Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 5 (Wings)

The wings and any re-skinning required were being carried out at a third generation coachbuilder who had previously worked on a number of friends cars.

The skill of re-making a set of Imp wings with their curves and reverse curves is one that is hard to find. Many try but not a lot succeed!

It was very enlightening to see exactly how Simon took a pattern for the wings from my Dad’s car. This involved wrapping the wings in kitchen foil and then covering the foil in brown packing tape.

By doing this the ‘pattern’ is light and easily carried but retains the original’s shape and form. Other parts were re-made using a carboard template as can been seen in a subsequent picture.

It certainly raised a few eyebrows from the neighbours seeing the Imp covered in tin foil.

Once the wings had been re-made the body was re-skinned, following the removal of the old skin the decision was taken to re-new it. The simple fact was that the old skin was too far gone to allow its re-use

The results of the workmanship and skill involved can be seen in the pictures in this blog. Please note that the car does sit a little high as it does not have the engine, box or rear axle in it.

The next blog will cover the parts side of the restoration.

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – it is what Blue Diamond are all about.