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HubNut

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Very early Model 70 restoration
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:40:55 PM »
I haven't managed to get it back home yet, but I do now own a very early Model 70.


I also own the M-reg one in the background, so I guess that's right on the 10"/12" wheel changeover?

Anyway, here's an interior shot of the K-plater, which is an Invacar.


Cannot wait to get started, but we've got the logistical challenge of getting them back to Wales to overcome first. Plans are being worked on. Thought I'd get this thread started though, as I'm bound to be asking a lot of questions!

As a bit of background, I've owned Citroen 2CVs since I was 18 (21 years ago...) and have always had a thing for small, unusual cars. I've attended a couple of NMCRs - one at Huntingdon in Cambs, where I got to drive a BMW Isetta and a Scootacar, and one at Malvern, where I just admired the mix of cars. I was always fascinated by the Invacars when I was a child, yet it wasn't until very recently that I discovered the mechanical spec of the Model 70 - an aircooled flat twin!

Anyway, plan is to carry out a gentle restoration on the early car, and if I haven't robbed too many bits from it, look to restore the second one as well.
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st185cs

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Re: Very early Model 70 restoration
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2017, 08:40:57 PM »
Really looking forward to following how your restoration progresses, Ian.  It got me thinking that I really ought to post my restoration too but fear I'd not be able to keep up with a pro journalist/restoration past master (!).

I was at the farm today and took away one of the ACs :-) The seller wasn't best pleased with me to start with and he accused me of of being a dealer which made me laugh (but he didn't think it was so funny!) as it couldn't be further from the truth... I've never sold a single model 70 related item.

I was also hoping to get to look at the condition of your chassis today but ran out of time - unfortunately mine appear to have floors that are rotten straight through so hope yours are better than mine. Oh well, at least I have a couple of Barry's good chassis to build up with a jigsaw puzzle of decent body parts from the farm and might hopefully also have a few spares to help other owners out as and when.

I hope the removals plan back to Wales comes together for you but do shout if not - you never know there might be a way 'round it if all else fails.

What do you know about the flat twin - I'd imagine good power to weight ratio, especially if you get one of the illusive 600cc engines!


 
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Re: Very early Model 70 restoration
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2017, 11:22:48 AM »
Thanks. I know very little about the Steyr-Puch units. They're quite different to the Citroen ones, as they seem to have a distributor for a start. They should be well balanced though, and a lot smoother than the straight-twin fitted to Fiat 500s.


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Re: Very early Model 70 restoration
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 02:09:57 PM »
Right. When it comes to registering these, am I likely to hit any problems? I'm planning to get the V62 in for the older one ASAP.

I'm collecting both of mine next Tuesday.

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Re: Very early Model 70 restoration
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 04:51:52 PM »
V62 sent off. The Invacars are now home too!

Here's the early one in the truck.


I stopped for a brew on the way home. Here's the spares car. The body is very poor, pretty much everywhere. Both cars have 12" wheels.


Not actually sure how they're coming out of the truck yet. We'll worry about that minor detail tomorrow...