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  1. Based on the Revell kit, anyway. My original plan, many years ago, was to build it as something comparable to an AC Cobra - i.e. stick a small-block Ford (or Chevy) V8 in it, use some American alloy wheels, etc, so I ended up using the engine in something else. Then sometime later I read of the Healey replicas/kit cars that were built with other engines, like Nissan straight-6s, so I nicked a Nissan L24 from the spares box and decided to use that. I couldn't find any wire wheels that looked right, but had some left-over Minilites in about the right size. Then while researching 'big' Healeys I found I really liked the rally-prepared ones with the wing vents, modified grille, etc. So what I have built is an evocation of a rally-prepared Austin Healey, without being a model of any specific car. I drilled holes in the wing, tracing the outline of the vent, then when I was happy that I'd smoothed it off enough, cut plasticard strip to shape and added the vanes. The plain chrome headlamps from the kit were replaced with more realistic ones from the spares box, and the spotlights were originally 2CV headlamps. The rear over-riders were from a Gunze Sangyo Healey Sprite, I think. Inside, the dashboard is scratch-built (I also converted to right-hand drive) and the steering wheel is, I think, from either the Racing or Rally Tamiya mini. The roll-cage is semi scratch-built, and the belts are Eduard buckles on other, un-identified self-adhesive belts from the spares box. Oh, and I also used Jaguar independent rear suspension (from the 1/25 Revell kit), not that you can see this in the photos, which might explain the extra arch clearance at the rear. My excuse is that it's extra clearance for rallying... The number-plate decals I printed myself, the BMC ones are from a Tamiya Mini (should really be 'Safety Fast' ones!) and many more photos here: http://smg.photobucket.com/user/TimV69/library/Models/1964%20Austin%20Healey%203000%20Rally%20Replica Tim
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