for an exceedingly good price that will cover many of the problem areas, and someone else has donated a small panel that will be essential for the seatbox repair. That said, to do the job properly, I reckon that a good few hundred pound’s worth of panels will still be needed. Your contributions will be making the impossible possible.

What exciting times!

Project 2CV: Video thanks

Incredibly, the 2CV fund now stands at £814. I need to tidy up my garage, turf the poor Dyane out of it and get the 2CV in for a stripdown. Let’s see how the next week pans out! In the meantime, here’s a fresh video of the star of this operation.

Even just pottering about, it was good to have her out for a little ‘exercise.’ Her next outing will be to return to my garage, where the body will be stripped and removed. It’ll then be heading off to Citwins in Bradford for an assessment. A friend has kindly offered a load of panels at a discounted rate, but your contributions so far will pay for more of those, and Alan’s skills. I’m not sure he realises what he’s let himself in for!

Man and machine about to be very busy.

Man and machine about to be very busy.

At this point, I must thank Gary Dicks for putting this whole thing into motion. Gary was also very helpful with the Dyane project. He imports a lot of cars and parts from France, so is always worth a call if there’s something you need. I still need some bits for the Dyane, so I’m sure I’ll be badgering him shortly!

Speaking of the Dyane, I took it for its first 2CV meet today, in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire. A great time was had by all, and the Dyane found some suitably scruffy stablemates!

My Dyane fits in nicely here. Scruffy doesn't mean unloved!

My Dyane fits in nicely here. Scruffy doesn’t mean unloved!

I thought I’d travelled quite a way, but the beige 2CV (a very rare 1975 Belgian-built right-hooker) came from Uttoxeter, and the yellow beast from Cornwall! Fantastic.

The Dyane ran very well – entirely without problem and also entirely without pools of oil when it is parked up. Fabulous! It does feel a bit flat, so I think I’ll get the carburettor rejetted. The new transistorised ignition is so good that I had to turn the tickover down when I got back home too.

But back to the 2CV. You lot deserve some progress, so I’ll do my best to crack on. I’m out with work tomorrow, and have two deadlines this week, so can’t dedicated myself to it 100%. Progress is not far away however!

Project 2CV: The People’s People Car 2

PART TWO

As we left things in my previous post, Elly had been duffed up by a Mondeo back in late 2006. She was recovered, by the same company that caused the accident in the first place (but not the same truck, I checked!). I then shipped her off to the specialist I’d originally purchased her from in Birmingham to be sorted out. To be honest, the job ended up containing more filler than I would have ideally liked, but 2006 was the year I was clocked up a LOT of miles in that 2CV. I didn’t want her off the road for too long. The rear bodywork was in a dreadful state, and without chopping out and replacing a lot of it, he did the best he could. Replacement panels weren’t so readily available back then.

He also had to fit two pattern front wings. Pete Abbott had gone to great lengths to rebuild the original front wings, because pattern ones (certainly at the time) just didn’t fit. Sure enough, they didn’t really fit, but hey, she was soon back on my driveway.

The first engine change, 2009.

The second engine change, 2009.

Having become a motoring writer, money was now that much tighter. Hey, true and it rhymes. But the rot was soon setting back in. During 2008, I had to get one of the seatbelt mounts replaced, and the sills. 2009 saw a new bonnet hinge fitted.

The winter of 2008 also saw me carry out an engine swap. By then, Elly had clocked up 170,000 hard miles, including a 3500-mile trek all around the UK in 2008 in just two weeks. What fun that was. But I felt her original engine was down on compression and a bit smoky. So, I thought the obvious thing to do was drag an engine out of my aunt’s garage, where it had sat for a decade, and chuck it in.

Amazingly, it was a good engine! I didn’t do anything other than drop some oil down the bores, before gently winding it over on the handle and then just starting it. A year later, for reasons I don’t fully understand, I put the original engine back in, pictured above.

Perhaps it’s because I felt her original engine was better for roadtrips. Having covered the Eight Ball Rally with that engine, I then took her all the way to Switzerland in 2010 with her original engine back in. It can’t have been that bad can it? Other than a slight ignition fault and a leaky exhaust manifold, we had no trauma at all on that trip.

Checking Elly over after a very hard climb in Switzerland.

Checking Elly over after a very hard climb in Switzerland.

It was an amazing trip, and I broke my personal record on the way back – 660 miles in one 17-hour day. We filled up in France, Luxembourg, Belgium and England on that day. It was a bit of a blow out to be honest, because we fancied a change of lifestyle. One last hurrah before we had no money.

