|Currently under construction in our workshop as of October 2012 is this 1959 Austin Healey Sprite with a full Sebring Coupe body, the car is being built to a fast road / light competition specification. The bodyshell has been sandblasted to take it back to bare metal, new floors, new inner and outer sills have been fitted and a new Archers Garage Sebring body has been fitted, the whole car has been painted inside and out with 2 pack Speedwell Blue paint. The interior will feature a full leather (not vinyl) retrim including Ashley seats, a rear cage and full harness belts, mechanically we expect to have a rebuilt gearbox, a mildly tuned 1293cc engine, uprated suspension all round, 14" wire wheels, new disc brakes, a rear panhard rod plus many other special little finishing details that we are so good at here at Ashley. The car is for sale and if interested please give us a call and we can discuss price and specification.|
|A rather sad, but sound 1959 frogeye as we bought it off ebay in early 2011. We have had this car sitting on the side lines awaiting it's turn in the workshop, which has now arrived.|
|As you can see now after many hours of welding and preparation the car is now in colour and awaiting it's refit|
|We have now decided on the final specification of our Sebring Sprite, the car will be built to a fast road spec with a 1380 engine running a sidedraught weber, modified head and a Piper 285 camshaft, the suspension will feature uprated lever arm shocks, 600lb front springs 3/4 anti roll bar, and at the rear lowered and softened springs plus a panhard rod for axle location, the car will be running on 14" wire wheels, we have really gone to town on the interior with blue leather Ashley seats, light blue carpets, blue panels, blue roll cage, Nardi steering wheel plus some very special Ashley finishing touches throughout, watch this page for the final build up|
Front laminated windscreen fitted and rear Perspex one in place
Interior coming together, with leather quilted tunnel cover and bespoke leather arm rest stitched to light blue carpet, dashboard trimmed in blue and special padded scuttle top cover below windscreen
(front view) On it's wheels and ready to go for the fitting of a tailor made roll cage
(rear view) On it's wheels and ready to go for the fitting of a tailor made roll cage
Setting the centreline on rear axle, we have just fitted new Peter May competition rear springs. With quarter eliptic cars there can be quite a lot of movement in the rear springs, so setting the axle dead centre is critical before fitting a rear panhard rod to aid axle location.
A tailor made cage is required for a Sebring roofed car as the pillars are in a different place to a Midget/Sprite this is the cage being made and installed at CCK
Lowered with race front and rear springs and black wire wheels
The power comes from a Peter May road/race spec 1380 engine and Moto-Build Racing close ratio gearbox
Rear axle location via Panhard rod and rose jointed anti tramp bars
Rolling road setting of the fuelling and ignition, plus 45 minutes of driving simulation to check for leaks, overheating, oil pressure, odd vibrations, but all was OK
Custom made alloy inner wings
Completed and at it's first official race meeting where it finished 3rd in class!