Our Austin-Healey 3000 restoration project has moved on a little this winter. We’ve finished building the back axle and hubs and now have the car rolling for the first time in nearly 10 years. We’ve also rebuilt the gearbox and started working on the engine.
We picked up a local Austin-Healey 3000 with some running issues. The engine was cutting out and coughing and wouldn’t go for more than about 10 minutes. The problem was traced to the ignition system. The components looked as though they had not been changed in some time so a new coil, points, condenser, red rotor arm and distributor cap from Distributor Doctor were ordered. Once the parts were fitted and set up it was running sweet. A quick power run and back to the owner.
Local enthusiast David Long has left two of his classics with us for some work. The first is Jan Hardy’s Austin-Healey 3000. A loss a brake fluid was found to be the result of a tired braked servo cylinder. This has been re-sleaved and will be rebuilt and fitted to the car. This gorgeous Mk1 Lotus Cortina has developed an ignition issue and currently wont start.
Peter Warren has returned to the CCK workshop to resume the restoration of Shaun’s Austin-Healey 3000 shell. He has a lot of work to do as this shell has plenty of rust, but needless to say Peter will do a grand job bringing this big Healey back to the road. Watch this space for updates and progress on the build.