Colin has provided the following information with an update on 1st March 2106:
The car is a long door TR2 bought in June 2001 via the Healey Factory. The car had been fitted with disc brakes, a high port head & an alternator (badly) when I got it. I haven't done too much to it since (kids still at school = no money) other than the high torque starter (best investment & highly recommended).
Geoff James sent me through an ad from about 1996 for the car and a little bit of history that he had. It was a SA car until about 96-97 and there are no details since then other than it was sold to a Melbourne guy. It was supposedly restored in 95-96 but since I have had it for ½ of the time since then. It was either a poor restoration or had an extremely hard life since as it is in very average condition and needs a complete body rebuild. The motor seems sound enough but gearbox is not a long term proposition.
The purchase was 25 years or so in the planning as I was involved with TRs when I was a uni student. A friend at uni had a TR3(?) & another friend bought a long door TR2 after some of my enthusiasm rubbed off. He still has it even though it has spent most of that time sitting in a shed on blocks after deciding just to ‘tidy a few things up'. Hence my reluctance to actually take it off the road and do any thing with mine (not too mention the lack of folding stuff)."
Eventually Colin decided to "bite the bullet" - see the continuing story below: