[Healeys] Fwd: Healey Shift Stick

rfbegani at gmail.com rfbegani at gmail.com
Tue Oct 19 05:57:25 MDT 2021

Moss shows above item no 31 and 32 a ¼ inch threaded bolt with the end threads being ground down is for the late BJ8 cars.. also lists a nylon bushing instead of bronze for same cars. So how does the bush stay in place?  Will have to order one to find out.


Still hoping for some feedback from the group on the length of the bolts and the unthreaded dimensions


Meanwhile, I looked at the archives and my emails are not listed yet. However, those from the group the past 2 days are gibberish all letters and symbols where text should be shown.  Somethings strange in the list operations.  Have not heard back from Mark 



From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> On Behalf Of simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com.
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4:31 AM
To: gradea1 at charter.net; 'Harold Manifold' <manifold at telus.net>
Cc: 'Healeys' <healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Fwd: Healey Shift Stick


I’ve got a MkII BT7 so was a bit surprised to find the plastic insert. Or is it nylon? AHSpares showed the brass one which I then assumed was an improved version. Somehow I avoided that particular pitfall, having found enough with my clutch. I did however – quite inexplicably -  find the correct one in one of my “boxes of bits”. 


The answer to the apparent conundrum? My gearbox is gold in colour which leads me to believe it’s a BMC “Gold Seal” replacement. I’d thought they only did engines. However, they seem to have done at least one gearbox. I’ve not had to delve far enough into the gearbox to determine if it’s primarily MkII or III. It has the roll pins referred to today. Not the bolts. God, getting that circlip and washer in on top of that spring was a game and a half!



From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> > On Behalf Of Henry G Leach via Healeys
Sent: 19 October 2021 03:14
To: 'Harold Manifold' <manifold at telus.net <mailto:manifold at telus.net> >
Cc: 'healeys at autox.team.net' <healeys at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys at autox.team.net> >
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Fwd: Healey Shift Stick


A small, but important point.  Be sure to use the correct item #116-the bushing for the shifter. The earlier cars used a brass bush, and the BJs used a plastic one. They are not interchangeable. Hank


From: "Harold Manifold via Healeys" 
To: "Bob Spidell", "Healeys", "rfbegani at gmail.com <mailto:rfbegani at gmail.com> "
Sent: Monday October 18 2021 4:00:56PM
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Fwd: Healey Shift Stick

Bob x 2,


The gear shift is not held in place by bolts it is held in place with two roll pins on each side. The roll pins I have measure 0.1755” diameter x 0.59” long. The pins are removed by driving them into the round part of the gear shift lever. BMC part number is AEA558, item #118 on the attached. I just happened to remove a gear shift a couple of days ago.




From: Bob Spidell
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2021 2:17 PM
To: Healeys
Subject: [Healeys] Fwd: Healey Shift Stick



Forwarding to The List on behalf of Bob Begani:

ps. Bob, check your email client for 'unread messages' or similar, List emails are arriving to me out of sequence.

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Healey Shift Stick


Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:05:36 -0400


Bob Begani <rfbegani at gmail.com <mailto:rfbegani at gmail.com> >


Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net <mailto:bspidell at comcast.net> >



It seems I am not able to send to the Healey Group so I am writing to you directly because you just wrote to Tom regarding trans shift problems. 


Thanks for your help,


Bob Begani


From: rfbegani at gmail.com <mailto:rfbegani at gmail.com>  <rfbegani at gmail.com <mailto:rfbegani at gmail.com> >
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:01 AM
To: healeys-bounces at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> 
Subject: FW: BJ8 4 speed transmission center shifter




I wrote the letter below to the Group with no response, so maybe it went astray.  Meanwhile, I researched the archives for information and found the following:


the thing happened to me w/ my center shift BT7 MK2, except I was stuck in

reverse.  Very inconvenient   Shift lever just flopped around, and would not

engage anything.

The small bottom "ball" of the shift lever had come out of its socket in the

remote shift rod that goes into the top of the transmission.


you have a Moss catalog, look at page 84, item #31.  It is N/A, but you

can make one.  Pull off the console and the cover of the transmission. If

my problem is the same as yours, one of the small "tits" on the end of the

bolt that goes into the side of the shift tower has broken off which allows

the shift lever to go past its normal range and disengage from its socket.

This "tit" fits into a slot in the side of the big ball on the shift lever,

controlling its side-to-side motion.  If the lever goes too far to one side

of the other, it comes out of the socket and flops around.

Get a long bolt w/ the same threads as the broken one, check the overall

length, turn the end down so it will fit into the slot, and you are done.


So, I followed those instructions and found the tits were worn and no longer fitting into the groove in the ball. My friend the machinist was going to make new bolts, when we decided to remove the thick lock washers and screwed bolts into the groove of the ball.  With a little adjustment of the length of the bolt into the grove, we got the shifter to go through all the gears.  My question to the Group, is this the finished product?  Or should we make new longer bolts. Does and one know the length, and so on?


As I looked on the Moss catalog, I noticed that there should have been a bushing at the bottom of the of the shift stick.  The  into socket the shift stick rides is not too worn, so I am hoping that a new bush and circle clip, bearing grease assembly and so on will get me back on the road. 


Let me know if you have any suggestions,




Bob Begani

BJ8 late model


From: rfbegani at gmail.com <mailto:rfbegani at gmail.com>  <rfbegani at gmail.com <mailto:rfbegani at gmail.com> >
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:48 AM
To: healeys-bounces at autox.team.net <mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> 
Subject: BJ8 4 speed transmission center shifter


I backed the Healey out of the garage into the street, shifted into first to straight out, into neutral and moved the shifter to the left and noticed it when all the way left and that it is loose.  The trans is locked in reverse.  When the engine is off the shifter is sloppy.  So, before I remove the shift stick from the trans,  What should I do?



Bob Begani 

67 BJ8


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