Restoration of BN1L226324
This restoration is being carried out for owner Nigel
Lamb by Brian Burke Wharf Street Custom
Classics. Nigel has owned this car for the past 30 years, and approached
Brian to undertake the restoration. As can be seen in the image below,
and like many Healeys the car has been involved in more than one accident
during it's life. In the case of this BN1, firstly to the front right side,
as seen below, and the rear left side as can be seen further down the page.
The car has apparently only covered 34,000 miles.
The image above shows the repair to the right chassis
rail, with the brace and inner guard cut away ready for repair to the footwell.
Footwell repaired and and a new brace installed
Probably the most familiar sight, seen by restorers of
these cars. Both inner and outer sills rusted away, with the remains of
some previous half hearted attempt at repair.
The right side of the car where the sills are in surprisingly
good condition, other than the accident damage
The inner wheel well still in place after removal of
the flat inner guard area. The inner wheel well is not usually available
as a replacement part, so every attempt is made to re use this section.
Front right inner guard removed ready for repair
The inner guard blocked back into shape and ready for
The completed repair
The chassis with rear bulkhead removed for repair. The
rear bulkhead on the 100 simply sits on top of the chassis, so it is quite
often simpler to remove it from the chassis, repair the damaged areas and
then re install. It is interesting to note that this car has the later
"5 stud" differential, which places the car later in production than chassis
number 221536, November 1954
This is all that remains of the rear bulkhead after removing
the damaged areas. As previously mentioned the car had been badly damaged
at the rear, and a "cut and shut" repair performed, where a section of
rear bulkhead from another car was very badly grafted in to make the repair.
All this has been removed in preparation for a proper restoration.
The replacement sheetmetal can be clearly seen in the
Once again, lots of new sheetmetal replacing the old.
It is interesting to note that on the picture above, the boxed area is
not flanged where it meets the curved section of the inner wheel well,
where in the image below the box is flanged. The image above is of the
side original to the car where the image below is of the left side which
was spliced into the car from either a later or earlier car.
The completed trunk area, restored back to original condition.
It is truly amazing what can be found underneath the
And the completed metal finish repair.
The underside of the rear shroud is shown above with
corroded flanges replaced using the oxy acetylene welding method.
The finished repair
The trailing edge of the front left wing is shown above,
showing a previous rough repair.
Once again the completed repair is shown above
Body alignment in process, new rear inner guards clamped
in place and ready for welding.
Trial fitting of the repaired panels
Finally, primer applied, the body is ready for final
finishing and painting.
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restoration process. Restorations by individuals and businesses will be
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me and the Healey community.