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Investment in Tooling & Quality

Posted: Wednesday, 29 September 2021 @ 14:30

As a company involved in Austin-Healey’s since 1972, we have acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding Austin-Healey body panels and sheet metal products, and the difficulties in sourcing them.

Recognising a gap in the market, A H Spares set up their sheet metal manufacturing unit, A H Panels in 2003 to ensure the products we supply are of consistent high quality. Our time-served craftsmen are highly skilled in all aspects of sheet metal fabrication including Wheeling, Jig Chasing, Coach building, TIG & MIG welding.

We continue to invest in A H Panels by working through our tooling and jigs, ensuring all are correct so products are produced to the best quality. To do this, we have scanned several original cars so CAD designs could be drawn up and analysed before we continued with the tooling. We then used reverse engineering to design the tools necessary to manufacture our body panels. Tolerances and alignments were assessed ensuring that our panels would fit together without much need of adjustment.

So far we have produced new tooling for our 3000 bonnet, rear shroud (with interchangeable sides so we can produce BJ7 & BJ8 from one tool) and for the 100/6 & 3000 front shroud. These have been surfaced and introduced to the moulds; ensuring effective tools so that the manufacturing function is correct, product lifecycle is extended and makes for a higher quality product overall.

Over the past couple of years we have been devoting our time to manufacturing inner bodies for the Austin Healey which are now in production. Our future goal is to supply and fully panelled Austin Healey bodyshell in the coming months. Watch this space!!!!

By combining the latest technology and equipment with traditional metal working practices, we can fabricate practically anything guaranteeing high quality parts for the Austin Healey Spares market.

 

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AH Spares Ltd. Units 7/8, Westfield Road, Kineton Industrial Estate, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 0JH. UK. Tel: 01926 817181
Fax: 01926 817868
Email: sales@ahspares.co.uk
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