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Post by Monrob22 on Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:19 pm

Hello everyone,
I am trying to judge interest people may have for a new Healey Replica.
This one is based on the stock measurements of the original Healey but will have fender flares and a chassis for a v-8 similar to the HMC version. Aftermarket Healey parts will fit and can be found at many suppliers. Standard fiberglass body in one piece including cockpit tub. So before I commit $$$ I thought a little market research is in order to see if it will be profitable enough.
I realize the parts for our cars are almost nonexistent and the people that have the tooling do not seem interested in producing new parts.
I imagine that is for economical reasons. Any input or opinions offered will be appreciated. I think this would be a fun venture, but I am sure there are many factors I have missed or not yet considered.

Thank you all

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Post by Hotrod on Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:24 pm

Sounds interesting and would be a fun car to build. Unfortunately, for me at least, retirement will soon be on me. The Sebring I'm redoing now will most likely be the last full build I'll be able to do financially.

I hope it goes well for you if you decide to give it a go.
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Post by Jerry & Lisa Mills on Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:42 pm

Don't know nearly enough to give advice, but it sounds good and could pay off big time. The Healey kits were the number two seller nation wide in the '80s and '90s. Second only to the 100 or so different Cobra kits. People really like seeing these.
Don't know if that translates to sales among the aging people that love them and can afford one.
I'd be interested in what your research turns up.

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Post by Dakota100 on Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:41 pm

A new Healey replica is a nice idea (especially being able to use stock 3000 parts), but someone should make body parts to service all the owners of the original Classic roadsters Healey replicas. It's probably a much cheaper venture than a completely new replica.
If the business is a success making the classic roadster parts, that might be the time to start thinking about the new replica
Also consider that the market for the Healey replica is probably shrinking because of the age of the people that new the original car, are in their 60's and 70's

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Post by Monrob22 on Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:09 pm

For those that are interested this is my way of modifying my existing hood to have a scooped hood. The one pic is the stock classic roasters louvered hood the second pic includes a splash of a Healey 106 hood. the alignment and curvature blends very well. my thoughts are combining these two and if successful with enough interest, casting the end result as an option for sale.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Post by David V. on Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:23 pm

Whoa! Where did you find the fiberglass section of 100-6 hood? It has the very rare center-strake that was present for only the earliest 100-6s.

Also I wonder if you could pull off something like this by moving the louvers over the scoop, the extra cooling certainly wouldn't go amiss.

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Post by Monrob22 on Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:03 pm

David
I do like the look of the louvers on the scoop, but for me they would have to be functional which means sheet-metal I don't think they look good in fiberglass especially the fake ones. The strake really adds some class to the hood I think. This strake is actually replicated by glassing over 3/16 inch fuel line. I'm going to do the same on my trunk lid. I will grind off the louvers and then cut out this center section because this will be a functional scoop as well. I will then set in the new center section and blend it all together. Best part is that I can use existing new or re-chromed actual healey parts!

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