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Life in Canada with a 1930's Austin car.

Dwain kindly got in touch, with his memories of owning and driving a 1930's Austin saloon in Canada.
Classic Austin car from 1936
I've been searching various web sites in the UK for two years for the car of my teens, it being sold as a 1936 Austin 10. Looking at models of that year I was unable to find an exact match.
The difference being it had a 4" x 6" square vent in the roof over the footwell area of the rear seat . It had rods for brakes, three side doors in the bonnet, a parking brake between the front seats, and windscreen wipers on top of the windscreen with a hand-operated over-ride to move them. The windscreen opened from the bottom, not by the screw method. The bumpers in the picture are from American cars, narrowed to make them fit. The tail lights are from a 1951 Ford, stuck onto the side of the boot. The car's paint was green with black wings, and it had green seats.
As I was working at a car body shop, I had it painted in three colors:- the bottom half was black. Around the side windows and over bonnet was pink, with roof down over the boot in white. In the picture it is in primer, with decals from kitchen cabinet doors - a thing that was all the rage in the 1950s.
Now on to the fun things that happened to me with this fun car. At that time I had a girl friend, who became my wife of now 50 years. One night on the way home, the Austin would not go up a hill, it just spluttered then quit. I got Shirley to drive, I lifted bonnet and sat on the wing, hand-priming the petrol pump to the top of the hill, then on our merry way.
Next episode concerned a core plug losing water .Where we stopped, a person had a hedge so we simply cut off a branch, and whittled it down to fit in tightly, plugging the hole. Now, Vancouver has the rain-season in Fall, which it was at that time. They had run-off ditches for the run off water, so I filled the radiator using a Coke bottle and on we went on our way.
The 6 volt batteries were each located under the front seat. The battery boxes had rusted out as a result of going through puddles in dips in the road, so the water used to come in. With one particularly deep puddle I told Shirley to lift her feet. Unfortunately she didn't do it fast enough so had two wet feet.
At one time I put it up on two wheels while driving along, when it came down again it broke the transmission mounts leaving it to swing sideways. I got this fixed, and had no more trouble. With my father being a mechanic, between the two of us it was readily repaired no matter what happened to it.
I then bought a 1948 Austin 10, with an Austin 7 or maybe it was an 8, for parts. This one had a flame job on the bonnet. I drove it for one year then bought a 1950 Austin station wagon, and after that a later 1956 Austin car. I love your site, fantastic
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