A day off to look at complete Healeys for a change !
The Queensland Austin Healey Club held its annual Show and
Shine at Clontarf, up on the shores of Moreton Bay north of Brisbane on the 6th August, and despite it looking quite cloudy and overcast while we were driving up from the Gold Coast, once we arrived the sun came out and it was a beautiful warm sunny day.
It was good to see some Healeys that were all in one piece for a change ! I am so used to seeing Gidget in her current starte of déshabillé that it is quite a surprise to see so many cars not only all together, but also in superb condition. A couple were absolute showstoppers - One of them I understand the owner had just completed a full concours rebuild about 12 months ago, and on the way home from an AH meet, he was rear-ended by a 4WD, seriously re-arranging the boot of his immaculate car. Today the car was once more back in show condition, and I am sure he went home with another Healey running interference behind him for a change !!
|Silver brake drums ?|
|Or black brake drums ?|
|A parcel shelf in place|
Next I was looking at the insides of the cars, to see how and where everything was. The first thing I learned was that an old rusty bit of tin that I had found tucked away in the boot of Gidget when she arrived in Queensland was in fact a parcel tray that fits up above the passengers legs under the dashboard ! Lucky I hadn't thown it away !! And when I checked with Ashton, he too had not realised what it was !
|Aluminium sill trim|
their fire extinguishers, and then I suddenly noticed that each car had some aluminium trim on the B pillar door shut face, and along the sills. We have some of that, but I was under the impression that it had merely been added to our car to cover up the bog and rust in the sills, whereas in fact it is a very important part of the original car !! Once again, good job I hadn't thrown it out !!
Then I started looking in the engine bays of primarily the 100/4's, but also
|Carb stabiliser bar|
|Heat protection everywhere|
|Coil on top of alternator ?|
they are subjected to heat and vibration, and mounted them on the chassis rails off to the side. One person even had his coil mounted on top of the alternator - I am not sure if that is a very good idea ??
Overall, a very pleasant day, and I got lots of information not only from looking at the cars, but also from all the enthusiastic owners who of course were extremely knowledgeable about all things Healey. We worth the day out and I came home with my head full of new ideas and (more !) things that need to be added to the list of things to do to our car !! Hey ho !!
Rest of the pics are here :- https://goo.gl/photos/b8m22GoK93DP3EqSA