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by Pymmie » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:05 pm

Here’s a few pictures from the Facebook page of Jacek Progrzba.

He is currently building a BRAND NEW chassis/body shell for an Interceptor.

His estimate is around 1000 hours of work.

Wow

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by Pymmie » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:31 pm

A few more shots of progress so far

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Horsepower -How fast you hit the fence
Torque - How far you take the fence with you
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by Grant » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:35 pm

It's absolutely amazing John, yes very dedicated but I think we can all be dedicated at the beginning of these Jobs, I will be super-proud of him if he carries it through to the end, he's obviously a very clever man but he also has one right there beside him to copy, not that it makes it easy but it makes it easier that trying to design it yourself.
His work looks second to none.. I am very impressed John.. thank you for sharing it.
Sometimes things are easier to start all over again, like, when they just go in tear down a house or bungalow and start again and build new, it can be quicker and easier, maybe this way round for the interceptor would be the same too, but he has to make the body panels too yet, but boy these sheet metal workers are hot,.. some may know I had a man make an FF style bonnet for my Interceptor, amazing, at one point he had the skin on a table and was just swinging a flat swan neck bar at it, it seemed that there was no specific place he was hitting it, but there obviously was, a friend of mine that has been around FF's as much as Ulrich said it was the best FF bonnet and fitting the shape of my car was the best he had ever seen from a raw bonnet skin.. these skilled workers are SKILLED!!
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by hemi » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:09 pm

Like eating an Elephant ...... take one bite at a time.

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by cannonball » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:44 pm

Yes build new is probably easier than repairing old, house or car, amazing adventure keep us posted pymms me old son,,
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by Keith » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:54 pm

Will it ever be allowed to be registered on the road?
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by Grant » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:05 pm

Keith wrote:Will it ever be allowed to be registered on the road?

It's a good point that KeithImage..years ago when they used repair cars instead of write them off at the drop of a hat like now, if you had a serious accident in your Escort or Capri(well any make car for that matter but we all must love Fords :D ) I think main dealers could re-shell them, (maybe I am wrongImage), but new shells were available weren't they, and so if that did happen, when you went to pick your car up after the re-shell(if that did happen) it would normally have the same number plate would it not?, was the new shell re-stamped with the old number or a new one?.. I understand if we done it we would "Ringing" the car.. Not GoodImage.
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by Chris_R » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:50 pm

Keith wrote:Will it ever be allowed to be registered on the road?

The answer to that question is yes.
In the UK the DVLA will allow registration of a rebuilt vehicle under the original registration number if you have used a new chassis or monocoque bodyshell of the same specification as the original.
You must also have 2 other major components from the original vehicle from the following; suspension (front and back), steering assembly, axles (both), transmission or engine.
British Motor Heritage provide complete bodyshells for Minis, Midgets & MGBs and these are accepted.
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by colin7673 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:20 pm

Chris_R wrote:
Keith wrote:Will it ever be allowed to be registered on the road?

The answer to that question is yes.
In the UK the DVLA will allow registration of a rebuilt vehicle under the original registration number if you have used a new chassis or monocoque bodyshell of the same specification as the original.
You must also have 2 other major components from the original vehicle from the following; suspension (front and back), steering assembly, axles (both), transmission or engine.
British Motor Heritage provide complete bodyshells for Minis, Midgets & MGBs and these are accepted.


But it can't be called an original unless he uses the original bulkhead. Other that that it will be a copy.
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by johnw » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:28 pm

He seems like a very practical sensible skilled bloke. He has already done a Capri. He is looking for a rotten Interceptor.
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by Keith » Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:05 pm

Chris_R wrote:
Keith wrote:In the UK the DVLA will allow registration of a rebuilt vehicle under the original registration number if you have used a new chassis or monocoque bodyshell of the same specification as the original.


But this will not be the "same specification" as the original, probably better I would think. And the new chassis or bodyshell should come from the original manufacturer, or an accepted/licenced source such as British Heritage. A "home-made" chassis?

All moot anyway, as the chassis is not being built in the UK I believe?
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by kenny38 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:45 am

Pardon me, but tell me what is the point of all this? I notice he is looking for a rotten interceptor body. Well that will be difficult to find as all Inters are rust free or liberated. Very few rotten ones .......well not that you will be told anyway. I find counting trains more potentially rewarding. kenny38 8)
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by Pymmie » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:22 pm

A few more updated photos from Jacek..

Looking more like a Jensen every day ..

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Understeer - Hitting the fence with the front of the car
Oversteer - Hitting the fence with the rear of the car
Horsepower -How fast you hit the fence
Torque - How far you take the fence with you
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by aslef » Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:55 pm

Amazing project,assembling from the chassis tubes outwards and only an old Bodyshell for reference!

Please keep the pics coming-fascinating stuff.
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by Pymmie » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:31 pm

A few more pictures from Jacek.

More work to the rear inc. shock absorber mounts.

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Understeer - Hitting the fence with the front of the car
Oversteer - Hitting the fence with the rear of the car
Horsepower -How fast you hit the fence
Torque - How far you take the fence with you
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