Work in Progress
The XK120 restoration is getting close to road ready and a happy owner test drives his completely redone and supercharged 1962 MGB. Plus, the TR3 has returned from the paint shop.
A diverse collection of cars have been appearing in the shop for spring tune-ups and inspections to get them ready for the road. Here are a Volvo P1800, an Austin Healey, an MG TD and a Sunbeam Alpine.
Making progress on the TR3 restoration project. The heater core is ready for powder coating and the engine is getting rebuilt.
More Jaguar work. A new exhaust for an E-type and the dash and five-speed tranny for the XK120 restoration.
Lots of work on the XK120 we're restoring, to the front and rear ends, the fuel tank, the cooling system, wiring and more.
This Midget will be moving under its own power with a new clutch.
A cute Metro with fuzzy dice needed a variety of routine maintenance.
A lovely E-type gets a shiny new exhaust system
The owner of this 1953 MG TD wants to return it to its former glory, looking good and running good. We are making repairs to the electrical and brake systems, rechroming the bumper and grill surround, repainting the wheels and putting on new tires.
The Volvo P1800S is one of my favorite cars. We're saving this one by excising some rust in the underbody sheet meal and fabricating and installing patch panels.
The 1962 MGB restoration job moves forward with the installation of the windshield, vent and side windows and door hardware.
Leaking slave cylinders and axle seals had made a mess of rear brakes on this 1965 Land Rover. It cleaned up nicely.
Finishing the interior of the Datsun 1600 restoration project.
The finished 1952 XK120 chassis and engine is reunited with its body.
The 1962 MGB we're restoring getting the full heat proptection and sound deadening treatment as well as a refinished crackle dash.
The pistons WILL come out of this TR4 block. The rebuilt engine will go in a TR3 re are restoring.
This extremely nice MGA got an extremely nice upgrade, a 5-speed transmission.
A couple of cars we don't see too many of were in for service. The Daimler SP250 got a routine check over but the TR7 fitted with a TR8 engine had numerous wiring problems, including the pop-up headlight motors and dashboard lights and contols.
We don't just do British cars exclusively. We're getting the Volvo P-1800 running properly and doing a light maintenance on the Citroen.
The opposed two-cylinder engine in this 2CV makes 18 horsepower. Top speed is about 60 mph. The car was restored a few years ago and is in lovely shape.
The rebuild of the engine for the 1952 XK120 we're restoring is complete and ready to install.
We're progressing on the restoration of this1962 MGB. It's back from the paint shop, lights, bumpers, side moldings and more are on and the new wiring harness is in progress.
A leaking Austin Healey 3000 steering box gets new seals.
A rare 1965 pull handle is getting some nice upgrades — a new carpet set and refinished dashboard.
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.
This Sunbeam 4-banger from an Alpine is here for a rebuild.
The big Healey will be safely back on the road and sounding great with new brakes and a sweet stainless steel exhaust.
Refreshing an MGB with new paint in the engine bay and a new overdrive tranny.
New brakes and a shiny, new exhaust for this Austin Healey.
The 1952 Jag 120 body now in striking silver paint and ready to drop on the frame.
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.
We're not exclusively British. We're dissasembling this Datsun 1600 roadster for a fresh paint job.
A blown head gasket provided the opportunity for new valves, guides and seals for this MGB.
This XJ 6 Series II blew a radiator hose, buried deep below the intake manifold.
The rear end for the Jag XK 120 under restoration, rebuilt and installed. The front end gets a major shock and brake upgrade.
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.
Installing the front suspension on the XK120.
MGC receiving a suspension bushing.
Carb and valve work on an MG TD.
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.
We're bringing this TF back to life. It's needed extensive brake, ignition and carburation work.
The frame for an XK-120 we're restoring is back from being powder coated.
With its rebuilt engine and a new five-speed gearbox installed, this MG Midget will be a strong cruiser.
Installing a new U-joint.
Proper shimming of the MGB hub can reduce wheel shimmy and tire wear.
This MGC had uneven braking. The problem turned out to be deterioration in the warning light switch/brake junction assembly.
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
With new guides and seats installed, the cylinder head is back on the '66 Jag 3.8S.
New brakes, hubs wheels and tires for this MGC.
Body work is underway on the '52 Jag XK 120.
The MGB V-8 project is near completion.
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.
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.
We're busy with two restoration projects in the shop this winter. We've been disassembling a 1952 Jaguar XK120. Here's the body:
and the engine:
The other project is a restoration and V-8 conversion of a 1978 MGB.
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.
Out with the rusty old floor panels and in with new ones to save this Spitfire 1500.
Dissasembly of this 1952 Jaguar 120 is the first step in its restoration.
This beauty is here for a new water pump and brake work.
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.
This Spitfire is in the process of having rust and fiberglass filler removed and new floor pans installed.
New bearings and axle seals will help this Sunbeam Alpine.
This Triumph GT6 is getting some service done and then we'll ship it to its new owner in France.
Front end work on the Morris Minor 1000 will help it go straight down the road.
I know if we just cross these two wires the light will work.
This Lotus 907 engine is getting a valve job and updated camshaft timing pulleys.
Mini Moke with a surrey on top. We're resolving many issues to get this gem back on he road.
The TR3 restoration now has its dash restored and the engine and tranny in place.
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.
After dialing in the camshaft timing on this Austin Healey 3000 engine, it's ready for mounting and running on our engine test stand.
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.
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.
The engine bay of the 1953 TR3 restoration progress is ready for its powerplant...
and the engine and tranny are mated and installed.
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.
The rebuilt 1098 engine gives the car good performance.
The freshly painted Humber Super Snipe is getting its newly rechromed bits installed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now in primer, this special 1953 Humber Super Snipe was in Queen Elizabeth's fleet. It's getting a total body and interior restoration.
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.
The rear frame of this 1992 Land Rover was rotted through. We cut it out and welded in a new frame section
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A finished restoration project. Our test drive route is along the nearby ocean road.
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.
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.
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.
This 1951 Singer is getting new wheel cylinders and brake linings. A special riveting machine attaches the new lining to the shoe.
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
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.
Houseful of Healeys.
This immaculately restored 1954 100-4 is a multiple show winner. It's just getting some seasonal maintenance at this visit to the shop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.