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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    This car was built locally to me in Massachusetts. I'm surprised they didn't show it with the top up as it's been chopped a few inches. Friends of the owner told me he had a small trailer he'd tow down and back to Florida each winter with it. I was asked what I thought it was worth and not surprisingly gave an estimate considerably lower than today's ask. I have a picture of it with the top raised. I'll try to find it.
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    I hope this doesn't offend any one but that is truly fugly. As the French say, "Chacun à son goût." I've never played basket ball with a lowered hoop because I'm only (well, really was only) 5'8". I suppose if I'd felt like doing that nobody would have stopped me. But if I'd bought a Van Gogh and adjusted it with rattle can paint, I believe I'd be scorned and perhaps rightfully. I hope he enjoyed it throughly, but glad I was not the neighbor. That thing is like an earworm song. Once you see it you can't un-see it.
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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    Even worse with top up.

    Are the two hood straps required to keep all those horses in place?

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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    I can never unsee that!��

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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    Looks like he kept the original gauges except for the tachometer. Isn't getting the exhaust routed out one of the main challenges of a V-8 conversion? Well the builder was up to the challenge!

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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    I love the last line of the ad, "*We highly recommend each car is inspected by a third party prior to purchase."

    A third party? You mean, because if you see it for yourself you'll run the other way!
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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    Quote Originally Posted by glemon View Post
    Looks like he kept the original gauges except for the tachometer. Isn't getting the exhaust routed out one of the main challenges of a V-8 conversion? Well the builder was up to the challenge!
    I asked the friends of the owner why he routed the headers that way I was told that was the only way he could figure out how to do it.
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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    I was thinking "It's not THAT bad" until I got to the pictures of the interior. Get out the welder's goggles.

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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    What would Donald say??

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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    I agree it's hideous. As far as the exhaust, it looks like maybe there was no other choice - the text of the ad says the floors were lowered and the pictures of the interior do look like the seats are much lower than stock. If they sheeted across the bottom of the outriggers, there would be no where to put mufflers which forced the side pipes? Just a guess.

    The top-down pictures remind me of VW Beetle converts that you could not see out the back of. If it was a roadster where you just removed the top, and if the interior was like stock, and if it didn't have the side pipes, and if it had a different paint job, this might be acceptable....

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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    Quote Originally Posted by red57 View Post
    If it was a roadster where you just removed the top, and if the interior was like stock, and if it didn't have the side pipes, and if it had a different paint job, this might be acceptable....
    And if my aunt had special-order-3-1-8-germblock-antimicrobial-ball-p.jpg she'd be my uncle.
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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    The first pipe on each side is dark, therefore the rest are dummies. So that's phony too.

    He should have figured out a way to cover the real wire wheels with basket wheel covers.
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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    How am I supposed to eat dinner after seeing that?
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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    I am the third party. On a plane in the morning.....
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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    Editor Reid,
    I have to say au contraire and thank you. I actually fretted over not being able to put l' accent grave and l'accent circonflexe over the appropriate letters in my post. I still have no clue how to accomplish that feat and I am happy to see your attention to detail bears truth to the title of "Editor". I didn't notice until now that my lazyness had been corrected. When I went back and read my post and saw the corrections I thought it must have been some new form of autocorrect I was not familiar with. Then I saw your comment. I almost spritzed my after dinner coffee. You da man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roscoe View Post
    Editor Reid,
    I have to say au contraire and thank you. I actually fretted over not being able to put l' accent grave and l'accent circonflexe over the appropriate letters in my post. I still have no clue how to accomplish that feat and I am happy to see your attention to detail bears truth to the title of "Editor". I didn't notice until now that my laziness had been corrected. When I went back and read my post and saw the corrections I thought it must have been some new form of autocorrect I was not familiar with. Then I saw your comment. I almost spritzed my after dinner coffee. You da man.
    Thanks for noticing. French is my second language (although some might say that English is) and I do try to defend its honor. Carry on.
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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post
    The first pipe on each side is dark, therefore the rest are dummies. So that's phony too.
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    Good observation, Steve. Wonder if the car has cast iron manifolds with a single outlet going to the header? It would be interesting to see some detail of the exhaust routing. The car had been advertised by the builder on Craigslist a few years ago and he also had some hot rods and customs up for sale that he had built to his own taste. A lot of work had to go into this and despite it not being what most of us would do, he must have got a lot of enjoyment from it and isn't this the point of Healeys?
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    Re: Hide the Women and Children

    Rick--

    You said: "A lot of work had to go into this and despite it not being what most of us would do, he must have got a lot of enjoyment from it and isn't this the point of Healeys?"

    So if I could afford to buy the Mona Lisa would it be okay if I added a mustache?

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