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Austin-Healey Club of Oregon

February 2001


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Austin-Healey Club of Oregon 2001 Officers President:

Vice President:



Allan Gross 8217 NE 71st. Street Vancouver, WA 98662 (360) 254-4527

Bill Massey 1628 NE Knott St. Portland, OR 97212 (503) 281-5236

Stephanie Hellickson 1618 Avon Way Forest Grove, OR 97116 (503) 357-8969

Gary Jackson 3118 Northridge Way Eugene, OR 97408 (541) 343-0117 gary.jackson@





Mary Gross 8217 NE 71st. Street Vancouver, WA 98662 (360) 254-4527

Leon Hart 3085 SW 107th Ave. Portland, OR 97225 (503) 292-6510

Terry Hellickson 1618 Avon Way Forest Grove, OR 97116 (503) 357-8969

Pat Barron & Shirley Wilson 7229 SW Shady Ct. Portland, OR 97223 (503) 246-7545

Advertising Mgr.:

Club Cordinator:


Club Address:

Tamara Auburg 7215 NE 61st Ave. Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 694-7769

Bill Bolton 82923 Bear Creek Road Creswell, OR 97426 (541) 895-5576 FAX (541) 895-4091

Doug Auburg 7215 NE 61st Avenue Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 694-7769 FAX (360) 694-7998

A-H Club of Oregon 82923 Bear Creek Road Creswell, OR 97426

Club Web Site: February Meeting

Contents: Club Activities Other Car Events President’s Message Membership Report Minutes Carbs & Pumps Red Nosed Healey Emanuel Thanks Classified Ads

Date: February 10, 2001 Program: Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, WA. Meeting: Membership meeting at McMenimums Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. Dinner: At the Grand Lodge after meeting (members’ option).

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Cover This month’s cover photo was taken by an unknown assailant (somebody please fess up) of George Koeber and Gary Meyer displaying their true ages.

Thanks for your Help

Allan & Mary Gross, Stephanie Hellickson, Leon Hart, Tammy Auburg, Skip Monaco, Bill Bolton, Todd and Carrie Schelling, Jerry Klinger.

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The official publication of the AustinHealey Club of Oregon, Healey Northwest, is published monthly for the benefit of its members. Articles which appear in Healey Northwest express the opinions of the author and do not express the official Austin-Healey Club of Oregon position on any subject unless specifically noted. We do our best to insure accuracy, but can not be responsible for any errors or omission of fact. Contributions are welcome on any subject related to Healeys, Club members, or of general interest to the classic car hobby. Material from Healey Northwest may be reprinted in other publications, provided credit is given to the author and source and reciprocal article use permission is offered by that publication. Please address correspondence to: Healey Northwest Editor Terry Hellickson 1618 Avon Way Forest Grove, OR 97116 (503) 357-8969 e-mail: AHCO MEMBERSHIPS Membership in the Austin-Healey Club of Oregon is available to anyone with an interest in cars bearing the Healey marque. Individuals need not own a Healey to join nor is membership restricted to any regional, national or continental boundaries. Members are encouraged to participate in all Club activities. Winter activities are normally indoor technical sessions or social events. Summer activities are normally outdoors involving tours and car events. Calendar year memberships are available in person at any meeting or by mail: $25.00 per individual or couple (add $10.00 for international mail). Checks should be made payable to AHCO and sent to the Club Membership Director. DEADLINES The Healey Northwest submittal deadline is the 20th of the preceding month. 4

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by Leon Hart Editor’s note: Some information or dates may change after originally published. Check the calendar each month for current information.

February 10, 2001 Saturday, 12:30 PM The February meeting will be a tour of the Pearson Air Museum at Pearson Airpark in Vancouver, WA (changed from proposed function due to space limitations). Special display parking will be provided for those who bring their Healeys. Group rates for AHCO members will be $3 per person. The tour will last about one hour with time afterwards to look at exhibits and prowl the gift shop. Weather permitting, a scenic tour to Forest Grove will transport everyone to the Grand Lodge for the meeting and optional dinner (if weather doesn’t cooperate we will navigate the freeway westward). Rooms are available for anyone wishing to stay over. Directions to the Pearson Air Museum: I-5 to Exit 1C to the second stop light. Turn right and go to the second stop sign. Turn right and go past the main entrance to the second entrance on the left. Turn left into the airport apron where a display area for Healeys will be provided.


