Work in Progress

March 2017

Jaguar XKE

We're bringing this Jag back to Life. The V-12 E-type has been off the road for 12 years and is suffering a case of very bad gas and gummed up fuel system.

 

Sunbeam engine

This Sunbeam 4-banger from an Alpine is here for a rebuild.

 

Healey exhaust

The big Healey will be safely back on the road and sounding great with new brakes and a sweet stainless steel exhaust.

 

February 2017

engine bay

Refreshing an MGB with new paint in the engine bay and a new overdrive tranny.

OD tranny

 

January 2017

Healey

New brakes and a shiny, new exhaust for this Austin Healey.

November 2016

The 1952 Jag 120 body now in striking silver paint and ready to drop on the frame.

jag body

Jag body

jag body

 

The engine of this gorgeous Austin Healey 100 BN1 failed. The owner had us rebuild it with custom pistons, rods, camshaft and a 1¾-inch carb upgrade for greater power and reliability.

AH front

AH interior

 

We're not exclusively British. We're dissasembling this Datsun 1600 roadster for a fresh paint job.

Datsun

 

October 2016

A blown head gasket provided the opportunity for new valves, guides and seals for this MGB.

MGB head

 

This XJ 6 Series II blew a radiator hose, buried deep below the intake manifold.

XJ6 intake

 

September 2016

The rear end for the Jag XK 120 under restoration, rebuilt and installed. The front end gets a major shock and brake upgrade.

jag rear end

jag rear end

Jag front emd

 

austin healey

Installing the clutch and the engine back in the engine bay of an Austin Healey BJ8 we're restoring.

 

After repairs, the tranny on the bench is ready to go back in this 1951 MG TD.

TD tranny

 

August 2016

suspension

Installing the front suspension on the XK120.

suspension

bushinf=g

MGC receiving a suspension bushing.

MGTD

Carb and valve work on an MG TD.

 

July 2016

Humber front

The Humber Super Snipe we've been restoring is back from the upholstery shop with a new top and interior. Just a few things left to do now.

Humber top

Humber interior

Humber interior

 

June 2016

tf1500

We're bringing this TF back to life. It's needed extensive brake, ignition and carburation work.

 

frame

The frame for an XK-120 we're restoring is back from being powder coated.

 

Midget

With its rebuilt engine and a new five-speed gearbox installed, this MG Midget will be a strong cruiser.

 

May 2016

driveshaft

Installing a new U-joint.

wheel hub

Proper shimming of the MGB hub can reduce wheel shimmy and tire wear.

 

MGC brakes

This MGC had uneven braking. The problem turned out to be deterioration in the warning light switch/brake junction assembly.

 

April 2016

MGC brakes

MGB hub mgb u-joint

The MGC (top photo) is getting some repairs to its brake hydraulics. The MGB had looseness in its hubs and driveshaft. Proper shimming and new U-joints solved the problems

 

March 2016

Jag head

With new guides and seats installed, the cylinder head is back on the '66 Jag 3.8S.

 

MGC hubs

New brakes, hubs wheels and tires for this MGC.

 

Jag body

Jag body

Body work is underway on the '52 Jag XK 120.

 

MG V-8 engine

MG V-8 interior MG V-8 boot

The MGB V-8 project is near completion.

 

February 2016

The longterm restoration of this 1954 Austin Healey 100-4 BN1 to M specifications with many custom details is about finished. We're veryproud of body, paint, engine and suspension work that went into the job.

AH 100-4

AH 100-4

 

This 3.8 Jaguar engine showed leakage in every cylinder during a leakdown test so when we finished removing the cylinder head it was no surprise to find pitting and wear in every exhaust seat.

Jag head

 

January 2016

We're busy with two restoration projects in the shop this winter. We've been disassembling a 1952 Jaguar XK120. Here's the body:

jag body

the chassis:

chassais

and the engine:

jag engine

The other project is a restoration and V-8 conversion of a 1978 MGB.

MGBV8

 

December 2015

wiring

All the poorly spliced, misrouted, dangling and wrong wiring we removed from this nice Healey 100-4 while restoring the normal function and operation of the horns, turn signals, ignition and more.

spitfire floor

Out with the rusty old floor panels and in with new ones to save this Spitfire 1500.

jag 120 Jag 120

Dissasembly of this 1952 Jaguar 120 is the first step in its restoration.

 

November 2015

e type

This beauty is here for a new water pump and brake work.

 

Land rover rust

Some rear rust repairs, including the skid plate under the gas tank (shown), and new heater core will have this Defender back on the road.

 

Spitfire

This Spitfire is in the process of having rust and fiberglass filler removed and new floor pans installed.

