Our 403 was bought in June 2012 from Dungog, country NSW, Australia. Paul was alerted to its existence by Geoff Dowdle, an authority of the Bristol Club in Australia, It had been sitting unused in a big old shed gathering dust amongst old 2nd hand shop stuff for 32 yrs. Sebastian started it in less than 5 minutes, a testament to the car and the mechanic!
We decided to completely strip the China Doll white paint off the 403, and have a sexy hot polished aluminium beauty.
To make the 403 comply with P2P regulations, yet remain true to its form, plus sturdy enough to survive road-less Mongolian deserts, Sebastian led the way completely disassembling the car till it was just a chassis, with the engine under rags somewhere, all other parts in boxes, screws, nuts, bolts, washers in various jars and tins spread around the workshop.
By December 2015, the car was finally reassembled having eventually found precious nuts and bolts, bells and whistles, which had been carefully saved in forgotten hidden holes.
PHOTOS OF ENGINE, BITS AND PIECES, SCREWS ETC.,
Silvia needed one final polish before going to Sydney, ready for shipping to China.
Unfortunately, there was a little detour with the wrong polish used which scratched swirls over her beautiful body.
Fortunately, with lots of elbow grease and the correct polish and wax Silvia emerged more beautiful than ever.
The boot and back seat were packed with well-labelled tubs, with every effort to keep out the Mongolian dust, sand and water.
She is a pleasure to drive. Nimble for a heavy-boned lass and she has yet to complain.
Tell you what though, EVERYONE is glad she’s finished; and just in time.