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  1. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Thank you Paul We have a very old but not quite worn out saying here in South Eastern Australia. "You will never know until you give it a go!" I learnt to gas weld more than 40 years ago. We were living in Bellair South Australia and I saw an announcement that the local trade school was putting on evening classes for "Hobby Welding" one or two nights per week. I signed up and over about ten weeks learnt to weld, both Gas (oxy-acetylene) and Stick (electric arc) I still have my arc welding set but have only ever used it for heavier gauge steel, things like chassis frames etc. I have not used it for some years and have tried to give it away but no takers, so it sits un-used in one corner of the garage. On the "right" days I really enjoy gas-welding. The big thing I find is not to try and hurry the process. Another old saying or three, that are none the less very true :- "Just go with the flow! Once learnt never forgotten! Practice makes perfect! Not very much done this weekend, we have been away helping our son Steve celebrate his 50th Birthday. A great weekend meeting up again with lots of his old/young friends. Bernie j.
  2. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Meanwhile despite the lack of photographs the work on the body frame is continuing with those six metre lengths of steel tube being cut up and seemingly disappearing as is the contents of my acetylene and oxygen bottles so something is happening. While all this is happening Tony is getting on with upholstering the seats. Sadly my scanner is not good at colours. The close up photograph of the sample of leather is closer to the actual colour, but still does not show either the actual colour or texture. We will have to be, as with all things, just a bit more patient. Bj. Bj.
  3. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Thank you both, I tend to look at my body frames more as sculpture and as such it is pointless showing you a lump of clay, or even a bundle of steel tubes. These come in six metre lengths. My bodies are built "free hand" so I cannot even show you a drawing and as every one is different it is no good showing you a frame built for something else. My bodies tend to 'evolve' so even I am not sure what it is going to look like finished. All I can suggest is that you look at a couple of my earlier attempts. To give you some vague idea below is a previous frame in the "making". This one on a 1928 Triumph Super Seven chassis. Bj.
  4. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    I have no problem with the asbestos ban but we also need to be aware that already all Diesel cars and all pre 1989 cars of all types except Electric are banned from being driven through Paris, France. Next step is to ban all vehicles except Electric. Once this happens it will quickly flow through to all European cities. What then, next New York and ???????????? Veteran, Vintage and Classic car enthusiasts will disappear. I am now over 80 and will be perhaps delighted and then again perhaps disappointed if I reach 90. Work is now progressing on the body frame and I can see where it is going although to many of your disgust, I do not have a single drawing or plan. For me building bodies is a creative process and for now while I may take some photographs for my own records you will not be seeing anything until it has progressed far enough for me to be making the aluminium panels. One thing I can promise is that it will interesting and different to any of the so called Targa Florio Replicas. All I will say is that it is intended that it will be a salute to Elizabeth Junkova. Bernie j.
  5. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    I am sure that there are two sides to every story and I can appreciate how chemo can not only save lives but in doing so can ruin them in so many ways.
  6. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Sorry no photographs right now. I have just finished the second of the front seat and I will be taking them to Tony Mc Connell either Monday or Tuesday Now about the Australian Border Force & Asbestos. If you skim over that list it all sounds "easy-peesie' But if you look at the list and then remove everything on that list from your 1934 car it becomes monstrous. little things like Lucas Electrical control boxes, Cut outs & Voltage Regulators. made before yesterday all have to go. Even five years ago the "Cleaning" under ABF supervision involved pressure washing under the car and under the bonnet (hood). As a result virtually every car in our group suffered, Magneto's were literally full of water likewise Starter motors and generators. even the Lucas Altette hornon our car copped a blast effectively killing it.. Our cars distributor was full of water. Even the headlamps. Remember To facilitate the return to Australia, the owner should identify any parts or components with asbestos and replace them before export.  Insulation  Brake pads and shoes  Seals: o mastic sealants/coatings o body seams o asphalt undercoating  Gaskets: o cylinder head o extractors o exhaust system  Bonnet liners  Valve rings  Heater/air conditioner housings  Fibrous washers  Sound deadening material  Clutch linings  Firewalls  Heat shields  Wiring wrap. These arejust the starting point.  On that vehicle’s return, the owner must be prepared to provide assurance that the vehicle does not contain any asbestos. If unable to provide "suitable documentation" the vehicle is seized and subject to the ABF's own version of a "through inspection" at the owners expense. How many people reading this can give an asurance that even their 1980s & 90s cars would need this very strict criteria.?. Little things like seam sealer, is subject to testing. The only way to "test" this is to dig out a few random samples from various parts around the car. Just sit down and think about what a witch hunt like this would do to your pride an joy? Bernie j.
