It’s Almost Time to Break Out the Fleece

Labor day has finally come.  For those of us in the Northeast, that means Autumn is almost here.  On one hand, we end up with the crisp smell of decaying leaves and cool morning which give way to mellow afternoons.  We work outside in a fleece jacket or flannel shirt enjoying the temperate weather while partially rushing knowing that soon all outside work will be precluded.  In these last few weeks of warmth, we get to look forward to a few great car shows.

In a prelude to the Fall car season, here are a few items which popped up on ebay.  Enjoy!

Reproduction Bantam Hood Ornament

Note this is NOT NOS.

Click here to see the Reproduction Bantam Hood Ornament

American Austin Cufflinks

Click here to see the American Austin Cufflinks

Al Asher Bantam Manual

Al Asher Bantam Manual 1.jpgClick here to see the Al Asher Bantam Manual

Cunningham Bantam Owners Manual

This is a beautiful manual which should really get its chance at a second printing run.

Click here to see the Cunningham Bantam Owners Manual

An update on the shopping list

I am very thankful for the kind words I have gotten from many of you regarding the shopping list I have been putting together over the past year.  If you haven’t looked, you can find my entries on Front End Parts, the Fuel System, and Interiors.  Each of these includes a lot of information and photos to help you figure out what you have and what you need.  In a few cases, these lists have already been helpful for saving some parts which would have otherwise been lost.

Work on the lists has stagnated a bit as I am struggling with space for all of these photos.  Currently this website has used 70% of all of the space allotted to me by word press and my computer is nearly full as well.  So, I am working on alternative storage and hosting means which will result in a better experience for you in the future.  As the weather is still nice, I’ll probably be putting off this project until it gets cold again.  After all, we need to make the most of our time.

Thank you for your support and your patience.  I think we’ll both be happy with the end result.

This morning on eBay a few front end trim pieces came up:

1940 Bantam hood side badge

NOS Bantam Badge Emblem 1

If you can hang on a few weeks, we should have new units available with new chrome and sturdier construction.

Click here to see the NOS American Bantam Badge

1938-1939 American Bantam Hood Ornament

1938 American Bantam Hood Ornament 1

For the asking price, it would be nice if the seller included photos which we could enlarge.  It’s difficult to see the condition of the chrome in the photos.  On another note, I can’t wait to see the new reproductions of these which you’ll hear more about in an upcoming feature of a Bantam club member’s recent efforts.

Click here to see the American Bantam Hood Ornament

Welcome to December!

I need to get back to blogging about the shop project.  However, in the meantime, I am pleased to share these newly listed items with you.  Please scroll down through the last few posts if you’d like to see what else is available as some of those parts have been relisted.

Enjoy your weekend!

American Austin Grille Chin Panel

American Austin Grille Chin 2

Click here to see the American Austin Grille Chin Panel Sold for 27.50

American Austin Oil Pressure Gauge

American Austin Oil Gauge 1

Click here to see the American Austin Oil Pressure Gauge Sold for 29.00

American Austin Front Axle and Suspension Parts –

This assembly has been listed for several years, although the seller has taken new photos.  Perhaps the seller is open to offers?

American Austin Front Axle 1

Click here to see the American Austin Front Axle and Suspension Parts

American Bantam Cam Shaft and Bushing

This appears to have the correct non-tapered shaft for Bantam timing gears whereas Austins have a tapered interface.


Click here to see the American Bantam Cam Shaft and Bushing

Incorrect Roadster Top Rear Window

This is not correct for an Austin or a Bantam.  Austins used an oval window with an entirely different interior garnish and attachment system.  Bantam generally used very different window frames.


Click here to see the American Bantam Roadster Top Rear WindowSold for 50.00

American Bantam Taillight (NACO) parts (Lens may not be correct)

American Bantam Roadster NACO Tailight Parts 1

Click here to see the American Bantam Taillight (NACO) parts

Black Friday Austin Bantam Sale?

If you are ready to give your credit cards a work out this week, here is a good place to start!

American Austin Instruction Manual

American Austin Instruction Manual

Click here to see the American Austin Instruction Manual Sold for 30.00

1969 American Austin Bantam Club Annual Meet Bumper sticker

1969 American Austin Bantam Club Annual Meet Bumper sticker

Click here to see the 1969 American Austin Bantam Club Annual Meet Bumper sticker Sold for 15.00

American Austin Radiator Badge

American Austin Radiator Badge

Click here to see the American Austin Radiator Badge Sold for 58.00

American Austin Radiator Badge 2

American Austin Radiator Badge 2

Click here to see the American Austin Radiator Badge Sold for 129.99

America Austin Bantam Tow Truck & Tractor photos

austin tow truck and tractor 1

Click here to see the America Austin Bantam Tow Truck & Tractor photos Sold for 23.51

America Austin or Bantam Wrist Pins

Click here to see the America Austin or Bantam Wrist Pins

American Austin Key Fob/ trinket

American Austin Badge Fob 3

Click here to see the American Austin Badge Fob  Sold for 33.00

American Bantam Clutch Plate

American Bantam Clutch Plate

Click here to see the American Bantam Clutch Plate Sold for 19.99

Bad Luck Badge?

Perhaps it is good luck in a way that what happened, happened to me and not you.  As you may have learned from reading here on occasion, original Bantam emblems are not always easy to find in nice shape.  Original Bantam emblems are beautifully enameled pieces.  Small and sharp concentric rings lurk under a brilliant layer of translucent red.  Circling the red and accenting the branding are small glints of chrome.

