A couple of quick items:

American Austin Rim and Wheel parts:

(I believe these are front wheels as they don’t appear to be tapered or have a keyway)

Click here to see the ebay listing: American Austin Wheels

 

NORS American / Austin clutch linings

(2 are needed per car) Clutch linings

Click here to see the ebay listing: Clutch discs for American Austin -American Bantam $36

 

American Bantam Novelty shifter

Click here to see the listing: Bantam American Austin Gear Shift Knob $60

Happy Belated Thanksgiving

In the past month, there have been a few scattered items which I didn’t end up posting on here.  It’s amazing how few parts have come available.  I was going through some old emails today and found that one member of the ABS raised a very good point when I was a complete newbie.  To paraphrase, be patient, these cars and their parts are out there; sometimes there are dry spells and sometimes there are more items than can find owners.  Right now, with the holidays, people have more on their mind than working on their cars and cleaning out their garage.

The last couple weeks have resulted in my efforts slowing with the near culmination of assembling my 1940 Bantam chassis.  It needs to come apart again so I can begin restoring the bits to newish condition, but it’s nice to see something that has existed as scrap for decades become something fairly car like.  I’m trying to figure out the front shock absorbers and finalize the braking configuration.  However, even with all of these things, the car has been on the back burner.

I made a tally of cars in the process of being restored and their owners.  Currently, there are at least 50 American Austin/Bantam cars in various stages of resurrection among at least 30 owners.  So, if you’re afraid that you’re alone in your quest, rest assured that you’re in good company.

Around here, I’ve started doing some work chronicling the history of the Brennan IMP.  If you’re a long time reader, you know of my fondness and intrigue regarding that little motor.  Right now, there are a couple of old brochures up, but soon, I should have it’s 30 year history documented for those who do have them.

I hope you had a happy holiday and that you are looking forward to the upcoming ones as well.  Stay tuned for updates!

 

 

 

 

Late night Ebay finds:

There is someone in Wyoming who may have stumbled on a small parts hoard.  So far, the ebay seller has three items up, however that doesn’t mean more wont show up.  It appears that his stash may contain Bantam and Austin pieces.

American Bantam M10BX carb

Bantam Tillotson M10BX 4Click here to see the ebay listing: American Bantam M10BX carb $81

American Austin / Bantam Intake Manifold

Intake 2

Click here to see the ebay listing: American Austin / Bantam Intake Manifold $52

American Austin 1930-1933 Generator and Distributor parts

NOTE:  The fan mount looks to be excellent in the photos.  You may wish to inquire with the seller to see what sort of condition the piece is in.

American Austin Gen Dist 1

Click here to see the ebay listing: American Austin 1930-1933 Generator and Distributor parts $79.50

A 1939 Bantam Pick Up has made its way onto ebay. 

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The opening price is $1999 with the option of an offer.

Click here to see the ebay listing: 1939 Bantam Parts/Restoration Truck

Promotional Bantam Penny

bantam penny 1

Click here to see the ebay listing: Promotional Bantam Penny $27.95

Plain faced Bantam hubcaps:

These may or may not be bantam pieces, please check your application to ensure they will fit.

plain face hubcaps 1

Click here to see the ebay listing: Plain faced Bantam hubcaps:

American Austin Parts Catalogue (Detroit)

Detroit Austin 1Click here to see the ebay listing: American Austin Parts Catalogue (Detroit)

Oops, we missed a few:

1940 Bantam Hood Side Emblems:

Two emblems sold in the small hours of the morning through a buy it now for $13 each.  An excellent deal for the buyer:

bantam hood logo 1

American Bantam Stabilite headlight lens:

Sold for $154, possibly nos.  Some Bidding in the last moments.

Bantam headlight lens

Starter Switch through 1939

Sold for $26, Buy it Now.

starter switch through 1939

Austin Crank Case:

Sold for $40, Buy It Now

Austin Crank Case

1930 American Austin 3W coupe:

Sold for $4350

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American Austin Tillotson M10A

BIN Sold for $80

American Austin Tillotson M10 A 2

A couple of worthy additions to your collection:

Three American Bantam Hubcaps:

Here are some great photos of American Bantam Hubcaps.  As was covered a few months ago, there are a few different style hubcaps available during the Bantam production run.  The photos of the inside show that these hubcaps have the separately embossed skin applied to the standard baby moon hubcap, as done at the factory.  Unlike a lot of the hubcaps out there, these could be used as is or refreshed with a minimum of work.  Although the price seems high to me, they are probably priced fairly.  The caps which were selling previously were going for about $33 – $75 each and were suffering from curb rash (see: February 2015 Post)

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Click here to see the listing: American Bantam Hubcaps THREE Asking price $399, sale price unknown.  Update Perfect set of 5 listed in AABC newsletter for $500 total (June 2016)

New Old Replacement Stock American Austin 0.020″ piston rings

Click here to see the listing: 1931 to1935 AUSTIN 2.2 inch .020 PISTON RINGS HASTINGS $39.95

Also, for your convenience, I went through the entire blog and posted the completed listing prices for the items featured in the past.  If there is no price, ebay removed the page and I was unable to retrieve it.

