Personalizations

Ignition BT7

123 Distributor

Editor Update: Originally posted in 2012 The Original Ignition System Distributor: Lucas DM6A Coil: Lucas HA 12 volt Spark Plugs: Champion UN12Y Modified Ignition System Distributor Having converted the Bugeye to electronic ignition with a Crane system, I knew that I wanted to use electronic ignition with the Bloody Beast, but unlike the Crane system, […]


Adding a Reverse Gear “Back-up” Light

I use a Toyota 5-speed gearbox in the Bloody Beast, but I have never taken advantage of the “back-up” light switch feature that is available on the transmission. Our Healeys did not have a “back-up” light. Steve Gerow discovered a LED light made for the job designed to be mounted on the lower holes of […]


1-2-3 Ignition Installation

I am making this post to provide documentation for others on the subject of 1-2-3 electronic distributors and their installation in Big Healeys. There isn’t too much content regarding the 1-2-3 distributors on the Healey Forums, but I suspect that I am not the only one using this product from the Netherlands. I am not […]


Overnight Travel Cover

Having attended many multi-day car shows such as Conclaves and Encounters, I have seen travel covers that cover just the top of the car and offer interior protection from the elements, but don’t cover the full body of the car. The beauty of these is that they are light and easy to manage when traveling. […]


Throttle Cable Modification

Throttle Cable Modification Owning a Austin-Healey “Bugeye” Sprite always made me wonder about the somewhat arcane mechanical throttle linkage system in my BT7. The Bugeye has a very simple accelerator control system whereby the accelerator pedal and the carburetors are connected via a cable. This provides a direct and immediately responsive system assuming that the […]


Hardtop

Hardtop

Introduction I took my Universal Laminations hardtop apart in 1977 and, of course, intended to completely restore it to original standard at the time. This did not happen and it sat disassembled until I began to undertake the complete restoration of my car in 2001. We all know that it is best to take things […]


Spare Tire Cover

Spare Tire Cover To dress-up the appearance of the boot and to provide a clean surface when carrying clothes or luggage, I had a carpet cover made for my spare tire using carpet to match the interior of The Bloody Beast.Under the cover I still have the leather harness/belt to tie down the tire.


Rear Tow/Tie Down Hooks

Rear Tow/Tie Down Hooks I noticed on the Tom’s Import Toy Sales http://www.tomsimport.com/new/parts/parts.asp?sect=20&new=1 web site that he sells a nice replica of the factory tow hooks. They are made of high grade stainless steel and fasten to the car using the rear leaf spring bolt. I ordered a pair and was quite pleased with the […]


Boot

Gas Strut Installation My friend Steve Thomton has an on-line gas strut business. So, it was only natural that he should come up with the bracketing and appropriate strut to install a strut in the boot of a Healey. As always, Steve’s work is of the highest quality. The components in Steve’s kit are remarkably […]


Side Curtains

Solid Lexan Panel Image 1

Side Curtain Modifications March, 2009 I currently have brand new sidecurtains. They fit reasonably well, have new clear plexiglass that slides easily and the new aluminum frames are blemish free. In other words they look about as good as side curtains can look. However, with a 7,000 – 8,000 mile cross country trip ahead of […]


Rear Luggage/Parcel Shelf

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Luggage/Parcel Shelf This is a pdf file of the assembly plans for the luggage/parcel shelf, followed by several images of the assembly process: BT7 Parcel Shelf         zz


Luggage Rack Lexan Boot Lid Shield

Luggage Rack Shield in Place

Boot Lid Shield I have a Cape International luggage rack on “The Bloody Beast” and I am very pleased with its looks and functionality. One of the features I like best is how closely the rack “hugs” the contours of the boot lid; however, the curvature of the boot lid makes it quite possible for items carried […]


Cruise Control

Audiovox Cruise Control Image 1

Installing the Audiovox CCS-100 Cruise Control in a 1960 BT7 April, 2008  I decided to install a cruise control system in my car near the end of a complete restoration. The engine was in place, but the front shroud, wings and doors were yet to be installed. It seemed like the perfect time to add […]


