Category Archives: Healey Concours Information

Low Mileage Austin Healey 100. A Rare Opportunity to Look Back.

Recently Bob Yule of Autofarm Ltd was kind enough to allow me to take a close look at a very early 1954 Austin Healey 100, with only 5300 miles on it from new, that he had in his shop for … Continue reading

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BN1 Gearbox. A Plethora of Threads

Back in the days when I was a really poor British sports car mechanic I managed to pick up a Suzuki LJ80V all-wheel drive van with a badly slipping clutch to use for winter transportation. It was a horrible little … Continue reading

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Early Austin Healey 100 Steering Wheel Detail.

When I was a little nipper back in Dunedin, New Zealand our family car, the first I remember anyway, was a 1948 Austin 16. I have 4 siblings so journeys in the Austin with 3 in the front and 4 … Continue reading

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What is an Oakenstrong Washer?

I received a copy of an SU information bulletin from Earl Kagna during my research into whether or not identification tags were fitted to Austin Healey 100 carburettors. Our local SU guru Blain Hughes was good enough to send me … Continue reading

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Austin Healey 100 #174 Heatshields

The drivers footwell heatshields on  #174 were original and somewhat different from those that I have seen on later cars.  These heat shields are installed on all “Big” Healeys to limit the amount of heat that is radiated onto the … Continue reading

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Healey #174..Original Dash Paint…A Real Mindbender

In my continuing efforts to accurately archive as many details of this very early Austin Healey 100  as I can I have spent time gently sanding through the paint on the dash in an attempt to determine its original colour. … Continue reading

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Austin Healey #174…What colour was the frame?

One of the things I tried to take particular care to record as I took this car apart was any evidence of original paint. There has been much discussion about what colour the frame and inner body of these early … Continue reading

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Austin Healey #174….Unusual Front Fenders

Now that I have had the body panels for this car chemically cleaned I am able to see some details on the front fenders which are rather unusual and not evident on later versions. THE FENDER VENT CUT OUTS First … Continue reading

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Austin Healey #174 Healey Grey??….Paint History

When I received the Heritage Certificate for this car I was surprised to note that the original colour was noted as “Healey Grey”.  I have not been a close follower of all the work that people have done on these … Continue reading

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The Story and Disassembly of Austin Healey 100 Number 174

This very early Austin Healey 100 has the serial number is 142618 making it the 150th production car (the first production car as body #24) and it left Longbridge on 25 August 1953. I know almost nothing about the history … Continue reading

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