"When I grow up I want to be a DeLorean...."

by Helen Hooker March. 03, 2017 2124 views

Morris is looking much more Mini-like now his bodywork has been put back in place

We returned to Wiltshire today to catch up with Morris and see how his restoration is going.  John, the chap working on him, has pretty much finished sorting out the rust now and was busy sandblasting the bodyshell when we arrived.  The bare metal reminded me of the iconic stainless steel finish of the DeLorean DMC-12 (as seen in Back to the Future).  Of course, if Morris were left in this state he would rust pretty quickly so I think it's probably best he's painted back to his original colour!

Kevin and John discussing the progress made so far

Looking inside, towards the spot where the back seats will be. Even the enormous storage bins have been lovingly restored

Morris's tiny 848cc engine has returned from being rebuilt now and we were able to marvel at how clean and shiny it looked.  Sadly the original cylinder head was beyond repair but the rest of the engine is original.  With a mere 34 horsepower Morris is never going to be a speed machine but at least his engine should run as smooth as silk now!

One very shiny A-series engine - small but perfectly formed

This was Morris's original cylinder head - sadly damaged beyond repair

Two doors and a petrol tank

It was lovely to see Morris looking a lot more Mini-shaped today and it won't be long before his 'Maroon B' paint is resprayed.  With a bit of luck he'll be back home with us just in time for some warm spring weather!

3 March 2017

Kevin taking a closer look at the interior

Yet more photos!

The dashboard will eventually be mounted across this beam. You can see the piles of dust left by the sandblasting process.

The rear parcel shelf - one of the few parts that doesn't need to be sandblasted

If you're interested in the process Morris has been going through you can see my photos from the visit we made to see him a month ago here.

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Emilia 2 years, 11 months ago
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Helen Hooker Replied to Emilia 2 years, 11 months ago

THank you Emilia! Hopefully I'll have some photos of the finished car in a couple of months!

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 11 months ago

Fantastic report. Must be a thrill to watch "him" "becoming"!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Jay!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Helen Hooker 2 years, 11 months ago

My pleasure!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 11 months ago

Looking forward to see it ready :-)

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Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 11 months ago

Hopefullly it wont be too long!

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Sonny Portacio 2 years, 11 months ago

Really wonderful set of images Helen. I truly enjoyed what you shared from the overview shots to the close-ups. Nicely done!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Sonny Portacio 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Sonny!

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Kay Hooker 2 years, 11 months ago

So glad to see you are looking more like your original self.. Welcome back, old boy! I look forward to a short ride!

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