It is widely accepted that the reproduction items do not have chrome of the same quality as the original items, but if cared for, should last just as long in the right conditions. It was therefore decided to go with completely new bumpers and brackets for front and rear. The lights off the over-riders were removed and transferred onto the new bumpers, after some filing to ensure they followed the contour well. New locks and handles were also purchased as the originals had also started to show signs of sever deterioration. Also, the correct boot badge for the year was purchased and installed.
The lamp lenses looked bad, but simply needed a hot bath in some soapy water and a scrub and they were back to normal. New gaskets were purchased to ensure a watertight seal. The tail lights were installed with ease and connected up to the relevant electric bullet connectors. On trying to fit the bumpers it was found that the holes for the over-riders were half and inch along to the left, so these holes were elongated and the bumpers and over-riders - not forgetting the rubber seals between the two fitted perfectly.
The headlights and front bumpers fitted easily with no modifications required. The number plates were produced from pressed aluminium from MGM Spares for a reasonable cost. The headlight rims were not secured properly until the headlights had been aligned for the MOT.
Prior to installing the windscreen, the dashtop vinyl had to be cut to shape and glued onto the surface - using spray contact adhesive masked off with newspaper. Then the windscreen could be dropped into the holes for the pillar legs. In order to bolt down the windscreen, two men were required to push down against the new rubber seals until the threads could be seen and bolted in. This was done one by one alternate sides. The biggest push was required to line up the bolts from the centre rod plate with those in the dash top, as it required the whole area of rubber seal to be compressed sufficiently. After much pushing the bolts bit and could be tightened, thus completing a major task.
All the seals were replaced and the quarter-light window squeezed into its' frame using a Workmate bench gradually easing without breaking the glass. The quarter-lights were then assembled using fresh springs and studs and bolted into the doors. The wing mirrors were also added.
With the exterior fittings installed, attention turned to the interior fittings.