[Healeys] Head Re-torque

Earl Kagna kags at shaw.ca
Mon Aug 7 21:09:42 MDT 2017

Hi Bob:

I re-torqued my BJ8 engine approx. 1000 miles after the rebuild.  All of the 
British car gurus - especially the Healey ones - who know about such things 
suggested that it was a good idea.

At the time (about 4 months ago) I tried to find the special factory tool - 
18G545 - thinking it would be neat to actually use one.  Found a few, but 
they were all in the hands of tool collectors and were being traded on that 
basis - real expensive!  We wound up taking the rocker shaft off like 

I recommend that you re-torque.  Let me know if you go ahead - that way I'll 
feel better!

Earl Kagna
Victoria, B.C.
BJ8, BT7 tri-carb

-----Original Message----- 
From: Bob Spidell
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2017 2:47 PM
To: Healeys
Subject: [Healeys] Head Re-torque


Got a little over 5K miles--you'll have to do your own conversion to
furlongs--on my 'new' BJ8 engine.  Got a couple ??? for the B&B:

1) is head re-torquing still considered necessary?

2) if yes to #1, does anybody have a source for the "crow's foot" wrench
extension that can loosen/tighten the head nuts w/o removing the rocker
shaft (which is a bit of a PITA)?



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