  7. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Going by the reports of the astonishing actions carried out by the Australian Border Force (previously the Australian Customs Service) it is extremely doubtful if we will be going anywhere outside Australia with the Lagonda. Next time it leaves Australia it will be never to return! It seems as though they (ABF) are hell bent to either destroy any Vintage/Classic Car that comes within their grasp or simply prohibit the re-entry of cars that may have spent all their lives in Australia but their owners were foolish enough to take it out of Australia to participate in an event overseas. There are reports of people being given horrific treatment even if they wish to sell their "collector" car to someone outside Australia and ship it to the new owner. Bj.
  8. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Today I set a new record, the angle grinder I bought new about three months ago made a short sharp rattle then burst into flames in my hands. The only Brand identifiaction I can see on it is XU1 Bunnings have given me a full credit + a $30 Gift card so it has now been replaced by a new angle grinder that has ben put straight to work. The seats are that much closer to be ready for my trimmer to start work on. Another good day's work should see them done.
  9. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    We should never look back the experts tell us BUT who can resist a quick peek at the contents of a box of old photographs, especially when it contains gems like this one taken quite some time ago. Who takes B&W photographs these days? This one shows I must confess not a Rpaier but a Lagonda none the less. This one the Lagonda LG45 Drop Head which falls into the collection headed "Cars that I have owned" It is shown rounding the "Dandenong Road end corner at Melbournes Sandown Race Course and goes some way to explain the rapid tyre wear experienced with this car. Close examination of the right hand front tyre speeaks volumes. Bj.
  10. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Today I set a new record, the angle grinder I bought new about three months ago made a short sharp rattle then burst into flames in my hands. The only Brand identifiaction I can see on it is XU1. I know that this did not cost me very much to buy but I did think that it would see me out on this (possibly) last project. It could have cost me a whole lot more if there had been any flamable material about where it threw it! The last angle grinder, a Bosch, finally gave up after years & years or "use" when the brushes completely wore away. I am now looking for some replacemeant brushes. Bj
  11. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Thank you both. That is one of the problems with assembling a collection of parts that may not have come from the same car. Stuff that someone you do not and will probably never will know or get to talk to, pulled apart with no intention of ever putting it back together again. I suppose I should be grateful that most of the parts have survived in condition good enough to be reassembled. Re the Tyres, according to our local "Antique Tyres" they are about the only ones that are available locally in 760 x 90 Beaded edge. (Clincher). They only stock four at any one time so they cannot be very popular. I have been told that you can "shrink" T Model tyres onto the wheels but the tyre fitter did not think that it was such a good idea. These cost Aust $2,165.83 including tubes and fitting for four. Bernie j.
  12. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Just two or three quick little pics to keep you up to date. My good friend Dr Wong has looked at the "cat-scans" he ordered of my head, He tells me that he could not see anything! Bj.
  13. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Going back throught some other photographs of my restorations I found another example of my out of period seats for you to criticise; but to be fair I think that you should show us some of your more recent restorations, so that we can gauge if you are "fair dinkum" or just talking Bullshit! Bj.
  14. oldcar

    1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Hello JP You are possibly right ! There are quite a lot of people who I have never met and vice versa have never met me, who will tell you what a completely ignorant old fool I am. Many of these same people have never completed a ground up restoration of even one car I am too old to be dragged into an argument about such simple things as SEATS. I have used the same or a similar design for the seats in a number of restorations/rebuilds. They have all been based on the original seats (unusable) that came with the 1928/9 Crossley that I rebuilt quite a long time ago. The car still exists and is alive and well used in WALES UK. If you would like to go and check I can probably find the owner in the UK VSCC list of members. The current owner of this car is or was last time I spoke with him a handicaped driver and has converted the Crossley to all hand controls. Bj. Bernie Jacobson