Austin A35 2 door

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whistler
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Re: Austin A35 2 door

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I have a lot of affection for the Baby Austin. My parents bought theirs new in June '59 from Dixie Cars in Bute Street, Cardiff. It was Baby or Sky Blue. My parents did a lot of camping back then and my Dad built all sorts of storage boxes that bolted under the bonnet for various bits of camping gear. Eventually they bought a Wessex Craftsman trailer tent and towed it behind the A35. Lots of fond memories from '59 to '64 when they part ex'd for a HA Viva. The A35 never broke down or let us down in any way. Following your rebuild with a nostalgic eye.
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gazza82
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Re: Austin A35 2 door

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AndyPen wrote: Tue Nov 29, 2022 11:52 amI am struggling to remember what engine we ended up with, I think it was a Midget 1275. Handling kits were listed back then - so that was plenty ;-) I know we changed the box and clutch too.
Mine's getting a tuned 1330 Midget engine. The running gear is all Midget as are the brakes.

But it has some Mini & Metro bits. Metro split circuit master cylinder, rear valves and pedal box, Mini hydraulic clutch, Cooper S 12G1805 head, HIF44 and probably a modified Mini Maniflow exhaust. A35 specific manifolds are expensive! Chuck in some MGB dials and some other bits and pieces and you can see how I've nicknamed it "Bitza" ..
The forerunner of the Mini .. the A35 .. lots of similarities except rear wheel drive. Mine contains a lot of Mini parts now!
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gazza82
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Re: Austin A35 2 door

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whistler wrote: Tue Nov 29, 2022 12:23 pm I have a lot of affection for the Baby Austin. My parents bought theirs new in June '59 from Dixie Cars in Bute Street, Cardiff. It was Baby or Sky Blue. My parents did a lot of camping back then and my Dad built all sorts of storage boxes that bolted under the bonnet for various bits of camping gear. Eventually they bought a Wessex Craftsman trailer tent and towed it behind the A35. Lots of fond memories from '59 to '64 when they part ex'd for a HA Viva. The A35 never broke down or let us down in any way. Following your rebuild with a nostalgic eye.
'59 is probably Speedwell Blue
The forerunner of the Mini .. the A35 .. lots of similarities except rear wheel drive. Mine contains a lot of Mini parts now!
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