I appreciate original cars. But I don't have one. If I had alot of time,
money, and a good starter car, I'd like to create a car fit only for life
in a dehumidified bubble. But I don't have any of those. I have a 61
Midget that would make a very nice bubble car, but this car has changed
hands way too many times over thae past 40 years, aquiring such things as
a Hurst shifter, vega wheels, a nasty yellow seat, and stainless steel
floor boards. while most of these things could be redone and made
original, the stainless steel floorboards insured that this car could
never be original. I still have the 948 (original as far as I can tell),
HS2 carbs, no alternator, bullit connectors, and no headlight relays. But
as long as some DPO has made some irrepairable adjustments, why not make
the best of it.
On Tue, 24 Oct 2000, ryan marro wrote:
> Okay already, My point was that it didn't make sense to me to go back to a
> 948 because I drive the thing all over and enjoy the extra power of the
> 1275. If anybody out there has a 948 in their car (I know Mike does) fine.
> I'm not sayin' your a corn nut. When I suggested a Chevy V-8 I was joking.
> I meant, like the 1275 I have, it there anything bigger, preferably British,
> that fits relatively easily, like perhaps a BL product. It was just for
> ideas--to see what info was out there. Since my 1275 has been freshly
> rebuilt, it will probably be a while before I do anything to it. My other
> point was, that these cars were made for enjoyment. If you enjoy a 948, so
> be it. If you want to put a 5.7 L diesel into it, be my guest. I plan to
> modernize mine with an alternator, halogens, a radio, and probably a 5-speed
> (although I came across a web site that advertised a six speed and wrote to
> them and I'll let you all know what they have to say--even if it causes you
> all to say I'm a complete fruitcake for contemplating such). They built the
> cars as best they could for their time. I'm making it the best I can for
> mine without, IMHO, changing it's basic character.
> Ryan Marro
> >From: Trevor Boicey <email@example.com>
> >To: ryan marro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >CC: Daniel1312@aol.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
> >Subject: Re: Engine and Transmission
> >Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 22:29:45 -0400
> >ryan marro wrote:
> > > Never having known
> > > any of the Healeys personnally, I can't speak with authority, but I
> > > that they would still be building their cars with a 948cc engine these
> > I think that's the fundamental "discontuity" in the logic.
> > The Healey is not a car of today. It's a car of yesteryear,
> >and that's what's wonderful about it, and they "ain't making
> >any more".
> > To try to put a modern engine into it because "Donald would
> >do it today" would imply that you are trying to modernize
> >the car. If you want a new car, you are likely better off to
> >just buy one, because after the engine and tranny swap
> >the braking and suspension is going to be horribly out
> >of place.
> > 90% of these projects die. Strangely, a lot of them are
> >completed until they are driveable and even usable, but that's
> >about the time reality strikes and the illusion of the
> >dream is shattered by the reality.
> > Eventually, it all ends up in a stack of boxes as another
> >unfinished project.
> >Trevor Boicey, P. Eng.
> >Ottawa, Canada, email@example.com
> >ICQ #17432933 http://www.brit.ca/~tboicey/
> >"Wanna see me comb my hair really fast?" - Johnny Bravo