[Healeys] Wood top bow

John Spaur jmsdarch at sbcglobal.net
Sun Dec 15 22:35:38 MST 2019

My dad made one for my BT7 about 18 years ago. I think it took him two tries with different pieces of wood to get it close to right and he was an excellent wood craftsman. I had to do some work to shape it while fitting it. It is a complex compound curve. It can be done with patience and attention to detail. If it is not completely correct it will place too much stress on the windshield frame and break the windshield. I did not break my windshield, I was just observant and very careful.


From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of richard mayor
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2019 1:45 PM
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Subject: [Healeys] Wood top bow


Has anyone made their own wood top bow?  As I'm getting ready to order a new wood top bow for my BN7, and seeing the price, I wondered if I could make my own. I have my own little wood shop, band saw, table saw, router, etc. 

I have not yet disassembled the old top.  I was leaving that up to the upholstery shop so they could see how it all goes together. But then I thought, how hard could it be to make one myself?   A 4 foot 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" stick of white oak will cost me about $20.00.

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