[Healeys] Fw: Steering alignment

Dick Matson medlabinc at msn.com
Thu Jun 3 08:21:45 MDT 2010

That . . is interesting.

Your summary confirms for me what my experience has been - and if I'm reading
right the experience of others who have posted on the subject.  Thank you

Dick Matson / Bj8

----- Original Message -----
From: John Harper<mailto:ah at jharper.demon.co.uk>
To: Dick Matson<mailto:medlabinc at msn.com>
Cc: AustinHealey List<mailto:healeys at autox.team.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010 12:31 AM
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Steering alignment


The ancestor to the 'big' Healey front suspension and steering was the
A40 Devon. With little modification this was applied to our cars. It was
beefed up from the BN2 on but still basically the same. Originally the
A40 design included adjustable length steering side tubes. This allowed
the high spot in the steering box to be set dead ahead.

Due presumably to a cost reduction exercise, the fixed length side tubes
were introduced on the A40 and A70 in May 1953 (Austin Service Journal
Volume 23 steering 13). Therefore all but perhaps the prototype 100 had
fixed length side tubes and therefore we were 'doomed' to have this
centring problem.

For very bad cases the old adjustable side tubes can still be
occasionally found or new ones can be made up using shortened cross
tubes with new ends.


>Like you I fiddled with getting the peg on the tight spot with tracking
>straight ahead.  I could not get it exact on.

Dick Matson / Bj8

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