Bodywork and Reassembly

It was announced in August 2023 that the renovation of the Spartan would take a new turn in September.
It started with his passage in the bodywork, you were able to follow the main steps on the Facebook page, the details are below.

As they leave the bodywork, the shiny parts leave for the new home port of the Spartan in order to be reassembled.
If it is necessary to reassemble everything, many parts of the car still need to be renovated, adapted, replaced or even manufactured.

It is now in a garage specialised in the renovation of vintage and vintage cars, English in particular, that all these operations will take place.

The objective is to get closer to this roadster presented in 1983 by Spartan Car Compagny  :
 Model presented by Spartan in 1983

The body of the Spartan

The body parts are cleaned before they leave for the bodywork.
Spartan Body Cleaning
However, the complete painting of the Spartan is not for now, there is still a lot of work before reaching this stage, but we are preparing it…
 Spartan body preparation
September 4, 2023, the wings and hood of the Spartan are being prepared at the bodybuilder.
The bodywork, naked on the chassis, will arrive on Saturday to be also dentled, adjusted, primed and painted.
 Spartan body preparation

The French Spartan has arrived at the bodywork where it took place, the renovation continues.
The French Spartan in bodywork

The 4 wings received an internal anti-gravel treatment :
anti-gravel protection for the Spartan wings

The front wings were prepared, before being sanded again :
 Sanding the primer before painting the Spartan

It's time for the rear wings to be sanded, puttyed, and sanded again :
 Spartan rear wing before painting
Before also going into the cabin to receive a primer :
applying a coat of primer before painting the Spartan
And they will be sanded again before painting...
Bodywork on the Spartan

The windshield has been removed, work on the car will begin.
The French Spartan in bodywork
The trunk will be prepared, the inside of the wings is protected to go into the cabin.
Spartan body renovation

…Tadam !!!  Here is the red :
 Red paint of The French Spartan - Red Spartan

The hood panels are dentled, sanded, they will be prepared, sanded again, and then painted :
 Spartan Hood
preparation before painting the Spartan
Spartan Red Paint

Do..., and redo...

I thought this work was finished, but it was without counting on the requirement of the bodybuilder who noted imperfections in its realisation, and decided to redo these 3 parts :
Resumption of bodywork on the Spartan
New Spartan paint
Spartan Hood Renovation

The doors were removed, stripped, the aluminum sheets detached from their frames to be prepared.
The amounts will be pickled, then treated against rust, primed, sanded, and finally painted in red. 
Spartan body repair
Stripping the Spartan chassis
Treatment of Spartan door frames after stripping, anti-rust, priming, painting
The sheets were stripped and straightened before receiving aluminum protection, primed, sanded and painted.
The doors will be sanded again before being put back on the car, and will receive a second coat of paint with the car.
First coat of red paint on the Spartan doors

Work on the car itself has begun.
Spartan Body Restoration

Between the dashboard and the windshield was fixed a kind of unsightly empty pocket.
This one camouflaged a big hole that had been made wildly to probably create an air inlet from the heating.
Wrongly placed, and also badly done, it is necessary to close this hole by straightening the aluminum sheet that had been opened like a can.
Discovery during the renovation of the Spartan
 Spartan Repair
Big work for this shaping of the aluminum sheet.

Pickling, straightening and sanding continue.
We discover that, when the Spartan had been repainted, some blows had been chewed rather than straightened sheets.
The mastic amalgams are removed, and the sheets are manually reformed according to the rules of the art.
They will receive a special treatment for aluminum, before being primed and then painted.
Exposing the Spartan's aluminum sheets

The rivets that fix the sheets to each other will be replaced :
Spartan Body Rivet Replacement

The Spartan has received a special protective layer for the aluminum :
Special protective layer for Spartan aluminum
Then she receives a primer :
Application of primer before painting the Spartan

The Spartan will now be fully sanded before returning to the cabin.
The French Spartan before sanding the primer

The rivets have been replaced, she has been degreased again, here she is back in the cabin, wrapped, ready to receive her first coat of red paint !
The French Spartan ready to be painted

!!!  Red is back !!!
The French Spartan finally red
First coat of paint
The door frames were reassembled on the car, their freshly painted sheets sanded again before being put back in place and riveted.
The rivets will receive a special primer before the whole is painted again.
Fitting Spartan doors before painting


The pickling of the a roll bar has begun.
The steel crossbeam will receive an anti-rust treatment and will be painted in black, the aluminum side uprights will be polished.
Stripping and preparing the Spartan roll bar
Spartan Hoop

It was the last part to paint.


The protections are removed.
The bodywork works are finished.
The Spartan is ready to go... to the reassembly !
 Spartan out of bodywork

The Reassembly

Here we go, still with the 1983 sales brochure as a source of inspiration :
Excerpt from the 1983 sales brochure
Excerpt from the 1983 sales brochure

Under the hood

The engine, power steering tank, oil recuperator and windshield washer reservoir have been put in place.
 Installation of the Ford Engine in the Spartan

The water pump will be replaced.
Ford Sierra 2.0i DOHC water pump for the Spartan

The tank

The tank was treated with RESTOM products, repainted, then put back on the vehicle.
Renovated Spartan Ford Cortina tank


Discs are changed.

Spartan brake discs

Reassembly of the body

The rear wings are back in place.
Reassembly of the Spartan body
The bumper was treated and straightened. The trunk has been reassembled. The chrome of one of its hinges is particularly stitched, new ones have been ordered and they will be replaced.
Spartan trunk and bumpers
chrome trunk hinges Hillman Imp.
Hillman Imp hinges