Car SOS

General Chat with an emphasis on BMC Minis & Other iconic cars of the 1960's. Includes information on MK1 Action days.
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Just watched the latest episode of Car SOS where the 1962 Austin Healey Sebring Sprite was restored. Tim Shaw went over to Ireland to track down the supposed last remaining engine from the '62' AH Team. When he got to the workshop to talk to the owner, there sat
XLL 27 mid way through restoration and next to it was OBL 45F!! Fantastic stuff and for once a worthy subject of restoration.

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There seemed an odd mentality there, I have the engine. Nothing apparently to fit it too. But I need to keep it.. Might just be a careful edit though to add a little drama.
I've got a 69 Mini with a 1046, Cooper Head and a four on the floor.

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Dr S wrote:There seemed an odd mentality there, I have the engine. Nothing apparently to fit it too. But I need to keep it.. Might just be a careful edit though to add a little drama.
Yes I would agree with that . I can never see the sense in people hoarding rare parts to do nothing with . I've just sold some items on this site that I've had for a few years . I think when you've come to the point that your not going to use them , then why not put them back in the system . It's got to be like some sort of comfort blanket for them . They will hold on to them until there dying day .... Ken
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Interesting that the sprite was a 62 and the engine which was fitted for the next season was a 1071? It was an XSP engine so could it have been a Formula Junior unit or experimental forerunner to the first 'S' engines?

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In the current new series Tim and Fuzz are doing a Coop S on Thursday eve.
Although it's advertised on the tv as a '62 cooper S !?

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This is my first post on this site so I hope I have done it correctly!

The owner of the XSP Sprite engine shown in the programme ( Ronnie White ) is a well known collector and authority on BMC cars. Amongst his collection is a Sebring Sprite which has been in his ownership since the very early 1960's. I would imagine that is what the engine was/is intended for as he campaigned the Sebring Sprite extensively in period.

The SOS Sprite is coming over here to N Ireland in a couple of weeks time to be put on display at Cultra hillclimb along with Ronnie's Sebring Sprite and another Sprite recently repatriated from the USA that may well have a "works" connection.

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Here is some more history of the 1962 Sebring Sprite 9253 WD, from Sebring Sprite website.

http://www.sebringsprite.com/9253wd.html

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Welcome to the forum Blue1300GT.

Many of the members on here are well aware of Ronnie's involvement of all things BMC.

When I watched the program in question, I thought it was really quite disrespectful how he was portrayed as this awkward old curmudgeon. But I guess that is the joy of TV.

Everyone can be made to look weird through a TV camera lens.
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Hi Mark & thank you for the welcome. I really enjoy looking in on this site & am amazed at the knowledge that the members have.
Like you I thought the programme a little unfair.
Many years ago I urgently needed a pair of sills for my 1300GT and was reduced to calling at local Rover dealers & asking if I could search through their old stock. I had drawn a complete blank until I called at Ronnie's family dealership. Ronnie asked the storeman to have a look and sure enough two NOS sills were produced after a bit of searching.
Years later I was tidying up an autotest Midget that had originally been supplied by Joshua White's and asked Ronnie if he had any of the old style dealer stickers that were stuck to the dashboard. He asked me to give write down my address & if he came across any he would send me some. Sure enough a couple of months later some arrived in the post.
A real gentleman.

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Chewie Baker wrote:In the current new series Tim and Fuzz are doing a Coop S on Thursday eve.
Although it's advertised on the tv as a '62 cooper S !?
what channel?

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