[Healeys] Holes in Frame Rails

Peter Svilans peter.svilans at rogers.com
Wed Dec 17 19:01:16 MST 2008

John Thompson Motor Pressings advertised in the British press quite
consistently, particularly in the thick Motor Show numbers.  For example, the
22 Oct.1954 Autocar features a "ghosted" Healey 100, highlighting the frame
and floors (but not the bulkheads).  Copy reads:

"AUSTIN-HEALEY-  The chassis frame of the Austin-Healey 100 is manufactured by
John Thompson Motor Pressings Ltd.   This frame has a number of interesting
features, notably the carbon-arc welded box section of the main members, the
fabricated front suspension members, and the composite construction of frame,
outriggers and floor panels which are designed to integrate with the body
frame and scuttle, thus achieving the required structural rigidity. "

To us, the bulkheads are usually left joined to the frame as a single
structure. It seems that Thompson's regarded the front and rear bulkheads as
"the body frame and scuttle", and considered them to be separate from their
own platform frame.

Best regards

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