View Full Version : Introductury message - bio and story of my Healey

09-13-2006, 07:48 AM
Hello all,

I am happy to be able to participate in this forum, even though I will very likely be a spotty visitor. This is due to my job and family life, which both keep me very very busy.
In my professional life I am a 60 to 70 hour per week executive with engineering background working in the industrial laser industry. My company is the world market leader for high power industrial lasers.
In my personal life I am first and foremost father to three kids (2, 4 and 6) and in the remaining minutes of the week I try to be a good husband.
This all leaves very little time for my Healey, a 1962 3000 MkII tricarb BN7 center shift (one of maybe 100 built). It is a beautiful black car with red interior that was restored a Tom Kovacs’ company Fourintune.
I now live in Germany where I had the car shipped after the restoration. Unfortunately, I was not able to drive it much, because something went wrong with the engine that could have been corrected with some effort. Since I had poor advise and even poorer craftsmanship in the beginning here in Germany at the shop I first went to, the whole thing escalated and led to me having the engine rebuilt completely at another shop.
The car is almost ready now – after 2 years at Fourintune and 2 more years trying to get the engine right in Germany – and I am looking forward to hopefully a few drives this fall.
Before the current Healey I had a 1961 BT7 in the US. The story of this car was the story of a novice buying a classic and making all the mistakes one can make. Like: seeing the car and wanting it right now and consequentially being blind to the thing being a complete disaster. I ended up having to sell the car at a 10k loss because the chassis was so badly bent that I could never have gotten a license plate for it in Germany, according to the regulations here. But that is history.

I am looking forward to participating in this forum, to learning much and maybe being able to help out once in a while.

Peter Leibinger

Mickey Richaud
09-13-2006, 09:03 AM
Welcome, Peter, and thanks for the intro. We look forward to hearing about the progress on your Healey. Hope you get to drive it soon - I can only imagine the venues for drives available to you in Germany!


tony barnhill
09-13-2006, 09:12 AM
Oh, man - Stuttgart...beautiful place...welcome & I'm looking forward to seeing photos of your car & scenery.

09-13-2006, 02:11 PM
Healeys and laser beams. What more could you want? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif


Mickey Richaud
09-13-2006, 02:15 PM
Healeys and laser beams. What more could you want? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif


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Yeah, sounds like 007 material to me!

09-13-2006, 03:36 PM
Welcome- glad to see you post whenever you can

09-14-2006, 05:50 PM
Welcome. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/savewave.gif

Hope you find it useful, interesting and friendly here....

09-15-2006, 07:17 AM

And thanks for your interesting (and honest) story about owning your car.
I would guess that nearly *all* of us have lost money on a British sports car at some point....I know I have.

09-15-2006, 07:39 PM
Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you here. I know Fourintune very well, they are only a few miles from where I live.