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RAHealey Jeff L
Lakeville, MN, USA   USA
Doug:


So what brake set up do you use?

I noticed in the previous posted photos of the wheel well vents you had installed front brakes calipers that appeared not to be any where near “stock” or semi stock. Not even Jag like which many run. The aero quipe lines appeared to be larger than 3an or even 4an.


Jeff

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wagonaire144 bill d
mequon, WI, USA   USA
Hello all hands,

Been absent from here for a long while, and am tickled to see activity while i have nothing constructive to add! Fantastic!!
i must have watched the vid several times each... the only addition i could add to Zachs' car now, would be to offer a suggestion that a water ski center mirror could help looking for attackers from behind. I use an Attwood parabolic, mounted in the standard spot, center of the dash. It gives me complete visibility from directly behind me, to next to me on the left. ( this being in a RHD car). I think you were hauling the mail, Zach. Each time i watched the film, i noticed that you closed up on the Alfa in the same places, and have a feel for how your chassis is working. A wee bit more time with the engine/chassis, and you'll be where you want to be.
My brakes are as Barry explained his. For years, i experimented with booster/master combo's, and simply got complicated brakes that didn't work the way we wanted. Finally,I used a Tilton Stock car (steel, less expensive) floor mounted pedal assy. with an integral bias bar, adjustable from the driving position, and with 3 piston Jag calipers from Mk.2 XJ6 in front, and vented DWR drums in the rear.
I love the feel of the brakes, and so far have no fade. But thats what happens when your engine is lame... once i make power, the brakes will scare me to death.
Victor, I think that between what i write and what others have added, asked, and proved, this is a great repository of info and encouragement to run on of these lovely beasts. I can't wait to get back on track. In the next couple weeks, i plan to list the causes of my Fall engine failure at RA, and mebbe even post pix. I'll try to post the parts to repair the damage, and the direction and motivation for changes i make for the next season. Included will be the gearbox rebuild as well. and the assembly of the straightcut box in the bargain.
Carry on, and get on track. We all could spend years building the perfect car, but by then, someone will have built a faster one. Just get your car to the level you can achieve/afford, and start racing it. Don't delay.
Jeff, when will you be back on track? In what? do tell...
billd

RAHealey Jeff L
Lakeville, MN, USA   USA
Bill

It sounds like your Healey will not be ready, you coming to RA for the May race? I will be ther crewing for McQueen / 106 , Powell and Johnk. With Wetzel will make it 4 big Healeys.

Jeff

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wagonaire144 bill d
mequon, WI, USA   USA
Jeff et al,

Definately not ready for Spring RA. Still waiting for crank and cylinder head work to come home, and a legal solution to piston size. It always takes several math go-rounds for a bore size, and Valve-to-piston figures to become clear in my head. I have always had poor math comprehension, and try to visualize the proximity of the parts as they move. The best part is when it works. Imagining the opening speed of the valves, and the pistons arrival in the same space causes me to really do my sums. With luck, i'll be up at RA, working with Wagner. When he was 50 years old, he did a weekend of 2:48's, and then his times crept up to 2;50 and so on, up to 2:55. Then, he took a new view of his racing and he's back to 2:51, and we'll see if he gets back to 2:48.
He's now in his mid 70's, and seems to have more fun.

Hope to see you there!
billd

By the way, our pal in Canada, Dyrk Bolger, is touting a race meeting at his home circuit,Gimli Motorsport Park, eh? To be held in mid- August, is features AH, and he wants to attract as many Big cars as he can. Will the Minnesota Band be willing and able? I will try to collect all my hardware and be ready by then, and would like to go up. I like Winnepeg, and Canadiens in general.
billd

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Dougie Doug Escriva
Portland, OR, USA   USA
Bill -

The engine math is way beyond me, but luckely I've surounded myself with people much smarter. We've encountered some real clearance challenges with my current engine build. My machinist builds a lot of German hi-pro motors, BMW, etc. where the piston is proud of the block and the head gasket makes up the additional clearance. Give this, we've had a custom multi-layer all steel gasket made to give us the clearance needed for the Healey. I recall the company can make up to 150 thousands gasket that will keep a seal under race conditions. Hopefully my new custom rods will arrive next week as promised and final assemebly will be completed.

RAHealey Jeff L
Lakeville, MN, USA   USA
Bill

Gimli is being promoted both by the local racing club VSCR and the Minnesota Healey club.

Not sure how many Healeys will go.

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Dougie Doug Escriva
Portland, OR, USA   USA
Some interesting performance builds by BW Engine Development in the UK.

https://www.facebook.com/BW-engine-developments-1772818629662716/

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Dougie Doug Escriva
Portland, OR, USA   USA
In reply to # 199682 by Dougie I received two new upgrades for my current build this week, very satisfied with both. A custom billet crank from Marine Crankshaft and an NOS license frame for HSC.