Then we moved to Wales, where we have been very happy. There’s been one problem. We don’t earn a vast income between us anymore, out of choice. Which meant the 2CV was getting more and more neglected. I did do another engine change, I’m still not sure why, but her spare engine is back in. But I was losing my battle to keep on top of the bodywork. Plus, daily use in wet Wales was not helping.

There was the highlight in May 2012 of clocking up my 100,000th mile in Elly, but as I was working from home, she was spending more and more time sitting around in the rain. She was now averaging just 3000 miles a year. I did consider putting her in the garage, but then got upset that she’d become a garage queen. But the rot was getting worse and worse and in April 2015, I conceded that she had to come off the road for a while.

Citroen 2CV

May 2012, celebrating 100,000 miles together.

Since then, I’ve been struggling to work out how to save her. This month, I decided the only sensible solution was to put her up for sale. Yet a lot of you responded very much to the contrary. In fact, people really wanted to help get Elly back on the road again, which is how this project began. I’m truly touched that people feel so strongly about this car that they’ve dug into their own pockets to contribute to her salvation. At the time of writing, £781 has been raised! Quite remarkable. I still can’t quite believe it.

So, the plan is to get her back into my own garage, strip her down and send the body off to Citwins in Bradford for assessment. We’ll then plot how we can best use the money to sort her out. GIven that Alan of Citwins reckoned the panel bill could easily be £600, this project still has some way to go!

Things may be a bit quiet for a day or two, as I’ve got other work and a short roadtrip in the Dyane to contend with (my other penniless restoration!). Mark my words though. Elly will be saved. The story will continue.

Project 2CV: The People’s People Car

PART ONE

You people are amazing. I started my collection fund 23 hours ago and already, it stands at £614. Extraordinary!

What’s been even more heart-warming is the personal messages that have often accompanied payments. Messages saying how much folk enjoy the blog, the writing and, perhaps most frequently, how they’re looking forward to seeing this 2CV back on the road again. This car really does tug on the heart-strings it seems – not just mine!

I’ll obviously be providing regular updates on this project, and will be recording a new video for my YouTube channel later on. I’ll have to try and find sufficient words of thanks.

But today, I’m going to tell you a bit more about this car and why she’s become such a huge part of my life. Bear with me, it could be lengthy.

I purchased Elly in 2000 for £450 – with a fresh MOT! How times change. I bought Elly from a 2CV specialist in Birmingham called Bob, who still sends me a Christmas card every year. At the time, she had 89,000 miles on the clock, and a horrendous gearbox oil leak. So, I bought another gearbox for £20 and got to know my new 2CV by changing the gearbox. Again, how times change.

Two years later, Elly hit the milestone of 100,000 miles. I went on a roadtrip to ensure she clocked, which she did somewhere near Wolverhampton. We ended up in Snowdonia.

My 2CV way back in 2002

My 2CV way back in 2002

I was automatically drawn to Wales even back then. I now call it home.

Anyway, I was in a rush to get her to 100,000 miles, because she was still on her original chassis. I knew she had no hope of passing another MOT (two successive passes had required increased levels of patchery) so I decided this would be the first 2CV I actually restored. I thank a friend in the club Dave Burdett for forcing my hand. He wrote a very eloquent piece in 2CVGB News about how we had to start protecting the 2CVs that existed, because no more were being built. He was right.

So, restoration one commenced, which coincided with me getting a digital camera. Well, the rebuild part did. I shipped the bodyshell and axles off to Pete Abbott in Lincolnshire, and he set about restoring the bodyshell on a new GW Fabrications chassis.

Elly during her first rebuild. Yes, that is a genuine pick-up behind.

Elly during her first rebuild. Yes, that is a genuine pick-up behind.

I then shipped my bare 2CV back home, where Pete confidently predicted it’d take me a couple of weekends to get Elly back on the road again.

How he must have laughed when it actually took me about three months…

Almost there! Now, where do those wires go again?

Almost there! Now, where do those wires go again?

I was even more clumsy with spanners then than I am now, if you can believe it. I also had the difficult job of trying to remember where everything went, months after it all came apart. It was a very valuable learning experience, that’s for sure!

Elly returned to the road in April 2003. It was a little disappointing in some way, as I’d spent over £2000 to have my 2CV look very much like it did before! You see, I couldn’t afford (pattern developing…) a full restoration, so it really was just the bodyshell and chassis that were sorted out. All the doors, wings and other panels were just as scruffy as they were before!

After spending over £2000, she looked much the same.

After spending over £2000, she looked much the same.

That shouldn’t have mattered, but it did. Especially as she was still my daily driver. Between tests in 2006 and 2007, she clocked up 15,614 miles. In 2005, which predates the computer system, she visited Belgium and Scotland for another frantic year.

