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Old 03-30-2017   #31 (permalink)
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I'm restoring a '59 Austin-Healey Bugeye and have become really involved lately with the electrical system, all Lucas, of course.

Recently a friend told me that Lucas Industries added a new product line.

Vacuum cleaners (Hoover's in the UK)! But, they had to discontinue them within six months.

Seems the vacuums were the only products in their line that didn't suck!
I was always told Lucas made all the British refrigerators, which is why they drink warm(ish) beer!
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I was always told Lucas made all the British refrigerators, which is why they drink warm(ish) beer!

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Resurrecting this thread.

So, toward the end of summer, I was getting ready to go to our regular Tuesday Tailgate event. Hit the key and the car sputtered and refused to idle.

Ran a few tests and determined the Ford A9L computer had toasted. Researched it and found a place that showed how to repair it. Replaced a few capacitors and the car fired right up....the first time!

So, now I was faced with finding a new A9L computer (Engine management). New are no longer made, a refurb...everyone was out of stock....or Ebay...$500 for an used, who knows what condition. Orrrr a new engine management system.

I opted for the latter....$2000 (ouch) and got this....Pro-M EFI

"Plug and Play" they said! Yeah, more like "Plug and Pray"!

Had to rip out the entire existing engine management wiring and figure out how I wired stuff 13 years ago! TIP: Take notes when you wire something up!

Took me three weeks to get it all installed.

In the end, the engine runs pretty good and tho I haven't dyno'd it, I feel like it is more responsive, and I feel like I'm getting more out of the motor.
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Plug and Pray

I spent weeks (actually days spread across weeks/months) - aligning pulleys, alternator, power steering pump, new Sanden compressor - while on the engine stand.

The last 3 weeks has been trying to fit the engine in the car. First issue, get that massive hood off the car. It's a 3 person job. I rigged ropes and pulley across the garage rafters and unbolted it, then pulled the car out from underneath it. Luckily at this point the car still ran (without cooling, power steering, etc). Then Bonny and I hefted the hood down, put it on moving rollers and moved it to the side of the house.

Got the old engine out. Not a 1 person job when you don't have a lift. Trying to unbolt the 2 long bolts/nuts from the motor mounts was near impossible as I had to be 2 different places at the same time, but I got it worked out.

Put the new engine in, hooked to the trans. Put in the drivers side header. Oh this is going to be easy. Put in the passengers side header, oh wait - not close. So the last 3 weekends (about 4 days actually) has been the passenger side header, and lining up one solid motor mount (drivers side). At this point it fits, but I had to do a load of cutting of the lower rear A-arm mount (which is welded to the main frame) as well as beating on one header tube to get around the main frame and lower mount. Now need to box in the the lower A-arm mount and add some gussets.

I've had that new engine in and out about 10x so far getting things to fit.

Luckily I have 1/4" clearance on each valve cover (AC condenser on right side, power brake booster on right side). Had to add 3/8" spacers to the valve covers because of the roller rockers.

Prayed the new radiator would fit - surprisingly it does. But of course the lower stock hose is 1-1/2" and the new radiator lower hose connection is 1-3/4" on the radiator.

Now I have to weld, strengthen the A-Arm frame. Which will require the engine going in and out a few more times, taking the lower A arm off so I don't melt the bushing, etc.

Only a few more days (months) I should have this thing running.
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If it wasn't a hobby...........!
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Good progress this weekend. Boxed in the lower rear control arm mount. Added a gusset to it. Pulled the new motor back out - it will be out for awhile. Today sanded and painted driver's side header and a few other parts. Next, pull out the transmission, clean all the oils off the underside of the car, remove 2 of the 3 fuel lines that run front to rear, cleanup the engine area (paint, clean), swap out the steering box for a quick ratio box, plumb the fuel tank and lines for EFI, figure out the EFI wiring . . .
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Good progress this weekend. Boxed in the lower rear control arm mount. Added a gusset to it. Pulled the new motor back out - it will be out for awhile. Today sanded and painted driver's side header and a few other parts. Next, pull out the transmission, clean all the oils off the underside of the car, remove 2 of the 3 fuel lines that run front to rear, cleanup the engine area (paint, clean), swap out the steering box for a quick ratio box, plumb the fuel tank and lines for EFI, figure out the EFI wiring . . .
Would love to see some progress pics if you get the chance!
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Would love to see some progress pics if you get the chance!
This is earlier last year on the dyno.

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