[Healeys] 100 Reflector Plinth Pads

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Mon Sep 13 07:44:56 MDT 2021

Could be; it's been quite a while since I acquired these. My memory is 
vague--news flash!--but I thought he said he'd worked at P&W.

Also, I think my plinths are original--did anybody even make 
reproductions?--but I don't think they are brass; probably pot metal 
(but it's a BN2/100M).


On 9/13/2021 4:44 AM, Bob Haskell wrote:
> Bob,
> I think you're thinking of Craig Rice who retired from Allison Gas 
> Turbine in Indianapolis. He made the lens, housings and rubber bits, 
> and BN1 gearbox synchros.  I don't remember if he was going to make 
> new steering worm gears or remachine/reharden old ones. I'll ask the 
> next time I see him.
> Cheers,
> Bob Haskell
> Austin Healey 3000 BN7/BT7 registrar
> On 9/12/21 12:10 PM, Bob Spidell wrote:
>> Patrick,
>> Which 'rubbers' are you referring to, the pads or the 'sleeves' that 
>> hold the reflectors? I got good quality pads from BCS. I think a bit 
>> of fiddling would align them better, but it seemed a small matter in 
>> the course of a 10-year restoration (now I'll have to go back and 
>> 'fix' this ;). I don't recall any issues, it's just a couple #10 
>> studs, right? As for the 'sleeves,' use soapy water or glycerine--got 
>> any Astroglide lying around?--and a popsickle stick or similar small, 
>> blunt instrument to 'feed' the housing into the rubber (carefully).
>> I'd heard that the repop reflector housings and 'sleeves'--what're 
>> they called?--were sub-par but, years ago there was a fellow down 
>> south CA who worked for Pratt&Whitney designing jet engines who made 
>> correct housings from spun brass and triple chrome plated them (and 
>> made the rubber 'sleeves' from molds from originals). Anyone know if 
>> this fellow is still around? IIRC, he contacted me offline and was 
>> going design and make steering gear worms but I never heard from him 
>> about them.
>> Bob
>> On 9/12/2021 2:02 AM, Patrick & Caroline Quinn via Healeys wrote:
>>> Hello
>>> Is there a secret to the fitting of the reflector plinth rubbers to 
>>> later BN1s and BN2?
>>> Also fitted to the BN3.
>>> Just spent two hours trying to fit new ones and had great success in 
>>> damaging the rubber.
>>> Hoo Roo
>>> Patrick Quinn
>>> Blue Mountains, Australia

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