Austin Seven

Austin Seven

Project Blog

I'll use this blog to record progress on the project

Very happy bunny!

Austin SevenPosted by Robbie Mon, August 15, 2016 07:55:06
Well, what a weekend!! Finally got to drive my little Austin Seven at the weekend!!

I've added a video on the website (Project updates page) and the link is https://youtu.be/vUPxMq5FbyY

Not sure how to embed a video in the blog yet LOL

So so close...

Austin SevenPosted by Robbie Mon, August 08, 2016 07:34:02

Getting so so close to the first run now. I've finished fitting the cycle wings (what a job!!) and also got the rear lights fitted and working.. Needed those for the test run as obviously one needs brake lights LOL. Wont be fitting the front lights for the test run as 1, don't need them and 2, don't have any bulbs for them as yet...

I managed to get the engine started again after a weekend of trouble. Seemed I had the ignition timing just a little out, but far enough out to make a difference.. Went back to basics and re-timed it from scratch and she started first time again!! Even started on the handle for the first time too...

Managed to finally fit the choke cable too which has been needing done for a while.. Also semi fitted the motormeter in the radiator cap and will finish that this week. Will also complete the wiring in the engine compartment as I'm awaiting some vintage junction boxes which should come this week..

So, hopefully, this weekend I take the car on its first outing...




cycle wings...

Austin SevenPosted by Robbie Wed, July 27, 2016 09:57:21
Started to get the cycle wings mounted and the bracketry fabricated.. Slow going as it is a case of fabricate, test fit, remove, change, test fit, remove, change, test fit, etc. etc. etc. but the results are good.

Major progress

Austin SevenPosted by Robbie Thu, July 14, 2016 07:44:26
Really making progress now with the seats completed and the body/front end all on. We managed to get the engine started and once I had remembered to block the vacuum hole in the inlet manifold the car even ticked over pretty smoothly. Got the rev counter working too!!
Really pleased that the charging system seems to be working and we have decent oil pressure too... Found a couple of very minor water leaks that need sorting but other than that a really good bit of progress.

Now onto sorting the cycle wings, lights and gear change mechanism.. Soon be on the road!!

Seats done!

Austin SevenPosted by Robbie Tue, July 05, 2016 07:11:51
Finally got the seats completed and in the car. Massive thanks to Tony Betts (well his wife actually) for the seat kit which, now fitted looks amazing. I'm really pleased with the way it looks and the ease (once I got over my fear of starting it) in fitting.

I went for the slightly loser fit rather than stretching the leather too tight. This is how the original seats were and also should put less strain on the stitching..


Cosmetics

Austin SevenPosted by Robbie Tue, June 21, 2016 07:40:12
I arrived home last night to find my new Bonora fuel filler cap had arrived.. Like a child in a sweet shop I was straight out into the workshop to see how it looked..

See for yourself:Very pleased with the result. I will fit the fuel tank later this week as I have the securing brackets all painted now.. Still waiting for the compression fitting to connect the fuel line to the tank to arrive but that should be here in a day or two.. Once all connected, we should be in a place to try starting the car again and seeing if I can get it to run smoothly...

Dashboard... done

Austin SevenPosted by Robbie Mon, June 20, 2016 07:27:09
I collected the dashboard and cycle wings from the paint shop on Saturday and managed to get the Dashboard fitted that afternoon. Really pleased with the way it has turned out. Soon realised that I need to get some longer fixing screws for the tacho as my fat fingers wont fit in behind it to get the nuts on LOL

The seat kit arrived on Friday too which looks amazing! Can't wait to get the seats fitted but will take my time as 1, my experience working with leather is zero, and 2, if I screw it up it'll look a mess... Will post photos as we go :-)

Mille Miglia

Austin SevenPosted by Robbie Fri, June 17, 2016 07:57:31

So, with the car progressing really well I have started to plan the proposed trip to Italy.. Plan is to retrace the route Charles Goodacre and Francesco Trevisan drove on the 1931 Mille Miglia in a works Austin Seven.

I've created a page on the website to carry the details of the trip as they are developed and we already have 5 possible cars/drivers signed up..

You can see the web page here http://robbie-watson.com/mille%20miglia%20trip.html

Could be fun!!



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