 

October 2015

Alpine

New bearings and axle seals will help this Sunbeam Alpine.

 

GT6

This Triumph GT6 is getting some service done and then we'll ship it to its new owner in France.

 

morris 1000

Front end work on the Morris Minor 1000 will help it go straight down the road.

 

healey

I know if we just cross these two wires the light will work.

 

lotus

This Lotus 907 engine is getting a valve job and updated camshaft timing pulleys.

 

Moke

Mini Moke with a surrey on top. We're resolving many issues to get this gem back on he road.

 

 

May 2015

tr3 dash TR3 dash

tr3 engine tr3 tranny

The TR3 restoration now has its dash restored and the engine and tranny in place.

 

Land Rover wiring Land Rover wiring
We found several shorts and broken wires in the Land Rover Defender wiring. We taped, wrapped and protected the harness so it doesn't happen again, we hope.

 

A-H engine A-H engine

After dialing in the camshaft timing on this Austin Healey 3000 engine, it's ready for mounting and running on our engine test stand.

 

April 2015

Land ROver Land ROver

It's a two-Land-Rover day in the shop. The '94 Defender is having some wiring repaired and the '74 Series 3 needs a clutch.

humber

All the rechromed parts are installed on the '53 Humber and it's about ready to go to the upholstery shop for a new top and interior.

 

TR 3

The engine bay of the 1953 TR3 restoration progress is ready for its powerplant...

TR3 TR 3

and the engine and tranny are mated and installed.

 

March 2015

bugeye front

The restoration of this 1959 Bugeye Sprite is complete. The owner drove it in high school when it belonged to his dad. Now he has high-school age kids who are eyeing it.

bugeye dash

bugeye engine

The rebuilt 1098 engine gives the car good performance.

bugeye rear

 

February 2015

humber

The freshly painted Humber Super Snipe is getting its newly rechromed bits installed.

 

Jensen

We're getting this 1974 Jensen-Healey back on the road. It came to us missing its radiator, water pump and other parts but it's almost all together now.

 

January 2015

welding

Brian admires his welding repair of the suspension crossmember on this TR6. Note the missing floor he's cut out. It's getting replaced, too.

 

first drive

Sam and Mark take the first drive in this 1959 A-H 3000 since it was last on the road in 1984. It needed mechanical and electrical work from front to back and top to bottom but it runs strongly now.

 

engines

We have a lot of engine work this winter. Pictured are a TR3 engine ready to be reinstalled, a GT6 engine ready to be run in on the engine stand and Austin Healey 3000, MGB and MGC engines in various stages of progress.

 

Humber

Now in primer, this special 1953 Humber Super Snipe was in Queen Elizabeth's fleet. It's getting a total body and interior restoration.

 

Novenber-December 2014

austin healey

This California Austin Healey 3000 was last registered in 1984. We're waking it up and partially restoring it. Here, we've totally redone the dashboard and the new wiring harness is ready to be connected to the switches and gauges.

 

land rover land rover

The rear frame of this 1992 Land Rover was rotted through. We cut it out and welded in a new frame section

 

triumph 3

We stripped down this one-owner 1959 TR3 before sending it to the sandblaster. It's getting new paint inside and out and a new interior befoe being passed down to the next generation.

 

September 2014

Bugeye SP 250

Jag MK. 1 Jag XJS

The Bugeye Sprite restoration is off the rotisserie and back on its wheels with front and rear suspensions now installed. The SP 250 was running poorly. With repairs to deteriorated igniton wiring and gummed up carbs, the V-8 is singing sweetly. The Jag Mark 1 is lovely inside and out but its been in storage for many years and came to us with no fuel or spark at the engine and non-operating clutch and brakes. The XJS is getting a new exhaust.

August 2014

Knife switch songer

A 1972 MGB came to the shop for us to get running. Among other issues under the hood, we found this electrical knife switch being used as a battery disconnect. The engine of this 1952 Singer is in the process of being removed for rebuilding.

 

June 2014

Mini TR4MGB Bugeye Sprite

A shopful of restorations. All these are recently back from body and paint work and currently being reassembled. The 1986 Mini and the 1964 TR4 are well along and we're making progress on the 1963 MGB. The Bugeye Sprite is a rotisseire job with a long road assembly ahead before it drives home.

 

March 2014

TR3 TVR

We're bringing back to roadworthy a 1960 TR3 that's been in storage since 1978. It was well stored and is in remarkably good shape. The 1978 TVR Taimar is getting its rear suspension rebuilt and its transmission repaired.

