I searched for years and finally found my Husky in Portland, Oregon.
It is rust-free and I updated it to Series 6 Minx running gear, which bolts
It now has front disk brakes that are at least as good (same size) as
Sunbeam Alpine and Tiger ... to do that, I unbolted the original front
suspension and bolted in the 'new' one. Although the rotors are different, the
calipers are basically the same as MGB. Great brakes and no vacuum booster!
I changed the rear axle (complete unit) from a 4.55:1 ratio to a
3.89:1. That also gained 9" rear drum brakes rather than keeping the 8" dum
brakes. The engine was a 1390cc and now is a 1725cc (same block as Alpine 5)
has a full synchro tranny rather than its original with a growley square-cut
(I think) Rootes cars are more rugged than BMCs including Morris and
mechanically, they are straight-forward and quite simple to work on. Parts are
cheap compared to Japanese cars. Finding 'correct' rubber weather-stripping
may be a challenge. Finding a good body is at least as hard a challenge.
The Hillman Group is without question, the best place to ask about
finding a good body to work from. It is a Yahoo Group and to gain access, you
need to create a Yahoo e-mail address and "ask" to join the Group. Its free.
Click here: HillmanCars : A group for the discussion of Rootes cars generally
and Hillman cars specifically
The people on the Hillman Group are VERY motivated and quite likely,
they will find you a car before you know it. Merry Christmas!
Jim Leach Pacific Tiger Club Seattle