Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Habeas Corpus Alvis

Well, I bloomin' well ought to have 'a right to the body'!

It's newly painted and I've just written a whimperingly large cheque as the final instalment on it........

I suppose you'd like to see some pictures, then?




Yes, colour photography is now banned until The Big Reveal.

This will only take place when the car is fully finished, so get used to monochrome!........

The Big Reveal itself may involve theatre lights, smoke and a suitable soundtrack - Richard Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" or something similarly understated.........

You can all amuse yourselves in the meantime by making educated guesses as to the chosen hue.

Car is being delivered to my friend Jane's in a neighbouring village the weekend after next. Her Triumph TR4 is being taken away to The Body Shop to have similar magic woven upon it. While this happens, the Alvis will be in the TR's garage.

All I have to do is hook the engine out, dismantle it, rebuild it, and put it back.

And do the same for the steering box, the brakes, and the suspension.

Oh, and re-wire it with the new loom I have ordered from Autosparks.

And have all the chrome re-done....... and fit it.

All in the time it takes Andy and Terry to do Jane's TR4...........

I am not feeling even remotely daunted by the enormity of this task, nor the slightest tremor of trepidation regarding the potential for practicing my "Large Cheque-Writing" skills.

(Actually, the above may be a bit of a fib.................)

When all that's done, it can go back to Wisbech for the final fit-up of the front wings, inner wings, bonnet and front apron.

Then it will be ready to go off to the trimmers to have the interior sorted prior to Andy changing it's colour to complement the bodywork.

Then the trimmers will have it back to put a nice new hood on.

Cue: 'The Big Reveal'......

Nope, hardly daunted at all..............




  1. Will have a guess at Light Blue. Looks very nice in B & W.

  2. Light Blue?

    Up here that means Cambridge Blue....

    Which is really and truly a shade of green.........

    I will say no more, apart from the fact that it definitely isn't any sort of yellow..........


  3. Oooooo. Almost finished then :-)
    Would love a ride when it's finished - whatever colour it is!
    Kath (nb Herbie)

  4. "Almost finished is a rather elastic-sided phrase.....

    But it's a lot more finished than it was!

    A ride in it is a cert once it is.

    Just don't hold your breath!


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