Restoration has been my hobby for nearly 40 years but my career took me in to Life Sciences. When the opportunity for me to start to transform the hobby into a small business arose, I took it and this is the result.
Along with my own attention to detail, my previous life taught me the importance of Customer service and good communication. I aim to bring all of these attributes to the vintage and classic car market at Fuggle's Fettling.
I started early, my maths teacher gave me my Frogeye Sprite in 1980 which my Father and I restored. I then restored my first daily driver, a Triumph Herald in which I learned to drive. I swapped the Herald for a 2 litre Triumph Vitesse convertible when I was a student. My wife and I acquired a Morris Mini Traveller along the way and then, an Austin Healey 100 basket case which I restored for the 50th anniversary concours. I then followed this through with two Ferguson Tractors, a Royal Enfield Bullet and my Series 1 Land Rover and now have two pre-war cars, my first is a 1929 Talbot 14/45 Pick-up ("Fuggle") and now I have another 1929 Talbot 14/45 seat Tourer, "Whimsey".
Fuggle's Fettling is named after my 1929 Talbot AG 14/45 Pick-up. This was converted by Talbot for Mr R F Fuggle, a Motor Engineer of Bushey Heath who was a Sunbeam, Talbot and Hillman dealer at the time. The "Fuggle Van" has one-off coachwork by Du Cros (part of the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Company) but was originally a 5 seat Weymann Sunshine Coupé. I have now completely rebuilt the original fiddly engine and am just now waiting for the lockdown to be lifted before road testing! Watch out for the "Slow Vehicle" signs!
Fuggle's Fettling has carried out a few Fettling projects for Mark Saville's Series 1 Land Rover, "Plimsoll" (seen here with my Series 1 at Sywell "Pistons and Props" this year) and some of these have been shown in LRO. Thanks Mark!
Some of our customers over on Facebook have also been kind enough to provide feedback