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1965 Austin Healey Sprite. 1st registered 8th April 1965 in Birmingham.
This car used to belong to Arthur Martin of Twyning who sadly is no longer with us.
Recommissioning the car has been interesting. Fortunately Arthur had documented the electrical circuit upgrades. The water pump needed replacement, much cursing accompanied the refitment of the four radiator mounting bolts over the six hours that took. The braking system was filled with silicon fluid - thank heavens - as some loose pipework connections sprayed the fluid over the nice shiny paintwork. The rear brakes were nearly totally ineffective and needed new shoes, handbrake levers, handbrake rods and compensator. They work well now.
I know the car looks a little high for road height, that will be addressed in due course.
I also know that the front and rear of the car looks more like a MK4 than a MK3, but it is like brand new. It drives and handles, and brakes beautifully.
The signal indicators have been challenging. On the way back from the MOT they ceased to function. It had to be a bad connection, hadn't it! After checking all the wiring and switch, it turned out to be a failed flasher unit. Next trip they ceased to work again. Not the replacement flasher unit? Check all the wiring out again and found a broken wire by the indicator switch. Hey ho, what next?
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