Episode 56. Vauxhall Carlton. EWK 730Y. (Part 5).

Oh it's rusty, which to be fair we knew after the MOT inspector came out with a fistfull of failiure sheets, mostly for rust. The thing is though, the MOT man can only see so much. Once you start carving it about you start to find more and more rust! It is bad, the closer to the ground you get the worse it is. the roof however looks to be rust free... Currently! 


I think it will be quite a while before this is back on the road. I was initially thinking that maybe a year, but as I said, the deeper we delve, the more we find! The plan was to start at the front, and work towards the back, so, upfront this is where the headlights live...



The more I dig, the more I find! What gets larger the more you remove?



The rusty holes in my Carlton! Yep it's pretty bad. So far it would seem that, apart from the very rusty floor etc, if you can unbolt it from the body, it needs to be removed because its rusty, and replaced with a new, or atleast a good used second hand part. I am currently tracking down a plethora of parts in order to restore this thing! I must admit, I am wondering if I should track down a donor vehicle just to use as parts. But my problem with that is that theres a good chance that it will be just as frilly in exactly the same places! However I have had a quick browse of German ebay, and it would appear that there are quite a few survivors out there, but not only that, there appears to be a good supply of panels too! I'm thinking that I need to recharge my wallet, then head out there with a big list of panels needed! My brother is currently bending up a pair of new inner and outer sills for it, so atleast I'll not need to find them, and it helps to keep the cost down! As I said, my feeling is that it will be a long time before it's looking anything like this again...


In order to try and keep my enthusiasm topped up I have started to think probably very prematurely about colour for the thing once it's painted. I've never been much of a one for originality when it comes to cars, but for some reason something inside of me thinks that it should stay the light gold like it is in the photo above. However, there is also a big part of me that wants it to become blue, like the car I was looking for originally.


To further add to the confusion, I have the green interior from the Opel Monza that I broke up, and the interior is in very good condition, so I think at some point it will probably end up in the Carlton to replace the Carltons quite tired interior. But that adds another problem, maybe it should be green, like the Monza!


I think that any of these colours would appeal very much to the restorer in me, but the restorer in me only has a small quiet voice. There is another side to me that likes to change things, likes things to be done my way! The part of me that likes to change things probably speaks the loudest, and although the above colurs are ok, deep down inside I know that I would never be happy with them long term. They're just too wishy-washy! I don't want it to look too far removed from stock. I like the Gold, I like the Blue, and I like the Green, but they need to be a stronger colour, more vibrant, less washed out. It's a colourful world out there and with so many colours to choose from, why would you want a washed out colour? But what colour to have? Well, I have narrowed it down to three possible colours. I really think it should be Gold, Blue, or Green. Probably in that order, but the Gold should be more like this...


It seems to be a shade of Gold that is very popular at the moment on things like the Ford Ranger. Its a bit more vibrant than the washed out Gold that it currently is. But as it's still Gold which I think helps to retain it's originality. But then theres the Blue...


Again, not as washed out as my original Carlton, but a far more interesting blue like the colour that is used on the MG ZT-T and the likes. Again in my mind it ties in with the originality of my first Carlton encounter, but puts a better coloured spin on it! This brings me to the Green...


This would work well with the Green interior from the Monza, but with a lot more impact. Much like the previous colours it's not a colour that was found on the original GM palette for the Carlton, this one coming from the Current Škoda Rapid, but never the less in my eyes it looks fabulous on the Carlton! But for now this is just day dreaming and window shopping for colours. There's going to be many many long days of chopping out rust, and welding in fresh steel before any colour can be laid down on it! At the current rate by the time the Carlton is back in any shape to be roadworthy it will probably be MOT exempt, and by then who knows what colour I will decide to put on it!


Maybe Purple!!! Updates as they occur.

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