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Other Car Events 2001 AutoJumble April 29, 2001 The annual All British Swap Meet will be held on the last Sunday of April, 2001. Set the day aside for stocking up on parts and paraphernalia for or about your Healey. Stay tuned for more information. 2001 Portland Swap Meet May 4 - 6, 2001 The 37th annual (almost) “Always In April” Portland Swap Meet will be held Friday through Sunday, May 4, 5 and 6, 2001. The dates are in May this year due to the new building at the Expo Center not being ready in time. But all the same attractions will be there. Best of all, the dates don’t conflict with a Healey Club meeting this year. Hours are 7AM to 6PM Friday and Saturday, 8AM to 1PM on Sunday. Admission is $5 per day Friday and Saturday, $3 on Sunday. The place is the Expo Center at 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon. Come on out and find everything you haven’t been looking for!

will take place in and around historic Lynchburg, Tennessee. Be prepared for all of the usual events with a few surprises. Awards banquet is a must for all who love to eat, drink, party... keep in mind who's hosting! Mark your calendars now. More details to follow at a later date. For registration information call Susan Ralph at (615) 851-7356. NW Austin Healey Meet September 21 - 23, 2001 Cascade Austin Healey Club of WA. is hosting the 16th NW Austin Healey Meet September 21-23, 2001 at the Lakeside Lodge and Suites’ Best Western - 2312 Woodin Ave. Chelan WA. 1-800-468-2781 “NW AH Meet” for special winter rates. Check out: -More information later on Cascade club’s website. home.html Contact Joyce Toms 360 876-8236- Lois Buhman 425-228-2742.

OPENROADS 2002 June 23 - 28, 2002 The OpenRoads 2002 Healey International will be hosted by the Golden Gate Austin-Healey Club. It runs from Sunday June 23, 2002 to Friday June 28, 2002 at the Horizon Inn and Casino, Stateline, Nevada on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. The meet celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Austin-Healey, the 100, and the popularity and longevity of all Austin-Healeys, AustinHealey Sprites and Jensen-Healeys, as well as all Healeys built prior to 1952. The low registration fee makes 2002 Healey Rendezvous 2001 Lake Tahoe Healey International the perfect driving vaJuly 30 - August 3, 2001 cation. Registration is scheduled to begin July 1, 2001. Healey Rendezvous 2001 will be July 30th - August 3rd, Start making your plans early. This is gonna be a big 2001 at Riverside Resort in Grants Pass, OR, site of the one and you don’t want to miss it! Geoff Healey Memorial. This event is hosted by the Austin Healey Club of Oregon and sponsored by For more information contact John Trifari, OpenRoads AHCUSA. Accommodations will be $86 plus tax with 2002, phone 408-541-9608, FAX 408-541-9320, a river view or $69 without a view. It should prove to be cellphone 408-373-6479 or e-mail a relaxing and enjoyable outing. Start making your plans now. Contact: Bill Bolton, 541-895-5576, email: for more details. Forest Grove Concours D’Elegance July 15, 2001 The annual Forest Grove Concours D’Elegance will be held on Sunday, July 15 amongst the trees on the beautiful Pacific University campus in Forest Grove. Participants will be invited to Saturday evening festivities as well. For those with collectable vehicles for sale, a corral will be available for a small fee. Contact the Forest Grove Rotary for more details.

Jack Daniel's Southeastern Classic XV September 14 - 16, 2001 Hosted by the Middle Tennessee Austin Healey Club and Sponsored by Jack Daniels Distillery. This event Healey Northwest


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President’s Message

Membership Report

by Allan Gross

by Mary Gross

February Membership: The renewal period for 2001 memberships is almost over. Renewals must be in by the end of February to insure that you will be included in the new roster. I plan to get the material to the printer the first week of March, so please don’t delay too long. Waiting will also mean you would miss the newsletters. Also a reminder that the half price membership after July 1 is only for new members. For those who have lost their renewal forms, send your $25.00 and any changes in your information to me. The activity calendar is filling up but someone needs to Thanks- Mary Gross, 8217 NE 71st Street, step up and give Leon a hand for March and April meet- Vancouver, WA 98662 ings. As I have mentioned before it’s not that hard and the monthly meetings and activities are the cornerstone February Birthdays: 1 Ray MacDonald of AHCO. 2 Marie Emerson, Noel Searcy, Sandy Tauer Mary and I will not be attending the February meeting, 3 Al Roberts as we will be in Yuma, Arizona working on finding ad- 5 Linda Hamlyn 10 Marjorie Grace, Sharon Beall ditional club members. 11 Kevin Cowan, Jerry Kelso 14 Liz Hanks See you in March! 15 Bert Hand 17 Barbara Gowen 19 Kathy Laws 21 Doug Escriva, Stan Hanks 22 Edna Britton 23 Evelyn Hanks 24 Clayton Stearns 25 Bob Shelley 26 Jaci Koeber 27 Bill Bevill The year is off and rolling with our first club meeting of the year at Mini Motors in Salem. A special thanks to Rex Urban for opening his facilities for the executive meeting and tech session. It’s always a lot of fun to visit a shop and look at cars in various stages of restoration. The carburetor and fuel pump tech session that Bill Bolton conducted was very timely and appreciated by all. Thanks Bill. Now lets see, did he say to turn the adjustment screw 2 and ½ turns or 2 and ½ flats?

