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2.5 years later...

richberman

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I thought I'd post my progress report after 2.5 years of work on my 57 Longbridge. I was able to drive her 5 miles into town for a gas fill up and a vacuum. A few more bits and I get to drive her to her first Healey Encounter! Thanks to everyone on this forum for your help, expertise, advise and encouragement on this first car restoration project. What a great father-son experience!

https://picasaweb.google.com/110087349657726745747/57AustinHealey#

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Jim,
I always thought the bumpers detracted from the Coker lines. Color combo thanks to Aston Martin...and Chubby Checker who told me to do it. He said that was his favorite car....
rich
 

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OMG you did a great job great pics I hope your son enjoyed building it with you what an experience for the both of you congrats
 

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Rich - great looking Longbridge!!! I wish I could have finished my bn4 in just 2 1/2 years. A job well done!!!

jim:driving:
 
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tony,
I hope so. Feel free to review the pictures. It's mostly concours correct as far as parts with a few modernization/safety additions.
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Looks very nice Rich - great job. What are the tags on the wheel spokes?
 
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Looks very nice Rich - great job. What are the tags on the wheel spokes?

They are like when I was a kid and attached playing card with clothes pins to my bicycle spokes so it would make a great sound while riding. What I never realizes until this weekend was that all the time I was trying to make my bicycle sound like a Healey!:glee: The Healey sounded so nice that I removed the tags. (they really were placed by Alan Hendrix to indicate which tire went where..not sure why though..maybe he'll respond here to explain)
Cheers,
Rich
 

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Beautiful job... Love, love, love the color choice! :encouragement:
 

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WOW ! great colours
 
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Rich,

You really accomplished a lot in a relatively short period as full restorations go. Nice job and I, too, love the color combo. Did you fit an oil cooler behind the lower shroud cutout? Yes

Now you need to find a bugeye for your son.
He wants a BIG Healey too....
 

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Rich - any new photos of your BN4? I hope you are thirsty at Encounter on Saturday, the drinks are on me for a job well done!!!!! jim:driving:
 

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Wonderful job Rich! A Healey father-son project is memorable accomplishment indeed. My '57 100-6 MM vintage race car project started out as a father & son endeavor, which turned out to be more "father" then son, but I see him coming back around as he helps crew for me at all the different tracks we compete at. I think he could beat my best times with little effort, it's just the focus that seems to be lacking. Maybe it's just the generation. He kills me at the kart track though, and I cheat any chance I get....
 
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