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post 15 Apr 2017, 07:23
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Here are some pictures of our club stand and the Practical Classics A105 Countryman restoration project at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show held at the NEC over the weekend of 31st March - 2nd April. I would like to say a big thank you to Fred & Joyce Oldham for letting us have their beautiful A90 Westminster to put on the stand and it was nice to see many members of our club that we very rarely see. Our stand was in an ideal position as we were not too far from the live stage and even closer to where the guys from CBR (Car & Bike Refinishers) were putting the unique automatic A105 Countryman back together.

On Sunday the A105 Countryman which was one of only 10 built and the only one with an automatic gearox moved under its own power for the first time in many years. It was raised up off the ground as it was not clear what gear it was in. This restoration which is now in its 5th year is still in need of a few parts to finish the job. These include things like: some chrome, a good dashboard, rear lights and the linlage to the gearbox.

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Fred laying carpet on the underside of his bonnet whilst being supervised by senior management.

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Fred's refurbished engine.

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The guys from CBR working on the A105 Countryman.

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The A105 Countryman runs under its own power and with the guys from CBR and the editor of Practical Classics, Danny Hopkins.

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Austin J40 pedal car restoration and senior management can't bear to look!

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post 15 Apr 2017, 07:30
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any pictures of this A105 countryman?
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post 15 Apr 2017, 08:43
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They are pictures of it Mick. I took a couple myself which I'll post.Attached File  IMG_1075.JPG ( 1.1MB ) Number of downloads: 1

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Thanks guys
It seems strange, but the mid fifties Austin's and Morris's are and have always been rare here in Oz. It seemed that they seemed to sell trillions of A40's, (Devons and Somerset's), A70's,and even some A90 atlantics, then a blank period, then the pininfarina's.
I've probably seen about 5 of the mid fifties models and only 3 of those were in the flesh.
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Here's a picture of an Australian built Morris Marshal Traveller...an A95 clone with different trim basically.

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There were also saloons and a one off Marshal '105'. Strangely the A95 (incl. Countryman) and 105 were built CKD at the same time! Only produced during 1959 according to the BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group so production numbers were consequently pretty low.

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The Morris Marshall bonnet was different where the chrome piece is, they had a lot of trouble pressing it without the metal tearing so they used to heat the area with an oxy torch first,
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Interesting that Oz didn't get many estate versions. I would have expected them to be the most popular.
As for changing bonnet pressings and similar pratting about, why would they bother?
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QUOTE (Fred Oldham @ 16 Apr 2017, 09:13 ) *
Interesting that Oz didn't get many estate versions. I would have expected them to be the most popular.
As for changing bonnet pressings and similar pratting about, why would they bother?


Someone in OZ probably knows different but I have a book 'Building Cars in Australia' and according to that they only made these cars during 1959.

In the UK they made a short boot A105Six during 1956 and there were only about a thousand of them built.
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My other classic is a 1956 A105 Six. It was built up from a total wreck 105, a vastly better A90 body and some bits from a scrap Vandan Plas. The resultant 'hybrid' is as close to being a 105 as you could get, but thanks to the body shell, had to stay registered as an A90.
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While we at the NEC show, I got talking to the guys restoring the A105 Countryman. They asked if I had a spare dashboard because their car didn't have one at all. As luck would have it I did. I said they could have it for free if they collected it.
Well, after recovering from chicken pox, the guy rang me this week and arranged to collect it today. When he arrived we went into garage where my 105 resides and took out the spare dash. It daylight we gave it a quick look at and all seemed ok. Then I noticed something I hadn't spotted before. Between the speedo and the other instruments was a small curved section .
This was the gear selector telltale for a car with an automatic gearbox. You may recollect that the car they are restoring is the only auto Countryman made. Needless to say the chap was ecstatic ! He took a couple of pictures of me holding this dash in front of my car and went away well chuffed. Perhaps I'll get a mention in the Practical Classics hall of fame.
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You are a great guy Fred. They must have been into heaven to find something like this.
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