Lot 550 – 1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mark III “BJ8”


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1964 BJ-8 3000 mkIII Phase I. Only 1390 made. Witch had the arm rest flip up storage console, small 4 glass marker/turn lights, smoother outside pull door handles, Much better looking than the phase II with all the goodies of the phase II bj-8. Minus the revised rear frame that heightened the car for ground clearance. New leave springs in rear. Last owner didn’t like car sitting so low always dragging exhaust. Looks better low I think , the springs are also very stiff, problem with older aftermarket rear replacement springs of the time.

Drive train is believed to be all matching number, need to get heritage certificate to confirm.

Engine runs perfect, 65 psi oil pressure. 150 psi compression  on all cylinders. Oil gauge needle sticks at 40 psi until u tap it with your finger it pops up to 65 psi cold 40 psi hot. No smoke , no rattles. 20/50 oil with zinc additive. Transmission is in perfect shape, sounds great shifts beautifully, overdrives perfect. All fluids replaced.  Car drives great, tight no nosies.one very good car. Stays cool, even in 90degree siting in traffic. Heater and controls work great.

 

All original car in every way, minus the chrome 72 spoke Dayton wire wheels, tape player radio speakers under dash, Robbins Top, carpet.

The drivers seat bottom had vinyl  repaired, along with door panels and door tops, one repaint all done in 1985.

I believe to be 3 owner car. Not sure of first owner, the 2nd owner Charles Watson from Richland wa. Bought it 7/12/1973 for $1,310.00 with 74000 miles. Had little log book. Last log was 7/21/1976 with 85480 miles.

Second owner attorney Neil Gerald from Puyallup  wa. Bought in 1985 for $7500 with 87342 miles. I got it with 88960 miles car just turned 90k. Speedo cable just broke last time I drove it, just need new cable. I Drove  1000 miles last few months after it sat since 1987. It was Last tabbed in 1995 but wasn’t driving, carbs started leaking but he just kept buying tabs.

 

Car was rear ended  in left rear corner in 85’. u can see repairs inside trunk/boot under trunk floor as well as rear mufflers removed and difrent exhaust tips instaaled, sound really good like a Big Healey should. That’s when car was repainted in factory Colorado red with black coves/sides.  Paint still shows well, only rust is small bubbling right lower front fender, other wise very solid rust free car.  Chrome is in good shape, especially windshield frame looks near perfect no pitting , original xxx glass with rock chip, been filled to prevent cracking.

Very nice body only body filler in rear shroud and deck lid.

 

Carbs cleaned new jets, front carb needs new throttle shaft bushing , new gas tank, New fuel pump.

Brakes completely gone through rebuilt front calipers with s.s pistons, wheel cylinders, rubber flex hoses, clutch slave and master, and clutch rubber hose., I rebuilt brake booster but did not replace leather seal didn’t come in complete rebuild kit, so it has slight vacuum leak sealing inside booster when brakes are applied and pedal effort a little more than it should be with power brakes. Still stops well doesn’t pull, tracks nice. New sway bar bushings and end links, all zerk fitting greased. grease in front wheel bearings, need to be done old grease still. Very fun car to drive as I did every chance I could. All electrical works, except license plate light, its only thing missing and not working.