Windscreen frame sizes

The one piece windscreen changes between models. This shows the measurements from a 1930 RK, which seems to directly mirror what is found on a 1929 RF (3) model with similar separate roof peak, although there is variation from 16.5 to 16.75″ at the outer edge. The tapering under-section is also the same, although some cars seem to have a regular 1 3/4″ throughout. Theses are the dimensions (in white boxes) of an earlier RF (2) with integral windscreen peak and the under-section is seen to not be tapering; please make contact if you have different. One 1930 AE Tourer … Continue reading Windscreen frame sizes

An original 1929 Holden Fabric Saloon

In 1929, for his 21st Birthday Colin Silcock from Coldstream in country Victoria, Australia was given a maroon fabric bodied Austin 7 Saloon registered number 63422, fitted with a fabric body made by Holden Motor Body Works in Adelaide, South Australia.  The vehicle was purchased from AUSTIN DISTRIBUTORS PTY LTD of 460 Bourke Street Melbourne, Car Number A8 6175, Coil Engine number M 83747, with no stamped Chassis number and fitted with a maroon fabric body with black guards and wheels. A later investigation of The Austin Motor Company surviving factory record books held at The British Motor Museum, Gaydon … Continue reading An original 1929 Holden Fabric Saloon

Austin uncoupled brakes

Trying to get a definitive guide written in one place is hard as ideas put forward may not have universal support despite a general consideration of originality being important. Those with engineering expertise will be able to recreate (or easily refit) original components whereas those with a more general interest in keeping their car running may seek to improve the operation of worn items – which may be of a more short-term benefit.

Some modifications may be out of period and considered unnecessary by some. If you have pictures of a modification which has been simply executed and of quality for others to aspire to, please send them to update this post.

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A fabric RF for auction

A nice original 1929 RF- an RF(3) variant for identification purposes – originally from Somerset (formerly YC4791) going to auction in July 2018; let us know if you are the new owner! The chassis number appears to be A8 series which would be recorded in the few remaining Austin ledgers. The “Heritage” records known to survive are for just four sequences of cars: March-June 1929; A8 series -Ch. 77535 – 87433 June-Dec 1929; A9 series – Ch. 87434 – 97332 April-Oct 1930; B1 series – Ch. 107228 – 117126 Jan-June 1931; B3 series – Ch. 127026 – 136924   Continue reading A fabric RF for auction

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