We now have a coverage of continuous enchancment on our vehicles to maintain them in the identical, or higher, situation as once we purchased them. We full most of this work over the winter interval when the vehicles do not exit on rent and this winter (2015/2016) we’ve been engaged on our Austin Healey 3000.Our Healey was re-built about 15 years in the past and inevitably it exhibits a bit put on and tear. We now have beforehand changed the carpets and re-upholstered the seats and I’ve purchased a brand new blue mohair hood which can shortly be fitted by our native trimmer.This winter I turned my consideration to the Austin Healey’s chrome work, none of which was exhibiting any rust however was changing into a bit boring by way of a few years of being polished. I purchased new elements for the bonnet grille and new door handles from AH Spares and fitted these after which turned my consideration to the bumpers.
Final winter we repainted our Jaguar E-Kind and I had the rear bumpers re-chromed. This turned from a simple job right into a three month saga and price the identical as a brand new set of bumpers. So somewhat than go although the identical ache with the Austin Healey bumpers I made a decision to only change them. Whereas looking for replacements (AH Spares and others) I got here throughout an organization which affords extremely polished stainless-steel bumpers as an alternative of chrome.The worth labored out about the identical as new chrome ones and they might have the profit that the end cannot develop pock marks, rust by way of or polish off. The one doable fly within the ointment was that they’re manufactured and bought by a non UK firm – based mostly in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis (Saigon), Vietnam. This doesn’t suggest I’m xenophobic. It’s simply that almost all of our basic rent vehicles (the US ones excepted) had been constructed pretty domestically I’ve the luxurious of the elements suppliers being native, and if there may be something incorrect with any of the elements I can pop within the automotive and return them. Not really easy to return to Vietnam.Anyway I made a decision to go forward and organize them. Ordering was easy sufficient and so they had been shipped by way of TNT the next day,arriving right here inside a few week. Eradicating the outdated bumpers was very easy, as I had eliminated them a number of years in the past to wash and polish them, and paint the within and I had used copper grease on the bolts once I re-assembled them.As ever becoming the brand new stainless-steel bumpers took a bit longer. They had been all made to the identical dimensions because the outdated ones, all of the holes in the correct locations and got here full with a set of bolts. Right here I’ve two minor criticisms:
1) the bolts are delicate metal and never stainless-steel to match the bumpers
2) they got here with flat washers however I at all times add spring washers – which actually must have been includedProviding stainless-steel bolts and spring washers would solely have added a Pound or two to the overall value. Becoming concerned fairly a little bit of pulling and levering on the bumper brackets, which by their nature are fairy springy, however finally all of them went into place and had been bolted up tight.I wiped off my greasy fingerprints and so they look completely incredible.So in case you are occupied with ordering stainless-steel bumpers in your Austin Healey (or possibly for an additional basic automotive) then I’ve no hesitation in recommending Group Harrington.