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

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HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(467 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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First Drive - I got a stickah!
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: October 25, 2011 05:05AM

I've been trying to get the Nasty Boy road legal before it gets too cold to play in my unheated New England garage. In order to legally operate a motor vehicle upon the ways of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one must obtain a motor vehicle inspection sticker, known hereabouts as "gottagetastickah" (rhymes with "pissah"). I've had a primal fear about inspection stickers since 1967 when every 6 mos I'd try to get my well used bugeye through inspection. There was always something wrong with it and I'd hold my breath that it would pass and give me another six months on the road.
So with more than a little trepidation, I brought the Healey in to get checked out. For older cars, it's not a huge deal. Lights, directionals, brake lights, brakes, emergency brake, horn, wipers, kingpins, etc. Car guys know which inspection stations are hot rod friendly and which ones aren't. Fortunately, I've got a local guy who's sympatico with the classic car guys.
Passed with more or less flying colors. Here's the proof:

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j222/healeyrick/IMG_0229.jpg



Once legal, I filled up the tank and did about five miles on it. So far, I'm enthralled. It's really solid. Between the balanced rear brake drums and additional bracing around the doghouse, there's no scuttle shake. It's running about 190 degrees, which makes me a little less concerned about the modified stock radiator and Texas Cooler mechanical fan.
But the most exciting thing is this car is ... uhmmm... what's the word? Oh yeah .... FAST! I have to admit I was always a bit disappointed with the performance of the Big Healey. The six is a great sounding motor, but to me it never had the performance to keep up with those handsome lines. 345 hp changes all that. The pipes sound wonderful and it really moves!
I know I need pictures and videos, but I've got a bunch of clean-up and detailing to go before he's ready for some beauty shots.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2629 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: First Drive - I got a stickah!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: October 25, 2011 07:45AM

Very cool Rick! Congratulations!!


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2992 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: First Drive - I got a stickah!
Posted by: roverman
Date: October 25, 2011 11:16AM

Waay-ta-go Rick !


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(467 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: First Drive - I got a stickah!
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: October 25, 2011 09:16PM

Rob,

Thanks, man. That first drive feeling must be still pretty fresh in your mind!

Art,

Get off your butt and let's see some progress on the JH.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2992 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: First Drive - I got a stickah!
Posted by: roverman
Date: October 26, 2011 11:41AM

Rick, yea-yeah. I paid the tire store to bleed the brakes and front alignment. Brakes-spongy and steering wheel crooked. Huffaker glass is ordered. roverman.


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(467 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: First Drive - I got a stickah!
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: October 27, 2011 05:57AM

Art,

If I want something screwed up, I do it myself!


DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
(406 posts)

Registered:
11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: First Drive - I got a stickah!
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: October 27, 2011 05:50PM

Gentlemen,

Looks like it's the official end of the 'outdoor' car season as I'm looking at 3-4" of white fluffy stuff on the deck. Time to crank up the kerosene heater and make the garage all nice an toasty for the start of...the indoor season!

Cheers,

DT



rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2629 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: First Drive - I got a stickah!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: October 27, 2011 11:15PM

Was out in my garage a couple of hours ago in a baseball sleeve t-shirt. Had to turn a fan on to keep from sweating. What's an indoor season?


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(467 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: First Drive - I got a stickah!
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: October 28, 2011 06:26AM

Rob,

For you that would be June-August in an air conditioned garage


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2629 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: First Drive - I got a stickah!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: October 28, 2011 08:29AM

Got one of those... Every year the box stores put the window units on sale around October. A few years back I picked up a huge approx 20k btu display unit that someone had spilled blue paint all over for about $100. Got it home and found the paint was latex & it peeled off very easily! Works great in the summers.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2992 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: First Drive - I got a stickah! segway
Posted by: roverman
Date: October 28, 2011 11:24AM

Rob, something the girls in the the paint dept. would ask-lay tex ?


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