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I received all the necessary parts in order to complete the gearbox earlier in the week. The only thing holding me back from reassembly what getting all the original bits clean. I, for some reason, always think that this will be quick task. It invariably turns into an all afternoon affair. It was quite warm today (around +4) so it was the perfect time to get things done. Everything got hauled out of the basement and loaded into the Rav4 for the trek to my parent's acreage and most importantly my Dad's parts washer. I also wound up firing up Orson and moving him to a better spot to be covered f...

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Still a few things to strip off these sections bu
Well I got everything apart this afternoon. The bearing circlips gave me a bit of a hard time and I gave a little blood to the LBC gods. Eventually I was able to get the rear one off, tap the third motion shaft forwards, then get the front one off, tap the input shaft rearwards to work the third motion shaft out of the housing. Upon removal of the third motion shaft, my stuck 1st gear when shooting all over the place as expected. Luckily I was able to retrieve all of the balls and springs. I then tapped the input shaft into the case and pulled it out the back. The WSM says to remove from the f...

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I've been slowly chipping away at the ribcase gearbox. It has been a steep learning curve as I've never opened one before. I was a little intimidated at first, but after spending some quality time with the WSM I got a grasp of how everything worked. Today I had planned to get everything stripped off of the case, but I ran into a few snags. First, I foolishly knocked 1st gear too far back exposing the spring loaded balls (read about this numerous times and still did it) so I'm feeling a bit stupid at the moment. Second, I thought that I could just pull the 3rd motion shaft out of the case. No...

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I have essentially everything done on the engine at this point with the exception of finding and restoring a generator and fitting the oil pan. I cleaned up and painted the back-plate last night so that it is ready to go when the gearbox is finished. My game plan over the winter is to go through the gearbox and carbs. Not having access to a heated shop limits me to tasks that I can tackle with basic tools so these projects fit the bill. I am hoping I can tear apart the gearbox, clean/inspect everything, and replace what is need without too much fuss. I've got my fingers crossed that I don't f...


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I finally degreed the cam to the proper spec this afternoon! This allowed me to mate the block and head and get things looking proper. I also got the distributor completely locked down and static timed. It feels like I am nearing the finish line as all that remains is to install a handful of ancillaries, most of which I have clean and ready to go. I still haven't managed to track down a proper generator so that may have to wait until next spring. I am hoping I can get the gearbox sorted out over the winter. I am a little intimidated to tear into it, but I suppose there is only one way to learn...


Masked for lower color
At long last body and paint are complete and the car will be going back to the restoration shop for build out. Scott Winfield and his team at The Paint Shop in Winston-Salem did a fantastic job on the rust bucket I brought them. The photos don't show it well, but the lower color is a very light gray metallic. You'll have to trust me that it looks great.


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A friend recently send me a link to an ad posted by a fellow enthusiast liquidating his supply of British car parts. The add just had a bonnet and original hardtop but it turned out he had a lot more available. The seller lives about six hours away from us but we were going to be only 45 minutes away from him on another trip. We left early, stopped by to see what we could find, and made it to our main objective in plenty of time. What did we pick up you ask? Well let me tell you: - Original hardtop. It has no glass and the seals need replacing but the fibreglass is in pretty good shape.....


Cruising down Rainy Creek Rd
I finally got Orson back on the road this weekend! Had some help from my Dad bleeding the brakes and dealing with some small coolant leaks. I have started restoring a spare heater valve I picked up from a parts car. Mine has been screwed around with by the PO and it has started to leak so it will be nice to get it replaced for the cooler weather. I am waiting on yet another parts order so that I can move on with the 1275. I don't think I'll be dropping it in the car before the snow starts falling, but you never know!


Okay. After a year or more, frankly I don't want to think about it, I'm ready to start in on the Beast. I think. I've moved, competed for Team USA in the Deaflympics and fixed my R6 so I can ride her again. The only thing really standing in my way is my 'new' garage which has two holes in the roof and a wall that needs to be replaced. I think it's time to start. My mental block is the dual master/clutch cylinder. I've got the kit of pipe from Moss or Engle but I'm not really sure about what happens on the clutch side. There's got to be a hose or something, right? These are hydraul...


So, in 1967 a sailor buddy told me he was going to buy an Austin Healey 3000 MKIII. When he showed me the pictures, I fell in love. This was the most beautiful, sexy, automobile, i had ever seen. Here it is, 2017, and I still do not have the 1967, MKIII but I still dream. I am now retired and 90,000 dollars is so far out of reach that i still just dream. Going to the British Car Festival September 10 so I can just touch one!! Perhaps I can make friends with someone who has one!!


Voltage regulator connections
19MAR17 We dug into a problem that has been plauging us for awhile today, the generator. Our generator has never worked as it should. We get a howling from the engine compartment at times and a "dry bearing" sound at others. In addition, we are constantly hooking the battery tender to the car when not in use because the generator and voltage regulator are not keeping the battery charged. After some research on the Moss Motors website and others, we tried polarizing the generator and cleaning the regulator while still installed. Additionally we checked/cleaned all of the wire connecti...


7 connections on the back
19MAR17 Although we were able to get the tachometer working previously, we decided to remove it from the dash to clean it and check/clean the electrical connections. We made sure to take several pictures of the back side of the tach before pulling it to ensure we could get the wires back on correctly. Immediately upon removing the tach, we used the pictures to label the back side of the tach with a Sharpie for each of the wire colors. There were 7 connections: 1. White male 2. White female 3. 2 wire green 4. 2 wire green/red stripe and black 5. Red/white stripe (light) 6. Green...


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I got a few more things sandblasted and painted for the BE (fan and pulley) On a less productive note, while I was messing around with the distributor drive I discovered that the new con-rod bolts foul on the camshaft. Next time I'm out at the shop I'll have to remedy that one *sigh. Switched over the the MGB for a bit as it was leaking fluid on the ps rear cylinder. Turns out it's a big mess of muck everywhere so new shoes are in order. Oh well, with all the smoke hanging in the air at the moment from a storm that rolled in I probably wouldn't want to be driving with the top down anyway (that...


I spent some time going through my distributor last weekend. Replaced points, condenser, LT lead, rotor, vacuum unit, and o-ring. Cleaned up the body and lubricated everything. Just waiting for a new cap and leads to arrive. Today I decided to change it up a bit and started tearing apart some old door pockets I picked up in preparation for making new ones.


We live in the country so it gets dirty before we
The mechanical issues seem to be up and running. We have made three short drives now, working out the bugs after each drive. Ultimately I will tackle the body issues. The car was made the year my wife was born, thus, the user name.

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