Chassis Number WN1-15967
|Army Reg Num||104 438|
Bruce Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.org
|History:||Bruce contacted the Register in Jan 2012: "Just to let you know that I have recently rescued Austin Champ
#15967 - If I didn`t take it - the local scrap metal dealer was "champing at
the bit" and next in line.
Vehicle was part of a deceased estate in Maryong (Blacktown- Sydney) and had been owned & stored in his backyard , since 1980? The vehicle was driven there, partially disasembled - & is still missing rear tail lights , all seats & bases, hood bows ,hood & side curtains, guages & switch panel. It looks like there had been some sort of rewiring taken place at some time.
After a cleanup by the executor the following was recovered - windscreen with glass& 2 x "pivot" knobs, removable floor panels & grab handle panel, gearbox cover& shroud & original jack.
It has 4x original wheels + a L/R ? wheel. Engine "looks" complete except for screened ignition leads & no metal "covers" for the exhaust manifold - engine turns over by pulling the fanbelts. The "front" tail shaft is disconnected at the rear diff - there is a box of bits including spare rusty hubs & winch takeoff?
There is a fair bit of rust , but not as bad as I`ve seen on various websites.
I am a collector/ restorer of all sorts of cars / D/D buses , Army Landrovers etc. & my intention at the moment is to start collecting the missing bits & restore separate items (dismantle /reinstall units/panels,areas etc) until I have a definite plan for restoration - I`ve seen too many people rip into a project , dismantle it, lose interest,loose the bits & then theres another project too hard to do justice to!
I am trying to liase with any other Champ restorers in Sydney to start the journey -collecting the bits,and restoring.
I am very impressed with some of the design aspects that I know of so far - the suspension engineering is brilliant for ground clearance. The steel body paneling is also very tough - who cares about the rust!"
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