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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 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.