- Ready for fitting outer panels. Rebuilt bump stop mounting using large washer, length of 2" bore exhaust pipe and loads of welding. Have left access hole for fixing nut lower down to provide the drainage SIMCA didn't bother with..!!!
Taking shape..... replacement doors fitted, locks & window mwchanism fitted with loads of 'fiddling', tailboard in place and strengthening ribs refitted along top of sides. Have NOS lamps and lenses to fit. Rear end of pickup bed plated and extra reinforcement built into rear chassis legs as additional fixing for towbar. Fitted 'load leveller' rear shockers for tines when it does carry loads again, Soon will be back to the front end ready for engine fitting. Am cosidering an ex-Bagheera 1442 engine with the twin DCNF carbs for a bit more 'poke' ....
Found this photo of the pickup some 8 or 9 years ago when I first got it... delivering Mum's new fishpond. Other photo of high top van was taken recently by a club member in the mid-Pyrennees area, still in use by a local butcher
Originality fanatics would have me shot, but having completed cab floor repairs I decided to make things more comfortable by adding these 205Gti half leather seats I had lying about. Other photo shows some of my current collection. Espaces are for the 'chop' soon as I need the in line UN1 gearboxes from them for my track SIMCA 1000 experiments.
Engine and box now in, I decided to check the front panel and headlamp mounting area before lowering it to the ground again. Headlamp bowls disintegrated along with what held them in. Luckily I had a new front panel in stock. Both headlamps were past their best but I had a pair of NOS, correct for the VF, Ducellier lamps plus one new bowl to fit. The other side is getting a good S/H Marchal bowl adapted to take the Ducellier lamp.
Back on 4 wheels for the first time in many years. Engine and box now in, new rad 'plumbed' in, twin DCNF carbs rigged up with longer cables. All now running. Just needs exhaust replacing at rear, wings fitting, brakes bleeding and a few electrical gremlins sorting out.
Engine runs well if a little rattly. Feels totally different to my 1100GLX which has a similar spec engine but lowered suspension, low profile 14" tyres and an earlier more direct steering rack as opposed to the pickup's 185x70x13 tyres, raised suspension and later '1001 turns' lock to lock rack.