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mods & upgrades for Healey (Nash, Austin, or Jensen) cars, including engine swaps

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88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
(478 posts)

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02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
TR6 74 2.5 injection six

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: 88v8
Date: December 29, 2013 05:35AM

God's version of water injection.
Might be a problem with a paper element :}

Ivor


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: December 29, 2013 11:54AM

yeah, I think we can get it under the hood... we'll see I guess. more body work today.


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: December 30, 2013 10:05AM

Got a lot done yesterday, body in primer, just gotta clean up a few spots and fix the hood then we'll be putting color on her... more to follow, it's 27 degrees here today and not going to get much warmer so we are going to have to heat everything up, including ourselves!!!! had some time to bbq also for some friends that stopped by to catch some football.
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/inprimer1_zps196b59a6.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/inprimer2_zps3670fb13.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/bbq_zps9295801e.jpg


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(792 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: December 30, 2013 04:35PM

Jim, you are a BRAVE Soul ! Just 200 miles east and I would not be out even changing oil. I know WUSS.


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: December 30, 2013 08:21PM

Got a lot done today, just finished up, it's in the 20's outside... too damn cold to be outside, much less painting... got a few spots to clean up and fix and still have to repair the hood and paint it but it's coming along nicely. still have to clear it out also.
a few teaser pics
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/painting1_zps6fe31752.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/painting2_zps638e908a.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/painting3_zps1beaf18e.jpg


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1199 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: December 31, 2013 03:57AM

Jim!
I know that sleep is for the weak, but when do you rest man?
And more importantly, how do you get your woman to work on the car? Especially in the cold.
The lovely Lynne would have me looking longingly at a knot hole in a pine before she did any of that.
Pretty impressive, looking forward to more.
Happy New Year
Fred


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: December 31, 2013 08:19AM

Happy New Years to you also!! She enjoys the work and actually gets mad at me when I give her something she deems too easy. I would be cranking out more on the car now but we are waiting for the temp to rise a few degrees, it's 21 right now and theres frost all over the car. Around 9 we should be rocking and rolling again.



Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: January 01, 2014 11:13AM

Got the body all finished up yesterday, still got to wet sand and buff, etc but I'm glad it's in clear finally... It turned out awesome and I love the color. I still have to finish the hood prep and paint it red also.
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/bodyinpaint3_zps36e271e3.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/bodyinpaint2_zps7366c707.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/bdyinpaint1_zps0e10e0bb.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/hoodprep_zps0e474927.jpg


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5261 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: January 01, 2014 12:25PM

Are you going to reinforce the edges of that hood cutout?

Jim


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: January 01, 2014 12:51PM

yeah, I'm going to clean it all up and brace it accordingly. We already braced the rear pretty good but I'm thinking about putting bar stock on it to give it a 90 degree edge and more of a finished look. On my Camaro I just put the door edge molding and it turned out pretty good, but I'd like to try something a little bit different on this one.
I pushed it out in the sun and got some better pics
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/inthesun5_zps580e8d22.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/inthesun1_zpscd50e2cb.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/inthesun2_zpse7290315.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/inthesun4_zpsff781392.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/inthesun3_zps89ac553d.jpg
forgive the water spots, etc on the car it's morning moisture...


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(442 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: January 01, 2014 07:31PM

Jim,

You sure work quick! With that red paint and supercharger through the hood, your car is starting to look like my avatar. Happy New Year! Looking forward to the report of your first drive.


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: January 02, 2014 10:41AM

Yeah, I'm actually thinking alot about detachable wheelie bars at this point... we'll see. I should be able to get alot more done this weekend hopefully.


Richard/SIA
Richard Brengman
No. Nevada
(336 posts)

Registered:
01/17/2014 07:47PM

Main British Car:
1969 Triumph GT6+ 225" Buick V6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Richard/SIA
Date: February 13, 2014 02:46AM

I had one of those hoods, or one VERY similar many years ago.
Lost in a fire during storage.

