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Commer racing car transporter (1950)
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Rick
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:13 pm    Post subject: Commer racing car transporter (1950) Reply with quote

Afternoon all,

Property values in the area plummet, as another old race car transporter arrives at OCC HQ Smile

On collection day:


Story and more photos here:
http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/commer-transporter.htm

RJ
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

utterly fantastic rick!
I think you need to have an open day for enthusiasts to view!!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow - fantastic indeed. I have always loved the styling of those Commers.
Great to hear it has found a sympathetic owner.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Rick, that should keep you busy until christmas (2025)

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to following you on this one ...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic find Rick - are you now the only serial collector of classic race car transporters?

Look forward to progress but if it takes as long as the Dodge I will be well into my eighties before I can see it!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian M wrote:
Fantastic find Rick - are you now the only serial collector of classic race car transporters?

Look forward to progress but if it takes as long as the Dodge I will be well into my eighties before I can see it!


Smile

It may be a candidate for doing the bits of bodywork that are required, and oily-ragging the rest, time will tell. It shouldn't need the level of work that jolly green giant #1 needed .... in theory. The future for the Westminster isn't looking as optimistic sadly.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
The future for the Westminster isn't looking as optimistic sadly.RJ

Can I ask why not?
It looks horrible now with all that grime but there is no visible rust. If it is not rusted in a bad way then it deserves to survive.
If it is scrap can I have the front wings Very Happy
Probably will end up as a banger Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

badhuis wrote:
Rick wrote:
The future for the Westminster isn't looking as optimistic sadly.RJ

Can I ask why not?
It looks horrible now with all that grime but there is no visible rust. If it is not rusted in a bad way then it deserves to survive.
If it is scrap can I have the front wings Very Happy
Probably will end up as a banger Sad


There was a fair bit of rot around the car, the driver's side was particularly rusty - maybe saveable, but I believe someone (a Healey owner & racer) has bought it for the engine.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Commer is a lovely find Rick. I presume it has the upright 6 cylinder petrol or has a Perkins conversion?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rootes75 wrote:
The Commer is a lovely find Rick. I presume it has the upright 6 cylinder petrol or has a Perkins conversion?


Hi, it has a straight six ohv Commer/Humber engine, I think a replacement for the sidevalve that it probably began life with.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting Commer, Rick. I'm glad it is no longer a Full Stop! It will be fascinating to see how the restoration progresses. You are a bold man taking on another oversize job!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! like it Smile

I think the first job may involve some building construction work?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How on earth did you find it? Its not the sort of thing that gets advertised often?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rootes75 wrote:
How on earth did you find it? Its not the sort of thing that gets advertised often?


The story can be found at the link posted in the first post (this one: http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/commer-transporter.htm), basically there was mention and a tiny photo of it posted on another forum (they do exist apparently) a couple of years ago. I've kept tabs on it from afar since then. When I heard through the grapevine that many cars at the farm were going for the chop, I got in touch with the owner's son once again.

Dave - yes, things are in motion on that front Smile

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