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TECH TIPS

Installing BN4, BN7, BT7 Door Pocket and Main Panels

Based on Heritage Upholstery and Trim Kits

 
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Heritage Upholstery and Trim
from North Vancouver, B.C. has been producing some very nice quality interior components and trim kits. I have used their products a number of times and been able to achieve what I feel are some very high quality results. Following is a guide and method of installing the Healey 6 cylinder roadster model doors and door pockets.

Here's what I did:

Get some paint that approximates the interior trim color and hand brush the inside perimeter of the door pocket metal in the doors. (see photo).

(1) Glue the top inside edge vinyl strip in place and when dry trim with a knife to the top edge of the door skin and also remove the excess at the front and back edges. At the leading edge, the vinyl must come right up the front casing and end at the door skin. Trim the excess away along the inner lower edge as shown so you can find the mounting holes for door latch, etc. Finally find the hole for the side curtain socket escutcheon and trim this away too.

(2) Prepare the lower inner door panel by ensuring the bottom edge folds in to form a bottom to the door pocket. Also fold the forward end and the back end to form approximately 90 degree bends. Test fit this panel inside the door making sure top edge of the panel fits along top edge of wood strip in door. Slight bowing will be needed to fit it into the inside of the door.

(3) The long narrow panel must be bent concave and installed in the bottom of door with top edge compressed under door pocket lip and lower edge pressed into lower outboard edge of door.

(4) Align and test fit the upper door pocket panel into door opening. Again slight bowing will be needed to fit into door pocket opening. Play with this and you'll find a diagonal angle that will allow the panel to fit with minimum bowing. The front and back folding flaps will have to be folded in and the rear one with the notch worked around to clear the door latching mechanism and pull rod. Now align the bottom edge of the upper panel parallel to the inside door wood strip. Make sure the lower panel hasn't moved and drill and install 3 equally spaced cupped washers and trim screws through both panels and into the wood strip. Start with the centre one and then spot the forward and rearward screws with equal spacing from the centre one. Eyeball this but I think the spacing was about 11" apart. It varied from car to car a bit.

(5) Trial fit the main door panel in place. Locate the hole for the inside door release handle and make an X cut through the vinyl. Make sure the clearance to the perimeter of the door casing is as equal as possible. Make extra sure the clearance for the door striker notch is equal and adequate. Often a bit of trimming and re-glueing of this area is required to get the best fit of the chrome finisher that screws on here. When closing the door, the striker assembly must completely clear the door panel and the chrome finisher. I use some plastic spring-loaded clamps to temporarily locate the panel onto the door while locating for the best fit before drilling for the trim screws. Refer to the pictures for spacing of the screws and cup washers.

(6) When all is fitted and tested for clearance, etc. the inside door release handle and escutcheon can be fitted.

- Rich Chrysler - Feb/05.



Tire Information


A lot can be learned by reading the tire's sidewall. The following illustrations show typical information on the sidewall of passenger car and light truck tires.
Illustration No.1 depicts the typical information on the sidewall of a passenger tire:

P215/65R15 95H Size marking and Service Description (load index, speed symbol) for a P-Metric speed-rated passenger tire. Tire sizes with a series (profile) use a number such as 65, 70, 75, or 80, to indicate tire's profile or height to width ratio. For example, as illustration 1A shows, 65 Series means that the tire's sidewall is approximately 65% as high as it is wide.

Illustration 1
Typical Passenger Car Tire Sidewall




Radial Every radial construction tire must show the word radial on the sidewall Max. Load 685 KG (1510 LBS) 240kPa (35PSI) Maximum Pressure Indicates load limits and
corresponding maximum cold inflation pressure for that load. P-Metric sidewall markings are given in both metric and English units. Your tire's sidewall indicates the maximum air pressure to which it should be inflated under most circumstances (see exceptions in the High Speed section regarding LT designated tires). The vehicle manufacturer recommends the front and rear tire pressures for the

Illustration 1A

Series (Profile)

tires mounted on your vehicle. The vehicle manufacturer's recommended tire pressures may be lower than, or the same as, the maximum pressure indicated on the tire sidewall. The vehicle manufacturer's specification of tire pressure is limited to that particular vehicle and takes into account the vehicle loading, ride, and handling characteristics, among other criteria. Since there potentially several possible vehicle applications for any given tire size, note that a vehicle manufacturer may choose a different inflation pressure specification for that same size tire for a different vehicle. Therefore, always keep the vehicle manufacturer's recommended air pressure in all your tires, including the spare.

For normal operation, follow pressure recommendations in owner's manual, on vehicle tire information placard, or on the certification label.

Note: The operating pressure is based on a number of factors (like load), and so may not be the same as the maximum inflation pressure on the tire's sidewall. For example, the U.S. Department of Transportation now allows 240 kPa (35 psi), 300 kPA (44 psi), or 350 kPa (51 psi) inflation pressures for standard load tires, but, no increase in the tire's load [from that of the 240 kPa (35 psi) pressure] is allowed.

Tread 4 plies 2 XXX cord 2 XXXX cord sidewall 2 plies XXXX cord
4 plies under tread (2 xxxx cord 2 xxxx cord), 2 plies in sidewall (xxxx cord) indicates tire ply composition and materials used.

DOT xxxx xxxxxx
The DOT symbol certifies tire manufacturer's compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation tire safety standards. Next to this is the tire identification or "serial number"
The first two letters identify the plant where the tire was manufactured. The next two numbers reflect the tire size. The following one to four digits may be used at the tire manufacturer's option as a descriptive code. The last three characters are numbers identifying the week and year of manufacture. (Example: 025 means second week of the year or decade, e.g.: 1995, 1985, etc. Other characters are the manufacturer's coding for size/type and plant of manufacture.

For the 1990-1999 decade some tires may be marked with a symbol (such as an isosceles right triangle) pointing to the identification number.

Tires produced after July 2000 have an additional digit to identify a given decade. For example, 0200 means the tire was produced during the second week of 2000; 0201 during the second week of 2001.

Tubeless:
The tire must be marked either tubeless or tube type