Steve’s Healey Rejuvenated

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2012 – A Return to Former Glory . . .

Steve’s Healey is a 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 Mk1. It was originally exported to New York in 1960 and repatriated in 1985.
The paint was getting a bit rough, the dreaded red worm was getting a good hold on the bottoms of the doors and the crack in the rear shroud was growing. Something had to be done before the good old BMC steel disappeared totally.
The whole project took 9 weeks from the day he drove the car in to the workshop to the day he took it home. The work was done by Bill and Dennis who trade under G & B Autospray based in Royston. They are very good at what they do. Their mainstay is accident repair but they much prefer working on classics like the Healey and have many years experience of doing so. Summer’s on its way and we all look forward to seeing Steve and his gorgeous, now very shiny, Healey.
The captions below are Steve’s . . .

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A nice way to start. The previous ‘restorer’ injected the bottoms of the doors with expanding foam, then cut off the excess on the outside to give a base for the filler!

Bit of red worm around the door bottoms
This was the car only the day after it was delivered…….

The bonnet had a bit of rust under the paint . . .

The dreaded rust was all over the bonnet, so a new (and very expensive) alloy bonnet was purchased and it actually fitted in the hole.

One week in and my poor car was looking a tad sorry for itself

Both door bottoms were rotten so Bill made up his own repair panels for both inner and outer skins.

New sills going in.

With doors repaired and sills completed, a trial fit was in order.

Door gaps looking good and now, at last, the rear wings and door tops actually line up.

A boot rack had obviously been fitted at some time as can be seen by the witness marks left by rubbing down.

New bonnet hinged, fitted and gapped

First prime.

Then the exciting bit. The top coats were applied after a weeks rest just to make sure no solvents or nasties were going to come through the primer.
After the second bake, the hard work of polishing back and re-assembly began. 

And finally the finished article . . . home once again ready for the summer – but, can I wait that long?

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