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Author Topic: Series 3 327XVF update  (Read 705 times)
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« on: 29 November, 2021, 11:12:59 AM »

Progress has been slow but here's an update on getting my LHD 1962 Series 3 roadworthy, with the much appreciated support of Forum members.

It was imported from Italy in a job lot in 2019. I bought it in February 2020, and then it was running but only just. The clutch was slipping badly and the rear brakes were seized.
I replaced all the brake shoes and two wheel cylinders, and welded a large plate into the front offside floor. I've replaced the clutch and flywheel, and the gearbox front bearing. I've also fitted a new exhaust system, overhauled the water pump and dynamo and replaced the handbrake cable.
Along the way a lot of other parts have needed cleaning, freeing up or repairing, but no major problems.
I've also done some work on the seats and interior trim, and have fitted carpet in the rear. The front still has the rubber mats.
Now the car's running well and finally I can drive it without feeling that something is about to break!

I'm trying out some seat belts anchored to the seat frame and floor, which I'm sure won't pass an MoT but they make me feel a bit safer!

Thanks for all the help and suggestions I've received. It's taken me 18 months, but not a lot of work for a nearly 60 year old car that hadn't been looked after for a long time.

Soon I'll replace the rotted door seals and the scratched door glass, and there's a bit of welding needed on the rear valance. At some point I need to remove the dash to repaint and recover it, and the car really needs a paint job but I'm not in a hurry for that. I plan to use the car a lot next year. Let's hope that classic car events can resume soon!

Best wishes to all.

Dave Kennedy

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« Reply #1 on: 29 November, 2021, 07:48:45 PM »

Congratulations! Excellent work, I am sure you will enjoy your Appia, Andrea

Andrea Nistri

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Appia S2
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« Reply #2 on: 30 November, 2021, 10:38:50 AM »

[quote author=DaveKennedy link=topic=12783.msg91465#msg91465

I'm trying out some seat belts anchored to the seat frame and floor, which I'm sure won't pass an MoT but they make me feel a bit safer!

wishes to all.

Dave Kennedy

Funny how the brain works. I have  driven open vintage cars for more than 65 years including our present1925 Salmson and never suffered the instinct to reach for the non-existant safety belt but in a saloon like my Augusta or my previous 1927 RR I always do!

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