I would like to share with you my journey in the restoration process of the 1900 css from 1954. The journey started 3 years ago...
Due to liars (and thieves) to whom I had entrusted the car, nothing had been done except to scatter all the parts, to lose some of them and to badly do the work on the rest.
Then irritated enough because nothing was done for me and other people like me. So I got back, not the car, but the company.
I shall then be sure that the work will be very well made, not only for me, but also for the others.
So I laid off everybody, hired new people competent and serious.
The journey can begin... started in June 2018.
The report : a superleggera structure + an aluminium body in parts + a heap of parts (not always from 1900...)
Observation : At that time, the superleggera structure wasn't finished very well. We understand that the production must go on, and details wasn't on first plan. Welds are unrefined, the invisible parts are quickly assembled between them. I think energy was given onto the visible aspects of the car. And it was normal.
Nowadays, people want a perfect car in every aspects, and I agree with that. even if a lot of numerous hours of work remain invisible.
The car : Very tired with many of small modifications made by diverse people during the years make of the car an attractive resurrection project !
After long consideration, we decide (in 2015) ; still valid today :
- to restore the chassis from A to Zwith correct look
- to make a new alloy body from A to Z (the current one is modified, degraded, old, brittle)
- to restore from A to Z drive train and trans
- to restore from A to Z engine, gearbox, rear axle, brakes, steering system
- to make new wiring harness, new brake lines and so on
- to built seats and a lot of little chrome parts (missing or not correct period)
- to source other parts (done today, expect the ashtray, but maybe we'll do it)
and to ask info at the BB members when we don't know
The car and chassis :