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Austin Sheerline Project

Cgantner5150

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A buddy and I just purchased a 1949 Austin Sheerline A125. We found it local in Louisiana and for quite a good price. She appears to be very structurally sound (surprisingly no rust). We are planning to do more of a restomod with the mechanicals but make the exterior stock appearing.

She was delivered this past weekend and we spent two days cleaning all the "stuff" out. I purchased a shop manual for it. My experience has been with Corvettes and I am almost finished (will never stop) with my 86 Corvette.

I am sure I will have a lot of questions so please bear with me. I will need to find a bunch of parts and will be selling some I am sure. I do plan on rebuilding the engine as a side project.

How about some pics.

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Mickey Richaud

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Hey, Gantner - Where yat? And welcome to the party!

Looks like you're gonna have a ball with that. 'Fraid you won't have time to finish it for the show at Delgado, but maybe next year...

:cheers:
Mickey
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Cgantner5150

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Show at Delgado? Didn't know about that. When? I live about 5 minutes from their main campus by City Park.

I can't seem to find out a lot about the Sheerline. I need things such as lenses. I hear that they share common components with others, just not sure which ones. My neighbor is a wonderful wood worker (and he owns a lumber yard) so hopefully I can get him to help with the interior trim. Seats we have not decided yet.

The plan is to swap in an LS engine and trans with a ford 8.8 rear out of an explorer (1/2 inch difference in width). Not sure about the front yet (fab in tubular upper and lower A arms and coilovers). I think updated front and rear brakes and suspension are important. I am sure some will find this as a sacrelige.

Our goal is a dependable cruiser. I grew up on carbs and drum brakes. Once I made the switch to EFI there was no going back.
 

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Cgantner5150

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We will go check it out - not in the Austin, yet.
This is going to take a while. The Vette took two and a half years of weekend and nights in my backyard. Even painted the pearl white in a portable garage back there. Thank goodness for understanding neighbors.

You going to be here for the show? Let me know.
 

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Can't make it this year, sad to say.
 

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The plan is to swap in an LS engine and trans with a ford 8.8 rear out of an explorer (1/2 inch difference in width). Not sure about the front yet (fab in tubular upper and lower A arms and coilovers). I think updated front and rear brakes and suspension are important. I am sure some will find this as a sacrelige.

Looks like 7851 ever made - so, probably what's left worldwide is in the dozens. That said, sound like a cool project, though you might want to consider re-powering with an XJ6 Jag engine - partly to keep it british but mostly because I suspect it will be a much much easier fit. Keep us posted!
 

Cgantner5150

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I measured out the LS engine (I am a Chevy Guy) and it should fit without issue. I have thought about fabbing bolt in motor mounts just to keep the options open in the future, BUT I realize that a proper resotration is way over my budget.

Don't tell anybody but my first thought was a BMW straight 6 (I have an X5 and it is a nice engine). My buddy (Ford guy) nixed that idea right away. I just want trouble free and availability of parts. Not a racer by any means (that's what the Vette is for). The LS is an incredible platform.

Like I stated earlier - I can't wait to get into the Austin 6. I also can't wait to see the machinist's face when I bring the pieces to him. Of course I am sure I will laugh/cry when he gives me the estimate.....
 

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I believe this engine is basically a six cylinder version of the four used in the Austin Healey 100 (actually vice versa, the lopped off two cylinders to make the four) anyway, you probably won't have too much luck finding Austin Sheerline parts, but Healey 100 parts are available from several sources, including the mass market british car supplies such as Moss Motors and Victoria British. The 100 motor is 2.66 liter 4, I am pretty sure the Sheerline is a 4 liter 6, same bore and stroke, I think the same pistons, etc.
 

Cgantner5150

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Thanks, glemon. I did read that somewhere today while surfing around and it's good to hear that from another source. On the eBay UK site someone actually sells oversized pistons and rings for the 6 as well as full gasket sets and bearings. I also found a set of tail lights and a grill.
Let the monetary bleeding begin....
 

Cgantner5150

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Little update - finally got the rear brake drums off so the beauty would roll. Put on some tires and she now resides in the back yard in the portable garage (paint booth for the Vette).
Took a bit but finally got the trunk open - had to drill the lock out. We could not locate a key for it, but the ignition key is there thankfully.
Found quite a few parts on the UK eb*y site. Nothing on this side of the pond though.

Next comes the tear down. We are thinking of pulling the body off the frame. Should help with the frame mods for the rearend transplant.
 

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Guys, the D series BMC motor was a reliable long lasting beast. It was used in only one sporting car, the Jensen 541.

Stock A125 tune gave 130 BHP, in the Jensens with DS7 twin SU tune it gave 150 bhp.
 

Cgantner5150

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I'll go grab that magazine today - thanks for the heads up.

i have all intentions of rebuilding the engine but no plans on putting it back in the Sheerline. I think it would look great in the living room when it is done.

We located and grabbed a rear end this past weekend (8.8 limited slip disk brake setup out of a 97 Ford Explorer). My new TIG should be here by Friday (I always wanted one).

We even put in a bit of time last night (Monday) and removed some of the front body work and radiator.
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why did you leave the Citroens?

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JP, He was smart to buy the one he did even if the French jobs were for sale! Ever hear what it cost to rebuild the oil over air suspension in a Citroen? Very complicated and very expensive. PJ
 

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JP, He was smart to buy the one he did even if the French jobs were for sale! Ever hear what it cost to rebuild the oil over air suspension in a Citroen? Very complicated and very expensive. PJ

so, when was that ever an issue with these cars? :whistle: "no, really honey, it won't cost that much, I promise"
 
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