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Indian301 David Grassi
Kingman, AZ, USA   USA
Back in 2003 I toured Europe on a 1959 Norton Dominator Twin. I rode through 11 countries (5800) miles and the Stelvio pass was one of the highlights.

Dave

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87bor Barry Ricketts
christchurch, New Zealand   NZL
Been busy bolting bits into the engine bay. Slow progress but making headway and hope to have the brake and fuel lines installed next week. I have delayed painting the outer body panels until everything is in place under the hood. Even though I cover the cars in bubble wrap to do the final fit, I hate the idea of leaning over that freshly painted shroud to do this kind of work.


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frogeyeza John Reidy
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa   ZAF
Can anyone tell me what the two extra cutouts on the "asbestos" firewall piece were for?

John Reidy

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1turbo Scott T
Wow, nice job. You look like your doing a better job than the factory. Wished I had started out with a clean frame that was under water half of its life. Your well on your way to a great restoration. Greg

San Jose, CA, USA   USA
In reply to # 195388 by frogeyeza Can anyone tell me what the two extra cutouts on the "asbestos" firewall piece were for?

John Reidy

P-clips for the wiring harness. Photo is the original firewall shield on my BJ8 (note one is square):


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Martinez, CA, USA   USA
Not exactly something I did with my 3000 since I don't have one, but it did involve this 3000. A couple of hot laps in Gary Black's 3000 during the CSRG Charity Challenge at Sonoma Raceway this past weekend.





87bor Barry Ricketts
christchurch, New Zealand   NZL
Finished restoring my fuse box today. Had thought about buying a new one but they are too shiny. Plus the base is made of plastic and not bakelite. It's also nice to have the Lucas date stamp on their equipment to keep the car authentic. Spent the last few nights soaking and polishing the old one. Doesn't look too bad.

I have to share the garage with the washing machine which means visitors pop in from time to time. My daughter came through and watched me putting screws into the vice and polishing them with a drill mounted brass brush. She stood there laughing. Then asked "..........And when did you say you're gonna have this car finished?"


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ianchubb Gold Member Ian Chubb
Flockton, West Yorkshire, UK   GBR
First trip of the year, we took USY 704 to Swinton Park in North Yorkshire for the day, a few hours in the Spa and then afternoon tea, how civilised!
Last week I fitted a new 5 blade plastic fan and a Revotec electric fan in preparation for a return trip to Sorrento, Italy in June. The cooling system has been upgraded because I'm a bit concerned about overheating whilst stuck in a traffic jam in Southern Europe.
I have a question, having only owned this car for less than a year and not yet taken it on a long trip I was wondering what spare parts I should take with me, it's pretty original with standard distributor and generator. Any tips would be appreciated.
Thank you


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San Jose, CA, USA   USA
I always carry (at least one) spare fuel pump, with the tools to install it (and an extra washer or O-ring or two).

Bob

87bor Barry Ricketts
christchurch, New Zealand   NZL
Brake Booster

I really struggled to find any information on how to locate the booster under the footwell. In the end I had to play it by ear. I think it looks great. The unit was completely rebuilt by a brake specialist. The only item missing is the exhaust filter. I did find someone who is making them in the States but he wanted $100 to supply and post out to me so I will have to make something suitable out of an egg cup!

Cheers

Barry


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San Jose, CA, USA   USA
Just to be anal-retentive, the filter is for incoming air (not exhaust). I think some of the Brit suppliers carry them; this kit has the filter and 'canister:'

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Girling-MK2A-Brake-Servo-Repair-Kit-/171550648046?hash=item27f13726ee:g:v14AAOSwkNZUbnlh&vxp=mtr



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87bor Barry Ricketts
christchurch, New Zealand   NZL
Hi, The brake specialists told me it was exhaust which made no sense to me so thanks for the tip. My mate found an original filter and cover down at the local vintage car club so I am extremely pleased to have it finally finished off with the proper materials. Engine started yesterday so will be tuning the carburettors next. Unfortunately the axle/diff has to come out as I put the wrong unit in the car. It means I don't have the matching numbers as it stands. Real PITA and I should have been more careful when making the selection. The axle is down at the sandblasters and should be back this weekend. The joys of building two cars!

Cheers

Barry

87bor Barry Ricketts
christchurch, New Zealand   NZL
Hi Peter,

Your car looks awesome. I am just about to get some titanium exhaust wrap for my extractor manifolds. Keeps the engine bay heat down and improves performance too.

Wouldn't mind a run down on some of your mods, particularly on the engine. I did purchase a new aluminium cylinder head from a healey owner who bought two and wasn't impressed with the performance of the first one and never used the second one. He actually put a Nissan 2.0l twin cam engine in his second project.
My engine builder has some ideas about improving the gas flow so hopefully it will come right. Because I bought the alloy head with dreams of unlimited power I went and purchased triple webers but with new standard pistons and the old con rods I am now toying with the idea of getting forged pistons and steel con rods instead. Dennis Welch only sells the steel con rods to match his steel crankshaft. So looking for some options.

Appreciate your feedback on roller rockers. My engine builder says they only perform above 6000 rpm and I'll rev the nuts off the engine which it will not like. I'm just worried that with so many standard engine parts I'll spend loads of money and end up with a power level not much greater than a standard BJ8. I can see why that guy put a nIssan motor in. Less weight, bags more power and the cost of the whole transplant is less than a set of forged pistons!

Cheers

Barry

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Dougie Doug Escriva
Portland, OR, USA   USA
Barry, if you want to know how to build a high performaning Healey 6-cylinder, you need to be following this thread on the motorsports fourm.
It's been going for a few years, so it might take a while, but a good read. https://www.ahexp.com/phorum/read.php?8,5181

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rusty1c Peter D
Antioch, CA, USA   USA
1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 "RUBY"
1963 Chevrolet C10 "Rusty"
Met up with other members of the Golden Gate Austin Healey Club and did road trip through the hills of the northern California wine country. Started in Napa and drove through the mountains to Glenn Ellen. Then from there through more mountains to Rhonert Park. Stopped at the Bear Republic Brewing company where we had a great lunch and cold beer. All together about 15 cars made the run. A great group of folks to hang out with.
Pete


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