The Interior Trim
The car has been entrusted to Gary Blackman here in Melbourne
to carry out the trimming, I decided on a grey/ blue trim colour to match
the paint work, this isn't an original colour.
Carpeting to the transmission tunnel and foot wells completed,
English carpet was chosen for the car.
The Armacord trimming installed, after spraying to match
One drawback in using 100S seats in the car is the the
seats cannot be hinged forward to allow raising the hood frame, so both
seats need to be on runners, so they can be moved out of the way
The carpets installed
Note the Austin Foot mat. This is the original foot mat
from the car. When the car was crashed back in 1956 the carpets were not
in the car. The brother of the George Berry (who was killed in the car)
passed the carpets on to The Kilmartins in Ballarat, who passed them on
to me. I carefully removed the heel mat and had it installed into the new
The finished 100S seats.
The Armacord boot linings
The hood in blue fabric material.
As a final reminder of the cars past, on the way back
from the trimmer the overdrive stopped working. After checking that it
was working electrically I drained the oil so I could remove the overdrive
side cover and check the non return valve. The oil had a bronze colour
to it!! Inspection showed that the gear box main shaft was bent at the
front spigot where it locates in the input shaft. I remember being told
that the gear box casing was smashed in the accident and the input shaft
snapped off. Obviously the main shaft front spigot was bent at the same
time, unfortunately both the original repairer and I missed it. So after
a second overhaul including another main shaft and front bush all is now
Almost Four years exactly have passed since I started
this restoration, in the process I have re-established old friendships
and made a lot of new ones. The other reward has been the tremendous amount
of satisfaction gained from seeing a pile of junk turn into a car that
turns heads wherever it goes. I think it is rather fitting that the last
image is from the rear, because disappearing into the distance is the view
most other motorists will get. Cheers!