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  1. Excuse me if I bore you gusy again but I have done a fair amount of research over the years about Gray and Gray-Dort. This is from my draft book on the British imports:
  2. The Hayes Wheel Company Of Canada Limited was established in Chatham by 1919, and may have built bodies for G.M. of Canada in Oshawa. So far I have not I think found evidence of a Kelsey company in Canada though there was in due course a Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Co operation. There was by 1931 a Kelsey-Hayes subsidiary in Dagenham, Essex, England that supplied wheels to the adjacent Ford company.
  3. This may be of interest and apologies if it's not:
  4. The last rhd North American Fords were the 1969/70 Fairlanes for SA and Australia, ex-Canada. Lincoln Cars Ltd in London imported N American Fords, Mercurys. and I think Meteors jufging by an advert from '65 that I saw. They also imported Taunus cars and then from 1967 Aussie Fords. The last Aussie Fords imported were 1980 LTDs.
  5. The USA had Dagenham-built Fords from around 1955 to the Cortina Mark II, so 1968ish? They were sold worldwide, including Oz, Kiwiland, South Africa, Singapore, plus South America. I think the USA had the Taunus, as GM dealers in N America sold Opels as well as Vauxhalls [1957-61ish only in the USA for Vauxhall]. The Cologne-built Taunus was not a direct competitor for the British Fords..better quality for a start! I think German Fords were sold in South Africa but cannot confirm; they sold Vauxhalls and Opels in direct competition through a dual-dealership arrangement as in Canada. The UK
  6. In Canada some dealers sold the lot...Ford cars and trucks, Mercury cars and trucks, Meteor, Monarch, plus British and German Fords (e.g. Anglia/Consul/Zephyr and Taunus).
  7. I can give you chapter and verse on Austin/Morris/Standard/Woleseley in the Austin Motors and Nuffield Groups for the UK if required and can confirm that car production continued into 1942 in some cases including GM subsidiary Vauxhalls that built 2548 cars for the Ministry of Supply. In addition we know that Rootes Groups subsidary Humber supplied handfuls of limousines for the Government and military top brass. Now, as regards Canada I have seen a photo of the last Ford civvy car built in Windsor and it was a Mercury but cannot recall what date was on it! I think it was April 1942 but will c
  8. It should be on the side of the engine block..perhaps behind the starter say. It will be next to the casting number...letter/digit/digit system. A to L for Jan to Dec, then 1 to 31 for day and then a digit for the year.
  9. Briggs Motor Bodies Limited was the UK subsidiary and was built on a greenfield site on the River Thames at Dagenham, Essex, around 1932. This was right next to the Ford plant, as was Kelsey-Hayes' wheel plant. Briggs supplied Ford with bodies and also built bodies for other companies such as Austin (pick-ups) and truck cabs: by 1954 a basic design with differences for Leyland, Dodge, Guy, Thames (Ford truck). After the war Briggs bought an old aircraft plant in Southampton and produced van and truck cabs and bodies. It was agreed by Henry Ford II that Ford Motor Co Ltd would acquire Briggs M
  10. My Branham's says that the [$1267 originally] 56C has an appropriate serial # for a Flint-built car: 13880012 to 14257441. Engine #s ran 54074859 to 54457940. What is the casting date code on the block? That will help i.d. which year it is. I am not sure if Flint motor plant used an R for rhd....I can't seem to find any other reason why!
  11. Try New Zealand (and Australia?)! There are a few Down Under that I know of and the Kiwis seem to have plenty of engines to choose from in rhd form of course! I used to be amazed at how some owners had numerous Chevy engines .... otherwise it may need a contact to the McLaughlin Club?
  12. That is an extremely rare car...registered in Kent in Feb/March 1924? Possibly supplied by Rootes Limited of Maidstone, owned by the Rootes brothers of Hillman/Humber/Commer/Karrier fame. David
  13. 1925 LIGHT SIX [sPECIAL SIX] 25-X25 21.6 H.P. FLINT SERIALS RAN # 1239259 AND UP UNDER LEFT FRONT FENDER ON FRAME SIDE MEMBER KNOWN SERIALS: #130499 ENGINE # 1352098 TO #1388728 ENGINE #1414008 ENGINE # 1264701 AND UP OSHAWA SERIALS RAN FROM #84700: PLATE ON DASH KNOWN SERIALS: # 86804 ENGINE # 1313706 # 85565 ENGINE # 1264988 ENGINE # 1264701 AND UP MODEL MASTER SIX 25-X54 27.3 H.P. 6-CYLINDER FLINT SERIALS RAN # 1249865 AND UP OSHAWA SERIALS RAN FROM # 93900 AND UP ENGINE # 1439500 AND UP MODEL MASTER SIX 25-X50L 27.3 H.P. 6-CYLINDER 128” WHEELBASE FLI
  14. 1924 McL-Buick serials from British data: 1924 MODEL 18.2 H.P. BUICK 4 [MASTER FOUR] QUOTED SERIALS RAN TO # 78150 HOWEVER THIS SEEMS TO BE WRONG: RAN FROM # 78150 TO # 82860? ENGINE SERIALS RAN # 1060000 TO # 1214050? 1924 McLAUGHLIN-BUICK MASTER 6 S.W.B. 120” W.B. MODELS: SERIALS RAN # 87122 TO # 95300? ENGINE SERIALS # 1087630 TO # 1216200 [FLINT] AND CHANGE OVER AT AROUND SERIAL # 91200 TO: ENGINE SERIALS # 0013000 TO # 0017350 [WALKERVILLE?] 1924 McLAUGHLIN-BUICK MASTER 6 L.W.B. 128” W.B. MODELS: SERIALS RAN #87386 AND UP TO # 95300 ENGINE SERIALS # 1087630 TO # 1216200 [FLINT]
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