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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Re: Project KPK

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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Re: Project KPK

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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Re: Project KPK

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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