Saturday, February 4th, 2023

Saving a Peugeot 306 Cabriolet after it practically went up in flames

From the pages of Sensible Classics Journal, we meet Marc McGlashan, who rescued a £300 Peugeot 306 Cabriolet after it practically went up in flames and the Clark household, who’ve purchased and restored a fleet of basic automobiles. 

As a specialist basic automotive insurance coverage dealer, we love seeing outdated automobiles being restored to their former glory, which is why we’ve linked up with Sensible Classics to carry you two incredible tales every month so that you can digest and take as inspiration on your personal basic rebuilds. 

Rescuing a £300 Peugeot 306 Cabriolet after it practically went up in flames   

Phrases by Craig Cheetham and Footage by Jonathan Jacob 

Marc McGlashan wasn’t in search of a full restoration mission when he got here throughout his 2000 Peugeot 306 Cabriolet, supplied on the market in a salvage public sale. Nor was he notably anticipating one. 

In any case, regardless of solely costing him £300, the intense crimson Peugeot didn’t look too badly broken. It had been written off by insurers after a hearth on the storage compound the place it was stored, and though the 306 itself hadn’t gone up in flames, it had been shut sufficient to the inferno for a lot of the plastic components on the rear to have melted. “I suppose it was very fortunate, actually,” mentioned Marc. “Had the fireplace not been introduced underneath management when it was, the 306 would absolutely have been one of many subsequent automobiles to go fully up in flames.”

When he acquired the automotive, Liverpudlian Marc had simply completed restoring a Ford Mondeo ST24 of the identical period and was in search of a pleasant ‘straightforward’ mission to provide himself one thing to tinker with in his spare time. The Peugeot appeared superb. “I all the time thought the 306 was a fantastic wanting automotive, particularly as a convertible, and this one appeared notably interesting in shiny crimson.

“I assumed it could be a simple mission, however as is all the time the way in which, it turned out to be extra advanced than I first anticipated. If nothing else, discovering new components was laborious sufficient – it’s superb how tough some 306 components are to amass today, and I relied closely on among the glorious 306 house owners teams on social media to be able to discover the extra uncommon components, such because the high-level brake mild housing included into the boot lid – a convertible solely element.” 

Marc was additionally particularly grateful to Peugeot components specialists Dean Hunter and Peugeot Elements South West, who between them had been in a position to provide loads of new-old-stock components to be able to return the 306 to its former glory.

What was purported to be a easy mission became Mark going over the automotive with a fine-toothed comb, changing completely something he might discover that may very well be improved. The 306 Cabriolet was a fantastic foundation for this, because it was a real low mileage automotive with simply 47,000 on the clock, however it had seen a number of house owners and extra lately had clearly not been sorted to the usual to which it was accustomed. 

Marc ended up changing a lot of the trim components in addition to unearthing a lot of bodges. “The cooling fan was in all probability the worst, somebody lower out a complete fan shroud from one other automotive and in some way managed to only stuff it in, while there have been irritating minor faults elsewhere, comparable to the electrical home windows being wired the improper approach spherical.”

As for the fireplace injury, the hind lights, again bumper and rear display had been all fully ruined due to the warmth of the fireplace, so Marc needed to supply replacements, after which he handled the Cabriolet to a whole respray in its unique Cherry Purple. With a purpose to guarantee it actually appeared the half, he additionally had the wheels absolutely refurbished and changed all of the badges with immaculate new-old-stock gadgets.

The inside cleaned up very well and is generally unique, however Marc additionally discovered the automotive wanted fairly a little bit of mechanical work, together with a brand new energy steering pump, water pump and – for good measure – a brand new timing belt, which appeared a wise precaution given the quantity of labor he’d put into it. He additionally added a deviation from normal within the type of a strut brace underneath the bonnet, which helps remove among the scuttle shake that 306 convertibles are well-known for.

With all of the laborious work executed, Marc discovered himself in possession of a stunning wanting automotive, albeit one which hadn’t seen an MoT check in over 5 years, so it was a little bit of a nervous wait when he offered it for a check. He was completely gutted when the 306 failed in any case his laborious work. Sadly, it didn’t go the primary time spherical due to put on to a few suspension components. 

“I hadn’t seen and I used to be completely gutted as a result of I then needed to wait over three weeks for one more check slot, which was fairly an agonising wait, after I had such a stunning wanting automotive that I assumed was able to go.

“Nevertheless it was price it. In any case, I wouldn’t have needed to get it on the street with a identified fault and now it’s completed, it have to be probably the greatest 306 Cabriolets within the nation. I find it irresistible, however extra importantly so do my children, and meaning we will take pleasure in it as a member of the household. Between us, we will’t look ahead to the summer time months.”

Learn the complete model of how Marc managed to revive his Peugeot 306 Cabriolet on the Sensible Classics web page.

‘Transporting our classics from Kent to Scotland’  

Phrases by James Walshe and Footage by Andy McCandlish  

The ultimate straw got here in 1991 for the Clarks. They awoke at residence in Kent to seek out their beloved 1967 Ford Corsair, which they’d restored collectively, wrecked by vandals. With scratches down both sides and home windows smashed, the automotive was in a sorry state. A life altering choice adopted. 

