You were right. Once you pry away the grey plastic cover plate it's a piece of cake.
I've left a rope inside the steel channel so when the time comes you can actually feed it back the other way.
Great! There is some rust, but still seems to be pretty manageable. Keep us updated
Looking at condition of rest of the body - i think doors where already replaced in past.While the car was away Simon turned his attention to the doors. This is just etch primer but they are as straight as an arrow and the original alloy skins were in excellent condition so have been restored rather than replaced. Where possible I want to keep the original fabric of the car, so long as it doesn't compromise safety or the quality of the restoration.
Looking at condition of rest of the body - i think doors where already replaced in past.
Of course i might be wrong, but i just noticed that relying on my own experience with e9 body (not only mine csi) - if everything around have rust holes (not minor), then part in middle usually also should have them.The doors looked like the rest of the car before we started, when you looked inside the door I'm pretty convinced they are original. I'm the first person to work on the car since 1983, so any work would have to be pretty early.
I think it's just the light in the image as the mid line crease was quite obvious when you see them in the flesh.
Of course i might be wrong, but i just noticed that relying on my own experience with e9 body (not only mine csi) - if everything around have rust holes (not minor), then part in middle usually also should have them.
With aluminium csl skins due the age & humid climate there is also galvanic corrosion problem.
Do you have matching numbers fabric engine block?From my understanding of the car's history the 30k miles on the clock are original and of that was all before 1983. The car featured in local CSL meets and racing (as detailed in CSL News).