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Old Apr 27, 2007, 3:15 PM   #11
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I used to own the only Austin-Healey in Hawaii.

The guy that brought it over from California, removed the failed starter and ordered a replacement from the British Leyland dealer in Honolulu. (MG used the same starter motor, but the bolt holes were different.) It hadn't come in when he sold it to somebody else, and that guy had if for over a year when I bought it from him. I had it for about a year when I sold it. The starter motor was still backordered.

I loved that car! It ran great! Even if I didn't park on a hill, I could put it in second gear, put my right foot on the clutch pedal, turn on the ignition, open the door, stick out my left foot, and push. Then I'd pop the clutch, close the door and be on my way.

Given the strictest measurements of RM&A (Reliability, Maintainability & Availability) I don't know how "reliable" or "maintainable" that car was, but I do miss it.

I wanted to race it, but SCCA rules require the vehicle tostart under its own power.
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Neat story! I guess we'd have to call that a high availability Healy with a "soft" failure. But it only occurred once|:-)

I had a friend who put himself through college restoring sports cars and was something of a British car specialist, especially Jaguar. His description of how they wired Jaguars at the factory was as follows: " The car is built and then towed from the assembly line to the holding lot. A bundle of wire was placed in the front seat and once a week Merlin the Magician came by and waved his magic wand. The car was then started and driven onto the lorry for ultimate shipment to the US. Any resemblence between the wiring on your vehicle and any published schematic was purely an accident, not to be repeated."

Of course C&D used to equate Lucas with "Prince of Darkness".
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 5:24 PM   #13
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I guess we'd have to call that a high availability Healy with a "soft" failure. But it only occurred once.
Yeah, with an MTTR of over 3 years. :-)

Are we off-topic yet?
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