The World’s Smallest American Austin

To start off, there is some assembly required here.  However, wouldn’t you love the chance to own one of the world’s smallest American Austins?  At 1:144 scale, this car is compatible with some N gauge models.

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Click here to see the  World’s smallest American Austin

Personally, the first thought I had when seeing this was “Wouldn’t this make a very cool Buster Keaton diorama?”  Perhaps something representing the Austin’s role in the 1931 Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath.

All you need is a correct style N gauge locomotive, like this one: N Gauge Locomotive. You may need some patience and skill as well, but the result will be worth it.  I’d love to have one of these, but lately, I haven’t even had time to work on my own car.

Which scene would you want to recreate?  I would think it depends on how much your like the Austin that day.



On a good day.


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One which is less then stellar, but still okay.



Or the type of day where our best accomplishment is remaining on the sunny side of the ground…

As a side note, that car was hit by a train and the cowl still looks straighter than the one on my Austin.  How hard did that tree in 1949?


Although stylish, no Austin should have such noticeable curve on the dash rail.

American Austin Rooster

Original Stant rooster radiator caps are few and far between these days.  The one waiting to go on my car is a reproduction made by an ABS club member since the Stant units are just too hard to find and are too expensive when they are found.

This particular one has some painting over on it and it looks to have some pitting.  I’ve heard that these are not supposed to be chromed, but are rather a duller finish.  Its hard to tell what this rooster would look like cleaned up, but the seller’s refund policy may make it worthwhile to see if this will work for you.

Notice the markings on the bottom:  Stanco  THE STANT MFG.CO. CONNERSVILLE, IND. PAT’S.PEND’G.  AA-2840.

It’s a buy it now listing, so if you want it, you may want to click that button.  Buy it now price:  $475 Sold: $400

Click here to see the listing: American Austin Stant Rooster Radiator Cap

Not all parts interchange: 1932-1933 Auburn Dash

When I bought my 1931 American Austin roadster, it was a barn find survivor that was driven into the barn.  From what I understood, although it moved under its own power, it was getting a little tired.  The last time the car was actually on the road and registered was in 1956.  It had been patched and adulterated so that new owners could keep it on the road.  The last time it was driven on the street, the owner bought it thinking it would be a sprightly little roadster but found it to be a dud.  Interest lost, he traded the car for a guitar and they parted ways.

1931 Austin Roadster Project bantam

Includes original early style 3 bow top irons

Somewhere between 1931 and 1956, the car had a new dashboard grafted into it.  In order to graft it in, the dashboard panel had to be cut out.  Due to the size of the car, the new panel had to be cut to fit.  I noticed the panel when I first went to look at the car, and it took me a little bit to realize what it was.  The panel wedged into my car was out of a 1932-1933 Auburn.  This coveted instrument panel had been stripped of all of its gauges, the bottom switch panel, and painted orange (followed by pink).  A set of ford gauges took the place of the sleek early 30’s Aurburn gauges.


As you can see, the Auburn panel doesn’t fit all that well.

Readying the American Austin for restoration meant that this panel needed to be removed.  Carefully removing the assembly I began learning more about it and had to make my mind up as to what I would do with it.  Always keeping the thought of a ’27 T roadster hot rod in the back of my mind made me think I’d keep it with my DeSoto hemi, in the ‘someday’ parts pile.  However, the way this panel is cut, it’s perfect for most hotrods especially the 1932 Ford.

1931 Austin Roadster Project Bantam

Patches and holes in floor more visible. Dashboard has been cut out, but a spare coupe dash may be included to be patched in.

If you want to install one of these panels into a 32 Ford, you either have to cut down the panel or lengthen the dashboard.  The lengthened dashboards aren’t very slick and it hurts to cut the switch panel off of an instrument panel you just paid $5,000 for.

Here is your best option, an Auburn panel that was customized back in the late 40’s or 50’s.  If you’re looking for period correct, here it is.

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Slick custom Auburn panel

Click here for the eBay auction: 1932 1933 Auburn Instrument Panel

Attention viewers! Do you have any spare parts you’d like to sell?

Besides linking you to the most current eBay auctions, is about much more.  The concept embodied by this website is a lot broader than I can let on at this point, as developing it one stage at a time is the only way to do it properly.  Revealing the complete plans would leave you wondering why I am so slow at getting this thing together.  So, besides providing you with a frequent blog of items for sale and a listing of vehicles for sale, I am now listing parts both for sale and wanted.

Please take a few moments to check out the new used parts for sale sections and the NOS / reproduction parts for sale sections.  The purpose of these pages is to make your restoration just a little bit easier.  Remember, eBay auctions only last several days and craigslist ads have mysterious lifespans that no one fully understands, however a listing here runs until sold.  The idea behind this system is to keep leads alive as long as possible, this way parts and cars don’t slip back into the woodwork to be forgotten about until the next time an owner is motivated to put the effort into selling.  I want people who are looking for parts to be able to get exactly what they need so their project isn’t put on hold at the whim of some rare piece.  I want you to have options available, so not only are you getting a part you need, but the best one for you.

Right now, there are only a few listings; but browse a bit and show your support.  If you have anything you’re looking for, contact me to place an ad.  If you have somethings you wouldn’t mind selling to clear some space in your garage, there is plenty of room here.  If you manufacture reproduction parts or perform some essential service for our hobby, your listing is wanted.

Working together, we can create something amazing; and I would love for you to be part of it.



Buster Keaton: American Austin Afficionado

On eBay today, there is a period photo of Buster Keaton in his American Austin roadster.  This is most likely the car which met an untimely demise as a result of a run in with a locomotive.  Here the car looks quite nice, and a lot of the factory detail work on the car is visible.  As an 8 x 10 photo, this is a substantial item to add to your collection.  A neat thing about this photo is the car is clearly an important part of it.  On the other end of the spectrum, there is something about Joan Peers’ eyes that have insured that I will not be bidding on this otherwise great photo.  (I don’t like the concept of being stared down by a photograph…)

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Buster Keaton and Joan Peers in a very new American Austin Roadster circa 1931

Click here to bid: Buster Keaton with an American Austin Roadster Sold for: 76.00