TC6943 with original engine # XPAG 7546 was purchased 85 miles SW of Seattle, Washington State in December, 2009. The owner had started its restoration in the 1980s and many of the spares were new, still in plastic bags. Unfortunately, even sealed packages absorb moisture in the Seattle area and all the spares were rusted or corroded.
I came by this information when I received an e- mail via the website contact form from Burt Richmond. The text of the e-mail was as follows:
“I restored a rolling chassis to a finished car in eight 3-day weekends, and promptly drove it 563 mile on a wine tour from Seattle to the Wilamette Valley in Oregon and back with zero issues. It is a 1949 with VIN 6943”.
Intrigued by this claim I asked Burt to forward some photos and some text and he immediately obliged.
We start the story with a photo of the car as it started out life in Burt’s ownership.
No time was lost in carrying out a survey of all the bits and spares that came with the rolling chassis ‘tub’ and work commenced straight away.
…and it was fitted by the end of the first weekend in January 2010 with new steel skinned to the left side, doors hung and ready to go to the paint shop.