We welcome these new members and hope to see them at a meeting soon. Jerry & Veronika Walton 2066 Berwin Lane Eugene, OR 97404 360-689-8617

Bob & Cathy Johnson 120 Leland Dr. Crescent City, CA 95531; 707-465-6254 wemaster@

Steven Giltner 2480 NW Rolling Green Drive #48 Corvallis, OR 97330 541-753-6033 6

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General Membership Meeting January 13, 2001 Minutes by Stephanie Hellickson The meeting was brought to order by President Allan pictures. We could sure use another Story from someGross at 4:15 p.m. At Rockin Rogers restaurant in Sa- one on how they fell in love with Healeys. lem, Oregon. Allan thanked the outgoing officers for last years hard work and welcomed the new officers. Charity committee, Skip Monaco, reported that the He also thanked Leon Hart for the great tech session Christmas party produced $1500 for our charity fund. and arrangement for the executive meeting at Mini The charity fund now has almost $2400 in it. We are probably going to stay with the same charities this year, Motors. but if anyone knows of a good possibility be sure to let Vice President, Bill Massey, had nothing new to report. the committee know. We may get involved in Emanuel Hospitals new burn center fund raising, perhaps answerTreasurer, Gary Jackson, reported a beginning balance ing phones for a telethon. We got a very nice thank you of $21,631.66 with an income of $4,907.94, most of letter from them for the visit and the gifts. which come from membership renewals and activities. Expenses totaled $3,499.91, of which $1456 was for the ABFM, Doug Auburg, reported that they had not started Christmas party and $783 was for regalia purchases, leav- meeting for the year yet, but they are aiming to have ing us with a balance of $23,039.69. Also presented information printed out a little earlier this year as to have was the financial report for the year 2000. We had a it to hand out at the spring swap meets and other early beginning balance of $19,733.07 with an income of all British meets. Also volunteers are needed to hang $14,907.73 coming mostly from membership dues and posters in the Salem, Corvallis and Eugene areas. regalia sales. Expenses totaled $11,601.11, much of which went to newsletter costs, activities and regalia Rendezvous 2001, Bill Bolton, was not present but Allan costs, resulting in a balance at the end of the year of reported that planning is well along and the registration forms will be ready to be sent out soon. It has been $23,039.69. decided to charge $30 per person. The logo has been Membership, Mary Gross, reported 105 memberships completed and very nice. Regalia is being organized. returned so far with 80 more still expected. She also introduced and welcomed new members Kip and Teri There was no Old Business. Dienaber. Under New Business, the decision that the club would Activities, Leon Hart, reported that the February meet- pay the dues of current officers and chairpersons as listed ing would be hosted by the Hands and the Hellicksons. in the constitution was voted upon and approved. This Although the details are not worked out yet, the meet- years annual awards were announced and trophies ing will be at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest handed out. Grove, Oregon with a possible visit to a glass etching studio. Final details will be available in the February Most Active Lady Member - Stephanie Hellickson Most Active Member - Gary Meyer newsletter. Most Active Officer - Terry Hellickson Regalia, Pat Barron, having just acquired the position is Margo Healey Award Outstanding Lady Literary Conlooking for suggestions from members of what they tributor to Healey Northwest - Tammy Auburg Most Active Member Runner-up - Tammy Auburg might like to see available in regalia. Librarian, Doug Auburg, reported that the library was Last years winners were handed out plaques to replace their trophies. still there. The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

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Carbs and Pumps and Gas‌Oh My! By Jerry Klinger The January meeting of the Austin Healey Club of Or- onstration to reveal the secrets held within. Bill exegon involved a Tech Session on the SU Carburetor. It plained how the flow of fuel occurred and was mixed was held at Rex Urban’s Mini-Motors in Salem. Bill with air inside the carburetor, to be induced into the manifold to the actual cylinders to make the engine perform. The size of the needle jet was discussed with the reasons for the three main sizes used, depending on the actual use of the vehicle, weather, altitude and temperature being contributing factors. The mysterious meter valve adjustments were talked about. Some people are known to even use a stethoscope to aid in this adjustment. Bill uses some small metal rods that resemble a water witch design for his adjustments. A kit with carburetor adjusting tools, including these rods, is available from sevBolton brought along four examples of the infamous SU eral vendors. Bill suggested making final adjustments carburetors that are found on our Austin Healeys. Bill using a product called ColorTune, incorporating a transexplained which units were supposed to be on which parent spark plug body to allow visual adjustment of the fuel/air mixture by the flame color. particular model of Healey, from the BN1 to the BJ8. Bill stressed that, before any adjustments or replacements are made to the carburetor, it is of utmost importance to have an ignition system correctly tuned. The points and spark plugs need to be in good condition and the ignition properly timed. All is for naught if these are not in excellent working condition.

