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The XR4Register at the Restoration Show 31st Oct 2005
The National Restoration Show is upon us again. It only seemed like yesterday that we did Gengis's 'barn find' project!. The project this time round was to sort out Mr Anderson's saggy rear end and make it more aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately we don't have any plastic surgeons within the Register so we opted to work on his XR4i instead!
The flooring was laid on Sat 29th Oct with help from Al and Paul and the project car was driven in place. Thanks to Al for his Standard XR4i so we had
something for the public to look at as a 'how it left the factory' car whilst
we worked on the Project car.
Drive Marks XR4i with standard rear end with drum brakes, std diff, std
wheels, etc., etc. and drive it out at the end of the show with a bling'd up rear end with: Cosworth beam, wishbone arms, vented disc brakes, calipers, LSD diff, etc. All poly-bushed, braided brake lines and any mods needed to sort it out properly.
We had a lot of visitors from far afield and not forgetting the members of
the XR4 Register who came to lend a hand or moral support. A lot of peeps kept coming back to see how we were getting on as unlike other 'projects' taking
place at the show, we had to finish ours as Mr Anderson had to drive it back. i.e. we didn't trailer it in nor were we going to trailer it out!
A few doubters didn't think we would have it sorted esp when Mr Mischeif had
left the new handbrake cable at home!. Jodi's brother had to drive all the way to the show from Leicester to drop it off to us.
Time was ticking but everyone managed to walk around the show. Thanks also to Al for topping up the cups of tea & Paul as he made sure Bhav got fed with cheeze rolls else u wouldn't have seen him when he turned sideways!
Over the Tannoy system an announcement was made to meet at the Practical
Classics Stand for the presentation. Well done to the Sporting Escorts Owners
Club for 1st Place with Gerelidene collecting the award. It certainly is their year and they are certainly on a roll!. Time was ticking and the show was closing in an hour and the drive shafts, bearings, brakes were not sorted as yet!
Traders were packing up, the clubs were dismantling and we were still working. Nearly there and it was time to put the new metal brake line and there was another hitch... ! Having said that we needed new brake lines to Mr Mischeif, he was adamant he had new ones... it was only wen we wanted to fit em that he said they are new ones on the old beam!. DOH and Double DOH!, No way do the Drum pipes fit the calipers! Mr Mischeif quickly turned into Mr Panic as he was fretting how he would take the car home.
With most of the traders gone and hall nearly empty Bhav spotted that
AutoMec were still there and suggested that Mr Mischeif get there as they would knock em up in no time. Mr Panic came back as Mr Happy with 2 brake lines. Everything back on track and a manual bleed method later... all sorted ! PD tested the car and came back with the 'all ok' signal and no vibrations or
funny sounds. It was safe for Mr Mischeif to drive it into the sunset...
As usual Al, Paul and Bhav were the last lot there and after packing up, it
was decided that a trip to the 'yokle' for some grub and a drink was in
order. The end of yet another Restoration Show and everyone was happy that the job was sucessful.
General Shots of the Show