Also the early MGB thru 67 had a vacuum switch that did the same job.
These switches were removed on the cars in the mid to late 60s when
Laycock changed the overdrive to the J and LH type unit. As far as I
know most all manufacturers used a kick down of some sort on the
early overdrive cars except Triumph.
The other thing is look at how many MG's, Triumph's, Jaguar's have
overdrive about 20%. Then look at how many Healey's have overdrive
about 80%. So when he is looking at the other marques there isn't
alot to go by.
British Car Specialists
Stockton Ca 95205
On Jul 15, 2008, at 5:42 AM, Alan Seigrist wrote:
> Hi Guys -
> I've gotten into a bit of an unsolicited pissing match with a
> British car
> mechanic off list and I'd like to get your opinion. He contacted
> me, I
> don't know anything about him.
> He has a client on this list who is relatively new to Healeys and
> his client
> has quizzed him about the non-functioning OD throttle switch on his
> after reading this list.
> Without getting into the whole business of who said what to whom,
> these are
> the opinions:
> - Me - In my opinion, I counseled the mechanic that he should
> fix the OD
> throttle switch because it's relatively cheap and easy to fix,
> and adds to
> the total driving experience of a Healey. I figure if the new
> Healey owner
> doesn't know that much about Healeys, he would probably want the
> working if he knew what it did. Plus I just think its easy
> enough to fix
> and makes the car more fun to drive.
> - The Mechanic in Question - In his opinion he feels that the OD
> switch is "troublesome" and wasn't put on Triumphs or Jags that
> use the same
> OD. He figures if they didn't put this switch on a Jaguar, it's
> to try to get the switch to work on a Healey and it's better to
> just bypass
> the OD throttle switch altogether and avoid the whole thing -
> switch on and
> switch off is good enough.
> What say all of you professional mechanics & restoreres out there?
> Am I
> right or is he right?
> '52 A90
> '53 BN1
> '64 BJ8
> Support Team.Net http://www.team.net/donate.html
> You are subscribed as email@example.com
Support Team.Net http://www.team.net/donate.html