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FULL RESTORATION OF 363

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I heard about this RS 500 about 3 and a half  years ago when I was restoring my 3 door . The mechanic who was helping me said he knew the owner and would let me know if he was willing to sell it . I just kept asking about it every now and then over the next 2 years and never really got any answers . Then out of the blue I got a call to say he might sell if the price was right . After a while I was eventually taken to see the car it has supposedly been in storage from 1993 ?? . When I finally got in to see the car I was pretty excited that the story was true and right in the far corner looking very sad was a proper RS Sierra  500 Cosworth which I was close to owning . There were a few things missing and a few questions to answer and it was agreed it could go to the mechanics  garage so I could get it running and check it over on a ramp etc . Three days of hard work and £ 300 pound spent on a car I had not paid for made me chuckle and I prayed he would not back out on the deal or ask for more now it was running and moving and cleaned up . The owner was as good as his word and some missing items arrived at the garage that had been stored elsewhere and we struck a deal shook hands and I was finally a proud  owner of a RS 500 build number 363 .

 

I have had the vehicle for 18 months now and it's been very hard not to start the restoration until now because I wanted to finish my other cars so I could give it my full attention  over the next twelve months . I  am aiming to have it ready for next year for the 30 anniversary .

I will try to post pictures as I go along if I bore you let me know . Here's some images when I first got to see it in storage .

 

Cheers

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Engine stripped . Block rebore / plateau hone and reface . 4 new pistons . Crank and flywheel sorted . Cylinder head refaced , 8 new exhaust valves , re cut all valve seats , k-line valve guides etc .IMG_6696.JPG.1a3945f35fa33b85f3d29451bf5IMG_6690.JPG.2e0b40a3552fb94a74e2f1f668cIMG_6593.JPG.c65beb2bfff38ee869633888237IMG_6758.JPG.ecf8873a33917286c1067f43f54IMG_6757.JPG.fcebbcdef9112b2fa65fe424bd3

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Repaired the front cross member before it went to be powder coated . Had a better bottom cover of a twisted cross member . Plug  welded back on then spot welded to look original .

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Made a little tool to remove thermostat packer , repaired small pipe on housing .Then sent aluminium  parts for aqua blasting images before and after images .

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Gearbox cleaned . Can not make up my mind whether to leave original with new bolts and zinc parts  etc or paint . The one done is of my Sapphire .

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Cheers Paul and Ben . In-between working on the car I have cleaned lots of nuts and bolts etc. ready for zinc plating . I bought a tumbler which has made the process a lot easier . Tumbled first in silica sand and then in walnut shells to polish. The very bad stuff still needed a wire wheel and hand finishing . . First batch back happy with the results .IMG_6812.JPG .  

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Cheer,s Mark . Enjoying working on it at the moment . More bits back from plating . Could not resist putting the fuel cradle together . Will put correct nuts on when I find them lol .

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