Project (9 replies)
Greetings, First of all, sorry for my english, I live in Hungary. I just accuired a nice Mk3 S for restoration. You might imagine how many Ss could be in
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First of all, sorry for my english, I live in Hungary.
I just accuired a nice Mk3 S for restoration. You might imagine how many Ss could be in Hungary. If not, I can help You: this is the only one. I would like to restore it as good as I can. Please help me if only possible with information. I would realy appreciate any insights.
To make things easier, I made a blog for the car. If You have time, please wisit it and comment it there (or email me, or comment here). Many-many thanks in advance!
Some unexpected parts on your car, from the appearance of the trim , seats and the way the rear seat base has been modified I'd say it's been tinkered with by Wood & Pickett.
I have put some new pictures/info on the blog. Visit it please if You have the time. We are quite puzzled now.
We accuired the car without the original engine and gearbox. The gearbox we have now, but still lack the engine. Soo we are looking for a proper 'S' shortblock in any condition.
The rear seat pan modification was to add more support to the heavier more luxurious rear seat cushion , same modification as my old W&P Mk3 'S' pictured here :, note also how the rear companion box has been cut back and squared level with the seat. This was to allow for bigger reclining seats.
Your front seats are also very similar to these from a 1970 W&P converted car :
You also seem to have a 'job number' scribed on the back of the door card pictured on your blog?
I wouldn't bother contacting the current W&P company about your car Gergo, they have no records of any of the cars, nor interest to be fair. I have sent you a message about your car.
The rear seat panel modification usually indicates W&P even if it hasn't got the full whisltles and bells body and interior conversion. Have the rear companion boxes been 'squared off' at the front? Possibly not as the front seats are non reclining, but the seats are very similar to ones I had from a 1971 W&P GT and indicative of an early conversion, much different from the later seats.
There's a W&P group on Facebook which may be useful, there's a useful website here also : [URL]http://margrave-mini.com/history/history.html[/URL] and as a matter of interest there's an interview with W&P/Radford's Eddie Collins in the next issue of Mini Magazine.
Many thanks for the pictures!
If that number is a job number, than we were the no. 7772.
Our seat is a Paddy Hopkirk Alpine type. I am not sure if it is original to the conversion or not. Its cover looks original to me, and it is fabric, not leather. Also we have only got one, and not two. there are no holes for the second seat. And the seat frame looks rather amateurish to be honest.
There are no signs for the center console or armrest fixing (srews or bolts). I would rather think that if our car was converted by W&P, we had a low profile conversion, with door cards, wooden dashboard (not the elite type) and some other small parts. Maybe like Twiggy's car, we might had reclinig seats or even normal mini seats covered in leather. Is it possible?
I put some new pics on the blog.