I am blessed to be starting a new project today. It is a W code GT-E, matching numbers. The previous owners (there was a partnership) got the body metalwork done and had the car painted. The original engine was rebuilt. The interior was redone, even though it was in excellent condition. Then the guy doing the final assembly retired. That was ten years ago.
This car has multiple build sheets, a full complement of inspection sheets, and a lot of documentation since it was originally a factory show unit. Major original components were there including the original distributor, carburetor, transmission, rear axle. Should be a great car someday soon.
Tearing down parts for restoration. One interesting thing I noticed on the headlamp buckets - they have two X’s on the inboard side and a single big X on the outboard side. It’s white Markal stick. Easy enough to add this detail to the restored parts later.
Yes it is a complete basket case missing a lot of parts. Still need a proper alternator, starter, radiator, fan shroud, upper radiator bracket, pedal assembly/ steering column mount, lots of other parts big and small.
Got several of the needed items from leftovers of the other GT-E I was working on.
Today I worked on cleaning some of the engine parts. The original 427 was rebuilt perhaps 12 years ago and not completely assembled. Some of the items like the rocker assemblies and push rods developed surface rust from sitting on the shelf in boxes. So I had to clean some of those and lubricate them prior to assembly. It’s going together.