The Restoration Begins

Collection of Allard Palm Beach from Peter Hemsworth – Aug 2012.
Project under way, first step, off the trailer and into the workshop for overall assessment.

Removal of bonnet, boot, bumpers and lights, etc…
Interior was mostly complete including complimentary squirrel nuts..
Interior has seen better days, below the trimming we found a mix of rotting timber and rust, in places the wood had fared better than the inner steel panels.
A four speed gearbox hides underneath the cover. On the right the fuel tank changeover lever, completely seized of course.
In the boot all the wood required replacement, including the complete rear steel floor section.
Alan Allard attempts to loosen the thoroughly rusted bolts and screws.
Engine was all complete and ran before removal and overhaul
Removal of interior parts, including dash, wiring loom and pedals
Brakes assembly were in good condition, hubs and bearings all intact.
Typical corrosion and seized bolts, also gravel, mud and moss under the rear body.
Removal of corroded screws and rivets before eventually lifting off the rear body section..
Removal of the carper reveals different shades of paint over the years, also considerable amount of rust.
Removal of the rusted boot panel reveals the familiar Salisbury axle beneath and panhard rod.
Finally the rear body lifts away.
Body is secured with wood frame to keep form before repair and prep.
Front body section lifts away with no major drama.
Straight away we can see sections of the outer chassis will need to be replaced.
Seized air vents.

Now with the front body removed you can see some previous damaged, probably a minor prang.

Marles steering box, clearly has some issues with leaking oil.
Wiring loom has seen better days.
As expected, chassis covered with rust and dirt.
Removal of the rest of the floor, main bulkhead and any remaining inner panels.
Removal of the cylinder head reveals reasonable condition of the bores with no signs of any serious wear, however an overall rebuild is a must.
Clutch was found to be in good working order with flywheel face in good condition.
Spring gaskets still in place after fifty eight years or so, impressive!
Front radius arms unbolt with relative ease.
Preparing chassis ready for sand/soda blasting.
Once the blaster is up and running the results are well worthwhile.
Lloyd Allard ready for an afternoon blasting, sporting the latest design in protective clothing.
Alan Allard inspecting Lloyd’s handy work.
Corroded areas now clearly visible.
A temporary coating of red oxide is applied to prevent immediate corrosion.
Upon removal of one of the outer flitch plates reveals some of the hidden rust.
Rust removed, new plate section fitted.
Alan makes a start on the front body section.
At this point Lloyd decides to press on with the new chassis jig.
Chassis jig was constructed in order to start the manufacture

of the first continuation Allard chassis.

Time had come to move the PBII to the new Allard premises in Gloucestershire,

along with the chassis jig and equipment.  Lloyd designed and constructed the new mezzanine
floor assembly and uprights.  Once all was secure the plan was to carry on with the restoration upstairs
as space was limited at this point.

Allard arrives at the workshops, including the chassis jig parts.
Finally the PB settles in the new location next to the chassis jig assembly.