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#1 OFFLINE   doobietoo

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 04:01 PM

Bought this sight unseen off Ebay for the princely sum of £871.......

 

 

 

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all the brakes work but I was going to get them overhauled before she drove it, it drives nicely but needs an interior, exhaust, sills welding and paint job but will be a very easy project for someone

 

I think he missed out a comer after sills as in addition to sills it needs welding to the front floors, rear floors, front crossmember inner wheel arches front and back and a couple of other places, oh and the rear brakes don't work at all....

 

Not too fussed really as being a 1959 model its MOT and Tax free and the insurance quote was £73 for a year .....

Its coming home on Monday and once the brakes are fixed its off to get welded up, once a large amount of A35 shaped metal has been delivered.....luckily pretty much every panel and repair patch is not only readily available but is cheap to buy...


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 04:05 PM

And the Best Of British Luck with it :)


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 04:25 PM

Looks a good project. Can't wait to see more pics.
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Posted 17 September 2016 - 04:44 PM

*sensible head* & I think this has been subject to discussion on here...... No TAX & No MOT.

 

A person [not you] steams off his drive, cracked xplys fail on tight bend - no brakes - Nuns & Kittens die.....

 

 

1). Police opinion upon arrival.. ?

 

2). Insurance payout.. ?

 

3). Old car community opinion.. ? (too many damn Nuns&kittens in UK anyway!)

 

 

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 04:58 PM

1 & 2 - It is illegal to run a car that is not "roadworthy" regardless of whether or not it has an MOT. Also an MOT is no proof of a car being roadworthy other than at the time/date it was issued. If the car was found to be not road-worthy at the time of an accident as a result of the owner neglecting to have it maintained I'm sure an insurance company would weasel out of a payout.


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 05:21 PM

In the Isle of Man, there have never been MOTs, and when cars rusted a whole lot worse than they do these days, there were some truly appalling old bangers knocking about in the 1990s!

Talbot Solaras with full-thickness corrosion up to the rear quarter light;

Triumph acclaims with Wings rusted away almost up to the wheel arches

Mk1 and Mk2 Accords with holes in the boot lid that you could literally put your arm through.

There were also any number of Metros and Allegros in every stage of decrepitude

 

Were there any prosecutions for causing accidents with an unroadworthy car? Very few if any! As long as the brakes work, and the tyres are kept in good order, I really can't see you coming a cropper in an A35 - remember break neck speed in these is about 45 mph!



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 06:31 PM

That is why it went in for a non-mot mot..... and why I didn't drive it home... In its present state it would probably fold in half if it hit a marshmallow..... oh did I mention there have never been any seat belts fitted!!!!


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2003 PT Cruiser       .... diesel work van

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 06:37 PM

I fitted IR belts into my IMP, '63. When the Cortina taxi 'tankslapped' and shortened my IMP by a foot... I didn't have a rootes wheel imprint on my face!!!

Obv need sandwich plates & not into 'rusk grade' structure ;)


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 06:51 PM

When you get to my age you figure that you have had a good innings and any further time alive is a bonus therefore seat belts are just an annoyance... in the words of every old person  "I never had seatbelts when I was a kid and it didn't do me any harm " :ph34r:


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1959 Austin A35        ...started weldathon / brakeathon / electricathon

2000 Saab 93            ...engine donor

2003 PT Cruiser       .... petrol  weekend toy

2003 PT Cruiser       .... diesel work van

2003 PT Cruiser       .... petrol ..because you can never have too many Cranberry PT Cruisers


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 06:54 PM

That looks sweet, just needs a v8 and lowering M8 !


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 07:30 PM

Really fancy owning one of these,sometime.

 

Nice project.


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 07:36 PM

Lovely puchase and an ideal 'back up' car for 2 Cruisers:)
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Posted 17 September 2016 - 08:46 PM

Should be a worthwhile project, the A35 was a vast improvement over the A30.


