Austin Healey Sprite MK4
This is an exciting project. Mark 4 Sprites are rare and this one is in for a concours spec rebuild. Painted in it's factory Mineral Blue it's going to be gorgeous!
See below for more pics and updates on the Sprite
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It's always nice to start painting some shiny bits!
I've been pretty busy on the Sprite. Sadly it was in very poor condition when it came out of the acid bath. A lot of rust and a lot of pretty poor older repairs. We've ordered a whole bunch of replacement panels and gotten stuck into cutting all the nasty old stuff out and replacing it with new metal.
The colour's been chosen, the body's been cleaned up from the chemical dip and epoxy primed, I've started the rust repairs by replacing the bottom of a door and also primed some panels.
So the body tub has come back from its day spa at the chemical dippers. Sadly it's not as nice as we were hoping, in fact, it's pretty rough... We have a massive order of replacement panels coming from Colin Dodds at Spriteparts and there's a lot of cutting and welding in my future!
Unfortunately it's had a typical amateur restoration. I don't like to be critical, everybody does their best, but this is not the way to do things. There's a lot of overlapped panels just tacked over rust and some pretty nasty welding. We'll make it better.
I have the hanging panels here while the body is being stripped and chemically dipped. We started off by paint stripping them, uncovering a bit of filler and a few areas that needed attention. Fixed those, got the panels into primer and started body working them.