 

MGB Healey 100

Just back from the body shop with a sharp coat of red, we've got the engine and most of the rest of the underhood parts reinstalled on this 1963 MGB. You can see the bare body, partly in primer, a few photos down. The 1955 Austin-Healy 100-4 has also been off the road for a long time. It needed a lot of brake work and a new timing chain.

 

Humber

Restoration work continues on the Super Snipe. A lot of brake and suspension work is complete and the paint removed. It goes to the body shop this week.

 

January 2014

DB4 TR4

The owner brought his Aston-Martin DB-4 here to get it running. It's now purring with a new starter and exhaust manifold gaskets. The TR-4 is on the lift, ready to be disassembed for repainting.

MGB MGB GT

We're restoring an MGB for its owner. So far its been stripped, had some body panels replaced and is ready to go to the paint shop. Work on the restoration of this MGB GT stopped a dozen years ago when a newly rebuilt engine was installed but never started. We got it running and repaired the clutch and brakes so that it now moves under its own power. The owner is thrilled to see it drive back and forth in the work bay. Next we'll tackle some wiring issues.

 

December 2013

MGB

A finished restoration project. Our test drive route is along the nearby ocean road.

 

October 2013

Essex Super Six Essex Marvel Carb
1931 Essex Super Six is in the shop for some maintenance work. Check out the vacuum-operated fuel pump with gravity feed to a Marvel carb.

XKE engine
In the midst of removing an E-Type powertrain to rebuild the transmission.

TR6 restore MGB exhaust
The wheels are painted and back on the TR-6 we've been we've been restoring since it came back from the paint shop a few weeks ago. It's got a new wiring harness and new interior. The engine and rebuilt tranny are installed and the lights, rechromed bumpers and windscreen are back in place. Just a few more bits and connections and its owner will be cruisin' in style.
A nice MGB and its shiny new exhaust.

Humer Super Snipe

This 1953 Humber Super Snipe convertible is here for a new top, a fresh coat of paint, a new interior and more. It's owner says this was one of six that were shipped to various places in Europe for Queen Elizabeth to use on a European tour.

 

8/2/13

Midget Morgan
The Midget is getting a new clutch. While the engine is out we're spiffing up the engine bay. The Morgan came in with overheating problems. One major block flushing and a recored radiator later, it's ready for some fun driving.

Singer Singer brake
This 1951 Singer is getting new wheel cylinders and brake linings. A special riveting machine attaches the new lining to the shoe.

 

July 2013

Healey tranny T-series coil

This nice Healey lost its second-gear synchro. The rebuilt unit is installed and ready to test drive. This MG T-series coil overheated and melted. The guts fell out and burned the wiring harness. A new harness is being installed

 

Singer 4AD Alpine

The owner of this 1952 Singer 4AD purchased it for $100 in 1964. It, along with the 1966 Sunbeam ALpine, the 1962 MGA and the 1953 MG TD are all excellent drivers receiving upgrades and minor repairs.

MGA TD

 

May 2013

Houseful of Healeys.

1954 100M

This immaculately restored 1954 100-4 is a multiple show winner. It's just getting some seasonal maintenance at this visit to the shop.

AH 3000 100M

100-4 MG TD

Also in the shop today we have a blue 1967 getting a check overall to start its driving season, a white 1956 100M getting a new muffler and a 1954 100-4 in the midst of a restoration. It just arrived back from the body shop with its interior and underhood freshly painted. We'll reinstall the engine and as many other bits and pieces as we can before it goes back to have the body painted.
Also in the midst of restoration is a 1953 MG TD. All the wood is in and we're attaching the fenders and doors.


Updated 3/13

Land Rover

We towed this Land Rover out of a field. We freed the stuck engine, got the mice nests out of the carbs and got it running. We're currently replacing the clutch hydraulics so it can move on its own. Next up will be the brakes, so it can stop on its own.

worn cam worn cam

So, an MGB came into the shop to replace its oil pump. We found a lot of metal shavings when we removed the oil pan. They came mostly from the camshaft. The lobe in the center, above left, is practiclly worn away. The lobe in the center, above right, is not much better. For comparison, the lobe at the top, above right, shows a normal shape. With new cam, bearings and pistons, the rebuilt engine, below, is ready to be run in on our test stand and reinstalled.

engine

 

MG Midget axle

This owner of this Midget wanted a rebuilt transmission installed to cure a gear grinding problem and a new clutch so the car would not just sit there and rev up, but acutally move. Turns out it wasn't a burnt out clutch but a broken rear axle.

 

MGCGT

This beautifully restored MGC GTcame into the shop to be sold. A week later, it had. It's getting a tune up before it goes to it's new home.

 

You can also take a look at some of the projects we've completed.