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1930s Austin 10 questions?

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#1 OFFLINE   25v6turbo


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:47 PM

Been offered a nice old 1937 Austin 10 it has real patina and would stay that way!

My question is how easy are parts to get for these cars,of course its 80 years old so I doubt Halfords stock much...

Its been of the road for 16 years but kept running and moving,but brakes are shot.

It has its original buff log book which shows the reg it still has now,but how do I know the situation with that plate,transferable or not and possible value(NOT that I plan to mess with that,just wondering)

It shows on the DVLA site as first registered in 1983 but its a 1937 car?is that because that's when the newer style V5 was launched,i seem to remember it stated number of owners since 1983 on the current V5.

Any tips and general value for this vehicle,its very tatty but not a heap just has real patina.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:14 PM

Apart from the fact it is probably the least desirable car of all time, things like this are so simple parts availability isn't really gonna be a problem.
It's rod braked I think rather than hydraulic, so sorting the brakes is as simple as relining the shoes and freeing up and adjusting the mechanism. Coil ignition I assume so no problem with bits there. Seriously, it's a prewar British car with a low compression side valve engine, nothing is gonna be hard to fix.

There is a very, very active owners club who will no doubt provide all the advice and bits you need.

Lots of cars that were off the road when the DVLA was computerised have 1983 as their date of first registration, it's nothing to worry about. Doesn't need an MoT so just tax it (or sorn it) and crack on.

I wouldn't, but it's probably a good shout as a low-stress prewar car if that's what you want. And patina is good and may even just elevate it to being cool
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:21 PM

Most consumables are readily available from specialists, but you may have difficulty in getting something like a back axle off the shelf. Body panels are probably unobtainable new, but secondhand parts often turn up at autojumbles (at a price) We have a 1930 Austin 16 pick-up at the museum, and we don't see any real problems in getting it back on the road, even though the block is cracked :o


Brakes are straightforward, Girling mechanical  (rod) so are really no more compliacted than a knife and fork, but may need a bit more skill in setting up :) Go for it, no idea of value but possibly a low four-figure sum?

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:23 PM

Cheers Barrett

The brake pedal goes to the floor so that needs looking at and the fact its a tad overpriced worries me,but I really like it,amazing it has been a localish car all its life.

Rod brakes?I was under it today and it appears that there is brake fluid leaking from the OSR wheel so does it have cylinders?

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:32 PM

Mechanical brakes are difficult to set up but not impossible.  Have a good look at the wiring.  I wouldn't trust an 80 year old loom and chances are its been spliced and hacked about.  Autosparks will do a new loom for not unreasonable money.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:27 PM

I had a 1946 10 a while back and, whilst fucking horrible to drive, it was extremely simple to work on (although to be fair I never touched the brakes as they worked fine when I bought it).  Other than a 7 or a Ford T I can't really think of another pre-war car that will be as easy to own.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:32 PM

1930s Austin 10 questions:
1. Did you collect it yet?
2. If not, why not?


3. In case you are trying to come up with lame excuses I don't give a fiddler's fart about, how much is it?

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