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mods & upgrades for Healey (Nash, Austin, or Jensen) cars, including engine swaps

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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2979 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Bigger wheels/brakes for JH
Posted by: roverman
Date: October 02, 2011 04:37PM

The problem with oem, 13" wheels is very limited performance tire and brake choices. Yes you can buy "R" compound, but very pricey and NOT suitable for street. What then ? I'm converting a set of 4 on 130 mm. b.c. to 4 on 4" bc., "Rivieras" once popular on 914's and bugs. 15" dia x 5.5" wide with same 4" back spacing as JH wheel. This makes a 205-50 performance tire possible. Yea I know, Jensen Healey, who cares ? Cheers, roverman.


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Bigger wheels/brakes for JH
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: October 25, 2011 11:34AM

Art, that's an interesting idea, are you changing the wheels or redrilling the hubs? As far as larger wheels go, have you also looked at VTO wheels. Hap can drill those in the Midget and JH bolt pattern if you want and has three styles to choose from. I think their new Le Mans style would look great on the JH. [64.27.130.204]
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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2979 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Bigger wheels/brakes for JH
Posted by: roverman
Date: October 25, 2011 06:51PM

Thanks Bill, but I like to compare cost, maybe I'm cheep. Empi 8 spoke($75 each with caps/new), will be my choice if I can make them 4 on 4" bc. JH hubs are too small to go larger. "Hemi Healey" will get the Team III wheels, as per David T's photoshop. Cheers, roverman.


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Bigger wheels/brakes for JH
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: October 25, 2011 10:05PM

Cheap is something I do understand, my nickname back in the street rod days was Lobucs because I built so many things myself instead of buying them already done.
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djw090
David Witham
Warwick UK
(115 posts)

Registered:
06/12/2008 11:20AM

Main British Car:
MGB 1974 and MG ZT 160 turbo 2005

Re: Bigger wheels/brakes for JH
Posted by: djw090
Date: October 26, 2011 06:34AM

I don't know if it helps but I think the original hubs came off the last generation of Vauxhall Viva/Magnum range of cars. Vauxhall being GM's UK brand.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2979 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Bigger wheels/brakes for JH
Posted by: roverman
Date: October 26, 2011 11:38AM

Bill, I like that hemi, mine is just a lil' smaller. roverman.


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1968 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bigger wheels/brakes for JH
Posted by: mgb260
Date: October 26, 2011 12:54PM

Art, Wheel adapters to VW bolt pattern is the answer.



roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2979 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Bigger wheels/brakes for JH
Posted by: roverman
Date: October 26, 2011 02:10PM

Jim, thanks but "I" work for less than buying and ther'es the increase in scrub radius. roverman.


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