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. The lure of power was too great so I swapped the Herald for a 2 litre Triumph Vitesse convertible. My wife and I acquired a Morris Mini Traveller along the way and then, 20 years after finishing the Sprite, I bought 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 my first pre-war car, a 1929 Talbot 14/45.
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 tourer. Once I have completed the very fiddly engine rebuild, "Fuggle" will be at local car shows next Summer. 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!
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