With the new fan arrival and overhauled radiator back from the specialist we can get to work on refitting back into the car.
Slight play in the cooling fan of our HMC requires attention. A consideration could be to pack it out with a washer but this wouldn’t be the best outcome. It may do the trick and stop it from wobbling but it wouldn’t be the right solution. As it’s an aftermarket fan, new ones are still available. We have order a nice new replacement which should be with us later in the week.
The radiator has been removed and sent away to Sheldrake and Wells for further investigations.
Sheldrake & Wells Ltd. based in Ipswich, are now the only radiator specialist in Suffolk that undertake the repair and reconditioning of car, commercial and industrial radiators.
The company was formed back in 1975 and is now under the second generation of family management. Originally formed to provide repair and reconditioning of automotive and commercial radiators but over the years have increased the products to include number plate production and other related services including the supply of air conditioning parts and with over 500 units in stock.
We have worked alongside Sheldrake & Wells for many years and love the work they do!
Ady has also removed the water pump to replace with a new unit.
It appears that changing the thermostat has not resolved the issue of over heating. Having carried out various tests upon fitting the new thermostat we thought we had overcome the problem but no. The HMC is now back with us for further checks.
We will do some further investigations but this may be more serious than first thought. We will see…
Ady has completed work on the HMC. He has changed the thermostat and taken on a long test drive. All seems to be fine so the car can be returned to the owner.
Her we have Ady carrying out a combustion leak test on our HMC, trying to find the cause of an apparent over heating issue. A long road test brought back no results to go by.
A new thermostat and leak detection test should hopefully show the issues, if any.
With only 183 ever made, this little HMC is both rare and collectable. Finished in a stunning blue, this classic bears a strong resemblance to Austin Healey. HMC (Holmes Motor Company) was founded in 1984 by two brothers, Graham and Peter Holmes who were inspired by the beautiful shapes of Austin Healeys. However, due to a disagreement between the Healey family and Jensen in 1989 over the ownership of the Healey trademark, the name was withdrawn.
This little 1997 HMC MKIV came in for a flying visit to fix its headlights, which are now as dazzling bright as they’re meant to be.
Chris, our in-house paint expert has now repaired the damage on the rear of the 1997 HMC MK IV. The final coat of paint is now on, so we’re on track to get to car complete and ready to go home.
Chris has been working on our beautiful HMC Mk IV. He has repaired chips on the rear quarter panel corner and repaired the fibreglass on the bumper mount hole. Top work, Chris
This gorgeous HMC mark 4 is back in with us at Bridge Classic Cars. Whilst in our care we will be advisories all the advisories from the pervious MOT and undertaking any nessasary work to get it though a new MOT.
We will be Investigating the following: Underside corrosion to chassis. Coil spring corrosion. Condition of the brake disks and pads. Offside headlamp bulb.
In addition to this we will also be repairing the paintwork on the rear near side, aligning the rear bumper, fixing the passenger side lock and repairing the offside door trim
This lovely HMC Mark IV popped in to see us briefly to fix some sticking brakes and loose headlights. It was in and out within the hour and is now back on the road with its loving owner.
Work is now complete on our 1997 HMC Mk IV so it’s au revoir for now.
The 2 new tyres were fitted this morning so off she goes to enjoy the Suffolk summer sun!
As we wait for news on the repair to our HMC’s wheel, the car is unfortunately now out of action. Here she is outside Bridge Classic Cars enjoying the sunshine.
As, what happens a lot at Bridge Classic Cars, our car park has attracted the attention of passers by all day with many happy strollers enjoying the look of our HMC MkIV.
We’ve discovered the cause of the water leak. As you can see, the connection between the thermostat to radiator is suffering from corrosion. This will need to be replaced with new.
With the owner’s of this stunning HMC making the permanent move to Australia later in the year, we are pleased to have it in with us to carry out some remedial work before she makes the big trip. Work will begin at the beginning of May 2017. More information to follow.
HMC sports cars manufactured Sports cars inspired by the Austin Healey, although the body shape was similar to the original Healey the car was an extremely capable modern sports car in its own right and was widely regarded as the finest in its class, so much so Geoffrey Healey endorsed it.
Unfortunately due to a dispute between the Healey family and Jensen in 1989 over the ownership of the Healey trademark, the name was withdrawn. Despite this draw back the HMC had excellent reviews from magazines such as Motor Sport and Performance Car and television programmes including Top Gear. Through a network of dealerships the HMC sold very well worldwide until 2001 when parts supplies finally dried up. The company was forced to evolve so with Peter managing customer support for HMC Healeys and with a slight name change Graham and then son Gresham were flown to Sao Paulo to help with the development a new Brazilian sports car called the Lobini. This is the Dream of Portuguese businessman Jose Orlando Lobo and designer Fabio Birolini to bring Brazil to the forefront of sports car manufacture. The Name Lobini is taken from the names of Jose and Fabio and when translated means small Wolf, the model name H1 is an acknowledgement of the work done by Holmes motor company. The Lobini H1 is now in production and selling well in Brazil and America and will soon be available in Europe through lifestyle automotive in spring 2007.
In 2004 Holmes motor company completed the first Holmes Spyder 550, they continue producing this model whilst developing others such as the RS Spyder and the Speedster.