Hi everybody. my dads old princess

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Hi everybody. my dads old princess

Post by Chris chapman » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:48 am

Hi everyone. Just managed to get hold of my dads old princess. Its been garaged for 21 years by my uncle. Who was going to do it up but never bothered . Its a 1978 1800 hl.

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Re: Hi everybody. my dads old princess

Post by Gasman » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:57 pm

Welcome Chris. When you can we'd love to see some photos of your father's old car. If you get stuck, there's lots of expertise available here on the forum when you come to restore it.
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Post by Princess1800s » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:29 pm

Pics needed for sure!

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Post by Gasman » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:25 am

I should have added that the forum software does not make it that easy to attach photos. If you email them to us we will attach them for you:
leylandprincess@aol.com
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Re: Hi everybody. my dads old princess

Post by Chris chapman » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:16 pm

Some photos:

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Thanks. Ill email them over at the weekend once i have given it a wash..

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Post by Chris chapman » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:39 pm

Can anyone confirm what blue that is incase i need to do some paint? Also are inner seals available from anywhere? Thanks

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Post by rovamota » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:16 pm

It looks like Tahiti blue. I see it's a basic 1800 that's been given an HLS interior, as you probably know, and a vinyl roof has been fitted. Inner sills will have to be fabricated; panels are very hard to come by.
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Re: Hi everybody. my dads old princess

Post by Chris chapman » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:57 pm

Oh right ok. Shame it isnt standard. My sad did like to mess about with his cars. 😀What was the difference between the models?

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Post by Princess1800s » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:16 am

What does the logbook say it is in terms of model?

It looks to me it could have started life as anything - it’s clearly been played with!

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Post by rovamota » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:34 am

HL and above models had bright trim around the door frames, a vinyl applique at the top of the boot lid to match the vinyl D pillars and bright wheel rim embellishers.

That is a basic Princess 1800 which originally would have plain vinyl seats.

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Post by Gasman » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:24 am

HLs also had wheel arch trims, not present on the basic model. If you let me know the chassis number I can tell you what specification it was built to.
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Re: Hi everybody. my dads old princess

Post by Princess1800s » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:12 am

Think on the basis of the photographs @rovamota is probably correct - it is indeed one of the mythical base models that someone has upgraded - I believe these may be the rarest of the factory variants!

It’d be great to see it renovated and back on the road, although do it a favour and lose that awful Austin badge (which is anyway incorrect - it’s not an Austin) off the back!

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Post by Gasman » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:38 pm

The chassis number does indeed show it was built as a base model.
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Post by Vulgalour » Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:19 pm

I don't mind the little personal touches so much, adds character, especially when it's a relative or friend that's done it. That blue is one of the best colours they put on the Princess. What's the round badge on the grille? It looks a bit like the centre from a series 2 car's wheel trim.

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Re: Hi everybody. my dads old princess

Post by Chris chapman » Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:39 pm

It makes it unique 😀 im not sure what that badge is. I know its one of the added extras my dad put on it. i think the front of that badge is in the boot of the car. When i find out what it is ill let you know

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Post by Gasman » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:06 am

The 'badge' on the grille. Any ideas. I don't think it's a wheel trim centre but please correct me if you disagree!

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Re: Hi everybody. my dads old princess

Post by Chris chapman » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:27 pm

im pretty sure the centre of that badge is in the car. I will find it out at the weekend and send you a picture.

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Post by Vulgalour » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:51 pm

It's not too dissimilar to the rear trim centre on this car. I bet the badge that's missing is the black and silver 'plughole'.

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