29 May 2012 at 17:23 #49268

    Well here we go, after spending ages cleaning and hoovering, I have started.

    Plenty of pictures, carefully marked bags and parts in boxes and useful notes. I know I will have forgotten all of this stuff, when I reassemble the car….

    First off passenger side front door panel removal. I have started here first, since I want this door lock out to get a key made.

    Note that the hole in the door in picture (b), is for the manual wind handle if the windows jams.

    1. With door open, small aluminium door end cap and two screws removed.

    2. There is an aluminum strip 3/4 of the way up the door, this should be removed, by pushing down-wards.

    3. For door panel removal, there are 3-4 clips on each end holding the door in place.

    4. Carefully ease the door panel out from behind the top section left in place.

    5. Remove the carpet trim to the bottom – you have no choice. There are five screws holding small lead holding pieces in place. These all have to come out. Don’t expect the very thin piece of plywood to survive this treament. The piece of carpet was glued on very generously here.

    The plywood will be replaced very soon, and before the door panels go off for re-coloring and connolising.

    6. Remove the two screws holding the door section pocket and arm -rest in place compelte with two washers.

    7. Remove the ash-tray, it pops out easily enough and can be cleaned with chrome cleaner and will come up well. The base of the ash-tray is held in with two screws, screwed into two opposite corners.

    8. Next remove the small piece of metal box section beneath this and two securing screws, rather fiddly to take out.

    9. Place the back of a screw driver blade behind the door panel, using the acess hole made by removal of the small box section in (8). This then allows removal of the dummy panel in the door pocket.

    10. The bolt holding the door handle mechanism to the door panel is now accessible, remove this and two washers.

    The door panel should now be easily removed and put away for temporary storage.

    Attached files

    29 May 2012 at 17:27 #49269

    More pictures, showing the dummy access panel when removed from door, and also first picture of door in pretty good conditon, with minor rust worms to inside surface at bottom.

    Attached files

    29 May 2012 at 17:30 #49271

    Passenger side door lock (LRE124, nice to see original lock, but the code cannot be traced today, so will take apart and get another key cut, nice to see still original Yale lock, shown in the door, with mechanism still attached.

    The front of the lock will need re-chroming, but should be straight-forward. Famous last words…

    Attached files

    29 May 2012 at 17:40 #49273

    Back seat out and a mountain of long dead snails, they did a job on the carpet, but thankfully left the leather alone.

    The rear bench seat, lifts out easily, in very nice condition.

    Two front seat upright section removed.

    I must remember who was that man who told me….”The front seat tracks have machine head screws in place, they will come out in a jiffy”..

    Well 1 out of 4 came out easily, the other 3 have been WD40’d and will try again tomorrow, or will use a crow bar if needed.

    The front seat runners are all chromed, a nice touch of quality, but added to the build cost of cost.

    Hinges all removed with ease, but of course surface rust, bubbling etc, so will need to be re-chromed.

    Attached files

    29 May 2012 at 18:09 #49276

    Interesting to see your car has the heater vents in the rear footwells, again not all cars have them

    29 May 2012 at 19:57 #49279

    More pictures, now with front seats removed, and lots of space to work inside the car, and the floor becoming less cluttered.

    Front seats taken apart and removed the hinge linkage.

    Four bolts hold the front seat onto the chrome tracks, took a fair bit of WD40 and brute strength on the end of a screw-driver, all thankfully removed

    All bolts labelled and photographed already.

    The carpets will be used as basis to make replacements, all snail chewed, but good enough condition thankfully.

    I also plan to replace all the felt underlay with modern replacement material.

    Attached files

    29 May 2012 at 22:19 #49281

    Good write up Simon, great to see the inner parts of your car. Those snails though! Do you think your seat belts are original? Mine had the same ones fitted in the same way and your carpet is taylored to accomodate the brackets… The way they are fixed to the B post is very clever and looks like factory work not garage work. 125 had bolts right through the B post which show on the outside, so clearly not original.

    30 May 2012 at 07:28 #49284

    Thansk for the kind words. Believe me, when we both fianlly get back to the point of reassembly, we will need all the notes and pictures we can find!

    The front seat belts appear to be 100% original, as you say with carpets cut and trimmed to fit around them.

    Given the difficulties of finding suitable places to locate anchor points, especially on the B post, these were imho done at the factory.

    Where did you see pictures of 125, seat-belt location or have you had the opportunity to see it close up ?

    I remember a little while ago that you emailed an article about fitting seat belts in the back, can you please post the link on here,, my young gentlemen will both require belts in the back….

    30 May 2012 at 09:56 #49288

    Hi Simon, I had to remove my seat belts and will probably fit reel inertia – but my aim is that it will look factory fitted – so I will be using belts from another car…probably in dark red.

    The photos in the online article are really useful and very high def if you enlarge the pdf…

    Link to Rear Seat Belt Fitting Article

    30 May 2012 at 10:22 #49289

    Well spotted, hadn’t noticed how they had fitted the seat-belt bolts right throught the B-posts. I fully agree with you, that i don’t think this was done at the factory.

    More importantly, excellent link and have been in touch with these people, and will get them to fit period style front reel inertia belts as well and also put in rear belts, very nice quality work.

    Removing my original seat belts today, and will take plenty of pictures.

    Thank you very much for this, had tried a few people already and this company is close to us, so even better !

    30 May 2012 at 16:58 #49294

    Pictures of the boot interior, with rather nice condition original carpets, all were given a good clean and hoovering and have responded very well.

    The only carpet which has suffered is that covering the parel shelf to the back of the boot, has a large hole in it. So will get this replaced.

    Spare wheel cover in place, removed for pictures. A few small surface rust spots near the drainage hole. Quickly disappear when wire brushed and shiny metal appears, thankfully!

    Attached files

    30 May 2012 at 17:09 #49295

    Rear Seat Removal – this is in 3 parts.

    The centre section on this car, like all the leather work has had the color scheme changed from fawn to white-gold for the customer back in March 1963. This was done with the rear seat kept in place. So had to put my hand between seat back and the side bolsters to break the adhesion from the white connollosing paint first.

    The centre section is held in place with 3 clips, and the seat has to be pushed, wiggled and generally moved around until finally the seat is released. The last pile I hope of long dead snails were also removed, hiding behind the seat back…

    Side Bolster Removal

    The two side bolsters, are held in place with a wood screw to the top, hidden by some fine carpet trim, which comes away easily.

    They can then be swung forwards, to expose at the bottom, a piece of aluminum plate, held to the chassis with three screws. I couldn’t reach these plates, but will remake when I put the bolsters back into the car, after they have been recolored and repaired as required.

    Attached files

    30 May 2012 at 17:15 #49296

    More pictures of leather interior seats…

    Also shown are the seat hinges and mechansim and centre bar prior to dismantling and sending off for re-chroming. All with surface rust and light pitting to the surface.

    I noted that the front seats were on chrome rail tracks, was this normal or yet another extra for a show car ?

    Attached files

    30 May 2012 at 18:36 #49298

    Good work, they look in great condition. What is the debris in the top coner of the rear seat or shouldn’t I ask…? 108 only has galvanised seat runners, I noticed yours were chrome when I was poking around – nice touch! Right I’m off to rebuild my seat hinges and post a few photos!

    30 May 2012 at 18:41 #49299

    The debris was the last of our old friends, snails yet again, they had munched some of the seat backing foam…. I guess they entered the car via the open battery compartment space..

    There were none in the boot when I last looked, maybe in the engine bay…

    Look forward to seeing your seat hinges back together with seats, they look very good indeed. A lot of work to bring to that standard of finish!

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