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 09:34 PM

Well purchased my friend. An mot exempt car must be in roadworthy condition, and capable of passing an mot test. Fedz can seize an mot exempt car for the purposes of examination, if they have enough suspicion that it's being used in a dangerous condition (all recovery bills at owners expense).
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Posted 17 September 2016 - 09:36 PM

Excellent :) .  Once you get the rear brakes working as they should you'll probably still find they offer nothing new to the experience of pressing the middle pedal.


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Posted 18 September 2016 - 06:08 AM

Good to see another baby Austin on here! That's the fourth A35 on AS I believe.
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Posted 19 September 2016 - 06:14 PM

danthecapriman, on 17 Sept 2016 - 5:25 PM, said:

Looks a good project. Can't wait to see more pics.

 

Oh go on then "Baby" came home today, so I got some pics....

 

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Looks ok from a distance... and no problems with the boot... it even has a jack and a radiator muff !!

 

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Under bonnet is ok too, engine runs and the car drives well

 

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.... electrics look complicated :-D and battery isn't charging which is probably this

 

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Now onto the dreaded tin worm.....sills...

 

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If that patch is a repair that is a worry as it is held on with self-tappers

 

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Inner wings....

 

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bit on the top of the sills...

 

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Front floor.....

 

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Seats are a bit worn but perfectly serviceable.....

 

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First job is to fix the rear brakes so I don't need to carry a brick in the car, hopefully its just adjustment. 2nd is to get the dynamo charging, hopefully I can remember how the voltage regulator works.... Oh and believe it or not its still positive earth... :huh:


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2003 PT Cruiser       .... diesel work van

2003 PT Cruiser       .... petrol ..because you can never have too many Cranberry PT Cruisers


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 06:19 PM

that is lush and the welding looks straightforward:)
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Posted 19 September 2016 - 06:45 PM

I don't think mine was a lot better than that in the 1970s when it was half the age and still needed an MOT.....  

  

Club is good - well worth joining the Southampton & New Forest bunch as they have the top UK spares guy on hand.   Looks like it may have been a Carey & Lambert car judging by that Southampton reg.  Quite a late car, too, I am guessing.


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 07:09 PM

Those repairs don't look too scary a job and the whole car looks nicely worn in.


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 07:33 PM

I don't think mine was a lot better than that in the 1970s when it was half the age and still needed an MOT.....  

  

Club is good - well worth joining the Southampton & New Forest bunch as they have the top UK spares guy on hand.   Looks like it may have been a Carey & Lambert car judging by that Southampton reg.  Quite a late car, too, I am guessing.

 

. Within 4,500 of the last chassis number and matching engine and chassis numbers too, registered 4th August 1959 which seems pretty late for a 4 door, it must have been sitting around for a while before it was sold and registered.. I didn't know about the Southampton reg though.... or Carey & Lambert ... cheers for that info. Nice to know its less than 50 miles from its birthplace as it were... 


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1959 Austin A35        ...started weldathon / brakeathon / electricathon

2000 Saab 93            ...engine donor

2003 PT Cruiser       .... petrol  weekend toy

2003 PT Cruiser       .... diesel work van

2003 PT Cruiser       .... petrol ..because you can never have too many Cranberry PT Cruisers


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 07:41 PM

I like that.



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 07:42 PM

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 07:44 PM

Last 4 door was produced 12th Aug. 1959 (2 doors lasted until the day the Mini was released) apparently so yours is indeed a late one.    Well worth the weldage!


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 08:21 PM

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 08:23 PM

Although they might be made of Plasticine.......

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 11:49 PM

That's a bloody ace looking wee motor. You've some work to do, but it doesn't look too taxing. Good luck
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Posted 20 September 2016 - 12:06 AM

That'll make a nice driver once you've patched it up and made the electricity flow again.



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Posted 20 September 2016 - 06:42 AM

Love it!!

Mine is by some margin my favouritist car I've owned.



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Posted 20 September 2016 - 07:12 AM

Although they might be made of Plasticine.......

 

These are the most desirable version, even classic British build quality can't make plasticine rust.






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