Roger Foreman's project - Sophie
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I was given this 4 door 1961 saloon in June 2006 following a chance conversation with a colleague . I was about to go on the JOGLE run in a 1970 traveler and was chatting to Alun when he asked me if I wanted another one! “Well” I thought “ I haven’t got the money to restore the traveler, but if I sold my traveler I would have the cash to restore the 4 door”. And so the plot was hatched. Lee and I picked up the saloon and then the week later I drove to Lands End from John O'Groats.
Soon after that was the National and I put a for sale sign on the traveler, actually I didn’t quite get the sign on before a lady from Holland fell in love and bought the traveler.
Although in a reasonably rust free condition the saloon had stood in a garage since the 1980’s a restoration project that would never be finished. I stripped it down to a bare shell and wire brushed most of the paint off.
The engine was in a poor state so another 948 was stripped and re-bored and reground I put a 1098 camshaft in and a slightly modified 12g940 head topped off with a HS4 1.5 inch SU carb and a piper cross filter.
The front brakes have been up rated with 9” drums from a Wolseley 1500. All new standard rear brakes. Poly bushes all round and all new brake pipes.
The shell was re-sprayed inside and out in Porcelain Green two pack and a complete interior purchased from Newton Commercials.
Now (May 2007) all I have to do is finish the rebuild and completely restore the interior.
Look out for more photos soon.
This site was last updated 27 June 2007