Welcome to the basket case car club. I bought mine in March. It was
the same way, primered body, everything else in a hundred boxes. It
realy fun tring to figure out what this part is and why is it on my
wishing you lots of fun evenings, at first seperating the parts. then
painting, then assembly. I'm in favor of doing it right the first
time. Get the pain over with, but take your time so she looks good. It
won't take that much more time to do right, most of the time it just
takes a little paint ot elbo grease to get it look'n good.
> Recently I bought a 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. This was after
> searching for one for the better part of two years. Southern California may
> have rust free cars but there is also no shortage of cars that have been
> through innumerable owners and many modifications. But I was lucky. I found
> one that was original in every way and that the PO had been restoring for the
> past 14 years. Let me put that another way. He had stripped it down and
> primed it 14 years ago and it has been sitting in a garage for the remainder
> of the time.
> My question is this. Except for the engine and transmission, every two pieces
> that could come apart have been dismantled. Some of the parts are labeled but
> the majority of them are not. My first inclination is to put it all back
> together as quickly as I can so that it is a car rather than a collection of
> parts and then drive it for a while so that I can get to know it. On the
> other hand, why not take the time to do it right and restore it while it is
> all apart?
> Has anyone out there run into this dilemma? Is there some philosophy that
> says that one way is better than the other? I'd be thrilled to hear peoples
> opinion about this.
> Joe Burruso