[Healeys] My BJ8
bspidell at comcast.net
Sun Oct 23 14:34:39 MDT 2016
Sorry to hear about your fire, but good to hear you're 'back in the
Besides the two screws on the top of the console, there should be a
bracket on the transmission cover--inside the bottom front of the
console--with a couple of hook-like--'C-shaped'--brackets that engage a
couple screws on the inside of the console (if you have a stock radio
just pull the knobs off, pull the antenna cable out of the radio and
break the power connection--if it's not fused cut the wire and add a 5A
inline fuse). Loosen or remove the screws to free them from the bracket.
The console and arm rest are separate pieces; there are two screws at
the front of the armrest--don't recall what's at the rear, 2 more screws
I think--and when you get the armrest off you'll see a single screw
holding the rear of the console to the gearbox cover. You'll have to
remove the shift knob to get the console out; should be a jamb nut under
the knob which you loosen then unscrew the knob. With all screws out
lift the rear of the console and work it out from under the fascia; you
don't have to remove any control knobs.
IIRC, the screws into the gearbox cover are originally sheet metal; with
the console off you might want to install nutserts--blind threaded nut
inserts--and replace the sheet metal screws with machine screws:
On 10/23/2016 11:13 AM, Fred Wescoe wrote:
> I lost my 63 BJ7 to a whole house fire a number of months back. I
> owned my BJ7 for over 30 years. I restored the car and it was
> beautiful. There was nothing I would not undertake on the car.
> I have replaced my 63 BJ7 with a 66 BJ8. I do love the "new" car.
> There are differences between the cars and that is what I need help
> with. I need to clean the overdrive operating valve and then adjust
> the overdrive solenoid for proper operation.
> My question is how do I remove the center console? I see the two
> screws on each side of the top of the console where it joins the dash
> but there is more to removing it. Where are there other
> screws/attachment points? Are there disconnects for the switches or
> do I just made a sketch of the wiring before I disconnect them?
> I received just the ignition key when I bought the car. Is the
> ignition key supposed to operate the glove box and trunk? My key does
> not operate any of the. If not, I do not see numbers on the locks
> themselves so how and where do I get replacement keys. I also assume
> there is a separate key for the doors and I do not see a number on
> that lock either.
> What other important differences between the cars that I should be
> aware of?
> The list has been great with information and help in the past.
> Thanks to all who reply.
> 63 BJ7 (deceased)
> 66 BJ8
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