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Finally finished my Healthways SCUBA restoration

Discussion in 'Vintage Diving & Equipment' started by Scuba Lawyer, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Contributor

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    Well, after a year of working on the damn thing I finally finished my HW SCUBA project. Special thanks to Rob at The Scuba Museum for the rubber parts, to Terry (whose Hope-Page conversion to 1.5" hoses I emulated), to BT for his pantyhose trick, to Phil for his exhaust clamp directions, and to all those who gave info on my/our exhaust issues. It has a cracking pressure of 1" H2O and breathes about as well as can be expected.

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    P.S. I started this project and felt compelled to finish it; however, I'll take my Mistral any day! :)

    @Sam Miller III
     
  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    pretty nice love the blue hoses
     
  4. snowdog61

    snowdog61 Solo Diver

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    a thing of beauty. well done sir
     
  5. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Fantastic !
    just about the only word that comes near to describing this restoration

    I never was and still no a fan of Healthways -- but your regulator could change my mind

    Happy for you ! Great Job

    SAM
     
  6. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Contributor

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    Thanks for all the positive comments.

    Sam, don't change your mind on my account. The only great breathing HW reg I have ever found is the Gold Label with its venturi assist. I acquired the HW SCUBA mixed in with a bunch of other regs I was given so had to at least try to make it a "diver" as opposed to a wall-hanger. Mark
     
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  7. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

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    Magnificent!
     
  8. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Looks almost too pretty to dive. You cheated with a modern mouth piece.
     
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  9. Scuba Lawyer

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    Yup. I'm not a perfectionist. I'm a get-as-close-as-possible(ist) and then call it a day. :) If anyone has a source for vintage mouthpieces I'd love to know it.
     
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  10. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    @CT-Rich
    Looks almost too pretty to dive. You cheated with a modern mouth piece.
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    I will save @Scuba Lawyer the time in responding

    The mouth piece is a 1950s Hope Page second edition non- return mouth piece produced by Healthways in LA California.

    Rory Page was the original designer, Charles Hope was Rory's investor= Hope Page
    The original unit was black and slightly different configuration r

    The unit in the picture was the second unit produced by Healthways owned by Richard Kline

    For additional informnation suggest refreeing to my 25 years old article in Historical Diver "Hope Springs Eternal"

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