Front End: Sheet Metal, Trim, and Badges

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Some of the photos below have been collected from other individuals and sources. I will work to replace the work of others with photos of my own parts as I fill in the collection. If you would like photo credit, please let me know and I will gladly add it.

Part Number/Description Notes Photo
American Austin Radiator Badge  Used on 1930 – 1935 American Austin vehicles.

The badge should be brass toned with an even fill of translucent red enamel.  The badge should also have a circular clip system as shown in the lower photo which fits through a hole in the radiator surround.

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American Austin Radiator Badge – Reproduction Similar to above but recent reproduction.  These are made to be the actual size as the original badges, but feature a pin stud rather than the proper clip set up.

Reproduced by Dick Beagle in the early 1990’s.

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 Hayes Body Tag Brass badge, fitted on early American Austins (1930-1931) on the lower part of the passenger side cowl panel.  These have been discovered to be of two varieties.

One variety of original Hayes tag features one threaded stud and one blank partial stud serving as a locating pin.  Photographed at right.

A second variety of original tag features an approximately 1″ x 1/4″ clip on the rear which slid into a slot on the cowl.  (More details and photos are welcome)

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 Hayes Body Tag Reproduction  Application similar to above, however this features an off center pin means for affixing it to a vehicle.  This will require new holes to be drilled, but the detail work on the face is very well done.

Reproduced by Dick Beagle in the early 1990’s.

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Hayes Body Tag Reproduction Application similar to above, however this features a textured rear area without a pin or other means of affixing.  These were intended to be mounted with some form of adhesive. The detail work on the face is nicely done.

Believe to have been reproduced by Bob Brandon, possibly in the late 90’s.

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American Bantam Grille Badge / Hubcap Badge 1938 – 1940 American Bantam vehicles (Although it is possible that some vehicle were built without emblems, series 65 vehicles)

These are a yellow metal badge which is fired in a red translucent enamel and then chromed.

Spotters Note:  Originals feature the words “MADE IN U.S.A.” prominently along the bottom.  Rear of badge features “counter-enameling” which is a multi-color flaked enamel used to keep the proper tension on the piece to prevent cracking of the front enamel.  Also, the mounting studs are mounted nearly vertically, but slightly offset from such axis to allow “Bantam” to be horizontal when mounted on the grille.  If the counter-enameling is missing (see lower photo) part number 4800 should be visible.

Note:  These same badges are believed to have been used on the hub caps on cars featuring visible spare tires such as Roadsters built in early 1938 before hubcaps embossed with “BANTAM” were available.

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American Bantam Grille Badge Reproduction  Similar in appearance to original badge.  These were believed to have been reproduced by Dick Beagle.

Spotter’s Notes: Mounting studs are machine screws which are epoxied to the rear of the badge.  These studs are aligned on the horizontal axis.  Note also that “MADE IN U.S.A.” is absent from these badges.

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American Bantam Grille Badge Reproduction Similar to original badge in appearance.  Reproduced by Wm. Spear.

Spotter’s note:  Mounting system utilizes two nuts attached to the back of the badge in original locations into which machine screws are threaded.  Note “HISTORIC REPRODUCTION AMERICAN BANTAM MADE IN CHINA” is present on the rear of these emblems.

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There are some questions related to exported Bantams including an “ABC” car which was rebodied in Australia.  More information needed.  (Photo needed)
1940 Bantam Hood Side Badge Application:  One badge on each hood side of Series 65 American Bantams and pilot BRC vehicles.  It has recently been stated that on cars upon which these were applied may not have had the Bantam grille badge.

Spotter’s Note:  These emblems should have 2 threaded studs on the rear.  They are made from stamped brass which has been entirely chrome plated with only the background of the word “BANTAM” painted.  The background color may have been the same as the color of the vehicle to which it was attached.

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1940 Bantam Hood Side Badge Clip Threaded studs on the rear of the badge above were fastened to the car using clips similar to that pictured at the right. Bantam badge clip 1Bantam badge clip 2Bantam badge clip 3Bantam badge clip 4Bantam badge clip 5
1939 Bantam Hood Side 1939 fixed hood sides on standard and commercial vehicles featured no trim or ornamentation as illustrated at right.  1939 Standard Hood Sides
Deluxe Bantam Hood Center Trim Application:  Series 63-65 Deluxe model Bantams

Chrome trim consists of the outer portion of the hinge assembly being chrome plated before being riveted onto the left side hood top panel.

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Series 60 – 62 Deluxe Hood Side Trim  Each of the vertical panels is adorned with a three strips of stainless steel trim above each punched louver.  Each piece has a rounded edge at the end.

