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    1965 Ford Anglia

    Well, today was a long day, I'm sure you'll forgive the lack of proof pics, will get those up in the morning! After I've written this up I need sleep.

    Well, here she is, my project car, part own/share with my father†, the aim being restoring it back to original. While the paint looks pretty bad, and there's plenty of age related wear and marks, the body is completely rust free, the most important part on an old Ford! Lots of pics to follow, although I've avoid most of those in the bonnet up variety.

    Collecting her down in Gatwick: Before the 339 mile journey back North. (In perspective, the car had only done ~20 miles a year for the last three years).


    At a service station, before any issues!

    First issue, as the car cleaned out and opened up the throttle linkage became fixed open, revving it quite hard, after poking around resetting it, we, er, overheated and stalled and that's when we discovered the solenoid was a little dicky, and she wouldn't start...

    Just as we were contemplating the issue, some guys with a Mk2 Escort track car arrive to save the day!

    Gave her a bump, and we were off, here's another services closer to home, letting her cool down a little. The solenoid fixed itself this time, and the car fired right back up.

    The Anglia then ran nice and smooth back home, no more overheating or starting issues, although there is a slight oil leak. Which is first on investigate list, then the repair list includes a new rad cap, new hoses and fixing the solenoid. (Probably the pinion just a bit seized, considering the cars lack of use). In the future: bare shell respray & body repairs.

    Will clean her up and take proof pics tomorrow! (If the sun is out... ). As an aside, the attention you get in this thing is incredible, and sometimes dangerous. (I'm speaking to you, Kia Sedona in the middle lane who slowed to take pictures). On the plus side, it now runs lovely and sweet, easily cruising at 65 all day long.

    †No idea how this kind of thing works on FG anymore, I recall in the past a car had to be yours for a PYC thread. Is 50% mine enough?
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    Not bad, looks tidy for it's age.

    Not a bad trip either, know a guy who bought a Rover 2000 who had it break down on the test drive. Expect plenty of problem during the run-in phase though, cars don't respond well to not being used much.


    Also, you realise that 65mph is 10mph off top speed? That'd be like me cruising at 85mph in the Yaris... Wait, never mind.
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    Looks good in the pictures, can't tell what the paint is like. Good to see you're bonding with the mechanicals already too.

    Will be following this closely.
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    Christ, you're complaining about the paint? It looks better than my 8 year old BMW from 50 feet

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    I'm sorry, is there another car in this shot other than the Interceptor?

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    Thanks guys!

    Honestly, these pictures make the paint look fantastic, when you see it, it is really poor. The back end is flat, both the doors have bad rattle can patches in a different shade, and the front wings look like they have areas which have been brush painted!

    P.s. It doesn't fly, however I'll be working on the invisibility booster first.

    @British/Columbian: Yes, an Austin A55 :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andeh View Post
    Thanks guys!

    Honestly, these pictures make the paint look fantastic, when you see it, it is really poor. The back end is flat, both the doors have bad rattle can patches in a different shade, and the front wings look like they have areas which have been brush painted!

    P.s. It doesn't fly, however I'll be working on the invisibility booster first.

    @British/Columbian: Yes, an Austin A55 :p
    You're a good sport. I just couldn't pass up ogling the Jensen!
    Nice Anglia. Looking forward to updates on this project. Especially if it learns to fly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JipJopJones View Post
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    Took 3 replies before someone made the obvious joke

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    Today's work:

    Replaced the retrofitted electric pump for the washer jets, now working
    Removed and lubricated the starter and solenoid set up, all working lovely
    Fixed the interior light so it now works
    Fixed the indicator lights on the dash, so they now match the actual indicators
    Began to restore the paint on the boot, becoming less flat now
    Made a scary long shopping list
    Ordered some new hoses, a radiator cap and a few other little things that really need doing ASAP

    Not a bad day, fairly productive I'd say, I even took a proof pic:

    To do: Flying mechanism needs repairing & Here's a bonus engine pic, since I forgot to add one. The bay is the best part of the car, nice and original metal.
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    Despite your claim that the paint isn't great. The car looks to be in fantastic shape for it's age! I really dig it!
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    That engine looks great, but from the picture I reckon I could fit it in my lunch box. One day maybe I'll find out what it's like to work on a small engine with light parts.

    When you say you replaced the washer pump, did you fit a new electric pump or did you go back to the original pump (whatever that may be)? I had to replace the pump once or twice on the Series 3, those little pumps are pretty crappy at the best of times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt2000 View Post
    That engine looks great, but from the picture I reckon I could fit it in my lunch box. One day maybe I'll find out what it's like to work on a small engine with light parts.

    When you say you replaced the washer pump, did you fit a new electric pump or did you go back to the original pump (whatever that may be)? I had to replace the pump once or twice on the Series 3, those little pumps are pretty crappy at the best of times.
    Refitted the electric pump, it was just a cheap Halfords thing I picked up for a fiver, eventually I want to relocate it though, as its current position isn't great, spoils the bay in my opinion. The original set up is a hand pump with a plunger on the dash, meaning to get any decent pressure you have to pump it like crazy while driving, certainly worse than even a weak electric one! I have found a guide to convert the original plunger on the dash into a switch for an electric one, so hopefully with that done, and the motor moved, it should be near invisible.
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    The most interesting washer setup I've seen was on a Beetle: The washer is operated by air pressure and activated by a footswitch next to the clutch pedal. Where do they get the compressed air, one may rightly ask. From the spare tire, of course! You hook the washer pressure line up to the spare's valve and slowly depressurize your spare when washing windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andeh View Post
    The original set up is a hand pump with a plunger on the dash, meaning to get any decent pressure you have to pump it like crazy while driving, certainly worse than even a weak electric one!
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Grip View Post
    The most interesting washer setup I've seen was on a Beetle: The washer is operated by air pressure and activated by a footswitch next to the clutch pedal. Where do they get the compressed air, one may rightly ask. From the spare tire, of course! You hook the washer pressure line up to the spare's valve and slowly depressurize your spare when washing windows.
    They did have some crazy ways of doing things back in the '60s. They worked at the time though I suppose, although what VW expected you to do when you needed the spare and found it was flat is anyone's guess.
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    You took out the hand pump and pumped it up of course...
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    So far today:
    Adjusted the driver's side door so it shuts correctly.
    Fitted an overtaking mirror, clip on variety. Daren't drill the wings, too solid for that.

    Got the chrome up to a reasonable standard, although the rear bumper is awfully pitted. I know this can't be fixed now, but any tips to remove the rust spots from within the pits? Autosol isn't doing much.
    Cleaned the glass - you can see out!
    Fitted the new radiator cap.

    Got up on the ramps and inspected the underside and did all the grease nipples. Discovered it is brilliantly sound under there, although a little neglected. You can see there are bolts missing from the backplate. Needs some new bushes as well. Also found out the oil leaks were from the sump and gearbox plugs, should be easy enough...

    Back end has responded fairly well to some paint restoration.


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    Oh and congrats to the purchase, even though it's a tiny bit small for my taste and body lenght
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