[Healeys] 100 nose repair

John Spaur jmsdarch at sbcglobal.net
Tue Apr 2 22:53:13 MDT 2019

I bought a nose section from AH Spares in 2013. It fit really well. $1,300 USD plus $300 for shipping.


Unless one you replaces the entire shroud, I think it would be a bit funky to glue one on. Off the top of my head, I believe there would be too many issues with fit between the mold and the customers’ car, metal versus carbon fiber, different thicknesses and non-original materials. 


John Spaur

’62 BT7.


From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of S. Carr
Sent: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 11:13 AM
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Subject: [Healeys] 100 nose repair


It’s become clear that the nose of my BN1 was damaged far worse than I suspected.  (Now I know why the car had no front splash pan—no way would the right side of the nose have lined up with it!)  If Moss offered an aluminum repair panel I wouldn’t hesitate to spend the money, but it’s always listed as N/A.


The man now working on the car is an old-time race mechanic with contacts to a shop that makes custom carbon-fiber body panels.  If we could obtain a good shroud to use to make a mold, the cost of a carbon-fiber nose panel (attached to the main shroud with epoxy, as modern-car repair panels are) would not be unreasonable. Carbon fiber panels are much thinner than fiberglass, and would be indistinguishable—under paint—from aluminum.


What does the list think?  Would there be enough demand for such carbon-fiber nose panels to justify making a mold?  Or—in addition or in the alternative—making a buck on which a damaged nose could be worked back into shape?


Sarah Carr

BN1 in PA

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