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Hillman Aero Minx restoration
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Richard H



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks amazing, top work.
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1935Hillman



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Location: Hampshire

PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MVPeters wrote:
1935Hillman wrote:
A slightly infuriating tale to relate also -
It had been inconvenient up until very recently to remove the door hinges to get them re-chromed. With the photo shoot looming a thought I ought to get them done so arranged with the platers to have them done two at a time in order that the doors could stay safely on the car.
I removed the top most pair - one from each side, and after putting them inside a padded mail bag I then put that bag inside a second padded bag and taped it up and mailed it off on a Saturday morning from my local post office. On Monday I received an email from the platers telling me that they had received one hinge in two ripped bags. Thank you so much Royal Mail. I now have five of a set of six original matching hinges. If anyone is thinking of mailing anything irreplaceable then please do heed my hard learned lesson and take out guaranteed delivery. The insurance itself isn't that important because many items are all but impossible to value and if given a true value then disproportionately costly to insure.
My brilliant local engineer John, without whom my restoration would have been a lot more difficult can make me a new hinge but he is of course in high demand and it will not be a quick turnaround. GGGGGGRRRRRRRRR!


Is it naive to suggest that the Postal service could easily trace the route your package took?
There's a Hillman door hinge sitting in a 'Lost & Found' box in a Post Office somewhere.

I have tried this approach but unfortunately am always directed to Royal Mail's 'claims service' and having started this process quickly discovered that I don't meet the criteria and financial recompense is not what I need. Thank you for the suggestion though Very Happy
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MikeG



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Location: Cheshire/Staffordshire Border

PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you can buy Chromed replacment hinges undrilled.Possibly from Paul Beck.
I went down this route before repairing my hinges prior to rechroming
Mike
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1935Hillman



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike,
Unfortunately not chromed and also a different thickness and weight so would not line up with the others without packing out.
Thanks
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1935Hillman



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By request some images of a few items of automobilia in the workshop. I do have some other nice signs in the garage but would be better shown with the car out. Perhaps at the weekend if the weather is OK.





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1935Hillman



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, an image of the hand carved and polished stops for my sliding roof rails. Really easy but made much easier with a band saw which cut the shape very nicely and polisher.

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troutrunner



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the pics. of the signs, you have some nice ones there, I love the pictorial Dunlop Fort one, a real beautiful sign.

As you are interested in signs an that sort of stuff, if you are a farcebook visitor try this page, if you have not already been there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1445426679111551/
Vintage Petroliana & Automobilia UK

A lot of nice bits go through here daily, it's mainly collectors showing their prized possessions.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Paul, I'll take a look right now
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're into Automobilia you'll love it, I have a look most nights and it has push a button for the bug of adding to my existing collection of various bits and bobs.
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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Dunlop sign is superb and would look lovely in any workshop!
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1935Hillman



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also love the Dunlop sign but largely due to it being printed and not enamel is a type that is not that highly prized.
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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not enamel then, so its printed still on tin i presume? Its lovely and its in such good readable condition. I have a couple of signs in my shed but over the years have sold on some that I wish I hadn't😞
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1935Hillman



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So many things we all wish we still had. Over the years I have parted with many things that I almost instantly regretted.

There is one on ebay currently too, as it happens

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Old-Dunlop-Fort-Tires-Original-Tin-Sign-Vintage-No-Enamel-Oil-Can-No-8/232653211940?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a nice sign, even dented and chipped etc the colours are still very vibrant.

I had a large double sided Fina petrol sign years back, the condition was superb. I let it go as I needed to fund some work on one of the cars. Shame looking back on it now.
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1935Hillman



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another picture of the collection with the Aero tourer nestled down among them.

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