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« on: 11 November, 2019, 08:45:27 PM »

Today I moved the Lambda body out of the basement in the workshop, which for me marks the start of the build up proces.  Although I have it for more than two years now and a lot of time has been already spent on the search for missing bits, and some smaller tasks have already been adressed.

Most of the parts however still need cleaning, blasting, painting or re-assembly, os it will be a lengthy proces.  Is it realistic to still aim for Fobello 2021?  A man must have a goal so I'll surely give it a try.

After much consideration I decided to hand the engine to a specialist, and it will be build up using my available spares, but with a new block, crank, camshaft and pistons.  A though (and costly) decision, but I think a good one, and at least that job will be out of my hands.

In this tread I'll try to keep you all informed of the progress, and it will one day hopefully provide a record of the work done.  Hopefully it will also help me to keep motivated!

For those who do not know the 'project', it is a correct 8th series tipo 221 chassis (1928), bought 'naked' by the previous owner, who had a Casaro MM style body built on it in Italy around 2000.  Apparantly three of these cars were constructed at that time.  I bought the car as it is now in the pictures with a lot of parts with it, and the body already painted (not sure if that is an advantage)
Luckily there was a lot of help from other Lambda owners around the globe in getting together most of the missing bits, as I would like to build at least the mechanicals as correct as possible to the original.  Some things such as seats and window frames etc will have to be build from scratch however....



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« Reply #1 on: 11 November, 2019, 10:45:43 PM »

Koen, great news, having seen the body work in person and heard of your plans first hand, moving the Lambda out of its storage area into pride of place in your workshop is a real milestone.

Knowing you have the engine rebuild progressing plus quite a few of the other mechanical parts gathered up is a real fillip to this wonderful restoration, will follow your thread with great interest.

Plus by documenting as many details of the rebuild as possible will be a great resource for many other Lambda projects.

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« Reply #2 on: 12 November, 2019, 07:26:59 AM »

Really looking forward to following this - I know very little about Lambdas only traveling in one once (Norman Stewart's car many years ago), so  it will be fascinating to look under the skin

Is it a 2 seater, or is there a dickie seat hidden under the cover ?

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« Reply #3 on: 12 November, 2019, 02:37:44 PM »

Simon,  It's suposed to be a two seater, but I have been playing with the idea to fit some sort of small bench in the luggage compartment (there would be no place then to take the cover along...and it would'nt be very comfortable.  In any case it's now the last thing on my mind....
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« Reply #4 on: 12 November, 2019, 04:23:25 PM »

This is going to be fantastic. Please could we see some pictures of the chassis as well when it is convenient. It would be nice to see the various major components before it all starts coming together. I often feel the urge to photograph something with pride when I have fitted it all together then wonder why I didn't take pictures of the bits before I started.

Good luck.
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« Reply #5 on: 12 November, 2019, 04:52:27 PM »

Hi Koen,
What a fabulous project you have undertaken. I'm very impressed by the body. I'm equally impressed by your (?) workshop.
My garage will never feel the same again....... Cheesy
 
Good luck with your endeavours!
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« Reply #6 on: 12 November, 2019, 05:02:14 PM »

This is going to be fantastic. Please could we see some pictures of the chassis as well when it is convenient. It would be nice to see the various major components before it all starts coming together. I often feel the urge to photograph something with pride when I have fitted it all together then wonder why I didn't take pictures of the bits before I started.

Good luck.
Chassis? It doesn't have one!
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« Reply #7 on: 13 November, 2019, 03:36:47 PM »

John, I suppose not! From the wording of the initial post I assumed it was a platform chassis on which the Cassaro body was mounted but from the body shown that obviously can't be the case. Also the chassis I imagined, like an Aprilia platform, is not what coach built cars were based on. At least my mistake means I am now better informed!


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« Reply #8 on: 13 November, 2019, 06:21:05 PM »

It is indeed a platform "chassis", but an 8th series, which did not have the incorperated boot anymore.  The aluminium body is bolted on, and could even easily be removed again, although that would certainly waste the paint job.

I'll try to make some pics this weekend.
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« Reply #9 on: 13 November, 2019, 06:48:26 PM »

It is indeed a platform "chassis", but an 8th series, which did not have the incorperated boot anymore.  The aluminium body is bolted on, and could even easily be removed again, although that would certainly waste the paint job.

I'll try to make some pics this weekend.
My mistake. I didnít realise it was built on the platform chassis. Apologies!
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« Reply #10 on: 13 November, 2019, 11:46:08 PM »

So I now stand doubly corrected!
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« Reply #11 on: 14 November, 2019, 08:59:32 AM »

Wonderful! Look forward to seeing the progress on the build
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« Reply #12 on: 14 November, 2019, 11:16:13 AM »

Koen the Lambda looks fantastic with that body but maybe flared mudguards as on this Austro Daimler might look even better!

The picture was taken at the VSCC Buxton Rally about 1956 and in the background, top left is my first car, a 1926 Bullnose Morris Oxford, which happily survives to this day in the ownership of a leading member of the Bullnose morris Club. The Austro Daimler has I believe disappeared into a collection on Germany.

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« Reply #13 on: 14 November, 2019, 12:56:34 PM »


Regarding a seat in the back - am sure they'd be a way to make an alternative lid that came apart to stow... 

Might not be the one you use "day to day" (!!!!!!) but they'd be a way to keep the rain out when parked up short of a tarp and bungee straps.

Lovely project, and looking forward to updates.
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« Reply #14 on: 16 November, 2019, 11:19:01 AM »

Hello Koen,
The picture of your bodyshell, naked, makes me think that you might at this stage want to consider reinforcing the front frame, around the radiator.

Why ? On my Lambda (a 7th series, so with an integral radiator, quite different from an 8th series) I damaged my radiator this summer while driving fast over speed bumps, and roundabouts : this driving fast is quite fun, when your suspension is in good order, but transmits heavy loads through the front diagonals, into the front frame.
The repair of a leaking 7th series radiator can get quite expensive, and is really annoying when you have had it fitted with a new core just 6 months previously !
While discussing this with my Australian friends at Castlemaine a few weeks ago, they all showed me that their Lambdas had reinforcements of various types fitted to their front frame. They told me that that was necessary, when driving as they do for long distances over Australian roads.
When putting in a reinforcing bar, you have to take into account the cooling fan, aesthetics, and the water pipes going into the radiator.
The appended pictures of Australian Lambdas can give you some ideas.

I look forward to the story of your progress Ė will make a nice car, for sure !


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