[Healeys] 1967 Healey BJ8

Earl Kagna kags at shaw.ca
Thu Jul 12 22:30:08 MDT 2018

Hi Wayne:

As far as I know, the replacement heater valves seem to be of decent quality.  I changed mine a few years ago during a total resto and haven’t had any problems with it.  If you decide to keep the original, I might suggest changing the rubber o-ring – they do deteriorate with time.

A little trick I learned a long time ago:  the original mounting screws are posidrive – 10 x 32, I believe. Replace them with the same length hex head screws – way easier to get at with a small spanner with the car fully together.  I usually get the armrest console out of the way on a BJ8 anyway – easy enough to do.

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

From: Wayne Schultz 
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:26 PM
To: healeys at autox.team.net 
Subject: [Healeys] 1967 Healey BJ8

      My engine rebuild at 40K miles has turned into painting  the engine compartment with the doors and front fenders removed for access.  With the rebuilt engine I am installing a rebuilt Toyota five speed gearbox and have already rebuilt the rear end with an original 3:54 ring and pinion. The original S/N transmission will live on my shelf with my spare.  I am trying really hard to stop taking things apart but today I pulled my heater assembly out to replace the hoses and clean and paint the housing. Question, should I keep my forty year old heater valve or replace it with new replacement. Are there good replacements available or just China junk? With the engine, gearbox and center console out access will never be better then now. 

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