The Restoration of the First Production Austin Healey
Updated January 2002
When the panels were returned from Mike Lewis, They only
required a small amount of glazing putty to be used, the body was built
up with primer and sanded three times in order to achieve surface smoothness.
All surfaces of the body panels and chassis have been treated in this way.
The final primer (a darker Blue tint) that was put on
the outside of all of the body panels, and the medium gloss black paint
that was applied to the underside of all body panels with the exception
of the boot and the bonnet.
The chassis was given a final sanding before it was re-primed
and then painted its final colour. (Ice Blue Metallic)
The paint colour for this car is the same as was used on and matched to
an original panel on AHX-14 .
Above and below, the panels re installed onto the chassis
for final fit-up prior to sending away the cockpit extrusion for anodizing,
and other parts for chrome plating.
The chassis back into the rotating cradle for final
painting in base/clear coat.
Some parts ready to be painted in the paint booth.
Show the chassis and all body parts being loaded onto
blairs trailer ready to take them back to his own shop
The flat shock mount perches at the front are shown above
that donít have a weldment spacer (an aluminium casting is used under the
shocks and the stop bumper. The one piece inner fender is also shown
The small triangular gussets behind the door strikers
are shown with a lightening hole in the centre
The flat inner panels over the rear bulkhead and front
spring hangers( the only embossing is in the floor)
The rear axle has been rebuilt by Jim Sebert at Sebert Motors
in Millbrook, Ontario. Jim has been busy since last summer, trying to keep
all things on track with this restoration. He has been working
on the original engine for this car, and he will be running it in on a
test stand prior to shipping it back to Blair. He has also rebuilt
the transmission and the extremely rare 32% overdrive that will be in this
Other activities in the works
Ted Sapieja of Alfa Instruments in Toronto, Ontario, is restoring
all of the gauges and instruments for the car. They will be finished soon.
Most of the chrome plating is done, but the remainder
is in process.
The convertible top and other materials are on their
way from Heritage Upholstery and Trim in Vancouver, and this will be sent
to John Smyth at Heritage Coach Trimming in Brampton Ontario to be fitted.
John will start on the leather seats later this month. Blair has
finally finished the long job of cutting down the backing on the armacord,
and it will make a big difference.
A friend of Blairs who has his own dentist shop is taking
on the task of restoring the Longbridge plastic serial number plate for
this car. He apparently has had a lot of experience in restoring
miniatures for train buffs and medals for other collectors when he was
in England. It will be shown later how it compares to the before
picture on page 1 of this restoration. In the mean time, every nut, bolt
and washer from this car has been gently glass bead shot to remove all
debris and rust. They will be Zinc plated and polished before
being used for re-assembly. Almost all of the bolts and nuts are
BSF and are not similar to any replacement fasteners you find today.
Blair is going to use only original nuts, bolts, and washers wherever possible