Type 7 kit car build
The start, middle and end...
The plan was to build a Robin Hood Type 7 kit car. I must have spent a few months casually checking Ebay for a cheap donor car. Cars were coming up but were at least 150+ miles away. This is where the diary type events take over.
June 19th 2004 spotted car outside house only 2 miles up the road.
June 20th 2004 rang number advertised on car. What I wanted and asking price starting at £150.
June 21st got £150 cash from cash point and went to see car. Called cold to see how car started. Started first time, no smoke and went ok. Offered £100 cash - owner accepted - deal done. Collect paperwork, went home and asked Peter if he could drive it back for me. Picked up Peter and collected Sierra.
June 22nd spent over an hour looking at ebay for a Haynes manual. There were over 40 of them, different versions, pricing and postage. Emailed the one with 2004the cheapest postage. Manual £1.50, postage £2.00. 4 days to go and did not want to wait. Offered £4 inc p&p.
June 23rd 2004 Reply from ebayer accepting my offer. Will change auction to buy it now. Bid on item when changed to buy it now and payed using paypal.
June 25th 2004 Haynes manual arrived very well packed and looked new, no oily marks or ripped pages.
June 27th 2004 Christopher and me started work stripping Sierra. First task was to strip the dashboard and centre console. Keep all screws, clips etc. Took photos along way as reminders. Today we managed to strip the entire dashboard and centre console, Removed all sound proofing from bulkhead and most of the wiring loom is now free at the front of the car.
03 July 2004 - Christopher and I spent most of the day stripping more bits off the car. Steering column, accelerator pedal and cable, speedo cable, clutch cable, clutch and brake pedal box, brake master cylinder and servo. Heater unit and pipes, windscreen wiper assembly, radiator including shroud, Windscreen washer bottle and pipes, air cleaner assembly and disconnect most of the pipes/cables in readiness for the engine and gearbox removal.
04 July 2004 - did a little bit more stripping today. Front headlamps and indicators removed. Do not need them but someone else may do. Other few parts removed were Engine management system, coil, fuel regulator.
09 July 2004 Friday - squeezed in a quick 30 min before supper. Removed cables on inlet manifold, carb, distributor, oil and coolant switches. Cables on the starter motor also removed and engine mounting bolts undone.
10 July 2004 Saturday - Plan for today was to remove the engine and gearbox. Problem with one of the bolts holding the mid support for the propshaft. Only way was to grind it off. Two of the anti roll bar bolts sheared off. Exhaust came off ok. Ended up grinding a slot off the slam panel and bent it down to ease removal of the engine and box which came out reasonably in the end.
11 July 2004 Sunday - Handbrake lever was the first to come off today. Next task was to remove the whole of the front suspension i.e. crossmember, steering and front struts. A couple of the crossmember bolts were really hard to remove. Bonnet catch was removed and a lot more earthing cables removed and labelled up. Car lowered on blocks at the front and the rear jacked right up and supported on axle stands ready for next weekend (removal of complete rear suspension, axle etc).
17 July 2004 - Saturday - Weather not too good. Unable to remove rear sub frame and axle. Instead we removed all the components off the complete front suspension unit as this was in the garage. Anti roll bar, front struts, control arm and engine mounts now dismantled and stored in a box. Gearbox was split from engine and engine mounted onto the engine stand.
25 July 2004 - Sunday - Just had a couple of hours to spare today. Started to remove all the necessary bolts, brake pipes etc. to remove the rear final drive and suspension unit as a whole. Did quite well as we only had the shock absorber top bolts to remove before the unit can be removed from the car. Job for next weekend.
01 August 2004 - Sunday - Shock absorber top bolts undone and ready for the removal of the rear suspension and final drive unit. Oh, so I thought!! There was a rubber mount attached to the car body that was getting in the way of lowering the final drive unit. This was removed and it lowered all the way except the front mountings. They would not part from the body. No kind of leverage was working. The rubber must have corroded itself to the metal dowel so this just meant one thing. Out came the flame gun. I set the rubber alight to burn itself away from the metal dowel. After a couple of minutes the front mounts could easily be levered off the body. Bucket of water to hand soon put the burning rubber out. So, what was to take about 15 minutes took a couple of hours all in. Next we took the petrol tank off, front seats out and started to take out the seat belts.
03 August 2004 - Tuesday - The rest of the seat belts removed, rear lights, boot lock and number plates lights removed from rear of car. Any self tapping screw removed if in sight. The rest of the wiring loom was threaded through to the front of the car. Now the crunch, all that wiring from the engine compartment through a small hole in the firewall, then the total amount through the small square hole where the fusebox was bolted to. Out came the angle grinder. A cut was made from the fusebox hole to the grommet hole was in the firewall. The metal was bent back and presto a very large hole to remove the wiring. It was only another 5 minutes and the whole of the wiring loom was packed up in a big cardboard box for safe keeping. There was nothing left to remove from the car, hooray. One final job was to dismantle the rear suspension / final drive unit as this was taken off in one lump. Shocks, halfshafts, back plate, left side handbrake cable, lower suspension units all dismantled. Handbrake cable to backplate was a pain to take off. Needed some heat and a hammer to get freed. The day drew to a close with only the final drive unit bolts, the handbrake cable from the backplate on the right hand side to be removed.
04 August 2004 - Wednesday - Handbrake cable removed from backplate, heat required again and the remaining bolt removed for the final drive unit. Next stage is to get the shell removed. Phoned a Scrap Merchant who charged £25 as I was just outside the free pick up zone. They could come and collect Friday morning (6th August 2004). Deal done.
06/01/2005 - Scrap collectors are being a waste of time. Do not turn up or bother ringing you back. Today was the last straw. I rang up a Scrap Yard who would take the car if I took it there.
07/01/2005 - Rang up CLH Trailers at 8:45am to see if they had a car transporter for hire. There was one available so I went straight away to pick it up. Loaded the car and took it to the Scrap yard and got £15 for my troubles. Drive way now clear at last.
The two photos on the left are all the parts stored in the garage. Boxes and shelves full. However, there is a twist. I was looking for some good quality doors for my Mk2 Cortina when I came across a full car for sale on Ebay. The doors looked really good with extra photos taken by the owner for me. The plan was to bid for the car and use the doors for my V8 Mk2 Cortina. Anyway, the car was too good in some areas so I decided to restore the car and put it back on the road. See my Mk2 Cortina Deluxe Project car.
This put the dampers on the kit car. So, the parts were advertised as a job lot and sold on Ebay. The person who purchased the parts was also going to build a Robin Hood and this was going to save him a lot of time. A CD full of photos of the strip were also included.
The Type 7 Project was no more - maybe another day!!