Once our BJ8 project was stripped bare and blasted, we then had a unique opportunity to address the weakness of the original design and deal with any present or future problems.
We trusted Steven Gicas to do the job. Trained by Roy Moore for Jetstream, he has put together several of the Hugh’s brothers Healeys and will be working on more Healeys in the future.
After cutting away the inner, intermediate and outer sills, we decided under Steven’s guidance to replace all 10 floor board pieces. These were simply tacked onto the chassis by the factory with little regard to corrosion protection between the floor and chassis. Steven applied weld-through primer the entire ‘sandwich’ surface which when combined with seam sealer should outlast the intended lifetime of the structure. This also refreshed the flanges that the inner sill attaches to.
We also spent considerable money to get the fenders, doors, sills, shut panels and hinge panels sufficiently lined up. Steven weighed down the chassis to mimic the 690 lb engine and transmission, but I would recommend leaving the engine in for this process otherwise.
This leaves the Healey ready for Trevor Black to do final bodywork and prepare it for one his superb topcoats. It will be going back to its original hue of dark Britsh Racing Green GN25.
-Careful and meticulous ownership from new.
-100% solid and original panels
-Delivered new to San Francisco with Wire Wheels, Overdrive, Heater, Adjustable Steering Column.
-Offered with an original hardtop, sidecurtains and tool kit
-High level of maintenance and operating condition.
Here is a chance to buy one of the most impressive BT7s we have seen. Its owner Jim Briske has been involved with the Healey concours community for a considerable time and has faithfully reconditioned most of the car to retain its originality.
Somewhat of a unique opportunity, the car is now located at a 3000 ft elevation in Maui, and would make the ultimate vacation testdrive.
CAR’S CURRENT CONDITION
-72 spoke painted wire wheels/ Michelin tires from Hendricks Wire wheel.
-4 new hubs, original knockoffs.
-Silicone brake/clutch fluid, new hoses
-Balanced rear brake drums
-Rebuilt swivel axels
-Rebuilt original rear springs
-Rebuilt original shocks
-New wiring harness [British Wiring ]
-Original chrome replated
-Interior, grey leather, red trim done by John Wilson, Oregon. To concourse standard.
-3 Tops. 1.Concorse condition hardtop, old English white, headliner from Roger Moment,
-Window and trim from Bill Bolton.
-2.New Robbins top, original top frame
-3.Surry suntop. [see photo]
-Sidecurtains: Original , reconditioned, see photo
-Engine: Replaced freeze plugs, timing chain,tensioner,seal. Rear oil seal, lighten flywheel [Bill Bolton]. Rebuilt starter & generator. Stainless steel exhaust . Spin on filter[original included] Car has run on Mobil 1 since 1989 . Alum. Flex fan from Norm Nock. [original included] Spare water pump in boot. Original radiator R&R with sleeved thermostat installed. No over heating problems.
Transmission: Toyota 5 speed with Smitty kit. Original trans. With 22% overdrive included. The Toyota trans allowed for a R&R of original trans.[ Preventative maint.] So the that the car could be driven. I did that with my BJ8. Both trans. use Redline oil.
Tool Kit: Original, unrestored. Verified as correct for this car by Roger Moment
We have had quite a few BJ8 Austin Healeys in the shop, but this on is distinctly different as it was delivered new to Germany.
It has numerous detail differences, the most notable being small behive signal lights where the North American federalized cars got the large plastic lights. This is possible with BJ7 fenders and a completely different front shroud with small light beds that would be very difficult to replace.
Other detail differences include rear BJ7 fenders with behives where the reflectors normally are, fitted steering lock, hexagonal wheel nuts and a slightly revised chassis tag that lists the weights.