The body - interior - was not too bad, although it was very dusty and smelt damp. The roof lining was well beyond recall and has been removed to allow the roof to dry out. All painted surfaces have suffered badly and will need stripping & repainting, however all the windows and mechanisms, though stiff, seem to be in good order. The plastic on the steering wheel has split and is fouling the turn indicator switch and the rear window has leaked behind the back seat . . . . . .
Roof lining had a squirrels nest (judging by the remains of nuts found) and was rotten so was removed.
The rear window appeared good but it was leaking behind the back seat. Although the seat seemed OK the trim was very rotten!
Dashboard - all the instruments were removed and refurbished. The needle had corroded off the petrol gauge which now has the needle off another gauge.
The interior light houses a double contact 12v 6watt bulb. Remove the glass dome carefully by unclipping the circular ring. Repaired April 08 see below.
a further look at the remaining interior trim showed that it was beyond recall so it was taken out - it literally fell apart and some of the thin ply supports were in very poor condition.
the petrol filler grommet was beyond recall - none available from the Austin Ten Drivers Club so one was ordered from Vintage Autos. (see Boot and Fuel Filler page)
A huge amount of debris was removed and the wood and metal treated to Finnegans black paint to deter further decay.
It now looks clean but rather bare without the interior trim. The inside of the fabric roof was subsequently sprayed Hammerite black and most of the marks and stains disappeared.
The split in the rear wheel arch already has a repair section underneath so the crack was just filled with fibreglass and painted over.
At last - the board under the back seat could be replaced after the dampers and petrol tank had been replaced.
close-up of the upper back seat fixing; these two brackets had been bent over for many years, which had meant that the seat had not been fixed at the top.
Apart from a small section on the left the locker is complete and doesn't rely on the lining for strength or shape or things falling out.
the dash was loosened and strips of thin card pushed in so I could get a clean edge for painting - but . . . . .
a new interior mirror looks smart and gives a better view through the little back window than the non-original one in the car.
a new external rear-view mirror has also been fitted (see body exterior page)
the front foot-well panels were way past their best; the worms had to hold hands to keep them together. So they were replaced by thin 3-ply - this is old paint used up on the unseen sides.
when replaced, the panels were nailed on the outer edges and a single nut & bolt prevents the remainder from rattling against the bulkhead. Colour isn't right in this view!
As winter approaches, the draughts invited some form of sealing. Originally felts were on the bulkhead side of the pedals; easier to fit inside the car!
and then the carpets went back in - cosy! (but see also Gearbox Cover page for later improvements)
The wooden plinth was removed for painting and the light repaired using modern flex wire (hidden by the plinth) for the last 6 inches.