[Healeys] 100 air cleaner decals

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Sun Oct 2 14:22:01 MDT 2016

Hi Michael,

Yes, how hard is it indeed. I have followed your saga with the horn
rims and feel your frustration. Some might say there is a small
fortune to be made in accurately reproducing old car parts, the only
proviso is that you have a much bigger fortune to begin with.

I must confess that I'm not making these for a 100, nor even a Healey.
There was an aluminium head conversion called a "Raymond Mays"
available for the Dagenham six cylinder and it used Healey 100 air
cleaners on the carbs tipped up at 45 degrees so they are the first
thing you see. It will bug me far more than the cost of doing a proper
repro if I have to look at the current offerings every time I open the

The cost to make a thousand is a bit under $2/each, the cost to make
ten is a bit under $30/each. Although I have had a few requests for
small quantities, I'm only interested in selling them all as one
shipment. I'll try some of the suppliers suggested but I think it will
be just a few that get made in the end.


On 10/3/16, Michael Salter <michaelsalter at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Andy,
> Like you I too have been regularly frustrated by the quality of parts
> available.
> [image: Inline image 1]
> How hard it it to make it RIGHT!!!!!!!
> However, I recommend that unless you have money to burn, tread lightly.
> *First* check this reproduction
> http://www.ahead4healeys.co.uk/DECAL---AIR-FILTER-id4963.aspx
> It looks a lot better that the ones that I have purchased in the past
> (above).
> *Second* consider what happened to me with the reproduction of early horn
> rims. (Not my first experience in this BTW).
> http://www.netbug.net/blogmichael/?p=1335
> I have been completely unsuccessful in trying to sell these to the usual
> suspects at below my cost (too expensive they say) they want to pay no more
> than 20% of the retail price for parts!!!
> *Third* consider where the filter decals are installed on the car. They are
> almost impossible to see when fitted and it would take a contortionist to
> actually distinguish a repro from an original during a concours inspection.
> Unfortunately, to my cost, I have learned that the vast majority of people
> are far from discerning when it comes to the fine details, not how it
> should be perhaps, but how it is!!!
> Just sayin,
> Michael S
> BN1 #174
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