Growing Up With Old Cars

Growing up spent many a happy hour coved in paint and oil helping my dad restore his ever growing collection of classic cars, Unfortunately there are very few pictures of the cars and the restoration process, unlike these days with digital cameras and mobile phones every step can be documented

This is the first major restoration we did A 1949 AC 2 litre two door saloon , in the early 80’s we moved to a bigger house with a good sized garage and drive way which allowed us to get more cars

Me and my little brother in the car and my dad eager to get started


My Granddad who being a carpenter remade the wood frame under the aluminium body



My Dad with the finished Car


She has been on loan to the Llangollen Motor Museum for the last 10 years or so


The next major project was a 1951 Lea-Francis 14hp Four-Light Saloon, which came with no engine or gearbox but otherwise a complete car, the body had been stripped to the bare aluminium and the trim was in boxes




Again not many pictures of the restoration but we could not find an engine (no ebay or internet back then) so a old Ford Capri was found and the engine and gearbox was grafted in along with the wiring and some changes to the suspension and brakes

Dad contemplating the newly recoverd interior trim


The last time we saw the Lea-Francis it was in Mouldsworth Motor Museum loaned by the current owner




This was a real wreck when it turned up a half rebuild body shell and the rest in cardboard boxes a 1965 MGB Roadster



Another memorable Restoration was a 1964 Triumph 2000 mk1, We got this car of a friend of mine from work as payment for painting his Landrover for him

The poor thing was in a bit of a mess



We actually have a picture half way through being restored

Being backed out of the garage for its first road test



Me and Dad with the Triumph


Having old cars about the place was the norm growing up like the 1959 BMW Isetta





Even my Grandad got in on the act with his 1976 Triumph 2000 TC mk2 stayed in the family for many years, first it was my Dads and them My Grandad had it till about 5 years before he died,







and I had a 1974 Triumph 2000 mk2 for a while


Me and M509 REA



lol I think we went through a bit of a Triumph faze

but there where all sorts of other cars that never got photographed

And my dads current classic car is a 1970 Triumph 2.5 PI



and looks nice parked next to my Rover 827 Sterling


My Rover 827 Sterling all clean

and Dads little Toyota MR2


The cars all clean

My new little silver Nissan Micra and Rover 827 Sterling in the background and the one in the middle is Lynnes Vauxhall Vectra

My Little Nissan Micra looking better with proper Nissan wheel trims


And in September 2012 Lynne picked up her Toyota


Going through some old photos I found some other cars that where in the family

First up is a Ford Corsair 2000e


next up is Ford Granada Mk1




My Grandad had a Fiat 2300 Estate I have really fond memories of this car and its big shiny,slippy red bench seats lol and I loved my bike




My dads Ford Corsair 2000e in the background



Still to this day don’t know how we managed to go on holiday in this little Datsun 100A all the way to South Wales, the five of us and luggage I’m pretty sure this was taken on Pendine Sands in South Wales


An this was in New Brighton we would have been going to the model boating lake đŸ™‚ we used to love it there as kids


Another holiday we went and stayed in a place called Chwilog in North Wales dad had a silver Ford Granada Mk2 at the time, me and my brothers and dad pictured outside the little cottage


Getting a post holiday clean, lol and my little brother all dressed up as a warrior of some sort


I used to love this Cortina Mark IV 2.3 auto it was very fast a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing



We had a coup;e of Rover SD1’s First one was a 2.6L with go faster stripes


I loved this beast it was the 3.5 V8 what a fun motor


We went to lots of shows and club events over the years and even we even helped to organise a local show with the Triumph Appreciation Wirral car club







My son Cameron was even photographed for a local newspaper sat on the bonnet on the 10 birthday of our local Triumph Appreciation Wirral car club

4 Genearations of triumphs


About neilirving

hello and welcome, We live on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, in the United Kingdom, My wife Lynne and I have been together now for over 22 years and we have two Kids Cameron and Heather, I work in the motor trade and worked for the same company Windsors Of Wallasey, since I left school at 16 years old, Early February 2017 I left my current employer and went to as Liverpool Seat, , a big step after 27 years. November 2018 I took a job at Eastham Motors, which is a small family run business I love taking photographs so images will be linked from my Flickr account and Instagram account, Nearly all of the photographs are taken on my mobile phone camera lol its always with me and they are all for sale and are available in a number of different formats, please drop me a message for any more info I also spend as much time as I can reading and listening to music and enjoy many different genres, other hobbies include wine making, walking, and looking after our chickens, We spent a good part of 2012 with our horse (Kelly) who we rescued in January and we learned so much and very quickly about horses, we had to work so hard with her and as time as went by we made a really great horse out of her, in June 2012 we got are puppy Ruby, April 2013 we sold Kelly on and we bought Jack are 4 year old cob cross in May 2013, in August 2013 we rescued Skye a 6 year old coloured cob who was completely un-handled and has been a pleasure to work with, sadly in March 2015 we had to sell Jack, no matter how hard we tried we could not stop him from kicking and we had all been injured by him and we have to think about the kids
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4 Responses to Growing Up With Old Cars

  1. Great archive. Triumphs are in my blood too. First car was my Uncle Bob’s 1974 Dolomite 1850 in French blue that Dad bought me as he said he would if I didn’t get into motorbikes. Later a 1972 ice blue 2.5PI that I had fully restored. Super quick! Also briefly whilst the PI was being restored, a mauve 1977 2500S; great handling. Much later, a 1971 2000 in Sienna brown that belonged to James May a few years before me, (and which I still have). Now a 1969 TR6 in new white that is also mint and original. Super fun in that one, – a bit like the PI in performance with the amazing sequential mechanical injection, which is properly set-up for blistering performance!

    • neilirving says:

      The PI fuel injection is fantastic and fairly easy to work on, did have on with the pump timing 180 degrees out lol to compensate for a broken rocker arm, which was quicker to fix than resetting the pump, a good friend of mine converted his PI to electronic fuel injection using Bosch parts of an old Opel Senator, these days I’ve swapped 150 BHP for 1 HP

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