Preparing the Bright-work,
Well with the assembled running & rolling chassis delivered back to the body shop to be painted, my progress with other things on the car has slowed down temporarily..
The timing actually lined up perfectly because last weekend my lovely partner Cat and I finally got married in a beautiful small -fully vaccinated- wedding with all our best friends & family supporting us..
The wedding was amazing and I couldn't be happier!
We'll plan our honeymoon for next year, but for now we did take much of the week off to spend time with others who travelled out here to see us...
This morning however, I get did get back some items from chrome and anodizing which has given me even more reason to feel exuberant - as if I needed any more reason! - haha
As you can see, my original aluminum cockpit rails were pretty scratched up, but at least were all the original ones to the car. Notice the original anodized finish:
So a few months ago I decided to first send them out to be professionally polished to a mirror finish, removing all the scratches and sanding marks:
Then I delivered them to Altech Anodizing, here in Delta BC to have them anodized as original - the final results are stunning! :
My original grill required some careful straightening which we did while it was in it's bare brass state.
We made sure to fit it to the car while the front shroud was being fine tuned so that everything would fit together properly before any chrome or paint...
Then it was off to Victoria Plating to have the chrome done with satin chrome on the teeth and double high shine on the surround as original - Once again, the results are stunning!:
The bumpers are an original set that I sourced through a friend in the Healey club.
Original bumpers differ somewhat to the repro's in that their curvature follows the bodywork a lot better. Especially the rear bumper, as repro's are too straight and create clearance issues.
The original overriders have slightly more pronounced flat tops compared to the more curved repro's.
After chrome I painted the insides of the bumpers and overriders silver and then pre-assembled them with new rubber joint strips...
I also have all new fender beading, and all my original re-chromed badges and smaller chrome bits ready to go - including the windshield pieces...
Now I am patiently waiting for the body to be assembled and finally painted in the Healey blue,
then I can get into assembling all this bright work to the car which I'm really looking forward to!
Until next time -
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