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    Thanks Milan - I knew the owner Brenton Lee back in the early 1980's [ 1983 ] was a neighbour of my Girlfriends best Friend ..all must have been OK as the "Girlfriend " is now and has been since 1984 my wife.

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    Originally posted by Roger Dowding
    .....Can you confirm - the Slant SIX was the 225 ci, then came the Hemi in 245 ci and later 265 ci ?
    Had a 225 in my Dodge Ambulance - ex- St John that I was going to turn into a Camper - did take it away and sleep in it, but lost interest as too slow, not a Sports Car.....
    Hmmm...

    A coincidence there, I also bought a Dodge ambulance to turn into a camper. That's been forgotten now I've got my B350 van, of course.

    Yes, the slant was a 225, though they also sold them as 170 and 192ci versions in the US. The Hemi-6 was vertical and came in the 245ci version first, with a lousy 215 'poverty' version offered and the 265 coming a bit later. They were a much lighter engine.

    And I think no higher. The slant, amazingly, is actually taller than it would be if it wasn't slanted. It's on a 30° tilt and so one side of the head is still pretty high at that angle. I was captivated by this thought when I looked closely at the Peugeot 404 engine, which is on a 45° lean. The head is a little lower than it might have been if vertical, but the carby comes out on the top side and so (just like the Valiant engine) it sticks up higher than everything else.

    Of course that's all negated with the Webers on this car.

    There are websites offering different opinions, but you can't beat the tape measures when you check it out properly. The real reason for the slant is that it gave more room for nice even-flowing inlet manifolds while still allowing for things like brake boosters in LHD models. Of course, in RHD these things were disasters. Not that getting to the plugs and distributor didn't skin knuckles on the Yankee versions.

    Similarly, the Peugeot 404 would have been a wonderfully accessible bit of gear in LHD, steering, gear linkages, master cylinder, battery, clutch linkages, oil filter, distributor and fuel pump all placed in that great chasm when a vertical engine would take up space. Only the exhaust manifold on the underside. All spoiled with the conversion to RHD.
    Last edited by Ray Bell; 02-13-2019 at 01:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
    The BT7 [ Reg plate # BT7 ] that Ross mentions has featured on this thread - Raced by Phillip Mules at Hamilton Telecom Classic in 1994 and some more recent photos of Bernie with it in 2017- before he passed away.
    The Car was For Sale - in 2017.
    "BT7" is still for sale but isn't being actively advertised due to fatigue from too many test pilots and low ball offers!

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    Valiant Healey and the " Brit Euro "show Auckland 2019

    Ray Bell ;

    Re ; " Hmmm...

    A coincidence there, I also bought a Dodge ambulance to turn into a camper. "

    Thanks for the " Valiant " engine details - I had forgotten [ or didn't really know ] about the smaller capacity slant Six engines.

    As mentioned hope that BMC BOY posts some photos of the Valiant Healey - if it gets to the " Brit - Euro Show " in East Auckland.
    Looyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga 3rd March 2019

    I won't be there as back in the Bay by then ;

    Here are some details on this link ;

    " https://www.briteurocarshow.nz/ "

    Yours Truly could be a bit quiet for the next two weeks as after the weekend in Chatswood, Auckjland off the Waiheke Island to the " Family Cottage " - Grandma's House form 1947 to 1980, and stillin the Family..
    On a Data stick so not much capacity -

    Will leave you though with a Healey photo :

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    Posted a few times before -must try to drive safely on the trip!!
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    From a booklet celebrating 25 years of the Monterey Historic Automobile Races.

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    From a magazine titled New Book of Motorsports published in 1975 or '76. Don't know who or where except that it is from Australia.

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    Having checked with Carol, I've confirmed that this is "Erg's Friend"...

    A very early appearance of Peter Hopwood at Amaroo Park, he doesn't look too fazed about locking it all up heading into Honda Corner.

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    Which leads me to wonder if the picture I posted earlier...



    ...is actually 'Erg' with numberplates removed.

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    Monterey - on the Corkscrew ..

    Quote Originally Posted by Milan Fistonic View Post
    From a booklet celebrating 25 years of the Monterey Historic Automobile Races.

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    Thanks Milan a great photo - sat there for much of the 3 days we were there in 1982 for the Ninth Historics - this would be just a Sports Car Race - with current racers .. captions says " for more than 30 years ". was 36 and a few months since I was there ..

