1963 Austin Healey Sprite mk2 restoration and recreation to Sebring Monza Sprite
"On closer inspection"
It was not my intention to use this cheeky looking little sprite as the donor car for the basis of my Sebring Sprite project, I had originally bought this car as one of those heart ruling the head moments for it's colour, I seem to have a passion for yellow stuff! ??. On closer inspection the car would indeed reqire a major restoration to bring it back to a condition I would be satisfied with when finished. So once stripped down to bare bones, I then decided to recreate to Sebring Sprite.
The home built "A" frame made from box steel and angle iron on which the chassis tub is mounted, giving 360 degree movement, making work tub easy and aided the cutting and removal of the rear wings and panels, leaving the inner wheel arches intact, this would be a requirement for the later fitting of the fibre-glass body.
After a few short days away at the blasters, here the tub is sat ready to collect on the trailer in the autumn sunshine, I was really looking forward to getting it back to the workshop now to look at what amount of cutting and welding would be required before I could start repaint and build etc.
A short 60 mile round trip over to 'Archers Garage' near Oldbury to collect the fibre glass body, bonnet and fittings, on return, many hours of the body being placed over the tub chassis for a trial fittings, removed and trimmed over and over before both chassis and body can be finally bonded and fitted permanently.
Car now given a driveway mid week spray job, albeit under cover in a pop up gazebo and in the very warm weather of late. Here are a few photos of where I am eith the build to date, taken, Sunday 25th July.
Another Sunday on my drive, 1st August 2021 , this time round fitting the windsheild and side screens, cockpit rear view and sidescreen mirrors.