Tons of new and used Healey parts

I am seeking the advice of the British Sportscar aficionados out there to resolve a problem that I have encountered.
As many will know I used to own and operate Precision Sportscar and our speciality was Big Healeys. At the peak of the business, in the mid eighties, we had 8 full time employees and occupied a 12000 sq. ft. building. During the 23 years that I ran the business we accumulated a huge inventory of new and used parts. I used to pride myself that we had a parts order fill rate of something like 95% and our used parts inventory was well organized and very complete.
Unfortunately the early 90’s were a really tough time in the British Sportscar business and we were forced to diversify. To keep the doors open I started Magicare, an automotive service business devoted specifically to Chrysler minivans, at a time when one vehicle in eight on Ontario roads was a Caravan or Voyager. The idea was quite successful but unfortunately with my enthusiasm for British Sportscars in general and Austin Healeys in particular I quickly discovered that I didn’t want to be the manager of a general repair facility.

By the time the Healey business improved sufficiently to support a specialized business I was pretty burned out from the rigors of day to day servicing of kiddie carriers and when the opportunity to sell the business came along I sold it off.

Since then the business has changed and evolved, as businesses must do, and as a result I now have ended up still owning the inventory of British car parts.

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The problem I have now is…what to do with the inventory?

 

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We are not talking about a couple of shelves of used bits here. The new parts had an original purchase cost of around $200K and the used parts occupy three 40 foot trailers. Despite having been picked over for the last few years there are still hundreds and hundreds of useful parts in there and I’m very loath to send them off to the scrap man.
To give you some idea from memory in the used parts there are at least 40 Healey doors, not to mention Sprite MGB TR4 – 6 and Spitfire, probably 40 – 50 shrouds, dozens of  fenders and piles of top frames, gearboxes, engines, windshield frames, differentials and on and on and on. The new parts include what is left of everything that you could imagine would ever be asked for in the way of service or over-the-counter parts. We never stocked upholstery but there are tops, tonneaus, exhaust parts, windshields, brake cylinders kits and hoses, distributor parts generators, bearings, rings, gaskets set, etc, etc,  etc.

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I have tried to sell off stuff on eBay but quite frankly that has been only marginally successful because of a lack of time and enthusiasm on my part and the sheer volume makes that look like a very daunting task. I’m definitely not interested in selling off individual parts one at a time because my life has moved on.
So guys, what to do with all this stuff!! Don’t send me requests for this or that part, I won’t answer but if anyone out there has an idea for how to get rid of the lot in one go let me know before someone out there must be able to use this treasure trove.

About Michael

Who is this guy? Born in New Zealand some time back. Went to Maori Hill Primary School then Kaikorai Valley High before joining the RNZAF and an Airman Cadet in 1968. Graduated 1972 with an NZCE in Aeronautical Engineering. Then embarked on the typical Kiwis "Big Trip Overseas". Got to see quite a few places, and spent a while in the U.K. "home" as it was refered to by many New Zealanders in those days, before travelling on to New York and then to Canada by bus!! This trip is presently on hold (has been for the last 34 years). Met my dear wife Judy not long after arriving in Ontario and we have been happily married since 1976. After travelling around New Zealand and the pacific in 1979 I started Precision Sportscar andfor the next 23 years grew the business and helped raise 2 boys Drew and Robin.
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19 Responses to Tons of new and used Healey parts

  1. Mitch Simmons says:

    Hello Michael,

    I might be interested in ALL your parts,do you have a figure in mind? I have been thinking of starting a part time venture. I am in the construction trades and work is very slow now. I am looking for something to supplement my income. perhaps we could work something out that would be beneficial to both of us. I am in the detriot area and have the means to move all the inventory to my location quickly. plmk what ideas you have on this… thanks a million! Mitch

  2. nathan york says:

    I am interested in everything. How much?

  3. nathan york says:

    interested, but need a price and a general inventory

    405-420-6996

  4. Michael says:

    I’m grateful to all who have offered suggestions and expressed interest. When the weather warms up a bit in Toronto I will spend a couple of days putting together an inventory of the used parts and send copies to all who are interested. I will send a message to the Healey newsgroup when the inventory list is ready.

  5. David says:

    Michael,
    Hire a college kid to put the stuff on e-bay or load into shipping containers and send to UK as the Unser Bros. did with their old stock.
    need to talk to you anyway, drop me a line regular e-mail when you have a moment.
    Porter

  6. Adam Booth says:

    Michael
    I would also be interested in the parts but like the rest need a copy of the inventory and price
    Look forward to hereing from you
    Adam

  7. Mark says:

    Let me put a invenory list together and sell it for you.Drop me a line for further talks.

    Mark

  8. Tom Johnson says:

    Michael,
    I own an MGB and MGC-GT and would be interested in speaking about your MG inventory. Let me know if you would be interested in selling off the MG portion of your inventory.
    Tom Johnson

  9. Ian says:

    Michael,
    I to am interested, but only in the 100/4 portion, an inventory and price would be appreciated
    Regards
    Ian

  10. Mike says:

    Michael

    I have a 1967 Healey 3000. I am looking for a front shroud and a grille surround. Thanks Mike

  11. Mike

    As you probably know, we’re in the British car business.
    Would you like an offer on the whole works?
    I’d like to come see your stuff.

    sincerely

    mike p

  12. Norma says:

    Michael,

    Where did your parts end up as I am looking for some late BJ8 steering/axle parts?

    Norman

  13. Neil Stewart says:

    Mike
    Hope all is well for you… do miss the old Precision …. well I have another Healey… 61 BT7 (plus a 73 jag V12 XKE.. and always looking for another project car)…. the old British sport cars have always had a special attraction for me…. Healeys and Jags in particular… Any idea what you want for all these parts…. you wouldn’t happen to have some kind of manifest for the stock?… probably doubtful as its been your salvage storage area.

    Always entertained and intrigued with parts and their possible uses…. anyway do you have a value in mind?… the problem now is new parts are available and not many people are rebuilding old parts.

    Hows the 100M is it still in your coral….

    Thx
    Neil

  14. I am also intrested in some BJ8 steering/axle parts. Can you tell me does your inventory include these?

    ———–
    Joshua Downes
    http://MyCarParts.com – The place to find car parts

  15. Michael says:

    Hi Joshua, I have a lot of BJ8 and other Healey suspension and steering parts. Contact me through the link at the top of the page and let me know what you are specifically looking for.

  16. Petter Moen says:

    A-arms and uprigths for bn2 or newer,can you make me an offer for this parts
    Regards
    Petter Moen

  17. Petter Moen says:

    Michael

    I like to order following parts (if available) :
    – Uprights for ex.Mk1 (discbrake !)L/R rebushed and crackt.
    – A-arm (BN2 or newer) L/R
    – Bracets for caliper
    – Hubs for steelwheels (discbrake)

    Give my the price and where to pay (VISA,Mastercard,etc )
    – Packing and carriage (cheap as possible, I dont need the pa
    rts rightaway, post,sea ???)
    – Regards
    Petter Moen
    RISKEGRENDA
    1352KOLSÅS
    NORWAY

  18. Al Watson says:

    Hi Michael
    I am looking for Ah Bn6 Motor and transmission , either one or both .
    Please let me know how much ..
    Thanks
    Al

  19. nelson says:

    please we need cylinder block for austin healey 100 4

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