Blog: The joy of paint

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists


I MUST admit that, for me, there are few things duller in life than looking at pictures of other people’s restoration projects. So I can understand if you’re pretty tired of seeing pictures of my SD1’s progress in Poland – and hope you’ll bear with my self-indugence. After all, where’s the interest in seeing pictures of scabby panels being shorn of rust before being re-painted?

I guess it’s the same set of feelings as child-sceptics, who turn into doting parents overnight after having their own kids. Seeing what’s been happening to my SD1 has really been an experience to savour – and although it’s going to cost me money I don’t have right now, I am sure that the subsequent financial pain will be worth all of the effort. But the question remains – what will I have at the end of my travails? A car that is worth £1500 that cost me around £3000. Maybe – but at the same time, it’s the motor I’ve wanted since I was six years old, and seems a much more interesting place to lay my money than a 51-plated Mondeo or some such…

Nope, when I saw the pics of those freshly primed doors and sills, I felt an awful lot of satisfaction… And although I’ve not done the job myself (thankfully), I’ll be more than happy to take the credit for making it all happen. As I’ve written elsewhere, I’ll be going to have a look the first week in March – in a nice, modern car (for ease and reliability), and hopefully I’ll also be able to drop-off some more parts at the same time.

And the real reason for me going? I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve, and I’ve been given the opportunity to see my present before it’s finally wrapped. And who among us wouldn’t take that same opportunity?


Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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