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Title: Beta Volumex HPE restoration
Post by: squiglyzigly on September 07, 2021, 08:41:48 AM
Iíve had the good fortune to acquire another restoration project. The timing was perfect seeing as the Berlina is now finished.
Itís going to be a complete body, engine and interior restoration with no timeframe so that I can enjoy the process.
Both my previous restorations had a hurry up point along the way due to loosing workshop/storage space. This  time it is different as I now have my own workshop at home.
Iím not very good at recording and posting progress of all the work that we know goes into such a project, but I will try my best to post more.

Ian


Title: Not a pretty sight but itís all there
Post by: squiglyzigly on September 07, 2021, 08:50:44 AM
Thereís a bit to do here but thankfully it seems complete, original and as far as I can tell from spinning it by hand, itís got a smooth supercharger.


Title: Engine bay
Post by: squiglyzigly on September 07, 2021, 08:52:56 AM
Itís going to need a bit more than a blow with an air-line.


Title: Re: Beta Volumex HPE restoration
Post by: Nigel on September 07, 2021, 06:17:59 PM
Lovely acquisition Ian!
Doesn't look too bad from the pics.

All the best with it,

Nigel

PM sent.


Title: Re: Engine bay
Post by: peteracs on September 07, 2021, 07:37:56 PM
Itís going to need a bit more than a blow with an air-line.

You think?

I can just imagine the creative words on Ebay!

Looks like a good starting point.

Peter


Title: Re: Beta Volumex HPE restoration
Post by: WestonE on September 07, 2021, 08:06:39 PM
Nice project. You end up with a sought after Beta to complete your set.

You will probably have it finished before my engine runs the rate I am going at.

Eric   


Title: Re: Beta Volumex HPE restoration
Post by: squiglyzigly on September 07, 2021, 09:11:24 PM
Nigel and Peter you are very right, the shell has a few repairs to address but they are minor for a 38 y.o Beta.
I didnít really need another project but this was to good to pass and a HPE really is the everyday all-rounder in the Beta range.
I know youíre going to have that running long before me Eric. I have to go back to full time employment in October 😢
Not sure Iím ready for it tbh


Title: Re: Beta Volumex HPE restoration
Post by: squiglyzigly on September 07, 2021, 09:31:01 PM
With the excitement of a puppy and a new sofa to chew I had to get going. So I chose the highly visible hole in the rear quarter panel to practice some fabrication and right way up welding. I hate upside down welding. In fact Iím convinced my receding hairline is all down to welding burns and nothing to do with ageing.


Title: Re: Beta Volumex HPE restoration
Post by: squiglyzigly on September 07, 2021, 09:31:44 PM
Hole be gone


Title: Re: Beta Volumex HPE restoration
Post by: squiglyzigly on September 07, 2021, 09:36:30 PM
Next stop, rear wheel arch


Title: Re: Beta Volumex HPE restoration
Post by: WestonE on September 08, 2021, 07:14:42 AM
Nice work. This working every day thing is really slowing me down!


Title: Re: Beta Volumex HPE restoration
Post by: mangocrazy on September 08, 2021, 09:23:10 AM
Nice work. This working every day thing is really slowing me down!

I retired last July, and I haven't noticed any significant speeding up of my Beta restoration/refurb since... I now wonder how I ever had time for work...

But Ian, that looks a cracker of a purchase. I owned an HPE in the early 80s and it was a wonderfully versatile workhorse. Plus yours has added VX, so even better.


Title: Re: Beta Volumex HPE restoration
Post by: squiglyzigly on September 08, 2021, 01:23:17 PM
Yes Iím hoping that by the time I have this finished it will be ĎHistoric statusí so that I can daily it to work in east London. The fuel consumption of a VX is something of a concern but at least it will be free road tax (instead of the current £240 p.a)
Meantime the Berlina is the daily London commuter.