Austin Healey 3000 restoration – engine and gearbox rebuilt and installed

Austin Healey 3000 restoration

This Austin Healey 3000 has reached the next point of its restoration. The installation of the engine and gearbox. The chassis on the Austin Healey 3000 will flex under the weight of the engine and gearbox. Because of the flex, you have to install the engine and gearbox before you fit and adjust the outer body panels. Otherwise you will have serious problems.

The original 3 litre engine was rebuilt with a few modifications. First of all the flywheel was lightened and the rotating assembly balanced. Next, we raised the compression ratio to 10:1. We swapped the camshaft for a higher performance alternative and fully ported & gas flowed the cylinder head. Additionally, we fitted stainless steel racing valves and uprated valve springs. Lastly, we have a free flowing tubular exhaust manifold and triple SU carburettors. All of the machining work was carried out at Southern Rebore Services.

Next, this Austin Healey 3000 restoration will move into the bodyshop.

Austin-Healey 3000 now rolling

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.

Austin-Healey 3000 Mk1 front end assembly

The Austin-Healey 3000 has received a little attention this week. All of the running gear has been sand blasted and painted in 2k black. We have purchased new parts where necessary and have now begun the assembly. The front end has gone together beautifully. The car is fitted with adjustable camber shock mounts and has been built up using polyurethane bushes.

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Austin-Healey 3000 progress update

Much progress has been made to our Austin-Healey 3000 project. In order to ensure the body gets a good fit with good shut lines you must install the engine, gearbox and rear axle and let the chassis settle. Once there you can line up your wings, doors and ‘b’ posts with confidence. This is where we are at.