[Healeys] BJ8 back axle.

Mark Donaldson ardmorebusiness at xtra.co.nz
Mon Jul 5 03:59:41 MDT 2021

From: simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com <simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com> 
Sent: Monday, 5 July 2021 8:25 p.m.
To: 'Mark Donaldson' <ardmorebusiness at xtra.co.nz>
Cc: 'Healeys' <healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: RE: [Healeys] BJ8 back axle.


I bought a pair also. I already had a plastic version fitted which I’d never really trusted not to fall out or self-destruct. The brass version screwed right in and could be tightened down with a spanner. I don’t recall the price except that it was negligible.


I wondered then, as I do now, why they’re sold in pairs. Do Land-Rovers use two?



Yes.  One for the front axle and the other for the rear axle.  

I purchased my two because they had two on the shelf.  I guess that is how they are normally sold.  That said, I could have bought just one if I wished.


Taking into account our New Zealand 15.0% GST and your 20% VAT I reckon yours should cost about  £10 each, or probably even less







From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> > On Behalf Of Mark Donaldson
Sent: 05 July 2021 03:59
To: 'Harold Manifold' <manifold at telus.net <mailto:manifold at telus.net> >; 'richard mayor' <boyracer466 at gmail.com <mailto:boyracer466 at gmail.com> >
Cc: 'Austin Healey' <healeys at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net> >
Subject: Re: [Healeys] BJ8 back axle.


Adding to Harold’s photo of the brass breather on his rear axle, I’ve just purchased two more from a local Land-Rover dealer.

The part number is  515845     They are standard fitting on Landys from 1948–1984 and will last forever.

Cost:  NZ $19.00 each






From: Harold Manifold <manifold at telus.net <mailto:manifold at telus.net> > 
Sent: Wednesday, 30 June 2021 3:30 a.m.
To: richard mayor <boyracer466 at gmail.com <mailto:boyracer466 at gmail.com> >; David Lodge <emmgeeteesee at gmail.com <mailto:emmgeeteesee at gmail.com> >
Cc: Austin Healey <healeys at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net> >
Subject: Re: [Healeys] BJ8 back axle.


Here another photo with the breather in place. I used a brass Land Rover breather in place of the original plastic Healey breather. The breather has a British Tapered pipe thread.




From: richard mayor via Healeys <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net> 
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2021 5:01 PM
To: David Lodge <mailto:emmgeeteesee at gmail.com> 
Cc: Austin Healey <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net> 
Subject: Re: [Healeys] BJ8 back axle.


Here's a couple of photos.


On Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 9:06 PM David Lodge via Healeys <healeys at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net> > wrote:

Might anyone please have a photo with measurements of the metal circular flange/guide (?) which is riveted or spot-welded to the rear of the axle casing?


As you can see, mine has gone walkabout and I would like a pop at making it myself.


Also, there is a hole drilled in the top of the axle casing quite near the diff housing unlike the authentic breather at the opposite end.  Should I weld the hole 

up or weld another breather in its place?


Thanks for any and all replies!



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