We’re tending to a few things on this Austin Healey. The owner wants us to check on the brakes, some oil leaks, and see what else we see. Old cars, even restored old cars, demand much more attention than modern cars.
This Healey passed through the shop for a short time, and it had some A+ bodywork done by another shop. I figured I’d take their work and pretty up our website. What a great foundation for a good looking sports car.
For the curious, we had this car done by Collision Masters in Myrtle Beach, SC. To say we’re pleased is an understatement. Currently, they have a Datsun 510 they are working on for us. We look forward to sharing the results. Check out their facebook page here.
The Toyota 5-speed conversion suits the Healey well. In addition to the transmission work, we installed a new exhaust, replaced the needles and seats in the carburetors, checked everything over, and sent it back to the owner to resume prowling the Virginia byways.
Interested in a 5-speed conversion for your car? Give Chip a ring for particulars.
An Austin-Healey 3000 came into the shop with rear drum-brakes that would apply but not release. Dean removed the flex hoses that run from the hard brake line to the brake cylinders, cut one open to see what was inside, and found this:
Whatever was in the flex hose that used to be liquid was no longer liquid, and the resulting pinhole was so small that fluid could not exit the wheel cylinders once the pedal was released. The brakes were able to activate only because the pressure from the pedal application was so great that it managed to push fluid through the degraded line.
While this Healey has been waiting on it’s rebuilt distributor, we have tended to some other odds and ends. There is refinished wood to go on the dash, and shiny chrome mirrors to mount on the fenders. Measure twice, drill through your valuable metal fender once.
We conferred with the owner about mirror placement prior to drilling the holes. Do-overs are quite time-consuming after you put a hole in the fender, so we do what we can to avoid them.
The Healey in the shop at this time needs some repair to the control head that contains the turn signal switch and the horn. 3000’s use an arrangement in which a stator tube runs through the center of the steering column and carries the wiring for the turn signals and horn. It makes a pretty steering column and an arduous fix. Take a look at the below pictures for more information…
Here is the stator tube lying on the workbench. It’s the silver tube that goes all the way from the left of the picture to the right of the picture in the middle of the page. Double click any of these images for a larger view. I will try to get a photograph of the assembly once it’s back on the car.