[Healeys] Fwd: 1956 Austin-Healey 100M

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Fri Aug 3 07:34:57 MDT 2018

Yeah.  Thanks for clarifying.

Whether or not a 'character line' should carry over past a wheel well is 
still a matter of some contention in design circles; I've heard some 
somewhat heated discussions about the lines on, for instance, the new 
Mustang and Taurus.  Though not continuous, to the edge of the well, 
they are carried over.


On 8/3/2018 6:15 AM, Steven Kingsbury wrote:
> The paint job you're talking about here would look rather odd and I've 
> never seen one like that either. What I was talking about is the 
> actual swage line in the metal. My car is one color, as were most of 
> the early cars because as Gerry said, that's just the way the British 
> did them. The rear "wing" was smooth. No crease in the metal. That 
> made the two tone paint job more difficult as there was no line to 
> follow. And so Donald asked Gerry to design and show the body guys 
> where the crease should be made in the actual metal so painters would 
> have a built in line to follow.  Make sense now?
> Steven
> On Aug 03, 2018, at 02:27 AM, Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net> wrote:
>> 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.
>> Bob
>> 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
>>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> *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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