Finally .......8 weeks late, the parts to complete the race engine build.


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wagonaire144 bill d
mequon, WI, USA   USA
Doug,
you are the luckiest of lucky guys... there is nothing like opening this quality stuff, measuring it, then hearing it working, smooth turbine-like shirling when you crack the throttles. Best of luck on your assembly, whether you or your chosen ones screw it together.
Wagner is on his way to Atlanta, for the Mitty. We'll see how he does, in the #50 BN7. Wish him well!

My Studebaker is nearly done, and then i can begin the chassis service and finish the gearbox on the racer, while i wait for the parts and machinework to come home for the motor.
best to all,
billd

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Dougie Doug Escriva
Portland, OR, USA   USA
What's going on out there? Zach, when's your next race? You've got to be feeling good after Bathurst.....Barry, how's your motor build? We measured everything up this week to design the proper pistons on my motor. Bill, how'd Wagner do at Road Atlanta? On a fast track like that, I'm sure he held his own. He gives me all the hope I can to keep it going for a long time.

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wagonaire144 bill d
mequon, WI, USA   USA
OK...
So here in Elkhart Lake environs, its finally getting to the point of green buds showing up. My Studebaker project is kicking my mechanics keister, so my own racer is still in its winter bed.

Wagners #50 car had a solid outing at Road Atlanta. Bob is a smooth consistant driver who creeps up on his best times. His car is his buddy, telling him about the road. He had a tough time feeling his way around Road Atlanta at first, but by friday afternoon, his times had come from 2;04 TO 1:54. He decided to fit new tires, and he dropped another two seconds a lap. He is using Hoosier Speedsters, and started on the wider 15" option, but couldn't get them warm enuf. At Atlanta, the new tires he fitted were the narrower ones, and he loved them, with predictable bite, and consistant temps across the face. I also looked at his take-offs, and the radial carcasses are completely used up, leaving me to use up my supply of his take-off bias ply
ones... oh well... all good things come to an end. Mebbe when i do need a set of new, its time to try some Speedsters.
This coming weekend, we go to Road America, for the SVRA spring race. Anything can happen, form snow to 90 degrees and all else in between. Looking forward to seeing his times on the new tires...

Barry, when is it dyno-oclock??? you can't put it off forever...
Ed, what ho? when the next outing?
Andrew, next target? any color on that carcass yet?
Jeff, any decisions?
zack, next up?? how did the nut and bolt check after Bathurst turn out?

do tell!!
billd

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Dougie Doug Escriva
Portland, OR, USA   USA
That's great to hear about Wagner, he gives me hope I have many years of racing left. The Hoosier Speedsters are good for two seconds over the Vintage TD bias-ply on most tracks. Our race clubs out west won't let the big Healey run them without getting bumped up a group. It's fine with it, the Vintage TD's are a much more fun.

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wagonaire144 bill d
mequon, WI, USA   USA
i think so too... now that i have my weights where i want them, i can oversteer when i want, and get it back, too!!

off to the drag races tonite... grudge matches till 7:30, brackets start@8:00... a different way to clear my head.
billd

AxeHealey Andrew Grannis
Cleveland, OH, USA   USA
Hey everyone, glad to see projects moving along.

No color yet, Bill - save a section of the chassis that I got carried away with the POR-15! This whole panel fitting exercise is a tough one. Having our first child in March hasn't helped the speed of it either...but you won't find me complaining on that front.

I put the engine and trans in and I've more-or-less perfected the driver's side door gap in the front. (For what it's worth - the gaps did not change at all with the engine and trans in place.) It took a ton of messing about and I've had to door on and off approximately 1 billion times but I'm pretty happy with it. I'm now completely focused on the rear gap. There's a lot of work to be done. The "sliding back" process you've described has created some room but I still don't have enough. Now that the gap in the front is nailed down, however, I'm getting a much better picture of what needs to be done. Unfortunately, with my first race being PVGP at Schenley, the E21 has become my primary focus. I'm making good progress with prep though and will be back with the Healey in no time.

I still fully intend to have body work done this summer and have the Healey move under it's own power this calendar year. If that means go-kart stage and it's really finished Spring '19, well that's what it means. At this point, I'm going to be racing in July and then September or October so I'll have large swaths of time to dedicate to the Healey again.

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Dougie Doug Escriva
Portland, OR, USA   USA
Andrew -

Keep moving along on the Healey, we're expecting you at RA next fall for the ELVF event. Nice that you have the BMW to flog around and stay sharp on the track with. Good luck this season with it.thumbs up

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