[imghttp://i1089.photobucket.com/albums/i347/wardsim/100_2374.jpg][/img] Fuel tank & surrounding metal removed from Silver coupe. It's held in by loads of hexagon self tappers buried under the sound prrofig & trim on the rear bulkhead & shelf. Deep area is where radiator fits in single carb models of 1000. It's blanked off on twin carb Coupes & Rallye 2 or 3 that use a front radiator. Mick
At last i've managed to clear enough space in my garage to get on with the O/S of the RHD 1200S. Here rear inner & outer wheelarch has been trimmed back to rust free metal (not easy to find..!!). Sill looks Ok here but further 'mining' shoed there was no bottom face to it and the rest is mostly filler. It will be replaced wholesale as on N/S. This will no doubt mean fabricating an inner sill, end to central crossmember and parts of front foot well. Rear lid is fibreglass 'abarth style' item from simca-rallye.fr website. Mick
Hi Joseph The engines are 1590cc Honda 16valve twin cams. ... as fitted to the 88 to 91 CRX and the Rover 216Gti for a few more years. rotating anti clockwise, they are deal for transplanting into the SIMCA 1000 range and we've found they run superbly on carbs and a SImca/Talbot 1100 etc distributor running off the end of one of the cams..... does away with all the ECU etc...!!! This RHD coupe will run as standard with its 1204cc SIMCA engine. The LHD car is getting one of the Honda engines, Mick
All rust cut out of lower parts of O/S... yes there is still something left..!!! Currently working on reinstating front bit of inner sill, central panel inside sill and area where rear jacking point once lived.
Inside front footwell is much better than N/S was. Work still needed though to fix view of front wheel from driver's seat...!!! Mick
There's RHD 1200S coupe in the 'projects' ads in this week's Classic car weekly. It's a red '69 (should have rack & pinion steering by then..) in hampshire..needing full restoration. £1995 ono...more than double what my RHD cost. Mick
This side finally gets a bit more metal added. Was over enthusiastic cutting rus out of lower part of quarter panel so SIMCA 1100 sill I'm using didn't quite meet. Currently 'bridging the gap' before getting to work on area round corner... the old familiar 1000 problem above the useless jacking point. Mick
Hello Mick I’m French. So my English writing is not very good because I don’t practice it every day! Sorry. I’m very happy to have found your RHD 1200 S Simca Bertone. Do you know this paper about this car ?
Let see what did it said about the RHD 1200 S
If I can help you for your resto, ask me ? For your front wheelarches, If you need, you can try it with Peugeot 104 model’s. Have a Happy New Year ! Olivier
Hi Olivier I have seen that article on the 1200S in the past and have collected a few others from UK magazines around '67 when the car was new. I have had over 30 SIMCA 1000's since the 1980's and always wanted a 1200S.... now I have two. I am determined to get at least one up and running for 2013. I am going to do everything at the rear end while I have it high up in the air. Then, when I have the rear wheels back on, I will turn it round to take everything out of the front. As far as I can see it is not too rusty around there. I have had to send photos of my car in the front to another club member who is rebuilding another RHD 1200S so he knows where the metal should be... his car is so rusty there. For the front arches, I plan to use the parts I cut out when fitting Rallye 3 arch extensions to one of my SIMCA 1000's. Once I have finished the welding and start putting the car back together, I may need your offer of help and advice...Thankyou. Mick A Happy New Year.
Have managed to complete welding on tricky bit of Chassis leg and jacking point area...and have the burns to prove it..!! after a bit of grinding can move on to welding up ends of central crossmember and extra plates I'm adding to block off SIMCA's prize rust trap areas. Mick
Was writing update on 1200S resto for next L'Aronde so thought I'd pu it on here too. Welding finished at rear end of sill and chassis leg etc. at front of rear arch. Outer arch recreated as per N/S with part cut out of Samba fibreglass wing on long gone oval racer. Have fibreglassed inside to where inner & outer arches rewelded to try to seal out the effects of the weather. Lots of filling to do but at least I'll have a rare thing...a 1200S with rust resistant rear arches..!! Next job is to clean up, recondition & paint rear subframe, suspension and brakes. Mick
Olivier Your 1200S looks great on the cover of the magazine. I have done some more work on mine. I have finished the welding under the rear of the car and the suspension is all ready to go back on the car. Three things have happened to slow progress..... the rear subframe (I'm told this part is called le crabe in France..) has broken on my supercharged 1000SR, I needed a 1000 on the road to replace it so I had to get an MoT (controle Technique) for my Rallye 2 to go back on the road. It needed work on the rear brakes so I used the callipers (etrier..?0 and other parts I had rebuilt for the 1200S. Also I have just bought another SIMCA 1000 project, a bodyshell (caisse..??) and many boxes of parts. These are filling the garage at present leaving me little room to work on the 1200S. We have about 30cm of snow everywhere here today..!! I will post some photos of what I have done on the 1200S. Mick