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So it Starts!!

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Well Here we go, Started restoring the Lancia Beta a few weeks ago. Got the eldest lad helping and he seems to be very keen.

So first off stripped all the interior out, to see how bad it really is.

Not as bad as it could be, but still going to need welding.

This weekend we removed most of the panels, these are going to be replaced with better ones I have.

The main problem areas seem to be rear wheelarches, passenger footwell, both seat mounts and the door sills.

The under car sills will need replacing and I may have to replace the scuttle, but until we get under the paint I'm not sure.

Here are a few photos and a before we started.

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If you need any specialist advice, or help sourcing parts etc, I have a contact in Italy who probably has several of these stacked up in parts in the back of his garage!

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Wow. Quite a challenge. I'll watch with interest.+++

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Looks like an interesting project Les; Getting much sailing in?

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Thanks for the offer Tipex, I'll probably be taking you up on it at some point!

Hopefully I'll be able to keep people entertained with my antics MrMe ;)

Hello Scooby, pretty much forgotten what sailing is, though I did rejoin this year.

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so, whats the plan Les ? How long do you think it may take ?

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Thanks for the offer Tipex, I'll probably be taking you up on it at some point!

Hopefully I'll be able to keep people entertained with my antics MrMe ;)

Hello Scooby, pretty much forgotten what sailing is, though I did rejoin this year.

Ditto! Spend a bit of time ski racing now; also rejoined as I still have the carbon monster; sailing in a couple of weeks time on the east coast; might be the first time since October!

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so, whats the plan Les ? How long do you think it may take ?

I hope to do a pretty thorough job, but my welding is a bit "rusty" so the floor may be solid but not particulary pretty.

We (the boy and I) hope to do most of the work ourselves, I have a friend in the RAC who will help with engine and gearbox problems.

The loom is going to be remade, all panels replaced and a complete respray.

The engine and gearbox are coming out and to be sorted .

I'm not sure on the timing, what with work and family, I'm not in a hurry. i just want it to be a good job when it's finished.

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Another day of grinding today!!

A day of surprises too, have found a "little" bit of filler around the rear wheel arches, and the passenger scuttle.

We are now going to be cutting the bottom of the rear wing out and fabricating a new one, this wasn't on the list of to do's, but hey ho.

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To be honest, having been around these sort of cars for as long as I can remember, I'd be surprised if you didn't find stuff like this!

Not many cars survive that long without the odd ding, and particularly being of that Italian vintage, rust will always be present, but it doesn't look too bad to be honest, I've seen a lot, lot worse put back on the road.

Get yourself a waxoil kit while it's apart, and coat the areas you won't reach once it's all back together, even if it's been done in the past, it doesn't last forever, at least then you know any future rust (which is inevitable), won't be coming through from the inside, and will be easier to repair.

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Sounds good, not heard of that one before, haven't read the link much, but I'm guessing it's not thick like waxoil, so should overcome the problem of blocking up drainage holes which can be an issue with waxoil if your not carefull.

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Thanks TDK the engine and gearbox are pretty good. I am going to remove both, and a friend is going to overhaul the engine for me.

Haven't had the chance to do much lately, work is a bit frantic atm and summer hols don't help!

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