1965 Sunbeam Tiger
Started on March 13, 2004, 2:57 p.m.
While on a business trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, we found a 1965 Tiger in a barn with a straight, rust-free body and a blown motor.
It was last driven in 1974, has 41,000 miles on it, and came with an early Alpine parts car and a 289 engine.
1965 Sunbeam Tiger
Latest Project Updates
United, We Stand
We hopped on a train to St. Michaels, Maryland, to enjoy some car and crab festivities with our Sunbeam Tiger in tow.
Preparing for Tigers East/Alpines East United
We charge our Tiger up and tweak the carb.
Are projects ever really finished?
Our Tiger has a few remaining issues we’ve been needing to sort out.
We made it home safe—and a little overheated—after an a/c-free road trip.
Tiger Trip Prep
A few tweaks make our Tiger a more pleasant steed for the New England 1000 Rally.
Making plans for the Tiger this spring.
Going to the Sun Shakedown
We give our Tiger a final shakedown at the Going to the Sun Rally.
Taming the Tiger
Another round of sorting for our Tiger project.
Hold That Tiger!
We test a prototype Wilwood brake kit on our Sunbeam Tiger project.
Time for a Checkup
A chassis dyno is a great testing and tuning tool, and soon our Tiger will hit the rollers.
It’s time to put down the wrenches and start enjoying the drive in our Tiger. But first must come the sorting process, a necessary step in any new restoration.
Tail(pipe) of the Tiger
Putting together a good exhaust system for a built-up Tiger takes a little extra thought and work.
Bluegrass 1000 Ends on a High Note
Tim finds he gets along really well with Tigers.
Day Three in the Tiger
Tim takes the Tiger to the National Corvette Museum. Despite his Ford power, he was greeted warmly.
Day Two in the Tiger
Tim continues to chronicle his Tiger tour.
10 Hours in a Tiger
Hitting the road with our Sunbeam Tiger.
Figuring out Sunbeam Tiger wheels and tires.
Installing a Tiger Top
Tigers are not known for their excellent top design.
Odds and Ends
Little things mean a lot to a Tiger.
We wire up our Tiger and bring it to life for the first time since 1974.
We work through the finer points of keeping clean, cool oil running to our Tiger V8.
Cooling a Tiger
Hunting down the elusive cool Tiger.
Systems of a Tiger
Systems are everything on a project. Have a system, and tackle the reassembly system by system.
Restoring the Tiger's Interior
Tim redoes the Tiger’s interior with a little help—and a few upgrades.
Tim starts in on the fun work of a restoration—putting things back together.
It’s all about the wheels as the Tiger finally gets on four of them, and gets a new steering wheel, too.
Tiger Front Suspension Rebuild
With the engine finally in place, our attention turned to the Tiger’s front end.
Headers Aren't Headaches
The Tiger is slowly coming together.
A New Heart for the Tiger
Those who know these cars, know that the engine install is not an easy job, especially if you start changing stuff around.
Start Your Engines
Progress continues on our Tiger. This past week we spent a couple of days at Abacus Racing where we assembled and dynoed our Tiger’s engine.
Reassembling the Tiger
We are rolling along pretty nicely on our Tiger reassembly, despite being out of town for events.
Anatomy of a Tiger Body
With the rear end completed we turn our attention back to the body and paint.
Looking at a Tiger's Rearend
Putting together the rear end of our Tiger.
Body work on the Tiger continues.
Strengthening the Frame
Frame work begins.
Body work begins.
Tiger Restoration: Full Speed Ahead
Prep work in the cold.
Catch a Tiger by its Tail
A stripped Tiger.
Stripping the Tiger
Removing the junk to get to the bare metal.
Work Begins on Our Tiger
We have to start somewhere.
Birth of a Tiger Project
Here is where we started.