More often then not, the chrome is pitted and the enamel is broken exposing oxidized copper based alloy.  I happened to get a nice one.  I don’t remember how, but I’m thankful for the fact that it is very passable and only needs minor work.  Two springs ago, I had the chance to find one attached to a very rough car.  The seller offered to sell me some parts and the badge came along for the ride.  It was interesting to see what the chrome plating was weathering into.  While I appreciated its patina, I also was interested in seeing if it could be fixed.  To get a badge refurbished properly, you need to be prepared to pay.

Here is the Bantam emblem the night I got it:wp_20150516_001

It actually came with pieces of grill bars as the seller felt it easier to remove that way.  You can see the tarnished metal, broken enamel, and general sad shape of this badge.

A few names came to the top in my search including one who had some other Bantam parts in his shop for chrome work and other restoration.  The man spoke of how he would restore the emblem.  He would need to use hydroflouric acid to remove the enamel, then fill in the background, fire the badge, and finally replate the branding.  He wanted $175 to do the job and asked me to send my emblem directly to him.  He sounded trust worthy, and I decided to send this badge to him.

While I was lucky enough to have a decent emblem, I foresaw a need to get an emblem refinished and figured that some friends in the club would need to get theirs done.  As this badge seemed to be shabby to me, I though I would send it out.  While I would be annoyed if it was stolen or done poorly, I wouldn’t be upended.

I sent the badge out to the man and didn’t hear from him.  I called to find out if he got it, he did.  Months passed and I called for another status update; he was unreachable.  For the better part of one and a half years, we played phone tag and I was inundated with excuses.  After a while, it doesn’t matter how valid one’s excuses are, they just don’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

I told him I was fed up with waiting and being fed one line after another; I only wanted my badge back so I could give another artisan a chance.  Suddenly, he said he had just fired the enamel and was waiting to see how it came out.  I asked for a photo.  Silence was the reply.

A few weeks passed and I asked him to just send the item, in what ever shape it was in.  He delayed in replying, finally saying it was done.  I asked for a photo.  He sent me a photo of a gorgeous emblem but said the studs broke off.  At first I replied with how happy I was, I asked for a photo of the back side and realized it was a gorgeous reproduction which sells new for $38.  I already had a reproduction, and they cost a heck of a lot less than $175. They also use screws that are fed into the back rather than studs which are fused onto the back of the emblem.

I told him I was through and wanted him to just send my part back to me.  He told me that it was in the hydroflouric acid, but he would send it as soon as he cleaned it up.  He sent me a photo of my emblem among a few others.  Yes, he was commissioned to do work for about 5 other people.  Each of them likely to be sent a reproduction emblem, told that their emblems had the studs broken off, or some such jazz.

Here is my emblem now, as it was shipped back to me:


He sandblasted it, destroying every precious detail of the concentric rings.  Deleting the prominence of each line.  Making it so this badge could never be properly restored ever again.  The only thing that explains such a wanton disregard for the integrity of this emblem is spite.

I am not be publishing the man’s name or business here at this time, although I would love to.  While I am saddened that this emblem has been destroyed, I am happy that this spare emblem was destroyed rather than your nice one which only needed a little work.  Hopefully I can help you get your part to a person who will care for your part as if it were his or her own.  If you need your emblem restored, please send me a note and I’ll help get it into good hands.

One artisan is willing to take on the task of attempting to restore this emblem.  I will update you with the outcome.

Front End Thursday

1938 -1939 American Bantam Mascot / Hood Ornament

A year after Nash used a Jarvis hood ornament to grace the hood of its Lafayette, it made its appearance on the American Bantam.  I have never had the chance to hold a Nash unit and compare it with a Bantam one, however I have heard that the Nash mascot is a bit bigger to suit the larger car.  The Jarvis 3408J is a hard piece to find in any condition these days.  Usually, they are pitted beyond recognition, broken, or bent.  This one is pitted, but a good shop should be capable of repairing it.  Interestingly, these were reproduced in the 60’s-70’s in Japan, although little is known about those reproductions.  These were used from 1938 until the 1940 model cars began production.

Click here to see the listing: american bantam mascot


1938-1939 American Bantam 15 bar grille shell

The 15 Bar grille shell was used on a large number of cars, and is preferred by many.  This one however, gives you an idea of what many restorers have had to work with.  The sides of the grille apron, where it meets the fenders are destroyed.  You need to have a good set of hands to make this grille fit a Bantam nicely again.  I think my grilles were mostly welded back together in the same area, but thankfully very skilled people came between me and the damage.  A nice bonus is that this may come with the Bantam badge, although the listing does not mention such.  This should be correct for 1938 through late 1939 cars.

Click here to see the listing: american bantam grille shell

Neat Bantam finds

I usually try to keep to a single post per marque per day.  However, these two items that showed up are quite neat.


1944 American Bantam Car Co. Annual Report:

This is just really cool, I may have to throw a bid in too.

Click here to see the listing: Bantam annual report


1930-1940 American Bantam cowl section:

These aren’t very common to find these days.  Most hot rods have had these cut off, and a lot of survivors have been heavily modified.  Except for the cut out for the battery, this piece doesn’t look to be in bad shape to provide repair panels for your car.  It even has the tabs where the inner fenders mount and some of the lower beading.  Who ever removed it from a car did so poorly, but there is a lot of meat for someone to work with.  This particular unit is most likely from an American Austin. I have a couple of these, otherwise I’d be bidding.


Click here to see the listing: Bantam Cowl

A couple of neat finds for Wednesday

American Austin or Bantam Roadster Connecting Roadster Side Curtains



American Bantam NOS connecting rods

bantam con rods

Click here to see the listing: American Bantam connecting rod sets of 4 – 1938-1939 $45 (6 sets sold!)


American Austin or Bantam Clutch Disks

clutch disks

Click here to see the listing: Clutch discs for American Austin -American Bantam – English Austin 7

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