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1958 Austin A35 2 door restoration
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:00 pm    Post subject: 1958 Austin A35 2 door restoration Reply with quote

Last week I was browsing the Freeads section of the A30/35 site, as you do, when I spotted an advert for an A35 project for sale in Brighton. The man selling it had owned it since 1982, and started to restore it in 1995 when he had to stop work for various reasons, and it's been in the garage since then. It was delivered on a trailer this afternoon, and I'm happy to say, I don't think it's quite past it Wink





That's the original front wing, it's not bad but I haven't decided to refit it yet as (surprisingly) the fibreglass one is a good fit. There's plenty of repair sections with the car.



Interior is pretty tatty, but it's all there. Door cards are good













This looks a bit iffy, it's all solid as far as I can see but the filler needs reshaping



Connected up a battery and after cleaning some connections at the fuse box got all the electrics working, apart from the heater motor and horn, both bad connections I imagine.



Looking through the paperwork it had a very expensive partial restoration at A30-35 specialists Bedworth Car Valet in 1989 which involved repairs to the front panel, inner wings and new sills. It's also got resleeved brakes all round which surprisingly work fine, if a little sticky. And as a bonus I found 8.69 in one of the ashtrays!

Going to attempt to fire it up at the weekend Very Happy


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Aar0sc



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well somebody's got an addiction!

Set fire to our A35 when we jumpstarted it... dunno how it happened, but I was terrified! (and about eight) Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cracking car Grommit!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That should keep you occupied for a few evenings Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great little project there Richard! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely little project! Good luck, and I look forward to reading the updates.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice project,tow bar as well!
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ironhead wrote:
nice project,tow bar as well!


I think the next project will have to be a tiny vintage caravan Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keef wrote:
Great little project there Richard! Smile


Much cheaper than that one in Dartford too, this one was 250...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard H wrote:

Much cheaper than that one in Dartford too, this one was 250...


I don't think the one here was over-priced from what I saw and you said about the condition.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe not the starting price, but it sold for 1200 Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard H wrote:
Maybe not the starting price, but it sold for 1200 Confused


Someone after the plate no doubt. Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Small update

Got the front of the engine stripped down, everything was seized up and very corroded. I ordered the parts I needed, then annoyingly, I noticed the little 'stub' that comes out of the cylinder head and the bypass hose goes onto, was all corroded away. Thinking of trying to bodge it with a piece of copper pipe and araldite.



Anyway we moved onto the rear wing, which as you remember looked like this when I got it.



The previous owner had started to cut out the rust and had bought a huge repair section, you can see his marker pen lines where he was going to cut to fit it in the picture. But I decided it could be repaired without having to cut out so much original metal.

At the end of Monday it looked like this:





Tuesday saw the outer arch fabricated and welded in.





And here's some shots taken this evening, it's not quite finished but is nearly there. I'm pretty chuffed with the way this has come out considering there was so little left of the original metal to guage the shape.





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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to see it moving along so quickly, wish I was that speedy Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good!

You'll be taking this up professionally soon. Smile
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