My friend Steve Thomton has an on-line gas strut business. So, it was only natural that he should come up with the bracketing and appropriate strut to install a strut in the boot of a Healey. As always, Steve’s work is of the highest quality. The components in Steve’s kit are remarkably well made. At the time I am writing this, he sells his kit for $129.00 which I consider a bargain. The kit consists of four primary components: the boot lid bracket, the shroud bracket, the shroud brace, and the strut with appropriate mounting hardware. Steve furnished excellent written instructions making the installation straight forward. Everything was in place and operational in under an hour.
I love this additional “personalization” of The Bloody Beast and would recommend it to everyone. It is so much more convenient than the folding rod as originally supplied.
This is a link to the instruction pdf: Trunk Gas Strut Install Instructions
These are the brackets fabricated by Steve:
These are the collar nuts and split washers used at the boot lid bracket:
These are installation images (the last one in Steve’s car ( I didn’t have the creativity to take a delayed shutter shot in the boot with the lid closed!)