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

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mtnrek@yahoo.com
Chris Buckaloo
Jacksonville, fl
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02/06/2009 12:33PM

Main British Car:
1962 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 Ford 289 Smallblock V8

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Front suspension?!
Posted by: mtnrek@yahoo.com
Date: April 17, 2009 07:39PM

I've across something with my 62 healey and can't figure it out to save my life. Appearantly it has an aftermarket suspension on it. I know the Austins have a strange suspension set up to boot, but mine has another addition to it: It has regular newer style piston shocks in addition to the lever shocks.

My question is: A) has anyone seen this? and B) where can i get replacements for it?

i'll add foto's as soon as get home tonight.


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

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12/19/2007 05:01PM

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

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Re: Front suspension?!
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: April 17, 2009 08:57PM

Koni used to make a tube front shock conversion. If the shocks are reddish-orange it could be the Koni set-up. Otherwise, its probably a home brew and your best bet is to take the shock to your local NAPA and see if they can source a replacement.

Rick


mtnrek@yahoo.com
Chris Buckaloo
Jacksonville, fl
(67 posts)

Registered:
02/06/2009 12:33PM

Main British Car:
1962 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 Ford 289 Smallblock V8

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Re: Front suspension?!
Posted by: mtnrek@yahoo.com
Date: April 18, 2009 10:22AM

thanks for the response. I do appreciate it.


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(472 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

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

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Re: Front suspension?!
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: April 18, 2009 11:00AM

Here's a link to a home made version: [modifiedhealeys.org] There are some part #s written on the shocks if you look closely.

Nasty Healeying,
Rick


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Front suspension?!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: April 18, 2009 12:58PM

I believe a number of companies have marketed telescoping front shock conversion kits for MGB (many, many years), so it'd surprise me if they haven't been available for Healeys too.

These two photos show the Spax version:
http://www.britishv8.org/MG/MarkTrosper/MarkTrosper-X.jpg

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/PaulAvery/PaulAvery-BM.jpg

(There are probably more photos of similar kits in the gallery section.)


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