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1932 Austin Seven RN "Jo"
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Jason



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lovely car richard, I'd quite like an austin 7 myself

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got Jo out yesterday for the first run of 2011. Very Happy

Took it down to East Beach at Shoeburyness. Very cold!





















Note the Boyce Motometer on the radiator, picked up at Vange for a bargain 15!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely car Richard! It looks very smart indeed.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would look good with an R A C badge.
I'll have to sort it out and get it to you RH
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FrazzleTC wrote:
Lovely car Richard! It looks very smart indeed.


Thank you Fraser! Close up there's imperfections all over the place, it was restored in 1998 and not all the work was done to the best standard! But it hasn't let my dad down yet (although he's only done 100 miles or so in it in a year of ownership!)


Roger-hatchy wrote:
Would look good with an R A C badge.
I'll have to sort it out and get it to you RH


Thanks very much Roger, very nice of you Smile
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Rick
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's a comfortable cruising "speed" in a 7? just curious really as the MM is happiest at 30-35mph, much more and things get a bit frantic Smile

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Keith D



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glorious little car Richard! I bet you thoroughly enjoyed the drive. Don't worry about imperfections, it's a motor car not an oil painting! Cars were meant to be driven and JO certainly looks very nice to me!

Rick; assuming flat roads, we usually drive at 35-40 mph in our Sevens. However, if the traffic is heavy, then great care is needed to maintain a decent distance between vehicles as the brakes are not anywhere near modern standards! Also approach traffic lights with extreme caution as Sevens do not like stopping in a hurry when lights change against you!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty much the same Rick. Jo cruises at between 30-35mph, I think we have had 40 out of her a couple of times but that is pushing it a bit!

My dad's Ruby on the other hand, would cruise happily at 40mph+, although that has the later three bearing engine and a four-speed gearbox with synchromesh, as opposed to Jo's three speed with no synchromesh.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I notice with the MM that progress dips rapidly whenever an incline rears its head, requiring some deft foot- and hand-work to find a lower gear before momentum is lost altogether...

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Richard H



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep that's the same! Also by the time you've double-declutched from second into top all momentum has been lost and it takes ages to pick back up again Smile

Oh the joys of vintage cars! I hope to buy my own one eventually, possibly a Standard 10/Flying Standard 8/12/14 or an Austin 10 Cambridge/12/16 Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 8 takes a while to warm up and when it does get warmed up it will keep up with the slower local traffic. Probably around 45mph but it does roll around cornering.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi! To add a postscript to this thread I am buying Jo from the present owner, not Richard H, and will shortly move her to the Isle of Wight where I live. Previously I was this car's 3rd owner and had many a happy drive with her in the 1960s. Sadly I had to part with her then, but am expecting a very happy reunion and good times with Isle of Wight Austins. Mike J Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rvdmikej wrote:
Hi! To add a postscript to this thread I am buying Jo from the present owner, not Richard H, and will shortly move her to the Isle of Wight where I live. Previously I was this car's 3rd owner and had many a happy drive with her in the 1960s. Sadly I had to part with her then, but am expecting a very happy reunion and good times with Isle of Wight Austins. Mike J Very Happy


Excellent, keep us updated Smile

RJ

PS welcome to the forum
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will do and thanks for the welcome.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent news. I'll let my dad know it's back in good hands!

Fancy it turning up after all these years! You must be thrilled to have it back Smile
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