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Location: Huncote on the pig
We are members of the 'North Hampshire Austin Enthusiasts Group' we meet at the 'New Inn' at Heckfield on the second Monday of each month, from about 19.30.
Best Wishes, John Bennett
Location: Fleet, Hants
Thanks Tony, for reiterating what I said earlier. My first Austin seven was a Ruby bought from a reputable dealer , Unknown to me a complete novice it was a death trap, full of rot and completely knackered. I rebuilt that car to the condition where Robin Lawton stated in his sales spiel when he later sold it ,that it was the probably the best example of a Ruby that he had ever seen. (Robin I do have a copy of the brochure.) It took me ten years , a lot of money and heart ache.
Al, go into this with your eyes open and preferably with somebody who knows what they are looking at.
Location: Oakley , Hampshire
hi derek, been there dont it as well.
ian is correct in his words about the car looking a good start.
but my fears for al, is withe a budget of £5k its looking like the car is going to cost at least that. so there is nothing left for rebuild work.
the wireing looks like someone was trying to copy the london underground map.
a new loom is probably £100+ for a good quality one. some on the market are only part looms to cover more models, so it will then cost more than you think to do the job.
problem 3, how good is the engine, (does it even run). ive seen far to many people on here, after running around getting prices for an engine rebuild. then realising the parts alone come to £1,500 to £3,000 + labour another £1,500 to £2,00. then trying to squeeze a reliant engine into a car just because they can get hold of one for £300.
as i sed, i supply parts for 7s, i cant sell them for nothing or even give them away. just because you blew your full wad on a car that needs thousands spending on it
Location: huncote on the pig
I'm sure you'll have already checked this out, but just incase you haven't, here's a few background checks I've done - the DVLA have it as 'Untaxed' (in a red box) the tax having been due on 16th January 2017, suggesting it must have been taxed immediately prior to that date and therefore have a current V5c though strangely the seller doesn't seem to mention that important fact - worth asking if he has the V5c in his name, if not I'd be a bit suspicious.
The 'Untaxed' (in a red box) suggests the current owner who claims to have bought the car 5 months ago has failed either to re-tax it or SORN it as he is legally obliged to do even though it's tax free - a frequent mistake many people make. Date of first registration is given as January 2003 - this is probably the date when it's original registration DOF 563 was reclaimed from the DVLA.
The registration DOF 563 doesn't feature on the A7CA Chassis Register - suggesting the car has never previously been owned by an A7CA affiliate Austin Seven Club member.
The registration DOF 563 was issued by Birmingham between May and June 1937 - if you are going to view the car or contact the seller ask what the chassis number given in the V5c is - as a very rough guide chassis numbers (i.e chassis build dates) in mid March 1937 were around 267000's and by early July 1937 had reached 275000's.
Which ever way you decide, whether to bid or not, the very best of luck.
Location: Almost but not quite, the far North East of England
Jeff, Tony, Derek, John, Jon, Ben and David,
Thank you for all the information, help and advice over the past few days, it's all very much appreciated.
I think instead of rushing straight into a purchase I will go to a few meets, first starting with NHAEG on Mon 14 Aug.
I appreciate the Opal on EBay is not in showroom condition but at present I'm just looking for a mechanically sound 7 as a starting point. If any of you do know of anything suitable then don't hesitate to message!
Hopefully may meet some of you soon.
You sound like a wise person, I would strongly suggest that you get someone who knows their sevens to go and look with you at any potential cars.
As already earlier said an honest scruffy car is a nice start.
All the best with your quest.
Location: The Centre of the Universe
I'm far from an expert but if I can help in any way I have a 1934 box saloon and also live in Aldershot (well within 200 yds!)