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Austin A30 Van found,purchased and its life story.
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ukdave2002



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to have all that history, now the dilemma of how to restore it sympathetically Confused ....will you maintain the rear windows, or were they original?

Dave
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote












You might say that a vehicle needs wax oiling underneath but this takes the biscuit.
How can the Mot inspector make a proper judgement about the bodyshell underneath this lot.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



The original wheels and tyres had been on the van so long the tyres had perished.

I had a set of wheels beadblasted,prepared,sprayed in 2 pack paint and new tyres fitted sitting in the corner of the workshop,so these were fitted.



Even the insides of the hubcaps were caked in grease and waxoil.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
gresham flyer wrote:
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You might say that a vehicle needs wax oiling underneath but this takes the biscuit.
How can the Mot inspector make a proper judgement about the bodyshell underneath this lot.


Well it's immaterial now isn't it?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gresham, a nice addition to your fleet of very well maintained cars!!
This week I saw a green A30 saloon in a similar state and still being used!!

By the way I have sent you a couple of private messages with regards to the zenith carb you mentioned you've got stored, the one needed by a friend of mine for his vauxhall.
Are you still up on the offer of selling it?
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Phil Lincoln



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:40 am    Post subject: Bassets Garage Reply with quote

Sorry for delay in posting a reply on this article,only just found it.
In a previous life as an apprentice mechanic at Ralph Hardy & Co in Halifax,I used to spend Sundays riding with the Boss in his Rolls Royce Silver Cloud to Bassets garage as he was the owner .
We would have a pie and a pint in the local pub and then I would depart behind the wheel of a MK4 Zodiac or even a new Jag that had been supplied to a new customer in Halifax.
Great days, a seventeen year old behind the wheel of such cars and driving through Glossop and over the tops into Huddersfield.
Life didnt get much better then.
Regards to all. Phil.
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gresham flyer



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took her out on Saturday for a good run,the first real trip apart from up and down the drive to try things out.
She drove very well,just shows how well the van was cared for in the past before being laid up in a garage.

Apart from servicing her nothing has been done to the van,apart from removing all the waxoil and preservative from the paintwork.

I have left her in that original look, I normally fully restore my vehicles upon purchase but thought better of it this time.
I have noticed at shows during the past year more vehicles are turning up in barn find or garage found condition.
Makes a change from full blown restored vehicles.
















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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fab just like it is Cool

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ukdave2002



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gresham flyer wrote:
I have left her in that original look, I normally fully restore my vehicles upon purchase but thought better of it this time.
I have noticed at shows during the past year more vehicles are turning up in barn find or garage found condition.
Makes a change from full blown restored vehicles.]


Hi totally agree Very Happy , any vehicle can be restored, but there are very few left in original condition and still roadworthy . Last year at a car show in Manchester the Morris register had 4 cars, 2 restored and 2 unrestored (including my Z van) and a Series E. The unrestored vehicels got far more attention than the nice clean polished restored stuff Very Happy.
They are the 2 on the LHS of this pic;



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice little van! Very Happy
So, now that the Austin Van is on the road...
you won't need the morris J van anylonger.. :p
Why not sell it to me haha Laughing

Good job!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The J Type van has gone a while ago.
It`s new owner was going to restore it for use at country shows etc to promote the owners organic farm business.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gresham flyer wrote:
The J Type van has gone a while ago.
It`s new owner was going to restore it for use at country shows etc to promote the owners organic farm business.

Gresham Flyer



ooh that sounds good! Very Happy
Haha, I wish I bought it.. if you ever found one again, let me now! :p
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I could,but they are so rare and hard to find.

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JC T ONE



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ukdave2002 wrote:
gresham flyer wrote:
I have left her in that original look, I normally fully restore my vehicles upon purchase but thought better of it this time.
I have noticed at shows during the past year more vehicles are turning up in barn find or garage found condition.
Makes a change from full blown restored vehicles.]


Hi totally agree Very Happy ,
any vehicle can be restored, but there are very few left in original condition and still roadworthy .

Dave


Hi you 2 , can only add to that Cool its amazing to see a timewarp machine like this Cool

Could you post a closeup of that beautifull badge on the rear door ?



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