This blog charts my ongoing restoration of an Austin Healey Sprite MkII and eventual conversion to a standard-bodied Sebring Sprite.
Car as purchased May 2012:
Thanks to Richard Tipper of Cartrans - great job of transporting the car from SW England to SW Scotland.
When blue (from new in July 1961 until late 1990s)
It is a 948cc car, with later front disc brakes (and on later checking the incorrect drum braked master cylinder fitted).
Car had an MoT, solid bodywork - been welded a lot; paintwork a bit rough, plus the A posts are a bit undulating (filler over homemade patch panels?). The floor panels are homemade flat panels rather than the correct parts with stiffening grooves and footwells. Wiring needs fixing too - dash lights and external lights not all working. Fan noisy (loose belt). All OK, picked up these issues when checking the car over before purchase - I wanted a project car!
Once getting the car home noticed coolant loss, incorrect fan belt fitted (longer alternator belt).
Initial jobs to do:
- Replace cooling hoses, water pump, fan belt.
- Sort brakes (replace master cylinder, put in new rear shoes, check over)
- Fix wiring
- Service (oil & air filter changes, lubricate and check suspension, dampers, steering rack)
- Get new MoT.
Shouldn't take too long...