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Pookiemir1 Rick Miron
North Bay, ON, Canada   CAN
Hi,
Just joined the forum, and am rebuilding my BN6 that I've had for 39 years...
Got a new carpet set, ashtray not cut out yet- in fact it got lost with the last bodyman along with a bunch of other parts.
I had a BT7 for years and remember my center armrest - but after seeing it here- ie I am just about to have one done am wondering if the front of the armrest is a bit wider than the back. I asked someone else who has an original BN6 but is starting to show wear and measured it at the front as well as where it is sewn on the carpet using the ashtray in front and the back panel of battery compartment as reference points as well as the side seam of carpet to position it.
The across the front was 5 inches wide in front ie center piece 2" and each side 1 1/2 inch.
I wanted to be sure off the measurement before I cut the material so called the BN6 owner to make sure. He measured again but said the front or the armrest was 5 inches wide but it was 4 1/2 wide at rear??!! and was 10 inches long and tapers to follow carpet.
I called a Healey restoration specialist who said as far as he knows it should be rectangular and same at front and back

I am looking at yours and it appears to narrow at back- Did you use an original to redo it and are the measurements of 5 at front and 5 at back correct or does it narrow to 4 1/2 inches and 10 inches long...Thanks.

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Corrivo22 Paul C
Quebec City, QC, Canada   CAN
Rick,
The leather work for my '62 BN7 was ordered from Heritage Upholstery & Trim Vancouver several years ago. Yes , my armrests pad is slightly tapered at it's rear end. It's measurements at the piping are approximately 5.75" wide at front, 4.75" at rear, 10.5" long and the vinyl sides are 1.125" tall. The main positioning reference is 3" behind the ashtray's rear edge with the center flute in line with the ashtray if possible but the side to side ( top center) final sewing position determined only once the carpet has been final fitted to the transmission tunnel and stationary driveshaft tunnel.

You could check out the 'BN6 /BN7 Upholstery Products' video on Heritage's website :

https://www.heritagetrim.com/austin-healey/bn6-bn7/

Randy Forbes Avatar
Parrish, FL, USA   USA
1957 Austin-Healey 100-Six
1999 BMW M Coupe "Blue Car"
1999 BMW M Roadster "Black Car"
2001 BMW M Roadster "Gray Car"
Hi Tim,

Mike Foote had contacted me a few years ago about selling his cars, and I put him in touch with a couple people in Lafayette/Breaux Bridge area. I had recently finished the engine/xmsn rebuild for one of the guy's Longbridge Healey, and his (day-job machinist & ) in-house restoration mechanic wound up buying Mike's cars. In all, a good outcome, though I was saddened that Mike never saw it through to finishing them himself. A mutual friend, now living in Alabama, grew up with Mike, and said the last time he went back to Lafayette, he couldn't get a hold of him, so expecting the worst...

If you go on "the other" Healey forum, Jim, aka healey blue, is the one that bought Foote's cars and did the restoration on Lenard's Longbridge 100/6. He'd posted a fair amount of pictures of the job up until a few years ago, and his workmanship is genuinely First Class. I was only tasked with the job of the engine/trans, but the first time it was shown (World of Wheels @ Cajun Dome__a hotrod/muscle car venue, really) it won Best Restored Engine! I was pretty floored by that, but I did make every effort to make it look as a Morris factory worker would__not too perfect, with selective overspray, etc. See for yourself...







I suppose the fan belt should've been painted too, but that would've flaked off the first time the engine was run!

Regarding my car, that was actually my original side-shift cover, reworked to clear the MGC shift rail mechanism. When I reverted back to the side-shift, I first had to source the one seen in the later pictures (I went through a couple of them actually, until a guy in SoCal found me one that the flanges hadn't be dissolved by rust).

I don't frequent this forum as often as the other one, but I still pop in from time to time, so I hope I see more of the work you're doing; I'm always fascinated with the details!

