It’s easy to get it wrong. As classic car petrolheads, we’re all guilty of trying new things – winging it or using YouTube guides (some of which are excellent…). But there are some things we can’t do, which is where we seek out a trusted specialist to do the jobs we’re not capable of doing well… but sometimes it doesn’t always work out well.
The R107 in question has been around the houses, touched by a number of different establishments that have frankly not had the skills to restore this car to the level required. Its often a lack of knowledge and often a lack of commitment or time to do the job well. Sadly, the UK is running out of craftsmen who know the R107 down to every inch of metal, which is why we’re celebrating this particular story as a triumph for SLSHOP. Our craftsmen are going to reverse the poor workmanship of previous establishments and return the structure and bodywork to its original format and specification. This is a monster job that will require 6 weeks of restoration work alone. Tom has already begun the work as depicted below. We’ll be following this job over the next few weeks.
As you can see, all exterior panels have been stripped, the engine has gone away to be revived, while the interior is on the cards for a re-trim. The shell is situated on a Jig which has been especially designed to accommodate the R107 chassis; with all the essential fastenings to keep the shape of the R107 in position as metal is removed and replaced.
Tom and his team have carried out the following:
- Fitted new inner and outer sills
- Crafted a new chassis leg repair panel
- devised new jack tubes on the front and back right-hand side (the same will be completed on the left)
- Repaired the drain channel
- The kick panels have been repaired
- New rear wheel tubs
- Suspension turrets have been amended
Peruse some of the shots from the team’s work so far below. We’ll be updating this over the coming weeks with videos visible on our social media and YouTube channels.