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    Default New project and smoothed out balance tube project anyone?

    I have a little project I'm going to do. I have a used and not so perfect Moto Lita wood wheel that is left over from a cobra replica I use to own, that I want to put on my Healey. As you can see it needs some modifications to work. Yes I could go spend $400 on a new one, but the wheel has been hanging around the garage, the ring was $10 and I have access to a welder set up for aluminum and I'm ready for a little project.





    Which brings me to the second part. I have an extra balance tube that I am going to bring along with me and weld up the top 4 holes, like i did on my current motor, allowing the tube to smoothed out. I will save it for future use, or I will part with it for a reasonable price if anyone is interested. The price will depend on how much work I do, but somewhere between $40-$90, plus $5 shipping.


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    I'm always interested if the price is fair
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    On my application, I cut off all stands and plugged every hole, except for the PCV port. Does that make sense for 240Z applications? I noticed the Euro balance tube retains that back two port openings.
    Z Powered 1963 Austin Healey 3000. L28 / SU / 5 speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Healey Z View Post
    On my application, I cut off all stands and plugged every hole, except for the PCV port. Does that make sense for 240Z applications? I noticed the Euro balance tube retains that back two port openings.
    Does the Healey have manual brakes? The Z needs a fitting near the back for the big brake booster hose.
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    Yea, good 'ol fashion stomp on the pedal manual brakes. What is the second port in the rear of the tube used for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Healey Z View Post
    Yea, good 'ol fashion stomp on the pedal manual brakes. What is the second port in the rear of the tube used for?
    I'm not aware of the use for the second port at the rear. I don't think it was used, not on US 240Zs anyway, but my memory is fuzzy as I haven't run SUs in a while.
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    The early tube on mine only uses the PCV port and the Brake port.
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    240DW, your the man...exactly what I was looking for. I will try to copy yours
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    It is my understanding the early balance tubes had the brake port on the end, like 240dkw's, then later put the port on the top near the end and plugged the end hole with a welch plug.

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