Enfield 8000 Restoration - Part 2
In this part I contend with worsening weather and working out what is the best way to dismantle this currently rusty hulk. I also clean things. A lot.
The reality of restoration work in reality
I started this blog for a number of reasons. Just as with my YouTube channel and the videos of this restoration, this is to show others what I'm capable of and what I have had to learn along the way.
One of those things that I already knew? The tedium and the frustration. It doesn't have to be a car either! It can be any project that requires a lot of preparation work (see below) with many a frustration. Speaking of which, the biggest frustration so far is removing the dashboard as there are many rusted bolts to be found, which are then found not to be accessible from inside the passenger compartment which means I will have to wait until I can weld in new metal to support the car being safely jacked up...unless removing the panels (which were both bolted and welded on at the factory) allows enough access.
Prep, prep, and more prep with all the trimmings...
The tedium that I spoke of has been cleaning the interior upholstery and trim, in order for when I get to repairing the upholstery and trim it won't be so grotty to handle. This also means they'll be able to go back in when the car is structurally sound and functional. That's all well and good but I do have to keep telling myself that as I work! Below is a gallery of the bench seat being cleaned in my flat's lobby.
Further prep work has taken place for the rest of the upholstery, including the door cards and other pieces of trim including the top of the dashboard (quite the epic tea shelf it has to be said!). The one remaining bit of trim is the headliner and that can wait as the last piece to remove before removing the body panels. One thing that is far beyond repair is the carpeting, all of which will be replaced.
Welcome to my bathroom!
It has been a lot of cleaning, cleaning, and yes more cleaning! Here's a video where I clean up one of the rear pieces of trim. Most of us will use cleaning products specifically marketed for car cleaning, but I decided to use Bio-d Home & Garden Sanitiser (not sponsored) to compare and contrast. I found it done a far better job than Demon Clean, but you watch the video and you tell me. Apologies in advance for the camera having a "I'm not going to focus today" hissyfit!
As I strip down the car, the process of removing the electrics has also begun. The Curtis 933 battery controller is now indoors, as is what appears to be a more modern DC-DC converter that I have no idea what it was used for. The spaghetti that is the wiring loom overall is difficult enough to follow but, using the wiring diagrams it does appear that the DC-DC converter is extraneous. One idea is that perhaps it was used to power the radio which isn't present in my car, and another idea is perhaps it was used to power test equipment.
In the top left corner is the Curtis controller, beneath that is one of the cylinders from the heater, bottom left is the top of the watt meter, and middle is the culmination of spaghetti junction...
Rusty rusty rust rust!
The big problem now is the sub 10ºC temperatures that the Bilt Hamber Deox-Gel either won't work or will be largely ineffective. If I could trust the car electrics I'd use the heated windscreen. The option therefore is to use the thick gel version of Jenolite which will work faster than the Deox-Gel but nowhere near as environmentally friendly. I can always wait, but that means February at the very least.
In truth, I wanted the car here back in June and that didn't happen because life and reasons. I knew getting the car late in the year would mean work will slow down almost to a halt, however I should be able to get at least some rust removal done. Below is some of the prep work having been done in combination with hand wire brushes and drill wire brushes.
I can see a shed being built to allow fabrication of replacement metal (the wheel arches in particular!) and do all the other chores in peace and - as far as my neighbours are concerned - quiet. Have a gander at the photos below to see what I'm up against..
Despite all the potential doom and gloom (and swearing), I have more recently decided to clean the windscreen. This is because whilst I was faffing behind the dashboard, the bracket for the wiper motor merely fell off - putting a kink in the wiper mechanism and bringing the wiper blades a bit further down to reveal the deterioration of the blades and the residue left on the windscreen. Joy. Still, it could be worse! I could have no windscreen at all...small mercies and so on...
I'm quite happy with how it turned out. I did notice some light scratches where the wipers had been and I suspect that the car had probably been used with old blades before being stored away at some point years and years ago. I did notice two tiny splotches of red paint which I'll get back to shortly.
"have you cleaned the roof yet?"
I was asked that question on the beige forum and it is a very fair one. I did give the roof a clean after I had done the inside of the windscreen (no scratches there) as well, however the paint work is terrible and the roof will just be sanded/stripped. Therefore the cleaning was not in depth as there is just so little point.
The state of the paintwork did lead me to conclude that at some point, some previous owner (before the person I bought the car from) decided to remove the blue paint it had both been resprayed with and registered as being with the DVLA, to go with the original colour of red (hence the splotches on the windscreen). Unfortunately, this wasn't done very well as the paint used more than likely needed a suitable primer for aluminium (other non-ferrous metals are available) which it mustn't have received because the paint is flaky, chipped, and cracked with primer being present. This would have happened relatively quickly and probably why the car was left to go the way that it was before the person I bought the car from turned up.
SLOW DOWN: WINTRY TASKS AHEAD!
There is very little I'll be able to do during December. I will be able to renovate the front bonnet and rear boot door inside the flat, along with making repairs to the trim. Getting into the motor and refurbishing that will also be on the cards. Those are the ideas but we shall see what December brings! If you want more regular peeks into how far along the project is (at the time of typing the blog is up to date), then check my YouTube channel. Otherwise, look forward to my next update in the next two weeks or so. Take care everyone!