How better to spend a spectacular Fall day and your wedding anniversary than by inviting your Healey friends over to the house for coffee, donuts, and Healey adjustments? That is how Walker and Susan Young, of the Wisconsin Chapter, decided to spend their special day!
It all started when Walker sent out an email asking for advice on keeping the doors open and referring to the Door Check Assembly (see Download PDF below). Most of the replies were entertaining – but not useful. Walker researched the problem on his own and ordered the parts needed to get his doors working again. Then he shared this wisdom with the club. Within a week or so there was enough interest by other members to plan a low-tech, tech session for anyone interested in eliminating the shin damage caused by the door slamming on their leg instead of staying open as Donald Healey had intended. Most of us had no idea what this mechanism was for – much less how to adjust it.
Walker ordered the parts for everyone and provided both instructions and tools as needed. Pat Douglas brought donuts. Bernie Evans forgot to bring his Healey – but did supply the coffee. Jim Swernoff, Fred Fleischmann, and Fred Thomas rounded out the group of expert mechanics. We had at least one of Walker’s neighbors ready to buy a Healey, but none were for sale.
After the Door Check Assemblies were brought back to factory specs the group headed out on a Fall Color Tour through Lake Country. The event ended with lunch overlooking the lake.
We are thinking that future tech sessions might focus on one or two hands-on things we could do as a group to maintain our Little British Cars.
Watch this space for updates.