Original Restoration Rat Rod Restoration 2THE STORY:It was Sept. 2004 when I was visiting a friend's house to go out for Cruisin the Coast when I noticed his neighbor's later model Bandit Transam. My friend introduced me to his neighbor, Mr. Tom, and as he was telling us about his car, I noticed a "go-cart" on the side of his house and asked him what it was. He said the car was an Austin Healey. At the time I had no clue there was such a brand, and after talking about the car for about 10 minutes, and realizing the car actually did have the engine and transmission underneath the rats nest that filled the entire engine bay, I asked if I could take it off his hands. He thought for a moment and said "$X and she's yours"! I was a freshman in college at the time, and my mom helped with half the cost. He then walked me to the back shed and showed me all of the extra goodies he had for the car including but not limited to: two grilles, brand new tires and tailights, extra air cleaner cover, etc... I picked up the car the next day. I've been working on this car in small spurts since Sept. 2004, and little by little she's been coming together. I originally wanted to have the car on the road in time for Cruisin the Coast in October 2010 so I could go cruising with the family. The car is a 1966 Austin Healey Sprite that supposedly originally had a 1098cc engine, but mine came with the later 1275cc. The car also originally came with a 6V positive ground electrical system with a generator and voltage regulator box. I removed the entire car's wiring, started from scratch with all new wires and connectors, and opted for a 12V negative ground electrical ignition system. There have been lots of ups and downs, almost theres, what ifs, and maybe nots, but someday she'll be "finished." The car is currently a weekend cruiser.Thanks for looking. The 1966 Austin Healey Sprite Timeline 9/11/04 The car basically looked like it did in the pictures below when I bought it. I picked the car up from a best friend's neighbor. It was time for Cruisin the Coast on the MS Gulf Coast and I spotted the little "go-cart" on the side of his house. A conversation arose and I purchased the car the very next day.