In response to Keith Berry's request for an update, here is the progress report on the Healey project. You could be forgiven for thinking nothing had changed since I unloaded the bits from Florida back in May. In fact lots has happened but little has so far become visible. I have sourced the vast majority of the missing parts, wrecked when the alloy melted in the fire. So I have wheels, forks, seat base, all instruments, all switches, all lights, handlebar levers, parts to make the instrument panel, horn and two brake arms for the rear hub, neither of which goes anywhere near fitting ! The frame is away for repair and I have tracked down someone to make me a new petrol tank. This is the son of the original manufacturer and he still has a pattern to work from. I have also located a supplier of rear suspension units which are the correct size and finish. I have another timing cover with a hole in it but as the two covers have holes in different places I should be able to make one out of the two.
I have now just about dealt with the backlog of work on Madam's car (1927 Standard 14/28 HP) so shortly I will be starting the dummy assembly of the Healey and making the first new bits. Then it will be dismantle everything, pay a small fortune to the chrome platers to replate everything, pay a small fortune for bits to refurbish the engine and gearbox, paint the new tank and side panels then assemble it all.
Completion remains some years away.
36 4G, 37 VH, 53 ex ISDT KHA (project), 54 KH(A), Healey 1000/4 (project)
Former Machine Registrar & Archivist, General Secretary and Single Spares Organiser (over a 25 year period).
Now Archivist once more - but not Machine Registrar.