Note: These have been remade by restorers by utilizing 1935 Ford hood side trim.  That trim needs to be cut to the proper length and then needs the ends to be shaped over a small anvil to match the original profile.  The second photo illustrates the trim on Norm Booth’s 1938 Roadster.

Note: The lower photo illustrates a standard gull-wing hood as used on non-Deluxe models.  The vertical panels are stamped with raised impressions above the louvers emulating the deluxe trim.

Note:  Hood lock handle provided in chrome finish on deluxe cars and body color on standard ones.

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Series 63 and 64 Deluxe Hood side Trim  For the 1939 model year, deluxe trim vehicles featured two short parallel bars in the upper most corner of each hood side closest to the cowl.

Spotter’s Note:  Each trim has a blunt end featuring 90 degree angles between the top, side, and bottom surfaces with a slight radius from the face to the side of the trim.  The trim appears to have been stamped or extruded and each uses 2 clips to affix it.

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American Bantam Center Grille Trim Application:  1938-1939 American Bantams utilized a hood ornament with a shorter base that required a longer stainless strip.  In the top photo at right, the lower trim piece is the earlier style trim.

Spotters Note:  Original pieces are cut at 90 degree angles to the edges, resulting in a perfectly squared off piece.  Also, the ends were not sealed or crimped, so the visible edges of the trim should resemble the lower right image.  This note is applicable to each of the factory center grille trim pieces.

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1938 grille center trim

American Bantam Center Grille Trim Application:  Series 65 American Bantams utilizing the “Silver Bomber” hood ornament with a longer base required a shorter stainless strip.  In the top right photo above, the upper trim piece is the correct unit for later cars.   See photos above.

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American Bantam Commercial Vehicle Grille Trim For Bantam vehicles utilizing the “fencer mask” style grille, but without a hood ornament, a stainless strip ran from the edge of the hood hinge to the top of the crank access hole.

Note:  “business coupes” are included as Commercial Vehicles.

Note: This trim was also utilized on the 1938 roadster displayed at the 1938 Chicago Auto Show and in printed matter.  However, show jobs and Bantam sales literature do not establish precedent for production vehicles.

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American Bantam Center Grille Trim, lower  Application:  All Bantam vehicles with “fencer mask” style grille.  This piece runs from under the crank access hole to the underside of the grille panel.

Spotters Note:  Similar characteristics as the upper trim.

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American Bantam Center Grille Trim Clips  Application:  These clips were used to retain all of the center trim pieces to the fencer’s mask grill.

Also, these appear to be the same clips used to retain the hood side trim and fender skirt trim.

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American Bantam Deluxe Grille Trim (original and reproduction)  Deluxe trim was provided on eight slats of the grille.  Lynn James reproduced trim which was identical to the factory units.

Spotter’s Note:  Originals and Lynn James copies feature a hollow back into which a pin or clip is inserted.  Often times vehicles may have other trim or chromed plastic trim which has been installed due to limited availability of original pieces and accurate reproductions.

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American Bantam Deluxe Grille Trim Clips Trim utilized spring clips as illustrated at right.

Note, these clips appear similar to those used for the center grille strip and the side clips.  It is possible these were somehow modified from existing clips at the factory.

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American Austin Radiator Cap Application:  This cap is the correct and standard cap for all American Austins built prior to 1933 when the Rooster cap became an available and was standard on all cars not equipped with a rooster cap.

Note:  Cap is stamped sheet metal with a knurled edge that is chrome plated.

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American Austin Radiator Cap Reproduction Identical to above, however made of solid brass by club member in California.  Limited details available, however they were high quality and very limited in production.

(More details welcomed)

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American Austin Radiator Cap, Reproduction This radiator cap is reproduced according to directions presented in American Austin Bantam Club News Nov / Dec 2002 edition.  Utilizes a reproduced fuel cap and oil cap to create the complete unit.

A complete cap of this configuration is speculated to be produced by Golden Mile Sales.

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American Austin Radiator Cap, Deluxe Application:  American Austin cars.

Spotter’s Note:  Made from pot metal.  Underside features markings of Stant, the part manufacturer.  The base should be marked “Stanco”, “THE STANT MFG.C. CONNERSVILLE, IND.” AND “PAT’S. PEND’G. AA-2840”

Original units likely dull or unpolished, pewter-like, finish.

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American Austin Radiator Cap, Deluxe, Reproduction First known reproduction of rooster cap.  Made by Hal Thompson of Florida in 1974.  These caps were based upon a nice original.  They are of a highly polished chrome finish.  Base metal is unknown.

