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Wow!! Very impressive!!
 

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Thanks guys, yes all of them are projects that I at the least completed the body & paint on.
Please be aware though that the T/R and TdF are copies!
(I'm sure most of you had guessed that anyway).
I'll post some more over the weekend.
Cheers, Al.
 

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As promised, some more.
 

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Wowwwwwww

Very nice, I just love the TR even if it is a replica.

I've spent many a long hour admiring the restoration projects at Nick Cartwrights in Matlock (where I bought my 328), they seem to specialise in Dino's as they always have a few on the go whenever I go there.
 

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Part finished 275

I can remember seeing the red 275 at the National meeting in July 2006. My son kept asking where the rest of it was. It looked absolutely stunning. Is it finished now?
 

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Thanks Archie, yes I think the TR's are quite something - that one is based on a 365GT 2+2 so is be quite a toy with the 4.4 motor!
Sadly the TdF that was at the FOC do last year was ultimately the cause of my business loss (I am now getting back on my feet) - check out the thread here in vintage titled 0647GT for the full story! So I don't know how far along it is now I'm afraid.
Cheers, Al.
 

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Firstly, apologies for thinking the TdF was a 275, I have to admit that models before C.1970 are not really my speciality and with so many 250/275 derivatives it is a bit confusing.
Thanks for the link to your story Al, and whilst the story of the refurb sounds full of drama and like it should be in a novel, I am sorry to hear about your business. I hope that you are already back on your feet, and if not will be very soon.
If all else fails, maybe you can write a story about the TdF and spice it up a bit with sex and murder, it's bound to be a best seller !!!
Best wishes Archie.
 

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Thanks again!
I have exactly the same problems with post '75 cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love the book idea - it's a total cliche' but what do they say about truth being stranger than fiction?
Hopefully I will be up and running (on a much smaller scale) by the summer, for no other reason than I seem to be completely unemployable!
Ultimately it boils down to me having no business sense whatsoever.
But I think that if I can keep my overheads to a bare minimum and not get into the bank for anything then I may stand a chance.
Cheers, Al.
 

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Al,

Hope that it all works out for you.

Have you got any contacts in the FOC of GB? If they know you've worked on some vintage and classic models you might have a foot in the door.
 

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TBH it's a nightmare because most of the guys I've done work for like to keep things to themselves and don't like broadcasting who's doing their cars and what they are having done!
I've never been terribly fond of advertising because it's very easy to tell people you are good but it's much more honest to go on recommendation - other peoples opinion is always going to be more valuable than one's own!
There are also a hell of a lot of people competing for it (not all of them are necassarily particularly decent - even some of the more established companies).
At the moment I am going to try to keep it to at most a couple of cars at any one time - once I can source decent premises, that should minimise my risk, keep overheads (and therefore prices) low, keep my stress levels within reasonable bounds and running it within my (admitedly limited) business ability!
Cheers, Al.
 

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Thanks again!
I have exactly the same problems with post '75 cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love the book idea - it's a total cliche' but what do they say about truth being stranger than fiction?
Hopefully I will be up and running (on a much smaller scale) by the summer, for no other reason than I seem to be completely unemployable!
Ultimately it boils down to me having no business sense whatsoever.
But I think that if I can keep my overheads to a bare minimum and not get into the bank for anything then I may stand a chance.
Cheers, Al.
Al,

Have you considered hiring a savvy business person to manage the business while you concentrate on what you're best at which is restoring the cars? I really hope it all works out for you.
 

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Hi Andrew, thanks.
And yes - one of my clients from years ago (a retired businessman) has offered to do my figures at the end of every month and analyse charges/hours/overheads etc.
I'm hoping to keep it really small - only 2 cars in at a time - and no employees. That way I can be in complete control of quality, hours etc and won't need to spend all my time hassling other people to get work done.
That's the theory anyway.
I'll happily post pics from all projects with consenting owners if anyone is interested.
Cheers, Al.
 

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Al, hope it all goes well, and if the owners allow, post some pics.
Try joining the Prancing Horse Register on the FOC, it might just get you a foot in the door with the FOC. They have regional meets with the FOC and if you show your face on a regular basis you might pick up some SW & Wales clients plus a few referrals. Good luck
 
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