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1958 Austin A35 - garage find.
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:01 pm    Post subject: 1958 Austin A35 - garage find. Reply with quote

I heard about this A35 from a chap at the Chelmer Valley Car Meet, and as it was just 10 minutes away it made sense to follow it up.















The story goes something like this, in 1976ish the seller was working at the original dealership this car was sold at, Frost Brothers in Hornchurch, when the elderly owner came in looking to sell his A35. Although the boss wasn't interested because it was too old, the seller was, and he used it for about a year before storing it with the intention of his son learning to drive in it, but that never happened, and it has sat in the lockup garage ever since. It was MOT'd in 1987, but not used.

It is in very very good condition under the dust and I am currently in negotiations with the seller, it is one of the best original A35's I have ever seen, 30,500ish miles on the clock, never been welded and still with most of its original paint. Might be another one to add to the collection, lets hope so, if so this will be a joint purchase with Dad Smile

Hope you like the pictures Very Happy


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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just how we all like to find them eh!! Smile

If you don't go through with it, pls let me know as a four door would be quite handy.

Good luck with the negotiations!!

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If we don't come to an agreement over price then of course I will pass on his details to you Rick, I am quite hopeful, as although the first price the seller mentioned was way above what it was worth he said he was sure we could come to a deal and 'everything is negotiable Richard mate'.

If I do buy it who knows, maybe 990 BKN will be up for grabs, not nearly as tidy as this one though! Sadly she has started misfiring badly, must be the thought of replacing her has hurt her feelings Wink so that needs to be sorted out.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great find Wink
Is nice there still is thoose kind of finds around the world Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I phoned the seller today and made a very reasonable offer, which he accepted! That includes delivery as well, which would be difficult due to the fact the lockup where the car is stored is down a very narrow alleyway, the brakes are seized, and the tyres are flat and don't look like they would hold air. Anyway all being well it should get delivered here sometime next week Very Happy

Oh and sorted out the running of 990 BKN, turned out to be the coil breaking down, fitted a new one and it's as good as new!
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget to take some pics as it gets dragged out of the garage for the first time - look forward to seeing the updates Smile

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
Don't forget to take some pics as it gets dragged out of the garage for the first time - look forward to seeing the updates Smile

R


I will certainly try to Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad that you didn't take the registration letters as a hint!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PAUL BEAUMONT wrote:
Glad that you didn't take the registration letters as a hint!! Laughing
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"NO, no, stay away, you're not having me!"

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done mate
New you'd grab it Very Happy

Rob has just bought a Spitfire Mk 3
Due for delivery this afternoon

Be in my garage to night, till he make room in his barn.

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Nic Jarman



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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Richard. I think the window rubber might need replacing.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roger - You know me, it just had to be followed up! Very Happy Any pics of the Spitfire?

Nic - the windscreen seal is shot although all the other rubber seals are in good condition - especially the hard to replace and expensive quarterlight seals, which I checked specifically.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great find there Rich!!
there were so many of these little austins over here and now you rarely see one, maybe at a classic car show or meet!!
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bob Smile Good ones are, as you say, getting very rare.

I've been thinking about what the A35 will need, any suggestions greatly received Smile

Plan is to recommission sympathetically, only respraying/repairing the bodywork where it is neccessary.

Things to do:

- Good wash, T-cut and polish.
- New crossply tyres and repainted wheels all round.
- Drop the sump and clean out old gunge, also check oil pressure relief valve.
- A damn good service, grease up, new battery and exhaust.
- New seat straps.
- Weld small hole at the base of N/S front wing.
- Repair and uncover the original mats, hopefully they are salvageable.
- New/resleeved brake cylinders all round, this is going to be the expensive part, there is one new wheel cylinder in the boot although the rest will have to be sourced. Bleed the brakes.
- New steering box probably as there was a fair amount of play in the steering, and from my experience this leads to an unpleasant ride.
- Check the fuel tank, may have to remove and flush it through if it is that bad, I am hoping I can get away with a fuel filter though.
- Check all the lights etc, work.
- Mot.
- And lastly, make a trip to Chelmsford DVLA to change the taxation class to Historic Vehicle!

No doubt there will be more things though! It certainly is not going to be cheap, but well worth it in the end Very Happy

Richard.
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the steering box not adjustable on these (I can't remember the setup on A30/A35/A40s offhand) ?

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