A Good Day today!
Up with the lark to Surrey Hire and Sales in Addlestone to pick up an engine hoist – £15:24 for 24 hours, tremendous value. Lugged it to the garage, set it up and attached the cradle to the previously exposed exhaust manifold and started hauling. The engine and gearbox started coming up off the chassis – and then the chassis started coming up as well!! A quick inspection showed that the handbrake cable was still attached to the handbrake lever! A choice – undo the caliper at the brake end to free the cable or, and as I did, free off the two remaining bolts attaching the brake lever to the chassis. In my defence, it was pretty well inaccessible before the engine and gearbox exposed them. Once free the engine and gearbox swung in the breeze.
By this time Roy had arrived and between us we maneuvered the engine onto the bench ready for taking apart and eventually rebuilding.
Some hard work to get the track rods off the wheels, and we have the steering rack with track rods still attached until we can work them loose ready to be refurbished.
But the chassis is looking slightly more bare and that is good.
So the next visit should see the rest of the stuff off the chassis and we can start refurbishing as necessary. On balance the chassis and its components look remarkably good for a “barn find” car that has spent 20 years out in a field. The chassis is obviously not original but it is in good enough condition that I keep wondering whether to replace it with the new ECAS chassis. I think I will but the old chassis may well have some value to someone else.
Unfortunately, I heard today that the scrap merchants I had line up to pick up the old body have decided it is not for them, so some phone bashing to find some one new. We need the room as more bits are lying around on the floor!
We have a new recruit, Ed King, a mate of mine and a TR2 owner who therefore knows about these sort of things, who has offered to help as well. Team Noble is growing!
Anyway, a good day today and a sense of progress!