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400 undergoing complete restoration in Australia
This 400 (car number 200) originally sent to O and S Sportscar Restoration in Sydney. After 12 months and a small fortune, it became clear that it was beyond their knowledge and capabilities so I have handed the restoration over to Sebastian Gross who has restored 4 Bristols apart from other marques.
He is doing a thorough job to the peculiar requirements of a Bristol. The latest photos are from his workshop on mid-coast New South wales.
A good shot showing the bumper carriers, steering rack, lever arm shock absorbers, brake booster cover on rhs behind wheel, new Michelin X tires,...
The body painted- ready to have all the panels bolted on
panels painted ready for fitting
three additional coats of primer, each one rubbed back
doors, boot lid and guards in the spray booth
African Cedar dash timber, finished - by Manfred Riehl a beautiful job
Trial fitting the new dash timber
Frame timbers in doors re-glued with epoxy and holes filled and glued with dowels, the result is tight, solid timber frames in the doors, which now...
New dash timbers (African cedar) cut out from templates
Exhaust manifold threads being machined
The body now with suspension, brakes, steering and wheels replaced
Restored engine and gearbox ready for installation
Dash with restored gauges installed, timber is being renewed, new wiring harness installed
Nolathane bushes fitted to diff. carrier
Rolling on wheels again!
Differential ready for installing
lever arm shock absorber reassembly
rear bumper, infill panel fitted and boot lid now completed and fitted
front end bolted on to chassis
boot lid completed, trying the spare with new tire out for fit
radiator re-cored and all seams rewelded
final fitting of the bonnet, gaps are spot on
Bert the aluminium panel wizard working on the Bristol Bootlid
Bristol Engine completed and painted with high temp engine enamel
Bristol Boot lid inside finished - The boot lid was probably the most time consuming piece on the whole car. the outside skin had to be remade, the...
 

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