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Restoration of a  Sunbeam Rapier 1964, Mark 3, restored 1997/99

 
   
 
     
 

In 1997 I was asked to restore a Sunbeam Rapier, by a customer who I had previously worked for on a Mini City.  The Rapier was bought for 900 privately from Cumbria.  The Mini City was a present for his daughter, but this car was for himself.  The car is used nearly every day when the owner is home.
The photos show the car needed to be stripped down to the bare metal

 
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
     
     
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
     
   
     
     
     
   
   
 
     
 

Then Came the Priming

 
   
 
   
     
     
     
   
   
     
   
     
     
     
   
 
     
 

Then Came the Spraying

 
   
 
     
   
   
   
       
     
   
     
       
     
   
 
     
 

Then came the paintwork, and final fixing of trims, mirrors etc

 
   
 
   
     
     
     
   
   
     
   
     
     
     
     
   
   
     
     
     
   
   
   
     
   
   
   
   
     
     
   
     
   
     
 

After all that, It won't start!!!!!!!

 
   
 
     
   
     
 

The Manic Mechanic

 
   
 
   
     
 

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