(More information needed.)

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American Austin Radiator Cap, Deluxe, Reproduction Reproduction by Tom Crotty of Arizona noted in 1988 AABC Club News.  Noted as not yet being a usable part.  It is unclear if any were made and if they were, how they were made.

(More information needed.)

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American Austin Radiator Cap, Deluxe, Reproduction Chrome plated pot metal, possibly reproduced by New Castle, PA Bantam parts supplier.  However, these may have been carried over from the original Hal Thompson reproductions above.

(More information needed.)

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Miniature American Austin Mascot Produced by Franklin Mint in 1988.  These are made of pewter and are a scale size replica of the original.

Lower photo illustrates the size difference between the Franklin Mint unit and an original sized ornament.

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American Austin Radiator Cap, Deluxe, Reproduction Chrome plated over brass casting.  Made by Charlie White of Ohio.  Uncertain how many were made, but rumored to be very low production, possibly under 5 were made.

Spotter’s Note: Heavy feeling and includes original Stant identification markings on base.

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American Austin Radiator Cap, Deluxe, Reproduction Reproduced by Don Sumner of Arrow Corporation in Michigan.  Still in production.

Spotter’s Note:  Stainless steel casting polished to a high finish.

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The Photos below are of a cap of unknown origin believe to be an Arrow unit.

American Austin Radiator Cap, Deluxe, Reproduction Reproduced by Tom Fetterman of New York.  These were made from earlier reproduction, most likely Hal Thompson units.  These units were made of resin and do not bear the manufacturer markings as do original caps.  Unlike the Crotty version, these are cast with provisions to be mounted to a radiator cap and displayed on a cooled down Austin.  Resin roosters (3)resin roosters bottom (3)

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American Austin Radiator Cap, Deluxe, Reproduction Reproduced by Neil Frasier of California.

Spotter’s Note:  Cast from aluminum and either chrome plated or highly polished.  These differ from other available reproductions in that they have an antiqued look to them.

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American Austin Radiator Cap, Possibly Aftermarket Unclear what the origin of this mascot is.  Believed to be an aftermarket piece that was available through auto parts stores during the 1930’s.  Accessory Austin Ornament15259433_10102206897915762_2326143782965081486_o15304388_10102206898095402_876049526010046195_o

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 American Bantam Mascot Application: 1938-1939 American Bantam cars.

Spotter’s Note:  Although cast from pot metal, these have a fairly heavy feel to them, especially in comparison with 1970’s reproduction.  Note the detail of the front of the mascot which is crisp and shows evidence of an intentional parting line in the center.  Bottom marked “Jarvis 3408 J”.

Interchange Note:  A similar ornament was used on 1938 Nash LaFayettes.  In the few extant photos of LaFayettes, it is clear that the Nashes utilized at least a very similar ornament to the concurrently produced Bantams but there are no up close photos of these mascots.  The three lowest photos at right illustrate a standard Bantam ornament with what is presumed to be an original LaFayette ornament.  Note that the mounting holes are identically spaced, however the unit which is likely from the LaFayette has a longer wing, shorter pedestal, different angle of incidence with the mounting surface, some overall larger dimensions, and additional details on the lower half of the horizontal wing.

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 American Bantam Mascot  Application:  Same as above.

Reproduced at some point and were available during the early 1980’s.

Spotter’s Note:  These hood ornaments have a very light feel.  They lack the crisp detail of the originals and have highly polished finish which appears different from a restored original.  These also feature no markings on the bottom except for a sticker stating:  “Made in Japan”

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 American Bantam “Silver Bomber” Mascot Application:  Series 65 Bantams.  Referred to as the “Silver Bomber” by Bantam.

Spotter’s Note:  These are made of pot metal and have an insubstantial feel in the hand.  The underside has a single casting mark appearing to be a combination of a “c” and an “h”.

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American Bantam “Silver Bomber” Mascot According to an ad placed in the AABC club news, New Castle Co. reproduced the silver bomber.  It likely had similar attributes to the reproduced early ornament.

(More information welcomed.)

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American Bantam “Silver Bomber” Mascot Same as above, but modern reproduction by Andrew Helgeson of Kansas. Note from maker, bronze shrinkage caused the mounting holes to be shifted by 3/32″ – 3/16″.

Spotter’s Note: Sand cast Bronze plated in chrome.  Very heavy and substantial feeling.  These are marked on the bottom with “HELGESON” and “2015”

Photo at right illustrates bronze casting prior to chroming.

