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Austin Healey BJ8 Dashboard Restoration

On Friday I finished restoring Don Manning’s 1967 Austin Healey BJ8 Dashboard.

This car is special because it has an all-original interior and has never been fully restored.

The video goes through the process in detail and I hope it provides some insights for future jobs.

The wood panels were refinished by Karen Trickett of Coventry Woodworks http://www.coventrywoodworks.ca/

The completed dashboard:

Unrestored Dash:

BJ8 Restoration: Part 7: Completed Engine Bay

We have reached a critical point in the Healey restoration. It’s time to add the front body panels, but not without having a good look.

The factory clearly assembled the car in a similar manner, which makes tasks like the front ventilation tubes actually doable.

As mentioned in the video, the engine and anciliarys have the following upgrades and many more I forgot to mention:

Athena Multi-Layer Head Gasket
ARP Cylinder Head Stud Kit
WOSP Dynamotor
Denis Welsh CRANKSHAFT REAR SEAL CONVERSION
Denis Welsh OIL PUMPS
Denis Welsh SPIN-ON OIL FILTER CONVERSION
Denis Welsh Valves
Denis Welsh HYDRAULIC TIMING CHAIN TENSIONER
Top Hat valve stem seals
Kenlowe Electronic Fan
Autosparks wiring harness.

The engine bay is still missing a few things, like the distributor vacuum line, and filters but is mostly complete.

BJ8 Restoration: Part 6: Engine Installed

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The engine has landed. Lucky for us BMC used light metallic green on the engine so we could apply a very nice base/clear finish on our restoration car.

In typical BMC fashion everything was installed on the engine prior to paint so we mimicked that process, somewhat.

At the factory even the alternator, fan belt, breather hoses and exhaust manifold were painted with the engine.

A couple items I forgot were the intake drain tubes and vacuum advance line which are also green.

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BJ8 Restoration: Part 6: Chassis Buildup

Our long-term Healey BJ8 restoration is ready for the engine and interior.

Since our last post the suspension, steering, wiring harness, dashboard and rear shroud have been installed.

Some notable additions include a Fuel Flow maintenance-free fuel pump, the autosparks wiring harness with alternator, radio and fog light mods, a 3.9 Dennis Welsh rear axle, and a wooden dashboard finished by Coventry Woodworks.

BJ8 Restoration: Part 5: The Engine

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Today we picked up our Healey 3000 engine from Mid-Island Engine and Machine in Duncan.

Scott and Chuck have a great facility and have proven extremely capable for this job.

They gave us a breif tour of the shop which had some pretty impressive machines.

For our Healey engine, Mid-Island balanced all the rotating masses, grinded the valves and fit new hardned valve seats.