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Helped a friend move this car he recently purchased several days ago. It is a 1955 Austin Healey 100. Needs a little tinkering and TLC. :cool: Dandy Dave!

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The styling of all the big Healeys was beautiful. I had a '67 Austin Healey 3000 that was a great car. Bought it new and drove as my everyday driver for over 100K miles and 8 years. Big mistake selling it, now can't afford one!

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There was a time in my young life when I thought I couldn't live without a Healey. Unfortunately I only had an MG budget.

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Same story here. I should have held on to one of my Healeys because they're out of my reach now. I preferred the early 6 cylinder cars, but that 4 would do just fine

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There was a time in my young life when I thought I couldn't live without a Healey. Unfortunately I only had an MG budget.

That's why I bought the TR6s. They at least sound like Healeys! :cool::D

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This model (BN1) was best looking post war car to come out of England. Mechanically simple, Austin A90 drive train. 4 cylinder 2660 cc twin SU carbs, 4 speed trans with over drive and first gear blocked out. Donald Healey supposedly named it 100 because it was capable of 100 MPH. I believe this same engine was used in David Brown farm tractors.

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The model plate says BNIL. The car was restored about 22 years ago. Here are photos of the engine. :D Dandy Dave!

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Best A-H for my money was the '56 with a true 4-speed plus OD as I recall. The sixes were heavier and didn't have the classic clean lines the fours did.

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What kind of dollars does he need to get out of the Healey?

Where is it located ?

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The 6 cylinders, starting in 1956 Model BN2, were 4 seaters and compromised the body lines to accomodate the rear seats. Later 3000 series were restyled enough to correct the body lines.

Dave, the Serial number tag should be on the top of the right hand frame rail just behind the front suspension and should have the prefix BN1. There were less than 16,000 BN1's produced from 53 thru 55. Other than MG TC and TD models big Healey's were the top selling import sports car.

In an earlier post I stated I though the AH 100 engine might have been used in David Brown tractors. I did a little research and I was wrong. Pre WWII the Ferguson-Brown tractors used Coventry Climax engines. After 1939 Ferguson made a deal with Ford which lead to the Fordson tractor. With this split from Ferguson, David Brown Engineering designed and built their own engines. Company chairman David Brown of the mid 20th century was also the DB of Aston Martin cars.

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All 4 cylinder Healeys were BNs. The BN1 was the early three speed car. BN2 was the four speed 100-4. There were no 4 place 4 cylinder cars. In 1957 the 100-6 was introduced. The BN6 was a two seater, the BT6 had the little occasional seats, making it a four seater if your passengers were children or had no legs. It had a cylinder head with integral intake manifolding. It was later replaced with a more conventional head with a separate intake. The 3000 came out in 60 and were BT7s and BN7s. The convertible BJ7, built from 62-64 had the old vinyl covered dash. The BJ8s were the last models built and had the burled wood dashes. I always preferred my roadsters, but the BJs were really nice cars that could be driven nearly every day. The roll up windows and the folding top were quite weather proof. The heaters weren't very good, but there was plenty of heat from the hot exhaust pipe that was just under the hump, next to your right leg.

To me, the sound of a six cylinder Healey, going through the gears, is absolute music

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Nice car and probably the best way to buy an AH - looks very presentable yet it is not a freshly restored show car so I hope he bought it right. He should not be afraid to enjoy this one once it is woken up...

An early big healey, along with a "T" series MG, is on my short list...

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I did the body and repaint work on a few back in the 1970-84 era, great looking cars and they sound nice too.

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What kind of dollars does he need to get out of the Healey?

Where is it located ?

Gee wissss fellas, He just purchased it. The car is not For Sale at this time but may become available after we do a few adjustments and spiffy it up a bit. Give us time to have a little fun with it gang. :D Dandy Dave!

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TTT.. Hey Gang, We finally got this car out of the back corner after sitting since it was purchased, and I found out it needs Dential work. I Disassembled the transmission and out came chicklets in the mix. I have been around the web a little looking, but just wonder if anyone know a supplier that will have transmission parts for this car? It has the 3 Speed with an Electric Overdrive. If I do not forget my cammera, I'll get some photos next time I'm there. Dandy Dave!

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Dave, I think your first sentence in your first post made people think you were going to help your friend sell a car he just purchased. Help a friend move this car versus "helped". What a great little car, he will have great times in it. Logged a good many miles in a twin to this one back in the early 80's.

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Dave, cars like that were a blast to drive to school during the week, and to AUTOCROSS on the weekend -

between 1959 and 1976 that was the kind of excitement that we really enjoyed with a succession of early Austin-Healeys, Triumph TR-2, TR-3/3A, MG-TC, Alfa-Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, Jaguar XK-120MC, ice racing with Renault Dauphines and 3-Cylinder 2-stroke Saabs, and rallye thrills with several Citroens.

Hopefully your friend will get the kind of enjoyment which so many of us experienced back then.

Please don't forget your camera on your next visit.

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Dave, I just saw a story on an early A-H on "Bring-A-Trailer":

http://bringatrailer.com/2009/04/07/lemans-bits-1954-austin-healey-100-bn1/

this ad for the 1954 Austin-Healy (certainly out of my price-range and no more garage space) will hopefully encourage your friend to work on his car. I was almost drooling...

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Dave, I think your first sentence in your first post made people think you were going to help your friend sell a car he just purchased. Help a friend move this car versus "helped". What a great little car, he will have great times in it. Logged a good many miles in a twin to this one back in the early 80's.

Dang websites sometimes change or drop a few letters. I corrected it, and yes, I ment that I helped trailor the car that day. Now off to find gears and other parts for the Tranny. Dandy Dave!

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Yes. I have looked at the Moss catalog and they list the Gears we need as NA. (Not Available). We will need other stuff also and some of it they have. First we need to track down, and replace the broken the gears. Dandy Dave!

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Dave,

2X on Marty's suggestions...you might also cruise CraigsList in a nearby metro area...I'm always surprised what pops up.

I once owned a 1959 100-6 (2 seater) which was a great, very tough car. The 6-cylinder engine probably would have lasted forever but everything else disintegrated. No I am riving a 1950 TD whihc is also great fun. But everytime I see a big Healey for sale, I check my bank account and dream...

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