Thanks for yet another journalistic masterpiece David. The handlebar switches are standard BMW but the mountings they go in are bits of alloy cast by Healeys. And if Healeys invented the crankshaft sludge trap, why do we find them in every prewar model as well? It is easy (and necessary) to be critical of these articles but I suspect the problem lies in what the Healey brothers were trying to get over to the journalist and how well he noted down what they said.
I was most interested in the idea that the oil cooler was not needed in temperatures up to 85 degrees F. How on earth could they have found that out from a factory in Redditch where the summer temperature rarely exceeds 70 degrees F? I once rode my first Healey into Kracow in Poland with wife Maggie on the back and all luggage for 2 weeks away also on the back. A roadside display indicated that the temperature was 36.5 degrees C which equates to almost 98 degrees F. Did the oil cooler cut in? No, it was disconnected as superfluous. Did the bike overheat? No, but I did stop the engine whilst waiting at each of the many sets of traffic lights. The bike restarted every time first kick. Do you need an oil cooler on a Healey? Yes - otherwise there is nothing to hold the petrol tank on with ! (Although a length of angle iron (or aluminium) would do that job just as well and be cheaper.)
36 4G, 37 VH, 54 KH(A), 75 Healey 1000/4, 52/53 ex ISDT KHA (project).
Former Machine Registrar & Archivist, General Secretary and Single Spares Organiser (over a 25 year period).
Now Archivist once more - but not Machine Registrar.