[Healeys] Russ Thompson

HealeyRick healeyrik at gmail.com
Tue Aug 8 20:00:38 MDT 2017

I wouldn't use synthetic in a Healey transmission.  I'd go with a 30 wt
non-detergent dinosaur oil.  Non-detergent so metal particles can fall to
the bottom of the tranny.  Take a look here:

Rick Neville

On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 8:47 PM, Michael MacLean <rrengineer.mike at att.net>

>      Through a reference from the list I am having Russ Thompson in
> Northridge, California rebuild my BN2 transmission.  It is a low mileage
> (10,000 mi. approx) transmission, but I wanted to be able to put it in and
> not have to take it back out again.  Good thing I took this precaution.
> Russ found the overdrive stuck and would never have worked.  Today he
> showed me the accumulator piston.  The smaller center piston was scored
> from dirt or crap in the oil.  Russ replaced it with a one piece piston
> from a Triumph overdrive.  There was a huge spring below it.  Anyone heard
> of this?  He said engagement will be real positive now.  Even with the low
> mileage, the number 2 synchro was toast and will be replaced.  The other
> two were fine and will be re-used.  All the gears showed very little sign
> of wear.  The reverse gear had some surface rust on the teeth, but that can
> be blasted and it will be fine.  Getting closer to having the drive train
> is the car.
>      I know I am going to start a discussion, but Russ recommends using
> 40wt motor oil for the transmission.  Anyone know what weight Redline MTL
> is?
> Mike MacLean
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