With the carburetors in pieces it was explained to us not to try interchanging parts and pieces. The tolerances on some of these parts are extremely close and are matchfit at the factory. Mismatching them can lead to not being able to make adjustments or, possibly, extensive damage.

The various carburetors were taken apart during the dem-

The electric fuel pump that ticks like a clock (or is it a bomb?) to supply fuel from the tank to the engine was looked at. Bill disassembled a pump and explained that most of the problems occur with the points. They are somewhat similar to the ignition points in our distributor but are often overlooked during regular maintenance. If these points are occasionally maintained by cleaning, or replacing them when worn, most fuel pump problems can be virtually eliminated. For those who like to pound on the bulkhead or whack the fuel pump with a knock-off hammer please forget about this maintenance. Some interesting stories were brought up that have occurred with carburetion


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problems and the almost mythical way that was thought up to solve these troubles and at least limp home. Bill had a soft plug in his intake manifold blow out resulting in so lean a mixture the engine wouldn’t run. He was able to temporarily plug the hole with a Thermos bottle cork. Doug Auburg had a hole

check out the entire MiniMotors shop. There were a large number of vehicles in various states of repair. There were three big Healeys inside, with a 100-4 on the rotisserie so the entire undercarriage could be observed. Just checking out all the MGs, Sprites and big Healeys could have been an afternoon of enjoyment by itself. Our thanks go out to Rex and Bill and all the others involved to make this tech session informative and enjoyable.

After a little socializing those who could continued on to Rock’N’Rodgers, a restaurant specializing in ‘50’s and ‘60’s vintage Americana, for the meeting and nourishment. Award presentations were made, the meeting was adjourned and everyone got back to the business of Healey talk and eating. All in all, the develop in the float of one of his carburetors causing the day was very engine to flood and quit. The float was purged of fuel, enjoyable and the small hole was plugged with a toothpick and he was informative. running again. Both managed to limp home. After more If you missed one, permanent repairs they were on the road for another day. this don’t do it After the tech session was completed Rex invited us to again! Healey Northwest


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Santa In A Red Nosed Healey by Skip Monaco

It was a typical day in mid December with gray skies and a little drizzle, but our spirits would not be dampened. Many members from the Portland metro area converged at the Red Cross parking lot for our second annual giftgiving trek to the Emanuel Child Life Center in north Portland. Folks arrived with Healeys and non-Healeys alike. Some who drove sports cars had their soft tops down, and many others had the tops know - just in case. The group leaving from the Monaco’s was led by member Dr. Jeff Brown (on staff at Emanuel Hospital) and his brother-in-law, Ted Neal. Thank heavens the rain stayed in the clouds and we stayed dry until we arrived at the Hospital.


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Having done this before, we knew to expect lots of commotion going on at the big Christmas party. This year in addition to Santa and his helpers, these special sick children & their families once again enjoyed our Healeys, the Portland Police car and two Portland Fire Trucks (one was a hook & ladder style), lots of activities, food and gifts galore. Their main request for this year was a portable basket(continued on page 12...) February 2001

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(...Red Nose, continued from page 10)

ball know those great big things that you see in many driveways. Once again, thanks to the generosity of Healey Club members and our friends at Target, we were able to supply it for them. In addition, another 102 lovely gifts were dispersed by Santa on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day to children who were unable to be home with their families - even for a few hours. Indeed we made a difference...

Our far-flung Friends...

Oh, back to the outset of this jaunt and the folks who had their soft tops down and were calling some of us “wimps” for having ours up (you know who you are)......well surprise, surprise! We had a proverbial downpour on the way home. ‘Nuf said.

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As you may have noticed, the HNW is a little short this time. That’s because some(?) of you haven’t been listening to my call for submissions. Everyone has an interesting story or two or a tip that might save another member some time or trouble. Don’t be shy. This newsletter is only as good as you want to make it. Besides, it’s gratifying to see your name in print. Contribute! u February 2001

The Little Artist A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew pictures. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s artwork. As she came to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like. “ Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing the girl replied, . . . . “They will in a minute.”

