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Joe Lightfoots Austin A35 pickup restoration.
Drew Fidoe's Austin FX4 Taxi
Paul Watkin owns this Austin A55 Pick up.
Here's a 1952 Austin Hereford A70, it belongs to Marie Scott and is currently under restoration.
Peter Osborne's 1977 Austin/Morris Marina was shipped from New Zealand. It is currently under restoration and will be used as a business truck for Peter's Village Green auto repair in Halifax NS.
" I have included a close-up of the tail-gate badge, done this way I suspect, so that the vehicles could be sold from both dealerships without complicating the manufacturing process."
Peter is currently doing a restoration.
Here is Peter's Marina now. Fantastic job!
This Austin A40 belongs to Chuck Easton of Campbell River, it is currently under restoration.
Austin Sheerline Ambulance total restoration
Dick Parkes is the contact person for this Austin Sheerline. It belongs to the Kamloops chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada.
"I am beginning to understand why it passed through so many owners without any of them trying to restore it. It is definitely a daunting project. To date we have the motor out and the transmission should be out next week. We have almost all of the aluminum panels removed from the rear portion of the body and the wood framework is now looking at us in all of its glory. Not all of the woodwork will need to be replaced, but quite a lot of it will, especially all of the door posts and framing as well as portions near the top where the roof was leaking. Lower portions of the woodwork are also rotten and will need replacing.
I am also a little disappointed with the condition of the engine as we were hoping that due to the apparent low mileage of the ambulance, there would be little wear on the engine internals. This appears to not be the case as the engine has already been rebuilt once and looks like it will need to be totally overhauled again. Finding bearings, rings, valves, gaskets, etc. is going to make our project that much more difficult."
is an update on the Ambulances progress.
The old ambulance was moved to a shop owned by one of our members and during the winter season of 2005/06, we dismantled the vehicle. The engine was removed along with the doors and front fenders. We separated the vehicle into three parts; chassis, firewall with the drivers floor and the wooden rear body. An old truck frame was cut into two parts and the front section was used to make a rolling dolly for the firewall/floor boards and the back of the frame was used to make a rolling dolly for the wooden body.
My crew is responsible for the woodwork so we carefully disassembled the wooden framework of the roof and patient compartment so we would have patterns to make new parts. The following winter (06/07) the frame was stripped, sandblasted, painted and various components (brakes, rear end , etc) were repaired, restored and attached to the frame. While this was going on my woodworking crew and I were making new replacement wooden parts for the rear body where required. Some old
pieces made very good patterns while others were rotted away and we had to guess. Quite a bit of the wood was replaced during that winter session of Thursday night workshops. My main co-woodworker and I each worked on these pieces in our own shops and then took them to the restoration shop on work nights and fitted them to the body. Sometimes the pieces went back and forth a number of times to ensure a good fit. To date we have replaced the entire roof structure(except the driver compartment portion), the rear door posts, the wheel well framework on each side, some of the vertical and horizontal members and cut and fit new floor boards. We are currently working on the hanging of the rear doors and construction of the section below the rear doors which holds the fold out step in the centre and license plate and rear lights on each side. New steel door hangers (replacing the rotten wooden ones) are being fabricated and installed to hold the front doors. Once they are finished we can hang these doors and complete the roof over the driver compartment.
The skin on the rear body is heavy gauge aluminum and is in fairly good condition. The lower parts have been stripped of paint and will soon be attached to the body when all the necessary adjustments have been made. The engine is currently being assembled with many new parts acquired from New Zealand and Australia.
The front fenders are being repaired where they were rusted through (steel fenders and doors). The dash is in 3 sections and requires major work as they are made from laminated wood and shaped to fit the compartment with much separation of the lamination and the face skin is in very poor shape. Have asked a friend to find me some real nice veneer that we can use to reface the dash, and then have to redo the various walnut pieces on the doors. With a little luck the project could be finished next year.I have lots of pictures from the moving out of my yard to the present day. One of the crew is chief photographer and takes lots of pictures each week. After the first 2 years he gave me a cd with over 800 pictures on it and it takes a while to sort through the cd to find something we need to see so we can do it right. We have photos of the restoration and two articles in the papers, this year about the progress of the project
This Austin Gipsy G2M10 Glenn Kemp / www.austingipsy.net
1962 Austin Gipsy series 2 Before and after resoration.
This Austin Mini pick up belongs to Richard Ford of the Victoria Minis club. The truck's name is Holsworthy