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

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HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(465 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

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

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Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: March 02, 2012 06:13PM

http://i44.tinypic.com/2q37z21.jpg

Some nice looking metal work on those fender flairs. Here's the story:

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BWA


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04/13/2010 08:13PM

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Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: BWA
Date: March 02, 2012 08:19PM

That car is a work of art!! Methinks that the owner was hosed by that custom shop, how do you spend $500,000.00 on that car? I can see maybe $100,000.00 but not much more. What do you guys think?

Cheers
Byron


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(465 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

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

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Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: March 03, 2012 06:18AM

After a bit more searching, this car is a fiberglass Sebring kit car. I should have recognized it as such from the windshield and vent window. It's nicely done, but I have to agree with Byron as to the build cost. Here's a pic of another one with the same fender flairs in the original fiberglass body.
http://i44.tinypic.com/24pc5l1.jpg

Seems like there might be the same touch of hyperbole in the metal fender flare description as the build cost.


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: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: March 03, 2012 07:23AM

The combination of low camera angle and the lower stance make the black one look pretty sweet while the camera angle and high stance on the red one make it look very out of proportion. Same body, different results.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2977 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: Bad Boy Brit, (AC 6.1)
Posted by: roverman
Date: March 04, 2012 01:56PM

BWA, "That car is a work of art", well, not this Art anyway. A way different Brit Bad Boy, (AC 6.1), is progressing well. With good help, pulled 907 eng/trans and cradle by lifting front of unit body up/over, with cherry picker. This is best way to pull, by far. Car is getting close to "cage" time. Jim N, will you elaborate on how to negate dynamic rear steering on Series II RX7 rear suspension ? I have Energy Suspension urethane busings to install. Are the "shackles" on lower controll arms, left intact ? Thanks, roverman.


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1968 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: mgb260
Date: March 04, 2012 09:53PM

Art, If I remember you just use special bushings to disable the rear steer unit. I found it, here you go.

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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2977 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: Bad Boy Brit, RX 7 irs.
Posted by: roverman
Date: March 06, 2012 11:34AM

Thanks Jim, I shall inspect "Energy Suspension" kit for these bushings. I'm still concerned if the "shakles" contribute to dynamic steering. Jim, did you state earlier that the ring /pinion gear size can be increased, and still use the same housing/CV's ? Onward, roverman.



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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1968 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: mgb260
Date: March 06, 2012 01:05PM

Art, Turbo II is largest ring gear at 8". All others are 7". You have to get the bushings from Mazdatrix(maybe other Mazda vendors). They are hard Delrin and allow no movement other than rotation. I don't know about the shackles. If not needed grind them off.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2977 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: roverman
Date: March 06, 2012 07:12PM

Thanks Jim. How do I tell 7" or 8" ring gear without disassembling ? Onward, roverman.


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1968 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: mgb260
Date: March 06, 2012 07:39PM

If its out of the Turbo II 86-92 with rear steer it is the 8". Probably posi also, earlier ones clutch type, later Torsen. Earlier ones 3.9 ratio, later 4.10 I think. There might be a tag on front where housing bolts down.


flyinlow
Kevin .
Elko NV
(84 posts)

Registered:
01/25/2011 04:52PM

Main British Car:
1964 Spitfire Ford 5.0

Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: flyinlow
Date: March 06, 2012 09:19PM

The turbII RX7's all had 4.1 ring & pinions and use a heavier axle than the non turbo cars
They can handle most anything you can throw at them short of a blown big block
I had an 87 RX7 turboII with a 96 LT1 from a corvette that I used for open road racing
Ended up putting a corvette differential in it to get better gearing for hi speed but I think the turboII diff is stronger


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2977 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: Bad Boy Brit/ 8" Mazda
Posted by: roverman
Date: March 07, 2012 11:25AM

Jim and Kevin, If no tag, how else do I determine Bad Boy 8" ? Thanks guys, roverman.


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1968 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: mgb260
Date: March 07, 2012 12:17PM

Art, If you took it out of a Turbo II car it is 8", if unsure you have to pull the center housing.


flyinlow
Kevin .
Elko NV
(84 posts)

Registered:
01/25/2011 04:52PM

Main British Car:
1964 Spitfire Ford 5.0

Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: flyinlow
Date: March 07, 2012 01:43PM

There is an external difference if I remember right it is in the # of ribs can't remember exactly what but will look through my old paperwork and find out



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flyinlow
Kevin .
Elko NV
(84 posts)

Registered:
01/25/2011 04:52PM

Main British Car:
1964 Spitfire Ford 5.0

Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: flyinlow
Date: March 07, 2012 03:11PM

N.A differential has 9 ribs on the back cover
turboII differential has 11 ribs



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/07/2012 03:12PM by flyinlow.



roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2977 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: Bad Boy Brit, 8" Mazda
Posted by: roverman
Date: March 07, 2012 06:30PM

Kevin, It sounds like 8" third member will not fit 7" rear cover/ aluminum housing ? Thanks, roverman.


flyinlow
Kevin .
Elko NV
(84 posts)

Registered:
01/25/2011 04:52PM

Main British Car:
1964 Spitfire Ford 5.0

Re: Bad Boy Brit
Posted by: flyinlow
Date: March 07, 2012 07:59PM

No it won't interchange and the cv axles are heavier on the turbII and wont interchange either
The turboII diff is allot stronger and worth getting the only problem is the only gear ratio available is 4,10 but if you run a t56 trans with .50 ratio 6th gear it is allot of fun and still reasonable rpm at highway speeds


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2977 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: Bad Boy Brit, one more diff.check
Posted by: roverman
Date: March 08, 2012 05:49PM

to identify Series 5, Gen II Turbo, 89-91' RX 7 with 8" ring gear, from "Grant at Granny's Speed Shop", bolt circle on input flange is 4.120" vs 3.786" for 7" ring gear. 8" Turbo's use "Gleason" clutchless limited slip. Kevin, I'm using R154 (5) speed and 26" tire. This works well for max hp. at approx. max speed,(I hope). Thanks, roverman.


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