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Born in New Zealand some time back. Went to Maori Hill Primary School then Kaikorai Valley High before joining the RNZAF as an NZCE Airman Cadet in 1968. Graduated 1972 with an NZCE in Aeronautical Engineering. Then embarked on the typical Kiwis “Big Trip Overseas”.

Got to see quite a few places, and spent a while in the U.K. “home” as it was refered to by many New Zealanders in those days, before travelling on to New York and then to Canada by bus!!

This trip is presently on hold (has been for the last 34 years).
Met my dear wife Judy not long after arriving in Ontario and we have been happily married since 1976.

After travelling around New Zealand and the pacific in 1979 I started Precision Sportscar and for the next 23 years grew the business and helped raise our 2 boys Drew and Robin.


  1. Hello Michael, I see you’ve met Louis…remember that invite from our club to come to Québec city with the 100s, back in 2002? Louis was to be a guest speaker with his 4000 project. Nice to know both of you finally got together.

    Your suspension project is great stuff to read. Good luck with that!


  2. Michael,
    You asked me to comment on your blog. Well……… it,s great. Very informative on a number of subjects you do not usually find in publications.
    I’ll keep reading it.


  3. I need four early bn1 door hinges……….can you supply, at what price including shipping to los angeles, california..u.s.a. thanks, fred cohen

  4. I just finished watching the Targa movie – Love the Beast!
    Good Luck in Targa 2009, i’ll catch u on the telli! Let me know if you wanna play a round of golf at Keith’s Course.

  5. Michael hope you are still active selling bits I have an Austin Healey 100 4 BN1 eng no 222572 and am interseted if you have any parts left for this vehicle. I hail from South Africa but am an importer of kitchenware and so could use this expertise if you had anything to sell to me.

  6. Hi, Very useful info, especially about the screen pillars.
    As regards steering boxes BN4, what BMC vehicles were they taken from?
    I am rebuilding a BN4 which I bought as a complete box of bits 27 years ago and I need a RHD steering box, have you seen the price of new ones?
    keep up the good work
    Glynne Jones

    1. Hi Glynne, sorry I can’t help you with any RHD steering components for Healeys. As there are now many more RHD Healeys than were ever originally manufactured the chances of ever finding used RHD parts is virtually nil.
      I know Steve Pike in Australia had quite a selection of re manufactured RHD steering parts. He may be worth a try mclassic@bacchusmarsh.net.au

  7. Hi Michael,
    Have just read your blog about water pump rebuilding (very informative) and I notice that you mention that you have repair kits available. I am in Australia and I need a couple of kits for BN7/BJ7. I imagine these would be the same as the BJ8 kit. Can you advise whether you can supply and if so, how much would two kits cost delivered to Aust.
    Best Wishes

  8. Michael,
    I have pressure tested my Jensen Interceptor gas cap on a scrap filler neck and it starts to give a faint hiss at about 3psi. Before I changed to a softer gasket rubber, it would hiss more like 1 psi. Is this sealing adequate to prevent fumes from entering the cabin?

  9. hello
    maybe you are only one who can help me
    I have to rebuild my BJ8
    I need some many parts
    complete interior
    engine and transmission.
    What I can provide

  10. hello Michael!
    I am looking for a 100/4 heck shroud!
    Have you one in good conditione?
    How much is is
    How much is the shipping to vienna Austria

  11. Hello Michael,
    I am looking for a set of BJ8 conrods and a dipstick.
    I also want to know if the dipstick has a tube like the earlier 3000’s had.
    Great blog with a lot of very sound answers thank you.
    Peter Roberts

    1. Hi Peter, sorry to be so late getting back to you but I’m in New Zealand until 1 April.
      I have BJ8 conrods for sure but no dipsticks.. perhaps email me after I return at michaelsalter@gmail.com and I will dig some out for you.

  12. Hi Michael

    Iam looking for a pair of windowpole r/h and l/h,
    mybe also the glas frames.
    Early 3000 !

    Petter Moen

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