It wasn’t long after the car arrived at Generation Old School that work began on dismantling the icon. Wynand Jr, who has taken the lead on the restoration, says that it has been a learning curve for everyone involved. Every nut and bolt needs to be removed with care as one might not be able to replace it.
The body has been separated from the chassis, which in itself is a rather special moment. Now, nearly 53 years after the marriage of the body and chassis, the two are once again apart, only to meet again when each has been completely restored.
As for the chassis itself, Wynand Jr has confirmed that the overall condition of key components is good, with only minimal renewal work being needed. There are, however, other components that need to be completely refurbished or replaced. Four such items are the magnesium alloy wheels - which need special paint preparation and paint to restore them to their original colour.
On the interior front, the intricacies of the facia make it stressful to remove items in the hopes that none break. The wood trim for example (which covers the entire centre console) is brittle and faded, it is also extremely thin. The chrome detailing cannot be bent when being removed and it is said that many of the wires are crumbling at the slightest touch.
The fact that the car is incredibly compact makes it even more difficult to work on and Wynand Jr has reported numerous bumps on his head due to this fact. That said, the team has managed to strip the entire interior and chassis down to the bare minimum.
All the individual components have been placed into small plastic bags, labelled and safely stored awaiting refurbishment. Both the body and the chassis has arrived at Dino’s Classic Restoration, which not only had to take out small dents and deformations, but focus on the most intricate of details to ensure accuracy.
Paint preparation is one of the most important aspects - not only to precisely match the original paint - but also because it was a key decision factor in this project. What colour should the 2000GT be? This is chassis number MF10-10207 and according to records, its original colour is listed as Thunder Silver, however, there are whispers that it should remain Solar Red.
Stay tuned for the next Chapter, as we delve into the auto-body works, unpack some details on the chassis refurbishment and more.