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Re: Little Purple Austin

#61 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:32 pm

ADO16 electrical problems normally start at the fusebox: all connections are quite exposed and often go open circuit. Disconnect and clean everything (maybe even douse the fusebox in vinegar overnight?) then put it back together. The indicator contacts on the stalk can also get a coating of Verdigris with age and dampness, so clean those as well and smear with Vaseline or similar. (The contacts will be obvious as soon as you remove the shroud covering the steering column and switches.)

You could also consider a fusebox upgrade if you want to deviate from originality: see what the Mini or Land Rover specialists have to offer. This would give you the chance to have more than two fuses protecting most of the car's electrics (have you found the hidden inline fuse for the sidelamp circuit yet? :wink3 )

Tailored carpet sets are available from a company called Coverdale, although they are not particularly cheap.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#62 Post by Vulgalour » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:57 pm

Carpets are easy to make, if I can get the materials for less than the £150-200 asking price online for a green set I'll DIY it. I'd love to get hold of some hideous swirly patterned green 1970s carpet, that would be a real treat inside this car.

If I can make the original wiring work well enough I'll keep it as is. Some gremlins are to be expected, the car has sat on a driveway in all weathers for the better part of 5 years, it's a wonder it's survived as well as it has, given their usual tendencies.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#63 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:58 pm

Vulgalour wrote:Carpets are easy to make, if I can get the materials for less than the £150-200 asking price online for a green set I'll DIY it. I'd love to get hold of some hideous swirly patterned green 1970s carpet, that would be a real treat inside this car.

If I can make the original wiring work well enough I'll keep it as is. Some gremlins are to be expected, the car has sat on a driveway in all weathers for the better part of 5 years, it's a wonder it's survived as well as it has, given their usual tendencies.
Vulgalour wrote:Carpets are easy to make, if I can get the materials for less than the £150-200 asking price online for a green set I'll DIY it. I'd love to get hold of some hideous swirly patterned green 1970s carpet, that would be a real treat inside this car.

If I can make the original wiring work well enough I'll keep it as is. Some gremlins are to be expected, the car has sat on a driveway in all weathers for the better part of 5 years, it's a wonder it's survived as well as it has, given their usual tendencies.
I've found you some green carpet. There's this one, which is a Wilton Regal:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Quality-Green ... 2062318604

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And this one, which is a Regal supreme...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Quality-Green ... 0733597082

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I'm amused by these being sold by "Austins Carpets" (of Nottingham). Must be an Omen.

I think however, if I'm reading the situation correctly, what you're really after is that kind of shaded carpet with pea green, puce green and baize green in a sort of spiralling pattern, with the spirals about 8-10" in diameter and with extra detail that makes the carpet look like an early attempt at a Mandelbrot picture?

I'll keep looking :blink I may have to resort to watching old episodes of Terry and June, Butterflies and The Good Life on YouTube for some "mood room" inspiration.

The above are new carpets by the way, so I apologise if they're currently gracing the living space of anyone reading this forum :blushing

Full disclosure on this - I knew someone who confessed to the ADO16 being their first car. Whilst I can't remember what colour they said it was, what sticks in my mind was that it had apparently come with a giant inflatable parrot that lived on the back seat, which he kept as an original feature. Unlike most parts for a 40-year-old car, these aren't in fact NLA and are still available for purchase at a very reasonable price considering the upgrade you're getting:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Giant-Inflata ... 2154120206

Off the top of my head, if the parrot was lying down, you get an instant Python and therefore Cleese connection thrown in for free. Another Omen, I think.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#64 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:12 am

You know the kind I mean at least. It's funny, it's one of those that seems really difficult to get pictures of but everyone I know has lived in a house with a room that has some of it in. There was one house I lived in where they'd just put new carpet over the old for about 50 years, it was amazing, and the top layer was this horrendous and yet also brilliant orange-brown-cream swirling leaf pattern that never looked clean or dirty, old or new. Some sort of crazy 70s magic at work.

The cheaper option is something like this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-olive ... 1958389244 which is a bit dull but would give me enough to do the car.
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Trouble is, I'm looking at 40-odd year old carpet, most of which has now been used as landfill and allotment weed suppressant so it's really unlikely I'll come across anything that's just the right sort of hideous. I'll keep looking though, you never know what's going to turn up online or in charity/junk shops for cheap.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#65 Post by 1234dist » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:07 am

There doesn't look anything special to the carpet in the picture, have you thought about visiting the larger commercial carpet companies who do offices ect and see if they have anything similar?

I have a company close by me who was able to do me a coupe carpet once and heat bonded in all the creases ect, was awesome quality.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#66 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:24 pm

That last one I linked is just cheap plain green carpet for £20, just the most affordable option at present. The carpet is 9 flat pieces glued to the car, fairly standard stuff, so it's easy to take any carpet you want and make new rugs. I've got an old sewing machine (cheers Michelle!) that can tackle the edge binding work easily enough.

