In March of 2016, I blogged about creating a shopping list of sorts with the intention of keeping Austin and Bantam parts out of scrap yards. About a month later, I had begun to pursue the project, you can read about it here.
I honestly can’t believe that it was over a year ago that I last worked on this project. Yet, somehow, I have lost track of time and have ended up neglecting something that could be very useful to the hobby.
As most of you already know, the AABC sells an excellent authenticity manual which is something you should consider adding to your collection. The new edition is supposed to have some added features which my copy does not have, including the spiral binding and some factory drawings.
The purpose of this creation is not to allege authenticity or to step on the toes of the AABC’s manual, but to help create a spotter’s guide to ensure that the hobbyist who buys a basket case can identify what parts in the garage go with the Bantam or something along those lines. I am hoping to not only include the bits that came with the cars from the factory but oddities which cropped up along the way and reproduction efforts of the past.
I will be posting updates on the blog informing you as to changes that occur. Your comments, questions, and feedback are welcome and hoped for. Some of the photos which I use may be sourced from the internet as I don’t have an example of every part to photograph, so please bear with me as I go. If you would like to contribute, please feel free.
If there is a demand for it at the end, this may make a heck of a coffee table book, or maybe even an App for an Austin or Bantam enthusiast.