[Healeys] heater shut off valve

Curtis Arndt cnaarndt at gmail.com
Sat Nov 9 17:58:11 MST 2013


Photo IMG_4355 is a closeup of an original six cylinder water tap next to
one I restored with anew hardware store spring.


On Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM, Curtis Arndt <cnaarndt at gmail.com> wrote:

> Mitchell,
> I've probably restored several dozen of these over that past 30 years.  If
> you can get the spring off easily, then any good hardware store will have a
> good collection of small springs.  Take the old spring down and match it
> for diameter and coils per inch.  The length will be too long.  When you
> find a close match then you'll have to cut down the length to match giving
> yourself enough room to grind the spring face flat.
> To clean these I soak them (the brass parts) in distilled white vinegar
> (it's 5% acidity) for several hours, then use #0000 steel wool and warm
> soapy water to  clean the brass to a nice shine.  DO NOT try to clean the
> brass on a wire wheel on your grinder/buffer as this is too aggressive and
> will screw up the finish on the brass.  While at the hardware store also
> purchase a new cotter pin for the re-assembly.
> I use a good water proof grease when assembling ("Phil Wood" bearing
> grease from my old bicycling days).
> I've attached photos of some of the brass taps that I've restored for 100s.
> Cheers,
> Curt
> On Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM, Mitchell Simmons <caddi5 at comcast.net>wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Can anyone tell me how to rebuild and where to get parts, spring, etc...
> for the  heater shutoff valve (brass) located on the pass. side of
>> engine? I think if I replace the little spring it will be fine... Where
>> to get
>> spring?
>> Thanks
>> Mitchell
>> 66 bj8
>> 59 bn4

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