In June 1987, we purchased our SM 1500 from Kurt Albrecht (former NASOC member) who was kind enough to include a stack of NASOC and SOC newsletters and other literature. Kurt and Kathy had started the restoration 8 years previously. They had the body and chassis painted light ivory to match their Mercedes. The engine had been rebuilt and the transmission and rear end were checked.
At that point they were restoring an MG and the Singer was stored on their porch with all parts in boxes. We purchased a bare body on wheels, an engine and transmission on a pallet and lots of boxes.
It took over 2 years to assemble the car and get it running. I had to make my own wire harnesses, fabricate some parts and modify parts from other cars. The car was first shown at Steamboat Springs on Labor Day Weekend, 1989.
It became obvious that there were some major problems. The front end and steering were quite loose, grease was leaking into the rear brakes, oil pressure was very low and the brakes completely failed twice. Thanks to help from other NASOC members and a Denver area Jaguar restoration shop, KATS, these problems were overcome.
The restoration has continued and is still proceeding. The car has been entered in various shows in Colorado and is now a pleasure to own and drive.