|Our steed - Ashton's Austin-Healey 100/4|
Despite the Austin-Healey's succesful history, no-one has ever entered one in the Peking to Paris event. There have been Morgans, Datson 240zs, Aston Martins, Bristols, Porsches, and even Mercedes SLs, but no Austin-Healeys. So we feel that given the history of the car, it is time that this omission in rectified !
|The sump hanging down|
|Low exhaust hanging down|
|Works Healey with side mounted exhaust|
|Dave Godwin & I at Niagara Falls 2016|
|Dave Godwin & 1 in Argentina 2015|
|Dave Godwin's amazing MGA "RIP"|
Additionally there are Healey spare parts and preparation companies in the UK, and I will be visiting a couple of these during a trip to the UK in April this year, once again seeking advice and suggestions as well as spare parts !
|The cockpit of our Healey|
With Ashton in Sydney and Giles in Surfers Paradise, where to best work on the car was obviously an issue. But with Ashton still working full time, and me being retired, the one thing I obviously have is the time to do (or at least oversee) the work, so it is logical for us to move the car from Sydney to Queensland so I can have it here. How I fit it in to my current two car garage despite me already having 3 cars is something that will need to be discussed with my wife !!
At the moment all we have is lots of ideas, and we are doing a lot of on-line research into what we will need in terms of parts and rebuilding. Add this to the verbal advice of Austin-Healey specialists, and by July this year we will need to have a firm go-forward plan. The car really needs to be completed by the end of 2018 at the latest, so we can give it a good shake down before it needs to be shipped to China in March 2019. So at the moment there is a lot of paper shuffling, and working out lists and time-lines - All of which will no doubt be amended a great deal over the coming months !
Some other pics are here :- https://goo.gl/photos/d1Sjkq6y1NvJ47ur9