Project KPK

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Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:49 pm

I thought it might be better to start a thread here for the Restoration of KPK.

Here's how it was in the beginning of 2017, just a couple of photos as you've probably seen them before :)
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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:59 pm

I've actually came across more pictures from when I first went to view the car, and when we got it home, and then finally to the first workshop, some of these photos show how rough it was in some areas, though alot of these photos also hide alot of the rot well too.
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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:02 pm

After some passage of time, and finally settling into the first workshop, it was almost completely stripped except for the engine and some mechanicals, which were removed not long after this picture.
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Post by John Steed » Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:12 pm

Now came the longest wait yet, it left the workshop in late 2018 to have the replacement panels fitted and welded along with other rotten areas repaired.

I was extremely fortunate to secure replacement door skins, rear quarter panels, wheel arch repair sections etc among other items, this made the task so much easier. For the panels and repair sections still missing we resorted to what some may call sacrilege and cut/removed them from the Sandglow bodyshell that I bought from the NEC in 2017 along with JLJ the blue Wolseley. This was unfortunately necessary, however the Sandglow bodyshell had no mechanicals at all so would have taken a huge amount of work and parts sourcing to return to the road in any case.

The work was finally completed by mid September 2019 and the car finally returned home to my new garage on Thursday 26th :D

I now have the mammoth task of choosing the best pieces and locating everything to put back onto the car. I've also been lucky enough to obtain a substantial amount of nos trim pieces so I'm hoping this will greatly improve the final look of the car :D
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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:18 pm

You may notice that in the original pictures the car has no side wing repeaters, the original wings were too far gone and so the wings from the Sandglow shell were utilised instead, these already had the holes for the side wing repeaters in them.

I could have had them welded up which was the original intention. However after some consideration I decided from a safety point of view that they would be a valuable addition to the car, especially with regards to being seen amongst modern traffic/drivers. Okay so it's not quite original but I quite like the look of them too :D

Altough I did make one mistake with regards to the drivers wing, I completely forgot something which I only noticed once the car had already been painted, see who can spot the mistake ? :oops: :lol:

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Re: Project KPK

Post by Gasman » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:37 pm

Well, I presume I have insider knowledge what this is so won't mention it but, TBH, I wouldn't have spotted it!
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Re: Project KPK

Post by beiderbecke » Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:38 pm

Aerial hole...?

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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:19 pm

Martin did have have insider knowledge on that wing but I'll say no more haha :lol:

That's it, the aerial hole, I'd completely forgot all about it until it was too late. I've got one of those invisible hidden ones that I'll locate somewhere inside the car :D

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Post by Princess1800s » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:05 am

Well I hope they’ve improved since I tried one of those 20 odd years ago! Else would it be such a big job to carefully mask / centre punch / drill a hole?

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Post by Gasman » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:04 am

SMG has got a rear aerial & I didn’t spot that! I agree with Princess1800s, it’s no big deal to drill post painting. A bit of tape first to stop the drill slipping (as he says) and Bob’s your uncle. Repaint the edges and some Waxoyl will prevent rusting.
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Re: Project KPK

Post by Vulgalour » Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:35 pm

That's quite a turnaround! Looks absolutely superb already, should look brand new when you fit all that lovely NOS gear. The side repeaters I'm sure do make a difference in traffic, otherwise you've got nothing on the sides of the car at all to tell people what you're about to do and the ones on the front, while nice and bright, seem to be too low for most drivers to register them.

Looking forward to more progress updates on this as you get the opportunity to provide them.

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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:12 pm

Haven't posted much lately so here's a couple of pictures so far, still lots to do :D
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Post by Gasman » Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:41 pm

It's progressing nicely even if there is still lots to do.
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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:24 pm

I have a small question. I've got a nos rear bumper that I intend to fit, but no rubber. I've taken a good rubber from a poor bumper but several of the bolts have turned to dust. Is it possible to get the bolts with the square end that slots into the rubber, or has anyone made bespoke items to fit into the rubber to attach it to the bumper?

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Post by Gasman » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:59 pm

I had SMG's bumpers re-chromed so had to take the rubbers off. The retaining bolts. as you affirmed, mostly turned to dust.



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I managed to find some spade shaped replacements albeit the bolt size was only 3mm instead of 5 - if my very poor memory serves me correctly - and they have been fine. Trouble is, I can't remember where I got them from.




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Post by Gasman » Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:12 pm

On further memory searching I think I got them from Bresco's although I can't find them after a quick look on their website I'm afraid.
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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:50 pm

I have just managed to purchase some very similar looking ones from Bresco's, fingers crossed when they arrive they will fit :D

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Post by 100 Club » Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:30 pm

Please let us know the result :)
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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:24 pm

Still awaiting the parts from bresco's so in the mean time I've started the front end.

Does anyone know a part number or where to obtain the screws that fix the sidelight lenses in place, two either side with a small plastic looking washer, mine are quite crusty to say the least?
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Re: Project KPK

Post by Eddie » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:36 am

Amazing work. Are your black plastic headlight surrounds new? If not, how did you revive them to get them looking like new? Ed

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Post by Gasman » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:22 am

Eddie, I use Peanut oil but, like tyre finishers, it does need repeat applications say every 3 months.

Andy, another great sneak view. It's going to be fantastic when finished! Funny things photographs; engine bay front to back looks shorter than a mini... More to the point, surprisingly, the bolts that hold the indicator lens on are not separately listed in the parts catalogue (that I can find anyway). They should come with NOS lenses (although I haven't got any new bolts despite having a couple of NOS lenses!). I'm sure bolts from another application could fit... No idea if these are the correct thread etc but companies like these might be able to help:

https://www.carbuilder.com/uk/pan-head- ... ive-screws
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Post by 100 Club » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:13 pm

It could be worth trying to get hold of screws for a Mini Clubman front side/indicator lamp: the lens is approximately the same depth as that on a Princess and I would have thought that Mini specialists would stock them.
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Post by John Steed » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:45 pm

The Headlamp Surrounds are new, I've been very lucky in finding quite a lot of nos parts over the past couple of years, I usually browse online most evenings and have been quite surprised with some of the parts I've found.

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions for the screws, I'll have a look today and see what I can find, unfortunately all the nos lenses I got never came with screws either :(

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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:31 pm

Another sneak preview, please excuse the mess :roll:
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Post by Gasman » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:17 am

That's not what I call a mess. A suggestion, (not a criticism!) use black screws to hold the grille on. From experience, chrome ones, at least for me, stand out like a sore thumb against the black horizontal slats.
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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:40 pm

Very good suggestion :D I need to take it back off again as I want to paint all the brackets.

Ill replace those two screws and washers with black when I put it back on :)

Still waiting for the bits from brescos, so hopefully get the rear bumper and foglights fitted sometime this week, also need to adjust the front spots as they are too close to the number plate.

Next jobs will be brake pipes and replacement steering rack, hoping to get all that fitted before the engine :D

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Re: Project KPK

Post by Gasman » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:20 pm

What brackets are you using for the fog lamps? I have been considering putting square eights on SMG. It had them before I owned it.
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Re: Project KPK

Post by John Steed » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:41 pm

One of the spare front bumpers I had already had the brackets attached, but i'm making some adapters so that I can move the square eight's over abit. I'll try and snap some pictures of the bracketry from underneath :)

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