[Healeys] Carb removal

Fred Wescoe fredwescoe at gmail.com
Tue Dec 1 16:26:02 MST 2020


On my BJ8, I use a "stubby" box wrench to remove the rear carb nuts,
reaching with my left hand under the front carb.  I then use a long magnet
to hold the 7 o'clock nut in place at the stud.  The magnet reaches down
from above the 11 o'clock nut.  I am able to get the nut started with my
left hand reaching under the front carb, back to the 7 o'clock nut,
tightening it with the stubby wrench.  It works for me.


66 BJ8

On Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 4:40 PM Simon Lachlan via Healeys <
healeys at autox.team.net> wrote:

> My wife’s hands are much smaller than mine and she seems to have more
> hinges in her wrists. She’s a southpaw too which can help. She’s not
> patient enough to do the whole job, but she’ll usually get the nuts
> started. Useful. Can take some coaxing……
> Simon
> *From:* Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> *On Behalf Of *Brian
> Drab via Healeys
> *Sent:* 01 December 2020 20:08
> *To:* Leonard Berkowitz <DrBerkowitz at hotmail.com>; healeys at autox.team.net
> *Subject:* Re: [Healeys] Carb removal
> I too had the problem of removing my carbs, but on a BJ8 - which because
> of the carb size I think was probably harder. I had to actually modify a
> perfectly good wrench to get the bottom inside nuts loosened.
> A lot of heat and experimenting before I got it right and even then it
> only gave me enough purchase to probably get 1/16 of a turn of the nut!
> But loosening the nuts paled in comparison to getting those same nuts back
> on. Getting each nut actually located on the stud probably took one hour
> each and it involved using grease on my finger tip to hold the nut in place
> and try to turn it that first segment of a turn to get it started.
> Probably one of the worst jobs I have encountered in my years of working
> on cars.
> Brian Drab
> *From:* Leonard Berkowitz <DrBerkowitz at hotmail.com>
> *Sent:* November 30, 2020 1:40 PM
> *To:* healeys at autox.team.net
> *Subject:* [Healeys] Carb removal
> It has been thirty years since the last time I needed to do anything major
> on my BJ7 so my memory is not quite clear.  Can I remove the rear carb
> independently from the front carb? I have already designed a tool to access
> the lower hold down bolts.  If I remember correctly, I may have rebuilt and
> installed the carburetors when I rebuilt the engine, so access was not much
> of a problem.
> Thanks
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