[Healeys] BJ8 mystery number?

BJ8Healeys sbyers at ec.rr.com
Mon May 10 09:38:49 MDT 2021

David, I don't know for sure, but it's my understanding that the
frames were built by John Thompson Motor Pressings. Frequently this
number has been partially obscured by weld bead. Jensen put their
number on the body plate, as well as another number in three places:
the fixed part of the bonnet latch, just in front of the radiator; on
the driver's side (in reference to LHC cars) bonnet flange where the
hinge is bolted; and on the underside of the boot lid where the prop
rod attaches (example photos attached).My guess is that the number you
show was put there by the frame manufacturer. I haven't been able to
connect the number to any other number on the car.
BTW: I have been doing a study of the "Jensen numbers" in the three
places cited above. It would be helpful to be able to document as many
of them as possible. So far, I have them for 222 BJ8s. They do have a
relation to the VIN of a car, but a closer correspondence with the
body number. Any BJ8 owners who wants to contribute to the database of
these numbers to help us understand more about them should send me a
photo of what you find on your BJ8, if possible. If not, then just
send the numbers to me. I also need the chassis number and body number
of the car.
Thanks!Steve ByersHBJ8L/36666BJ8 RegistryAHCA Delegate at
LargeHavelock, NC USA

	-----------------------------------------From: "David Lodge via
To: "Austin Healey"
Cc: "David Lodge"
Sent: Sunday May 9 2021 11:24:18PM
Subject: [Healeys] BJ8 mystery number?

  Can anyone please tell me what this number signifies? It's at the
right-hand end of the front cross-member, just in front of the shock

 A Jensen body works code, I'll hazard.

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