To no one’s surprise, my latest purchase is approximately 2-1/2 Triumph Heralds. I say 2-1/2 because there are two body shells, one completely restored frame and drive train, and three additional engines, as well as many boxes of new and some used parts. My wife already has a Herald that needs some parts and work, so I thought I’d see what you folks had to say as far as suggestions of what to do next.
This is the Herald we have now. It’s actually a 33,000 mile original car, but at some point in time it took a hard shot on the right front. There’s a lot of body filler in that bonnet, and small spots of rust elsewhere. The interior is OK but shows the effects of having been out in the sun a lot.
This is the secondary reason I purchased this group of Heralds; the main reason is that the seller is a very good friend of mine who needed them sold quickly. This is a fully restored chassis with new bushings, springs, shocks, brakes, and a professionally rebuilt engine, transmission and differential. There’s also a camber compensator already installed on the rear.
This was the car my friend was intending to put on the restored frame. Its frame is actually pretty decent, and it’s unusual in that it’s a right hand drive car. It was last on the road consistently in New York in 2010, although my friend drove it occasionally for a couple of years after that. Most of the rust has been cut away, and my friend purchased all the patch and replacement panels necessary to restore the body.
There are interior components from about five Heralds and multiple windshields, something hard to come by on this side of the ocean. This is the inside of the RHD car that had been stripped for restoration.
This is a complete car that has a horribly rusty frame but parts of the body are pretty decent. Remember, Heralds are body on frame construction, so moving one to another can be done quite easily (the body actually splits at the rear door pillars; it was designed to be constructed in many different countries from parts produced in the UK).
In addition to this rebuilt engine and transmission (and yes, Andy, I know the bell housing is the wrong color), there were three other engines and a transmission that were part of the deal. There were also a ton of new parts, such as a brand new wiring harness, new brake and fuel lines, new tires, some new trim components and many other small items.
You can see the camber compensator below the differential attached with links. Here’s my question for you: How would you proceed? My draft plan is this:
- Use the restored frame/drivetrain and assemble my wife’s car body panels to it, as well as the used but straight bonnet I had already acquired, and use the best of the interior components. Her wiring harness has been hacked horribly, so I’ll use the new one.
- Take her frame and the best of the remaining body components and assemble another Herald (should I make it RHD or LHD?) and either sell it on or keep it (Wife says DEFINITELY not keep it)
- Take the third frame and whatever’s left and see if I can make a car out of it. My son-in-law thinks the RHD car would be nice, so maybe this one would be it?
- Keep remaining useful spares and sell off the rest
What do you think I should do? Bear in mind I’m still waiting for our house and shop to be finished to be able to move, so whatever route we take they’ll be in storage for a while. Thanks in advance for your honest opinions.