1967 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8

This project came to us from a returning customer. 4 years earlier, the owner had commissioned Classic Investments to complete a restorative overhaul to the engine and transmission.  Pleased to see them return, we welcomed the now requested cosmetic restoration and began work straight away.

 

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Chuck has been busy stripping the car of all mechanical and interior equipment and removing body panels for refinishing. As of now, this car is undergoing repairs to the front section of the frame after some poor repair work was spotted during disassembly. All repairs are being made back to factory specifications. The steel body panels are being cleared of paint by media blasting and the aluminum sections have been cleaned with a chemical product. We have been encouraged by the potential this car has, although there is a fair amount of plastic filler hidden under the paint. The engine and transmission came out easily and were still clean as a whistle after 4 years service since their refurbishment. The top is currently being recovered and a list of new parts has been ordered for the planned return to original Healey Blue paint over a red leather interior. The engine bay will also be freshened up with new peripherals.

 

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After spending a week in the frame shop to straighten the big Healey out, it was off to the media blasters to expose all the nooks and crannies to our top notch metal technician. Two fabricated frame sections have been welded in (made to exacting factory specifications) where the frame had previously suffered from major damage and poor repairs many years ago. Now sitting comfortably in our climate controlled metal shop, the largest holes to the smallest cracks and even the most distorted bits will all be brought back to the highest of standards before this legendary vehicle moves on to the next step: body and paint.

 

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We are nearing completion of the metal working stage on the big Healey. With the chassis straightened up and some newly minted braces and panels now securely welded, we are undergoing the final steps of fitment and finishing before she moves into paint for a fresh new start. Every square cm of this car has been looked over for proper alignment and Steve has had a keen eye on it through every step, working closely with our metal fabrication specialist.

New parts have arrived for the rest of the car, too, and once out of the booth this restoration is going to take off like a rocket, with everything carefully sorted and ready for reassembly.

 

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With metal work complete, the 3000 has undergone a meticulous massage by the body and paint crew. With every panel triple checked, the car was painted, sanded, buffed to a shine and then completely disassembled again for safe storage of the bodywork until mechanical assembly is complete. With wiring and instrumentation going in and the suspension and rear axle now secure, the car is mobile and quickly going from station to station as it nears completion. The new interior will be in place soon and, shortly thereafter, we will have lots of new pictures coming as the body is reassembled and trimmed out to completion!

 

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Body work is going on the Big Healey! With the engine returned to its original nesting spot, wiring harness snaked through all the right ports and a fully assembled instrument cluster reading all the vitals, Ron took the BJ8 on her first drive since work began. Performing wonderfully and providing an excellent baseline for final tuning and inspection, this Brit classic is nearing the finish-line in our shop.

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The Big Healey rolled out of our shop under the control of her owner. Brand new again, this car now features a modern stereo – arguably the one thing the 3000 was lacking when it rolled off the line nearly 50 years ago. We hope our valued client enjoys many years and many miles of driving enjoyment in this British classic!