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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.

BJ8 Restoration: Part 5: Green Paint!

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Today we took the trip out to Trevor Black’s who is the talent behind our Healey’s green paint. This work comes after considerable preparation and marks a milestone for the project.

Trevor has been working with paint for thirty years and is one of our secret weapons when it comes to restoration.

The main reason to work with him is his exceptional finish out of the gun, which means parts like our incredibly complex platform chassis can shine.

Next week we hope to have the Healey in the shop if you would like to see it in person. We just ordered 440 parts from A-H Spares, but will rely on other great support from Autofarm, Dennis Welsh Racing and British Car Specialists as well.

BJ8 Restoration: Part 4: Metal Work

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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.