1961 Jaguar E Type
This has been a labor of love here. We were given the go ahead to restore this lovely car to Jaguar Club of North America Gold Concours standards. Finished in 2019, it went on to win the National Concours E Type Title Championship.
It had two consecutive 100 point showings! Henry Platts is the proud owner of this car which had belonged to his late father. The car had been in storage for many years prior to the exhaustive nut and bolt restoration.
The entire story has been captured at Hemmings.com, From father to son to show-winner – the rebirth of a 1961 Jaguar E-type.
1968 Jaguar E-Type OTS
This is one of the very few projects that drove here under its own power. Many of the cars we restore tend to come into the shop in many pieces and parts, for this E-Type we had an opportunity to record the build from the very beginning and assess the parts as they came off the car.
Like many customers, David and Tara Ostby have owned and loved this car for many years and explained that this was the first time they had been separated from the car since purchased. The car had been painted some years ago and when we knocked down the paint saw that there was a fair amount of typical Jaguar rust damage in the sills and floors. We also found some weakness in the birdcage area up front.
David intends to own this car “forever” so we built him a car that will last, too. The body is now solid, and all wiring, electrical, and mechanical systems have been gone through, and rebuilt as needed. This is a really spectacular car, and one the Ostbys will be proud to own for a long time.
1956 Austin-Healey 100M
Melvin and Lynn Dale asked us to provide an Austin Healey Club of America Concours Gold Level restoration on their 1956 100M. The 100M is special in that only 640 cars were produced at the factory. This car has been certified factory produced and is as original as could be restored, winning 971 out of 1000 points (950 plus points is Gold) in its first showing in Gettysburg PA in July of 2015. It also won first place in the Concours Class in the Popular Car Show. It is arguably one of the nicest 100M automobiles in existence today.
1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
This was a complete no expense spared nut and bolt restoration. This included a rotisserie complete strip to bare metal with concours quality body and paint work. All systems and components were evaluated and restored, or replaced. Some components were upgraded, but all with basically period available parts. Probably one of the finest GTVs in the States.
1967 Austin Healey BJ8
John Saccameno’s new Healey. Basically, a brand new car: Chassis, body, engine, trans, suspension, etc. John bought the car from a customer who decided to go racing instead of pursuing the build with his son. We had done a fair amount of the work already. The car has a new Kilmartin chassis and typical Sport and Specialty quality body and paint work. Since the car was already white, John decided to brighten it up with the blue coves, leather interior, Mini Lite style wheels, and an Everfast blue top. The car also sports a five speed in place of the 4 speed and OD, as the original trans was useless. A wonderful car to drive and is winning a few awards!
1966 Austin Healey BJ8
This car has seen Chuck and Edie Anderson – founding members of the Austin Healey Club of America – through too many drives and events to count. After a traffic encounter at Conclave, they had the car brought in for the damage to be repaired and for a freshening. It was an honor to deliver it back to them in French Lick, IN at the 2018 Conclave.
1976 Triumph TR6
The new owner of this really nice TR6 had us go through and check out the car for safety and running stability. We did a full service went through the suspension and brakes which needed attention. We have upgraded to new SU carbs and rebuilt the engine. It’s back on the road enjoying the miles.
1965 Series 1 E-Type
A solid Series 1 4.2-litre car that had been sitting for a while and needed to be re-commissioned. We’re installed a new fuel tank and rebuilt the carbs, also rebuilt the diff and freshen up all the components. We pulled the engine and trans after finding the flywheel had rusted to the clutch. Cleaned everything up and reinstalled. The car is running and driving well and enjoy summer drives!
1965 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8
This car is another re-commission project, having sat for a few years. The gas tank was worthless, and the carbs needed a rebuild. We also replaced the top and installed a new stainless-steel exhaust, as well as fixed some rust damage in the trunk. New tires were mounted and after some tuning and a full service the car runs and drives very nicely.
1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider
This is a first year Kamm Tail 1750 Spider with only 4,829 produced. We had been working to slowly refurbish the car that would include a full engine rebuild in 2017 when John then bought this Alfa from the Fonda family in April of 2018. It has been returned to a very stock Spica injected engine configuration with a few driving upgrades. It now has new floors, driver’s side rocker panels, replaced and painted hood, rear deck lids, valance, as well as painted and repaired nose, and new front bumpers. The full interior and top are brand new and the wheels, tires, springs, and shocks have been upgraded to Konis and Eibachs. In addition, a rebuilt limited slip differential was added from a 1978 Afla. A mishap in 2019 brought about a conversion to the Euro style covered headlights. Its now a great driver and event car!.
Ferret Armored Car
We worked on a Land Rover last year for a customer who has some interesting vehicles. He recently acquired this Ferret Armored Scout Car that he hasn’t been able to get started and asked if we would like a go at it. After a fair amount of troubleshooting we got the six cylinder Rolls Royce gasoline engine to pop, but not run consistently. It was fun to have here for a while, but we don’t see a new niche opening up soon.
1965 Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto Spider
This car belonged to our friend and Ferrari aficionado Tom Caulfield. We have been servicing the car for years, including an engine overhaul. The current owner, and another regular customer, recently brought it in for a few minor issues and a new exhaust. We also did a service check on this very original and really nice Duetto.
1965 Alfa Romeo 1600 Giulia Sprint
This car had been sitting for a quite a few years and been started but not used on the road for a while. It’s a really nice and well-loved car that had an older restoration but needed some service and refreshing. After a full maintenance checkup, we fixed a head gasket leak, replaced all of the cooling hoses, rebuilt the Weber carbs, installed an electronic ignition, and spruced up some of the paint. At the owner’s request we installed a modern retro radio and made sure the car was road worthy at a moments notice. She’s a real beauty!
1948 Triumph 2000 Roadster
This unique car came in not running and with overheating issues. Newly acquired by a Healey customer, we set about making it safe and reliable. First, we got all of the gauges working and made sure the doors opened and closed with regularity and then tackled the various mechanical issues. Among the major issues were that the right front spindle was junk and had to be machined for a new bearing. The thermostat housing was completely disintegrated and held together with an oversized hose. All of the material from the thermostat housing ended up in the radiator which had to be re-cored. We also rebuilt the distributor and replaced the points and condenser as the rubbing block was basically gone. Down the road, we’re looking to try an electronic ignition as well as a higher voltage coil to make sure this beauty remains running nicely and used regularly.