St Johns Austin-Healey Club
       Jacksonville, Florida    

a chapter of the

Austin-Healey Club of America 








One of our members Rick Stevenson’s many projects is the restoration of a gold BJ8 he purchased in pieces. The project for this meet was to install the axle, radius arms, and rear leaf springs. Members Mike Foster and Bill Maroney spent 2 days figuring out this puzzle under Rick’s watchful eye! Everyone learned a lot!

Shown below (courtesy of Bill Maroney) and a series of pictures explaining what they learned.

Rear end tools


Wrong spring hole


Leaf spring hole


Rear end forward spring attach



Rear end axle tip up to bolt radius arm


Bolt spring front but then rear fails


 Front spring loose but rear shackle still hard


Front spring loose+C-clamp press shackle


Jack+wedge +large C clamp bolts front spring


Axel&spring -2 Ubolt+2 pads+3 plates+2 jack


Extra weight on axel-jacks raise car before full spring compression


2 bottle jacks give access to Ubolts+plates


We hope that this was usefull!


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