[Healeys] Austin-Healey 6000 Mk III BJ8

Bruce Steele healeybruce at roadrunner.com
Thu Mar 7 07:59:13 MST 2019

Today's engines are all fairly rough cast aluminum lumps.  It's a lot
cheaper to just cover up the wiring, hoses and unfinished aluminum.  Finned,
polished, and/or chrome rocker covers, artistically designed air cleaner
housings, etc. are long past but still make an engine bay, IMHO. 


Bruce Steele

Brea, CA

1960 BN7


From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Bob
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 9:23 PM
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Austin-Healey 6000 Mk III BJ8


Agree wholeheartedly; it's one of the reasons I bought the car (my second

I really don't understand the shift to covering engines with tons of
plastic.  Is an engine too intimidating to your average car buyer these
days?  Also makes it that much more difficult to work on (maybe that's the


On 3/6/2019 1:11 PM, Kees Oudesluijs wrote:

At least that shows the engine in the proper way. So much nicer than all the
smooth covers.

Kees Oudesluijs


Op 6-3-2019 om 16:44 schreef Bob Spidell:

"t is also a pity the way the engine looks with all the plastic on top but I
suppose you cannot avoid that."

Yes you can:

On 3/6/2019 1:28 AM, Kees Oudesluijs wrote:

A very nice machine, I love it and it seems to be very well screwed
together. It looks spectacular and very neat. Some minor things I definitely
do not like: the steering wheel, Moto Lita, black  or  tan leather looks so
much better, and the instruments which should be white on black or black on
silver SMITHS/JAEGER UK. It is also a pity the way the engine looks with all
the plastic on top but I suppose you cannot avoid that.

Kees Oudesluijs



Op 6-3-2019 om 04:04 schreef Patrick & Caroline Quinn:



Without doubt it's very well done, but it gives rise to the question on how
much of it actually rolled out of the factory in Abingdon.


Very, very little.


Hoo Roo


Patrick Quinn

Blue Mountains, Australia



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