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Starting restoration

Starting restoration of a 1960 AH3000. Would appreciate any comments from anyone that's been through the process especially things they wish they had done differently.
starting restoration

As you dismantle, bag and label everything. Organization of stored parts is critical, make a special place for them or you will find yourself buying replacement parts just because you can't find the ones you took off the car. E-mail me if you have specific questions, I'm just finishing a '61 MK11 tricarb, am retired and have time to answer you. Good luck.
Ken Wheatley
BT7 restoration

you can't take too many photos, as things are now and as you disassemble. I'm in the middle of the restoration of a 60 BT7 and wish I'd taken more pictures as I begin the reassembly process. Good luck - Steve Detra
healey 3000 restoration manual

Anyone have info where I can get a 3000 restoration manual at a reasonable price? I know some e-bay booksellers have some for highly inflated prices. A banged up smudged but readable copy would do.

restoration manual

Good question. There really is no such thing as a real restoration manual, at least none of any I know. There were some websites that had people showing what they were doing with photos, but nothing that would give a step by step method. I'd hope to do that one day, but like all plans, I keep putting it off. Couple things to remember: one is patience. two is time. three is space. four is focus. five is money. If you can handle all five, then you will be able to finish a task once started. Your best bet is to get hold of a proper BMC parts book on the specific Healey you have. It will show hundreds of drawn pictures of the parts your car has along with the parts numbers. Second, get catalogs from Moss Motors, Victoria British, Denis Welch, Southern Carburettors, and AH Spares....they all have web sites that picture their bits available. Third would be to get a few books on the subject of Healeys....start with the Original Austin Healey....not really a restoration book but a good reference point. Don't be afraid to ask for help from club members....we are willing to give a hand to those who ask. Another way to read the books without forking out the cash is to request the books at your local library...hell, you're already paying taxes to support them, now start using them. You will need to get the exact title name and author when making the request. Also, consider getting old copies or thumb thru old copies of the club's newsletter...lots of info not published elsewhere. Oh, I forgot to add the late Norman Nock's collections of photos that he put into a book form.

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Our Healey has lived in Pasadena, CA...Irvine, CA...Yorba Linda, CA...Palm Springs, CA and now Mooresville, NC.