Euphoria


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I was looking for a decent Borgward Isabella Coupe for a while but suddenly out of the blue I received a call from someone in Mudgee offering me a complete coupe. Mudgee was a 12 hours drive for me but I didn't hesitated long. I grep a car trailer and my wife and drove all the way up to Mudgee.

The coupe was indeed complete, parked under a tree exposed to the weather. There was some rust in the body but the interior in a good condition too. At this stage I didn't realise how rusty the floors were. So we pushed the car on the trailer, agreed on the price and my restoration journey has begun. If I would have know how long it will take me .....

 

 

 

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While we were up there we enjoyed Mudgee's wine festival with my wife's sisters, which was good fun. On the way back to Melbourne we got many queries about the car on the trailer. The car lines are beautifull even when the car is not restored. I guess that was the main reason why I went ahead with the complete restoration. I fell in love with the car and it was a labour of love all those years

 

 

 

 

 

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 Depression


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After removing panels and other parts the real condition of the car was showing. I was in shock and it took me days to digest theses. Floors, sills and doors were rusted and body fillef. 

.I got a quote for the rust work, which was another blow. It was way above what I was able to afford. Instead of giving up I booked myself into a panel beating course. I learned how to weld and was able to  fix up my pieces during the course. The deal was as long as you can carry it into the course you can work on it.

 

 

 

 

 

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   The sills needed replacing, which also gave me an opportunity to enforce them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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   More rust near the back bench. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

After a coupel of years I managed to finish the majority of the welding during the course. That lifted my spirit and motivated me for coming years.

 

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 Head down and just do it


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Sometimes it is good not to think about the amount of work, which is still ahead. Enjoy the car restoration step by step and try not to visualise all work that needs finishing otherwise you may not finish it. It can become very overwhealming at times. Those time I just put my head down and finished that particular part.

I almost gave up the car twice but my wife just looked at me and said that I have to finish it now. It is part of the family and deserves to be back on the road. I actually put the aside for a couple of years to save up some funds and motivation.

Anyway here some 'before' and after 'pics'

Backend:

10 ..............................................................  11 

 

 Engine Bay:

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 Roof:

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 I can see the light at the end of the tunnel or is it an incoming train


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 Sweet Phase


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The End Result


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 Realising the car is never finished :)