I have to decide whether to restore the '63 Herald, or to sell it. I’m anxiously awaiting my '66 MGB. Once it comes home, I doubt the Herald will see much use. Short-term finances are looking ‘okay’ at the moment, and long-term prospects are slightly favourable. The real issue is space. This is what I want done if I decide to keep the Triumph:
[ul][li]Remove body (The three sections are held on by only a few bolts)[/li][li]Fix the small rust spot and smooth the few ripples[/li][li]Paint the body inside and outside in Signal Red (I have a chip)[/li][li]Paint the frame Signal Red[/li][li]Paint the suspension black[/li][li]Re-hang doors and shim body sections to fit[/li][li]Reupholster in black vinyl[/li][li]Refinish the rubber bumper facings in white (Paint them?)[/li][li]Make sure all the electricals work[/li][li]Fix odometer[/ul][/li]The rust spot is not very big at all, so it shouldn’t be a problem. The car runs very well. Its brakes have been fixed and it sports new tires. (Or tyres.) Rubber seals are on their way from England. There’s a ripple or two on the top of one of the fenders, but extremely minor. Unfortunately I don’t have the experience to undertake a restoration myself. I don’t even have a garage. (I’m seriously considering having one built this Winter.) Bottom line: This is an excellent candidate for restoration. Should be an easy job for someone who does this for a living.
So about how much would this cost? The MGB is costing about $20,000. I could have saved money and 2½ years by just buying one already restored. Live and learn. Of course the MGB had significant rust and required a lot of new sheet metal, the engine needed to be rebuilt, and I sourced an overdrive transmission for it. It’s almost as if it were being built new at the factory. The Herald has several advantages including the near-lack of rust, an engine that was rebuilt in the 1990s, and that it’s generally in very good condition.
Reasons to restore:
[ul][li]It’s a cool car that’s not often seen[/li][li]It attracts a lot of attention[/li][li]It’s a good candidate because of its completeness and running condition[/li][li]It’s a nice ‘first car’ for a collection[/li][li]It’s dead sexy[/li][li]My friends want me to keep it[/ul][/li]Reasons not to restore:
[ul][li]It won’t be used much when the MGB comes[/li][li]The cost of the restoration cannot be recouped when it’s sold[/li][li]No place to store it out of the weather until I get a garage[/li][li]I got it accidentally in the first place[/ul][/li]So opinions? Cost?