1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

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1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by PumaPhil » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:43 pm

Hi,

I recently acquired my 124 from an auction site after a bid sale fell through for some reason. I bought it unseen but it was taxed, UK registered and had a new MoT (but was certainly NOT road legal which I am currently in a legal dispute from the auction company over) and was a runner. It had a new hood, new respray but a tatty interior. But most important of all, being a Californian import it has absolutely no rust save for a little in the footwell due to a leaky heater matrix.

Having bought it in April I was keen to get some use out of it during the summer months so I concentrated on the cosmetics first which involved getting the interior, wheels, brakes (unsafe despite MoT!) and suspension sorted. I also fitted a new carb' as the original's auto-choke was bypassed and it wasn't running particularly well. I also had the radiator refurbished as it had a lot of silt in it; in fact the heater selector valve was totally blocked solid with calcium and I'm not sure the previous owner used any antifreeze! This is probably why the selector cable to the heater was broken. I looked around everywhere trying to get a replacement which were very difficult to get hold of and expensive. In the end I went to a local piano repair shop and got a piece of piano wire which was a near perfect substitute and all for just a couple of pounds!

I've been hankering after a 124 for a few years after seeing some whilst living in Germany, so when this one popped up I couldn't resist. But when I started looking for spares and advice the name 'Guy Croft' kept cropping up. I wondered where in the world this chap lived and amazingly I found that he lives just 20 minutes up the road from me. I know many of you will be envious of a newbie to this forum like me, because I have already had a couple of tours around his workshop - in a word 'fascinating!' I even met Ian and his 'Lotus Lada' which is a beautifully finished car and I was even treated to a blast up the road in this beast! In case you are wondering, over the winter I am going to get GC to rebuild my engine so then it will be pretty much sorted!

Phil

The photos below are of my progress to date:
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Before any mods, note the old wheels and high US spec' springs, side repeater light missing.
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The interior as it arrived, faded seats, torn door top, split dash top, tatty centre console and worn carpets.
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As it arrived.
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Old carpet stripped, small amounts of rust in passenger footwell caused by blocked heater matrix.
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Original dash with dull instruments, dull wood and split top, but work started on the floor.
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Faded instruments.
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Rust killer and underseal added where needed.
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Sound deadening added.
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Carpet cut to shape and fitted, note new centre console.
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New radio fitted. Speakers added under dash and mounted on MDF tube I made then cut at an angle and covered in vinyl. Tweeters still to be added later to lower edge of dash.
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One of the front brakes after I'd refurbished them.
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Instruments cleaned, edges resprayed, new clock, wood sanded and re-lacquered.
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Cromodoro CD68 fitted with replica Arbath centre cap.
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The new look given by 'Euro height' springs (and shocks) plus the new wheels.
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Outside the RAF College, Cranwell. I plan to 'pull in' the bumpers as I've decided against fitting the old style ones or removing them altogether.
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Seats resprayed with vinyl dye. Looks fantastic but never dried properly and despite the claims, dye comes off on clothing! Being reupholstered this winter.
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Finished interior; steering wheel spokes repainted, new leather gearshift gaiter, tweeters visible on each side of lower dash.
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Not much done here save for fitting a Weber 32/36 DGV and filter as the original carb had no working choke.
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by PumaPhil » Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:35 pm

Spraying Vinyl Dye on the seats was a complete waste of time and money as it always remained slightly sticky to the point that I had to cover the seats with towels or risk becoming attached to the seats!

So I went to my local upholsterers and he did an excellent job using a quality cinnamon colour vinyl with chocolate piping. Unfortunately the autumn sun doesn't make the best image but I think they look great when seen for real. I'm very happy with the results...
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by Guy Croft » Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:37 pm

things coming together for Phil's new (2 liter) engine...

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part-complete head with partial gasflow, race guides and seats..
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block bored and faced, deburred and ready for painting
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scrupulously cleaned many times over..
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plugged and painted, Phil's at right, at left same thing for Andy Patten's full race 2 liter 8v unit..
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by PumaPhil » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:04 pm

It's looking awesome Guy! You in work this Saturday? I need to see it in the flesh again, mind you thinking about the finished product is not helping me sleep!
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by Guy Croft » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:13 am

yup

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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by Guy Croft » Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:33 pm

selective-honing guides to a good used (overhauled) set of 42.mm/36mm valves and some threading for Helicoils in plug holes...


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plug sealing faces polished-up...
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by andy wright » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:01 am

Morning,
Lovely car and the work you have done on it has improved it no end. Once you have the GC engine the car will be an absolute winner.
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by PumaPhil » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:52 am

Looking good after previously it was black and grubby.
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Engine bay after respray
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by PumaPhil » Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:07 am

Work done to engine bay and brakes. The brakes are from a modern Fiat 100 1.4 yet the only ones which fit the adaptor bracket Allison's Automotive are US spec' ones.
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Lower edge repaired which was previously distorted inside.
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Oil cooler in position.
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Modern Fiat 500 1.4 brakes with an adaptor bracket from Allison's Automotive.
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New alloy radiator in position. Provides approx 30% better cooling due to alloy construction and flutes on cooling fins.
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by PumaPhil » Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:38 am

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More pictures of work Guy did recently to the 2.0L engine.
Apologies that some pictures are not in the correct order.
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And one showing the 3 angle cut on the valve seat.
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by PumaPhil » Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:47 pm

And a couple mores pics...
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Lovely race spec' rods and pistons.
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by PumaPhil » Sun May 25, 2014 10:41 am

More Pics...
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Red plasticine used to check valve clearances
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Preparing to bench run
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Making a bracket for the alternator as on the 1800 it's on left so now this 2.0 has it on right.
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Neat job by GC moving alternator
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GC prepping engine for a run
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Looking good
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All engines with much higher compression and all virtually identical readings
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It runs very sweetly! (the engine not GC!)
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Prepping to crate up to take to Wellingore Garage
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In place - looking great!
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The single TC Weber should be plenty powerful enough, plus easier to set up and better MPG than twin 40s
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Just needs an exhaust now...
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Look at the magic that Lance from OJZ Engineering has created!
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Check out the quality of the welds. The added length should greatly improve throttle response apparently.
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Just a few jobs to do and it'll be on the road!
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'4 into 1' with nicely constructed sleeves and no bolted joints.
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Slightly different routing as this pipe is too big to go through the normal gap and would have hit the steering linkage. Note the beautifully resolved support.
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Centre box neatly fits under heat shield.
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Looking at the back box. I wanted 2 silencers as I didn't want it to sound like a race car, after all it's a beautiful sports/GT car and would have been out of keeping.
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by PumaPhil » Sun May 25, 2014 11:35 am

Underside will be sprayed with black stone-chip paint and waxoyl in a week or so which will finish off the underside nicely. I can then get it on the road!
In the winter I plan to drop the rear axle, paint it and refurb the diff' as there is a bit of play. I will also put in polymer bushes in the rear links to match the work I did to the front suspension.
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by Will01 » Sun May 25, 2014 5:47 pm

Absolutely fantastic. Looks great and is going to sound great & drive very nicely with that new engine
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Re: 1977 124 Spider CS1 - Lincolnshire UK

Post by PumaPhil » Sat May 31, 2014 9:20 pm

Thanks Will01, I'll certainly report how it goes, I can't wait to hear how it sounds myself! I'm hoping it doesn't sound too booming but more in keeping with character of the car. But it seems that Lance from OJZ engineering knows his stuff, and he agreed that 2 silencers would suit it best.
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