Randy



In reply to # 206071 by tld6008 Thanks for the reply Randy. Yes its been a long road getting to where the car is now. Hurricane Michael only damaged my dock but hurricane Ivan, several years ago, had water up to the knockoffs. Your sheet metal fits together well, guess your main cover must be from an MG? That center seam doesn't look Healey-like. My front piece must be tweaked or something as I can't get it positioned correctly and have it fit to the main section with the shifter hole centered. I did have to trim the seat rail packing strips as they were obstructing the main piece. I will get it done it's just damn frustrating to spend so much time on it. BTW I got a call from Mike Foote about 4 or 5 years ago, he was selling his 2 Healeys and misc gear. He had emphysema and wasn't able to keep up with the hobby. I stopped by and visited with him but wasn't able to find a place to move the cars to so someone got a pretty good deal.
Here are a couple photos, I thought I had one of Mike but guess not. If I get down your way I'll look you up.

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tld6008 Tim Davis
Gulf Breeze, FL, USA   USA
That's a beautiful looking engine and transmission. I am almost finished with my transmission cover problem, at least in my mind. I have the front section carpeted and have test fit both pieces and am satisfied where they are positioned. Now I need to redo my parcel tray before I can install the covers &#*. Always something I miss, I wish there was an itemized to do list regarding restoring one of these cars. Is the other forum you referred to the autox.team.net site? If not I am missing out on something.

Randy Forbes Avatar
Parrish, FL, USA   USA
1957 Austin-Healey 100-Six
1999 BMW M Coupe "Blue Car"
1999 BMW M Roadster "Black Car"
2001 BMW M Roadster "Gray Car"
Hi Tim,

Thank you! I really did go the extra mile to make that 2-port (aka Longbridge) engine appear factory-fresh, and of course, a quality build throughout. I applied a dry-film lubricant to the piston skirts and main & rod bearings, plus some other areas that would benefit from reduced friction (oil pump internals, etc.).

I sent you a private message with some "other" information in it... winking smiley winking smiley I hope you'll check it out (and register) promptly!

BTW, the Safety Harbor All Brit show turned out great; a perfect day with the first "mild" temperatures we've had this year__low 80s__and slight cloud cover to keep the sun from beating down on us (also better for picture taking).

Here's a few pictures of BN6L/942, the 1st Place winner in the 100/6 Category (1st in 2014, 2016 & now 2018; I've only made it to the show on even-numbered years__didn't "place" at all in 2012 !! ).









I took this shot as I was getting started on the prep work; this is the engine I bought from David Begnaud back in the early/mid 80s. The Healey was my daily driver, so I wanted to build up another engine so I could do the swap with the minimal amount of down-time, like one weekend. It is my understanding that this came out of the 2-seater he sold to Mike LeBlanc, who in turn passed it onto to you. Good thing these don't have the #s matching cachet of a Ferrari!



Good luck on the continued progress with your car, and maybe get some pictures posted up for us__I'm not alone when I say that WE ALL enjoy seeing another Healey being brought back to life.

Pookiemir1 Rick Miron
North Bay, ON, Canada   CAN
Yah sure requires a bit of patience....I did my dash- didn't even know there were two flat head bolts at either end of the wood piece that were covered lol...and did the dash- took about 3 hours to properly refit the windshield...whew....I also found that Hagerty was one of if not the only place that would insure both sides of he border if the car was left either in Florida or Canada- go figure-
I am adding a few pics, things turned out very nice but for sure you have to be meticulous. I found using a heat gun to stretch he material around the corners of the dash very helpful...but one has to be careful nor to overheat as it stretches fairly easily when heated. I am including a pice of the way I repaired and placed the clips to accept new bolts in the corner-everything is slotted- I went through a few old neighbors to find the old slotted screws for the bows...and now that it's painted looks great. I'd like to post more pics but it limits me to 4 picssad smiley


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tld6008 Tim Davis
Gulf Breeze, FL, USA   USA
I want to thank everyone who attempted to help me with my trans. cover problem. With the help received it is no longer a problem but still PITA.

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