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1963 Sunbeam Harrington Lemans

Discussion in 'Harrington Alpine' started by bobs_diehl, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. bobs_diehl

    bobs_diehl Donation Time

    Anybody care to chase this? Strange what turns up in the mailbox.

    I have a 1963 Sunbeam Harrington Lemans and am interested in selling the car. I'm not sure where to start the process. Any information would be helpful. Thanks!

    LeeAnn Weithman

    My email address is pierre_w67@hotmail.com
  2. Series3Scott

    Series3Scott Co-Founder/Past President Platinum Level Sponsor

    In case some of you are dreaming......You should see the pictures of this car - sunk into the mud, incredibly rusty, with the Harrington top delaminating.

    By pure stroke of luck Ian Spencer was passing by the area and was able to view this car today. According to his inspection there is VERY little worth salvaging from this car. It's in very bad shape, and just trying to pull it out of the mud could tear it in half.

    A shame as it's a RHD HRO car. Who knows how it got to Ohio.
    He did get the VIN number to be added to the registry.
  3. AlpineIan

    AlpineIan Guest


    Ok guys... I just secured a deal with LeeAnn and bought this car. Will be picking it up on Thursday morning and will report back to the forum with detailed pictures.

    Paul S... call me today.
  4. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    as i remmber ian.. last time you were trying to - 1 really nice harrington not + 1 real basket case
  5. AlpineIan

    AlpineIan Guest

    Well.. between the 2 other LeMans cars that I have I should be able to complete one whole car now.
  6. sunbeam74

    sunbeam74 Silver Level Sponsor

    Hey, where's the pictures???:D
  7. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Gold Level Sponsor

    Ian & I drove up and got the car today. Boy, is it cold outside and I'm all muddy because the car was sunk in the ground up to the floor boards and we had to pull it out. Before that, we had to try to jack up the car and install 4, good wheels. The original tire's beads were actually off the rim. No holding air in there at all. Then the rear brakes were locked up and we spent almost an hour pulling the drums off. This car was in her back yard, so we drove Ian's SUV & trailer through the soaking wet lawn, and then drive out through her neighbor's back yard to get to a street. We pulled the car out with a logging chain that we found in the trash pile next to the car. Did I mention that we had to chisle the brake drum's flat head screw off the best we could, because it wasn't moving? That was fun.....Oh, yes, it was loads of fun....:eek:
  8. napa 1

    napa 1 Platinum Level Sponsor

    Yes, pictures please!
  9. AlpineIan

    AlpineIan Guest

    Whew... I'm beat. What a cold wet day. I'll post a few pictures tomorrow... hopefully it will stop raining so I can take them.

    I'm afraid to open the doors... I think it might break in half when I do. As soon as we put the wheels on it the doors wedged up against the B-post, so not much floor left there at all. The entire bottom half had been repaied once before with fiberglass... I ripped both rockers away very easily because they were just fiberglass attached to rust. The inner rockers are rusted completely away. I will need to find a way to support the body so the doors can be opened and the top removed without breaking it.:eek:
  10. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Gold Level Sponsor

    We think that this car has been stored outside in the dirt since 1982. 25 years of neglect? Lots of rodent nests too. Oooh, what fun.
    I love the smell of rodents, don't you?:D

    (PS - I must give thanks to the Rootes engineer that directed the use of very mild steel, flat-head screws that hold those brake drums on. He must have reasoned that some day, in the year of 2007, two dumb guys will be thanking me for not incorporating case-hardened, flat head screws on those drums.
    If you guys find it impossible to remove those screws, just use a chisle & heavy hammer and shear the screw head off. I was surprised it worked!)

    Oh, another funny thing happened. When the car was FINALLY secured to the trailer and everything was stored away and we were just ready to leave, the nearby church bells started ringing and then playing some great music. It was like the angels above were joyous...and they were smiling down on us!
    Now that was cool.
  11. Jeff Scoville

    Jeff Scoville Donation Time

    I had been the first to respond to her add and recieved pictures from her in an email.
    Brave Ian, All I can say is you are BRAVE!
  12. skywords

    skywords Donation Time

    Jan and Ian
    This is a great story of salvage. I would love to see the pictures.
  13. Jeff Scoville

    Jeff Scoville Donation Time


    OK, I'll try this picture thing.
  14. Jeff Scoville

    Jeff Scoville Donation Time

    Well there are the pictures, not sure how to install them directly to the post.
  15. V6 JOSE

    V6 JOSE Donation Time

    It does look pretty sad, but I'm sure that Ian can use parts off of it to fix up his good one. It breaks my heart to see a car get neglected like that.

    Jose :)
  16. Series3Scott

    Series3Scott Co-Founder/Past President Platinum Level Sponsor

    It's already stripped and ready for the crusher. He was able to salvage some parts off it, namely the Harrington fiberglass top, but not much else.
  17. Jeff Scoville

    Jeff Scoville Donation Time

    Just curious, I had told her I thought the car was worth MAYBE $300.00
    Was I close?
  18. Series3Scott

    Series3Scott Co-Founder/Past President Platinum Level Sponsor

    Yes - certainly no more than $500.
  19. Lee Brogden

    Lee Brogden Donation Time

    Just out of interest, Ian, do you have a VIN number for it?
  20. Harrington Jan

    Harrington Jan Bronze Level Sponsor

    Take a look at harringtonalpine.org and you will find it!

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