Now to the source of the "Austin
Service Journal" page for the Austin Healey
3000 "Sump Protection Plate".
BMC located it's Repair and Parts depot in
Hamilton, Ontario in the early 50's. From time to
time at flea markets in southern Ontario, various
technical manuals, documents, papers, binders,
whatever, appear. I have a habit of checking
under vendor's tables and browsing through "stuff".
Over the years I have found a number interesting
The above noted "Austin Service Journal"
was picked up about a decade ago at a local flea
market. It was in the bottom of a box of binders
dealing with mostly North American cars located
under a vendors table. It covers the years 1960 -
1961 and contains technical updates for the
entire range of vehicles provided by BMC in
Canada. It seems to have originated in the UK and
was distributed to all distributors and dealers.
From the binder, I have abstracted the pages that
pertain to the Austin Healey [100-4, 100-6, 3000,
and Sprite] and those that are of generic
interest and put them into a separate binder.
Following this note is an "msword"
In a similar fashion, I picked up a BMC binder
with "Technical Service Bulletin" dated
from August 1, 1963 to September 2, 1964. For all
models it contains bulletins about service tools,
modifications introduced, and repair issues with
suggested solutions. The first page states:
"These (Technical Service Bulletins) will
be printed on yellow paper identical to that used
in this Bulletin. They can be filed in the brown-four
hold folder - already in your possession, part
number AKD 1459. The Bulletins will be BMC in
nature and the models covered by each Bulletin
will be clearly stated at the top. The usual
indexes will be issued from time to time"
There was no index and I have yet to develop
my own regarding the Austin Healey. Likewise, I
got a sister publication "Parts Information
Bulletin" dated from May 1, 1964 to December
10, 1965. The first page states:
"This series, with its own distinctive
heading and binder, replaces the precious series
which commenced in August 1959. Bulletins from
the previous series, which are still relevant,
have been re-printed. Where the information has
now been incorporated in a current U.K. parts
list, the 1964 fast moving Parts Catalogue etc.;
the bulletin has been deleted. The intention
behind this series of bulletins is to provide
parts managers with a convenient source for
information which is not otherwise available, to
distribute advance information, etc."
Within this binder is a listing of the BMC
coding scheme for the "identification from
the part number of certain standard parts such as
bolts, washer, nuts, etc." Another section
deals with "information on the availability
of Competition Parts on the various B.M.C. Models
and especially on Coopers, Healey Sprites, M.G.
Midgets, M.G.A., Austin-Healey and M.G.B."
All in all, I have found this binder to be of
Another binder I found [AKD1459 binder only]
contained a "Repair Time Schedule"
confidential to BMC distributors and dealers.
Among the various saloons and sport cars, it
includes the Healey Sprite (Mk.II) & MG
Midget, MGB, and Austin Healey 3000 (Mk.II) &
BJ7. This complements a schedule for 3000 Mk.II
that I came across in the mid-90's and
transcribed into a Lotus 123 spread sheet.[at
that time, I used the spread sheet as a word
processor]. For various jobs on my own 3000 Mk II
tricarb, I can readily estimate the time it will
take and cost; both are tripled if I try to do it
Earlier this month [September 2002] I attended
a large flea market in Barrie, Ontario which
requires about 3 solid days to cover it all;
which I was not able to do. I did find a special
"Lucas Test Data Manual" binder dated
April 1965. It covers generators, starting
motors, ignition coils, distributors, regulators,
etc. This is one binder which is taking some time
to go through, but it is of great interest.
These are only some of the documents and
binders that have crossed my path over the years.
Someday I may even put together a complete
inventory of what I have accumulated.
Turning now to the page on the "Sump
Protection Plate" for the 3000 BN7 and BT7,
dated November 11, 1960, I scanned it as a 'jpeg'
file after finding the 'bmp' file way to large to
email to anyone. This file was inserted into an
'msword' document and I added a conversion of the
decimal and metric measurements to fractions. I
also looked for ways to clean up the diagram of
the plate to make a template to use to actually
make a plate. This was done using a photo clean-up
program and another 'jpeg' file created and
inserted in the 'msword' document. With testing,
I was able to take the measurements off this
small picture, calculate the percentage size
increase to get to full sized scale and use this
'percentage' to create a photocopy on ledger
sized paper. A second method to get a full sized
template was to copy the 'jpeg' file into the
'msword' document two more times but on legal
sized paper. I now could print out the two pages
on my own printer, put them side by side, measure
the correct length and then scotch tape them
together. I think I had better stop here. If you
have any questions or want clarification, drop me
a note at J.
Scott Morris. I will try to get back to you
within a reasonable time.