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Classified Ads Classified Ads are free to all paid up members of AHCO, the Austin-Healey Owners Association of BC and the Cascade Austin Healey Club, and $2.00 each to nonmembers. These rates do not apply to commercial ads. Ads normally run three issues unless renewed by the advertiser. O=AHCO, C=Cascade, B=BC. Commercial Ad Rates: Monthly payment: Full page: $30, 1/2 page: $18, 1/4 page: $10, 1/8 page: $6, Business Card: $4. Inside cover (f or b): Full page: $35, 1/2 page: $21, Back cover, 1/2 page: $24. Annual payment in advance w/monthly appearance: Full page: $300, 1/2 page: $180, 1/4 page $100, 1/8 page $60, business card: $40. Inside cover (f or b), full page: $350, 1/2 page: $210. Back cover, 1/2 page: $240. Non-member business classifieds: $5 per month per six lines. Commercial display ads will be rotated between various positions. (Max. sizes: Full: 7.5” x 10”, Half: 7.5” x 5”, Quater: 3.5” x 5”, Eighth: 2-1/8” x 5”, Bus. Card: 2’ x 3.5”.)

Cars for Sale

Parts for Sale

1969 AH Sprite. Silver with black interior and top. New top, seats like new, padded interior panels, drives great and very dependable. A very straight body. $3,500. Extra parts also available - Sprite oil pan, transmission, taillights, Misc. Gene Lambert (503) 472-9139.

AH 3000 transmission, 1960. Call Steve at 503538-9287 or 503-538-4381. (2-01) Healey Parts 3 original (very good condition) AH

1959 AH Bug Eye Sprite. Original, very complete car with original 948cc engine. Needs complete restoration. Dean Willoughby (503) 286-4042. (O-12) 1963 Austin Healey BJ7. Basket case. Fairly complete though a badly rusted frame and instruments out; all or will part out. Also, an extra BJ7 rear shroud in fairly good shape. Esko, 253-813-9842, (O-5) 67 Austin Healey Sprite, right-hand drive, papers of shipment Hamburg to Portland, wires, several tops, recent rebuild top to bottom, eye catcher, good condition. Priced to sell @ $5,000. Contact Jerry at (503) 6500396 or E-Mail aweese@cybcon. com (N-6) 63 Sprite (not Bug-Eye), great condition. Has both tops. Has 1277 engine, it and the running gear are in excellent condition as are the tires. Body is in good condition. Has been garaged. Drives very well. May be interested in a trade. $4000 or best offer. Contact Peter Shoemaker in the evenings at 294-1453. (N-7)

Wanted - Misc. Please help me find this book...Austin Healey 100 Super Profile, by John Wheatley. Please contact Jerry Klinger with any information you may have. My phone number is 503-665-8330, or my mailing address is 1027 NW 1st, Gresham, OR, 97030. 14

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hubcaps with Flying A. One original (vg condition) nose plate with AH in script. One rear deck 100-6 lighting chrome plate. Jim Nichols 818 766-6133, Los Angeles. (2-01) AH 100-4 Westlake cyl. head. TESTED. $800. Mike Long 604-786-0256 (cell) (2-01) AH 100 parts: Top frame $250, pair of perfect doors $250, windshield stanchion and foot $25 each, original grill and surround vgc $300. BJ7/8 windshield frame $200, top frame $200. Tom Monaco, 503-245-0174; FAX 503-452-9953 ; e-mail: Heavy Duty Poly Front Suspension Bushings for all Austin Healeys - big and small. Correctly done in black. Competitively priced. Tom Monaco (503) 245-0174. Heavy Duty Brake Shoes for all Austin Healey models. Impervious to all oils and fluids. Experience 25% better stopping power - cheap at any price. These can save your nose! Tom Monaco (503) 245-0174. Lightened flywheels for big Healey models. They really make a big performance difference. You need one if you want your Healey to perform better in the corners and on the acceleration profile. Only the material not being used is removed. BN1 - BJ7 $120 plus a $40 core charge. BJ8 $140 plus a $60 core charge. Packing and shipping is extra. Bill Bolton (541) 895-5576. New Side Curtain Pouches made of felt lined black vinyl from original pattern. $45 ea. John Wilson (541) 933-2016 Hardtop windows for BN6/BT7/BN7. These windows are specifically manufactured of the treated poly-carbonate material used by the Indy race cars. They don’t fog or scratch like the currently advertised ones do! Fit it and forget it! You won’t need to replace it for years. $260 plus packing & shipping. Bill Bolton (541) 8955576. February 2001

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