If you have or are carrying out a restoration of an Austin A30 or A35 then we'd love to hear from you.
FAS 195 AKA Frank is a 1957 Austin A35 4 door saloon. He was first registered 18th April 1957 to a Mr George Bowler in London. At the time his registration number was LHX 375 but alas he lost his plate to a number plate dealer in Bournemouth in the early 2000s. Frank spent many years in and around London under Mr Bowler's ownership but he gradually worked his way South. The original buff log book has many of the changes of address that occurred throughout the years. Franks colour was initially grey but as can be seen by the first of the restoration pictures that he has been repainted many times over the years. It is in fact it is because of his paintwork that I am now the car's custodian. More of that later. Frank has gained a 10988cc Morris Minor engine that was fitted in the early 1970s. I still have the receipt for the work that was carried out. In fact I have many receipts that prove that Frank was indeed a much loved car. Frank made a visit to the Isle of Wight for a short time before coming back to the mainland and being snapped up by a chap named Guy. Guy was the number plate dealer that subsequently sold 375 LHX. I guess the number plate being sold wasn't the end of the world as it is part of the reason he is called Frank. His full name is Frank And Stein......... I do own a German Stein that will be on show next to Frank when he is finally ready to be shown.
My very own, long-suffering Austin A35 4 door saloon.
If you have previously restored or are in the process of restoring your baby Austin and would like it featured on the website then please do get in touch. We would like as much detail about the vehicle as possible plus plenty of pictures. We like pictures.
RGN 769 AKA REG
The Early Years
Rob Stanley has been the custodian of RGN 769 for 20 years. He purchased it from Dorset Group members, Audrey and Harry Graig who had purchased the vehicle 18 years previously.
REG's early days.
I first heard about Reg when I meet Rob and a few of the Dorset Group members at an auction evening in Tarrant Hinton. This was in March 2016. Rob had explained that Reg had been sat outside his house on the road for around 14 months with a very poorly running engine. Details of how we got Reg up and running can be found by clicking here. Below are a few photographs of REG attending St Edwards School and Wimborne Square during 2016.
St Georges Day Wimborne
Head gasket problem
Head gasket problem 02
REG's bodywork had always been a bit of a concern, but Rob used him regularly and despite a few minor problems, REG proved to be a valiant workhorse.
Just before the International Rally in 2019 Rob asked me if I would mind giving him a hand to get REG ready. 10 minutes bleeding the brakes and things were going well. That was until I started attacking the nearside sill with a grinder. Photographs below show what I found.
Brakes bled and ready to go. Almost
10 minutes with an angle grinder and REG looks a bit less ready to attend the Rally.
Clearly, REG needed more work than we had first anticipated. But Rob pressed on and managed to get REG, his Ford Capri and his Volks Wagon Campervan to the Rally. More deatils on our Rally pages.
We, as a Club, are very fortunate to have a very tallented panel fabricator. One of our Dutch members makes several panels for our cars and his reputation for quality and panel fit is second to none. Alas, he speaks very little English and at the time he only bought panels over to our International Rally in May and the Beaulieu Autojumbles. But Rob had managed to contact him and two new inner and outer sills were aquired.
Rob had initially asked me to help rebuild REG's inner and outer sills. And to be fair we did make some progress on the nearside of the car. But alas due to time constraints, COVID 19 restrictions and the distance that I had to travel each time, Rob decided that it would be better to get someone else to help out. A chance meeting with a vehicle restorer and REG was booked in for the welding. 4 short days later and REG was returned to Rob much stronger and looking much more like the vehicle he should be. Rob will paint the car at some point, but for now he says that he will keep the patina that REG has build up over the years. There is still a way to go. Rob wants to instal the original trafficators and upgrade the interior at some point. So he is still a work in progress. Please keep checking back for updates.