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    Brit & Euro gathering 3 March 2019 - some " borrowed " pictures

    A great gathering of cars by all reports and quite a good group of Austin Healey's.

    Here are a selection - from John Vevers [ an Austin 3 Litre and BMC Man ] as well as the Brit Euro's own photographer. " Classic Driver Magazine " were there too !! have to find their photos..

    Russell Ness - 3000 Rally Replica - built up by Andrew Shrimpton a few years ago [ Car was / is ? for sale at Caffeine and Classics - a weekend ago ]
    Think the Valiant Healey at the other end of the line

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    Brit Euro pic

    Brenton Lee 100 SIX and some 3000's might be BMC BOY's BN7 at the other end ?? must check. John Vevers photo.

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    A 100 SIX
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    Carjam tells us this
    " Year: 1957
    Make: AUSTIN
    Model: HEALEY
    Colour: Blue
    Second Colour: White
    Body Style: Saloon
    Plate: AS1250
    Engine No: 30245
    Chassis: RN4030245 "
    Chassis would be BN4 not RN4, 100 SIX were BN4 and BN6 designation - later cars having a better cylinder head and inlet manifolds ..
    Brit Euro pic

    3000 - [ My Bad it is a 100 SIX - see below ]
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    " Year: 1959
    Make: AUSTIN
    Model: HEALEY
    Colour: Blue
    Second Colour: Cream
    Body Style: Sports Car
    Plate: BREEZI
    Engine No: 26DRH58125
    Chassis: BN4L058125 "
    a left hand drive car when built ..as noted here
    " Plates History

    Plate Effective Date
    BREEZI 11-Mar-1994
    PM7025 31-Oct-1990
    Registration

    Registration Status: Get Full CarJam Report
    Plate: BREEZI
    Plate Type: Personalised
    Origin: Import from USA
    Used as: Private Passenger vehicle
    Cause of Latest Registration: Used
    NZ First Registration: 31-Oct-1990
    NZ Last Registration: Get Full CarJam Report
    Was Registered Overseas? Yes
    Registered previously in: USA
    First Overseas Registration: 1959 "
    Brit Euro pic

    Not the Brit & Euro but the " Intermarque Concours " a week or two ago - the Valiant Healey - Mark Donaldson photo - supplied by Allan Horner, who races a Sprite in the " Classic trial"series at Hampton Downs and Pukekohe.
    Allan is having a tough time at the moment with his health. I wish him well.
    Car was recently restored by Grant Mackenzie, after the attempt a few years ago by Phil Mules to put a V8 in it.
    Phil lives on the Gold Coast - or did back in 2017 when we were last in contact.
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    Otaua Hillclimb this Sunday, also organised by the MGCC - VCC invited, so I might just amble down early. Well done to Darryl of the MGCC and his team for both events.

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    MGCC Otaua Hillclimb - Sunday 10th March

    Quote Originally Posted by ERC View Post
    Otaua Hillclimb this Sunday, also organised by the MGCC - VCC invited, so I might just amble down early. Well done to Darryl of the MGCC and his team for both events.
    ERC thanks for putting that on this thread, great that MGCC have continued the event since 1990.
    Will be good to have more Historic / Classic / Vintage cars at the event with the VCC being invited.
    On this Road :

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    Enjoy the day .. hopefully the " Long Drop " is in place half way up the Hill on the left - Reg " of Waiuku " - Reg Whittaker used to organise that for the Austin Healey Car Club. Last saw Reg in November 2017 at Chelsea Walsh - what is now known as the last running of that event

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    Chris Watson in his TR5 passing the " Long Drop " 1985 !!..

    Unfortunate clash of events as is my Wedding Anniversary .. maybe 2020 will work !!.

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    " Unfortunate clash of events as is my Wedding Anniversary .. maybe 2020 will work !!. "

    Bought Flowers and a nice small bottle of wine .. still will be at home .. so ..

    Otaua tomorrow 10 March 2019 .. the MGCC event.
    An Austin Healey on that Hill at Otaua - Phil Mules back in the 1980's with a scenic background ..
    This was the first corner just after the downhill start - great for older cars which are now very old .. as another 30 years on !!
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    Ray [ ERC ] Green, is it still like this ..??

    Cheers

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