November 21

‘Roo’ the EBAY Barn Find


It certainly LOOKS good

It may certainly LOOK good, and after all it’s not been touched for over 46 years (yes you read that right – left in the dry shed since 1972). However, with it’s original paintwork, original leather seats etc; one dashboard dial has been robbed (but they don’t work anyway, so no loss).

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Above, I offer various photo’s from the project. There will be more photo’s as the project has now changed from RENOVATION to ELECTRIFICATION.

Having owned ‘Roo’ since before I bought the lovely runabout ‘AGU’, and now having had a long period of trials and tribulations with her [AGU], I have decided NOT to renovate and just offer the ENGINE, gearbox and full ‘drive train’ to the ATDC members. It will simply keep another almost dead Austin 10 on the road.

Eeeeeew what’s that powder

One of the main reasons for deciding on ‘electrifornication’ 😉 is that ‘AGU’ is a pain in the arse to start, all minor issues are engine based and unlike the Austin 7 project, offers a fabulous finished Austin 10 (looking) modern electric car. Ok, it’s bigger, but compared to the A7 the chassis on the ’10’ is using girders not bent steel, and the whole finished car will be a four door car with a lot better range and more scope for modification.

The plan was to sell the engine etc; (which I now have done) and acquire a new electric motor of about 15hp, but this time I will try out the American sources of drive motor and controls (they are more advanced me thinks?).

The engine was a pain to remove, mainly because the nuts and bolts are 86 years old, rusty and seized up. I had to carefully cut most of them with a 1mm diamond disc. Even when the charome radiator was finally extracted, the engine, gearbox and prop shaft were huge endertakings in their own right. As I have probably mentioned, I bought a 1 Ton engine hoicst from China (brand new), delivered for £99 – amazing. It turned out that LIFTING the engine was almost impossible the way the factory had assembled it in 1933, so all the steering linkages had to be removed and the engine LOWERED. But even then the whole car had to be lifted to get to the engine resting on the concrete drive……jeez, 3 days later!!!!!!

With such a large engine bay and substatial chassis rails, I could use almost any current 3 phase or DC motor of around 15hp to 25hp. Mounting brackets would not need to as complex as the A7’s and a new prop’ shaft would connect the back axle directlt to a flange set on the motor spindle.

But what happens next……………..FFS!! Rain!! like 40 days and 40 nights, even though ‘Roo’ is under a temporary rain shelter, working outside is a pain. (As truly working on the Austin 7 has proved too!!). So it’s off to the inside workshop………, but before delve into that phase, let me show you what the INSIDE of the 86 yr old doors looks like after the cards have been removed and the woodworm dust sucked out……fabulous

Can you belive how well this inside of the 1933 door shell looks?

Only one side of the car was infested with woodworm (now dead after ‘bombing’ them with three American smoke de-infestors) [?]. The cards on the drivers side were riddled with holes, so in order to form a template of the wooden ‘card’ a good door has to be used to translate the wimmor image for the opposite side. Having the three-ply available (ordered for the required cards in the A7) has been a saviour. Jigging them out to copy is easy, but the pockets would have to be accommodated as they are very fancy shaped (unlike the plain and simple A7)

Thanks to Austin’s quality, the woodworm free door and card are in brilliant condition – enough to use as a reversible template.


Austin 10, Vintage electric cars

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