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37LC Phantom 1 Restoration Project 2020 - by Nick Clark (Page 3 of 5)
Progress has continued at great pace with the engine now re-installed, the fuel tank and steering box fitted before the dreaded Covid-19 taking hold. I was in lockdown for five weeks and now at home thinking what to do next!
I returned to work the second week in May to continue the restoration of the Phantom. The radiator was fitted next and water hoses connected up. The firewall was then installed together with components and the complete, beautifully made exhaust system which Michael had made from scratch was then reunited. We now have a complete running magnificent chassis with all new paint that gleams in all itsí glory.
When Michael Forrest decided to restore this hidden treasure, Iím not sure what his intentions originally were. According to all his correspondence (comprising of seven boxes, each containing ten document wallets), I read between the lines that his intention was first to restore the car as an exhibition piece and take the car to shows and rallies unpainted with itsí highly polished chassis, engine and components. Although I know this is probably true, I donít think it was his intention not paint the car at some stage as all the split pins in the castle nuts had not been flared, also many nuts were not nipped up so to ease dismantling to paint the chassis if and when he thought fit. Some members commented that it should be left polished and clear lacquered but if that was done you could not use the Phantom on the road because stone chipping and cracking of the lacquer would lead to moisture penetrating under the lacquer causing corrosion.
In the first week of June the body shop contacted me to advise that the body was painted and ready for collection. It was carefully mounted on the chassis and the floor boards were fitted in place.