[Healeys] "SS" aka--scuttle shake

BJ8Healeys sbyers at ec.rr.com
Thu Jul 8 16:52:01 MDT 2021

Well, first of all the structures are different between the E-type and the BJ8.  The purpose of the structural mod to the firewall is to stiffen it to increase its natural vibration frequency.  I did that mod and noticed the difference, but it didn’t remove all of the shake.  Allen Hendrix did his magic by balancing and truing the wheels and shaving the tires.  It removed almost all of the shake, and balancing the drums did the rest.  I consider myself lucky to live close enough to Allen that I can take the car to him when necessary.


Steve Byers


BJ8 Registry

AHCA Delegate at Large

Havelock, NC  


From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Tom Felts
Sent: Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:56 PM
To: rfbegani at gmail.com
Cc: 'healeys'
Subject: Re: [Healeys] "SS" aka--scuttle shake


I have no scuttle shake on my 66 E-Type OTS and it is smooth as silk at all speeds. Why would a Healey or any car be any different? If this was a function of the tires, would'nt we see tires being shaved on many different cars? I have this strange suspicion it is unique to the Healey.





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From: rfbegani at gmail.com
To: 'Team.net' <lawrence.swift at gmail.com>, 'Michael Salter' <michaelsalter at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [Healeys] "SS" aka--scuttle shake




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https://tinyurl.com/jnd85dvk   Youtube showing how they do it on the car and the equipment.


From: rfbegani at gmail.com <rfbegani at gmail.com> 
Sent: Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:57 PM
To: 'Team.net' <lawrence.swift at gmail.com>; 'Michael Salter' <michaelsalter at gmail.com>
Cc: 'healeys' <Healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: "SS" aka--scuttle shake


I had the tires shaved and balanced and the tech marked each tire as to the position the car.  The best were on the front right left and the worst were rear right and left.  Did not balance brake drums or anything else.  Now only a little shake which is acceptable.  Best $200 I ever spent on my BJ8, along with the new Michelin 180 tires which cost a little more.


Hard to find a garage which has the equipment.  You need to do an in-depth search for Shaving Tires Near Me.  Fortunately, I found a great guy with the original equipment 2 hours drive across the state of Florida.  Note, you may find garages listed that only have equipment for Truck Tires.


Bob Begani

Punta Gorda Florida


From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> On Behalf Of Team.net
Sent: Thursday, July 8, 2021 9:26 AM
To: Michael Salter <michaelsalter at gmail.com>
Cc: healeys <Healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: [Healeys] BJ8---clutch and "SS" aka--scuttle shake


Agreed, I had the tires shaved and the rear brake drums balanced - now no scuttle shake.


On Jul 8, 2021, at 09:16, Michael Salter <michaelsalter at gmail.com> wrote:


Second------for the years I have had this car, I have hated the dreaded scuttle shake.  I have balanced all wheels--even added the scuttle shake "mod"  (cross beams on the inner body, behind the engine) and had the rear drums balanced locally.  All to no avail-----between 55 and 65 there is comes again!!  The drive was wonderful all the while as long as I drove slower or faster than these speeds.


What to do------what to do???


Any thoughts would be appreciated.





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