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 American Austin Hood Sides Application A-Series through 275 series,

Not interchangeable between sides

Note, this is the only American Austin hood side panel which features a handle for raising the hood.  The lower louver has two portions at either end which are flared out at a greater angle the the other louvers where a hand may grab the unit.

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 American Austin Hood Sides Application: 375 Series

Note: Not interchangeable between sides, note that the louvered panel is off set closer to the cowl than the radiator.

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 American Austin Hood Sides  475 Series-

Not interchangeable between sides

Louvers angled at 7 degrees from the vertical axis to match the angle of the slanted Austin a-pillars.

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American Austin Hood Hold down Application:  Series A – 375

Note:  These hold downs may have an angle bent into the lower portion which rides inside of the springed portion.

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American Austin Hood Hold down  Application:  475  (Photo needed)
 American Bantam Hood  Series 60-62  (Photo needed)
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American Austin Inner Front Fenders  Application Series A – 475

Note:  Only difference during production run is that roadsters always had the front hold down fastened to the front of the apron.  The mounting holes were not present for cars which had the front hold down mounted onto the fender.

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American Bantam Inner Front Fenders and Extension Application: Series 60-62

Note:  These have no louvers and often require an piece of sheet metal to extend upward toward the hood to close the gap.

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American Bantam Inner Front Fenders  Application:  Series 65

Note: The shelf has been cut off of these units to be approximately 1/4″ wide.

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American Austin Front Fender  Application:  Series A – 375

Note:  Holes for light bar will be present in a triangular arrangement on each side.  Non-roadster fenders will also feature two holes for mounting hood hold down units.

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American Austin Front Fender  Application:  Series 475

Note:  These featured dimpled areas where headlights were fastened directly onto the fender.  Holes for the light bar will not be present.

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American Bantam Front Fender  Applications:  Series 60-62 (all), all commercial vehicles through end of production, and one 1940 Hollywood.

Note, these have one dimple with a hole and a second hole.  The dimple is for the base of the headlight and the separate hole is for the headlight wire to pass through.

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American Bantam Front Fender  Application:  Series 63 passenger cars through end of production.

Same fender shape as earlier units except the headlights were moved outward and were recessed into the fender.

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 American Austin Grille Application:  1930-1933 American Austins

Chromed shell with insert area painted black.

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American Austins Same as above but painted outer edge.

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American Austin Grille Reproduction Partial grille shell molded in fiberglass by Classic Glass and Performance.  fiberglass austin grille
 American Bantam Grille  Application:  Series 60-62

Note:  Known as the 15 slat grille because it has 15 louvers pressed into each side.

Earliest grilles may not have a sheet metal divider mounted in the center to prevent an observer from looking directly through the grille shell from side to side.  This divider will not obscure the view of the radiator from the front.

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 American Bantam Grille Application:  Series 63-65

Note:  Known as the 13 slat grille because it has 13 louvers pressed into each side with the upper two deleted in comparison with the earlier unit.  Mascot mounting holes are located in different places for cars using the early style hood ornament versus the later silver bomber.

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American Austin Grille Stone Guard Reproductions offered after production of Austins ended.  Most appear to have been supported by the headlight bar with rubber bumpers or other spacers maintaining a distance between the guard and the radiator. American Austin Stone Guard 1American Austin Stone Guard 3American Austin Stone Guard 2

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American Austin Headlight Bar  Application: Series A – 275

These are a stamped steel unit with a U-channel profile along the majority of the piece.  They were stamped as a single piece originally but are often found with the ends welded back on due to damage.

 

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American Austin Headlight Bar – reproduction Reproduced by Golden Mile Sales from cast aluminum.  Supplied without holes drilled.  Solid piece without open channel on the underside.  (Photo coming soon)
American Austin and Bantam Hood Hinge retainer – Front  (Info coming soon)  (Photo needed)
American Austin and Bantam Hood Hinge retainer – Rear Stamped steel piece.  Part at right has damage, should lay flat.

(unit at right removed from 1934 Austin body)

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American Austin and Bantam Hood Hinge retainer – reproduction Reproduced in basic form requiring some modifications as suggested by the packaging. Reproduction Hood Retainer Piece 3Reproduction Hood Retainer Piece 1Reproduction Hood Retainer Piece 2Reproduction Hood Retainer Piece 4
American Bantam Front  Fender – rear support bracket fasteners  (Info coming soon)  (Photo needed)
 Headlamps  Please see lighting section
 Bumpers/brackets/etc  Please see Bumper section

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