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Re: Aceca barn find on eBay

Post by nikbj68 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:30 pm

Time, mostly! Hundreds of highly-skilled, billable hours.
That and finding a correct AC engine & box in good condition, or poor condition & refurbing( thanking God it wasn't a Bristol!).
Plus there's the woodwork which will probably be quite rotten, getting the body repaired might be cheaper than a new shell, but not much, or possibly more...shall I go on? ;)
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Post by Paul Blore » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:47 pm

I'm also inclined to think that £100k is probably excessive for one of these cars unless you're going for a concours winning restoration. They aren't exactly complex and not many parts were proprietary.

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Post by Paul Blore » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:54 pm

Sorry, just realised you did say "Day 1" spec, so that will increase the cost, but I don't think you'd need to spend anywhere near that to get it to a nice useable car.

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Re: Aceca barn find on eBay

Post by Roger King » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:43 pm

Engine and gearbox refurb alone would likely cost a lot, and any worn/broken suspension components are going to be very difficult to find - if there's a bent/corroded wishbone, for example, you could easily be looking at having a new casting made and machined. Same goes for hubs, brake parts, diff...
I seem to remember there is a fair bit of timber framing in an Aceca. You are therefore going to be staring down the barrel of a lot of timber replacement and aluminium work to repair electrolytic acid corrosion from the timber. Having just completed Contour Autocraft's part II restoration course I have a bit of an insight into what's involved in that, and it ain't cheap or quick.
If you do it all yourself: maybe 40-50k, if you're lucky.
If you have to pay professional restorers: I'd be astonished if you got away with 100k.

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Re: Aceca barn find on eBay

Post by nikbj68 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:47 am

Thank you Roger for your informed opinion.
Paul Blore wrote:I'm also inclined to think that £100k is probably excessive for one of these cars...
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Also? Who else thought £100k was excessive? I just saw someone ask where the figure came from...
Knowing how much the restoration of several Aces and Greyhounds have been, in better & worse shape than this Aceca, it is more likely that £100k is a 'best case' figure for this particular AC if entrusted to a marque expert.
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Post by nikbj68 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:08 am

Kevin, for an idea of what could be involved, look at THIS ACECA RESTORATION on the ACOC Forum, (now sadly devoid of photos thanks to Photobucket's despicable blackmail policy) on a car that appeared to be in better shape than the subject of this thread.
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Re: Aceca barn find on eBay

Post by Paul Blore » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:18 am

nikbj68 wrote:Thank you Roger for your informed opinion.
Paul Blore wrote:I'm also inclined to think that £100k is probably excessive for one of these cars...
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Also? Who else thought £100k was excessive? I just saw someone ask where the figure came from...
Knowing how much the restoration of several Aces and Greyhounds have been, in better & worse shape than this Aceca, it is more likely that £100k is a 'best case' figure for this particular AC if entrusted to a marque expert.
You're right Nik, I mistakenly read Kevin's post as questioning the estimate. However, it is possible to spend almost any figure on a restoration if you have the money and there'd be plenty of people queueing up to take the money. I said that I didn't think that you'd have to spend that much to make it a nice useable car.

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Re: Aceca barn find on eBay

Post by KevinW » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:55 pm

Thanks for the comments - I was interested, as like Paul, I had though these were fairly simple cars....apart from the ali body issue. I'd like to look at that ACOC story, but with the loss of pics, a lot of info is lost.

On an entirely different non-Cobra dog-leg, people might be interested in this replica story.....
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/jagu ... /64758-001

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Re: Aceca barn find on eBay

Post by Roger King » Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:12 pm

That's a very old episode, but quite interesting

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