Some Bantam items to suit your fancy:

BRC with minor upgrades:

Isn’t this how most people modify their Bantams?  On a more serious note, if this is something you want, remember to bid early and often as there is nearly guaranteed to be a sniper waiting at the end of the auction for this one.

BRC Tank Killer 1

Click here to see the listing: WWII T2E1 37mm Gun Motor Carriage (Version 3) Bantam BRC-40 Jeep Press Photo Sold for: 47.00

Some back issues of the AABC club news:

aabc 1965 8 aabc 1965 10 aabc 1969

Click here to see the listing: AUGUST 1965 AMERICAN AUSTIN BANTAM CLUB NEWS NEWSLETTER

Click here to see the listing: OCTOBER 1965 AMERICAN AUSTIN BANTAM CLUB NEWS NEWSLETTER

Click here to see the listing: FEBUARY 1969 AMERICAN AUSTIN BANTAM CLUB NEWSLETTER

A new BRC plastic model:

BRC kitClick here to see the listing: NEW Asuka model 1/24 American Bantam reconnaissance car plamo Japan Toy Model

An American Austin coupe rear cross member

Austin rear cross memberClick here to see the listing: 1930 – 1935 American Austin Coupe / Sedan rear frame crossmember

An original proof copy of the AABC Authenticity Manual:

Unless you are buying this as a keepsake, it has been recommended by the AABC that you do not buy this to ensure your car is Authentically Restored.  This is likely one of the early proofs which was circulated to Bantam Enthusiasts before the Authenticity Manual was released and may contain errors.

authenticity manual proofClick here to see the listing: Details about American Austin Bantam Car Club Authenticity Book $29.95

American Bantam Factory Post Card

Bantam Factory post card

Click here to see the listing: BUTLER, PA, PULLMAN STANDARD CAR MFG, AMERICAN BANTAM CAR, PULLMAN PARK, AERIAL

American Austin/ Bantam intake manifold:

Broken intake manualClick here to see the listing: BANTAM – AMERICAN AUSTIN EARLY INLET MANIFOLD B1397 1930 1931 1932 19.95

American Austin / Bantam Clutch Springs

Pressure plate springsClick here to see the listing: American Austin pressure plate arm springs 1930 – 1935 Sold for: 19.00

NOS starter brushes

Starter BrushesClick here to see the listing: NOS STARTER BRUSHES1930s AMERICAN AUSTIN – BANTAM – CROSLEY LOOK!!!

A couple of items for your fancy:am

Older edition of the AABC Authenticity Manual:

Please note, this authenticity manual is most like an older edition as the most recent one comes in a three ring binder with color graphics on the cover.  These three ring versions are still available and the money goes directly to the club.

Authenticity Manual

Click here to see the eBay listing:American Austin Bantam Car Club Authenticity Book  Sold for: 29.99

American Bantam Car Company, Petitioner, V. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Law suit

Click here to see the eBay listing: American Bantam Car Company, Petitioner, V. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  27.00

American Austin Metal Toy Car

American Austin Toy

Click here to see the eBay listing: ntique Cast Iron Toy Car w Iron Wheels American Austin A C Williams 1920s

American Austin Car Co. Stock Certificate for 100 Shares

American Austin Stock

Click here to see the eBay listing: 1931 American Austin Car Company Inc.

New Listing: The perfect souvenir from this years meet, an American Austin Coupe

With a little work, this little gem could be exactly the type of car you have been hoping for. Originally restored by the owner’s father in the 60’s, he started detailing it in the 1970’s but did not finish. The car has sat in this condition for the past few decades but was running not too long ago. The current owner believes there may be an issue with the clutch and also thinks all of the parts will come with the car. The seller has cherished his father’s car for decades and wants to make sure it gets into the right hands.

Although this is listed as a project, it looks like a solid car that just needs a little TLC to be a runnable car. I would be tempted to enjoy it without the canvas installed to enjoy a sun roof.

The car is located in Copper Canyon, Texas and the seller is asking $8000.

Click here to see the listing:  Coupe for sale

American Bantam and Austin Electronic Ignition

Until last night, I had never even considered the thought of having electronic ignition in a Bantam. However, a person replied to a want ad I have up telling me that he had a Pertronix unit for a Bantam. At first, I assumed it was a left over part from a dragster, some sort of piece for a small block Chevy dizzy. As it turns out, Pertronix (a reputable company) has been making conversion kits for Bantams to make their 6V negative ground system upgradable to electronic ignition for quite some time. After perusing a variety of forums, it appears the majority of people seem to say Pertronix is the way to go, with a spare set of points in your car in case they fail at some point in the next two decades.

Pertronix BantamMy Dad raised me to believe points are always the best way to go, however some other people out there tend to disagree. If you’re one of the folks on the other side of the line, this may be an added way to make you Bantam more dependable. You don’t have to worry about the points getting corroded, burning out, getting out of adjustment, or having your ignition system at the mercy of a worn distributor bushing. Although, it seems unlike points, these units can leave you stranded if they die while you are driving the car.

