Just finished an extensive restoration.........
Came into our workshop as a superb original one owner car with 29,000 original miles. Ran and drove 'like new' and, after testing, found to have perfect compression (150-155 psi in every cylinder), perfect oil pressure (65 psi when hot and running), zero smoke cold or hot, quiet valves, excellent transmission and perfect working overdrive, and a near perfect original interior. A VERY nice original car.
Since then, work just done: stripped and painted in its original "Healey blue,' show quality work, extensively wet sanded and buffed, new bumpers, guards, hinges (with the rest of the chrome, for the most part, in show condition). Near perfect convertible top (with new rear window), like new original boot covering and tonneau, near perfect original seats, new carpets, new door tops, and.........
New front and rear springs, completely rebuilt brakes, new rotors, new chrome wire wheels, new knock offs, chassis completely cleaned (steam cleaned, pressure washed, scraped by hand, and painted body color as original), very nicely detailed and painted engine bay, excellent original wiring harness, carbs perfectly synchronized and tuned, new fuel tank and sender, all new trunk hadura matting, all original wiring gauges, converted to negative ground, new Sony Stereo/CD with USB input, new solid state fuel pump, four sets of seat belts, new wood steering wheel, proper spare wheel bracket and leather strap, new aluminum door jamb shut faces, what have we not covered?
For show or road use, this is one fantastic Healey as a combination of 'before' and 'after.' And doesn't miss a beat.
To make this 51 year old classic touring sports car as reliable as possible, we have boiled and cleaned the radiator, fitted a back up auxiliary fuel pump, fitted a shrouded high output supplemental radiator cooling fan, a modern spin on oil filter, a modern solid state ignition system........on a ride around town or a long cruise on the highway, NOW with redundancy in the cooling system, redundancy in the fuel delivery, new fuel tank, ignition without points of condenser......in many ways, far beyond the reliability offered in a contemporary car. And far more reliable then when this car was brand new.