TR7 Restoration                                                                                      
03/01/06  This TR7 only has 40 miles on it, so why are we doing a
complete restoration on it. Simply, because it was poorly stored.  All of
the rubber had deteriorated, it had gained a few rodent tenants and
was just not in the shape you expect for a car with only 40 miles on it.
Along with the renewal, the color is also being updated to a much
nicer color choice.
Thorough
documentation of this
low mileage, original,
TR7 was done before
the tear down began.
Restoring a car with
only 40 miles on the
clock does have its
advantages. Tear down
is quite easy. Luckily,
the poor storage did not
result in any rust
issues. So the shell is
nice, solid and ready for
a trip to the painters.
The color change will
be over the entire body
shell.
This TR7 wasn't even prepped
by the dealer for the
showroom. The original keys
were still taped in the wheel
well and the engine was
coated with an anti-corrosion
spray that was applied before
the car left England.
Back from the body shop, wearing a
fresh coat of Cashmere Gold paint.
While not originally offered as a color
choice on the TR7, it was an authentic
color offered by British Leyland in late
1981-82. The wedge body style also
seems to look better with a slight
metallic paint than just a flat color.
Now that the shell was back, re-assembly could begin. The goal was to get the car back to
a rolling shell status quickly in order to free up some much needed room in the shop.
The interior is going back
together. Getting all the
wiring lined back up and
into the original locations,
fitting the heater/AC Unit
back into place and
everything else that needs
to be done prior to the dash
assembly going back in.
The dash unit is made up
from a large molding. While its
out, we can see some of the
crayon markings from the
factory and the backside of the
electronic instrument panel,
showing the printed circuit
board. This was fairly "high
tech" in the mid/late seventies.
To the left is a view that
most owners will never
have to see if they are
lucky. This is the
underside of the dash
assembly, ready for
installation into the car. To
the right and below, is the
dash assembly back in
the cockpit.
To the left, you can see that
securing the dash in place
is a job that requires some
extra room in the cockpit.
Here is Kevin in the typical
position to "service" the
underside of the dash and
secure the steering column
to it mounting points.
Once the dash is
back in place, and
the rest of the
electronics,
switches and such,
are hooked back up.
The rest of the
interior can begin
going back in. This
makes you feel like
you have gotten a lot
accomplished, but
there is much more
left to do.
With the door panels in place, we hit a
stopping point for the interior. Next it
will be time to move to the engine bay
and prepping it for the installation of
the engine and transmission. Once
that is done, and the transmission
shifter is in its correct place, we can
come back to the interior and finish
installing the center console pieces.
They have to go in a layered way,
starting around the radio, working
back to between the seats with the
console compartment.
While the body shell
was away, the entire
suspension was
sorted, prepped for
re-installation and
pieces were renewed
that needed it.