Growing up around Healeys, my first model car when I was a kid was of course the old Revell 1/25 scale Austin Healey 100/6. The kit first came out in the mid 60's and has been re-released several times over the decades. Surprisingly it's been the only kit of a big Healey to be produced in 1/25 scale. It depicts an early "Longbridge" built 100/6 BN4 - the first of the 6 cylinder/4 seater cars (1956-58).
Built straight from the box, the old castings need some careful sanding and detail improvements to make the grade. I always replace the chunky plastic wheels with some nice etched wire wheels from Detail Master. I also add lots of piping and wiring detail to the engine bay.
Here's the Revell kit built almost straight from the box with just some added details:
The colour scheme I chose for the 1958 BN6 is called Florida Green over Ivory. It featured a "grey" interior with dark green carpets and piping.
Just like the real car, the original colour it was painted in '53 was a light green metallic. Then in '55 the main body and interior were changed and repainted to be the darker Spruce Green. The lighter green still remained visible on all the under areas including the engine bay:
With lots of home made modifications, details and some etched wire wheels, you'd never know that NOJ393 began with the old Revell kit -
So there you have it, where there's a will there's a way! To close, here's a few pics of the out of the box 4 seat 100/6, compared with the heavily modified 2 seat 100/4 model. All built using the old Revell kit model kit from the 1960's...
Until next time,
Well I finally found a new tonneau cover for my MGB. Unfortunately the original one mine came with was quite badly shrunken and would barely fit over the steering wheel much less reach to the front corner snaps. So I've had my sights on e-bay for a long while and was considering buying a brand new tonneau from Prestige. But low and behold I struck gold again! I found a new old stock tonneau in red, complete with it's factory stowage bag!! Amazing!
I just got the tonneau in the mail yesterday and it's beautiful! Of course after being folded up in it's bag for 40-50yrs it will have to be installed and left in the hot sun for a few days to get rid of all the creases.
I've actually been very successful in finding NOS items for this car on e-bay. In fact I'm proud to say there will be hardly any non factory/repro parts when the car is finished.
In the past year I've also found such notable NOS items like my red tunnel carpet; found still in it's original BMC cardboard box! sitting on a shelf for 50yrs!
I also found a NOS starter motor with a date stamp of Dec '63 to replace the non standard repro starter someone had previously installed:
Same thing goes for the oil filter casing, someone had installed an aftermarket "spin on" oil filter attachment so I had to remove it and find a correct NOS one:
I also found a pair of correct original horns with a Jan '64 date stamp on them, and a NOS clutch master cylinder:
Of course the best part about NOS parts is that they're original, factory correct and you know that they're going to fit, be good quality and add value to the car.
In my experience the majority of repro parts available often have glaring visual differences, poor fit and often really bad manufacturer quality.
Original or NOS, though often hard to find, are usually a much better choice in the end.
Until next time...
With the start of a new year there has been some new progress on my MGB.
I gave my gearbox to Richard & Micheal Owen of Owen Automotive to have them properly inspect and rebuild it. Replacing anything that was needed.
Because these early box's had only 3 synchro's (none on 1st or reverse) they were notorious for having damaged/worn laygears. This was because if you're not completely stopped before shifting into 1st, the gears would grind because there's no synchro to prevent it.
To my delight they found that all that the gears including the laygear were in immaculate shape! The car had been driven carefully and well cared for. I only had to replace a few bearings and seals. Now the gearbox is fully rebuilt and ready to go! Thank you Richard and Micheal Owen for your expertise!
In other news, the chassis which is now on a rolling cart, has been returned to Coachwerks from the sandblasters all cleaned to bare metal.
The body panels are all removed and ready for repairs followed by primer/paint by Coachwerks.
In the meantime I've cleaned up all the hardware for the body panels and re-plated everything using my Eastwood zinc plating system.
I also stripped and repainted my folding top frame. I'm still in debate over what colour of top I'm going to have. My car originally was ordered with a black top. However, in 1964 grey was also an option on OEWhite cars. I think the grey top would really look nice against the creamy white body and red interior - but I'm still torn - any opinons on this would be greatly appreciated.
Until next time -
Classic auto enthusiast, upholsterer, coach trimmer, and fine scale modeler.