But I’m jumping ahead a bit here. In 2003, I met the lady who would become my wife. And she really liked my 2CV. Even though the first time they met, my 2CV hurled its door handle into a muddy puddle in disgust. They get on much better these days, possibly because for our first Christmas together, Rachel made the 2CV a set of door cards.

We decided to get married in 2006, and I decided it’d be nice to have a shiny 2CV again. So, she was shipped off for another bout of restoration. This time, the full works. Rarely, I was actually in a (very) well paid job at the time, so could actually afford it.

Elly after her 2nd rebuild.

Elly after her 2nd rebuild.

Quite the transformation eh? This photo was also taken in Wales, as we’d collected the 2CV in Lincolnshire on a Saturday, so we could take part in a road run in Wales the following day. Yes, that was a silly idea, especially as when we turned up to collect the 2CV, it wasn’t ready! We had a frantic few hours screwing bits back on, before driving right across the country. You’ll note that we didn’t even have time to fit the stripes to the doors. Amusingly, the road run started in Aberystwyth – near where we now live.

It meant Elly was looking all set for our wedding.

A very special day.

A very special day.

Thankfully, Rachel was very accepting of the fact that my 2CV really was a part of the family. Elly the 2CV remained in daily use as I swapped jobs and became a motoring writer in 2007. That gave opportunity to take part in fun events, and we did more than one rally together! I also developed a habit of thrashing her around race tracks…

Citroen 2CV handling cornering

Giving it hoon on the Haynes Motor Museum test track at a Retro Rides Gathering.

But, bad times were coming. After just a couple of months, rot was creeping in where the paint had cracked. That was nowhere near as bad as what happened next though. Elly got smashed up the arse by an amorous Mondeo, and shoved into a truck! Isis Recovery as it happens…

Ouch! Elly gets walloped

Ouch! Elly gets walloped

The truck cut me up on a roundabout, by deciding to go right from the left hand lane – I always give trucks room, but he was clearly entirely wrong, as this was a roundabout with two very clear lanes on it, and he was in the wrong one. I performed a perfect emergency stop, which caught the Mondeo driver unawares. 2CVs stop quickly! BANG, BANG and suddenly I was sat in the back of my 2CV (the seat came off its runners) and worse, Elly was driving away with me unable to reach the pedals! Somehow I stopped, but the damage was done. The beautifully restored bodyshell had folded up at the rear, the beautifully restored front wings were both destroyed, and the gearbox mount had gone through the engine. I was gutted.

I shall continue this tale in my next post. The sun in shining, and I must take the Dyane for a run to get its engine run in! Thanks for your contributions so far, and if it feels a bit odd to give someone money to restore a car, don’t forget that by buying the magazines I write for, you’re effectively paying my fee. By giving directly, you’re just cutting out the middle man!

To be continued…

The 2CV Crowdfund Project

Just yesterday, I put my 2CV up for sale, but it turns out people would rather pay me to keep it! I was staggered by the response as folk started offering money, parts or time out of the goodness of their own hearts. Wow.

EDIT: Running total – £1720! (as of 12th March 2016)

So, a plan has been hatched. I am going to attempt to crowdfund the restoration of my 2CV! Clearly, more people than just myself care about this car’s future, so here’s your opportunity to get involved.

Engine turned off, for the last time in how long?

You can help this 2CV live again!

You can donate right here, but I’d better explain what will happen with the money. It will be ringfenced and all funds will only be used in relation to this project. I will regularly update this blog with running totals and targets. In short:

  1. If £500 is raised, I will seek to get the bits of rot that need sorting out for the MOT replaced, with new metal welded in. This is a short-term fix which will focus on just what is needed for an MOT pass.
  2. If £2000 is raised, then substantially more work can be done, which will ensure this car’s long term future. We’re talking lots of new panels and a substantially overhauled bodyshell, with all of the rot replaced by solid metal. If 400 people donated a fiver, then this one is achievable, and would be an ideal solution.
  3. If, somehow, more than £2000 is raised, well it just gets better and better for Elly. More can be done to smarten the ol’ girl up. I’m initially only seeking funds to get her back on the road again, but if the total gets high enough, then I can sort out the rusty wings, doors and bumpers too. Not that she’ll ever be a show queen. That is not the intention!

Whichever option is chosen, the project will be fully documented, with regular updates appearing in the classic press, on my Blog and also on my YouTube channel. Should the project fail to reach the minimum £500, then contributors will be refunded and the project cancelled. The money will be spent on parts, materials and specialists’ time to make this happen, plus any directly associated costs – ie transport.

If we could get Elly back on the road for April, which marks 30 years since she hit the road for the first time, that would be absolutely fantastic. I can’t thank you enough for helping this car to live again. Expect a blog post on what this car means to me very shortly.