Archive for August, 2020

The Big Healey Ten-Year Renewal Blog – last update 6/23/2020

  It has been approximately ten years since I wrapped up (if you ever really complete a restoration of a Healey) the restoration of the Bloody Beast. He has weathered the ten years quite well – better than me, that is for sure! I have taken good care of the Beast and completed periodic maintenance […]

The Find and The Purchase

November 11, 2017 – The Find Almost every Saturday morning David Silberkleist, owner of sends out an email newsletter to his subscribers. As you would expect, it is usually full of information about Austin Healey Bugeyes including a few advertisements for cars for sale. On this particular day there was an unusual posting for David. […]

Navigating The Jaguar MK2 Project Site

Site Organization and Navigation The site for the Jaguar MK2 restoration was initially divided into three parts: Disassembly, Restoration and Fitting, and Reassembly. However, I have removed all of the posts related to the “disassembly” phase of the project. The “restoration and fitting” or trial assembly of the renewed and new components is detailed. Major […]

The Bugeye – 1959 AN5

My name is John Rose and I am the current owner of AN5L11257, engine number 9CUH10910, a 1959 Austin Healey Sprite, popularly known as a “Bugeye” in the States or “Frogeye” if you are from across the pond. This web site is dedicated to documenting the history of my car, the modifications that have been […]

The Bloody Beast – 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 MKI BT7

First Drive

Welcome to my website covering the history, restoration and “personalizations” to my 1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mk I affectionately known as “The Bloody Beast.” Feel free to email me with questions, suggestions  and/or comments. As I progress, I would love to have your feedback so please offer comments. Cheers, Lin Bradenton, FL    

Alfa Introduction

My 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio was acquired by gift! My father decided to pass along his “Alfie” to the next generation. So in July, 2016 I traveled from Virginia to his home in North Carolina and trailered home the newest member of my modest collection of classic cars! I certainly could have driven it, […]

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, […]

Changing Gearbox Oil

I have not changed the gearbox oil in the Toyota 5-speed since it was initially  filled around 2007, so as part of my ten year renewal process I thought it should be done. The gearbox uses just under three quarts of oil and I use Redline MT-90. This image taken before I installed the gearbox […]

Bell Housing Oil Drain Hole

Healeys, as they came from the factory, did not have a rear main oil seal. The factory must have anticipated oil leaks from the crank because they put a small hole in the bottom of the bell housing to provide a place for the leaking oil to go other than to accumulate and potentially get […]