[Healeys] Fwd: 1956 Austin-Healey 100M

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Thu Aug 2 20:41:36 MDT 2018

OK, now I'm even more confused than usual; I have never seen any 
two-tone car with the bottom color stopped at the rear wheel well (is 
that what we're talking about?).  That would be sorta like the early 
'Vettes, which had a small, oval 'cove' that looped from the front wheel 
well back to in front of the rear wheel well and back.

I can attest that, even with the swage line, it is difficult to get a 
smooth, continuous line from behind the front wheel well to the back of 
the rear shroud.


On 8/2/2018 3:21 PM, WILLIAM B LAWRENCE wrote:
> I've seen a few cars with the two tone extended to the rear of the 
> fender (sorry wing) with varying results. It has to be tough to get 
> the right line without the swage.
> Bill Lawrence
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> *From:* Steven Kingsbury <airtightproductions at icloud.com>
> *Sent:* Thursday, August 2, 2018 10:10:58 PM
> *Cc:* Bob Spidell; healeys at autox.team.net
> *Subject:* Re: [Healeys] Fwd: 1956 Austin-Healey 100M
> I remember talking with Gerry Coker about this in an interview I did 
> with him. He also told me about the design of bringing the swage line 
> past the rear wheel opening. He thought it should end at the opening, 
> but since folks wanted to two tone the cars and needed a line to 
> follow, Donald asked him to continue the line and send his suggestions 
> to the body makers.  And the rest as they say, is history. But if you 
> notice the early cars do not have a swage line that flows past the 
> rear wheel opening.
> S
> On Aug 02, 2018, at 02:11 PM, WILLIAM B LAWRENCE <ynotink at msn.com> wrote:
>> Steven,
>> If you have a copy of the Austin Healey 100 service manual take a 
>> look at the very first factory illustration on page iii. It shows the 
>> correct installation. The story is that Gerry Coker was looking for a 
>> detail to break the slab sided aspect of the car by emphasizing the 
>> sweep of the swage line to enhance the overall design. He found the 
>> shape he wanted by breaking one of his long, narrow pen nibs in half 
>> and using that for his model. To place the blunt end of the spear 
>> forward would be counter to the overall aesthetic he was looking for. 
>> I think of it as an arrow or a spear in flight.
>> My opinion, but evidently the manufacturer's also.
>> Bill Lawrence
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