I bought my British racing green 1965 Austin Healey BJ8 convertible in September 1999.
It is a 3000 Mark III, phase II, BJ8. However unlike most phase two cars this (interim car) has only
one front and rear turning light per side instead of two like the later less attractive cars.
The phase II cars have a much cleaner look and 1.5 inches of better ground clearance.
Weight is 2600 pounds.
It was a frame off restoration with the paint taken down to bare metal and then reassembled when
I bought it. It was purported to have been completely restored.
Nine years later I can safely say this car has been fully restored and fully sorted out.
The original 2912 cc, 148 HP engine was rebuilt by the PO and has not been opened during my ownership.
Since I have owned it the distributor, voltage regulator, coil, generator, and starter were rebuilt
or replaced. The twin 2 inch HD8 SU carbs rebuilt, balanced and polished. The intake manifolds were
coated with jet hot silver and the exhaust manifold were coated with jet hot flat black. The exhaust
pipe is wrapped from the bottom of the manifold to the front of the muffler. It has a rebuilt radiator
with 4 cores, new water pump, new hoses with period correct clamps. It does not over heat including
Bakersfield city traffic at 113 degrees (don't ask). It has a great Optima battery.
The interior was completely removed, all abandoned holes filled in and lined with DYNA Mat from firewall
to the trunk. The inside of the doors were also lined to provide sound deadening. The tranny tunnel is
lined on both sides and stays cool while driving.
The tranny is a recently rebuilt 4 speed with overdrive on 3rd and 4th. No syncro first. The rear end
gearing has been reduced from 3.9 to 3.54 to produce less than 3000 RPM at 75 MPH. A great freeway cruiser.
The suspension (springs and shocks) have been completely rebuilt as well as the rear drum and front disk
brakes. New pads and rotors. New, correct, stainless steel mufflers, resonators and stainless steel pipes.
Great 72 spoke 15" polished stainless spoke wire wheels (true and balanced) with chromed outer rims and
5 good tires.
The interior is tan leather and vinyl with black carpets, fold down black top with a very good zip out
rear window, and black tonneua cover, and tan top cover to match the interior for when the top is down.
New wood steering wheel. Roll up windows. The trunk is complete plus a haradura cover for the spare and
battery and a power coat and trunk prop. No radio, no speaker, no antenna. No jack.
The green exterior is in very good condition with a few small blemishes. Re-chromed front and rear bumpers.
The car took first place In the Palos Verdes and Orange County Concours d'Elegance a few years back. It also
successfully completed the 1000 mile California Classic rally several times and the Quail Rally.
The cost to duplicate this car with a build to order car is about $125,000 and one to 2 years. And then
you can then spend the next year sorting it out. Or you can have this one and drive it Monday for $75,000.
It is very reliable and a kick to drive. Nice luggage room.
Ron Rader Office: 310.337.7000 ext 1333.
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