Cup Holder

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Cup Holder You just can’t drive a car in the States that doesn’t have a cup holder. Somehow it would be un-American! I borrowed the idea from Roger Conte who installed one in his BJ8. You can’t hide it quite as well in a BT7, but with a few mounting modifications I added the same […]


Armrest/Console

Arm Rest Installed

Creating a Functional Arm Rest  for a BT7 A number of people have asked about the arm rest installed in The Bloody Beast, so I decided to write up a little summary of the build process. I began with the standard upholstered arm rest pad sourced from Heritage Upholstery and Trim. However, the pad as […]


Electrical System

Lucas Driving Lights

The Original Electrical System  The electricals were a 12 volt positive ground Lucas system. The battery with an interrupt switch was located in the boot. The system consisted of the following: Fuel pump: SU AUA72 Voltage Regulator: Lucas Type 106/2 Single Fuse Box: Lucas Type FS6 with 50 and 35 amp fuses Electric Overdrive: Laycock de […]


Brakes

Rear Disc Brake & Hub

The Original Brake System The front drum brakes of the 100-Sixes were replaced by Girling 11” disc brakes on the 3000 in March 1959. Rear brakes were 11” Girling drums that were also controlled by a handbrake lever located on the right side of the gearbox tunnel  Brake Modifications The most significant modification I made […]


Chassis/Frame

Red Jule Frame

The Original Chassis/Frame The car’s chassis had been lengthened for the rear seats in the production of the 100 six BN4. Other than the change for disc brakes, there were no significant changes for the 3000. 100-6_3000 ChassisDesign. Modified Chassis/Frame Storage in damp surroundings plus over forty years of life left BT7 L4422 with substantial rust […]


Clutch/Gearbox

Toyota W57 5 Speed Gearbox

The Original Driveline System The system consists of the clutch, gearbox, overdrive, and propshaft. The original driveline system included the following: Clutch: 10” Borg and Beck hydraulic Gearbox: “side-shift” 4 speed Overdrive: Laycock de Normanville electric Propshaft: Hardy Spicer universal joints Flywheel: 28 lb. Driveline Modifications Toyota 5 Speed Conversion Although I always enjoyed the […]


Exhaust System

Exhaust

The Original Exhaust System The exhaust system consisted of two exhaust manifolds connected to the silencer by two downpipes ending with flex tubing. A dual tailpipe assembly was used exiting on the left rear of the vehicle. Exhaust System Modifications I replaced the standard exhaust system with a Phoenix Big Bore 2″ stainless steel exhaust […]


Fuel System

Fuel Pump and Fuel Lines

The Original Fuel System The fuel system consists of the fuel tank, the fuel pump, the carburetters and the air cleaners. The original fuel system included the following: Fuel tank: 14.4 U.S. gallon steel tank Fuel pump: SU electric Carburetters: Twin 1 3/4” semi-downdraft HD6 Air Cleaners: Coopers “pancake” type.  Modified Fuel System Aluminum Fuel […]


Engine

Engine installed

Engine Number 29D/RU/H5677 The engine was a development of the 100/6 2.6-litre unit and now had a capacity of 2912cc, which produced 124bhp. B.H.P.: 124 @ 4,600 r.p.m. (B.H.P. per ton laden 97.4) Engine Modifications Modifications affecting the engine may also be found under the categories of “ignition,”  “fuel” and “electrical,” but the following items […]


Body and Brightwork

Ferrari Rosso Corsa

Original Body and Brightwork Numerous color combinations were available http://www.austinhealey.com/big.html. Bodies and frames were painted by Jensen. My BT7 L4422 was prepared in a lacquer Colorado Red with black coves. Front and rear (tonneau assembly) shrouds were made of aluminum alloy, while the wings, doors, bonnet and boot lid were fabricated in steel. These components […]


Interior

Austin Healey 3000

Original Interior The original interior was medium red with black piping using leather and matching “leathercloth” vinyl. Carpet was also red and black armacord finished the boot interior. An adjustable plastic 16 1/2” steering wheel was standard. Interior Modifications Upholstery and Carpet The interior finish materials were supplied by Heritage Trim. http://www.heritagetrim.com/. While somewhat expensive and […]