Would you consider selling it?
Would you consider letting me repair it as a plug and make a mold from it?
I have to say that to look "Right" with that bonnet the rear of the car would need to be restyled.
I think the rounded front and square rear would look a bit odd.


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: February 19, 2014 09:07PM

The denner bonnet is getting put in the shed waiting for a nice bugeye where I don't need to put a hole in the hood to fit an engine. It's ready to be picked up at the corvette shop... I figured corvette guys would fix it right. We'll see. The car has some drastic changes since the last time I posted, I'll crank it first(here in a few days) before I post up pics and vids.


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: February 22, 2014 04:32PM

I lied... here's the pics:
I made some drastic changes to get the car ready for the nice weather... Bitch all you want, I kinda like it better this way, way simpler, engine is proven, and all my projects will be on the road a lot faster now that the blown ls6 will go in the vette. If I had a few parts that are in the mail, the car would be out scaring small children already. Console and gas tank will be back from upholstery beginning of next week, everything under the car is in except driveshaft, got the new yoke and it's an inch too short, new one on the way along with new throttle cable and tranny cooler. Other than that and the new speedhut gauges I'm waiting on, it's ready to go. Sounds like a lot but it's really not.
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zps6efb41bb.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zpsb2084ee7.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zpsa8577cf0.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zpscf81cdef.jpg
almost forgot, also still waiting on the new front brakes... should be here any day now.



88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
(478 posts)

Registered:
02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
TR6 74 2.5 injection six

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: 88v8
Date: February 23, 2014 05:35AM

Well, quick work again. Look forward to seeing it done.

Meanwhile I'm not seen any cause for bitching.
And the good thing with people being so fat n'all, pedestrians won't be able to hide behind that hood scoop lol

Ivor


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: February 23, 2014 08:48AM

Yeah, I don't mind the blower right there, I was used to looking around it on the Camaro. I'm going to toss the old engine into the Camaro today or tomorrow and then the ls6 into the corvette. It'll get engines into projects and get them out of the way. I'm very anxious to get the little car on the road... should be any day now really. One side affect of tossing new seats in it is they have more padding and sit up a few inches higher... hopefully my head doesn't stick to the bottom side of it or through the roof.


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: February 25, 2014 08:39PM

Got the console and tank back from upholstery and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. At the very least It's better than looking at a nasty gas tank or a bland looking console. I put the matching emblem on the back of the tank as the front, just forgot to snap a pic. Started making panels to put the interior back together, that's what the black board in the back is., still have to make holes in it for the fuel lines and the roll bar but it's close. I also still need to make the holes for the speakers, they will go under the dash in the close out wings by the driver passenger knee area. Just 4 inch speakers, nothing crazy, and only using 2. I'll make the finishing piece that will make the dash blend better into the console, just haven't had time. Also need to fill in the square hole and make 4 holes for the new gauges. It's getting there. On a side note my transmission cooler got here from ebay today and was literally falling apart out of the box with 2 broken fan mounts on it. We'll see how the seller wants to handle it, it's just frustrating.
Oh yeah, don't worry, floors and wheel well area will be getting carpet, just haven't gotten it down yet.
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zpsc32bae02.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zps2a5a2a8d.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zps6bdeeaf7.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zpse65aed6c.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zps24c1b83f.jpg


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(104 posts)

Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: March 08, 2014 11:26AM

Don't beat me up too bad for my switch panel... still wiring and the pics are just with stuff test fit, should be finished with wiring by the end of today or early tomorrow... Still cutting on the hood setup, the snow kind of killed my progress that I had going on, working out of a car port doesn't help. More to follow
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zps2dc441bd.jpg
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/jpurdy231/null_zps4da44fe5.jpg


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4299 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Austin Healey Sprite LS6/200-4r
Posted by: Moderator
Date: March 09, 2014 11:11AM

Quote:
Got the console and tank back from upholstery and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.

They look great! I especially like the way your tunnel turned out. I want to do something similar. Do you have any advice? (What sort of padding and how thick? etc.)
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