[Healeys] 100 Reflector Plinth Pads

David Nock healeydoc at gmail.com
Mon Sep 13 09:57:18 MDT 2021

Here is a photo that we have of an original pad

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-----Original Message----- 
From: Bob Spidell
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2021 6:44 AM
To: Bob Haskell ; healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] 100 Reflector Plinth Pads

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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