The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

The acquisition, restoration, improvements and my experiences over the years are covered in as much detail as I can remember.

Some of the later postings include car club outings and other vintage car items that I hope will be of interest to people.

If you have the time, scroll back to where it all began in 1973 and follow the journey so far.

Thanks for dropping by.

Regards Ray Dean

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Friday, July 13, 2012

One Sadly Negleted 1961 Austin-Healey 3000

The following is from

1961 Austin Healey 3000 Project

The ‘Big Healey’ of the early 1960s stood between the high powered sports cars like the Corvette and E-Type and the smaller, more affordable ones like 4-cylinder MGs and Triumphs.

A good Healey 3000 can now sell for about as much as a same-year Corvette and may not be affordable for many fans of the marque.

The only cheap Healeys nowadays are the ones that need a lot of work. If you are willing to search for a engine, body panels, and other parts, you could start building some sweat equity in this 1961 Healey 3000.

1961 Austin Healey 3000 Trunk

This Healey has not been on the road since 1974 and has suffered greatly ever since. If it spent all that time in the humid Florida climate under poor storage conditions, it’s not surprising that it is as rusty as it appears.

It has lost its engine, although the carbs, intake manifold, pistons, and transmission are still with the car. Normally we would call this a roller, but that’s probably not the right term for this car since it’s described as needing assistance ‘at 2 wheels’ and winching onto a flatbed or trailer to get it home.

A photo shows a rear wheel on a dollie, which suggests that the driveline is probably seized.

1961 Austin Healey 3000 Rear

The good news is that, except for the engine, it looks like pretty much everything is there, including the original dataplate, title from 1974, and the sliding side curtains that these true roadsters had for windows.

The seller doesn’t sugar-coat the scenario for the buyer, saying that the car will need a lot of metal replacement including body panels, doors, trunk, and hood. We would guess that the floors probably need to be added to that list.

He suggests that if a buyer has another Healey with good body panels that can be used on this car, the restoration would yield an authentic BN7 Healey 3000.

That’s a proposition worth considering, since this is a true 2-seat Healey 3000 MkI roadster, one of only 2,825 made from 1959 to 1961.

1961 Austin Healey 3000 Dash

This car is not for everyone… Including us, but we are sure there is someone out there who will buy it. It will need lots of time, effort, and cash to be put right.

The rewards could be there for the right person, who will have one of the rarest of the regular production Healeys, and a true 2-seat British roadster. The seller originally listed it with a $6k
Buy It Now option, but obviously removed that after they saw there was some interest.

We are assuming that the reserve is set a little lower. Anyone here up for a seriously painful restoration project?

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