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This certificate was awarded for the 1/4 mile sprint with cold start.
Below is footage of that run.
Youtube - John Strick Healey 6000 at the
Geelong (Eastern Beach) Revival Sprint 2016
The Healey 6000 Story
The seeds were sown some time around 2006, when John Strick and I decided it was time to get on with the building of two
purpose built highly modified Healeys. It had long been a regular topic of conversation between us, with various ideas
being bandied around. The common ground we shared was that the body should be as close as possible and practical
to the original body with only subtle changes. In our opinion this is the most endearing point of a Healey and the reason
behind not just simply going out and purchasing the latest Alpha Sports Car etc. The lines and ageless styling of the
Healey body are yet to be surpassed however after 50 years it was considered that other areas of the car could be
improved to take the car closer to current motoring expectations. Some of the early prerequisites included:-
Modern power plant with substantially increased power,
Chassis and drive train that could handle the increase in power.
Air conditioning & improved cockpit comfort
Aluminium crate Chev 6 litre L98’s were decided on (50 kg lighter than then the 3 litre Austin motor and a tad more
power!) This was to be mated up with a six speed T56 Tremec gearboxes.
It was also decided early on to go with computer controlled fuel injection.
Once the motors had been purchased it was a case of positioning the motor on a new stock KAS chassis and working
out what inner body changes would be needed and where the ancillary items could fit in. Engine mounting position was
worked out, with the motor angled slightly sideways to give clearance for the air con compressor and also helped with
corner weight distribution.
The transmissions were sent off to Mal Wood in Queensland to have Camaro extension housings fitted (this placed the
gearshift as close to as original as possible) and at the same time was short shifted.
How do we get the power to the road was the next question – the decision was made to go with a 5 link setup and fully
adjustable coil over shockers and a Ford 9” LSD with a lightweight centre.
The front suspension designed and built by McDonald Bros. Melbourne – a fully adjustable top & lower wishbone and
adjustable coil over shock absorbers.
Steering design adopted was the proven setup that the Healey Factory, Melbourne utilize in most of their modified builds
– Subaru rack and Triumph collapsible column. Zero bump steer was achieved after careful positioning of the rack.
Ford Falcon XR8 brakes were used with a twin diaphragm booster. – remembering that this set up is used for normally
pulling up an 1800kg car. (The Healey tipped the scales at 1200kg). Wheels chosen were 17” x 8” front and 17 x 9”
rear, shod with sticky Yokohama performance tyres.
Driver and passenger comfort was enhanced by moving the dashboard/steering wheel forward some 3 “– an extra 2” of
footwall width was achieved by offsetting the inner sill from the A pillar outwards (but still being able to mount the front
guard/wing/fender without any modification)
An extensively KAS modified chassis was the built up, which included “V” webbed chassis rails, beefed up chassis
outriggers, cross members, rear hoop/cage to accept the rear coil over setup and an extra cross brace under the sump
of the motor.
PWR were commissioned to build an aluminium crossflow radiator specifically designed to have a similar capacity that the
motor is used to running with.
Bodywork was done by John; painting was done per Gary Watts (Grub) in Ballarat and the car trimmed by Garry
John’s car has now been completed since April 2015.
The good points have been.
Bad points to rectify include -
Another source of the transmission noise could be the roll bar – so next step is to fill the tubes with expander foam.
Getting the cruise control operational and minimising the likelihood of speeding tickets!
We would like to think we have come someway in bridging the gap of a mid-sixties sports car with a current sports car.
OK it may not have ABS , stability control etc., however it is a modern “drivers” car with performance to match anything
on offer today, and maybe, dare we say –would have raised a twinkle in Donald’s eyes if he were still alive today.
Last modified: 28-Apr-2017