Also, since the Bantam distributors are very similar to the American Austin units, these will most likely also work for their older cousins.

Here is the link to the Bantam electronic ignition conversion:

Through Amazon: Pertronix 1549N6 6 Volt Negative Ground Ignitor Autolite for Bantam

Through Ebay: PerTronix 1549N6 Ignitor Autolite for Bantam 6 Volt Negative Ground

Have you tried this? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

A few Bantam Odds and Ends

As always, it’s been hectic; but a few items popped up on eBay and I’d like to share them with you.  Also, I’ve been testing out the Klipsch bluetooth speaker I mentioned in an earlier post.  Day one of testing is over, and I’m very impressed.  It may be just the thing you need on your back seat during your next tour.  Anyway, on to the listings:

Bantam:

1938-1939 American Bantam Hood Ornament

The seller has an ornament which is markedly similar to the Bantam piece as well as the 1937 Nash Lafayette piece.  You may want to contact the seller for dimensions to confirm this is in fact for a Bantam.  From my understanding, the Nash piece was larger.

DIMENSIONS:  “height whole ca. 2.36 inches length whole ca. 7.87 inches

Bantam Hood Ornament

Click here to see the listing: 1938-1939 American Bantam Hood Ornament Sold for: 190.50

American Bantam Car Co Supercargo Butler Pa Tape Measure

Tape MeasureClick here to see the listing: American Bantam Car Co Supercargo Butler Pa Tape Measure Sold for: 53.01

Pedal pads American Bantam

Hopefully someone can purchase these to make new ones.  I know I’d be interested in a new set.  Pedal PadsClick here to see the listing: Pedal pads American Bantam Sold for: 9.99

35 36 37 38 39 40 41 American Bantam Generator Brush Set NORS

generator brushes

Click here to see the listing: 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 American Bantam Generator Brush Set NORS No Sale

American Austin- 1983 FRANKLIN MINT PEWTER HOOD ORNAMENT

 franklin mint

Click here to see the listing: American Austin- 1983 FRANKLIN MINT PEWTER HOOD ORNAMENT Sold for: 24.53

1932 AMERICAN AUSTIN BANTAM SALES BROCHURE- ORIGINAL AND VINTAGE

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Click here to see the listing: 1932 AMERICAN AUSTIN BANTAM SALES BROCHURE- ORIGINAL AND VINTAGE No Sale

A trickle of rain in a drought

The past few weeks have been fairly dry when it comes to Bantam parts on ebay. However, today there is a significant group of listing to suit your Bantam needs. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been trying to spend less time in front of my computer so I can get more done on my project. I’ve been documenting my project on the HAMB, but now that it is far enough along, I think I’ll share it here first. For Bantam enthusiasts: BRC 60 Dashboard press photo: This photo makes me wonder, if they used so many readily available bantam parts, how did the instrument cluster with the temperature gauge come to be. Would Bantam really have developed a new gauge just for this project? It would seem that there wasn’t free time that they could have easily devoted that attention elsewhere. Brc dashboard shot Click here to see the listing: BRC press photo Sold for:89.88

Bantam and BRC steering wheel (in rough shape) bantam steering wheel Click here to see the listing: Bantam BRC steering wheel Sold for:100.00

BRC-40 “long scalloped axle” brc 40 drive shaft Click here to see the listing: Ford GP prototype / bantam BRC / Willys MA / WWII jeep long scalloped axle BRC Front Axle gaskets Brc axle gaskets Click here to see the listing: BANTAM BRC AXLE STEERING GASKETS NOS Bantam felt seals for the axles: Sold for: 9.95

Front Seals axle seal Click here to see the listing: 1939 American Bantam Front Wheel Felt Grease Oil Seals Retainer p/n 1755 (Qty 2) Rear Seals axle seal Click here to see the listing: 1939 American Bantam Rear Wheel Outer Felt Grease Oil Seals p/n 1755 (Qty 2) Rear Axle bearing race: bantam rear axle race Click here to see the listing: NOS!!! 1934-1948 Ford Bantam Hudson Chrysler Bearing Rear Axle Pinion Race 15250 Distributor Bushing distributor bushing Click here to see the listing: 1938-40 Bantam Model E Distributor Bushings (2) Auto-Lite Distributor Cap Bantam Distributor Cap Click here to see the listing: 1938-40 American Bantam 4 Cylinder Distributor Cap For the American Austin Enthusiast: Front Axle assembly: (These seller does not have any other Austin or Bantam Parts) austin front axle Click here to see the listing: 1930 – 1935 American Austin front axle assembly Rear Bumper Brackets P1070574 Click here to see the listing: 1930 – 1935 American Austin Coupe / sedan / panel? Rear Bumper Brackets Rear Bumper Bracket connector P1070569 Click here to see the listing: 1930 – 1935 American Austin Coupe / Sedan rear frame crossmember