Here at Murray Scott-Nelson we are able to create the ultimate Austin Healey. We have been restoring Healeys for over 30 years with many concours wins to our name.
We begin by completely stripping the vehicle to a bare shell. All outer panels are sent for specialist paint removal. The chassis substructure is sandblasted to remove all the old paint, underseal and corrosion. After mounting the chassis on our jig to check its alignment, our next step is to restore the chassis substructure by renewing or repairing the floors, chassis sections, sills and wheel arches etc. as required, with the chassis substructure restored back to its original specification.
When all the outer panels are back to bare metal, we then assess the condition and where possible we will always use the original panels. Repairing as required using off the shelf repair panels or custom make a repair section. Once all the outer panels are repaired or renewed, we then begin the painstaking process of fitting them to the restored chassis substructure, paying particular attention to all panel alignment and door fit. The pre paint preparation also includes fitting the grille, lights, bumpers, windscreen, locks and door handles etc. etc. When completed to our satisfaction, all the panels are then removed and sprayed inside and out with etch primer.
The inside of the wings and front alloy shroud are also treated with antistone chip for maximum protection. The doors, bonnet, boot lid and alloy rear shroud are etch primed 2K primer and painted inside and out in the final colour, then flatted and polished for the finest results. All our paintwork is carried out in a controlled environment low bake oven.
When the chassis substructure is returned to our workshop we begin the re assembly process, starting with the suspension, steering and brakes. All the components are totally stripped and inspected and either restored or renewed.
The engine is totally dismantled and chemically washed. The cylinder head and block are pressure tested; the water jackets are acid cleaned and all other components i.e. crankshaft, conrods, camshaft, oil pump and gear wheels are thoroughly checked and measured for wear. Performance enhancements such as gas flowed and alloy cylinder heads, high lift camshaft etc. etc can be added to individual requirements. Gearboxes, overdrives and rear axles are cleaned and thoroughly inspected. Any rebuilding work is sub contracted to a specialist, which we find is the most cost effective option.
The engine bay is then meticulously fitted up with new wiring loom, pipe work, cables and clips etc. The rebuilt engine and gearbox, which have been finished in their original colour metallic green, are carefully lowered and placed onto the painted chassis substructure.
Once the rebuilt carburettors, dynamo, distributor, starter motor and radiator are fitted, we then bring the project to a running and driving skeleton before refitting all the exterior body panels with ultimate care and attention to detail. As we reassemble the car, each nut and bolt is greased before fitting and all inaccessible areas are sprayed with waxoyl anti corrosion protection.
With the trim completed. Finally we fit the new wheels, tyres and start road testing and fault finding. Once final adjustments have been carried out the car is ready for delivery.
We also offer restoration tailored to your specification or budget. In all our restorations we keep you up to date with photographic record.
Painting a classic car is an art in itself. We begin with the restored chassis substructure, all the joints are seam sealed, the underside and wheel arches are treated with anti stone chip (a modern flexible undercoat for maximum protection) then treated with a 2K primer and finally sprayed in its finished colour. During this process the structure is turned 360 degrees to ensure 100% coverage and maximum rust protection.
Engine rebuilding is done in house, each engine has the crankshaft, conrods, pistons, front pulley, flywheel and clutch dynamically balanced to maximise smooth running. The cylinder head is rebuilt to use lead free fuel with stainless steel valve and bronze valve guides.
Retriming is carried out, to the original colour schemes in either leather or the original ambla vinyl, with hoods in vinyl or mohair. If required, our trim department can offer a bespoke trim service to your specification and colour choice.
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