Andy and spouse Andrea had been anticipating their first child. Andy says they’d had sufficient. “We each agreed there was no approach we had been going to carry up children into that world, so we removed all the things, I stop my job, Andrea offered her enterprise and we determined to maneuver as distant as potential.”

The couple had spent their honeymoon in Scotland, so a deal was executed and off they went. “We discovered work, constructed ourselves a brand new life and the remaining is historical past” beams Andrea. Daughter Chantel and son Aaron had been quickly joined by the couple’s youngest, Kyle. The child of the household was quickly following in dad’s footsteps and tinkering with the household’s little fleet of outdated automobiles and today, on the age of 23, has spent his profession so far working professionally in basic automotive restoration and restore with nice success. 

He’s not alone. Older brother Aaron can be mad about outdated automobiles however dad Andy says the passion took a distinct type of twist for him. “On the age of 5, Aaron was identified with autism, ADHD, Tourette’s and dyspraxia. It was difficult, however all of us pulled collectively as a household and Aaron was blessed with nice help, particularly from different automotive fanatics right here in Scotland.”

Aaron, now 27, says he fashioned an attachment to all wheeled issues and commenced volunteering on the Grampian Transport Museum from an early age. He nonetheless works there right now. “From the second I set foot within the museum, I turned curious as to how the displays labored. I grew up in a automotive household, clearly, and we paid frequent journeys to the museum, however I bear in mind gravitating in direction of steam engines – particularly the 1914 Sentinel.” 

The oldest such wagon in existence, Sentinel quantity 753 was made by Alley and MacLellan in Glasgow. Aaron beams when he talks about it. “There’s simply one thing about steam!”

Sadly, the household don’t have any steam autos on the present fleet however – as we chat on the household’s superbly distant and blustery hillside residence – we’re surrounded by a gaggle of fascinating classics, all of which have been both restored or fettled by the household of their small picket out-house. 

Aaron introduces me to brother Kyle, who explains how their dad taught him the fundamentals of welding on the age of 9. “Dad meant to set every of us up with a automotive for our 17th birthdays however as a result of I’d already began to work on automobiles early, I acquired a Morris Traveller on the age of 15!”

A couple of years earlier than, Aaron had been given a Ford Common, however says he quickly realised it wasn’t for him. “It wasn’t a fantastic instance and I didn’t just like the three-speed gearbox, so I ended up with a 1360 Herald. That was my first expertise of engaged on a automotive.” 

He did so with the extra skilled Kyle and, a lot to the enjoyment of mum and pop, they labored collectively on giving the automotive a brand new lease of life. The pair later revived a Triumph Spitfire, which wanted welding, a alternative clutch and an entire new inside. “We then drove it across the coast, which was an actual spotlight.”

Aaron is a giant fan of the ADO16, so it’s no shock to be taught his day by day driver for the previous couple of years has been a 1969 Austin 1100 known as Norman. “It’s a fantastic automotive to drive and very easy to work on. I’ve been studying all kinds of issues from my dad and brother on how you can keep it.”

Having had an engine rebuild, loads of bodywork and alternative Hydrolastic displacers, outdated Norman has served as a nice day by day. Nonetheless, with an virtually sheepish look, Aaron confesses to that he loves a picnic desk and on that foundation, solely a Vanden Plas will do. The dream automotive has been achieved with the arrival of Archie, a 1972 Vanden Plas 1300. 

“It’s the odor of that luxurious cabin and, after all, these tables. It’s all in regards to the tables!” The automotive is at the moment housed on the Grampian Transport Museum, as a latest storm blew the roof off the storage. “I received’t have Archie sitting round within the rain” admits Aaron. 

There have been a couple of extra automobiles within the household however, in an effort to downsize, Andy and Andrea determined to promote a couple of. Andrea says she was notably eager on one thing a bit extra classic. “We swapped our Vanden Plas DM4 limo, a Mercedes S Class and a Daimler Conquest Century for a 1928 AC Royal known as ‘Dippy’, which I actually love. It’s an incredible machine. It doesn’t have dampers although, so it’s a bit bouncy!”

With mum and pop retired and readily in a position to take care of their fleet’s maintenance, it’s left to Aaron and his brother to maintain upkeep up on their very own automobiles. With Kyle working at an area classic automotive restoration specialist, Aaron says he’s all the time blissful to help. 

“My abilities are increasing on a regular basis. I can do issues like head gasket and gasoline pump however I’m nonetheless studying with all the larger jobs.” With endless encouragement from the Grampian Transport Museum, he says he feels fortunate to be a part of such a supportive household. 

“All of us assist one another with no matter must be executed so we will get out on the street. Fixing or restoring a automotive is nice however driving a automotive afterwards is the most effective feeling – particularly while you stay in Scotland!”

Learn the complete model of how the Clarks gained and maintained their fleet of basic automobiles on the Sensible Classics web page.

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