1960 Triumph Herald Restoration ... August 2014 Update
The restoration of an orphan...
I Purchased this Herald in September 2012 from the son of the original owner. It has been sitting, mostly unused, but garaged, for the past 25 years. It was driven about 29,000 miles.
The car had little rust on the body, but from sitting so long all the rubber bits have perished and the frame was rusty. To save it a total off-frame restoration is in progress.
I like the idea of preserving a car no one else has or knows about. When done another forgotten little British car will live again. It has been an experience doing this restoration and I have had to learn to keep calm and carry on when mistakes are made; when the wrong parts are ordered or sent; and the long wait for some parts. (IE the wiring harness.
It appears that the color was original; (but repainted) the interior is mostly original; the carpet and convertible top have been replaced.
Since the interior is impossible to duplicate, I had it restored instead of replaced. A new hood will be installed at the end of the project.
British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Documents
After hearing from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust it was confirmed that the car was built April 2, 1960. Convertibles were not built until March 1960 making this car one of the first built.
Finally progress has been made I should be driving the Herald in a short time. When I picked up the car at the company that installed the top, the car would not go into 2nd gear. I decided not to try to tackle this issue and had it sent to another expert. He found that the new syncros were off by several thousands, causing the problem. I gave him the old ones, and guess what, they worked perfectly. I was relieved that it was not my mistake in rebuilding, but an unreliable part. Unfortunately it added $$$ to the final cost of restoration
The finished car
A great job was done fitting the top. Glad I did not attempt it.
The new dash looks great!
Closeup of the new textured dash
The dash was refinished in place after cracking occurred when I installed it.