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read the Tale of the Tiger

 

 

 

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Christmas Day, 1965. Sunnymead, California. Just a few days after we purchased the Sunbeam Tiger.

 

 

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Christmas Day, 1965. Sunnymead, California. Bob and the Tiger in front of the house. I was still in the Air Force at that time.

 

 

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The Tiger on a trailer on the way to Texas. The first restorer I took it to in Missouri managed to disassemble it and lose some of the parts, while drinking up all the money I advanced him for restoration. August 2001.

 

 

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Getting it down to bare bones!

 

 

 

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The left side was damaged when an 80 year old parking lot attendant let it get away from him and hit a brick wall in 1974.

 

 

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The original Ford 260 C I V-8 and transmission — all rebuilt and ready to reinstall.

 

 

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Back from the paint and body shop.

 

 

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Getting it back together, including all new wiring harnesses and fuel lines. It has petrol tanks in both rear fenders with a single filler cap shown on the right rear fender.

 

 

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"I ain't got no body!" The best way to get the engine back in is to pull the front suspension and install it from the bottom. All the bushings had to be replaced anyway.

 

 

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There never was much room in here. Engine is installed but still need the radiator, fan and expansion tank.

 

 

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Now itÕs getting crowded. Radiator, fan, expansion tank and hoses are back in, and it is almost ready for the smoke test. LetÕs see if the old Ford runs.

 

 

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Cockpit with instrument panel and dash board reinstalled. Rob said it started and runs great.

 

 

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ItÕs beginning to look like a Tiger again. Tires and wheels on the back and a boot cover (trunk lid).

 

 

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I think he was trying to show me what the Mag Wheels look like. I have moved them several times but they were still in the original boxes and have never been mounted on the car until now. Bonnet Cover ("hood" to us Yanks) is on the stand to the left.

 

 

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Finally... the Tiger is back home.

 

 

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