The sheer number and complexity of parts used on any car is mind blowing and it is not until you have stripped a car that you actually realise this.
In truth you require around three times the floor space to hold a car in pieces vs a complete car.
As the Imp was stripped, each component was carefully identified, assessed, bagged and labelled up. This would hopefully allow the car to be easily assembled in the future.
As Riley owners will appreciate, the factory were never keen on standardisation or sticking to the advertised specification for a car. In the case of the sporting models, this was further compounded by the use of bespoke one off items for these short production runs.
If you throw in 80 years of use with various owners you have a recipe for confusion!
One example is the wiper motor– on Imps and Sprites this was originally a German make SWF and was unique to these cars. Over time these motors failed and were often replaced with a later Lucas style motor. The customer in question wanted originality so the hunt for the proverbial hens teeth was on!
After much searching a replacement was found, albeit an exact copy by Falco.
The scale of the space required for a car in component form is best demostrated by the following pictures.
There is a certain satisfaction to turning old tired bits into new shiny and re-engineered things!
Hopefully the above has kept you interested in the restoration.
The next blog will cover the painting side of things.
Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – it is what Blue Diamond are all about.