Tech Tips

Valve Lash settings: .012 -.015 in. (.38mm) Torque Settings (foot/pounds) Cylinder Head Studs: 33-35 Cylinder Head Nuts: 75 Main Bearing Nuts: 75 Rod Bearing Caps: 50 Oil Pump to Block: 12-15 Oil Pump pick up 6-10 Flywheel: 50 Clutch to Flywheel 25 Bell Housing Bolts 35 Rear Mounting Plate Screws…

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HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a divining rod to locate expensive parts not far from the object we are trying to hit. MECHANIC’S KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works…

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You’ve spent weeks lovingly rebuilding your Healey’s tired engine. You’ve spared no expense in providing it with the best quality parts, each one hand-fitted with great precision. It’s finally installed in the chassis with everything hooked up, ready for it’s first start-up. Panic seizes you now as you think of…

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The generator on your Healey has an out put of about 36 amps. If you want your battery to stay charged and be able to run other things, consider converting to an alternator. The alternator used for this conversion can be purchased at any auto supply house. It is a…

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No, this Texan has not been eating Loco weed. There is a connection between windmills and brake servo units. The trail of events leading to the sources of key components missing in a brake servo repair kit is quite unique. After suffering a servo unit failure, I assessed the damage….

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Below is a compilation of comments/advise from knowledgable persons on the subjuct of balancing wire wheels. From Peter Cowper: Here is more on wheel balancing than anyone needs to know, but my brain has gotten so full of automotive trivia I have to get rid of some of it. I…

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Keeping the oil on the inside of a Healey engine seems like a never ending job. Have you heard this before, “I put a new seal on the timing chain cover, but it started leaking again?”. Maybe you are asking to much of the new seal. Did you see a…

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The following puzzler was posted not long ago to the email group for Austin Healeys. It elicited a lot of responses and provided great fodder for thought as well as a good list for trouble shooting your car when it mysteriously dies on the highway or byway or dirt road…

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Richard Hockert, Dallas, Texas Over the past few years I have responded to a number of questions from enthusiasts about modifications to the Austin-Healey engine. It seems that either the engine that was inherited from a previous owner is running poorly and is in need of a rebuild, or the…

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