1973 Sprite 400


You have all heard of a Barn Find, well here is James Mcleans Garden Find..... Oh and yes, the paint is original....

Firstly she is a 1973 Sprite 400, She was a complete garden find that had been sat for many many years. Firstly I had to get her out of her sleep but changing the tyres so I could move her. The hard part was the hitch had seized. The jockey was stuck down so I had to split it in half for the very small journey. Once home I saw how bad the A frame was. There was holes on the frame but wasn't very big. I made some metal panels to bolt round the A frame making it strong once more. Then there was the horrible job of going under and painting all the chassis. Not a job I want to do again might I add. The inside was all dirty and cobwebby. The first thing I saw that all of the window trim needed replacing along with it going around the door frame. Sadly the plastic paper was brittle. This was on the Wardrobe and curtain rails. I went to the local B&Q to get the colour match paint was I wanted to keep it as original as possible. Luckily the original cushions was in the owners shed that was in good condition. After doing some painting I reconditioned the sky light, put new back lights on it and it was ready for the open road. I slowly with the help of my Nan with fabrics , curtains and cushions made the inside homely


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