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Austin-Healey cars were produced until 1972 when the 20-year agreement between Healey and Austin came to an end. Donald Healey left the company in 1968 when British Motor Holdings (BMC had merged with Jaguar Cars in 1966 to form BMH) was merged into British Leyland. Healey joined Jensen Motors who had been making bodies for the "big Healeys" since their inception in 1952, and became their chairman in 1972.

 

3 Litre Straight six engine- runs strong and powerful. Most have knock-off wire wheels. These cars were designed and engineered to be essentially maintenance free for the lifetime of the owner. Forty years later we might need to do a thing or two.  Bring the pesky thing in, and we can sort things out.  The magic of a Healey is the torque that pushes it along the road and the smile it plants on your face.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

 

Annual Maintenance:

Fairly simple - Change the oil, check fluids, inspect for any unusual leaks.

 

Engine Care:

Check valve clearances every 10,000 miles.

Use an oil additve with zinc and phosphorous when changing the oil. Oil companies have deleted this in modern oils to protect catalytic converters.

Engines with flat tappets, Healeys for example, need this extra lubrication.

 

Warning Signs:

Healeys are pretty straight forward.  Take it easy on first gear. Don't push it too hard.  Steering can be a bit loose if the box needs adjusting or there is too much play in the tie rod ends or relay arm.  Brakes, with their boosters, can feel a bit suspect.  Keeping them from overheating in traffic is an issue. Fans and aluminum radiators are upgrades.  So are electronic ignitions.  Healeys are cars to be driven and give great feedback so enjoy the ride.

 

 

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questions about your MG

(415) 457-1707

 

142 Mill Street

San Rafael, CA 94901

 

Service for British Autos in Marin

and the Bay Area since 1960

 

Monday through Friday

9-am 5pm

 

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