I'm not in a rush for this bit, the panels I ordered arrived today so I can actually put a floor back in which is a bit more important than carpets. Carpets are probably the last job but if something appropriate appears in the meantime and I can afford it I'll grab it and put it in the stash.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#67 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:55 pm

Vulgalour wrote:That last one I linked is just cheap plain green carpet for £20, just the most affordable option at present. The carpet is 9 flat pieces glued to the car, fairly standard stuff, so it's easy to take any carpet you want and make new rugs. I've got an old sewing machine (cheers Michelle!) that can tackle the edge binding work easily enough.

I'm not in a rush for this bit, the panels I ordered arrived today so I can actually put a floor back in which is a bit more important than carpets. Carpets are probably the last job but if something appropriate appears in the meantime and I can afford it I'll grab it and put it in the stash.
I'm shutting up on the carpet after this one - but I reckon this is closer to what you're looking for. Unfortunately not for sale and appeared in an online real-estate blog about outdated versus retro/vintage décor:

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#68 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:47 pm

That would be suitable, yes.

Today it is veh warm and the unit has turned into an oven so it was too hot to be bundled up in welding gear. Turned my attention instead to removing the thick layer of underseal on the inner wing I need to repair, a job I need to do anyway since my floor pan and inner wing repair panels turned up today. Got the new throttle cable too so that and the old choke cable were reinstalled. Where yesterday the car wouldn't start on the key, today it did with no complaint without anything being changed. Typical. The clutch slave cylinder is jammed solid so I'll be replacing that, they're not expensive.
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I got some way with the thinners, brushes and wire wheel at least. Blasted everything with some zinc primer to keep the bare metal from flash rusting. There's work to do, but nothing too scary.
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May have to drop the front subframe for repairs, I'm not sure yet. I'll get another couple of hours in tomorrow, spare time and weather permitting, and see if I can finish stripping the last of the underseal off. I'd like to get the repair pieces at least tacked in on this panel by the end of the week if I can.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#69 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:27 pm

You might be surprised to know that the plain olive green carpet you posted on here is a damned good match for what your car left the factory with!

Regarding the front subframe, I would recommend that you repair one mounting point at a time while keeping it in situ, otherwise there could be a significant risk of losing the alignment of it all.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#70 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:35 pm

Someone else told me that the Mk3 base models left with rubber mats instead of carpet so now I don't know what to believe. I'd prefer carpetting, cuts down on the noise from the fart tube that runs down the middle of the car.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#71 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:39 pm

Vulgalour wrote:Someone else told me that the Mk3 base models left with rubber mats instead of carpet so now I don't know what to believe. I'd prefer carpetting, cuts down on the noise from the fart tube that runs down the middle of the car.
Yes, sorry, I got carried away and forgot that yours is a base (deluxe!) model, which would indeed have had a full rubber floor covering. The rest of the range was carpeted.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#72 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:47 pm

My rule of thumb with this one is if it sounds like an option, it didn't get it. I'm surprised it has two wiper blades, tbh.

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#73 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:46 pm

Vulgalour wrote:Someone else told me that the Mk3 base models left with rubber mats instead of carpet so now I don't know what to believe. I'd prefer carpetting, cuts down on the noise from the fart tube that runs down the middle of the car.
You could buy some sound proofing like bitchumen tiles if noise bothers you, which would probably be closer to anything from the period. Attention to NVH was probably scant on such early and basic cars. Or just double up on the carpet over the transmission tunnel I suppose.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#74 Post by Vulgalour » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:34 pm

I could and I might.

Today I got all the underseal off and a coat of zinc primer on it all. Not too scary really now I can see what I'm actually dealing with.
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The only real horror is the subframe mount for the Hydragas suspension bit. It's not as scary as it looks since it's a nice simple construction here. I'll likely repair this before putting the new wing section in.
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Indicators on one side woke up today and the dash telltale works. The other side is still sleeping.
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Quickly nabbed one of the slotmags that isn't doing anything and tried it out. They look amazing in person but are sadly the wrong PCD so I'll be on the lookout for a set of correct PCD ones in 12" or 13" flavour with minimal dish. For now I'll be painting the steels cream and keeping the hubcaps as that's lots cheaper.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#75 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:16 pm

Looks nice with the primer on, even sans the repair work. As you say, the mount point is plate work and hopefully your spare bit of Princess will adapt to the crumple trumpet. That's my terminology and I'm sticking to it :rolleyes

Cream steel wheels with polished chrome hub caps will look excellent. Very mini-esque from a slightly earlier era perhaps. What is the PCD on the Austin then? Is it 100mm / Rover ?

Just jumping back to your 414 for a second - I realised even Lotus biscuits carry the red and white theme. There's something going on here, unless they were just capitalising on the car colour scheme at the time too...

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